Thursday, February 26, 2009

gurumurthy and chawla: Unbridled Human Rights And Unrestrained Personal Freedom

feb 26th, 2009

On Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 2:20 AM, A P 

Unbridled Human Rights And Unrestrained Personal Freedom


The social, moral and economic aspects of  personal 'freedom' and individual rights are brilliantly discussed in these two columns of the New Indian Express of 26 February 2009


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'Chaddis' and liberation


By Anil Chawla

New Indian Express, 26 Feb 2009


Events in the past few weeks have forced rethinking about various women issues. Are the women who sit in pubs sipping cool drinks truly liberated? If sipping drinks in a pub is liberation, then why is dancing in bars not? Can we in a broad manner equate "liberated" with "loose"? Does liberation actually mean the liberty to do all that one can imagine without any moral hang-ups? Of course, the related question that rises up is whether 'being liberated' is desirable, or in other words, ethically and socially good? No, I am not getting into a philosophical discourse. Let me start with a small story.


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The writer is an engineer by qualification, a philosopher by vocation and a management consultant by profession.



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By S Gurumurthy

New Indian Express, 26 Feb 2009


This happened in Mangalore as February 14 — now marketed as Valentine's Day by traders to sell their wares — was approaching.


Upset with public drinking by boys and girls, a freak by name Pramod Muthalik got mad. He got some of them in a pub beaten up like their parents would do, but unlike them. He had informed the media about his show so that the news cameras were in place to telecast the Muthalik action everywhere. Thus the Muthalik show was a joint venture between him and the media to keep away the state police, which could spoil the show. Predictably, the whole world pounced on poor Yeddyurappa who heads the BJP government in Karnataka for allowing Muthalik to take the law into his hands. The BJP, ever torn between its love of Hindu culture and its desire for a modern image, was greatly embarrassed. With the BJP in power in Karnataka, Muthalik knew the publicity value of his show. Had he enacted his theatre elsewhere, like when the Shiv Sena raided pubs years ago in Mumbai and Pune under the 'secular' Congress rule, it would have been far less noisy.

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