Lately, I am seeing social media, namely Facebook being used for a lost cause. It is not a cause at all come to think of it.
I am talking about Indian moral policing Facebook pages which made it a mission to be Anniyan’s avatar, which operate by publicizing whatever Malaysian Indians do, especially what Malaysian Indian girls do that they ‘feel’ as ‘immoral’ and ‘inappropriate’. Following such publicity is vitriol on the behalf of the Malaysian Indian Facebook users here.
The acts that are deemed ‘wrong’ and need to be corrected by such Facebook pages as follows, Anti Senju Uderan Kes ,Anti Senju Uderan Kes , Anti Senju Uderan Kes (there are 5 Facebook pages with the same name, operated by different admins and more are mushrooming as we speak), Anti hawtstuff, Di Mana Ada Batu Di Situ Ada Hawstuff, M’sian indian girls legs, Senju vendam, Faceb00k Anniyan Thappe Thatti Ketkuravange,Anti senju uderan kes teruk, Anti senju 3.0. etc, are Indian girls wearing revealing clothes, couples smooching and other deeds the admins put their foot down as detrimental for Indians here thus should be curbed by the means of public humiliation and public polemic. Now eat my polemic!
I don’t give a damn if I am publicized for speaking some sense like the girl Diviya Dharshini above which is plainly hated by the admins of such pages and periodically featured on such Facebook just because she speaks in English. Look at the English proficiency of the admins of this page. While I applaud their attempt to write in English, they should attempt on perfecting their grammar, syntax and expand their vocabulary instead of singling out and slinging mud on Indians on Facebook based on their private affairs that they upload on Facebook. Yup, the easiest comebacks for a girl showing knowledge and English prowess on Facebook are show off and seeking attention and deriving elation from such activities. The admin of this page made the nexus that they are just doing what makes them happy, by putting others in discomfiture, without even a twinge of conscience.
Diviya akka sokka sonangge, kelungge. Basically she says that prurience is cloaked by self righteousness on behalf of the admins of aforementioned Facebook pages. Drinking, smoking, wearing the clothes you like is your individual right contained in human rights. While drinking and smoking bear adverse consequences, let the drinker and smoker do those activities at their own risk, irrespective of gender. They are educated but it is their own decision whether to reek of tobacco or liquor or get liver and lung cancer.
The Facebook activities of others is their business, not yours
Are smooching, wearing revealing dresses and uploading such stuff on Facebook against the law? Nope. Infringing their privacy by intentionally publicizing these private pics in such pages is against the law, punishable by jail time. Those admins can be slapped with defamation suits. You will watch with your mouth drooling, porn, smooching scenes in movies and if other people do it in real life, it becomes wrong and needs to be corrected by holier than thou, hypocrite, self appointed moral polices like the admins of these pages who are nothing but nosy creatures. Indians should take in the meaning of PRIVACY.
We express discontent when Anwar’s sodomy case and sex scandals involving politicians are hyped don’t we, citing that where is the need to publicize such private affairs and spend so much time circulating it and the next minute, we do the exact opposite, condemning the private affairs of others publicly, especially those of Indian girls. What others do in their private lives is none of the business of those admins. Do you know how these pictures end up in such pages? It is done by the boyfriends, (who are certainly the reincarnations of Gandhi) of girls who left them – they take revenge by giving such private pics to the admins of these pages to publicly humiliate them and like brainwashed idiots many of us leave our work and provide motivation to such regressive pages by commenting negatively on the lives of others as if our lives are perfect.
The SOP of such Facebook pages
Initially, the admins would scour for pictures of girls and this is when the Kanak-kanak Ribena and girls who put their photos Facebook privacy settings public get featured on such pages. As likes accumulate after a certain period of time, the content would be supplied by the fans, rendering the admins’ job easy.
Daily, 10 to 20 messages will inundate the chat box of such Facebook pages, mostly seeking defamation service from the readily available Facebook service providers and networks.
Guys aren’t the only culprits. Many girls, out of jealousy or ill will would ask the admins to post some pictures of guys, branding them as lechers and playboys without providing reliable, believable evidence and neither accompanied by police report copies. But, the admins don’t give a shit about evidence. All they care about is likes never mind if they are accompanied by wrongful and libelous comments that might jeopardise the future of such boys and girls. Is this the social service you want to do for our Malaysian Indians? It is a disservice rather.
Are the Facebook moral police getting the position and power of women in Hinduism right?
