It seems that it is not just Cupid, but also Hymen (the god of marriage), that is coming to town this Valentine’s Day, to bless couples with holy matrimony.
The Hindu Mahasabha, with all its saffron paraphernalia, had issued an official statement which decreed that couples displaying their affection in public would be married off. “We are not against love as we are the country which has spread love all over the world. But we are against the western influence on our society. It is the exhibition of love that we dislike,” said Chandra Prakash Kaushik, President of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha.
“What difference remains between animals and humans if we start doing it in public?, somebody has to keep up the morality quotient. Humari jama-punji sirf yehi to hai”, he told us in an interview at the party’s Delhi office. “Azaadi ka matlab ye to nahin hai ki, sare aam suhaag raat sadkon pe manane lagein”, he further argued when asked if he didn’t see their initiative as a violation of privacy and individual agency.
To carry out their plan successfully, they have chalked out a nationwide strategy, under which their teams consisting of boys and girls carrying white roses would visit malls, parks, historical monuments and other places frequented by young couples on Valentine’s Day in major towns and cities in the country, to deter the youth from what they believe to be “the advertisement of love”.
We decided to cut through the media clutter and let you hear directly from the horse’s mouth, about the party’s plan of action on Valentine’s Day. We recommend you watch till the very end, where the party president enlightens you on how homosexuality is a disease just like Cancer and AIDS!
Featured image and video shot by Amit Kumar.