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Join the pink underwear protest in India

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Those of you that are familiar with Indian “popular politics” and the related shenanigans of various Hindutva organisations will, along with peppering your sweethearts with love, be checking Indian newspapers with vigour on Febuary 14th to see what carnage/misery/humourous protesting has occurred. I don’t want to treat the matter lightly, in many cases it can get quite serious and has done so in the past.

In the leadup to V-Day we have already had a major event occur in Mangalore where a bunch of goons from a small group called the Sri Ram Sena ran into a pub and decided to beat up some women, Chris Brown style:

Reports say that 40 activists barged into the pub, found the girls and boys in what they called “objectionable positions’ and attacked them. The girls were chased and thrashed, slapped and kicked. They were tripped while they were running away while trying to escape. In the television reports, one could see at least one girl being tripped, resulting in her falling flat on her face.

This is, of course, nothing new in India, but it is completely reprehensible nonetheless. A group has arisen on Facebook titled A Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women, which at the time of this post has 29,855 members including males & females of various nationalities. The group promises to send the Ram Sena a pink chaddi (pair of lady’s undergarments), a novel idea but hopefully not one that will excite the young men and thereby not achieve its objective (as pointed out on Sepia Mutiny)

The underwear protest has been gathering serious press and in addition:

The Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women, which was formed on Facebook last Thursday, has also exhorted women to “walk to the nearest pub and buy a drink” on Valentine’s Day.



I joined the Facebook group in support and so should you (and check out the blog). Those murderous hindutva bastards must die (or at least go to prison)


Written by alexlobov

February 12, 2009 at 7:57 pm

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  1. Haha I’m in the facebook group too. I almost cracked up when I first read about this- the very idea that they’re promoting about women staying home and cooking for their husbands is so ridiculous in my mind that it was almost funny. What the Sri Ram Sena is doing is definitely crazy though- I’m really curious to see how things went down yesterday though I haven’t read anything yet.


    February 15, 2009 at 9:59 pm

  2. ps I really like your blog my friend 🙂 Minus the hating on Americans.

    Where in the world are you now btw?


    February 15, 2009 at 10:02 pm

  3. Crazy as it may seem, it’s very common for some of the more extreme hindutva groups (some of which are very prominent, heard of the Shiv Sena? the Maharashtra Nariman Sena? Narendra Modi?) to propagate this kind of ideology and millions of Indians sign up to it. Crazy huh?

    Thanks for the comment, you know I like your blog too and I’m not hating on Americans, you gotta admit some of y’all are pretty funny when you’re abroad… Aussies can be funny too, remind me to tell you abt the time I was in Bangkok…

    ps. I’m in Paris atm. 🙂


    February 16, 2009 at 12:20 am

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