There is a slogan for the slogan-mongering crowd: “Down with Barbaric Khap, Long Live Women Liberation Movement” from a progressive. It has a menacing tone, while propagating freedom of sex, sexuality and marriage, if at all, for women with-no-holds- barred. Male in the family is targeted generally in such cases to fight ‘patriarchy’, while street walkers are adorned in celebration of modernity.
Presently, the slogan has been raised under the shadow of two murders; an enraged father killed her daughter and a boy involved in wayward behaviour on 18 September, 2013 in a village, named Garnauthi. In concert, for example, The Tribune, Chandigarh was quick to fish out khaps in the story immediately to carry on its virulent tirade as ever, among national papers. It promptly tagged headings like ‘Unconstitutional Khap” on 24th September, 2013 as if everything else on Indian soil is constitutional and “Indoctrinated people and Silence of a land” on 25th September, 2013to its editorial pieces followed by a full page kaleidoscope on 29th September, 2013 of highly biased reportage and carried an edit-page article by a known habitually khap-baiter on 30th September, 2013 as part of its full-throated campaign which it is carrying religiously for a couple of years now.
The paper conveniently forgot the well known dictum in the same jurisprudence that ‘everything legitimate may not be legal and everything legal is not always legitimate’ and apparently seized upon this case of murders as another opportunity in carrying its known policy of indoctrinated hostility to Khaps in particular and rural way of life with its mores in general. It repeated the demand for a legal frame to force community elders not to meddle in matters of sex, sexuality and marriage of their kin, betraying the democratic pretensions. Both were in fact keeping the war cry ringing for a change to occur against the will of rural folks like crusaders.
The Garnauthi case is a plain episode involving two murders of wayward youths by the outraged parents, with no other party to it either in planning or execution as per details out so far. Such cases are not a peculiarity of Haryana either these day. These are now daily occurrences in India. Pakistan and many other countries. The ingenuity of these crusaders lies in the fact that the role of Khap has been invented here in this case also to curse the conservative attitude of village folks in such matters, though the torn shoe lies on their own wounded toes. Prejudice is so heavy and thick with them against rural Haryana that they were unable to apply mind for a rational analysis of events. The strategy seems to be: invent Khap where there is none to hit the perceived enemy like George Bush did for his Iraq adventure in the service of corporate capital. This is the first lesson of Chanakayniti for the crafty rulers and their minions.
In fact, these jihadis are a frustrated lot over their unfulfilled agenda so far to get Khaps legally banned which they are carrying on zealously for over three years with a PIL lying in the Supreme Court with the grace of a powerful section in the central government, while keeping one NGO in front. In their crash hostility to Khaps they are not bothered to what extent the draft legislation from Law Commission on their bidding will curb the fundamental rights of citizens written down in the same Constitution. Apparently, these people are adopting aggressive posture as the best way of defending the indefensible! They were caught in the tracks using unfair tactics to get what was conspired. The nefarious propaganda blitz now mounted against khaps, taking advantage mischievously of these murders in Garnauthi, after a pause when they got few raps on their knuckles in the court is eloquent testimony of their retrograde intent in the service of corporate capital to overturn India on its cultural front and implant the life style of immigrants seeking sex pleasure in a world of displeasure, enabling zero threat to the system of expropriation.
If one does not choose to remain blind, such pen-pushers, who wear the task on their sleeves of modernising India in matters of sex free from all social regulations, are the real abettors of such killings now taking place in villages to advance the cause of rabid expropriators with select phraseology at command.
One thing is striking: by inventing involvement of Khap in these murders and make it a case for women liberation by one, while explaining it with indoctrination by the other, it was quite ingenious for the hatchet men to advance a decadent culture of immigrants on behalf of those who have the hidden agenda of taking over this country and turn it over their vassal in perpetuity, with no chance for another freedom movement to grow against these new masters, if one does not ignore the fact that it was the native culture that had provided the base strength for the earlier freedom movement to sustain so long against a barbaric colonial rule here.
Yes, indoctrination is there but on both sides: people do have their cultural milieu which is the result of a long process of indoctrination born out of necessity to survive, while these crusaders are acting only on the strength of a counter-indoctrination from others given by the facility of loot. It cannot be denied. Then, why to blame for it the other side alone, who is powerless and stands expropriated to reply them effectively and appropriately? It is because the first freedom movement stands totally expropriated by the expropriators at the cost of toilers in this land of peace and truth.
These two outbursts against such murders are not isolated cases; neither Garnauthi nor Kabulpur are isolated places to occur. These are recent examples of a concerted campaign to demonise the ‘old’ for the dubious ‘modernity’ to take over. One must, however, admit at the outset that there is nothing wrong for the old to make way for the new if it serves the social good. However, if the ‘modern’ virtually wants to take over a people for the advantage of a marauding beast, one must pause to think and decide.
