Now that “dented and painted women” have protested in the cities, let us migrate to a happy pastoral life in the countryside. No less a worthy than RSS sarsanghchalak Mohanrao Bhagwat has assured us that crimes such as rape “hardly take place in Bharat, but occur frequently in India. You go to villages and forests and there will be no such incidents.... Indian ethos and attitude towards women should be revisited in the context of ancient Indian values”. One man truly well-versed in such values is Madhya Pradesh’s powerful industry minister, Kailash Vijayvargiya, who quotes from the Ramayana to warn women of the terrible fate that awaits them if they cross the lakshmanrekha—“Ravana will be waiting”. He also advocates dupattas and ghunghats and presumably eyes demurely downcast. If that still does not deter Ravana, young women can perhaps heed influential godman Asaram Bapu’s advice and plead with their tormentor—brother, don’t do this....
There is something so outrageous in these remarks that one can only shake one’s head in disbelief. Forget about that crude, simplistic binary—‘India’ vs ‘Bharat’. The reality gives us an unyielding homogeneity of cruelty. Urban rape now gets attention, but rape has been visited upon the women of the countryside for centuries now. It has been part and parcel of upper-caste landlordism. In say Bihar, it’s only after post-Mandal politics changed the landscape not so long ago that this reality changed—a bit. The unspoken, fatalistic acceptance is now going. But rape still happens routinely in villages, kasbas, forests, small towns. Men prey on women almost casually.
We bring you stories that tell you one thing all Indians should already know. That rape is worse and more rampant in rural stretches, away from the urban media glare. In West Bengal, the furore might have been over the Park Street rape case, with politicians tying themselves up in knots. But little has been heard of the North 24 Parganas stretch where almost 80 women were raped in six years till one man stood up to fight for them. And he is now dead. We look at the frightening statistics for rape in Madhya Pradesh. And ten minor tribal schoolgirls subjected to this horrible fate in in Chhattisgarh, the state where the government’s fight against “India’s gravest internal security threat” has itself often wrought all manner of violence on the citizenry. In Kerala, the cases take on a particularly horrific edge. They all tell us another, persistent truth: rape has nothing to do with the way a woman dresses or behaves. It has nothing to do with ‘modernity’. It is certainly not an urban malaise. It happens because men can, and do mostly, get away with it.
The story Portrait of a Young Man... in the package entitled Hinterland Beasts (Jan 21) makes one wonder if we are living in the 21st century or is it unbridled barbarism that prevails in India?
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
I don't agree completely with this post, but there are a couple of decent points made here-http://centreright.in/2013/01/india-vs-bharat-thats-the-crux/
TFA(The Featured Article) is not attributed. Puke. Flush.
Another Nirbhaya battles for life in Rajasthan
JAIPUR: The story of Nirbhaya shook the collective conscience of the nation. But a similar gory incident — of an 11-year-old from Sikar in Rajasthan, who is battling for life at a hospital in Jaipur after a brutal gangrape — is yet to be told.
Six persons had abducted the girl on August 20 last year from a bus stand in Sikar town. They raped and thrashed her mercilessly before dumping her on the outskirts of the town. Her private parts, say doctors looking after her, had been so brutally vandalized that she had to undergo six major surgeries and eight minor surgical procedures. Even now, her condition is critical.
Doctors recall that when she was brought to JK Lon hospital in Jaipur from Sikar on August 22, they were appalled to see the barbaric manner in which she had been violated. She had a complete perineal tear -- there was no partition of muscles left between her vagina and rectum. Surgeons had to use a portion of her large intestine to create a new rectum as well as a colostomy surgery for creating an alternative channel for fecal passage. "In the last four-and-a-half months, we have tried our best to help her. Her condition had shocked each one of us," says Dr LD Agarwal, who led the team of surgeons that performed the surgeries.
The girl, who is from Darbhanga in Bihar, is reportedly the youngest of seven children (six sisters and one brother). She came to Sikar with her mother after her father died. They were hoping that their relatives in Sikar would help them get work.
Now, after the incident, doctors say, the girl has virtually stopped reacting. "In the beginning, she was scared of injections but now she doesn't react to anything. Her physical and mental ability is worsening gradually," says a family member.
Despite the brazenness and brutality of the incident, what has shocked many is the apathy of the police. Till the day after the incident, family members allege, the police were refusing to even register a case. It was only because of pressure from locals who took out a protest march that the case was registered. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar also spoke to his Rajasthan counterpart Ashok Gehlot after which the administration swung into action.
Even though six people were arrested, two have already been granted bail as the police had allegedly booked them under milder sections of IPC. Her relatives say that the rapists are politically well-connected and that the police is going soft on them. They also allege that the actual culprits are still at large.
@Kishore Dasmunshi: As Santosh Gairola points out, feudal chieftains/jagirdars have been replaced by state chieftains and there is no party or political outfit in India that matches the array of feudal chieftains in rural India that the Indian National Congress has.
That is a party of feudal chieftains & it is not surprising that while the BJP & it's affiliates are guilty of making bizarre statements, the congress mlas and mps are guilty of something more concrete than words-Actions.
Atleast 2 if not more, congressmen have been in the last 10-15 days been caught raping poor women.
Jagirdari in India was banned officially but it has continued and we have all in some way or the other become serfs of the state. Women giving sex to 'Netas' is not uncommon. The allegations are generally directed against Congressi scum.Thankfully now rural women and their men are gathering the courage to thrash these state jagirdars, in Assam or in the heartland.
And I am not a BJP supporter, unless they empower people like Jaitley.
And the farce goes on......
Will give Rs 50L to anyone who proves I blamed Delhi rape victim: Asaram
Throwing his weight behind Asaram, VHP leader Ashok Singhal, said "a slander campaign is on against him at the behest of foreign powers who want to destroy Hindu culture."
"Foreign powers have been pumping a lot of money into the country to damage Hinduism," the VHP leader, who visited Asaram's camp, said.
In an apparent reference to the protests planned by some organisations against Asaram, Singhal said "if anybody dares to indulge in any mischief, he will not be spared by the VHP which is holding its camp adjacent to that of the revered saint."
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