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Valentine’s Day…The INDIAN WAY!

Friends, so much hype is created around 14th February, the V-day that everybody……. kids, youngsters, and even the older people want to do something special to express their love and affection for their partners. In the metropolitan cities, prices of red roses, chocolates, teddy bears, and what not skyrocket… money-making at it’s peak.                              However, in the hinterland this day instills fear in the hearts of youngsters; not only the parents and relatives, but the whole society also frowns upon the love and affection displayed by the young sweat hearts.  

MORAL POLICE SWINGS INTO ACTION:

Asaram bapu before he himself came under flak, proclaimed valentine’s day as “THE MATA PITA puja day” way back in 2012. The God-man wanted to counter the evil influence of the western world on our indian youth.                Taking cue, some schools in Rajasthan invited parents to school, asked them to interact with teachers, children were instructed to honor their parents, spend time with them and show them around the school. Certainly a Nobel thought, but a day of love and romance turned into parents’ puja day, isn’t a bit too much?

In 2018, before 14th Feb. Shiv Sena announced that young couples found publicly displaying love and affection will be beaten up with sticks. “LATHI PUJA” for the youngsters in love…phew. Friends, It wasn’t an empty threat, quite a few activists patrolled the streets, parks, kept vigil outside schools and colleges to instill fear amongst the youngsters. All this made big news at that time. Apparently we have forgotten the cruel incidents of that time,  we are blessed with a short memory span!

Bajrang Dal, announced last year that they will be looking out for young couples with pandit ji in toe, any love birds caught romancing will be straight away married on the spot by the pandit ji! What an idea Sir ji.

PATRIOTISM versus ROMANCE

In Maharashtra, the Shiv sena workers in 2016, organized functions to celebrate the day as “BLACK DAY” because, on 14th February 1931, our freedom fighters, Bhagat Singh, Raj guru n Sukhdev were given the death sentence, though hanging took place on 23rd March 1931. It was indeed a black day in the history of our freedom fight, we must tell our youngsters about the three young revolutionaries, it is because of them that today we live in a free India.

Recently, during the PULWAMA attack that took place on 14th Feb.2019, our forty-four brave defense personnel lost their lives. How can we ever forget their sacrifice? Friends, it’s a tough call for the young generation, whether to celebrate V Day or mourn the martyrs? Well, the Indian youth must be sensitized about the sacrifice of our armed forces, in their youthful euphoria they cannot forget the threats to our nation.

V DAY in EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES

THE Lucknow university, in 2018 declared valentine’s day as “the disciplinary day”, barring students to roam around on the campus as couples. So much for the so-called progressive, elite educational institute.

And friends, it’s not our country only that is against young lovers, a university in Pakistan is promoting the day as “Sister’s Day”, male students will be able to gift dupattas and headscarves to their female friends….. wah wah!

Delhi university’s famous Hindu college celebrates the V day by performing an elaborate puja of DAMDAMI MATA around the V-shaped VIRGIN tree, this oldest tree of the college is decorated with heart shaped ballons, condoms and the photo of current female heart throb of bollywood declared Damdami mata of the year. MALE students of Delhi University have been worshipping this tree for the past 70 years! Supposedly it brings good luck to the puja participants; they find a girlfriend within six months!

CONFUSION PREVAILS:

Composing all these facts about this date, I myself am quite confused—

Are we succumbing to western influence?

Are we letting go our Indian culture?

Are we forgetting our freedom fighters?

Are we insensitive to the sacrifice of our soldiers?

 OR

We are a young nation, we are progressive

We are celebrating the season of love,

We are expressing joie de vivre,

We know our Indian values but are ready for change,

Dearies, what is your take?

I would love to know your views,

Do write your comments,

Renuka.

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