Yes, the Sri Ram Sene has reared its ugly head once again choosing Valentine’s Week to do so. The right-wing sensationalist group known for its own moral policing has mellowed down considerably but is still frowning over PDA and Valentine’s Day in general.
In order to make sure that the youth does not lose touch with its culture and tradition, the Sene intends to educate the youth in a three-day awareness campaign at North Campus of Delhi University. It plans to lay special emphasis on the vileness and repugnance of the festival and aims to drive students toward celebrating Basant Panchami instead.
Although the SRS has resolved to shun violence, it has issued a warning to couples who want to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The Sene has stated that the couples who are out to celebrate will be videotaped and the videos will be telecast through YouTube; the ideology being that they would be shamed in front of the entire world. In order to carry out this ‘mission’, Sene members have armed themselves with many cameras and spycams to capture the ‘culprits in action’.
Abiding by the slogan, ‘Make love, not war, just in the privacy of your rooms and not in public’, national spokesperson of the SRS, Sunil Tyagi, says, “We are not against love. What we are protesting against is the vulgar display of love. We won’t allow our culture to be hijacked by foreign multinationals who have introduced concepts like Valentine’s Day just to sell cards. When we upload such videos on YouTube, the couples will learn their mistake.”
And that’s how we ‘love in a decent manner’.