February 4, 2009

The Pub Hub

Posted in Vultures on Culture at 2:11 pm by kailash

Ancient Indian culture advocated distance from smoking, drinking and extra marital relationships. Presently smoking is fashionable, drinking is celebratory and live-in relationships are acceptable.

Cultures keep changing with times.

Certain developments might be in tune with the demands of the modern society but could be harmful if accepted without thought. Pub culture is one such.

The word pub originated from public house, which used to be a meeting place for people. In the Indian context pub is referred to a place where smoking, drinking and boy-girl mingling is prevalent. No one denies that such culture could be detrimental to the values in life if meeting implies mating. At the same time one may not forget that those visiting the pubs are educated, self-dependent and mostly belong to the privileged classes. They do not need moral policing. If they needed, they have well-intentioned elders to back them.

Pub culture is not gender-sensitive.  If it is bad for girls, it is bad for boys also. Remember culture keeps changing with times.

Regarding girls, there is another sensitive problem. Majority of modern girls began wearing revealing costumes. This has happened long ago in the western society and not long ago in the Indian feature films. Girls may think in terms of freedom or fashion but all men, though not confess publicly, do appreciate this as a gesture. Female anatomy is such an obsession to a normal healthy male that men may sometimes go wild if its exhibition is uninhibited. Law might help such girls but the support could be a medicine rather than a preventive. Western society got used to it and it is a matter of time before the Indian society gets used to it. Meanwhile the girls may alert themselves of the implications and be clear in their minds whether their revelation is meant to please the male-eye or female pride. If their decisions stem from wisdom and self-confidence, be assured that cultures keep changing with times.

Given this background, it is difficult to appreciate the violence against women in a pub at Mangalore in the name of Mr. Pramod Muthalik’s Sri Ram Sena. Mr. Muthalik, however, condemned the act and disowned the attackers.

Vultures do clean our surroundings while meeting their hunger-needs, but their action is not considered honorable for obvious reasons. How, and not what, is important in actions of concern. Cultures may be changing with times- yet vulture’s actions are not acceptable to the civilized and free societies.  

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