“Culture is not a standard protocol followed in ancient texts. How we do things is our culture. We eat with our hands, that’s our culture. We fold our hands when greeting elders, that’s our culture. We rape women, tear their clothes off, dump them from buses, that’s our culture.”
Brilliant piece! Must read for all those loyalist defenders of the “Indian Culture”.
The room is dimly lit. And eerily quiet.
The men and women seated around the table look at each other nervously. Finally, one of them summons up the courage to speak –
“I understand that, sir. But one of us has to make a nonsensical statement on the subject, sir.”
The man listens on, his eyes fixed on the speaker like a leopard’s. ‘Let the doctor do it.’
‘But, sir…’ the man injects, ‘he is a doctor. He ran the country’s…’
‘I know. But one of us has to make the statement. Let it be him. This meeting is dismissed.’
And just like that, another minister goes on to make an idiotic statement about the nation and Indian culture. This time, it was about sex education.
The entire episode has baffled me. That a reputed doctor would say that the nation needs to promote Indian values, and not condoms…
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