What's a Delhi rape got that a B'luru rape ain't got?

Source: cnn.com
The recent anti-rape protests in New Delhi illustrate an important fact. I don't mean to talk about male domination or anything universal of that sort, but what one might call as the appropriation of all discourse on morality by people living to the north of the Vindhyas, a.k.a. North Indians. Let me explain.

You will agree that neither the quantity nor the quality of what a girl loses in rape depends on her location in India. But notice that it took a rape in North India to ignite the so-called national media, the law and order system, and the political system. Everybody got their act together in no time, and even a Verma (who else, a Gowda?) materialized out of nowhere to submit a report in a snap, which he apparently did with all the morality that adorns North Indians of his ilk.

Now, the Singhs, Gandhis, Advanis, and other Northern lords of India are going to take an action, make a law, or whatever, which is going to apply to all of India - including that unfortunate half that lies to the south of the Vindhyas. And then again, there are going to be widespread discussions on the right and wrong of those actions, those laws, or whatever - again everything limited to the North. The actors of the South, of course, have their role to play in this: they will get their airtime as (a) mimicry artists repeating what has been handed down to them from the North, and (b) mute spectators watching television news channels run by North Indians or reading newspapers owned by them.

Countless rapes in South India have not had what it takes to create an India-wide stir. Are South Indians happy with women getting raped all around them? Are they barbaric, while only the people of North India sense something wrong in a rape, and are exclusively non-barbaric? One could easily come to such conclusions based on who hogs the limelight every time questions of universal importance demand answers in India. At least, one will have nothing to say against the claim, if any, of the greater morality of the Northerners compared to the Southerners, because it is the former who always take the centrestage whether it comes to discourse or action associated with morality or the control of immorality.

But why do they take the centrestage while we do not? Why don't we see such wonderful and widespread demonstrations of concern for humanity epicentered in, say, Bengaluru or Chennai, and then spreading all over India? Nobody asks this, because nothing is expected to be centered in these places. At least, nothing moral is. You could have a porn-in-the-assembly revolution in Bengaluru, or you could have a violent anti-brahmin revolution in Chennai, but you certainly cannot have anything moral and of national importance start in these places - these places which are close to the abode of Ravana, places where he is even worshiped. The 'victory of right over wrong' is, after all, a yearly celebration staged in Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi - not anywhere in Bengaluru or Chennai.

The answer to the question is that South Indians have been denied their right over any discourse on morality; North Indians have appropriated that right for themselves. They are the ones who steal the limelight when the question is of anything bordering on morality or universality; and, of course, they are the law makers and the law enforcers, not us; we are only their puppets, the mute recipients of alms handed out at their whim. They have achieved this status by simply writing it explicitly and implicitly in the Constitution of India - again, all by themselves. The national apparatus is fueled by both the word and the spirit of the constitution, and therefore, the loudest cries on the topic of morality from the South fail to get noticed, while the softest whispers from the North are amplified and broadcasted all over India.

The hard fact is, our 'democratically elected' imperial rulers from the North, and those who benefit from them, don't give a damn when we Southerners speak. Actually, how much better it would have been for them if we were actually apes without language, just like we were portrayed in the Ramayana! There are thousands of cries of morality emanating from the North, and that's where morality is expected to emanate from. We are expected to be immoral, barbaric, and unoriginal when it comes to the discourse on morality. There is certainly not much history of us having made demonstrations on morality, civilization, and originality anyway - in a history which has, from the ages, been engineered to be dominated by the North.

This perception, together with the idea of India based on it, is clearly fatal for India's unity and integrity. It is, of course, not a Southern one but a Northern one. We South Indians are not voiceless on the issue of rape, or impotent when it comes to other questions of morality, but our voice and our potential have been crushed under the imperial yoke of North India. There is no option but for India to change in such a way as to make our voices heard and our actions matter. And the earlier it undergoes that transformation, the better.

3 comments:

Bharath Kumar said...

Kiran,
"These places which are close to the abode of Ravana, places where he is even **rumored** to be worshiped"

I don't know why you are using the word 'rumored' here. He is being worshipped even today in Chamarajanagara as 'hattu taleyappa'. That's the FACT not rumor.

ಶಿಲ್ಪಗಳಿರುವ ಸ್ಥಳವನ್ನು ‘ಹತ್ತು ತಲೆಯಪ್ಪನ’ ಗುಡಿ ಎಂದೇ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯರು ಕರೆಯುತ್ತಾರೆ.

ರಾಮಾಯಣದ ಪ್ರತಿ ನಾಯಕ ರಾವಣೇಶ್ವರನನ್ನು ಪ್ರತ್ಯಕ್ಷ ರಾಜನೆಂದು ಪರಿಭಾವಿಸಿ ಪೂಜಿಸುವ ಪರಿಪಾಠ ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಕೆಲವು ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿದೆ.

ಚಾಮರಾಜನಗರ ತಾಲ್ಲೂಕಿನ ಹೊಂಗನೂರು ಚಾರಿತ್ರಿಕವಾಗಿ ಮಹತ್ವ ಪಡೆದ ಗ್ರಾಮ. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಅನೇಕ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನಗಳಿವೆ. ಅವು ಚೋಳರು, ತಲಕಾಡಿನ ಗಂಗರ ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾದವು. ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಸುತ್ತ ಹಲವು ವೀರಗಲ್ಲು, ಮಾಸ್ತಿ ಕಲ್ಲುಗಳು, ಬಿಡಿ ಶಿಲ್ಪಗಳಿವೆ. ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಅರೆಕಲ್ಲು ಗುಡ್ಡದ ಮೇಲೆ (ಕಲ್ಲಾರೆ) ಪೂರ್ವದಿಕ್ಕಿನಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಜನೊಬ್ಬ ನಿಂತು ಪ್ರಜೆಗಳ ಯೋಗಕ್ಷೇಮವನ್ನು ಗಮನಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವಂತೆ ಕಾಣುವ ಆಕರ್ಷಕ ಶಿಲ್ಪವಿದೆ. ಅದು ರಾವಣನದು

Please read the below report published in Kannada daily Prajavani.

http://46.5c.344a.static.theplanet.com/Content/Aug192010/dharshan20100818200033.asp

Kiran Batni said...

@Bharath Kumar, thanks for the info. I stand corrected.

Kiran Batni said...

@Bharath Kumar, I've removed the 'rumoured to be'. Thanks again.

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