Dear Mr Muthalik
Dear Mr Muthalik,
In a weeks time, you will receive receive thousands of pink underwear from enraged youth, mostly women. This is because of your opposition to Valentines Day. Personally, I do not think Valentines Day is something worth fighting against, at least not now. Only about 4321 people in a country of a billion even know what it is. They live, shop and eat in locations far removed. Our humble suggestion is Sri Ram Sena must fight for evidence based accountable social justice if it wishes to protect Indian culture. The linkage between the two is of second-order, even eminent bloggers fail to get it. Maybe you can think about it.
Yet, I think you have a right to protest Valentines day as much as the girls right to protest your protest. I do not know you but my guess is you are not very media suave. Correct me if I am wrong. You are about to be steamrollered by the English media by the panties campaign. I just want to help you out a bit, so we can avoid a completely one sided contest. What fun are one sided contests ?
On the face of it, the battle seems to be lost even before it has begun. How can you possibly counter a Gandhian campaign in the age of Munnabhai ? Do not lose hope. It is possible.
Just collect all the underwear you receive and distribute them to the poor women your neighbourhood. This will bring the stupidity of this campaign within the gravitational pull of reality.
This will be a win-win for both you and the outraged ladies who sent you the underwear.
Win for you : The poor women will thank you for it. You will also have the last laugh.
Win for westernized urban youth : The satisfaction of having purchased new underwear for a useful cause.
In parting, a message to the enraged urban girls behind this campaign. I totally understand your concern. Mass groping during Holi is obviously much more despicable than Valentines day. Yet, you have to swallow this lack of logic and put up with Muthalik and friends’ opposition to cards and roses. Just enjoy Valentines day without the loudness and pomp you might have found in the United States or Europe. After all, everyone has some price to pay for living in a socialist country. Consider the price others are paying : The hopelessly backward asphalt road paver is being denied social justice due to the lack of data. The dirt poor cook who works in grimy kitchens is being denied equality due to lack of data. Tribals turn Naxals in this land. We are talking hundreds of millions of these souls.
People here have had it so bad from socialism that we are afraid to even measure how bad it is.
You are just being asked to keep the volume down in your V-Day party. Is this a fair price for living in a socialist paradise ?
I say – We have a deal.