“Kiss of Love” Protest – Has India really come of age to embrace it?

Recent media reports, National newspapers and TV channels have been flooded with headlines of Indian youth organizing a protest so called “Kiss Fest” or “Kiss of love” across major cities of country to show their angst against Moral Policing by publicly kissing and hugging each other.

I really felt the strong sensation of understanding and analyzing this burning issue and its underlying cause and emotions. At first, we need to understand what “Moral Police” is!

According to Wikipedia, It is basically name given to vigilante groups which act to enforce a code of morality in India. They claim that their actions are to “protect Indian culture”. They attack anything that does not conform to their notion of purity and morality, including paintings, books, films and theaters, art exhibitions, pubs and other liquor retailers, beauty salons, and people who they deem to be embracing Western attitudes and clothing.

So recent acts of violence against youth caught in so called immoral acts by Moral Police led to the organization of “Kiss of love” campaign by Kochi based youth. The sole intention of this protest was to raise voice against mounting incidents of crimes by so called Religious and Political outfits which often includes thrashing and indecent punishments.

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Our Indian culture and society has earmarked what’s acceptable and what’s NOT based on Izzat, sharm and Hayaa! As Indian youth, it’s also expected from us to follow our social norms and cultural sentiments which in my opinion is not bad. After all these cultural values are the ones which uniquely defines us in this world. But the BIG question is we follow it to what extent?  Today’s Indian youth is born and brought up with the most twisted psychology, dangling between Indian traditions taught by parents and the western adopted cool lifestyle as observed around us. With the heavy influence of western world on Indians, it has taught us that it’s our Right to Free Expression and so showing affection in public isn’t bad at all. But conflicts arises when people with extreme mentality co-exists!

Thus it necessitates the understanding of this issue’s legality. Section 294(a) of Indian Penal Code states that “Whoever, to the annoyance of others, does any obscene act in any public place shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine, or with both”. However the meaning of the word ‘obscene’ is not given in IPC, hence it is interpreted differently by different authorities. But, with regards to kissing and hugging in public places, the Supreme Court of India has made it clear that ‘no case can be made out’ of two people con-sensually hugging and/or kissing. I further feel that IPC needs to be clear on each and every scenario arising in society so as to avoid any conflicts based solely on moral grounds.

Also, there can be no justification to crime of any nature whatsoever. So it’s high time that we pass strict laws against crimes done in the name of Moral Policing as it has been observed that these people are not saviors of Indian culture but just another bunch of people born and bred out of sick mentality of harming others. Thus, embracing protests like Kiss fest was necessary but wasn’t that we wished for.

Time has come when Indians at individual level need to understand that how much do they want to get influenced by Western world and also blending it with Indian flavor keeping in mind its legal and social ramifications. That’s the possible solution to ‘Modern’ and liberal Indian society.

As Indian culture never taught us that “It’s OK to Piss in public but Not Kiss in public”!! We must let people do what they want as long as it does not hurt the other sentiments. It is up to the individual to decide what is wrong and what is right. We are not here to judge all the people.

I just hope that Indian youth takes positive influence from other societies rising above such bitter conflicts in order to build a powerful nation with hitherto untapped potential.

©TARANG JAIN

Rare Picasso art sold for approx. £13.5m at Christie’s!!!

The painting has only been seen in public once before.

A rarely seen painting by Pablo Picasso has been sold for almost £13.5m at Christie’s auction house in London, exceeding expectations.

Jeune Fille Endormie (1935), a portrait of the Spanish artist’s lover, had been estimated to sell for £9m-12m.

The artwork was donated to the University of Sydney, provided the establishment used money from the sale for scientific research. Giovanna Bertazzoni from Christie’s said the piece was an “absolute jewel”.

Marie-Therese Walter was the subject of many of Picasso’s celebrated works. The couple met in 1927 when he was 45 and she was 17. The couple spent time together at Picasso’s country home, the Chateau de Boisgeloup, where he created a string of masterpieces.

Nude, Green Leaves And Bust, another portrait of Walter sold last year for a record $106.5m (£65.5m). Dr Michael Spence from the university said it was a “very generous and far-sighted gift” that was donated to them by an anonymous person.

“We are grateful for their extraordinary generosity and delighted with the outcome of the auction.” He said the money would go towards research into obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

via http://www.bbc.co.uk

INDIA ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!

