The first word in Civil Society is “Civil” – I think we have forgotten what it means! Has one noticed the abusive language that is pervasive on the streets of Delhi. We talk about respect to women, additional protection, Pink buses for women, and even specialized banks for Women (someone please explain to me what […]

The first word in Civil Society is “Civil” – I think we have forgotten what it means! Has one noticed the abusive language that is pervasive on the streets of Delhi. We talk about respect to women, additional protection, Pink buses for women, and even specialized banks for Women (someone please explain to me what this means though)  – but what about our language.

Hindi Abuses

Madar Chxx, Bhen Chxx, GanXx, Bhosxx Ka  – this is our language. It is not just using the f-word, but specifically targeting the f-word at women. This is the language on our streets. How are we to progress as a society (let alone a civil society) if this is the case. How can women have an equal partnership if it is not possible to have any discussion without expletives. Something needs to be done here. This is the grassroots program that we certainly want for women to feel equal. They say that close to 400 crores have been spent on promoting the use of Hindi in the workplace – I hope these 400 crores have not been spent in educating on abuses and if we are continuing to spend this sort of money on language we should add a section to this spend that focuses people on polite and appropriate conversation.

Singapore And Our Deficit

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In Singapore, people are fined for spitting on the street – possibly a similar measure in India for fining abuses? Hey Mr Chidambaram, I think I have solved the current account deficit problem – the government would make thousands of crores if they were to fine ten rupees for every such abuse hurled on the street or more for hand signals being hurled at random by our bollywood stars.

Some bollywood stars in fact have built a reputation for themselves in this area – Sonam Kapoor for one looses no opportunity in publicly using the middle finger or hurling expletives openly on twitter. Her twitter fight is legendary – for those not in the know, Anil Kapoor during an interview had mentioned that star kids have it tougher in the industry. This was re-tweeted by someone saying “cos they generally have no talent”. This made Ms Kapoor upset and the tweeting continued with use of f-words and a**hole by Sonam – of course this is still quite benign in comparison to language used in the streets of Delhi (the not-so civil society).

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Anna Hazare And The Civil Society

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