Legislative proceedings are usually far from stimulating and we have grown accustomed to MP’s and MLA’s stealing a surreptitious nap or even snoring defiantly to defy the tedium of debate. But, the three Karnataka BJP ministers who were forced to resign on Wednesday Morning chose a most unusual way to escape what they regarded as an arid discussion on the drought situation of the state. Much to the embarrassment of themselves and there party , TV cameras caught them transfixed by, ahem! A film clip on one their cell phones. Laxman Savadi who is the minister of cooperation, may protest till he is blue in the face , but his explanination that he was watching a news clip about a women being gang raped simply doesn’t wash. The best that can be said in an age where our legislature are sporadic witnesses to a range of boisterous activities-fisticuffs abuse, screaming, overthrown furniture, ripped out microphone torn paper and flung slipper-is that the trio were at least passing there time in communion. Watching pornographic material in the assembly is first of its kind in Indian legislature. But like almost everything else in the sleazy house of politics, somebody’s already been there, done that. Last April an Indonesian MP belonging to an Islamic party that campaigns for anti-pornography legislation were forced to resign after being caught watching pornography in the parliament, presuming to acquaint themselves better with the subject matter of what he was opposing.
On a serious note, there is an important message in this ,one that opposes the unalloyed hypocrisy of those who adopt conservative and hard-line posture on issues related to sex and morality. It is in Karnataka that has fundamentalist assaulted women in pubs , ran campaigns against valentine day launched investigations into the so called love jihads-all professedly to protect the Hindu culture from immoral foreign influences. For a party that likes to think different. The porn incident is a severe embarrassment to the BJP. To have the 3 ministers forced resign will hardly put a check on the damage that has already been inflicted to the party. Which unfortunately is already under pressure for permitting a reportedly wild rave party in Udupi. This incident should be used as an opportunity to expose the hypocrisy of BJP and its aggressive fellow travelers in the Sanga Parivar, who, through their moral policing and self styled vigilantism, regard themselves as the custodian of Indian morality.