Here is a manifesto for all the punks out there. If you like what you read here, then join the bpunk community on facebook.

Who is a punk?

A fierce individualist, who is at odds with the profit driven world, and is anti-authoritarian, can be considered as a punk. True punks are rebels who understand the meaning of their rebellion and the purpose behind it. They live life on their own terms and do things not because others want them to, but because they truly believe in them.

Who is not a Punk?

One who thinks being punk is cool and so becomes a punk. One who thinks of rebellion just for the heck of it. Listening to punk music or dressing like a punk doesn’t make you a punk. It makes you a stupid wannabe. M. K. Gandhi was one of the most famous punks of all time. Shocked? Yes Gandhi was a punk because he had the guts to fight the mighty British Empire on his own terms, even though many people called it stupidity. And he was bloody adamant about it, so much so, that he was even ready to give up his life for his beliefs! And in case you forgot it, he just wore a loincloth.

Buying into a particular belief of the society just because the society says so, or just because your dad says so, is exactly what punkhood is not about.

Steps to Punkhood

Given below is the eight fold path to punkhood.

  1. Understand why: Understand why you want to be a punk. A rebel who becomes a rebel just because someone else is, or because someone else says so, is just falling prey to a different kind of authority. If you want to break free, first understand why you want to break free.
  2. Clear it in your head first: Being a punk is about a certain kind of attitude, a certain kind of belief. It is not about materialistic things like, looks or makeup or popularity.
  3. Avoid extremes and choose wisely: Not all authority is bad. Parents impose restrictions because, nine out of ten times, they love us and really want our wellbeing. So going against your parents just because it’s cool to disobey them is not punkhood. Similarly governments and public laws are not always bad. Choose wisely the authority you want to oppose. Question any belief before accepting them. Don’t call yourself a Hindu just because your parents were Hindus, or because the society says so. Call yourself a Hindu because you have questioned yourself enough and truly believe the philosophy of Hinduism. Ditto for other religions or beliefs. Both religious fanaticism or extremist atheism are equally bad, because both are extremes. More often than not, the truth lies somewhere in between.
  4. Don’t be afraid of authority or power: Courage is the most admired trait in a punk. Someone who is afraid of power will never go against it. And courage is not the absence of fear, merely the belief that you can overcome your fear. But how to get this belief? That brings me to the next point.
  5. Develop strong character and morals: Only a person having a strong character and a strong set of morals can withstand the immense pressure of a truly individualistic life and can be truly brave. An immoral or characterless person can never be a punk because he will crumble under pressure.
  6. Don’t let anyone take you for granted: Let the whole world know that you have no respect for those who impose their will on others and you will go to any length to fight for your right to freedom of speech and thought and expose those who try to curb it.
  7. Search for the truth: Make it a lifelong passion to find out the truth about everything and base your decisions on raw, ugly truth rather than pleasant but biased beliefs. Ask a lot of whys.
  8. Be yourself: Last but not the least, be what you truly are. You’ve got just one life. Don’t waste it on living other’s lives, dreaming others dreams, pleasing others, being superficial. You’ve come into this world alone and you will go alone. That’s the ultimate truth of life. So while you are here enjoy being yourself and being what you are. That’s the greatest gift you’ve got. Don’t waste it on anything.

In the true spirit of punkhood, don’t follow any of these steps, unless you have convinced yourself. Don’t let me get away with it. Question me, harass me, abuse me if you have to, but convince yourself.

The symbol of bpunk

The image at the top is my symbol of bpunk and showcases the true spirit of punkhood. Red signifies signifies passion & aggression – qualities that are very essential in a punk. Blue signifies calmness and infiniteness. The sky is blue, the seas are blue. And so the red letters are placed on a blue background to balance out the excessive aggression which is harmful for any person, even punks. “b” and “p” & “u” and “n”  have been kept as mirror images of each other to symbolize antagonism which is also very essential in a punk. If you are not a contrarian thinker, if you can’t oppose established beliefs, you can’t be a punk. And just when you start thinking that there is a pettern in the symbol, comes the odd “k” which has its own story to tell. “k” here is the symbol of individuality, “k” is bold enough, not to follow any pattern and sing its own tune. That’s what true punks do, they always sing their own tune.

Why do we need punks in our world?

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Apple Computer Ad

Is there any need to give more explanation as to why we need more punks in this world?

I am a punk. Are you? If yes then join the bpunk community on facebook here.


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