THE HINDU have been a regular part of my life for almost 11 years .i still remember the first copy that my dad brought for me at shornur bus stand , at the time when the afghan invasion was at its peak. the news paper have made me open up to a new world outside the chauvinistic malayali universe of manorama , the editorials are the masterpiece and my vocabulary on the blog is mostly thanks to its articulate use of words. the impartial take on most issues have always been its forte , even ready to take on the king of frauds – sharad pawar . the things i always resented were the leftist and tamil propaganda it dishes out. the sheer weightage it gives to the ramblings of the CPM , MDMK and CPI , which are all but minor players at the national level at the expense of the more popular parties is a dichotomy to its egalitarian stand. this leftist stance was all but visible in the articles it published on the anniversary of the 1962 war , they were pro chinese to the extent that some of them solely blamed nehru for its outbreak . the pro tamil agenda and the open opposition of srilankan president mahinda rajapakshe and his efforts to reunite the war torn country is unwarranted , even though the final days of military action were unjust from a civilian point of view.
the left leaning publications of the group have never really gotten over the fact that the red bloc have fallen decades ago and the largest communist state is more capitalist than ours . the nostalgic tone with which it pays tribute to the soviet era is all but evident from the fervent with which it bashes the “imperialistic” united states . the Beijing bureau headed by the scion of the group irritates you the most with the chinese national anthem he renders on a daily basis , yes china is the future , we all must recognize that bitter fact , but it must not be over our national interests. if you glance the articles it becomes very clear that communism is the only way out of the bourgeois parties that rule us , this outright patronization in the form of leftist tilt is and will remain the only black mark on the earnest initiative that is “THE HINDU”. the group must realize that being impartial doesn’t mean it has to be anti establishment , a more just society within the folds of what we have is what we , the people want.
this week saw the lowest level to which malayali society could fall , at a felicitation event at the trivandrum airport , mrs sunanda pushkar was attacked by a few perverts , at the pretext of welcoming her. this is not an isolated event , in a state where women out number men , the ego of the minority are always on show , whether it be the crowd at the bus stop or the ranjini haridas haters on facebook it all boils down to the ideal concept of what a woman is supposed to be. ironically these so called traditional values the moral brigade dwells on is not even indian , but a crude imitation of the victorian society. what else could explain the fact that in a region where women rarely covered the upper body , the women are crucified for the dressing choices they make and where a matriarchal society always existed a free willed woman is considered a whore. all this comes down to the way we as a society have evolved post independence.
this attitude is more an issue in the southern districts of kerala and among particular communities of malabar. the south was the region first to embrace the missionary education and the accompanying value system of the victorian era .these new set of moral guidelines were worlds apart from what existed , the imbibition of these so called moral values where slow and steady . on the heels of christian missionaries the hindu reformation movement also adopted a similar stance resulting in the universal accreditation of these practices. and sadly it still remains as the ultimate authority.muslims of malabar were the most egalitarian of the sect in india , women were the pillars of the community , sadly the gulf boom put an end to that world. malyali men in arabia saw a different brand of islam which they adopted with vigour , introducing purdahs and hijabs. within the span of a decade the community have become more global in following the extreme views of islam , abandoning the moderate views which it developed over centuries. a whole new generation have been brought up in this fold , that is why one of my lady friends who exceled in studies commented on the sunanda pushkar episode as “if she would have worn a purdah this would not have happened” .
a reformation of these archaic laws must and will happen as we as a society become more globalized , till then these acts are bound to increase , what we can hope for is nothing like this turn more brutal.