Comments on: Half a cheer for Indian cricket http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/ Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Muralidaran Ramesh Somasunderam http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/comment-page-1/#comment-141 Sat, 24 May 2008 14:25:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/2020vision/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/#comment-141 Dear Charlotte,
I am very sorry to hear that inappropriate and unacceptable acts are taking place in Delhi, where you are living at present.
My understanding of India was based, when I made a trip to India in 1989 and it was to Madras, South India. Therefore, I apologise to you, that my comments were made on sentiments, and I never realised that India has changed in this way.
I hope you understand my position and please not misunderstand me for my views.
Yours truly,
M. R. Somasunderam.

]]>
By: Joanna http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/comment-page-1/#comment-21 Wed, 07 May 2008 17:04:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/2020vision/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/#comment-21 I am an American woman who is engaged to a wonderful Indian Man. We have talked endlessly about things that concern our upcomming marriage, our family values, how we will raise our children, where we will live, etc. I want nothing more than for him to protect and preserve the culture in which he was raised, but I have a concern about raising our children in India, specifically if we had a daughter. I have been to India several times and there are so many things of value that I love about the culture and the people of India. But, like Charlotte, I have seen the ugly side of the culture and have fell victim to unwelcomed stares, comments, and physical touch. I think the Gov. in India should shift their focus to changing the ugly aspects of their society as well as striving to preserve the things about India that make it a great country. How will they do that? I dont have a solution. My only suggestion would be to try and cultivate a new generation of people that value the contributions that both men and women bring to society. They also need to focus on teaching what is apropriate behavior in both public and private settings. It is a growing problem that will only be able to fly under the radar for a little while longer until its reached a breaking point. My hope is that it will not go unnoticed for that long… for my sake and the sake of the next generation of children. Its also important to mention that as my fiance and I have talked about our culture and what is important to us he always expresses the things about India that he is frustrated about and that he thinks are shortcommings… I also focus on the aspects of India that I love so much. With our combined vision I know that we will bring out the best in our respecitve cultures and not focus on the where both the US and India have fallen short.

]]>
By: parthy http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/comment-page-1/#comment-22 Wed, 07 May 2008 13:48:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/2020vision/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/#comment-22 I agree with Ms Charlotte, but I disagree with Mr. Somasunderam and Mr. Tejinder. It is much easier to be a Indian in a western country than being a foreigner in India. If late night shifts and TV channels induce rape and eve teasing, then why don’t other countries report the similar trend? The number of sexual harassment and rapes is far too staggering than many western countries. Obviously there is something to do with the Indians. While we are too eager to “preserve” Indian culture, we don’t really protect women rights and freedom. If a rape happens, we are quite happy to keep our women at home instead of preventing such future cases. Restricting women freedom is not a solution, it is rather a workaround. In my view, blaming a woman’s clothing for her rape or harassment is a show of society’s dominance over human.

]]>
By: Tejinder http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/comment-page-1/#comment-25 Wed, 07 May 2008 07:00:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/2020vision/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/#comment-25 Hi,

India will remain same for girls & women until unless any revolution comes. No. of eve teasing increased due to many tv channels launched in India and more girls started working like men in offices specially in Night Shifts in call centers. It doesn’t matter whether she belongs to India or any Foreign Country.

Dresses of girls plays major part in teasing and rape cases. So, I think girl in India is equally responsible. You cannot clap with single hand. If any girl moving on the Indian Roads at 2:00 A.M. just to have tea and the whole town is sleeping, whats the meaning of walking at 2:00 A.M.???

Likewise, in India, if any girl (Indian or Foreigner) dances in front of thousnads of people wearing shortest of clothes and billions of people wathes that on television and Govt. expects that crime would be reduced !!! I am sorry to say but in coming years Rape & Teasing cases are going to be increased and only Indian Govt. would be responsible for it.

Tejinder.

