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Good Boys Don’t Watch Porn

Good Boys Don’t Watch Porn

February 10, 2012

As three Karnataka ministers resign over a porn scandal, let’s find out what was so wrong about it.

So yesterday was eventful. India beat Sri Lanka. Voting began in Uttar Pradesh. And three ministers from Karnataka resigned, amidst accusations of watching pornography whilst assembly was in full swing!

TV news channels aired footage of the ministers Laxman Savadi (Minister for co-operation), CC Patil, (Minister for women and children), and Krishna Palemar (Minister for ports) using a mobile phone to watch a porn clip.

Excerpt from Mumbai Mirror:

‘The two ministers, who were sitting next to each other, had no inkling that television cameramen had taken position in the gallery right above them. Savadi, bored by the speeches, began fidgeting with his cell phone. As cameras zoomed in, it could be clearly seen that a porn clip was playing on his phone. Patil then leaned towards Savadi and got completely immersed in what was on show.The duo watched the clippings for almost 10 minutes, with Savadi holding the cell phone under the table. They looked up only after the day's proceeding ended.’

On being caught red-handed, the ‘honourable’ ministers came up with a host of explanations...

1. Savadi claimed he was watching an incident of a rape of a woman and not porn, to prepare for a discussion [in the assembly] on the ill-effects of a rave party in the state recently. (Well! Really?! But why DURING the session?)

2. Savadi also claims the clip was of a foreign woman and NOT a Bhartiya nari (‘Indian woman’). Right. He was not watching an ‘Indian woman’ so he has clearly not offended Indian culture!

3. ‘I am not a criminal. It was not my phone’ (Reminds me of the lame excuses kids use at school).

4. ‘We are not so uncivilised as to watch porn films’ - CC Patil, minister for women and children. (So, only uncivilised people watch porn?!)

So what is the outrage all about?

Gross misconduct

Is the problem ONLY with watching porn? I don’t think so. Many people watch porn (Wiki says - ‘More than 70% of male internet users from 18 to 34 visit a pornographic site in a typical month’).

Watching porn does not mean you are a bad person. ‘Good boys’ also watch porn. But the point is, when and where do you watch it? The objection is neither on feminist nor religious grounds, but on code of conduct and accountability.

Each assembly session costs money – tax payer’s money. Take a look at this article which refers to Parliament assembly disruptions costing Rs.2 crore per day!

Assembly (or ANY place of work, for that matter), has a code of conduct and some basic responsibilities. Whether the ministers were watching porn or not, the question still remains – why were they doing it when the house was in session? Even if we were to be as gullible as one can possibly imagine, and believe, for a second, that the ministers were indeed watching a gang-rape in order to prepare for a discussion. There is NO EXCUSE for doing it during working hours.

Hypocrisy

Isn’t it surprising that people having the power and authority and who claim to be ‘moral police’ themselves often contradict themselves by their actions? Let’s look at the following examples.

Does the name ‘Pramod Muthalik’ ring a bell? Members of the Sri Ram Sena group had threatened to punish or marry off any young couples found together on Valentine's Day. They were also the same thugs who had beaten up girls in a pub.

While people in power advocate ‘upholding Indian culture’ they resort to gross physical violence without batting an eyelid.

Remember the controversial ‘Slutwalk’? Many groups in India protested against the movement for its use of the word ‘slut’ as well as the thought of women dressing like sluts. Apparently, the movement was not allowed to take place in Karnataka, because it was deemed to be against Indian culture.

Excerpt from Times of India: "The vice-president of a women's organization in Malleswaram called me and said that if any women were seen in skimpy clothing during the Slutwalk, they would be beaten with brooms"

On one hand, authorities ban a movement against rape, and on the other, they vicariously do the same by watching porn.

Interestingly, on the lines of what Andhra Pradesh top cop said, Minister C C Patil had recently assumed the role of moral policeman, advising women to ‘know how much skin they should cover’ so they can avoid getting raped - “I personally don’t favour women wearing provocative clothes and always feel they need to be dignified in whatever they wear.”

