INDIA’S ‘DD’ OBSESSION!

INDIA’S DD OBSESSION! “D” here stands for either “Demonization” and/or “Deification” please! Indians are globally famous or otherwise for both these habitual traits. Most of us are given from early…

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INDIA’S ‘DD’ OBSESSION!

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INDIA’S DD OBSESSION!

“D” here stands for either “Demonization” and/or “Deification” please!

Indians are globally famous or otherwise for both these habitual traits. Most of us are given from early on in our lives either to deify ordinary human beings or to demonize them as the most unworthy human trash that ever polluted this planet!

It’s interesting and rather odd that you and I have never thought of walking warily and gingerly along the golden middle between these two extreme positions however-the tight rope called commonsense and reasonable assessment!

Indians often remind me of a pendulum moving from LIKE to DISLIKE, from deification to demonization, from love to hatred and from aplomb to irritability; usually I attribute this impulsiveness and inconstancy in personal stances to emotional immaturity, novelty and unfamiliarity.

Given that the Lower House of the Indian Parliament has been largely turned into a hotbed…

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INDIA’S ‘DD’ OBSESSION!

INDIA’S DD OBSESSION!

“D” here stands for either “Demonization” and/or “Deification” please!

Indians are globally famous or otherwise for both these habitual traits. Most of us are given from early on in our lives either to deify ordinary human beings or to demonize them as the most unworthy human trash that ever polluted this planet!

It’s interesting and rather odd that you and I have never thought of walking warily and gingerly along the golden middle between these two extreme positions however-the tight rope called commonsense and reasonable assessment!

Indians often remind me of a pendulum moving from LIKE to DISLIKE, from deification to demonization, from love to hatred and from aplomb to irritability; usually I attribute this impulsiveness and inconstancy in personal stances to emotional immaturity, novelty and unfamiliarity.

Given that the Lower House of the Indian Parliament has been largely turned into a hotbed of mutual recriminations, it’s no surprise that in the wake of Mr. Subramanian Swamy’s absorption into the Upper House, that sacrosanct hall also become a pandemonium of sorts. Its better if we avoid all reference to the incumbents in both these houses however, since they have all the similarities of a menagerie with the difference that these are forked bipeds often with hanging bellies and not quadrupeds on the prowl! You and I don’t dare to either demonize them or deify them because it’s a sheer waste of our energy.

The Seasonal Cycle in both D mindsets:

Almost all politicians expressly need a pachyderm like hide to remain protected from occasional demonization and /or deification!

I shall begin with the Hugging Saint lady (?) who was viewed by her neighbors in Karunagappally area years ago as a freak girl specimen that preferred to go to sleep with a clay figurine of Krishna and could be often seen on the desolate and silent seashore at midnight deep in meditation. Today she has a full-fledged PR machinery that tends to present her as some sort of avatar – and relentlessly goes on deifying her in every manner imaginable!

Almost all the Founding Fathers of Free India—Rajendra Prasad, Gandhi, Nehru, Patel, Ambedkar etc.– stand heavily and hopelessly deified with no hope of their being evaluated as normal human beings with all human constraints and angularities. Mrs. G (Gandhi) was both despised and worshipped in her lifetime.

The CM of Tamil Nadu was also both demonized an deified many times in the course of her political growth and personal elevation to power .Speaking of TN, almost all film stars no matter how little they are educated or how boorish they may be in their personal lifestyles, are given a divine halo of sorts and then many worshipping centers are opened in their name too.

This deification tendency and demonization tendency are at their most intense in Tamil Nadu, probably because all Tamils love song dance and pompous display—and naturally the silver screen world—but then West Bengal is not far behind! Mayawati was for a while adored and worshipped by her Dalit companions but now she has lost her clout.

Parliamentarians come next in the protocol queue in being made much of.

MLAs come next. They have long retinues behind then wherever they go and they like being flattered and made much of as human phenomena too.

Hindu deities, irrespective of their size, appearance or personal attributes, come last in this queue. The reality is that they are just projections of a fertile early Hindu psyche and imagination and presented as ideals or role models fit for many of us to follow but many in this country view these deities as real flesh and blood semi human and semi divine beings that lived in India’s history at some time!

If an Indian, no matter how educated or wealthy he may be, declares that Lord Rama was certainly born and brought up in Ayodhya, precisely where the Babri Masjid stood, and that some stones supposedly belonging to the ancient Dasaratha palace have been unearthed, please don’t try to put reason and commonsense into him unless you view your life as worth only a farthing!

