Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Voice of sanity

At last some saner voices are being heard in the recent controversy about Kushboo's remark on safe sex. I like them, not only because they support Kushboo's right to speak, but also because these voices are civil and dignified.

Kushboo controversy has been raging for a month now with little or no dissent to methods adopted by these so called saviors of Tamil Culture. Even the doyen of Tamil Nadu politics Mr.Karunanidhi ducked for cover. For a while I thought no one would dare to speak up as the moral brigade was being actively supported and instigated by some casteist parties and fanned by SUN TV network.

While I respect their right to dissent, abhor their ways and means. The protests in Mettur and elsewhere with chappals and brooms were downright dirty. Their anger knew no bounds and they uttered some of the fithiest expletives against Kushboo. Their tactics was to stifle the voice of dissent by any means available. When Suhasini spoke up, she instantly invited the wrath of these culture custodians. The sad part is, SUN TV Network carried all this in gory detail and blew it out of proportion.

Slowly, but surely some voice of dissent to this moral policing is being heard. The left parties have come out in support of Kushboo's right to speak her mind. So did some of the journalists and women groups. India Today, where it all started came out with a hard hitting article that is bound create some ripples. Kushboo got support from some expected quarters as well. Ms. Kanimozhi daughter of Mr.Karunanidhi & Mr. Karthi son of P.Chidambaram came out in support of Kushboo's right to freedom of speech. Incidentally, they also launched a forum for this cause.

I hope these saner voices grow louder and prevail.


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