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No balm for our wounds

Dr (Maj) Ankur Malhotra, Hindustan Times   February 23, 2013
First Published: 09:36 IST(23/2/2013) | Last Updated: 09:37 IST(23/2/2013)

After Fevicols and Zandu balms have become part of  Bollywood lyrics why leave Araldite and Iodex behind? We request our so-called creative lyricists and singers to continue with their awe-inspiring work of art that has no qualms about calling women 'tandoori murgis' for they in turn get love and adulation from millions of Indians, especially the youth.

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Recently, a woman radio jockey (RJ) of a local FM channel aired a contest where all contestants were supposed to create "angdais ..." that were to match the 'ooh and aahs' of hit item number Fevicol from Dabangg 2. The RJ was quick to dole out prizes to the best entries of women listeners, who seemed equally eager to oblige her. We wouldn't be surprised if the same RJ will be the first to air her strong views about respecting women in the next episode.

This is a game of double standards at its best. It won't be wrong to say that these young RJs, DJs, VJs are the ones who have created Punjabi rap stars whose claim to fame is woman bashing.

First, they create a wave by playing such tracks on loop day in and day out and then suddenly one fine morning you find that the singer/lyricist they epitomized has become an obnoxious villain and cause of all crime against women in the country.

Aren't our youth icons treading the same path as our seasoned politicians? They change colour like the chameleon and shift stands in matters of grave concern till you realise they have no stand on any issue.

Perhaps that's why India lacks role models. People with an inhumane approach disguise themselves as being human. Their acts of bravado and generosity on screen put even Robinhood to shame but in real life, they care two hoots for the law. Directors and producers commodify women in their movies and get away with it.

Why should we single out politicians when we don't hold our superstars, singers, VJs, RJs and news anchors, who are followed by millions, responsible? From a toddler to an octogenarian, nobody is left untouched by the entertainers' charisma. They have an equally responsible role to play.

We need upright politicians (sounds like an oxymoron); we need leaders with a vision and an insight. They will rise from our society and our hopes are pinned on the youth .It is time for the youth to introspect, build character and take charge of the country's destiny. It is time we bid adieu to balms and adhesives for we have had enough.

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