During my university days in India,a professor of mine Dr Parihar presented me with “An Area Of Darkness”by V.S.Naipaul. I read the book with fascination,then found the Government had banned it,because its portrayal of India!It was actually a travelogue detailing Naipaul,s trip through India in early sixties.It conveyed the acute sense of disillusionment which the author experienced on his ancestral land.The book was banned for its negative portrayal of India and its people. Now nearly fifty years later,as the Government bans the BBC documentary,I find we haven,t changed a bit,or is it the dark ages of fifty years ago,setting over the country again? In an area of darkness,we can,t see the dirt that covers us,we pretend there,s no dirt,and we ban the Rays of lights that expose of filth! “You with the torch,what are you doing?” “Showing people what they have to wash away sir!” “Switch off the light!” “But why sir,don,t you want to wash the dirt away? Don,t you want to stand clean?” “Switch off the light!” “You will feel much better once you are clean sir,there will be a sense of purity,of a cleansing!” “Switch off the light!or better still I will!” “You have kicked the lamp sir, we are now in darkness!” “And I feel clean again!” “Because you can,t see your dirt sir!” “There is no dirt!”
Yes there is no dirt to be seen where there is no light to expose it.We hate the light.We know we are unclean,we have much to hide,but we ban the light that exposes, and continue living as a hypocritical country with pretenders as citizens.And it,s not just the Government,the ” switching off the lights”syndrome exists in all spheres of our life.
It is time we stop banning the torche, that shine on our huge areas of darkness,because it is only these lights that will start exposing our hypocrisy ,our double standards,and start cleaning our nation and people.As long as we continue switching of these lights,no “Ache Din”will ever come,mark my word! Even as I am angered at the hypocrisy of our Government in banning the news telecast of the Nirbhaya documentary,here,s something for you about the woman in our lives who have jobs like we have: Tomorrow you may get a working woman as your wife,or you may already be married to a working woman: Here is a girl,who is as much educated as you are,who is earning almost as much as you do,one who has dreams and aspirations just as you have because she is a human as you are one,who has never entered the kitchen in her life just like you or your sister haven,t as she was busy in studies and competing a system that gives no special concession to girls for their culinary achievements. One who has lived and loved her parents and brothers and sisters ,almost as much as you do for 20-25 years of her life, One, who has bravely agreed to leave behind all that her home, people who love her,to adopt your home,your family,your ways and even your family name,One,who is somehow expected to be a master-chef from day#1’while you sleep oblivious to her predicament in her new circumstances ,environment and that kitchen, One,who is expected to make the coffee or tea,first thing in the morning and cook food at the end of the day,even if she is tired as you are,may be more,and yet never ever expected to complain,to be a servant,a cook,a mother ,a wife,even if she doesn’t want to,and is learning just like you are as to what you want from her,and is clumsy and sloppy at times and knows that you won,t like it if she is too demanding,or if she learns faster than you., One,who has her own set of friends,and that includes boys and even men at her workplace too,those, who she knows from school days and yet is willing to put all that on the back-burners to avoid your irrational jealous,unnecessary competition and your inherent insecurities.,yes,she can drink and dance just as well as you can,but won,t,simply because you won,t like it, even though you say otherwise,One,who can be late from work once in a while,when deadlines,just like yours, are to be met, One, who is doing her level best and wants to make this most important,relationship in her entire life a grand success,if you just help her some and trust her, One,who just wants one thing from you,as you are the only one she knows in your entire house-your unstinted support,your sensitivities and most importantly-your understanding,or love,if you may call it.But not many guys understand this……..!(yog Rahi Gupta is aWinnipeg based free lanceWriter and he is also a host of radio Voice Of India every Sunday from radio ckjs 810 from 5 to 6 PM.)