#77 Using violence as a means of social activism
This video’s being doing the rounds of social media in India. It’s been getting a lot of likes, a lot of ‘LOLs’, and a lot of eager shares.
I really, really hope this is a spoof video. But even if it’s not, this needs to be said, because people are actually approving of this vigilante shit.
Yes, public defecation is a major problem in urban India, and yes, it’s not pleasant, and yes, it’s frustrating trying to stop people (mainly men) from doing so. But this? All I got from this is –
“Oho, look bro, I am Activist Middle Class Person. See, I have enough money to hire a tanker and to paint it and to risk all the fines I will have to pay when arrested. Plus, I have a bunch of friends to help me thrash you if you dare to attack me. And I’m too much of a hypocritical wuss to put my face where my actions are. But beshht part? I got cool video-skills, bro!
Abey kya lecture de raha hain. So what if the almost zero-number of public toilets in India are not located within 10 kilometres of each other, are flooded in excrement, and stink enough to make you gag within 50 metres of them? So what if using a water cannon is not legal, or safe? So what if this method adds to the perception that the only way to achieve anything in India is by physical violence and abuse?
Urban planning? Working with authorities to build more toilets? Fund-raising for water-less porta-loos? Trying innovative methods like photographing them or surrounding them and singing loudly or blaring loud music just as they start peeing, so they’re shamed/persuaded not to do so? Using the tank to wash out the existing public loos so that more people are encouraged to use them?
Bro bro bro – don’t be a bore, man. Waaay cooler to dress up like so cool and show off our fake-Batman pose! Chal na, we’ll pretend to be riot cops in Ukraine! Video-viral on teh interwebz, bebbehh!!”
… you know what, go take your dumb-ass tanker for a ride. Go on, I dare you. Because since I disagree with you, by your philosophy, it’s ok if I slash your tyres and smash your lights and dismantle your engine and take over that hose and wash you off your tanker onto the ground, and then dump you in a public urinal while wearing a Tshirt that says “IF YOU START, I LAGAO VAAT”, right? Right?
….What utter, utter ghelchodias. The Clean Indian? More like The Idiot-Who-Thinks-They’re-Cool Indian.
So not funny. So not cool. And so not helpful.