Along with the success and new activities of Sunday 'Raahgiri', Delhi made news today for yet another reason....THE KISS OF LOVE !!
Yes. For those who did not read the newspapers splashed with the 'panorama' of this 'festival cum campaign'along with the self-speaking pictures, this is an initiative which started in Kochi on November 2 where the agenda is to protest against the "moral policing".On Saturday (November 8), the supporters of this event gathered near a central metro station in Delhi and shared their thoughts and ideas about the so called moral policing by the political right wings such as VHP,RSS etc. The main protestors were from the eminent University, the JNU although a lot of youngsters from the other universities like DU, Ambedkar university etc also joined in.
The whole idea of the "Kiss of Love" campaign seems absurd. All the more absurd is the hoopla going on about it and the kind of media coverage being given to it.
Love is the most natural instinct of every living organism. It affects one and all. Of late, especially in a country like India where the importance given to the traditions and societal restrictions is quite a lot, there have been very many incidents of "moral policing" where the communities have eliminated the lovers because of the rebellions they had done against the restrictions posed by the communities.
Since time immemorial, we have seen and heard the Shiv Sena protesting against the celebration of "the Valentine's Day' often taking law in their hands for no reason. To what effect? Nothing!
Agreed that these kind of people have no right to judge who should love whom and how. In fact, nobody has that kind of right over anybody's life. Love has no reason and it knows no boundaries. It happens! Just like that!
I am sure those who have been in love would agree with me. It's a soul connection.
The question is 'Will a public display of affection and a campaign of any kind change things for the better?'
Well, the most natural instinct or urge of any one is the need of sex. Will these people please oblige!!! Will it make Sex less of a taboo in a country like India?
If such menaces like moral policing has to be removed, every individual must talk to his/her parents because they are the ones who introduce us to moral policing. They are our first and foremost moral police! RSS,VHP,whatever doesn't matter. Our parents matter. Those of us who have logical,well educated and sensible parents would vouch for me when I say that it does not matter whether we kiss,hug,embrace or make love to somebody,what matters is whether we are sure about it or not,whether we are safe or not,physically and sexually,and whether we believe in ourselves and our partners or not.
A public drama can be less educative that a real time confidence building education. Campaigns will come,create a ripple and dissolve;what shall remain is the education.
The youngsters who wanted a public 'kiss of love' should vow to educate themselves first and later on their children to be sensible and confident human beings who know what they need to do with the precious moments they have in their life. They should not grow up into the similar individuals whom they are protesting against!
I would not be surprised not to find any middle aged and elderly person in the "kiss of Love" campaign. No parent wants a public display of love in India. Not yet.
So, grow up and grow well to be able to realize the actual goal for which you all are protesting. A rebellion has to be well- targeted and well-timed.
Wishing everyone well.
Love and stay loved,