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Monday, May 02, 2005

Dear Mr. Patil,

Dear Mr. Patil,

I understand, that you took the extreme measure of banning Dance bars , because a father wrote to you about falling moral standards of his son. I write this letter in the sincere hope that writing has more effect than waiting in a queue to meet you.

You barred dance bars , but have you checked if the young and promising boy has started going to a harlem ? Can you stop the young boy from yearning for carnal pleasures?

What purpose do you think you solved by banning dance bars ? Have molestation cases decreased by 50% , have the child abuses cases been solved ?All you did was lead the young masked girls into hell.

Law and Order does not end with banning what one considers as a sin or a threat to culture. Law and Order is in seeing the culture of a generation change. Visiting dance bars , or watching a dance on TV are the same. Both exploit the flesh of a third person to generate economy spend. The govt does not stand to lose the 200 crores Bars generated, they would come from the millions of VCDs that would get circulated in the next 3 months.

The Rs.200 that Smitha took home every night would become more difficult to earn. Dances on VCDs are a whole lot difficult to market than a live show. If you think you have corrected the world by closing a few night haunts, I suggest you follow the young boy more closely. The solution to his life is in the steps he takes.

As for the father , all I can say is stop writing letters to Patil and think of what you were when you were as old as your son.

Regards and thanks,


Anonymous said...

Dear Anuradha,

Your letter represents the commonly held view that banning of dance bars in Mumbai is yet another instance of uncalled for "moral policing" by the govt. While that may well be the case, one needs to bear in mind some of the other, lesser discussed reasons for the govt's action.

1. While few acknowledge this in public, the fact is that many of the dance bars were doubling up as pick up joints and hubs for prostitution (this writer, much to his dismay and discomfiture, witnessed it first hand)
2. Moral degradation is quite frankly, the least of the problems faced by the "younger crowd" (dont know why they only seem concerned abt the younger amongst us when there are as many, if not more, married, middle aged men that form a substantial part of the clientele in any dance bar). The more worrisome upshot of the dance bar phenomenon is the number of addicts it had created. There are untold number of families that suffer because their male members prefer to spend their earnings on dancing women in seedy bars rather than on providing for the family. Dance bars, in that sense have much the same effect as other adictive substances such as alcohol

All said, it is not the intention of this writer to disagree with your viewpoint, it is merely to point out that the issue is a tad more complicated than you make it seem

With Regards,
Yet another concerned, anonymous citizen

Anu said...

Dear reader,

I appreciate your concern and definitely agree that the issue is more complicated than what I could express in 200 words.

My idea of an ideal solution is not in cutting away the weeds that stand tall above the ground.IF we wish to make any headway in society we need to go to the roots.

How is something the police, the public and the nations so called leaders have to decipher together.

It might not be an easy way through for all , but a better society for tomorrow , should be a weathered matured one not a Truman like caricature.