Friday, June 7, 2013

Behind the veil

The auditorium in the women's college was over crowded with many students standing on the aisles on both sides. They were listening with rapt attention as the guest speaker Mr.Gangaram mesmerized the audience with his powerful and persuasive speech on the imperative need for quick empowerment of women. Known for his pro women stand, the young audience hung on to his words as he thundered that women comprising more than half the population were still a deprived lot, backward in political, economic and social spheres. Illiteracy,poor health, female feticide  and discrimination haunted them like a shadow. He bemoaned that even after independence of the country they were subject to all kinds of violence both mental and physical with no security. He pleaded for a society where they can walk freely with their heads held  high equal to men in every respect. When he concluded with a warning to the governments and the society that where the women were in tears gods did not reside in such places, there was a standing ovation. The girls thronged him after the meeting for his autograph. There were shouts “Long live champion of women”,”Gangaram Zindabad”,”Hail defender of women rights” and such like.
Gangaram was a successful man of many parts. A lawyer by profession, he joined politics early in his career. Given the gift of the gab he had the knack of drawing huge crowds for his political meetings with his oratorical skill. A clever man he could impress the leaders and rose within a short time to high position in the hierarchy. He saw no virtue in sticking to one political party and seamlessly gravitated to whichever was the ruling dispensation ensuring he held power continuously. With huge wealth made over a few years by means that cannot be called entirely  fair, he knew what businesses brought more money. He opened several educational institutions not forgetting women colleges, marriage halls, hospitals, destitute homes for young women and women hostels..He had several other businesses like hotels and resorts. He had earned a name over a period as a liberal, an educationist and fighter for women rights.His establishments had a preponderance of women employees.
It was 8pm by the time function ended. As he walked towards his big Merc followed by the principal, teachers and  girl students praising him for his great speech, he was a happy man. When the car moved a little distance, his faithful driver turned to him and asked “home?”
“No, it is too early. I am in a good mood now. Take me to the destitute home for women. I haven’t visited it for more than a fortnight. I wish to see whether things are all right there and spend some time with inmates to ask whether they had any specific needs.”
As the big car entered the compound of the home in the outskirts of the city, the hapless young women who were chatting happily in the long porch stood up in fear wondering who could be the victim for that night to the lust of their benefactor.

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16 comments:

  1. What a twist!!! and thats how KP tells stories!!! Superb one again :)

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  2. Typical modern politician. Very well narrated, Partha Sir! Many of the top politicians are lawyers here with oratorical skills, which helps them amass wealth like this.

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  3. And that's who we call a politician! Good one, KP.

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  4. Why I am not surprised?!

    Actually I am; I had thought you would maintain Gangaram as a gentle man.

    There are good men out there - are they not? Next time tell us a story about one of them please.

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  5. The human race has produced more hypocrites than we can ever dream of.

    Destination Infinity

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  6. There are more hypocrites in this world than we can ever imagine.

    Destination Infinity

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  7. The title suggested that there was something sinister with this person.
    Every one wears a mask. Hypocrisy is only in the degree. Yeah.. there are some nice people around. But nice politicians ?! The era is gone

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  8. KP this portrayal of Gangaram is spot on!! He is like the million politicians who have a public mask and a real ugly face underneath. I have heard of so many of them exploiting women -particularly those in orphanages and destitute homes. You should watch this Marathi movie "Umbartha" starring the late Smita Patil where she is a warden of one such home and raises her voice against politicians.

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  9. Evil is not the monopoly of one region, race, or country. It's everywhere and prospers where good people do nothing about it... or would not dare peel off the mask.

    Have a pleasant Sunday. Blessings.

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  10. Great one again KP! Picture perfect of the situation that exists today. Exploitation in the garb of charity.

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  11. One who preaches much practises nil.A good go.

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  12. This does happen today! People who would do anything to get the attention of the masses!

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  13. This is the reality of almost all destitute homes....hapless women and girls are still exploited by anyone who has power or opportunity to do so..our society is quite filthy, no matter how much facade we do of traditions and morals outside.

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  14. What a twist, that too in the last line!
    Good you exposed him.

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