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The topic of the following presentation has been deliberately chosen to introduce conflict of concepts and values as suggested by the TOK guidebook. Therefore the content is intended to be thought provoking, is intended to generate divergent values and reactions, and may be perceived as controversial.

The views put forward do not necessarily reflect the values of the student authors of the presentation. Nor does the presentation intend to advocate one Belief or set of values. The student authors have chosen to defend an individual point of view in order to fulfill the assessment requirements of the presentation.

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SAVE THE LAST DANCE

Exploring the controversy surrounding the banning of dance bars in Mumbai

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KNOWLEDGE CLAIM #1“These dance bars are corrupting the moral fibre of our youth”R.R. Patil, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra
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What is corruption ???

to corrupt: to make evil or immoral

immoral: not following accepted principles of morality

Morality: principles concerning good and bad or right or wrong behavior

immoral: not following accepted principles of morality

(Oxford English Dictionary 2001 )

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KNOWLEDGE CLAIM #2

“The government believes the ban will encourage people to work and earn a livelihood through other professions which are dignified and socially accepted.”

Vilasrao Deshmukh, Chief Minister of Mumbai

what is d ignified
What is DIGNIFIED???

Dignity: state of being worthy of honor or respect

Respect: an attitude of admiration or esteem

www.dictionary.com

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Bar dancers

Bar owners

Government

THE STAKEHOLDERS

Customers

Society

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Mughal Era- Dancers branded as “keeps” which set the paradigm that has been passed on through generations
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Traditional Indian Culture

V/S

Popular Mumbai Culture

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Dance is an artistic form of nonverbal communication and an essential part of most cultures

For example, belly dancing has been used for years to promote middle-eastern culture

dance bars can be viewed as sinful
Dance Bars can be viewed as “SINFUL”…
  • Lust is one of the cardinal sins in Christianity
  • Islam considers “Zina” or adultery one of the most heinous sins
  • The Gita, the holy book of the Hindus, condemns “sensuality”
  • “Kaam” or lust is one of the 5 main sins of Sikhism
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Is it ethical to destroy the families of 150,000 women only because of a conscious decision made by the customers of these dance bars ???
it is alleged that
IT IS ALLEGED THAT…..
  • Bar Dance Union claims the Government demanded a bribe
  • America’s pressure on the Indian Government to stop traficking of women and girls
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DANCE BARS…

Employ 150,000 people including dancers, bartenders, bouncers and waiters

  • Contribute a colossal Rs.500 million to the state revenue annually
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Possible Consequences of Banning Dance Bars…

1)Increase in :

a.Unemployment

b.Poverty

c.Crime

2)Loss of State revenue

3)Dance bars will go underground

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1) The presence of this industry encourages trafficking of women and girls
  • 2) Bar dancers are exploited by:
  • Bar Owners
  • Policemen
  • Customers
  • 3) Derogatory to women
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LIMITATIONS TO KNOWLDEGE
  • Corruption and Dignity are both subjective concepts
  • Knowledge gained through Media
  • Reality is coloured by other’s bias opinion
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www.timesofindia.com
  • www.rediff.com
  • www.ndtv.com
  • www.dancewithshadows.com
  • www.mid-day.com
  • www.businesstravellerindia.com
  • www.telegraphindia.com
  • www.4to40.com/discoverindia/index

Outlook Magazine, June 6th 2005 Issue.

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