When they shout back, all they hear is ‘Holi Hai’ with
No one can rebuke them for it is Holi.
Just before Holi, some women get their chance to
literally hit back at men in the towns of Barsana and
Nand-gaon near Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.
As part of the celebration, they are armed with strong
sticks and beat up their men.
Yes, actually hit them to compensate for the domestic
violence they perhaps suffer the year round.
Women activists love this sight, tourists flock to marvel
at this ‘woman power’, and TV channels and media play it up.
Even a 2017 Bollywood hit film, Toilet – Ek Prem Katha,
had a popular song and dance number on this happening.
In fairness, the men also get a chance later on to repay
Finally, Holi culminates with everyone embracing each
other to forgive and forget any hard feelings, if any.
But the big question is:
Why do we need a festival like Holi to release our
pent-up desires, frustrations and mischief?
Does Holi open the lid of the pressure cooker to release
our suppressed steam?
Strange, the whole year people are miserable and on Holi
suddenly they break out of misery, singing and dancing.
And take liberties they never dream of normally.
Either the misery was false or Holi revelry is false;
both cannot be true.
And once Holi is gone, they are back in their dark hole,
everybody in his misery, everybody in his anxiety.
"When Holi comes, and we sing and dance, breaking all
bounds and throwing off our normal codes of conduct.
"On that day, we throw all our morality, rules and
etiquette to the winds; for one day our river flows,
breaking all disciplines.
"But do you think that a river that flows for one day of
the year is going to reach the ocean?
"And even this one day is only an apology for the real
flowing; it is just a mockery of our real selves!
Osho goes on:
"Look at nature: there is Existence enjoying Holi
day, and celebrating Diwali daily.
"In nature the colors flow afresh every day, new flowers
open each morning.