Harthal: Kerala’s Purge

I don’t know how many of you have watched the movie The Purge, and its sequel The Purge: Anarchy. None of these two movies actually released here, and so it is not possible that it did actually make the point for the audience here. But The Purge is a movie that should be watched, at least by people at this part of the world. This is a movie that needs attention and provides some interesting thoughts.

In the movie, what they call the Purge as an event in the future United States. During the time period of 7:00 PM on March 21st to 7:00 AM on March 22nd, the twelve hours become a different time period. It is the time when all kinds of crime becomes legal. It only says that no government official of a high rank is to be harmed, and big weapons are not to be used. People stay inside their houses. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

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The United States is yet to know the Purge outside the movie. But we know a lower level of the same, and it is called Harthal. Yes, Bandh has been banned, and so we have Harthal which we celebrate as Bandh and do the same things. There was a time when Harthal was not much of a big deal, but now it is Bandh. The name changes, and if Harthal is banned, may be we can call it the Purge, I guess.

So the Purge seems to allow getting rid of those negative emotions. Kerala has had a lot of that event, even as it has been less in number in the last few months. But what is more surprising is what it has to do with the common men if a party wants something. Why is it that they trouble the common man and destroy property if the common man is not their enemy? Why do they shut down the common man’s opportunity to live and earn? Why do they bother people from other states and cause trouble to them as well as the foreigners?

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If they are protesting against their party members being attacked/arrested or needing the resignation of a minister from the other party, why are they not protesting at the right place where it matters? What did the common man ever do to them other than giving them votes? Is it like give us votes and we will give you Harthal in return? Don’t we have too many holidays already? Does bothering the citizens of India come naturally to them? Why the use of violence? All political parties should think about this.

The harthal against petrol and diesel price hike is even a bigger surprise. By not allowing people to travel on one day, they seems to save the fuel as well as money. Does that change anything? May be it does – there is one more holiday on the calendar. May be they should declare it as a festival and fix a day for it every month so that people can known a lot earlier and prepare much better. After all, there is some protest going on all the time. Yes, people might support if you ask them nicely, and let them make the decision after providing enough reasons, instead of declaring and forcing it yourselves.

The Purge is not so different from the Harthal even as we have not turned that evil yet. We are doing our little Purges with Harthal, as we are not that evil yet. There are stones being thrown at vechicles and tyres being punctured during most of the Harthals. There are worse incidents known to happen, but lets stop this someday and not go in the path of The Purge. After all, we are educated people and lets not waste the cent percent literacy rate that we have gained. Protests are needed, but is the Harthal a necessity? Aren’t political parties responsible to the common man too?

***All the images used on this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of The Purge. I have recently gone through this website which shows a nice initiative against the social evil which is causing so much of loss to the state as well as the nation: http://www.saynotoharthal.com/

TeNy

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Story of a Purge

There is something about the new generation people. They are angry, not just plain angry, but so angry that they need to go serial killer on their own people, even their friends and relatives. In that case, what is the chance of the common man whom they witness on the streets? Beware, people; the angry young men can take you on, and be careful when dealing with these people. You don’t know what they are capable of with the anger and frustration which have been going through them.

Some time ago, I had read something about a group of young men abusing and beating up an older man just because they found his vehicle ahead of their “super” automobile. This can’t be considered much different from what the cricket fans have been doing to Maria Sharapova, and yet this is also a case of disrespect to the elders which is the result of “spare the rod and spoil the child”, and the parents also suffer from a child who is not rightly disciplined, and it is such a shame.

This is where the movie The Purge comes to the picture. The angry young men need to purge their emotions and earlier they had chosen Sharapova for the same. A higher option is surely the life of crime and this movie talks about the need for a bigger purge, which means that people won’t have to abuse someone at frequent intervals, like Keralites have been doing with Renjini Haridas, Sreesanth, Prithviraj Sukumaran and Aashiq Abu. It is a shame that it has become so difficult to control negative emotions, and the need for such a purge is rather disgusting.

The purgers caught on the security camera demanding their right to purge or abuse & kill (screenshot from the movie)

The purgers demanding their right to purge or abuse & kill (screenshot from the movie)

Coming back to the movie, it has a period of twelve hours every year set as the time for the purge in which every crime goes. All things become legal, and some people will have the resources to defend while the others will just have to become the victims. The number of purgers will be a lot more than expected, and even your best friends or relatives can kill you. It is a terrible situation, and all this hatred and abuse which is going on in the Facebook pages is actually a kind of purge, a harbinger of something worse.

The Purge has lots of elements which should terrorize people, with the absence of any feeling of remorse or regret among the purgers, the blood and gore, as well as the declaration that these criminals are good, educated youth. That should bring a question about the point of education as we have seen what kind of words a group of literate people use on Facebook, but that would be another story. Here, the purge is about the absence of a heart and a soul.

The Purge has a terrible thing at its centre. The idea of such a purge itself is horrifying, but in the end, this movie is a violent movie with a message against all kinds of violence and has a stance for equality and kindness among all. We all have the tendency towards violence and it can’t be ignored. But the problem is that people only care about violence happening towards their own, or those who are kind of like their own. Otherwise, these people seems to find it okay, and it is impossible for them to realize that it happens both ways.

Yes, the purgers are the educated youth, and literacy can't bring anything unless you choose (screenshot from the movie)

Yes, the purgers are the educated youth (screenshot from the movie)

The tendency for violence will only increase among the upcoming generation as they are introduced to the world of blood and gore at such an early age. They are not disciplined and live the way they want to. Therefore, it is natural to get abused just because some young person rams the car into yours and start abusing you even as it is clearly their fault. You can’t argue with them, as they don’t listen to the voice of reason, and the new tendency is to completely avoid the word of God.

TeNy.