March 5th, 2015


Magic in Tunes: 03/05/2015 – Ee Duryodhana Dhushasana Durvineetha Lokamlo

All day today on FB I have been seeing posts and comments related to the youtube video “India’s Daughter” that went viral because of being banned to watch in India. It’s a BBC documentary about the Delhi Gang-Rape that happened in Dec 2012. Why is it being banned is a different topic of conversation? What is the crux is nothing has changed for a woman there? Atrocities that have been imposed on women from the beginning of time still happen. Some fight for justice, some get sacrified, some just endure and mostly the rest ignore, walk-away or bring in ridiculous rules that just ties a woman down more.

But I don’t see anything happening that truly actually protects or works for the woman. Every administration talks about justice, equality, rights and safety. But in the end nothing materializes and we move on. I believe this is not just in India. Hollywood movie, “Taken” showed the amazing network the human sex-slave organization has where they ship the girls in a matter of hours without any trace. Lucky that Liam Neeson had so much network and a former government operative that he could rescue his daughter. Why don’t we have the same kind of network of safety? So also the recent Hindi movie “Mardaani” ( = The Manly She) outlines the story of a female police officer who fights the kingpin dealing in child-trafficking and eventually saves the girl she was bringing up along with other girls. Not everyone are that lucky like the parents of those 300 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped right in front of their eyes. Not heard of anyone being found, wonder how many even are alive.

The stories go on and on and on, some are brought to light and some are not. Its not just rape or sex slave or child trafficking. Its about those little things and big things that are done to a woman in the name of religion, rules, dowry, domination, money or power. There is a famous quote by Gandhiji - The day a woman can walk freely at midnight on the roads, that day we can say that India achieved independence. Forget about midnight, woman is not safe during broad daylight the way crimes are going on now. In a world where queens like Draupadi (Pandava’s wife) and Sita (Lord Rama’s wife) couldn’t be protected, is it any wonder that no hope seems to be around for a common woman to be protected?

Veturi, famous Telugu Lyricist, had mentioned in one of his song:

Navashaktulu Yuva Shaktulu Nirveeryam Avutunte
Yemaipotundi Sabhya Samajam
Yemaipotundi Manava Dharmam

If the the new power and fresh talent of the next generation gets disposed off
What will be the future of this cultured society?
What will be the future of humanity?

Very sad, Veturi, its been 30 years since this song has been born from your pem, yet there is little change in the society. :(

From the 1985 hit Telugu movie Prathighatana ( = Protest) Sung by S. Janaki. Music composed by Chakravarthy to the Lyrics penned by Veturi Sundarama Murthy. Every line in this song is so powerful that it needs a translation of its own. Veturi has related the incident in the movie (the actress who is a professor gets disrobed in public by the local don as she fights against his crimes and when she returns to the college the next day the male students insult her by drawing vulgar pictures on board) to the Draupadi’s disrobing incident in Mahabharatam (considered the fifth Veda). He also warns the men that they are inadvertently insulting their own mothers and sisters and finally ends with a question about the future of humanity.

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