Hinduism respects women and aggressively supports that no man should humiliate a woman’s chastity in any way, including the aforementioned endeavours of the admins of moral policing Facebook pages. There are so many quotes that I can share here, but for now, allow me to share a few phrases from Manu Smriti, that will naysay the beliefs of such Facebook pages’ admins:
1) 8.352. Those who rape or molest women or incite them into adultery should be given harshest punishment that creates fear among others to even think of such a crime.
2) 8.323. Those who abduct women should be given death sentence.
3) 9.232. Those who kill women, children or scholarly virtuous people should be given strictest punishment.
4) 9.12. A woman who is kept constrained in a home by noble men (husband, father, son) is still insecure. Thus it is futile to restrict women. Security of women would come only through her own capabilities and mindset.
Ramayana Chapter 114: Ram states that women are respected by the respect they get from nation and their own habits. Any kind of restriction on women – of home, dress code, boundary – in order to protect their respect is unwise.
This concludes that Hinduism respects women and recognizes women’s right to choose her pathway of life (as long it does not go against Laws of Dharma). In fact: Hinduism clearly mentioned to not restrict women under the name of protection.
Invasions by Moghuls and the Europeans influenced the Baarath. Foreign ideas were foisted on them which are followed as custom by present day Indians/Hindus.
My Malay Muslim friend, who’s a theology lecturer is fascinated by Hinduism due to its vibrant nature and her Hindu students are scared of her because when she asks about Hinduism to them, they can’t answer.
If you study the early Vedic civilization, women and men have equal rights. It was only on the later Vedic age patriarchy came about and men began subjugating women.
Inthe admins ku samayamum terileh, varalaru terileh, basic goodness kude illeh. How would you feel if a random guy gives you your sister’s pic, wearing only her undergarments and ask you to upload her picture? Thanggachi eh kooti kudukerethum, inthe polepu kum periya vithiyasam illeh. Yethukku inthe vendathe vele?
“I am the Indian culture saviour on Facebook”
Don’t bring this BULLSHIT, “I am just trying to protect and save Indian culture which is being subverted on Facebook,” clarification to justify your distorted, self suiting political correctness. When did Indian culture designate you personally to be its protector and saviour? FYI, Indian culture is practiced at the peak level now in Malaysia than any time before – Thai Ponggal, Onam, Ugadhi, sastram sambrathayam are being promulgated via mass media. Indian culture is not reserved to Indian girls dressing ‘appropriately’ and being ‘homely’. Most Indian guys drink although it is not Indian culture and prohibited in Hinduism and be like PK (Peekay) during Thaipusam but of course the dressing sense of Indian women is spoiling Indian culture and defiling Hinduism.
This is the information and globalised era and there are some Indian male and female idiots going around saying, “Foreigners love Indian culture but Indian girls forget Indian culture by posting the pic above of Caucasian women wearing sari and Indian girls wearing tops and jeans. You seriously think foreigners LOVE INDIAN CULTURE?? If you do, then you are the perfect ignoramus. White women don’t wear saris because they love Indian culture. They wear it as a fashion statement. Ask them where saris are weaved in India, which state, and watch them blink blankly.
In this music video, Maddona wears maruthani – she wore it as a fashion statement, not because she wants to get married the Indian way so please don’t make stupid cultural connections.
What should such Facebook pages should post instead
If the admins of such Facebook pages are REALLY COMMITTED TO DO SOMETHING BENEFICIAL FOR THE MALAYSIAN COMMUNITY they represent, instead of putting such private pictures and be such busybodies on women who left their husbands, girls who cheat on their boyfriends and other personal affairs, they should inform and exhort the Indian masses here by disseminating info on book, fitness, computer, job and education fairs and programs. Post Indian top scorers in UPSR, PT3, SPM and STPM, graduates who passed with first class honours, PhD holders and laud them properly while telling those who did not get straight As not to fret and that many other channels like vocational skills are available because not everyone has the ability to excel at theoretical education. I did not see the said Facebook pages felicitating the girl from a Tamil school who won the Google logo contest, the kids from Tamil schools who won international and national invention competitions and other exceptional Malaysian Indians we can look up to.
