Friday 15 May 2009

Slumdog show

When we saw Rehman pick up the Oscar every Indian went Jai Ho. We sent out our sms és and explained to every foreign person that India is BIG. We have a bollywood that has now taken on Hollywood and won right there in the middle of Hollywood . Forget that the movie shows poverty or how some Indians live . We were very happy to see India win. And we did so very justly. But soon afterwards the Media circus took over. The two kids from the movie were made into stars . They walked the ramp in delhi , charmed the photographers in Barcelona and then were dropped right back in a stretch limo into their chawls in Dharavi . Just as Indians were getting used to being one of the Oscar countries we had the girls father trying to sell her. The boy´s father trying to beat him up and now we have their houses being torn down by giant bull dozers . In between the usual he is not my father , my father is bad kind of accusations.As an Indian who is firecely patritotic I have to wriggle everytime slum dog is mentioned. The next sentence never turns out very complimentary. Are Indian children being sold .And this is being asked in countries that are really small . A talk show today in Europe spoke about how the children should be given in adoption and how rules are making it tough for them to live a better life. I for one hate these prejudices about my country. But for once I have to shut up . I have to listen to women in mini skirts and red lipstick tell us how we can better our lot. How our karma and kama sutra have made us have children who are sold in the flesh trade . How it is unfair that some children went to Barcelona and their neighbours still do not have a toilet . What can I say. I feel extremely ashamed . Is this some kind of Reality Slum dog show that we are witnessing? In true Bollywood style the children will do well and have one song and half a locket dangling from their necks that will unite them. I really hope so. But whom do we blame ? The media , the oscars or just ourselves for taking these so out of context and making these children into some kind of pawns in some other kind of power game .
I sincerely hope that the children will have a decent education and live a dignified life and not belive too much in the hype surrounding slum dog. Because in the end like you and me , the media has a short memory . Today´s its two kids in a mumbai slum , tommorow two cats in a New York mansion may be cute and then we will forget about two two kids who may still be holding on to their oscars and hoping for slum dog part 2

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