Well, you know, I suppose I should be exercised about the controversy over cartoons in a Danish newspaper. Or about the concerns of striking airport workers, and of passengers put to serious trouble. Or about the demolition of a Delhi mall, and the vanishing dreams of various designers who had set up shop there.
Yeah, I should be exercised, and I suppose I am, to some extent or the other.
But I'm much more exercised by the not-infrequent reports like this one: Lovers get death for pre-marital sex. Or this one: Couple lynched for marrying.
In both cases, these couples were murdered by their own families. (!)
In the first, the family seems to have decided that Indian traditions "prohibit love-making and pre-marital sex of any kind". (Really? I'd like to know which tradition this is). Determining via a confession extracted by whipping that they had indeed done such untraditional love-making, a "court" headed by the girl's father (!) "sentenced" the couple to be hanged. Which they were.
And it's our tradition to whip people and hang them for expressing their love.
In the second case, a couple belonging to the same "gothra" got married after a long relationship. The woman's family, led by her own father (!), assaulted them with "bricks, stones and iron rods". Both were killed. You see, it's not permitted to marry within a "gothra".
And yes, it's permitted (within a gothra or otherwise) to assault people with bricks and stones and rods for -- again -- expressing their love for each other.
On another blog I'm part of, we've been asked such questions as what the "real" India is. To me, it's a meaningless question. Yet I wonder still: is the Delhi Metro, or the outsourcing phenomenon, any less or any more a part of "real" India than families lynching their own for breaking foolish and mythical taboos? If we are proud of one, how should we feel about the other?