Watching NDTV report on 'Bangalore Bleeding' made me very angry. And also pleased me.
I am ALWAYS happy to see citizens waking up to their right to freedom. I hope they go to the court and win their freedom to dance, and if they please drink till the wee hours of morning.
I really don't see why we let our semi-literate, corrupt politicians to interfere in our personal lives. First there was this law in Mumbai, that stopped young people below 21 from drinking. I am totally against young people below 21 drinking, I wish there was no drinking or drugs or liquor production at all...(that's a different post) but I would never want a Police man/law/politician to make drinking by them a crime. And why 21? If they can vote, if girls can marry and have children before 21! Why give the government the authority to decide what's good or not good, for our children (and us).
Drunker Driving -they don't control.
Illicit Liquor sale near all slums, and resulting crimes by men of all ages they cannot control.
And then they go all out to implement archaic, long forgotten laws against young adults in clubs, pubs, restaurant and discos who drink in reasonably controlled and safe environment of these places. And my friend Anju who has two wonderful boys believes "it's for our good", otherwise "These boys will get spoiled! " So, I wonder - How many of us believe that BANS on drinking, smoking, cell phones (that's the limit) will help us raise better children?
(stopping smoking in all public places is a Non Smokers' right, and a different matter, I am only against the State trying to tell us what is good for us.)
Ban against the use of cell phones by children, in some parts of India, is another such attempt to tell us what's good for us. Both my kids carry mobiles (and I will have no peace if they didn't!). When they go for coaching classes, when they walk back home or are being driven home in school buses - I would like to know we can get in touch in any emergency (often created by the same, above mentioned politicians etc)....A government that does not manage to feed it's children is concerned about their falling grades due to use of mobiles!!!
I also feel a citizen's sexuality is not the State's business and was happy to see Gays and lesbians are fighting for their rights. and they have all my (however little) support.
Would you rather the Police and the Politicians controlled your children? And frankly, CAN they? If 21 year olds insist on drinking despite their parents' displeasure, do you think fear of the law is going to stop him/her? And would you like the Police to take action if your 21 old was caught drinking?
And who is this Police? How will you ensure it is not someone like Sunil More -the Policeman who raped a minor on Marine Drive? Or the bunch that investigated Aarushi's murder? Our Police Force has countless such samples.
I think our moral values are OUR business, not Constable Sunil More, Modi, Advani, Raj Thakre, Pappu Yadav or their likes. I know some of us believe these laws are good for us...
Bangalore does not !
All the best to them :)