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Misogyny, Misandry, Deceptive Media and RSS

At the outset, let me share 2 observations from the twitter with regards to the slanderous campaign against RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.

  1. A misandry rant against RSS chief Sri Mohan Bhagwat in a reply to Tavleen Singh’s tweet.1pressbrief_misandry_rant
  2. Tavleen Singh responds to a tweet asking her view on Mohan Bhagwat after the smoke screen cleared. She says “@netsimha I think Mohan Bhagwat, Asaram Bapu and the Jamaat-e-Islami made comments that reflect the real reason why women are raped daily in Bharat and India.”2tavleen_singh_response

Now read this hidden and buried resolution “Need to maintain the dignity of Women” passed by RSS in 2008 by its apex body ABPS (Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha), that the Main Stream Media (MSM) would not want or care to publish:

(Full text of the resolution can be found here)The ABPS sees it as regretful that women are being increasingly subjected to indecent behavior, eve-teasing, sexual exploitation, abuse and other despicable crimes. It is deeply distressing that in addition to female foeticide, dowry violence etc. they are subjected to sexual abuse at work places, public places and even homes too.

The ABPS profoundly feels the need for a radical transformation in the mindset of society to bring in a meaningful change in this de-culturising situation. Just to rely upon the laws promulgated by the Government will be self-deceptive. The society must honestly realize that it is created by the institution of family and woman is the pivot of the familyhence a developed society cannot be envisaged without an enlightened, awakened and empowered womanIt is a pressing necessity that families, education system, media and society must change their attitude to ensure a respectful behavior towards woman. The ABPS appeals to the saints and social leaders also to take a leading role in this respect.

Now the shameless deception:

First on Jan 3rd, the MSM twisted the recent speech of Sri Mohan Bhagwat in Silichar where he was responding to a query on the rise of rapes and atrocities against women in India. The YouTube video (7:45 min) conveys the message that Sri Mohan Bhagwat was clearly implying Bharat as values and expressed concern that we as a nation have forgotten human values. Unfortunately it was easy to extract and misinterpret the India vs. Bharat quote by the rabid media people possessed with scavenging instinct. There was a verbal assault on RSS chief and the key point made by Sri Mohan Bhagwat “Besides new legislations Indian ethos and attitude towards women should be revisited” got lost in the shrill accusations. Interestingly, the social media (Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook) came to the rescue and facilitated the truth. Kiran Bedi viewed the original video and tweeted in support of Sri Mohan Bhagwat’s views and commented on the media to rectify its views.3KiranBedi_comment

On January 6th 2013 the venal media was at it again. It unleashed a viral false-propaganda based on a doctored video recording from the “so called” credible news supplier source ANI (Asia News International). In its typical style NDTV picked this up and further twisted the news saying that ‘Women meant to do household chores’: another shocker from RSS chief. The English media attacked RSS chief quoting him in total falsehood that women are bound to look after their husbands by contract, and if they didn’t fulfill their duties, their husbands should leave them. Anti-Hindu, Limo-liberals became ecstatic and were all over the TV shows. They all did a great disservice to the nation by shoving the falsehood and pure lie into the minds of the millions.

See the confession by the ANI News Editor on twitter to the comment by the columnist Kanchan Gupta.4ANI_Smitaprakash_confession

If it were the good old pre-internet days like in 90s, the well-wishers and supports of RSS including a good number in RSS would have lost this psychological war of minds and perceptions.  Fortunately we are in 2013; the leftist-socialistic-hegemony, control and gate-keeping of news by few dark-souls are no more the case. Social media has spread wide into the landscape of India (rural and urban) empowering millions of ordinary people including patriots, nationalists, activists and RSS Swayamsevaks. The consumer of news has now become the producer of news and digital content. An avalanche of outrage on twitter and elsewhere on the internet built up pretty fast, thanks to the relentless effort and campaign by patriots across the middle India on Social Media.(You can read a few here SamavadaNewslaundry and Rediscovery of India). This made the main stream media to stop its slanderous tirade and were forced to bend. The media was literally caught with its hands in the cookie-jar. Its addicted habit of spit and run did not work this time. Shameless deception got fully exposed and they were forced to lick their wounds.5Sagarika_sorry_bhagwatji_CB

I would give the benefit of doubt to all those misinformed and ill-informed about RSS and its outlook towards women. Hope one would rectify their skewed perception; and the ignorance and prejudice demonstrated by equating Sri Mohan Bhagwat to Jamaat-e-Islami would go away.

For a RSS worker be it from India or from Bharat, there is no doubt on what RSS stands for and its noble mission of serving the nation. A RSS worker with total conviction says “Apne par vishwas, Apnopar Vishwas, Apne Karya par vishwas” (I trust myself, I trust my fellow workers, I trust my noble mission and work).

It is up to the well-meaning people including those who need not necessarily subscribe to the views of RSS, to see through the smoke screens, facades and pursue the truth. Who a misogynist is, who is a in misandry and who is deceptive, I shall leave it to the reader’s judgment.


Focus 2013 – Development of Values Among Youth

Various articles, interviews and tweets have been come after the incident of the 23 year old young girl’s gruesome rape in Delhi. This is without doubt a dastardly crime and rapists must be punished with an iron hand.

An interesting post on the subject came in Firstpost – titled “Why 2013 should be made the year of the boy-child” . The author has brought about a few points about how the male child needs to be trained to respect women from childhood. This is true.

However, by and large, families teach children to respect women in the childhood. The issue comes up when they reach adolescence and move towards youth. In childhood, impressions are formed but the opinions are really forumaled during youth. It is in this age that young boys and men make opinions about everything in life. They are very largely influenced by the quality of the discourse that surrounds them, the company they keep including friends and peers, the books they read, the films they see, the sites they watch on the internet and the heroes they try to emulate. It is probably here that the society is failing.

Whether youth power is a positive or a negative depends on what the core content within them is. With positive and higher goals, they can be a huge asset to a country and with negative goals can create mayhem and anarchy. Atleast 2 of the rapists who are accused seem to be coming from poor families whose parents seem to have a high value for human life. They have sought death sentence for their own children. One of the accused rapists is a boy-youth who is just a few months to reach 18 years. Therefore, there seems to be a bigger issue at hand.

For example, a recent news item regarding drug abuse across the country esp those near the borders is a matter of concern. http://www.deccanherald.com/content/10456/punjabs-bitter-harvest.html

While the above article highlights Punjab, the same is true about many border states where drug trafficking is common and many cities which form the markets for the drug users.

The old saying goes, ” A persons character is determined by the company he/she keeps”. The importance of Satsangati ( good company ) in such an age cannot be underestimated. The government must be supporting organizations which are working towards building character among the youth. If the governments of the land are a non-player, the people at large must support organizations that are working towards inculcating patriotic values among the youth, support organizations that spread value based education.

Ofcourse strong laws are a detterent against crimes, but the guarantee of long-term safety and progress of a nation comes from youth who not just educated to earn but educated to know about what our country stands for, confident and equipped with values. One of the biggest values that Bharat has stood for is respect for womenhood. “yatra nAryastu poojyante, ramante tatra devataaH” ( Where the women is respected, the devas reside there ). We must introspect why this aspect of our culture is fading. If we lose this aspect of our culture, then we would be putting our ancestors to shame.