Ironically, the same Tribune on the same day i.e. on 24th September, 2013 had propounded a philosophy by quoting a line as ‘Thought for the Day’ from Robert Louis Stevenson below the editorial column with a message: “Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." The media house must have selected the quote with care to advance its train of thoughts. Still, it leaves a trail impelling one to probe the nature of the seed in this case too and who planted it what for and for what purpose. The role of the abettors can only be decided with a rational probe.
Garnauthi and Kabulpur are two villages so named by ancestors, falling in the vicinity of Rohtak city in Haryana, but, presently both signify a differently scripted stark story emerging for rural India that is enmeshed in ugly civil war like situation within the confines of every family living there. This war is not by choice or default but thrust upon rural India without many victims realising the stinking reality behind its genesis and the motives of those powerful forces that have scripted it. Till about two decades ago, rural Haryana, as most of rural India, used to live by itself with social peace of a family-labour based agricultural economy. None could have thought of what ‘modern’ Garnauthi and Kabulpur would represent so grievously today. When so said, it is not meant to declare that old time rural India was all bliss and now everything is evil there. But, the social fabric in villages that had kept India live with rhythm, has been torn asunder by design of evil intent, there can be hardly any doubt about it. Garnauthi signifies it with these murders, while Kabulpur had shown something from a bit different perspective, carrying their respective symbolism in stink. Still all is not lost there. Social life breathes. The amount of comfort in community life and mutual relationship, do provide them support for survival, despite deep inroads of alien features in their hearths and homes during these past six decades of capitalist development and consolidation.
To recount briefly, the two murders in Garnauthi at the hands of enraged parents of a girl who had eloped a day earlier to get married with a boy of the same village were benumbing for reasons more than one. Both the victims had the facility provided by the caring parents to go for higher education in nearby Rohtak city with the hope for a good professional career. As per published reports, the whole village knew about the wayward activities of these delinquents for some years, but none knew that they had now eloped for marriage, except perhaps the parents. After getting their location, parents of the girl brought them home and murdered both quite in rage on the fateful day. The father of the girl, on query after arrest, bluntly admitted the crime at his hand to ‘cleanse the society of such muck’. The mother of the girl is said to be as indoctrinated as the father, if not more. In this murder both patriarchy and matriarchy are partners, as reports go and both loved their daughter no less than the son in the family. One report suggests that it was matriarchal side which felt more humiliated and enraged by the conduct of the wayward girl. It is also mentioned that both the victims had given too many moments of anxiety to both families for long and continuously flouted parental persuasion, giving rise to unprecedented rage in the murder.
One may allege, as media has done, that the father stood indoctrinated to a particular mode of life. Yes, the whole of rural India stands indoctrinated of their choice in mode of living, much like those who profess a set of different cultural aspirations. Both sides stand equally indoctrinated to their respective way of life and both have co-existed side by side till recently without interference in each other’s life. What has impelled the elites now to mount pressure on rural folks for stream-roll uniformity with them and why? What are those factors that have given rise to this level of impatience to curb diversity by force of law now after almost six decades of independence? What is the motive of those who want them to change by force of state power to an alien mode instead? Who has indoctrinated these gentlemen for their mode and why? For a while, the question of paid modernisers is set aside to pin down motive behind the crusade. These questions have to be investigated for a reasonable understanding of the issue behind this present crusade against rural India, if one is serious enough to stand by justice and truth.
The other village in this narration is Kabulpur. Here the script was a bit different. It came into focus all of a sudden when a girl, in cooperation with a neighbouring young man conspired to remove both the families from their choosen path for sexual freedom. On 19th September in 2009, in an occurrence first of its kind, two caring families were slated to be killed under a joint operation by the sex-hungry duo of the same village nearby Rohtak in Haryana. On her part, the frail girl strangulated all the seven available members of her family while they laid unconscious by poison in the meal, including the kids, to remain free for sex; the boy in question tricked instead and saved his own family. Soon after the murders in the dead of night, dead bodies lying around, both of them celebrated their ‘love’ and freedom of choice to their heart’s content. On pact, the boy had arranged the poison to make both families sleep deep before they were to be killed one by one. Village gained immediate notoriety at international level for it. By now, Kabulpur has not remained an isolated example. Elites can take pride over their kill with such success stories day in and day out by now.
In village Kabulpur these murders were as brute as any could be, committed for sex right with no corresponding obligation and the killer girl had no remorse; rather she was carelessly enjoying bites in police custody! Yes, it was freedom of choice with hurdles removed, as per prescription of the modernisers and she was perhaps a model for female liberation from patriarchy, going even to the extent of murders for the sake of her freedom to choose and mastery over her body- the present ideals of womenlib of American vintage based on crash individualism! Much unfortunately for the bold and bared girl, the protagonists of womenlib proved clever and timid to leave her unattended and that none came forward to eulogise the warrior of much cherished freedom, while she was left to fend for self in a criminal litigation.
