Good boys don’t watch porn!


So the last couple of days have been eventful! India won against Sri Lanka. Voting began in Uttar Pradesh. And three ministers from Karnataka resigned, amidst accusations of watching pornography during when assembly was in full swing!

TV news channels aired footage of the ministers Laxman Savadi (Minister for co-operation),  CC Patil, (Minister for women and children), and Krishna Palemar (Minister for ports) using a mobile phone to watch a porn clip.

Excerpt from Mumbai Mirror:

‘The two ministers, who were sitting next to each other, had no inkling that television cameramen had taken position in the gallery right above them. Savadi, bored by the speeches, began fidgeting with his cell phone. As cameras zoomed in, it could be clearly seen that a porn clip was playing on his phone. Patil then leaned towards Savadi and got completely immersed in what was on show.The duo watched the clippings for almost 10 minutes, with Savadi holding the cell phone under the table. They looked up only after the day’s proceeding ended.’

On being caught red-handed, the ‘honourable’ ministers came up with a host of explanations…

1)      Savadi claimed he was watching an incident of rape of a woman, not ‘porn’, to “prepare for a discussion [in the assembly] on the ill-effects of a rave party” in the state recently. (Well! Really?! But why DURING the session?)

2)      Savadi also claims the clip was of a ‘foreign woman’ and NOT a Bhartiya nari (‘Indian woman’). (Right! He was not watching an ‘Indian woman’ so he has clearly not offended Indian culture!)

3)      ‘I am not a criminal. It was not my phone’. (Reminds me of the lame excuses kids use at school!!)

4)      ‘We are not so uncivilised as to watch porn films’ –  CC Patil, minister for women and children. (So, only uncivilised people watch porn?!)

So what is the outrage all about?

1)      Gross misconduct

Is the problem ONLY with watching porn? I don’t think so. Many people watch porn (Wiki says – ‘More than 70% of male internet users from 18 to 34 visit a pornographic site in a typical month’).

Watching porn does not mean you are a ‘bad person’. ‘Good boys’ also watch porn! But the point is, when and where do you watch it? The objection is neither on feminist nor religious grounds, but on code of conduct and accountability!

Each session of assembly costs money – the tax payer’s money. Take a look at this article that talks about Parliament assembly disruptions costing Rs.2 crore per day!

Assembly (or ANY place of work, for that matter), has a code of conduct, rules and some basic responsibilities. Whether the ministers were watching porn or not, the question still remains – why were they doing it when the house was in session?! Even if we were to be as gullible as one can possibly imagine, and believe, for a second, that the ministers were indeed watching a gang-rape in order to prepare for a discussion, there is NO EXCUSE for doing it during working hours!

2)      Hypocrisy

Isn’t it surprising that people having the power and authority and who claim to be ‘moral police’ themselves often contradict themselves by their actions? Let’s look at the following examples.

Does the name ‘Pramod Muthalik’ ring a bell? Members of the Sri Ram Sena group had threatened to punish or marry off any young couples found together on Valentine’s Day. They were also the same thugs who had beaten up girls ‘in a pub’.

While people in power advocate ‘upholding Indian culture’ they resort to gross physical violence without batting an eyelid!!

Remember the controversial ‘Slutwalk’? Many groups of people in India protested ‘against’ the movement for its use of the word ‘slut’ as well as the thought of ‘women dressing like sluts’. Apparently, the movement was not allowed to take place in Karnataka, because it was ‘against Indian culture’! Excerpt from Times of India: “The vice-president of a women’s organization in Malleswaram called me and said that if any women were seen in skimpy clothing during the Slutwalk, they would be beaten with brooms”

On one hand, authorities ban a movement against rape, and on the other, they vicariously do the same by watching porn?!

Interestingly, on the lines of what Andhra Pradesh top cop said, Minister C C Patil had recently assumed the role of moral policeman, advising women to ‘know how much skin they should cover!’ so they can avoid getting raped – “I personally don’t favour women wearing provocative clothes and always feel they need to be dignified in whatever they wear.”