Makes one wonder, was the woman in the clip dressed inappropriately, perhaps arousing the curiosity of an otherwise ‘civilised’ man.

Such incidents only prove one thing - sleaze is in the mind of the perpetrator. Therefore, instead of pretending to respect women and Indian culture (and then watching porn during an assembly session), perhaps they should focus on being sincere in their work, for starters.

New lows all the time

For a country whose image has been severely tainted with numerous scandals and scams, we seem to find new lows all the time!

BJP leader Manohar Parrikar has supposedly just proclaimed:

"There are people all across the country who do worse things. Congress leaders have chopped women and burnt them in a tandoor...Then there was the Bhanwari Devi case (from Rajasthan). They (the three BJP ministers in Karnataka who resigned yesterday) were only watching and not doing it."

The three ministers are perhaps not the first people to engage in this deplorable act, but they sure can be the last.

Why are our standards so low?

In the UK, ministers were forced to resign for over claiming expenses in a fraudulent manner. In India however, we live through a new scam each day. The 2G spectrum scam, Nira Radia tapes, Commonwealth games scam, Adarsh housing scam....the list is endless!

AND YET, ALL IS FORGOTTEN.

We hit a new low each time.This is one such case. The BIG question now is - What will India decide? Is resignation enough?

This link refers to the weaknesses of the cyber act, due to which the ministers CANNOT be booked by the cyber police!

Will the ministers receive any punishment at all? Or will they get away with it (as always), because as they claim, ‘good boys don’t watch porn’!! 

17 Comments

  • Sangeet
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    Sangeet
    13.02.12 01:59 PM
    Very well written post sir! Aptly supported by facts. There is a place and time for everything.

    Oh and 'good boys are those who watch porn and don't get caught'. ;)
  • Bibek
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    Bibek
    13.02.12 12:33 PM
    I mean to say time and place do really matter.
  • Bibek
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    Bibek
    12.02.12 11:04 PM
    A well thought Article dear.
    I cant understand why our society(culture) rejects sex publicly when its self appointed guardians cant give proper answer to the question that why the inscription are there in the temple meant for public view. the point is we always driven by our attraction towards something and by the process of achieving our goal we certainly hurt some one's morale thats why law is being enforced into the society reminding do's and dont's.so watching porn is not bad and prohibiting other from doing this is insane as well.
    So i mean good people should learn porn.
  • Rajpriya
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    Rajpriya
    12.02.12 09:17 PM
    Today's UK's Daily Mail reports a special education judge has been forced to resign after being filmed with a mobile camera sleeping during a testimony critical to the future of a suicidal teenager.

    May be he should have been kept awake with mobile phone in his hands with scientific KS.
  • Writerzblock
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    Writerzblock
    12.02.12 03:09 AM
    @ Jen:

    Thank you for your generous compliments ..you just made my day :-)

    I loved the way you put it... crisp and to the point - that mixture called 'disaster'!!
  • Writerzblock
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    Writerzblock
    12.02.12 03:08 AM
    @ Dee,

    Thank you!! Time and place..absolutely! Glad you liked the post.
  • Jen
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    Jen
    12.02.12 01:54 AM
    I'm coming across an absolutely stunning post after such a long time! Though it's this huge scandal you are talking about and I know the gravity of what you are talking about,let me congratulate you about how well you've learnt facts and jotted them all down!

    What can I say, wrong place-wrong time-wrong people.That mixture sure backfires.It's called DISASTER!;)
  • Dee..
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    Dee..
    11.02.12 04:27 PM
    After a LONGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG time. good post in this site..
    Yes place and time matters..
    This generation watches nowadays with the help of network and Indians wrote set of books on sex work...
    Good work
  • Writerzblock
    By
    Writerzblock
    11.02.12 04:13 PM
    @ Nitin,
    That was hilarious, loved it. Thanks for sharing!
  • nitin
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    nitin
    11.02.12 01:30 PM
    they know we need more and more masala and entertainment, thanks to our great appetite.

