Dear Mr X,
Take this from someone who belongs to an orthodox family and believes in progressive culture, both can co-exist. Well, you must be wondering who starts a letter with words of wisdom? A scorned woman does. A woman who believes in the existence of misogyny and not-so-rightly founded conclusion does.
Now let’s do some reverse engineering and get to the root of ‘why this open letter?’.
Lately your post on Puri, culture and women dancing in tights and jeans has gone really viral, and like every other infection it has spread across the state. When I first read it, I decided to ignore, but then, seeing the magnitude of people agreeing to it, I was left with no choice but to present the other side of the argument.
The post in complete below:
Now, have some patience and read this. Firstly, Odisha, is a complex assortment of culture, almost like a human body and the backbone of this culture is really, really strong. And, if you think that dancing in western clothes is going to snap it in half, you have really underestimated the power that it holds. Secondly, yes, India is a democracy and people are free to do as they like, as long as it’s not creating public nuisance or obscenity. Now, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and the same goes for imagined obscenity. Thirdly, I, personally hate how you have portrayed the women as some ‘dancers’ who provoked men to look at them with lust filled eyes. Thanks for the judgmental analysis and the stereotyping.
The ‘righteous’ post has been gaining popularity with wide-spread support from the people of Puri.
It’s easy to sit at home, criticize and shun something that we don’t understand. I wish you could have taken a moment, paused, breathed in and out, and really thought it through. Puri is a sacred land. Yes. Our culture is important. Yes. Women are allowed to wear tee shirts and jeans. Yes. People are allowed to dance on roads. Yes. Other people are allowed to look. Yes. There’s no disgrace, no shame, no obscenity as you have presumed. No, there’s nothing wrong with Raahgiri.
So, next time, before you throw your judgment on someone and rampantly insult anything on social media or anywhere else, give some space to this generation, give some credit to our culture, which stands firm enough to not get eroded by women dancing in tights. Let’s have some faith in what you are rooting for.
[Post contributed by: Abhipsa]