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Can you tolerate the intolerant?

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on November 21, 2005

I had blogged just a few days back on the Tamil Intolerance on expression of opinion by public personalities.  The intolerant protests do leads to hypocrisy and works against free speech.  

I found a story at www.ndtv.com today which talks about the growing impatience with the intolerance witnessed in the last few weeks.  I also found a story about Actor Amir Khan coming in support of the actress in distress.

Read the full stories below.  (Thanks http://www.ndtv.com)

Support for Khushboo gathers strength
Alaphia ZoyabSunday, November 20, 2005: (Chennai):
The tide may finally be turning for Khushboo. She has fought a lonely battle against her detractors these last few weeks after no one dared speak in her favour following the defamation cases. Her only supporter, Suhasini Maniratnam, has also been taken to court. But now, civil society is refusing to remain silent and voices of concern at the goings-on are getting louder. There is a growing impatience with the intolerance witnessed in the last few weeks over Khushboo’s remarks.”Can you tolerate the intolerant? These are intolerant people. You misuse the criminal administration system and behave thuggishly. Does the public tolerate it?” N Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu.Now the Dalit Panthers of India (DPI) has also toned down its rhetoric and promised to call off the protests. “There’s no politics behind this issue. Khushboo’s statement hurt women,” said Thol Thirumavalavan, President, DPI.It seems people won’t tolerate it anymore. The courts are yet to announce their verdict on whether her comments were indeed derogatory. But with the DPI’s new resolve, civil society can claim one small victory.

Aamir Khan offers support to Kushboo

Monday, November 21, 2005: (New Delhi):
Actor Aamir Khan has said actress Kushboo and tennis star Sania Mirza should not backdown from their liberal views on Indian women. Khan told NDTV that they must fight for what they believe in. Tamil star Kushboo is facing defamation cases for her public remarks on pre-marital sex among women in Tamil Nadu. A court in Mettur granted bail in one of the cases and advised her not to discus the issue with the media. Political groups the PMK and DPI filed the cases apparently claiming to protect Tamil culture.

3 Responses to “Can you tolerate the intolerant?”

  1. Jai said

    The first case of HIV infection in India was diagnosed in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu in 2003 – National AIDS Control Organization had reported 24,667 cases of AIDS, the highest number reported to NACO by any state. Where is the ‘Tamil Culture’ in all this??

    My guess is the man behind all this is Thankar Bachan. In all probability, to settle score with Kushboo, he would have bought out the buyable commodoties in DPI and has given a political and social spin to the whole issue.

  2. SamAruna said

    I fully agree with you Jai.

    If you read a recent Thuglak issue they have questioned the double standards of adapted of these cultural polices.

    DMK Chief Karunanidhi’s second wife’s daughter Kanimozhi has spoken against these cultural polices in Outlook magazine and in favour of women’s lib. That doesn’t worry these cultual polices any way.

    These guys keep ranting in the public about the authority Kushboo or Suhasini have for speaking up on behalf of the Tamils. In what way these got the power to speak for the Tamils?

    May be these polices have special coins that have only one side!

    See also http://murtheories.blogspot.com/2005/11/tamil-intolerance.html

  3. Vinayak said

    Results of the controversy : Kushboo and company

    When you mentioned the Kushboo, Suhasini issue I thought of adding this

    1. Pre Marital sex is here!. That’s the truth. There is no denying it. That’s the gist of what Kushboo said (not me!) Its NOT just metros or Mumbai or Delhi that the “pre marital sex” is happening. There are also extra marital going on all over India

    2. Tamil Nadu is NO exception. There are surveys that show that approx 40% of college students have had sex before marriage !!! Now please don’t come back and tell me ONLY young MEN had sex, and that too all by themselves…

    3. Kushboo being a film industry and talk show personality is AWARE of the situation. She spilled it out.

    4. Tamil movies have as much sex portrayed in them as bollywood movies. In fact there is a great competition there in showing more sex

    5. What happens in Indian cities gets noticed and has a multiplier effect. It’s soon followed by others in smaller towns and villages

    6. The dress, the dance, the music… the cinema … these have always moved from cities to towns and from towns to villages

    7. So would this “sex” thing move to every place in India.

    8. Please note that I am NOT supporting Pre marital sex. I’m just stating the ground reality as I understand it. Men should stop thinking women are all dying to live as virgins and get married to the one and only man on the wedding day

    9. Womens lib is calling this “freedom of expression” and *supporting Kushboo*

    10. So to me it looks like Kushboo has a point. Men who expect their wife to be a virgin are fools

    11. It is important to note that the MEN are against the women who spoke thus, rather than analyzing the statistics and the reasons behind kushboo’s statement .. (i.e.) prevalence of pre marital sex in society today



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