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Actaeon & Artemis (Diana)


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At college Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT was prescribed for detailed study and the following is excerpted from Act I Scene i of the play and the lecture was by Prof. Eugene D’ Vaz. Most of the lecturers would have got stuck with the opening lines “IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE…………”, but this Prof was different!

DUKE ORSINO 

Why, so I do, the noblest that I have:
O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first,
Methought she purged the air of pestilence!
That instant was I turn’d into a hart; 
    And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds, 
    E’er since pursue me. 

Now, it may not be that difficult to correlate the sculpture with the highlighted portion of the text. The summary would be simple: since the time Duke Orsino set his eyes on Olivia, he became a hart and his “own” desires like cruel hounds pursued his self. But the nuance was in the splitting of the person of the duke from his desires. The Prof went on to talk of the mythological character called ACTAEON, who being a hunter by profession, one day accidentally saw the Goddess of Chastity, Hunting  and the Moon, bathing with her maids. Thereupon, Actaeon was stunned at the beauty of Diana and stood transfixed. Diana cannot take such things lightly, so the Goddess in a jiffy turned ACTAEON into a Stag and his own Hounds started pursuing him and tore him to pieces!

It was this DUALITY of the self which pre-occupied the prof’s lecture. The Prof was graphic in his description and he went on to add: ACTAEON, as a HUNTER could have never imagined how it was to be the HUNTED and more so when he was hunted by his own hounds, ignorant of the fact that the hunted stag was their own master Actaeon!

There is this journalist, who was good at expose^s and suddenly, his own female journalist has brought about an accusation of SEXUAL ASSAULT on this journo!

Such is the case of a retired Supreme Court Justice (whose name is withheld for reasons best known to the victim!)

All these are stunned like Actaeon, being pursued by their own respective systems, which they once controlled! 

What I like the most about Indian reporting is that, it has a story line built so malleable, that anyone can add or subtract or tweak the story line and keep it going till overtaken by a more scandalous story! If one asks for the facts- NO ONE KNOWS! We Indians are all living on MYTHS- myths which let our imagination free play and never ever RESTRICTED by facts! (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/tarun-tejpal-sexual-assault-case-goa-police-files-fir-shoma-chaudhary-tehelka-defends/1/326022.html)

Okay, I agree that these are still in pre-FIR stage, what about the latest news that the statement recorded by a Superintendent of Police was tweaked to implicate the accused in Rajiv Gandhi murder case? Is the then SP confessing now, because age and conscience have caught up with him? Truly scandalous! (http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/former-cbi-official-says-he-did-not-record-perarivalans-confession-verbatim/article5384370.ece)

We, as a nation, should strive to segregate FACTS from FICTION-at least on matters which involve ascribing CRIMINALITY to INDIVIDUALS and not merely drum up imaginary charges with the media and when the matter goes for trial there are no FACTS to show! Can we ever be sure of what we read daily in the news papers?

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VIRGINITY TESTS!


There are bound to be conflicts between scientific progress on one side and the purposes for which it is put on the other side. Likewise, social priorities versus liberty of personal choices. VIRGINITY is a fact establishable medically, but fast losing its relevance because of its devaluation in recent times. The devaluation has been because of myriad reasons:- the groom is not particular about this membrane, as a virtue; the religious indoctrination has thinned down (“If…no proof of the girl’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death.” DEUTERONOMY 22:13-30The Bible); if the hymen is lost it could be reconstructed; hymen could be lost in strenuous activities also, etc. etc..

The issue has come to the foreground of the society in India because of the VIRGINITY TESTS conducted at the behest of the Government. The following is the news item on this:-

New Delhi: In a shocking incident scores of young women were allegedly subjected to virginity tests by the administration in Madhya Pradesh.

The young women were to get married under the Kanya Daan scheme in which mass marriages are performed by the Madhya Pradesh government.

It is a scheme on which Shivraj Singh Chauhan rode to poll victory. But now the scheme is gripped by a potentially crushing scandal after the brides were allegedly tested for virginity and 12 prospective brides were rejected after the tests.

“About 10-12 tested positive for pregnancy. They were sent to the SDM,” said Dr Reena Gautam, who allegedly carried out the tests.

“The scheme is meant for unmarried, for poor family girls, single adults, divorcees and also widow. Testing them for virginity cannot be more demeaning,” Congress MP Santosh Bagrodia said in Rajya Sabha on Monday.

WHY ARE WE OBFUSCATING ISSUES?

Because we want to create a bandwagon effect and get all the guys who support our agenda to join in and create an image bigger than reality!

WE HAVE TO DEFINE THE LOCUS STANDI FOR VIRGINITY TESTS. THAT IS THE POINT.

It was reported that when Prince Charles took Diana ( may her soul rest in peace) to be his wedded wife, the crown had subjected Diana to undergo various medical examination which included VIRGINITY TESTS also. If one uses one’s imagination, it is just that the Crown of England wanted an heir to the throne from the House of Windsors and no IMMACULATE CONCEPTION!!!

When, the royalty could, why should a common man’s desire, to have a virgin to be his wife so as to rule out the possibility of falsely raising someone’s kids as his own, be looked upon as anti-social?

However, it is never the Government’s duty to get involved in this debate, as this should be a fundamental personal right. The woman is at complete liberty NOT to submit to such an examination and NO ADVERSE INFERENCE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE MADE in case of SUCH NON-SUBMISSION.

Further, if a man insists on such a VIRGINITY TEST, it should be left for the man and woman to decide upon it on a contractual basis.

IT IS NOT PATRIARCHAL, NOR PAROCHIAL, IT IS TAKING UP CUDGELS FOR INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES AND TRUTH!

IF ONE WANTS VIRGINITY TESTS ON A WOMAN, HE HAS TO GET MARRIED TO HER, IF SHE IS FOUND TO BE A VIRGIN & IN FUTURE HE SHALL NOT RAISE QUESTIONS ON THE PATERNITY OF HER CHILDREN, AS ANY TRUANT PLAYED BY THE WOMAN WOULD BE ASCRIBABLE TO HIS NEGLIGENCE!!!


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