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Shallow Tanks


Indian Think Tanks are proposing such bad ideas – that the only debate seems to be whether they are shallow tanks or empty tanks.

More State

Shri Acorn suggests more role for the State – and its enforcement mechanisms! When queried, no reply at all.

It has become a mental habit in India to criticize politicians, even when they are right. The concerned MP is right – and our Pragati प्रगति man is all wrong. He is going the विगति way.

Are these the kind of Think Tanks that we are getting? They seem to be more of Tinker Tanks.

Useless laws

The Section 498A which deals with dowry-related crimes, has now completely lost credibility – with false complainant to victim ratio of nearly 1:20. Possibly the best ‘example’ of post-colonial legal thinking in India is the Section 498. A retributive, revengeful law (patterned on Western legal models) is now undermining the very structure of Indian society – marriage. Section 498 has has taken away marriages from the social domain into the legal sphere.

Laws that harass

Instead of poor women, that it was supposed to help, Section 498A has been used by well-to-do women vindictively, due to marital estrangements. From being contributory, accommodating, religious and life long, Indian marriage system is becoming extractive, adversarial, contractual, legal and short term.

Men are evil

A ‘progressive’ and ‘free’ India has decided that men are evil – especially husbands. It has enacted discriminatory laws, which lay the burden of proof on husbands and their families, including women, on the basis of a wife’s complaint. Considering the disproportionate amount of NGO activism on this law, it raises questions about the motives and funding of these NGOs. In case you have not already guessed, the biggest source of funding for these NGOs is the West.

Some more gems

By the way, Shri Acorn does not reply to trolls. On Twitter, critics and disagreement is trolling.


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  1. October 31, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I agree with you in principle that State should not take on the funtions of family. But the societal checks and balances that used to be in place long ago is fading away. How would you propose to stop abuse in the absence of effective counter in society?

  2. October 31, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Agreed hundred percent.

    I mean, do the parents of girl, not know about demand of dowry before marriage. They can choose not to marry to the dowry seeker.

  3. October 31, 2011 at 7:02 pm
    That is exactly what the MP was suggesting. Social boycotts, sensitization; etc. Which Nitin Pai is deriding. And instead is pushing the case of the State Intervention.

    Above all a 5000 year old society, which has time and again found solutions, deserves greater respect than the contempt that Nitin Pai has.

  4. February 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Reminds me of Communist Think Tanks. A critic humorously said, “A communist Think Tank? What an oxymoron. The only Tanks that communists can make is the one that kills innocent people.” Hahahaha!

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