Thought and Reason

Of Faking News, Rahul Baba, Dalits and Gays..

I have been a huge fan of Faking News since its inception. But this latest post was in poor taste. And the jokes that readers cracked on this were deplorable.

This is the post I am referring to:

Faking News:

Rahul Gandhi turns 40 today. Let’s celebrateRahul Gandhi will turn _______ next year
option 1:41
option 2:Prime Minister
option 3:Dalit
option 4:FN Reporter
option 5:Papa

Now, this is actually quite funny 🙂 As of now, 187 people ‘Like’ this and there are 73 comments!

Unfortunately, most of the comments were in such poor taste. Can you guess what most of the comments are?

Rahul Gandhi is ‘gay’, turns ‘Dalit’, ‘becomes Papa of a Dalit’… one guy even said ‘will be assasinated’. Another said ‘a kick out of this country’.

Is any of that even remotely funny?

1) Being Gay

For one, how does it change things if Rahul Gandhi IS indeed gay?!! (Other than the fact that many young girls would be broken-hearted 😉 )

We talk of being educated and broad-minded, and then we promptly try to ‘insult’ someone by ‘calling him gay’! Being ‘gay’ is not abnormal. It is simply, an alternate state of normalcy! (Thanks to my friend Megha, who worded that for me 🙂 ) Our notions of love and rules are etched so deep in our minds, that anything beyond unwritten societal norms is disparaged and degraded. And this is what I had mentioned in my earlier post too.

I don’t think the people who call Rahul Gandhi ‘gay’ have anything against him ‘actually being gay’. I think these people just believe ‘gay’ is a ‘swear word’. And that is what irks me. If this is the mindset of the average educated middle class bloke, then GOD SAVE OUR COUNTRY.

2) Courting Dalits

Second, so what if Rahul ‘baba’ is courting Dalits? Isn’t every other politician attempting to do the same? Or something similar? If its not Dalits, its some other Minority community. I am confused about why this is so ‘unusually’ wrong.

Indian Politics, as we know, is a thriving business. And this business has its foundations on ‘Vote banks’. Now either we believe that there are indeed ‘good and honest’ politicians who get their votes because of their noble deeds. Or we accept the fact that politicians survive because of the vote bank. Either way, every politician courts the ‘aam junta’ in some way or the other.

3) ‘Papa’

Now, I know this is the ‘Fathers Day’ weekend. But really! This was in deplorable taste.

Some people have actually answered ‘papa of dalit’. I found this simply disgusting. Again, this is a clear reflection on the commentator, rather than on the person he is referring to. To me, it shows that he has sex on his mind. And perversion too.

Now, if I had to vote for a PM and my choices were ‘Dalit-courting-Rahul-Gandhi’ OR ‘sex-obsessed-commentator’, I think I will actually go for Option 1.


Now now, I am not a ‘fan’ of Rahul Gandhi. (Though, he looks chocolatey cute 😉 *drools* )

IMHO, he does not seem capable enough to be PM, atleast so soon. I remmeber reading on another blog, quite some time back, of how the blogger actually met Rahul Gandhi, and the latter just seemed so over-whelmed, had no idea of how to handle the issue and merely deflected it, more often than not, to the wrong department!!

But my point here is, if we believe Rahul Gandhi is unfit, then call the bloke ‘inefficient, unwise, immature.. whatever suits’ but certainly not ‘gay’, ‘dalit’ or ‘papa of dalit’. Now, THAT is just in very bad taste.

And yes, if it came to it, I will choose Option 2 – Rahul becomes PM. If we believe that all politicians are corrupt and useless puppets in any case, then why not give a chance to someone who seems educated and is atleast presentable!!

I guess a lot of people who read Faking News are ‘inspired’ to be funny too. Sadly, such jokes sometimes go haywire.

Incidents Thought and Reason

My Name is Dog, Watch Dog!

Any two people living together or in close contact are bound to have differences. So why is a country with more than a billion people expected to be free of conflict?!

This statement from the US, on putting India on a watch, really irked me.

Coming to religious intolerance – Wars have forever been waged on the basis of Religion. Millions have suffered great losses, because some spark of anger burnt down their life!

But what really irritates me is that the Rest of the World is always picking on India, and show-casing our so-called ‘religious intolerance’. The slightest communal problem makes BREAKING NEWs , and is famously branded as an ‘anti-Christian’ or ‘anti-Muslim’ riot!

I am not a religious fanatic. And I definitely do not subscribe to the view that any community is a minority and is being ill-treated by the others.

Simply because of this ONE QUESTION: Are there not problems between people of the same religion?

Hindus – Forward-caste and backward-caste Hindus have always been at war with each other!

Christianity – Protestants and Catholics avoid each other like the plague. I know of a nice, educated family, where the boy REFUSED to marry another Christian girl, only because she was not Protestant!

Islam – Shias and Sunnis are all set to kill each other!

And this is in every part of the world, not just in India!

It is not like the US perfect? Or in watch-dog-related terms, must we say Purrfect?

Read this Wiki entry on how Africans enslaved in the US over the years, and how they are discriminated in every aspect of life. The average African-American’s income is significantly lower than the American’s income.

Is this not racial discrimination?

American Airlines went against international protocol and frisked Dr.Abdul Kalam. And they actually got away with a measly fine and apology. So, anyone can insult the former president of our country and escape by throwing doggie bones?!

Is this not a form of discrimination too? Would they have dared to do the same with a member of the Clinton family?

Here is an interesting article on ‘why we hate each other’. I have not read it completely, but it seems elaborate and informative.

The US is a country of racial discrimination, the so-called ‘developed’ country that started the economic recession, and one of the pioneers of the famous Swine flu!

This is also a snob of a country where Indians, who are internationally recognized are detained and interrogated, on the basis of protocol or security. The sad thing is, SRK will still want to pander to the audience there! Can he not muster enough self-respect to REFUSE to visit that country again? Sadly – not! Money and fame beckons!!

The whole world gapes at the destruction in Iraq, by the US and UK. This is however, called ‘self-defence’ and not ‘intolerance’, isn’t it?

So, who the hell is the US to pass judgement on the rest of the world? Is the US the self-anointed watch-dog?

The point is: The situation in India does not warrant the country to be put on a watch!

And certainly not by that dog, I mean, the Watch Dog called the US.

(If this post is long, well, by my standards atleast, full credit goes to the inspiration provided by Indygirl and the rest of the gang ;-))