To Kiss is to Love, to Love is to Protest: Kissing to Resist State Moral Policing
by Jose Mario De Vega
I refer to “Kiss of Love: Delhi students take a stand against moral policing, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, November 09th with regard to the bold, brave and unorthodox stand being undertaken by the students of India in resisting and defying the state, the moral police and various conservative section of their nation.
They aptly and appropriately titled their protest action as Kiss of Love.
According to Wikipedia:
“The Kiss of Love protest “is a non-violent protest against moral policing which started in Kerala and later spread to other parts of India.
“The movement began when a Facebook page called ‘Kiss of love’ asked the youth across Kerala to participate in a protest against moral policing on November 2, 2014, at Marine Drive, Cochin.
“The movement received widespread support with more than 120,000 ‘Likes’ for the Facebook page.”
I overwhelmingly concur with one of the organizers of the event, Pankhuree Zaheer, who said that:
“We must not forget that our main aim is to speak out against moral policing and the propaganda of love jihad. Attacks on us have increased in the recent past. If they are entering our streets our universities and pubs, we will enter their space.”
In another interview, reported by Tony Tharakan, “’Kiss of Love’ protests rattle Modi’s conservative India”, Reuters, Nov. 10th, the 26-year-old research scholar stated emphatically that:
“It’s not about just kissing… It’s about … inter-caste marriages, inter-religious marriages, live-in relationships.”
It is my firm view that the government (of Mr. Modi) has no right to appoint and/or to encourage self-appointed moral guardians (his bastard gang of Hindu radicals and conservatives) who are forcing traditional mores, culture and beliefs on people with different outlook in life.
Consider the mindset of these so-called moral freaks and moral police, a creature by the name of Devendra Upadhyay, who opposed the said event, stated that:
“This is against our traditions.
“We have nothing against modernity but don’t kiss on the streets. If the Supreme Court has said that there is nothing wrong in kissing in public, we don’t agree with it. This is wrong…”
This idiot said that they are not against modernity, but immediately warned the people not to kiss on the streets, well, what kind of modernity is that?
In his futile effort to appear as a modernist, this moron has betrayed his true color and that is, he declared to the whole of India and the rest of the world that he is indeed a conservative and backward freak.
Another point that I wish to highlight is the cold arrogance and ignorance of this bastard freak!
Who the hell is he or they to say that even if the highest court of the land had already declared that there is nothing wrong in kissing in public, they don’t agree and it is wrong.
So, what this creature is telling the whole world is that — Indian’s Supreme Court is wrong in its landmark judgment, ruling that “that kissing in public is not an obscene act and no criminal proceedings can be initiated, for kissing in public.”
Is that it?
Who the hell are they any way?
If these bastard creatures are not respecting the ruling of the highest court of the land, then what the hell is the purpose of the Constitution?
If they are not respecting the Court, then what is the point in having a democratic government?
According further to the Reuters report, Mr. Modi “has not yet commented on the protests. But a spokesman for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, affiliated to his party”, said that:
“Our Indian culture does not permit us displaying such kinds of affection in public spaces.”
To that stupid spokesman, hey idiot, India is a democratic government that believes and subscribed to those basic universal principles of republican values, such as freedom of expression, freedom of beliefs, freedom of the press, freedom to petition the government for redress, etc. hence, notwithstanding the fact that I respect your culture, yet it is my fervent and unequivocal contention that the same is under the provision of the fundamental law which is no other than the Constitution.
The provision of the Constitution and the various international treaties that your government has entered into, such as the International Declaration of Human Rights is more and much powerful than your culture.
Now, if you certainly wish to fight for the superiority and majesty of your culture, my humble suggestion is to ask your government to amend your secular constitution; make it a religious (Hindu) one and correspondingly — get the fuck out of the international community.
Why? Because every time, those lovers, kissers, protesters and activists of modernity, humanism and secularism goes out to protest and your government, with your so-called moral police, stupid police and bunch of thugs and gangsters connive and unite with each other to rough them up, harass them, arrest them and stop their constitutional and human right to express themselves in public — you are all violating your own constitution and international laws, bastardizing your own institutions and making your country a laughing stock before the eyes of the whole world!
The government (whatever its form) has no right to tell people how the hell are they going to live and lead their lives, so long as those people does not harm any body and they are not violating the law.
The government has no right to impose their brand or type of morality to the people.
The government has no right to tell the people when to kiss, where to kiss and what or whom to kiss.
My love affair is mine and they have no right whatsoever to enter or intrude into my life.
Sex, morality and art can never ever be legislated!
What the hell is wrong in kissing in public, anyway?
Why it is that India is so against the public display of affection?
Why is it that they are against this very intimate act of lovers or couples in the public sphere?
They are so against this, yet I am wondering why up to now they are not doing enough to arrest the high rate of rape in the country?
Such a bloody irony!
In defense of the Kiss
If kissing in public is wrong, then so be it, I would rather end up in jail than miss the chance to kiss my love and dear ones, whether in private place or in public sphere!
If kissing in public is wrong, then so be it! I would rather err on the name of love, rather than be right in keeping a backward culture and following a stupid conservative government!
Finally, if kissing in public is criminal, then so be it! I would rather be a “criminal”, rather than a bastard fool and a conservative bloody freak.
In the words of Faith Hill:
It’ s the way you love me
It’s a feeling like this
It’s centrifugal motion
It’s perpetual bliss
It’s that pivotal moment
It’s, ah, impossible
This kiss, this kiss
This kiss, this kiss…
Jose Mario Dolor De Vega
Philosophy and Social Science lecturer
Unibersidad de Manila
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