Recent remarks by RSS chief Mr. Mohanrao Bhagwat that rapes are prevalent in India (by this he means more liberal and modern population), not in Bharat (rural, more conservative or traditional part of India) created lot of controversy in media and many people were found it very controversial. Even Asaram Bapu said something very stupid in this regard. Personally I was not very surprised after reading this comment as this type of mindset is still prevalent in even educated people in India and Mr. Bhagvat is representative of that conservative mindset. I have seen lot of good work done by RSS, they try to instill feeling of patriotism among people at the same time they are heavily biased towards Hinduism. They don't hide their close association with Hinduism but this is one of their major handicap like many other organizations who associate themselves exclusively with any particular religion and feel compulsion to defend each and every thing mentioned in their scriptures, try to reinforce their traditions, culture (good as well as bad one). This particular comment comes from that mindset, where they believe traditional, conservative society is better for women, women should stay indoors, they are supposed to take care of home and family, cover themselves, supporting their family by earning or doing job is not their area and many things like that.
This statement by Mr. Bhagwat clearly doesn't make any sense, actually this shows that he is totally out of touch from reality. Every society has rich (more affluent) and poor sections, in India the difference is more contrast. Very often rich people follow more liberal lifestyle, and this is somehow blamed on so called western influence. There is no logic behind this, it's a pathetic attempt to blame some outsider for things which one can not avoid or control. In today's world with modern and sophisticated modes of communication interaction between different cultures and societies are more common, people adopt whatever they feel suits them. Exchange of ideas, traditions, customs are very easy and common and no one can stop this. Whatever is good and relevant for people'e needs today will survive and other things will go away, some bad elements will also creep in and will stay, but this was the case all the time. Every point of time in every society in our history we had good customs and traditions and also bad ones, so today's society is not very different in that way. We are much more well equipped as far as technology and resources are concerned and it can do wonders if we can use it to our advantage.
This logic of India and Bharat is indirect attempt to criticize more affluent section of Indian society for their more liberal lifestyle, women are generally more independent in these societies and also more out going. This criticism is mainly directed towards these women who are influenced by this so called western culture and life (according to this statement they live in India but not in Bharat), it may sound very illogical and weird but it seems this is how Mr. Bhagwat thinks. While making this comment I wonder how come Mr. Bhagwat conveniently forgot situation of women in his so called Bharat, where they are raped, molested, burned and killed every day, their situation is not very different than other parts of the country, law and order situation is even worse in these places than most of cities. Just because women stay mostly indoors, they don't to conventional job, they don't wear western clothes doesn't mean they are safe and well protected or well cultured than women who do these things. I really wonder how come people still believe and live with these type of illusions.
What type of world they want to live? Why are they so against against independent and strong women? Why they feel that women are supposed to do only certain type of work? Why are they not willing to give them equal treatment and the respect they deserve? There are many questions like this and I know what answers these people will give to most of these questions, but even then we need to ask these questions and argue with them because these people who think like this are part of our society, they live among us and we can not neglect or ignore them. We need to question them, we need to argue with them and try to convince them, we should share our views about equality and women empowerment with them. We all need to pay our part in bringing this change, unless whole society is transformed this change will not come and our job is not done, if we brand them conservatives, backward and ignore or neglect them, then we will be doing the same mistake which organized religion did with non believers we need to talk with them, understand their views and show them other side of coin, sounds very tough rather impossible but there is no other way.
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1. Rapes prevalent in India not in Bharat- The Hindu
2. Rapes occur in India not Bharat-Bhagwat-TOI
3. Marriage is like contract between husband wife-Mohan Bhagwat (TOI)
4. Delhi gang rape victim as guilty as her rapists-Asaram Bapu (TOI)