(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 14, 2010
The Great Indian Wedding
shaadi is over! Uh! Many were happy that the three-day event went off
bridegroom has come and gone, happy, at least it seems for now. For us
that is what counts, na! Athithi devo bhava and if it happens
bridegroom, then his satisfaction is over and above our satisfaction.
Oh, I did
not tell you whose marriage it is, isn't it? I am talking about the
All the arrangements for the marriage and preparations were grand in scale. Lots of money was spent on cleaning, clearing and decorating the venue. The prime minister himself went to receive the baraati. Special platters were prepared, hotels sealed, roads blocked and historic heritage sites closed for the baraati's visit.
in many marriages, this too was not an easy marriage. So many obstacles
be crossed. The groom, US, was always eagerly wooing the bride
previous marital history of the groom is not good. Did I not tell you,
not the first marriage of the groom? His earlier marriages with many
countries spelt disaster and ruined their families. Look at
Unfortunately (or is it due to selective blindness) the guardians of our bride, the present Indian government is blind to all these experiences and went ahead with the function. Aware of all the earlier relationships, they wanted only one clarification from the groom that he would not openly prioritise his relationship with our neighbour. In order to please the bridegroom they even agreed to give huge dowry and accepted all the demands gladly.
Do you know what was offered as dowry? Yes, dowry that is a proclaimed offence under our law. In one film, the groom asks the brides father to give the raga for which he is famous for as dowry, ie, not sing it any longer. That devastates the father and the family. Similar thing is happening here too. He had asked as dowry, our agriculture, our education and our retail trade. Why these?
It seems that their country, US is facing lot of economic problems people are losing jobs, no money to buy food and other things like that. Even the big corporations are losing money it seems their profits are reducing. This is making the people there angry and it seems they have voted against the ruling party there very recently. So, to satisfy the corporations we are paying dowry. Monsanto, a very big seed company is in losses this year it seems. So, if we allow them to sell their products in our country, they will be happy as their profits will increase. What will happen to our agriculture, we are not bothered bridegroom has to be satisfied. Even at the cost of the death of our farmers!
somebody is telling that
of their demands is that their factories will sell goods to us. If
defects and because of that accidents, we should not question them. We
remember what had happened in
In our state, Andhra Pradesh, in some places the bridegroom has a 'privilege'. He can go and climb 'alaka paanpu'. It is a cot which if the bridegroom climbs, means that he is not satisfied. The press secretary of the bridegroom did the same. He threatened to cancel the function by pulling out Obama from it. Our people got worried and immediately granted his request, allowed entry to eight people who are very dear to them. This is a small example of the arm-twisting that has already started.
you know what he has promised in return? He promised to help us in
ourselves to protect our honour. Are you thinking that it is a big
Remember, he had done the same with many other people too. And in
The baraati, it comes to light now, had some inkling of information about the Mumbai terror attack in which more than 160 people had died. But they did not share it with us at the proper time, as their man was acting as a double agent. These people do not trust us, but we should trust them. They do not care for us but we should take utmost care of them. Relations, they say are built on trust. So much so for the trust here!
the reception, it seems the song Yeh dosti, hum nahin chodenge,
Sholay was played. In that film, Vir and Jai, the eternal friends are
die for each other and in fact they decide who should sacrifice or
lives at risk by tossing a coin. True friends indeed. It is an insult
it as a symbolic expression of the relationship between the