DPS Dhamaka

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A friend (who declined to be indentified), a beacon of high morality, always used to tell me that the students of DPS (Delhi Public School) are , by and large, debauched rich kids who go to school for merry -making. Which in my opinion is exactly how a school should be—Riverdale, the school at Beverly Hills 90210 , DPS and of course my alma-mater South Point High School (which rocks yo !) have all strived to impart knowledge without forgetting ” a little bit of Erica on the side”.

My friend’s worst notion about DPS was confirmed this week by the sex -tape (or clip cause its very brief and retails for Rs 40 at Palika Bazar) that has become the rage all over the nation. (As an aside, this sex-tape has made the MMS market in India just like Halo made it for the XBox). Of course the moral guardians are shocked—–as if the fact that this class 11 couple were engaging in lewd acts was not enough, the boy and girl were unrepentant —the boy sold this clip for Rs 100 each to his pals (a profit of 150% over the market price–good business sense) and the girl told the principal that she found nothing wrong in it and everyone was doing it closing her argument by asking the principal–“Don’t you” ? Touche.

The school retaliated in the same way institutions usually do—by expelling the concerned students. What puzzles me is how it is the school’s call to expel two students engaging in consensual “exploratory” acts —-it’s just another case of institutions acting as moral guardians . This is just a manifestation of a wider malaise: of governments, schools and other institutions getting their “briefs” wrong—-each of them try to transcend their primary responsibilities (governance and education) in order to impose a code of morality on their subjects.

As an example of this , the Indian government has enshrined in the Indian Penal Code the definition of “acts against Nature” (which includes homosexuality and many of the stuff that make sex enjoyable) which empower them, theoretically, to arrest anyone engaged in such lewdity even when it is consensual and private. [Recently a Supreme court judgment ruled that homosexuality cannot be accepted as normal and should remain an “act against Nature”—the way a venerable judge is allowed to impose his own personal bias on the entire country is scandalous]. Similar is the government’s viewpoint on pornography and prostitution : it goes on everywhere and we all know that it does (just like school sex) —but it is technically a crime.

And so the newspapers have gone to town blaming this incident on the increasing promiscuity of our culture. Which is a load of crap. The desire to do “illicit” things is basic human nature (from Eve partaking the apple)—something that does not change with age. It’s just that chat and cellphones have made it easier for girls and guys to find like-minded versions of each other and indulge in stuff which our generation could not. And that was not because we didn’t want to but because we didn’t have the opportunity.

Coming back to the controversy, DPS banned the use of cell phones inside the school after the incident…….Hello? It’s the camera inside the cellphone that took the pictures not the cellphone. And the acts were not on school premises—-how will the school prevent camera phones/digicams at home? As usual in their obscene hurry to do something (about which nothing can be done) the DPS authorities did something that makes no sense.

In conclusion , the boy and the girl in question do not deserve to be punished. One of them has shown good business sense in selling something (over which he does not have exclusive ownership) at a premium and laudable business ethics. While management usually sits and lords over the workers and eats off their labor, here is one who is doing the “dirty” work himself. The girl has shown true scientific temper in wanting to experiment (a latter day Madame Curie). One has to remember it’s not just sex (which is ho-hum) but sex in front of the camera like Paris Hilton and Pam Anderson. If the sex video boosted the careers of these fine ladies why is it that this girl now stands a pariah ? It’s notjust getting horizontal that she should be remembered for but for the fact that she stood up for her convictions in front of the principal and won a point—now if that’s not courage under fire pray tell me what is? I say to these fine examples of youth : may your tribe increase. As old George Bush would say: victory to the coalition of the willing ! Amen.

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15 thoughts on “DPS Dhamaka

  1. YOURFAN writes:
    @GB:How come I missed this piece of news from the print media? Of course at that time I was not your reader so did not read this article also. But I have to write a long comment since I have so many points – hope you don’t mind. First of all I hope you wrote this article on all seriousness not out of sarcasm because if you did then some of my points will be lost.

