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Of teenage moms, mob fury and SRK vs. Darsheel


It’s a weird world. No wait, it just got weirder.

This “weird” piece on DNA India’s website reports about an Argentinean girl who is the mother of seven kids at the age of just, well yes, 16. She had given birth to a boy at the age of 14 and followed that up with two sets of triplets in consecutive years giving doctors something to brainstorm on.

I’d written about my feelings on mob justice in modern India in a previous post. And now we have a second case to reflect on. Two students in Hajipur, Bihar engaged in a fight over a mobile phone which turned ugly when one of them stabbed the other, dragged him onto the streets and was “assisted” in this self-endorsed act of justice by a mob. Our age-old habit of chickening out and turning into mere spectators came good once again. Not just the people, even the police.

If anything improves in the country with time, it is the degree of controversy generated by a syndrome of “we-hate-each-other-so-damn-much” actions complemented by an in-built urge to curb benevolence and go deaf and dumb at malevolence.

The war of words between actor Shahrukh Khan and Union Health minister Anbumani Ramadoss regarding the on-screen smoking controversy reached another level after the minister accused SRK of trying to limit the scope of the word “creative liberty”. Ramadoss directed praise at Aamir Khan and his once-in-many-lifetimes Taare Zameen Par, stating that creativity should be used to improve societal minds and not encourage habits that kill a million Indians every year.

Talking of SRK and Aamir, the country is braced up for a potential Filmfare awards “upset” when SRK takes on the more-deserving Darsheel Safary for the Best Actor accolade. SRK may have produced a decent effort in Chak De India, but no one can rule out the influence that Darsheel and Aamir have had on our lives since Taare Zameen Par and it would be great for him to snap up the honour.

Something right should happen once in a while to continue to keep hope alive. It is on a life-critical support system already.....

7 comments:

  pearlie s

Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 4:55:00 AM PST

well...hav u read Jonathan Livingstone Seagull ?? Illusions-adventures of a reluctant messiah ?? or nythng by Richard Bach ??

  C R D

Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 9:04:00 AM PST

nice thought.

mob 'justice' is really a bane, coz then justice would mean what the mob believes is right.

abt who wins the filmfare awards, i guess it's gonna be srk,even if he's second best, coz the man represents the film industry, and the industry would think tht his not winning would affect their saleability abroad. its unfortunate

keep writing
chris
www.crissdude.blogspot.com

  Trailblazer

Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 11:42:00 AM PST

@pearlie s
Does it have anything to do with my post? Because I haven't read them. But I would if they are related.

@c r d
Thanks. Yes, mob justice is a bane. Please read my previous post(link in current post) regarding mob justice. SRK will win, thanks more to the director than himself, I'd say.

  sourav

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 1:17:00 AM PST

hey nice blog i liked the topics of your blog....!!

  Trailblazer

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 1:29:00 AM PST

@ sourav
Thanks. Do read.

  Proneat

Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 12:57:00 AM PST

well damn..interesting mix mash of a handful of news stories.liked it dude.. instead of one long boring post, u've written innovatively. kudos.

  1conoclast

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 4:23:00 AM PST

So Aamir is another thing we agree on. Great!

Do we also agree on Aamir's support for Medha Patkar's NBA?