It may be mentioned that there was no occasion for family members or any khap to issue any Talibani fatwa against the two deviants!! Simple fact was that both mothers of the boy and the girl were aware of what they were indulging in and silently working to avert the disaster by their own wisdom. The girl led the affair which had nothing to do with ‘love’- an exulting quality of a person with compassion at heart rather than momentary passion for anything carnal. One cannot be a compassionate personality at the same time a murderer on design for selfish purpose. She belonged to a father who was polishing the shoes and belts of his officers and did his best to earn money sufficient to finance her study in the university nearby, only to translate his obligation towards a sibling learning lessons these years in free indulgence in carnal gratification calling it love and getting training to be a crass individual instead, duly caressed by the whole system of formal and informal education prevalent in the country of late. This happened in an area where hardly ever one could find any such incident two decades earlier. These two ‘sex-hungry adults’ are in jail, as under-trials without however, enjoying the cherished freedom; the result of an indoctrination of a reverse kind. One can understand the intensity of indoctrination of these immature urchins for such an act of murders in pursuit of their carnal urge.
The media and the so-called progressive busy-bodies have again selected Garnauthi, as once they had selected Manoj-Babli case of Haryana earlier without going seriously into the urges working behind and merely relying on the same charged media reports, to beat their target harsh. Garnauthi, however, turned significant in the sense that the incident was very explicit in rage and there was instant provocation. There could be no Khap anywhere nearby in the picture and the rage was on exhibition. Kabulpur, on the other hand, had turned significant where an educated girl and the boy were bitten by sex-bug to the extent that whole family members, even kids fell victims to the killer girl and were eliminated to clear the path for entertainment in free sex without obligation. No busy-body ever cared to analyse the affair and sorted issues involved. There were no dharnas, no candle marches, no demand charters, no editorial messages to the rulers, no sage advice, no chest beating, no celebrations either, though occurrence was no less ghastly; rather more jolting and heart rending. None came out to utilise the freedom of expression on the issue. All progressives remained mute on it.
How come such a pass in a rural family having a tranquil past? Let there be no doubt: both the girl and boy were inspired by modern views on sex in the city nearby while parents were crushed by times and labouring to earn for their studies in discharge of their due obligations, even toward these adults. What hands put them to the path of crime and ruin even as individuals and for what?
Let us then examine who is who, what for and what they are out to sow the seed for poisonous weed or sweet fruits to the need of society.
The gentleman in question on his blog and The Tribune, Chandigarh, both are taken here as symbolic progressives who are out to make rural India modern! Both are crusaders or jihadists, if you like, preaching the lessons in the freedom of choice for delivery with no-holds-barred. And, the timing? Question is important.
India is free for over six decades. Villages were allowed to live by their traditions and customs unchallenged and Khaps were never proclaimed from roof-tops as anti-national, anti-development ever during the early four decades of independence. No crusaders ever came out to teach our young generation of freedom of choice in matters of sex and sexuality, except when female-sex based industries (numbering no less than 20 at present) had started contributing heavily to the GDP as the unchallenged yardstick of progress, copying the wild West and forgetting the golden East even at the cost of national ego of super nationalists at convenience, for money! It is really a riddle wrapped into an enigma that why the agenda of women liberation (WomenLib) of American genre, as distinct from left variant, having existential slogans, had never been the forte of such liberal media and heavily financed NGO sector earlier when females were more at disadvantage as is the evergreen faith now. Have these forces become more vibrant now and for whom? It is a matter of serious probe.
Such type of free-hold freedom was never preached earlier ever, except for the last two decades of liberal economy. It is not because these gentlemen have grown more democratic, rather the situation is in reverse gear. The democratic rights of the people are under tight leash of late; they have grown vary of the earlier version of democratic dispensation of their own make and feel very uneasy with democratic rights of the hard working people. Clearly, these forces have an agenda now against the rural folks for their backward and conservative outlook towards their own life simply because the ruling establishment has set a target to urbanise a big chunk of rural India rapidly for easy take over by the corporate world and this media is acting on its behalf to clear the path for them by implanting a corresponding culture of crash individualism to prosper.
For the media, these were ‘honour’ killings in Garnauthi. For parents at Garnauthi this was exceptional punishment in despair against deliberate defiance by crossing the limits of family norms, living in the milieu of a definite village community, so that others in line may not suffer for generations, courting for themselves the prescribed sentence for the criminal act happily. For the newly educated, these murders were gross violation of a right to life of two adult individuals, while for the parents both of them were under obligations to them with no right to block future of others. Rights go with obligations, according to their rustic wisdom. The differences in perception are wide and have distinct meanings respectively for both.
But crusaders are out to shut the other view and want their own prescription to prevail if any one desires to live in India of their dreams. That is the first tragedy of sorts in the propaganda campaign of wits in this case. And what dream, by the way? India is suffering badly due to the fruits of this dream of over six decades after independence; nearly 80 per cent of its population is made to survive on starvation level and rural India gasping for breath. Let the crusaders, including those adherents of left ideology who pathologically hate rural India, renounce their riches and survive on rupees 20 per day like these 80 per cent and then talk about dreams of their make.