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Entertainment media must self-regulate

There is no doubt that popular entertainment media is also responsible for the plight of women today ( Nonika Singh’s article ‘Popular Culture and the male gaze’, January 1). Punjabi singers are crossing all limits of decency in their videos as well as their lyrics.

The videos are full of scantily clad girls dancing to the tunes of maliciously-worded songs. NGOs have voiced their opinion against the bad portrayal of women in their songs, but all their requests to the authorities have fallen on deaf ears. People who work behind the scene in producing such songs and video albums must sel-regulate.

Singers like Daljit Dosanjh, Jazzy B and Yo-Yo Honey Singh are just a few of the lot who are hell-bent on misrepresenting the fair sex. Yo Yo Honey Singh’s ‘Mein Hun Balaatkaari’ Jazzy Bains’s ‘Munni nu Mangaa lo ji, adhe paisey pa lo ji, kunde jinde la lo ji’ and Daljit’s ‘Oye Aaja tainu kidnap karan sohniye’ are only a few of the songs, which are doing the rounds these days.

What social message do these singers want to convey to the audience? The implication of such songs on young minds is not difficult to understand. These singers should be ostracised for maligning women. They deserve to be booked under “Indecent Representation of Women Act, 1986”.

Prof HS DIMPLE, Jagraon

Equal as citizens

I differ with the views articulated by veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar in his article "Pluralism asserting itself' (December 14). He has attempted to tarnish the image of the independence and impartiality of the Indian Judiciary with a baseless allegation that courts are responsible for the detention of young Muslims.

He should remember that non-Muslim criminals also suffer detention during the course of trial. Our justice delivery system is not based on caste, community or religion but on principle of equality before law. There is no discrimination in the dispensation of justice by our courts.

He further observes that "Muslim community feels insecure and helpless not only in Gujarat but all over the country”. He has ignored the fact that today Muslims in India adore the chair of Vice-President, Chief Justice, External Affairs Minister, Governors and many other ministries at the Central and state level.

Muslims in India enjoy the same political, economic, social and religious rights like other citizens of the country.

The writer seems to be insensitive to the miserable plight of our Hindu brothers in Pakistan who suffer at the hands of Muslim fundamentalists. The writer should refrain from creating insecurity amongst the Muslim community living in India.

AJAY KUMAR, Jalandhar

Make right choice

We, the people of India, are as good or as bad as the politicians we elect. No doubt, major national parties and regional parties have criminalised politics by fielding criminals as their candidates to serve their own selfish motives. Eventually, it is the voters who make them successful in getting trapped by greed and the politics of cast and creed.

Even the Election Commission finds itself helpless in implementing electoral reforms. In the absence of strict laws, criminal elements make entry in the august Houses of Parliament and state legislatures.

If such people get elected, they only exploit the norms of democracy and play havoc with the country. So if we want to reduce our national problems, we will have to think twice before casting our precious vote.

D R KUKAL, Chandigarh

Natural gaps

It is rightly said in the editorial ‘Gender perceptions’ (December 27) that with the changing environment and renewed social thinking, the perception of gender gaps also needs to be changed. The nature-made gaps should not be doctored beyond a point. The mutual love and respect towards the opposite sex should be at the core of our thinking and needs to be encouraged by educating masses in the right direction. Self-generated change in perception can improve the situation.




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