The perfect recipe of a bad curry is to do everything right, then add one wrong ingredient, or add the right ingredient in the wrong amount. In this case, the ingredient is the mango, or as they call it in Hindi, “aam.”
I attended a candlelight vigil on Sunday night in Bangalore to stand up for women’s rights in India. The vigil was a peaceful version of the protests that have swept the nation after six men were accused of gang-raping and battering a 23-year-old medical student in New Delhi last Sunday.
A group of people arrived at the vigil in Bangalore’s Freedom Park, saying that they were members of the Aam Aadmi party. (“Aam aadmi,” for people who don’t speak Hindi, means “common man,” with the word for mango, “aam,” taking on its other translation: “ordinary” or “common”.) They urged the crowd of about 150 people, mostly students, to decide for themselves whom they want to support in the future. At another protest against the rape, held at Bangalore’s city hall on Sunday, other people who said they were from the Aam Aadmi party did the same thing.
Amid the calls of “We want safety for woman” and “We want stricter legislation”, emerged the sharp voices saying, “We want PM’s resignation”, or “Let the people decide who they want to vote in the next elections.”