    “What puzzles me is how it is the school’s call to expel two students engaging in consensual “exploratory” acts —-it’s just another case of institutions acting as moral guardians .” It could be consensual act but what you are forgetting is the age factor. How old can these kids be – can’t be of the legal adult age. So they were doing something illegal (not immoral I must add because there are so many girls who are married off much before the adulthood. Also most importantly who am I to sit on judgment on others) for which they should be punished. Since they were not taken to any court or something and since the name of the school was on the chopping board – the school gave the ‘punishment’.

    “Recently a Supreme court judgment ruled that homosexuality cannot be accepted as normal and should remain an “act against Nature”—the way a venerable judge is allowed to impose his own personal bias on the entire country is scandalous”. I sure did not know this to be true. Should be checking on this issue with my lawyer friends. If this is true, then we definitely are a pathetic nation. Why can’t we tolerate any differences? From reading your blog I know most of the people can’t accept differences of opinions and if they can’t logically argue then they start to use abusive languages or start personal attacks. Why on earth any difference in sexual orientation be termed as “act against Nature” and that too by a judge? It genuinely is sad indeed. If I were a lesbian then I sure would have gone to court to have my say on my personal preferences. Where are all the human rights groups, homosexual groups? Are you sure about this?

    “It’s just that chat and cellphones have made it easier for girls and guys to find like-minded versions of each other and indulge in stuff which our generation could not. And that was not because we didn’t want to but because we didn’t have the opportunity”. These lines say a lot about you – you are very honest and don’t try to hide against some façade. Yes, it is true; we have wanted to do so many things in life but could not; not because we were morally better than this DPS girls and boys generation but because we did not have the opportunity (I am sure my parents’ generations also share the same view). But having said that, I must also say that not having the opportunity was sort of a check on so many bad things that could have happened to us. Finding like minded people via chat and cellphone is definitely a good thing. But there is flip side of this too which leads to so many problems.

    “It’s not just getting horizontal that she should be remembered for but for the fact that she stood up for her convictions in front of the principal and won a point—now if that’s not courage under fire pray tell me what is? I say to these fine examples of youth : may your tribe increase”. I don’t think it is courage – it is adamant behavior – one that is associated with teenagers. And most probably these students come from really rich family where leaving a school is no big a deal. Doing something illegal (no matter whether it is in your own home) and not being remorseful about it does not mean “conviction” – just means arrogance.

    Sorry for the long comment. But as I said earlier, I am using my one day freedom very satisfactorily

  2. @Yourfan: The last para was sarcastic—the rest of it was not.

    1. It is illegal (in the eyes of the law) if an adult has sexual relations with a minor (statutory rape). If however two minors have consensual sexual relations with each other, I do not think it is illegal in any way. Plus the school has no right, in my opinion, to take action on its students for what they do “after school hours” and “off school premises”.

    2. I am afraid that the IPC makes “any act against the laws of nature” to be illegal which includes oral/anal sex and so by extention homosexuality. A recent petition to overturn this was turned down by a judge who ruled that homosexuality is illegal. And the way the judgement was passed was fairly obvious that the judge personally took a dim view of gays.

    3.Problems sure. But isnt that a part of growing up? I think more problems are created by the repressing teen sexuality than by being tolerant of it.

    4.Of course. She comes from a rich family and last heard had relocated to Canada. That part of my post was of course sarcastic.

  3. i think this all is due to carelessness of parents who jst want to earn money. and also they restrict thier son lot thats why such thing happens. and i think no wrong in this

  4. well…..in my opinion…i did used to tink dat dps chiks are hot. but slutt….well dats an accolade added to em….well not all….but some….c wat hapens one shits her pants and the rest of the others get the blame of shitting……wat sort of way is dat to earn fame….STUPID….MORONS…..JERKS…..hahaah DPS has proven itself…the SO CALLED POTTENTIAL OF DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL…..HAH

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