    A compilation to good, old yet effective excuses used and abused by our good boy uncles in the power.

  • Writerzblock
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    Writerzblock
    11.02.12 02:45 AM
    @ Harry,

    Really, you come up with such imaginative solutions :-) But yes, you might just have a point there! I wish you wrote that as a post yourself...I can guarantee you it will be a huge success.. do take my word for it!

    As for your question - if I were caught, I would straight away own up and apologise. I'm pathetic at telling lies!

    Btw, Harry, Kamasutra is not porn. It is very scientific. Quite an anti-climax, that ;-)
  • HARRY
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    HARRY
    10.02.12 10:19 PM
    Hi Pallavi

    I agree with you on what you saying, but have you seen some of the sessions in the house of lords, where some of the members are falling a sleep during the debate in passing the laws in UK.

    Now this members are meant to a bench mark in law and order in the world, where rest the world follows them.

    I think what they need is bit of porn before they start the session to keep them awake, don't you agree? Pallavi.

    If you are refering to the politician in India, they are just as the dirty as the streets in India. What do you expect, the politics is a dirty business in general. Expecting them clean is same as expecting the public toilets clean.

    Sex is the biggest primal urge in a human being. Denial of this is same as not accepting sunrise, it's gone happen. If it was me, then I would have held my hands up and own up to what I did. The only way I would have justified it is, is by saying I work for european censorship organisation.

    We as a society have wrote KAMA SUTRA, so this is expected.

    My question to you is this, What would you have done, if you were caught in this situation ? and don't tell me you would never get caught. :)

    HARRY
  • Writerzblock
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    Writerzblock
    10.02.12 06:58 PM
    @ Harry,

    LOL @ 'good boy'. I'm happy to see you express an alternate view!! Provides for a lively debate :-)

    Yes, we are not meant to be perfect. But that perfection refers to 'mistakes' and not 'wilful misconduct', isn't it? These ministers chose to ignore the assembly session. Each place also has its sanctity, to defile that is somehow not acceptable.

    But you did make a good point about people wasting time on social networking during working hours. I'm wondering why - though that too, is not appropriate - it isn't deemed 'outrageous'!! Hmm..!
  • Writerzblock
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    Writerzblock
    10.02.12 06:48 PM
    @ Rajpriya,
    Thank you so much! And you are right about India should beat Aus/Eng. Amen to that!!

    @ Angela,
    Thank you very much :-)
  • HARRY
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    HARRY
    10.02.12 03:46 PM
    Hi Pallavi

    Let me start by saying I'm A Good Boy. :) :) :)

    I don't think this is about politics or politicians. This is about people in general. Any body who employs people will always know that people everywhere, will abuse the working time in question. I employ people and one thing I have learned that, so far I have not come across an individual who has not abused time at work.

    Watching porn or being on social networking it's same to me, when it comes to work. So why is porn not acceptable when people I know waste time going on face book writing stupid things whole day, when they should be working.

    Internet originally was meant for sending data in form of pictures. Internet is mainly used for porn now, if you don't believe me, then ask for stats from internet providers, and they will tell you the same things. Watching porn has became easier now, when new generations of mobiles and hand held devices appeared in the market.

    It is also a human nature not to be perfect. I don't think Indians are exempt from this when rest of the world is so deep in this as well, and as you said it's not about being good or bad.

    Every human being will have all the trait good ,bad and others, regardless of the skin colour, we are not meant to be gods, thus not perfect. And to expect perfect standard is hyprocrisy in it self.

    HARRY
  • Angela Carson
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    Angela Carson
    10.02.12 02:00 PM
    Superbly written...great article! You go girl :-)
  • Rajpriya
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    Rajpriya
    10.02.12 01:47 PM
    @ Pallavi

    Excellent! Real life of dirty Indian politicians. Could not have been better described.
    On a different note India should be beating the English and Australians to prove they are the best.

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