Goodbye Mafia: Addiopizzo

Critical consumption, Goodbye Mafia Pay only if you do not pay

5 graduates from Sicily frustrated by the stronghold of Maifa overthrew it. Interestingly they did not rely on digital marketing, social media or even cell phones to get their message heard but got things done through the old traditional ways.
Step one: Channelize your energy and strategize
Step 2: Tell the world how you feel. They simply pasted posters shaming the citizens for their support of mafia
Step 3: Give them an alternative, a hope. A humble “consumo critico” Addiopizzo sticker is all you need.
(Critical consumption, Goodbye Mafia| Pay only if you do not pay)

India has been under the strong grips of mafia and goons who have been trying to influence the business and get their cut. A knee jerk reaction has been to cleanse the streets by extra-judicial encounters by police & paramilitary (like in Mumbai). But as most people realize that it only does 2 things, give police draconian powers to dole out street justice and secondly the mafia kingpin moves its headquarters abroad but the operation is managed by the same set of street-level runners via cell phone. The individuals who try to fight the battle often gets singled out and molested/raped/killed.
Human beings are not so complex and respond very well to economics & social status. This is exactly what this band of 5 individuals did. They shamed the public in order to reach a critical mass and create an economic demand for Mafia free business. You don’t need technology and education for bringing out mass social change. The plain old school tactics is often enough to get the voice heard.

Gay: Its a crime to love in India

This remark was made by a nature & history enthusiastic Thai friend who was disappointed by waves of Indian tourists who treat his country as caligula’s orgy.

“A Thai kid is always told what to do and what not to do. As a result the second they are away from the strict parental supervision, they go on a rampage. Adult Indian are no different. You Indians live a shackled live trying to conform to others expectation. You would marry strangers because your parents want it so, give up art, music & hobbies because your teacher demanded so, buy fancy houses that you cannot afford because your friend did so. When do you get time to live a moment for yourself? Slogging in the office and binge drinking is only because you actively hunt for distractions and forget what mess you have created for yourselves. When you are on the verge of a breakdown, you would catch a solo flight to Thailand and straight away head for a strip club. Why? Because here, nobody is watching.”

Read this account of Indian travelers to Tashkent which also highlights the similar unrestrained sexual indulgence of Indians away from Home. Even Indian women outside change their attire the moment they board the plane. I actually saw a woman changing from Burqua (head to toe black covering) to skirt in the flight to Singapore. It is not uncommon in Mauritius to spot a newly wed Indian woman sporting Chuda (15-30 red, white & silvery bangles), sindoor and a bikini (and one person actually swears she cannot even think of wearing the same outfit in India).

Gay support: To not to be able to love the one you love is to have your life wrenched away. - Vikram Sethi

Vikram Sethi supporting Gays in India and against section 377 IPC

Same sex or opposite sex, its a crime to love in India. Buckling under the conformity to the unwritten social laws many love birds part ways to end up in loveless relationships. Honestly I don’t care what the law says, in India breaking laws is a symbol of power, prestige and influence. What I care about is why are Indians so unhappy? If we spend all our lives pleasing strangers, when we will have time for ourselves?

ABCD (American born confused desi)

One of the hardest things to be is being a second generation Indian immigrant. The parents still tend to have the same set of values and expectations that they witnessed in India 20-30 years ago, while the fantasy world of Bollywood movies show a kind of society that is quite similar to the west or their adopted country. They don’t realize that Hindi movies are a fantasy land and often bear little resemblance with Indian culture and society, while the parents don’t realize that over the past 20-30 years the culture and values in India have modernized quite considerably.

Indians unlike the folks from China and Middle East try extra hard to mingle with the local population of their new country. There a conflict of the values and culture which they need to have to be cool enough in front of their friends and what they are expected to practice at home.

Most likely it is a short transitional phase which most people in societies facing rapid changes and development face.