By Chris Emmanuel D" Souza, Dubai (Originally from Mangalore)
Dubai: The City of Mangalore once known for its seafood, beaches, and historical sites has witnessed a sudden dip in in its image over the past few years. And that is mainly because of the emergence of a hardcore sexually repressed woman hating ‘All Boys Band’, collectively called as the ‘The Gangs of Namma Kudla’.
It comprises mainly of three politically motivated gangs ‘The Bajrang Dal’,' The Rama Sene ' and the 'Hindu Jagrana Vedike'. Their main agenda is, to uphold the Superior Rights of Man over Woman; and to Preserve the Modesty and Culture of women by imposing strict dress code of their choice.
They have already Talibanized the entire Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts, thanks to the obedience and acceptance by large number of supporters of these two –highly educated and deeply intellectual districts. The ‘Gangs of Namma Kudla’ as they are called by their heartthrob fans of DK and Udupi, who have voted in outrage for these gangs to come to power in successive elections.
The Gangs of Namma Kudla have brought out their own laws and regulation in these regions, and they are showing it off through their immortal ways and acts. Seems like, the ‘Gangs of Namma Kudla’ are using the codes of VHP to justify their criminal activities and in some cases amending the codes to suit their horrendous acts.
Next Time, whenever I wanna have my Favorite Beer at a Bar in Mangalore, They say, that I need to take permission from the Great crusaders of Immorality, Inhumanity and ill mannerism, The Respected Gang of “ Hindu Jagrana Vedike "-- who are nothing but a " League of Illiterate, Intolerant, Aimless, Frustrated, Sexually repressed and Women hating Creatures”
Now if that’s the case, my friends ask me what will I do? (Because they know that, I cannot easily fore go my favorite beer). I have already come across, such embarrassing incident in a hotel in Mangalore, once before. I was with a bunch of guys and gals just having a good social spree--during which time we were interrupted by a bunch of rowdies, posing to be the God sent people of Hindutva, and warned us that we were going against their culture. We just ignored them and left the scene. Later, I learned from a Kannada journalist, that this was all a political gimmick, to woo Traditional Hindu sentiments and develop vote bank. ‘The Gangs of Namma Kudla’, the great preservers of Immorality, Inhumanity and Ill-mannerism, with hefty cash and thus there is an end to the chapter.
In Feb 2009, The ‘Gangs of Namma Kudla’ were back in Business, after their much criticized and lauded vandalism on Churches and shrines in Mangalore City. This time and for the time, girls were the target. Some onlookers reported that girls were just passing by an Unknown pub and the ‘The Gangs of Namma Kudla’ couldn’t control their hurt sentiments, they screamed ‘How dare you girls pass by a Pub that is meant only for us’! , and chased down and beat them up. And there are other reports, that say the ‘Gangs of Namma Kudla’ were actually on their way to the pub and were denied access by the bouncers for not paying the entry fee. And, therefore, unable to bear the insult, barged inside the pub and found few girls having juice, and started beating them in outrage.
Well, as you know, in Mangalore, no one dares to confront the ‘the Gangs of Namma kudla’. The cops arrived late, as usual and were on the way to arrest the girls for having juice in a pub! But then the girls had fled and they invited the Team men of ‘Gangs of Namma Kudla’ to the Station. The ‘Gangs of Namma Kudla’ threatened the ‘Cops of Namma Kudla’, that it would end their long-lived friendship, if there was a case booked against them. The cops struck a deal, they accommodated them for a couple of weeks in Jail, served them with rich food, and released them on bail. On their way home, they were greeted like heroes by their mothers. Aunts, uncles, granny’s and neighbors, mostly women, who hailed them and blessed them in a traditional way. When a Journalist, asked one of the goondas, a young boy of about 18 or 19, whether he would carry out this act once again?, he responded without hesitation’ Yes, Indeed, I will do it’, in order to protect the culture laid down by our Gurus??
Almost three and a half years later, after a long period of absence, due to constraints of funds from the political party the BJP ( as I would say "Bharathiya Jagala Party ") , the ‘Gangs of Namma Kudla’ are finally back with a bang. This time, at a small birthday party (with few pint beers) arranged by few teenage college students at a private place. The ‘Gangs of Namma Kudla’ wanted to gain the lost momentum; somehow, they barged into the private party, found few girls and boys and bashed them. They called it violation according to their ' Penal Code ’, which says “Boys can drink and make merry, But girls do not have the same privilege like boys” and also charged girls of violating yet another of their dress codes, supposedly according to them the girls should have been clad in saree or salwar kameez. Anyways the party girls were in western outfits, so what?
They slapped, dragged and sexually abused the girls, who were pleading them to let go. There were two cameramen, with high quality digital videography and around twenty odd weird looking men of ‘Gangs of Namma Kudla’, they were the new recruits of HJV. Off course, even this time the ‘Cops of Namma Kudla’ were duly present at the scene, like the supporting crew in a B grade Kannada movie, as if they were informed in advance! They were initially assisting their boys, ‘the Gangs of Namma Kudla’ later when other media crew arrived, they smoothly tried to mend the situation, by politely asking the Assailant’s to go home and take rest, after a hectic midnight duty.
The Gangs of Namma Kudla are no monsters or militants with heavy artillery that we all need to be afraid off. They are the sons of household Mangaloreans, who haven’t seen a class room Chalk Board or even written on a slate. They cannot read a text message and are unable to operate the computer, let alone Internet. They live their lives lavishly and comfortably by the bread earned through illegal source. They are no good for any effective job, they are unable to read newspapers, and their knowledge about the world is by means of hearsay. You cannot debate with them, it is of no use, you loathe at them with bad words, they won’t understand. You yell at them in Kannada, they will reply back in Tulu, that's the only language they understand and speak to a certain extent, I guess.
Fascism takes birth in such environment. The Fascists like to use such people for their purposes. It is a ‘Cake walk’ to brain wash them. Fascist first target minorities (Ethnic, Religious, Linguistic), once they are done with that, they go after women. Fascism usually prevails in closed-rigid- traditional-conservative societies, and an interesting fact about such societies is that they are ‘Male Dominated’. And the height of Male Chauvinism is displayed when, woman is liberated. They cannot resist women’s sexuality; they attack her liberty and freedom. They will try to oppress her and impose codes of modesty upon her like some kind of weird clothing or covering. And it purges like that, and the results we can find in Pakistan, Iran, Saudi and Afghanistan.
The situation in Mangalore is almost the same. The Hindutva groups recruited and trained thousands of aimless, illiterate street wanderers, paid them heavily and used to spread distorted facts about culture, identity and religion. The Fascists were able to polarize the entire Dakhshina Kannada and Udupi, and were able to win electoral points. Now, they are politically crumbled, they no longer have effective leaders and hence on the brink of disaster. The Goons they recruited and trained few years ago, are gone out of control.
Silence is the greatest evil in troubled times. The only remedial measure is speaking out. All College Students and Boys and girls have to come out in open protest and mass demonstration. The Assailants need to be punished severely and the justice has to be upheld. Remember, these are only the beginnings, and more of such things is due. It is a threat to Woman’s Liberty and we shall stand and defend it.