- Posted August 20, 2013 by
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Questions for the Lactose Tolerant Generation
Idealism was never over-rated in this subcontinent, and the religious texts have indeed lined out a decorum to follow. However, many of those directives have been disguised and misinterpreted with the intention of bringing women down, to establish the aforementioned patriarchal regime.
We could probably use a lot of hateful nicknames for those who put together an ingenious plan to uphold ideas which can only be described as stupid, orthodox, and disgraceful.
In the days of yore in India, temples were considered to be places of allegiance to deities, and hence sacred. People who governed these temples - the priests, or 'Brahmins' were given the status quo of being next to God. And in the pursuit of keeping these positions away from women, a lot of religious dictations were conveniently altered.
For instance, an instruction proclaiming abstinence from spiritual pursuits while a lady encounters her menstrual cycle, was issued- as a measure to ensure that female participation in religious activities would gradually decline. Similarly, the idea of unmarried men associating themselves with unmarried women was pronounced as "uncouth" - again, with the intent of assigning men the unquestioned glory that they dreamed of.
It is easy to imagine that an entire population of god fearing folk was easily convinced to surrender into the treacherous shadows of religious prohibition. And for centuries, these traditions have continued to dominate the primary principles of Indian lifestyle.
Obedience towards religious norms are not just thrust upon children, they are enforced under the sweet disguise of being closer to god, of the idea of being loved by an unseen protector. Children of India grow up, mostly in an environment where the word 'Sex' has been assigned Taboo status.
And the result- those who grow up in neglected segments of society, those to find themselves deprived of something extremely natural to humans- turn to inhumane ways of satisfying those needs.
We have laid so much emphasis on curbing pre-marital sex and talking children out of sexual activities, that somewhere down the line, we forgot to educate them about it. They did- the continuing line of generations who have lived by crushing norms. Lactose intolerant, allergic, shivering souls- they did it.
But right now, there are a lot more souls who are waiting for an answer- the generation that does not distinguish, the generation that sympathizes only with what's right. The generation that wants to fix all the wrongs of our forefathers. The generation that laughs in unison and cries alone to strengthen peers. The generation that deserves an answer. We are here, and we really don't care about leaders who talk about religious freedom- because deep down, it doesn't matter to us.
We find it amusing to punish the juvenile kid who rapes a teenage girl. But we also want to know why he did it, if there was a way to reverse that sentiment. We want to understand if there is a possibility to have the convergence of our intellect and the glory of times gone by. We need to know if a bridge can be drawn- if the pillars that crush us, can finally be brought down.
Maybe- maybe, we'll find our peace in those answers.