The President of the country Pranab Mukherjee did well to read the rule book to Arvind Kejriwal, the latest hero of the masses by presenting him with a copy of the Indian Constitution when he went to meet him after scoring an unprecedented 67 out of 70 in the Delhi elections.
Incidentally, the Presidents’ daughter Sharmishta Mukherjee lost her deposit in her first electoral foray where the AAP nominee romped home. But so did Ajay Maken, who was the face of the Congress in this election, but that is another story.
The Point is Does the Constitution Really Matter in This Country, a Constitution that has been Amended 99 times since 1950, When it first came into Existence
The immediate relevance of this Constitutional discussion is February 14 known as Valentine Day all over the world. Our Badrang Dals, sorry Bajrang Dals, are out to once again make a spectacle of their ignorance by punishing youngsters found presenting buds of roses to their partners or found loitering hand in hand.
This, under Section 294 A of the Indian Penal Code broadly comes under the clumsy purview of the Display of Public Affection. The Act reads “whoever, to the annoyance of others, does any obsecene act in any public place, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine, or with both”. And holding hands in public can certainly be offensive to a lot of people even after marriage.
I tried to find out details of St.Valentine but there have been so many St Valentines that I cannot place my finger on exactly which one is the one that the youth celebrates as Valentine Day for PDA. When I did my Masters in literature we were told that Venus was the Goddess of Love. And St. Valentine according to records is hardly associated with love in any mythology.
But will that make a difference to the sensibilities of our own Saints the Sakhshi Maharajs and the other gangs who have taken it upon themselves to guard the innocence of our youth being polluted by Western culture.
Every year this group becomes bolder and bolder as it invents newer ways of getting its two minutes of fame on TV channels.
But now they are getting more ambitious.The Bajrang Dals, the Shiv Sainiks and other so called fringe groups are now in the Government. No longer satisfied by becoming local ‘heroes’ from local ‘bullies’ for one day, they have now tasted blood.
They are now entering legislatures and Parliament where they decide what laws are good for lesser mortals like us.
And besides this saintly tribe there are also a number of others who have been booked for Public Display of Disaffection (PDD) violence, murder, attempted murder, dacoity, rioting etc. who are in Parliament even after the Shudhi performed by Narendra Modi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
I hope Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi will brush up and update the list they had displayed during the Anna movement to ensure that PDA does not become a bigger crime than PDD.
By: Amitabh Srivastava