 

Makes one wonder, was the woman in the clip dressed inappropriately, perhaps ‘arousing’ the curiosity of an otherwise ‘civilised’ man?!!!

 

Such incidents only prove one thing – the sleaze is in the mind of the criminal/perpetrator! Therefore, instead of pretending to respect women and Indian culture (and then watching porn during an assembly session!), perhaps they should focus on being sincere in their work, for starters!

3)      New lows all the time!

For a country whose image has been severely tainted with scandals and scams, we seem to find new lows all the time!

BJP leader Manohar Parrikar has supposedly just said proclaimed:

“There are people all across the country who do worse things. Congress leaders have chopped women and burnt them in a tandoor…Then there was the Bhanwari Devi case (from Rajasthan). They (the three BJP ministers in Karnataka who resigned yesterday) were only watching and not doing it!!”

The three ministers are perhaps not the ‘first’ people to engage in this deplorable act, but they sure can be the last!

Why are our standards so low? In UK, ministers were forced to resign for over-claiming expenses. In India however, we live through a new scam each day! The 2G spectrum scam, Nira Radia tapes, Commonwealth games scam, Adarsh housing scam… the list is endless!!

AND YET, ALL IS FORGOTTEN.

We hit a new low each time. This is one such case!

The BIG question now is – What will India decide? Is resignation enough?

This link refers to the weaknesses of the cyber act, due to which the ministers CANNOT be booked by the cyber police!

Will the ministers receive any punishment at all? Or will they get away (as always), because as they claim, ‘good boys don’t watch porn’!!

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25 thoughts on “Good boys don’t watch porn!

  1. I agree that the prime question is not the porn – it’s the fact that they were watching it while supposed to be working. I would have the same reaction if they were playing video games instead.

    I guess one must be grateful they showed up at all. In today’s political scenario that deserves and award all by itself!

  2. Is that ironic that a minister for women and children was caught watching porn while at work? I have nothing against people watching porn but during work is unacceptable. It would be for anyone around the world. I know where I work, we can get sacked for accessing such websites as well as gaming, gambling or other such websites. So in a similar vein, you would assume politicians need to face the music as well.

    I find that ‘justification’ that it wasn’t an Indian woman un-freakin-believable!

    Nothing’s going to change though…this will be swept under the rug and the pollies will come back with different portfolios…it’s India after all.

    1. So true PB. And just like you said, people get sacked or atleast get a severe warning for doing that sort of thing during working hours!!! Its a shame that we all ‘accept’ that nothing is going to change. But hey, maybe something will..some day?! No?

  3. Devaa….I just don’t know what to say other than hold my aching head!! We the common man think that the discussions held in the assembly are for our welfare and the betterment of the entire nation, but I guess it is too boring for these ministers? sigh….no wonder the entire system is screwed up (pun intended) big time!!

  4. What an amazing read it was. Breezy !

    I think everyone is missing the big picture. Its a pattern and what we are pointing fingers at is just one particular instance. We are culturally bred for inefficiency. Don’t agree ?

    We have defence mechanisms like God, Society etc to blame for everything that goes bad. We never really own the responsibility for our endeavours. But I guess its alright because we are a prismatic/evolving society. Just a 100 year old nation ( there was no India before 1910s only scattered states ).

    As for the immediate issue, the question is why no one bothered about the lack of pressure on them to even be in the assembly ? (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/article2870507.ece) What they do inside is the next step ofcourse 🙂

    On a lighter note, I have to admit- this is darn hilarious 😀 😀 Caught watching 😛 😛
    Will bloroll you- you write well 🙂 Keep up the good work !

  5. They speak of morality, and indulge in this! Hypocrisy of the highest order here!! As Bhagwad has said, even if it was a game on their mobile, it is outrageous, because they should be there taking care to pay attention, attending to the needs of their constituency, not their own unbridled curiosity for entertainment!
    And their excuses. Sigh. Schoolboys, and schoolgirls have better ones.