Not only won’t he give in and give up or cheerfully agree to what you say but also you may be within minutes in deep trouble with many PILs filed against you for hurting religious sentiments!

DEIFICATION/DEMONIZATION OF SOCIAL CONVENTIONS:

The halo of holiness attributed earlier times to such mundane ceremonies as baptism, funeral prayers, wedding, naming ceremony, circumcision or upanayanam has largely given place to top-to-toe practicality, time sense and thorough materialism today.

The convention known as wedding is what has had a knockout punch in this connection what with many young people today opting openly for Living Together as a less strenuous option available to all in India. Premarital sex was demonized earlier but nowadays it is a family secret kept by both families of the persons involved. Extra marital affairs of the men and women have also lost the pejorative and pungent  odor they had earlier with many wives consenting to their hubbies bringing other girls home for the night –or for a few days at a go–and publicly displaying their affection at home!

Though polygamy and polyandry are ostensibly demonized, especially by the puritans of the Indian society, both are allowed to prevail in many places. In one community especially-the Muslims- family planning was demonized as opposed to their 8th century Saudi social law but now most of them have quietly accepted Family Planning as something eminently sensible if their family life is to remain well contented.

CONDEMNATION OF INSTITUTIONS:

In the last many years India has been witness to thousands of farmer suicides, primarily as a result of a farmer’s inability to raise his crops in the wake of getting a loan from the nearest bank. Over 17 thousand peasants have died in this way and local banks are almost always targeted for really stinging criticism!

Across India, financial institutions and banks have come in for heavy criticism—“approximative demonization” you may call this– for their miserliness in lending of money. No, they have never been deified of course. The Indian police are deified only rarely but demonized by the unknowing public almost on a daily basis.

Private school managements are demonized at times though everyone that comments and criticizes also knows that they are really teaching children well! Private hospitals are also both appreciated and criticized on an ad hoc basis.

A BIAS FOR EUPHEMISM:

One important aspect of all demonization in India is that initially the bete noir person is described as in some ways unpleasant but the man is given some respect too through euphemism. All Indians love to exercise euphemism when they refer to whatever it is that  they don’t really like—meaning they use a lot of grease paint and white wash when presenting unpalatable realities.

Speaking about Mallya’s massive default on loans given in trust to him, the FM cautioned against overstating the bad loans crisis in the banking system lest it hamper the entire lending operations and growth. Raghuram Rajan, RBI Governor echoed Jaitley too.” We don’t want to create a situation, said Jaitley, with a ton of euphemism ”where we overstate the crisis and in the process the whole activity of lending for growth itself starts suffering because people become extraordinarily defensive.”

Rajan used a metaphor of a broad fishing expedition to reiterate the same theme.

Compared with demonization, deification has no dearth of hyperbole used from the very beginning. Virat Kohli was almost called a God for his remarkable cricket game performance in India-Australia T20!

DEIFICATION/DEMONISATION OF PAST HEROES:

In the heyday of his reputation—as an IPL Team Owner, as a Formula One race supporter, politician, and liquor businessman—Vijay Mallya the king of good times was feted and lionized as very few persons were and public sector banks vied with one another to lend money to him too without insisting on verifying his actual ground level creditworthiness. He was almost deified and he was allowed to lead a charmed lifestyle too!

Not only the Kannadigas but most Indians appreciated him for his flashy calendars and even film stars acted in those for him with minimum dress materials and maximum revelation revolution!

He has now made good his escape from India after flummoxing and hoodwinking all these 17 banks at one fell go- with Rs 9400 outstanding debts and it turns out that he accepted UK citizenship long ago without Indian government knowing about it at all.

We all know about how the British viewed Bhagat Singh as a dangerous terrorist—and demonized him as some kind of monster– and how we view him today as an activist in the independence struggle.

Most past heroes and famous persons –including Nehru and hi if not V K Krishna Menon too– had it coming both ways—the warm breeze of appreciation from the public and the cold chilling North  Wind of depreciation and denigration.

To make a sweeping generalization however, more past heroes are deified than demonized. While Nehru has been globally evaluated to be more a writer than a prime minister efficiency- wise and foresight-wise, Gandhi has come in for both criticism from the ruling past y and outright adoration by the Opposition too!