]]>
By: Charlotte http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/comment-page-1/#comment-24 Wed, 07 May 2008 05:26:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/2020vision/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/#comment-24 As an American woman living in Delhi, I can understand the reticence of some people, such as Mr. Somasunderam, to import American traditions to a country already rich with their own culture–especially distasteful ones like scantily clad women. However, it is people like him who are again bringing the debate away from the real problem: some men’s lack of propriety in India.
There are hundreds of examples of American culture infiltrating this country. While mainly distasteful and unattractive, the American-influenced trends do not rape, molest or intimitate women. I’ve yet to hear of a McDonalds hurting a woman, beyond adding a few unnecessary calories to her diet.
So, while you can bemoan the loss of good Indian culture, the country MUST take responsibilty for the degrading way men act here. I don’t walk around in short-shorts and mid-drift baring tanks; I don’t jump up and down extorting men to cheer. But I am grabbed inappropriately, harrassed daily and stared at nonstop. And I’m not alone. Every woman I know, regardless of age and race, bemoans their treatment by men.
As little as I like cheerleaders, I find the behavior of men here far more repulsive and far more troubling. This shouldn’t even be a debate. Every man and woman should be disgusted. Instead, I find myself disgusted that so few people are speaking out against this.

]]>
By: siddharth http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/comment-page-1/#comment-23 Wed, 07 May 2008 05:25:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/2020vision/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/#comment-23 mutual respect to opposite sex, civic sense and appropriate behaviour is missing when it comes to not having to know a female.. The new Song having Rakhi Sawant.. “took took dekhee.. dekhe aankhein phaadh kar….” – is real Indian public behaviour. even 90% of 50 year old men do the same ( that too when out with family).. So well written : cheerleading is a profession and takes amazing fitness to be such gymnasts.. WE should have 5 year plans on teaching Civic sense and appropriate public behaviour. People need to learn to channelize their sex deprivition, aggression in a better way… Cheer the Cheerleaders.. it will be more fun and vibrant.. dont abuse or use inappropriate words and body language.
-SBanga

]]>
By: Muralidaran Ramesh Somasunderam http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/comment-page-1/#comment-20 Wed, 07 May 2008 03:33:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/2020vision/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/#comment-20 Dear Sir,
I am a Sri Lankan, who migrated to Australia twenty four years ago.
I am a proud South Asian, and have the highest respect for Indian and Subcontinent culture, heritage, language and religion. Based on this, I was disappointed to see cheerleaders from the United States of America being presented as a source of entertainment for the Indian public, and to television audiences, who view the game around the globe. This does not present a good picture about aspects, which are good and wholesome about India, which has so much to offer in in regard to entertainment and culture. Therefore in conclusion it will be good for all concerned if the cheerleaders are taken out all together, and it is also not appropriate to think that Indian gentlemen require to be entertained in this manner, because they are sexually deprived. It is most unfortunate, and incorrect to view or think of them from this perspective .
Yours Faithfully,
M. R. Somasunderam.

]]>
By: Neo http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/comment-page-1/#comment-19 Tue, 06 May 2008 23:33:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/2020vision/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/#comment-19 I am from South India, but now live in US and I have learned a lot about western culture and now feel disgusted by the way women in India are treated. To be honest it is the society it self to be blamed and the way they percive normal human behaviour. When it comes to India, it is a alien nation, Indians look at things completely different. It will take generations to change the mentality and even at the end the’ll accept things but will never understand others perspective. It is very narrow thinking, it is in our DNA.

]]>
By: parthy http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/comment-page-1/#comment-18 Tue, 06 May 2008 20:51:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/2020vision/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/#comment-18 Hypocrisy at its best. With innumerable cases of rape and women oppression, I am baffled on how oblivious we are to solving real problems such as law and order, corruption and poverty.

]]>
By: bajji http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/comment-page-1/#comment-17 Tue, 06 May 2008 16:08:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/2020vision/2008/05/06/half-a-cheer-for-indian-cricket/#comment-17 Agreed. India should be doing some soul searching on why it’s men (or the presumably small fraction of men that misbehave) are “allowed” to treat women the way they do. And why aren’t the politicians and the policy makers doing anything about it? Perhaps this is due to a wider problem of sexual repression in modern day India. Heck, politicians themselves are a bunch of goons who have hounded out the women from parliaments and state assemblies. How can they be expected to correct anyone? It’s thuggery, what we’re doing to our women.

]]>