Tuesday, March 15, 2011

It was indeed a tearful day for the Telugu culture and heritage plus I know I can't beat JP's eloquence with words. So, let me go right down to those goddamn boorish savages.

Alas, they demolished mute statues that were set in stone ... statues of people who were dead long time ago … because they belonged to a certain geography for which they have recently acquired some tasteful disdain. You hate a particular place and you carefully plan and break a goddamn statue of a dead person who was born in that place a hundred years back when the place itself has no meaning. Pretty MAN-ly thing to do. Heh?

If you thought that was dumb,  wait till you hear this. These Telangana morons are inspiring themselves from the Egyptian and other revolutions in the middle-east. The middle-east is fighting dictatorships and you guys lost democratically, fair and square. Where's the logic there? Imagine the intellect of a smelly socks, it must take to come up with this plan. Besides, what does even demolition of a statue accomplish? I am all lost here. What message can you possibly send by breaking a bunch of stones? Desecrating a statue, burning a religious book, giving a milk-bath, torching the buses - Why? Why? From which monkey species did we get this sense of humor? At this point of time, I am perplexed as to which act is more dumb : breaking a statue of a person dead long ago or honking from your car to a passer-by girl.

Look at the kind of people they have managed to annihilate: 17 of most inspiring and towering personalities that we ought to be proud of, but we thought to be from a faulty region of the state. Eminent writers who gave us our grand epics (Nannayya, Yerrapragada), prolific poets (Sri Sri, Gurajaaga Appa Rao), social reformers (Veeresilingam Panthulu) and many, many more. They even knocked off Siddhendhra yogi of 14-century AD !!! 14th century, for Godssakes. I think demolishing the statues of scholars who shaped our very culture and on whose shoulders we stand each day is the perfect metaphor for the dawn of an age of darkness and ignorance. It is a flawless defiance of intelligence and an embrace of impudence. When a million people are self-congratulating the bold act of having defeated an army of stone statues in a bloodless and a spineless battle against our cultural history, on a day when pride was lost and we find nothing worthwhile to defend, you know it's time for history to make space for some more.


Simple-minded folks think that the fault lies with politicians who are prying on people's emotions. I think it's a superficial opinion to urgently explain away the situation so that we can go back to the TV. If you think about it, that's their real job - to catch hold of gullible people. It's completely our inadequacy to not see through the "plan". Make no mistake, folks. They got us where they wanted. That's how any ruling class operates. They run most of Andhra's educational institutions, to ensure that your kids and college students are always in check. Schools and colleges have turned into pitiful poultry farms depriving kids of childhood and letting wild bushes grow on empty cricket grounds.

They also run the media houses and the TV channels to decide what information you deserve to be fed today. They control the cinema too - which, by the way, is the only hobby left in our culture. No one is writing or reading Telugu anymore. The Carnatic music training can’t get us chicks nor lets us be fokii.  Just look at the quality of the movies we got today and the kind of pretentious nonsense we have convinced ourselves that it is our way to relax: Our hero-worship of a Brash, sweaty, preening, strutting alpha-male jerk persona (Thanks, Carlin) whose solution to any problem is to beat the shit out of someone next to him. We are forced to endure someone take pride in a complete disinterest in education and makes a mockery out of his college professors. And to add to his award-winning worthless personality and record-breaking levels of incapacity, guess what, the heroine proposes to him !!! Got that? From an era of delicate romances with batting eye-lids, stolen glances, lost thoughts and sweet smiles, we pay to sit through the most ridiculous male fantasy - a desperate female !!! Extinct male impulses - violence, ego and anger  from a pre-enlightened age in human history have been revived as the telugu movie industry. When these are our heroes today, what more can you expect than broken statues of highly regarded intellectuals. We broke the idea of an intellectual anyway, why not demolish his stone counterpart?  This comedy-tragedy dualism realizes it's full circle when a teenage student at an age of writing entrances exams chooses to bunk his college to sit in the such a movie for 7th time just to lend a support and loyalty to his favorite hero. They got us where they wanted - obedient consumption and silent sufferring !!!

The whole system is run to ensure we are all blind-folded with shallow notions of sweet-sounding equality we need to have and to keep alive the deadly dragons of deep differences and divisions between us. If you thought these politicians enter a disgusting and oft denounced profession that takes heaps of crap from every cross-eyed guy at the road-side tea-stall for nothing, think again. It's pay-back time, my dear friends. Just watch, we will soon be believing that somehow there are larger purposes to our lives than our own sanity.

It's our responsibility to be educated and to be alive. It has always been. Let's begin by blaming ourselves. With a humble hatred towards everything, I hope we get back the statues and some of our dignity.

6 comments :

g2 said...

May be we should make way for Allu Arjun and junior NTR at the Tank Bund. They epitomize the Telugu culture as of today - talentless, born in families that have a lot of land and gold and rich and successful because of caste based loyalties.

neo said...

Very neatly put up..Interesting comparison with movies but frankly, was not very convinced with the analogy. NTR telugu classics won't sell in movies in this era. Its time we learn something from Tamilians, French and Chinese. [Though they exhibit extreme language fervor]. Recently Kannada people celebrated a 3 day language event of worth 50 crores sponsored by their state govt, which glorified their language. Such events and many more activities can bring life to our language. But lifeless people can't and won't think or do anything abt it !!! Irony it is..

Sash! said...

@ g2 : tch tch tch ... look at the other kind of extreme rhetoric ... to be fair they are not "talentless" - they are better actors than you and I ... they are not as good as their fathers or uncles ... but that is more of a family issue :P

@neo: Thanks for your comment. I should have made this very clear and probably apologize for the unintended analogy. I am NOT blaming the vandalism on the movies. I was merely pointing out the stark departure from modern middle class-realities in the themes of modern movies which are set in fantasy land starring disconnected and disinterested personalities … they all contribute at a subconscious level to declining interest in our own heritage and legacy if our artwork doesn't continue to draw inspirations and connections back to the roots.

There is nothing wrong with feeling proud and ... protecting what you got ... it is as equally important as transcending boundaries ... just like an updated version of a software will still continue to read files of the old versions (... unless you are an apple fan... in which case, you would have no problem buying new hardware every 2 months as an obedient cult member :) )


… as usual, I have no intention or solutions to solve the problem …

Purba said...

Demand for new states is not about people - it's about power struggle where we the people are the first casualties.

Have we become a better country, post Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Chaattisgarh!

Everyone just wants a share of the pie and bleed the country dry.

Sash! said...

@ Exactly. I say, give them their own country. Let them import all the stuff they don't have, with costly import duties and let them maintain their own army to protect against their "enemies" ... we'll see how well, they fare ...

kick them off the household ... sab nakhrein hain, because mom India is sweet and can't let go ...




Soon, they will be prodigal sons ...

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