DEIFICATION/DEMONIZATION OF SPORTS STARS:

All sports persons in India, unlike their counterparts born and brought up elsewhere, spontaneously cultivate a healthy contempt for the media mindset about them because if they don’t win the game they are heavily and cruelly demonized and if they win it, they are lionized and celebrated as super heroes!

Such unsteadiness in the attitude of the government , the controlling body and the nation not only puts our sports stars on a wobbling tight wire almost all through the year but also takes away their attachment to the nation at large.

Sanskrit literature is noted for overuse of hyperbole or exaggeration in all kinds of imaginative ways. This uniquely Indian weakness to use epithets of exaggeration has trickled down to news reports of our games played abroad.

Please note in passing that in Australia the sports men are NEVER called in to endorse any commercial product at all and instead they are encouraged to practice their own game till they achieve global recognition!

DEIFICATION/DEMONIZATION OF CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS:

All child artistes in films are universally deified across India. On the contrary teenagers are almost always compared with and contrasted from adult stars.

At home we the grown-ups have a convention of calling all children “Cute” or “Nice” but then as they grow into puberty and adolescence they are coolly denied that kind deification and instead they are often demonized too for trifling reasons! I know parents that refuse to talk with their own teenager sons and daughters for what are silly reasons.

Most parents in this country are guilty on this count.

THE CASTE/FAITH ELEMENT:

Not many of us know that there are both caste and faith identities operating under the surface of what we say about a person. You or I tend to discriminate against a person that doesn’t speak our language, belongs to another faith community and also hails from another caste not known to us! Such discrimination leads to allergy and then to hated and the victim is almost always demonized as persona non grata.

The Union of India has never been a union under the skin of her citizens but a huge conglomeration of persons of various castes, clans, tribes, groups, ethnic oddities and various faiths too. Hindu castes number almost 7500 out of which around 5000 get the benefit of birth-based reservation. The remainder are in agitation mode.

In addition, there is a PLACE OF ORIGIN ELEMENT too without your or my being fully aware of detecting this. If you visit the distant north of this small State Kerala you can feel this xenophobia wafting your way!

Gender inequality apart, natural xenophobia is another oddity when it comes to India. Try to visit urban slums or even red light districts and you are face to face with dangerous xenophobia too in addition to ‘come-hither’ looks and inviting giggles/whistles from the women!!

If the recently inducted RS MP Dr. Subramanian Swamy is having this much spleen against the Gandhis, it’s also because he belongs to the South of the country!

Right now both demonization of rival candidates and deification of own party candidates is going on in full swing across the stat where elections are shortly due!

If you and I are seeking a PSYCHOLOGICAL EXPLANATION for this mindset-a divided hypocritical mindset it is—you are going to discover that we are such naïve people as South Asians that we know only LIKE or DISLIKE!

I am reminded of the naïve boy named Simple Simon here—the simple naive boy that demanded of a pie man to give him a pie without asking for its price!

Isn’t India a nation of confused Simple Simons toying with a balloon called democracy and smiling at every passer-by!

GRAVEYARD SHIFTS AND CONSEQUENCES!!

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LONG TERM EFFECTS OF NIGHT SHIFTS—AND THE EXIT ROUTE!

If short term effects of night shifts are only a calling card of sorts for an IT firm’s workforce, the long term consequences are really, often hopelessly, serious.

Among these are the following:

  • Increased risk of gastro-intestinal diseases
  • Multiplication in cardio vascular conditions
  • Psycho neurotic illnesses of various descriptions
  • Substance abuse (Nicotine/Caffeine/Alcohol)
  • Disturbed Body rhythm*
  • Heavier demands on household organization
  • Severely restricted parental role.
  • Adverse effects in women on hormonal and reproductive functions

*A 24 hour basic rhythm masterminds many minor body rhythms. Circadian Rhythm is just one instance!

THE EXIT ROUTE (HR Managers please note!)

  • Designing shifts according to ergo economics which includes better workstations, tool and chair design, comfortable lighting and temperature.
  • Encouraging employees to opt for several small nutritional meals rather than guzzle up one huge one at an odd time!
  • Institute occasional work breaks, especially if the…

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GRAVEYARD SHIFTS AND CONSEQUENCES!!

LONG TERM EFFECTS OF NIGHT SHIFTS—AND THE EXIT ROUTE!

If short term effects of night shifts are only a calling card of sorts for an IT firm’s workforce, the long term consequences are really, often hopelessly, serious.

