Some time back, I received a meeting agenda from one of my colleagues in Delhi. The first item in agenda read “Warm Welcome by xxxx”. I was a bit taken back on why would a person want more warmth on a 45 degree Delhi Summer Noon. Given an option he would prefer a glass of cold water in a cold air-conditioned space. My colleague got shock of his life when he saw the agenda revised to ““Cold Welcome by xxx”. Needless to say, that agenda never saw daylight…
The concept of “Warm Welcome” is a ridiculous copy from western countries with cold climate. In these places, you try comfort a person by warming him up when he arrives from freezing temperature outside.
On similar lines, What is the point in gays taking out gay pride marches in India! The Gay Pride marches were organized to commemorating the anniversary of the Stonewall riot. The Stonewall riots were a series of violent demonstrations against a police raid that took place on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn(which was owned by Mafia), in the Greenwich Village, New York City. Will people in United states take out march to commemorate say …… “Jallianwala Bagh Massacre”.
This brings up next issue – is it correct that a section of society takes out marches openly flaunting their sexual preferences? I agree with the argument that Government has no business in deciding the sex of ones bed/life partner. It is ones personal choice. But on similar lines, minorities should respect sensitiveness of majority. Imagine a child watching a Gay Pride March and asking for explanation from a heterosexual parents!!
Tail piece: During my first visit to US.. Year back… I invited one of my colleagues for a fag(lingo for smoking together).. I still remember his face….