The Facebook pages should post info on JPN scholarship, PTPTN loan, public universities, matriculation intake and their deadlines, urging those Indians who have Internet to help those Indian kids who don’t have Internet access to fill the forms online. Anti Senju Uderan Kes posts the latter info but it is still not sufficient because 99% of what the Facebook pages post is, “Ava purushanayum pilleiyum vittutu innoru ambele kude odi poita,” “Senju girl ku pei adi,” and posts yang kawasan yang sewaktu dengannya. Very useful indeed. What they should publicize are the many Malaysian Indians who work in NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Google, Apple INC, etc. Post high achieving Malaysian Indians pictures and details and their personal stories to inspire and aspire young Indians. Share facts on Indian culture, impart the roles of Indian iconoclasts for the betterment of the Indian society, encourage your fans to take up Indian classical arts classes, collect funds for Tamil schools and for Malaysians in need like the 2014 flood victims, expose political shenanigans be it BN or PR’s, scour for Indian writers to write articles that would bring a positive change in our community, endless possibilities are there. Post job opportunities and encourage your fans to share them far and wide so that all of that will reach as many Indians as possible. Be socially responsible in correct priorities. Guide Indians on the right path. Where there is a will, there is a way. If you say it is not your job to hail exceptional Malaysian Indians then it’s not your job poking your nose into the private business of ordinary Malaysian Indians too. Get a life, seriously admins.
If the admins of those pages have enough sleuthing sense to glean such private pictures then they certainly can amass the info on STUFF THAT WILL BRING POSITIVE CHANGE IN THE INDIAN COMMUNITY HERE. Athe vittu puttu, pombele pilleh odeh bra strap teriyuthu nu pic pottu likes vaanggeringgeleh, kevelama illeh? Ava bra strap terinja ungge kudi moolgi poidumo? Ingge Indians odeh vazhkai eh kelvi kuriya irukku – gangsterism, stateless status, unemployment, prison population, high crime statistics, poverty, no equal playing field in education, business and life augmenting aspects, staggering school dropout rates, etc and you are making a fuss over a girl’s inner wear. Ithu thanda veple adi, unggele pidiche pei eh otte!
Malaysian Indian Facebook users, you are part of the problem
I won’t put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the admins of such Facebook pages because, without demand, supply won’t manifest. If there are 5 and maybe more Anti Senju Uderan Facebook pages, managed by different admins, it only means one thing. MALAYSIAN INDIAN FACEBOOK USERS SUPPORT SUCH PAGES.
I am an admin of Malaysia Puthiya Thalaimurai which focuses on Malaysian Indians’ development in education, job opportunities and free educational programs and we are struggling to get 1K likes but Facebook pages like Malaysia Velai Seivor Sangam which post emptiness (because even shit has value) get 20K likes just like that.
Because, it’s easier to malign others to feel superior than actually better yourself and these Facebook pages provide such a platform and most of us lap it all up without stopping short and thinking of the usefulness of it.
And, Malaysian Indians are always on the lookout for controversial news and then comment on it and it is no exception on Facebook. Because sharing posts about the accomplishments of Malaysian Indians and info on education and job opportunities are boring. Because developing and updating yourselves in worthy factors is world weary.
Recently, it was Yuvan Shankar Raja’s third marriage which made tidal waves on Facebook.
Where does it hurt you when anyone marry anyone for the third time or for the the trillionth’s time? Un appan veetu kaasu liya kalyanam pandran? Yevan eveleh ettene thaduve kattuna unggalukku enna?
Please use Facebook to share beneficial ideas, a place to learn, write constructive criticism and have dialectics on stuff that matter rather than just posting your photos, liking the pics of girls, fight for your favourite Kollywood hero and supporting the cause of such sordid Facebook pages.
If Indians here use the time they spend on gossiping, moral policing Indian women’s dressing, harp on how Indian women are spoiling Indian culture and get bull mad when any Hindu converts to develop themselves in issues that matter like general knowledge, critical thinking, education, financial ability, sentience about political and social milieu, we as a community would have gotten somewhere, in or out of Facebook. This is the information era and if you can read this, don’t give me excuses on why you cannot be informed on things that will help you be a more efficient unit in the society.
Forget MIC, HINDRAF, BN, PR to help Malaysian Indians. We need to help ourselves and each other like the Chinese here. We cannot afford to lag and rest on our laurels already, we need an inclusive support system on every platform and Facebook is one platform where we can extend our hands to each other and lift each other up.
I know that I will come under fire by the admins of the Facebook pages but that doesn’t mean I should not speak for the greater good for our community. I leave it you, the reader to judge.
This is the beginning of the year 2015. Make a new year pledge that you will focus on learning useful matters, take the initiative to broaden your knowledge and mostly change for the better. Your very future depends on what you choose to do in the present.
Happy New Year from Aradhana and the Retamil team 🙂
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