Among these are the following:

  • Increased risk of gastro-intestinal diseases
  • Multiplication in cardio vascular conditions
  • Psycho neurotic illnesses of various descriptions
  • Substance abuse (Nicotine/Caffeine/Alcohol)
  • Disturbed Body rhythm*
  • Heavier demands on household organization
  • Severely restricted parental role.
  • Adverse effects in women on hormonal and reproductive functions

*A 24 hour basic rhythm masterminds many minor body rhythms. Circadian Rhythm is just one instance!

THE EXIT ROUTE (HR Managers please note!)

  • Designing shifts according to ergo economics which includes better workstations, tool and chair design, comfortable lighting and temperature.
  • Encouraging employees to opt for several small nutritional meals rather than guzzle up one huge one at an odd time!
  • Institute occasional work breaks, especially if the employee is engaged in doing repetitive work
  • Enabling facilities for recreational activities like a table tennis/snooker game
  • Giving facilities for moderate but regular exercise
  • Opening the work day with a 2 minute silent prayer with all the managers also participating
  • Planning occasional shram daan of various kinds-like sprucing up the courtyard, afforestation programs, floriculture, weekly zumba/aerobics sessions, serving the aged at a nearby Old Age Home, storytelling contest, singing contest, and skits. Please see that all participants get prizes of some nature!
  • Encouraging the employees to relax through participation in a Laughter club, Community Kitchen Cooking, etc.

 

GOOD FAST FOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH!

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EVER HEARD OF GOOD FAST FOOD?

Most people equate fast food with junk food. That isn’t always the case.

Here are some munchies included that are actually good for YOU!

  • Idlis and Appams:

These were once known to be South Indian preparations but across India they are available. Idlis are steam cooked, and appams are skillet cooked with a little sunflower or sesame oil.

  • Sandwiches:

Burger chains and pizza chains are responsible for a generation of obese overweight unhealthy kids. But have you heard of the American food chain called Subway? Subway sandwiches are the closest to delicious health food as you can get or make without venturing boldly into the sprouts territory!

Opt for Subway Whole Wheat Bread!

  • Popcorns, Tortillas and Nachos:

Face it-Potato Chips (lipid and caramelized) like Lays is bad for you! Keep away from this too if you wish your own self or your kid to…

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GOOD FAST FOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH!

EVER HEARD OF GOOD FAST FOOD?

Most people equate fast food with junk food. That isn’t always the case.

Here are some munchies included that are actually good for YOU!

  • Idlis and Appams:

These were once known to be South Indian preparations but across India they are available. Idlis are steam cooked, and appams are skillet cooked with a little sunflower or sesame oil.

  • Sandwiches:

Burger chains and pizza chains are responsible for a generation of obese overweight unhealthy kids. But have you heard of the American food chain called Subway? Subway sandwiches are the closest to delicious health food as you can get or make without venturing boldly into the sprouts territory!

Opt for Subway Whole Wheat Bread!

  • Popcorns, Tortillas and Nachos:

Face it-Potato Chips (lipid and caramelized) like Lays is bad for you! Keep away from this too if you wish your own self or your kid to be disease free: Fried What Flour rounds! Popcorn and nachos are good munchies. Opt for Puffed Rice-like Poha or Pori (Tamil)

  • Roasted Corn: A forgotten street food, it is good for you.
  • Sweet Potato: Surprised? Well sweet potatoes actually full of vitamins and fiber!
  • Peanuts: Enjoy yourself with a few peanuts.
  • Sugar cane: Relish your sugar cane juice and crunch your sugar cane pieces too.
  • Cucumbers: Salad cucumbers are the best since it supplies you with coolness and micro nutrients
  • Assorted fruits: Enjoy fruits of all types if you are not a diabetic. If you are, please take some fruit every single day!
  • Peanut candy: Made of peanuts and jaggery, this is a healthy alternative to chocolates. Give some to your kid too while you are enjoying it.
  • Baked wheat flour: Gujarati khakras are made of this material. Wheat flour loses its potential for harm when it is baked.
  • Semolina pancake: Equally delicious delicacy.
  • Semolina: Make an Upma with a little oil and lots of vegetables and of course some water.
  • Broken Wheat: A richer version of Upma is made with this stuff.
  • Beaten rice flakes: Known as Aval in Malayalam, this is also equally delicious and good for your body!
  • Vermicelli Upma: Another delicious preparation

INCLUDE THEM IN YOUR FOOD AS YOU LIKE!