  6. Watching porn is not the issue. They are adults. Adults have the freedom to watch whatever they want – read a trashy book, have consensus sex (the watchword being consensus), watch porn, why, even participate in porn etc. There is nothing illegal there.

    Doing so at work is the issue.

    But then, is it ok to check mail during work? Blog? Twitter? Facebook? SMS?
    Haven’t we all done it? I am supposed to be working on a deadline now – I am reading blogs and commenting. In what way am I any better or worse than those people there?

  7. Why watching porn did you ask…just imagine how boring the session in parliament must have been and these two poor souls instead of walking out or screaming “hey we want entertainment” silently watched porn..infact they should sue the parliamnet for being so bore human issues n all..who does that!!
    And yes it was a gori firangan porn so the image of indian naari kept intact dont we have an award for that ?
    Thanks for posting on this issue..Italian Prime minister does Bunga Bunga and our poor ministers cant watch porn..which is the next best thing to rave parties…
    As for Sri Ram Sena….they are good people beating up people/couples so that they dont mangal in jungal..its our duty to stop lovers and let the rapists go roam around freely..cos
    {rape = not love ; Not love= not crime hence rape=not crime } this is their mantra…
    shame less people ruling our country

  8. Well at least they resinged , how great they are .. so lets all please get together and cum elections VOTE for these GOOD ministers again .. PLEASEeeeeeeeeee everyone .

    They were watching a girl being bruised can you beleive that its disgusting FILTY DIRTY indian polictis I could not beleive the leader of bjp saying OUR ministers resigned which ohter party does that .. I MEAN what a load of __________. BUt then ah well we will stil lvote for them 🙂

  9. Aiyyo no comments! And by the way he is the same minister who made the comment that we women invite male lust by dressing inappropriately in jeans etc. Ridiculous! 😦

    P.S: Love your new blog template, it is so classic!

  10. You have written about the right things here! Misconduct, Hypocrisy and Setting new lows! I wonder where our law keepers are heading towards! We see so many scams and controversies each day in the newspapers and TV’s that like you rightly said “IT IS FORGOTTEN”.
    Thank you Sindhura! Scams seem to be a part of life now! 
    The best part was the excuses the ministers came up with! School kids could have come up with better excuses!
    Lol, ironically yes!!

  11. Sigh… height of Indian hypocrisy 😐
    And yes you are right, we continue to sink lower and lower in our standards…..

    Nice new template BTW 🙂
    Yes Ash… a pity though! And thank you, I just changed the template again. Just don’t seem to find the perfect one!!

  12. Fantastic article!
    Thank you Debs!
    And those excuses they were making – seriously, what were they thinking of? Did they not find any time more suitable to indulge in “uncivilized” practices? Makes me laugh.
    Exactly… why choose assembly time to do whatever it is they were doing!!!

  13. very nicely written post. nothing will happen..few days media will rave about it and life in India will go on till another big news comes along.
    You echo my thoughts Reema!

  14. ROFL 🙂 “Savadi claimed he was watching an incident of rape of a woman, not ‘porn’, to “prepare for a discussion [in the assembly] ”

    Why was he hiding and watching it under the table…he might have as well shown it to everyone in the assembly?
    Well said, Dew!!!

  15. Ha…you really nailed them.
    Thanks Snow Leopard!!!
    By the by, I found the excuses quite amusing. Though I felt, a ten year old would have come up with better ones.
    Exactly 🙂 With Indian politics, who needs Bollywood?!

  16. Do you know these days when the police check you on railway trains or somewhere else they check your mobile for video clips… if you have porn in your mobile… lol you are made to pay a fine !!!!!
    Seriously?! Wow!

    1. Yes… they suddenly come up in trains… or on railway stations and ask to check your mobile…

      I ccould not believe it !!! what a strange rule… and as usual when caught… nothing happens but bribes ! :-/
      Tch tch.. what’s the point in ‘catching’ someone red-handed and then letting them off with a bribe!!! I think we need clarity on this topic!

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