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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine's Day and Indian culture

The lines below are from a street-play I saw today, which was a parody of cultural protectionism. They were spoken by a character who was a member of the Bajrang Dal protesting Valentine's Day:
We will protest with all our might. We will do anything it takes to stop young couples in a behaviour that is against Indian culture.

Even exchanging cards at a young age is against Indian culture because it pollutes young minds.
Ok, ok, I lied. It wasn't from a parody: this is real.

How can you parody something that is so ridiculous to begin with?

Also, young people these days are more likely to exchange business cards than greeting cards. Pah.

(Link via email from Shrek.)
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