Tuesday, April 17, 2007

...... the other India is the Leash.

There are 2 India’s in this country.
One India is straining at the leash ,eager to spring forth and live up to all the adjectives that the world has been showering recently upon us.
The other India is the leash.

Amitabh Bachchan said these words in his inimitable style, in the famous India Poised Campaign.
And then you see him with his family visiting every possible temple and marrying his future daughter-in-law to some trees because some Kundli says that she is ‘Manglik’.
[Being manglik is a condition, believed by some to be devastating for marriage, causing discomfort and tension in relationship, leading to separation and divorce, and in some cases to cause untimely death of one spouse.]
So isn’t the person asking everyone to break the leash being the leash himself.
A friend of mine was directly affected by this notion promoted by the Pandits. His almost finalized marriage was cancelled as he is a manglik.
What is the proof of that being manglik will result in an unsuccessful marriage? Do matching Kundlis matter so much?
These silly superstitions have been promoted for a long time by some section of the society and people like Amitabh Bachchan, by following these so called rituals are further encouraging the fallacies. People look up to someone of a stature like him. They do what their icons do. The innumerable advertisements that these superstars do, prove the fact that what they say and what they do has a significant impact on common man’s mindset. One argument that can be said in Amitabh’s favor is that it’s his personal life that we are talking here and he is free to do what he wishes. But then, it can also be said that he is a public figure who has and will continue to be in continuous public limelight. So is he required to change his beliefs for the public – well I guess he should at least follow what he promotes. Moreover, if some action by him can lead to a general public good, help remove some deep rooted myths, helps cutting the leash – then well, he should go ahead and may be rethink on his beliefs.


Tejinder said...

"Right said fred"

Chetan said...

Right said Sid. But I think Amitabh in this case didnt want to take risk since as per the Mangalik definition Abhishek's life would have been at stake.

pankaj said...

theres a third india too...its the biggest i guess..but somehow its invisible