I usually don’t expose my ultra-leftist reading habits and interests on my “Indian film blog” (well, at least not too often anyway), but tonight I just had to share some passages that I saw in an article in Faridabad Workers Newspaper regarding the sinister social origins and content of the nose ring.   Now, I have great respect for the people who do this blog/paper and I think that some things they say should be taken very seriously, but for some reason I just found this stuff about the nose ring to be very amusing.   (Which isn’t to say that it isn’t true, of course…)   But I’ll let the readers of this blog judge for themselves, as I’ve decided to post the passage here – with a few illustrations added…

*Although the control of humans is crossing the sky, ‘nathna’ (nose ring) is not in currency today. Nathna means to control. Making an hole in an ox’s nose and taking a rope through it was called natha. The actual rope in the ox’s nose was called ‘nath.’ In the stages of gathering and hunting, our ancestors’ behavior was chiefly that of being a part of nature. Controlling animals through nose-rings began changing many things.

-Putting nose-rings/controlling the ox, exploitation of the cow… This did not stop at animals. The owners of animals became the lords of slaves.

And husband became the synonym of lord and nath…

-In nature, such related capacity of a woman is equal to that of many men. One man cannot sexually satisfy one woman…Therefore, ‘nathna’, putting nose ring.

Continuous conflict within man and woman. There are no limits to doubt-suspicion-cruelty.

Anecdotes regarding a woman’s character. Today DNA tests exist to verify paternity…

It has been a synchronicity of weapon and text that nose-rings became the ornament of strength or power of market.


It is the increasing weakness of man that is forcing woman also to become a wage worker. One politics of identity that places curtains on this reality presents it as woman’s empowerment…Becoming of woman as wage-worker is seen-shown as a step on the path of emancipation.

Market-Money are making the individual the unit of a social construct…

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