Team India have won the ICC Cricket World Cup after 28 years,completing the highest ever run chase in a final.


India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir pulled off an impressive run chase to beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the ICC Cricket World Cup final in Mumbai.

The fourth-wicket pair ensured India did not panic in front of a capacity home crowd after the early loss of big guns Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar in pursuit of 274 for six.

The favourites prevailed with 10 balls to spare in today’s showpiece between sub-Continental neighbours, both seeking their second World Cup, despite a wonderful 103 not out from Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene.

The expectations of many were that this contest might be a tale of two champion players, at watershed moments in their record-breaking careers.                                                         

But there was no major impact for Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan on his last appearance for his country, or a 100th international hundred for India’s Tendulkar in his home town.

Instead, with 97 for Gambhir and Jayawardene’s third World Cup century, three other world-class performers took centre stage in a contest just shaded by India.

It was Dhoni (91no) who completed the job, after promoting himself to number five and producing his first half-century of the campaign in a telling stand of 106 with Gambhir and then an unbroken 54 with Yuvraj Singh.

He did it with crowd-delighting gusto too, smashing a six high over long-on off Nuwan Kulasekera for the winning runs.

After Lasith Malinga uprooted both India openers – Tendulkar’s departure silenced the partisan majority – India’s prospects of a successful chase appeared to be fading already under the Wankhede Stadium lights.

But first Gambhir, with nine fours from 122 balls, and then Dhoni’s eight fours and two sixes from only 79 changed everything.

Sehwag was gone lbw for nought to only the second ball when he aimed across the line and missed.

There was to be no finest hour for Tendulkar either, and it seemed a crushing setback to Indian morale when he edged behind.

Gambhir and Virat Kohli responded with a partnership of 83, broken only by an outstanding return catch from Tillakaratne Dilshan, diving to his right to pluck out the one-handed chance.

Gambhir had two moments of fortune, Kulasekera unable to hold a tumbling catch at long-off in the first over of spin from Suraj Randiv with the left-hander on 30 – and then, 18 runs later, a scampered second run just made as Kumar Sangakkara marginally fumbled a throw from the deep.

Sangakkara could not quite gather either when there was barely a half-chance to stump Dhoni for a second-ball duck off Dilshan, and the India captain was to have another close call on 69 when Chamara Kapugedera threw down the stumps.

But his and Gambhir’s efforts, with Yuvraj’s late assistance after the number three had been bowled trying to carve off-side runs off Thisara Perera, met the challenge.

That might not have been so had Sri Lanka’s batsmen begun the match a little less conservatively, after Sangakkara won the toss on a good pitch and Zaheer Khan kept the brakes on with a miserly new-ball spell of 5-3-6-1.

Jayawardene’s was the key wicket almost from the moment he reached the crease, and certainly after India broke the first of his three half-century stands – with Sangakkara.

Sri Lanka’s lynchpin established a near risk-free run-a-ball tempo and retained it throughout.

Zaheer’s outstanding control in his opening spell, backed up by impressive fielding in the off-side ring, had put the early squeeze on Sri Lanka’s previously prolific opening pair Dilshan and Upul Tharanga.

The left-hander succumbed to the first delivery of Zaheer’s fourth over when a touch of movement away off the pitch took an outside edge and was very well-caught by Sehwag, away to his right at first slip.

Tharanga’s two runs had eaten up 20 balls, and it was not until his 20th delivery that Zaheer conceded his first run.

The introduction of Harbhajan Singh soon did for Dilshan, unluckily bowled off glove and pad as he tried to sweep.

Jayawardene joined Sangakkara for a partnership of 62, ended when the captain went after a short ball from Yuvraj only to edge it behind.

Thilan Samaraweera helped Jayawardene put on another 57.

Yet once again, just when Sri Lanka were just starting to look well-placed, Samaraweera was lbw sweeping at Yuvraj.

Kapugedera poked a very good slower ball from the returning Zaheer straight to cover to go for only a single.

Two wickets had gone for three runs – a test of resolve and skill even for Jayawardene.

But he found another willing and able partner in Kulasekara, who helped to rotate the strike and keep wickets intact for the final powerplay push – in which Sri Lanka’s best-of-the-tournament 63 runs were plundered.

Jayawardene completed a richly-deserved century with the last of his 13 fours over wide mid-off as even Zaheer started to suffer.

He perhaps deserved too to finish the day a winner. But India were narrowly the superior side, and eventually proved the point.