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Will Modi sarkar ban these 'Western' practices?

May 20, 2014 18:03 IST

Will Modi sarkar ban these 'Western' practices?

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As the BJP government comes into power, would some of these practices slowly but surely be banned?

After months of speculation and at the end of the most exciting elections of our times, the Bharatiya Janata Party swept the Lok Sabha polls.

This is for the first time since Rajiv Gandhi's historic landslide victory in 1984 that any party has won enough seats to govern the country without the support of any other political party.

The BJP and its right-wing allies have, from time to time, protested (sometimes violently) against the creeping 'Western' influences in India.

As Modi sarkar finally takes charge, we cannot help but wonder which of these 'Western' practices would be in danger:

1. Valentine's Day

Though Valentine's Day, which is celebrated around the world on February 14, is relatively new in India, it has been slammed by some hardliner Hindus for eroding traditional Indian culture.


Image: Customers look for gifts at a shop ahead of Valentine's Day celebrations in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters

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2. Fashion shows

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A model walks the runway at the Summer-Resort edition of Lakme Fashion Week. Will events like these be tolerated any more?

 


Image: Lakme Fashion Week is a bi-annual event featuring works of several young and established designers.
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera/Rediff.com

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3. Dating

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Will sneaking a private moment with your beloved in public become even more difficult now?


Image: A couple seeks shelter under an umbrella from an unexpected shower.
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
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4. Gay relationships

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Good luck if you're gay because the BJP supports the Supreme Court order that upheld Section 377, which bans sex 'against the order of nature', thereby criminalising homosexuality.


Image: People participate in the 2011 Queer Pride March in New Delhi.
Photographs: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

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5. Live-in relationships

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Shaina NC, among other BJP leaders, has opposed live-in relationships, terming it anti-Hindu. So, as romantic as the idea of living-in might be, know that you have been cautioned.

 


Image: Sushant Singh Rajput and Parineeti Chopra choose to live in rather than get married in the film Shuddh Desi Romance.
Photographs: Still from Shuddh Desi Romance

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6. Friendship Day

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You would think that no one would have a problem with something as innocuous as Friendship Day, right? Apparently not.

The folks at Bajrang Dal had protested violently against celebrating Friendship Day in Raipur, Chhattisgarh some years ago.

No Friendship Day, please. We're Indians!


Image: Friends enjoy a game of soccer as the sun sets in the background. Image used here for representational purposes only.
Photographs: Jason Reed/Getty Images

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7. Women wearing jeans and t-shirts

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Time for a wardrobe change? According to BJP leader Babulal Gaur, Indian women wearing jeans and t-shirts and drinking liquor isn't good for India.


Image: A young girl stands outside a store in New Delhi selling traditional Indian outfits.
Photographs: Mansi Thapliyal/Reuters

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8. Unmarried women using mobile phones

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BJP's Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh Raghunandan Sharma's solution to control crimes against women is to prevent the unmarried ones from using mobile phones... and wearing jeans!


Image: An Indian woman speaks on her mobile phone in front of a retail garment shop in Mumbai. Image used here for representational purposes only.
Photographs: Arko Dutta/Reuters

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9. Pub culture

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Bye-bye, clubbing?

While BJP's Babulal Gaur expressed his displeasure with the idea of 'women dancing with men', the right-wing Hindu group Sri Ram Sene didn't see anything wrong in attacking women in Mangalore pubs.


Image: A young girl has a drink while standing next to the bar at the Ren by China Garden nightclub in Mumbai.
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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10. Premarital sex

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If you thought you could get away with 'hanky-panky' before marriage, beware! Indian scriptures ban premarital sex, says BJP's Rajya Sabha MP and former chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court, Rama Jois.

That Kama Sutra was also an Indian text may have slipped Justice Jois's attention.


Image: A couple brings in the New Year with a passionate kiss. Image used here for representational purposes only.
Photographs: Jon Nazca/Reuters

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