Tag: Caste

Mahisashura or Durga – Who is Dividing Us Again ?

Theories by Prem Kumar Mani , claiming Mahisashura as the king of ancient Bengal and that he was killed by Aryan agent Durga, with evidence from Puranas and the article’s title “Kiski Puja Kar Rahe Hain Bahujan” with the matter within, indicating Lordess Durga was the killer of Asuras and their King, who are the backward classes, in today’s India and questioning the worship of Durga , by the backward classes, may sound convincing to some ears and may be irrelevant to others. However, this successfully disturbed the peace of J.N.U., where a group of 200 students celebrated Mahisashura Day on October 24th and some wrote letters complaining about the article’s circulation during Durga Puja.

 After the circulation, RSS Student Wing, ABVP, attacked the Forum Members presided by Jitendra Yadav, while they were conducting a meeting in the campus. The University sent show-cause notices to the president of the Forum and to two members of ABVP. While the ABVP members sent replies, Jitendra Yadav preferred sending a legal notice. No big deal, if tomorrow, we get to see Mr. Yadav as a prominent politician, in the coming years.

Well, the question over here, is there any point taking out conclusions and theories and digging out proofs of past and mythology? Today when at least the urban areas of the country, are slowly getting rid of the evil of caste system and fundamentalism, how do these things help the country? Are divisions less that we need to divide more? Aryans and Non-Aryans ( Asuras ), Dravidians and God knows how many more sub-divisions,the question is-why? Do we really need to know all these? Are Real-life villains, in our day-to-day life, the corrupt politicians, gangsters and business houses not enough to keep us busy scrolling the TV news channels?

Ours is a country which allows everyone to follow their own religion and belief, then why hurting and questioning religious sentiments of some and provoke some others? Cheap politics never seem to cease which has been dividing and further dividing humankind. Caste Systems, Racial Discriminations and Religions are the major weapons of the same. ” Divide and Rule Policy ” of  The East India Company has been best learnt by some diplomats and politicians since Independence.

Its time, Indian Laws should be revised and made equal for all Indians. No religion and no castes should be considered privileged or under-privileged, anymore. Only then the opportunist brains of the nation, might  freeze implementing their evil policy of Divide and Rule.

Remind yourself about those crowded Local Trains and Buses and Metro Trains, where hundreds and thousands of us travel to reach our homes and offices. Do we have different sections and compartments, in those buses and trains on the basis religion and caste? Do we ask our fellow-passengers, about their religious and caste identities before pushing our body or dashing against them in those mercilessly crowded buses and trains? At the end, we have the same last destination.Don’t we? 

Ours is a country, where we do not question or disregard our cricket heroes and film-stars if they do inter-religion or inter-caste marriages and celebrate every religious and regional festivals with all, regardless one is from different caste or religion. Rather we rejoice in their happiness and love them regardless.

Ours is a country , where Dhoni carrying the World-Cup gave equal excitement and happiness to Indians from all walks of  life then why not give a full-stop to caste and religious discrimination , by giving deaf-ears to few politicians and fundamentalists, who never miss any chance to propagate against humankind. Why not, live and let live in a peaceful India? As rightly said in one of the Bollywood Movies ” Rang De Basanti ” – “Apna ek pair Past mei hai aur doosra Future mei , isiliye saala Present pe moot rahe hain ” – (Our one leg is on the past and the other leg on the future and thats why we are urinating on our present)

Turban Ban Remains Intact For Sikhs, in France !

Is France not , truest definition of  a Secular Country ?

On his two-day visit to India , the French foreign minister, Allain Juppe, declared that the ban on wearing Turban would remain intact  which has majorly hurt the religious sentiments of Indians(Sikhs), living in France. French Foreign Minister has cleared that France being a secular country does not allow displaying religious symbols in public places and government buildings and offices. He cleared that they believe, religion should not intervene into the day-to-day life of people , living in France and neither should religion be dragged into politics. This ban is for everyone following any religion, residing in the country. Rooms for further discussion to find a better solution for the Sikh Community, is still intact.
Although, being an Indian , it hurts , in the first instance , to know , that turbans are banned in France but does it also not indicate that for France , Nationalism is a priority over everything else ?

The question which arises here is :

  • What have Indian Governments, given us, so far , keeping religion and castes prominent, just for vote-bank politics ? None of the governments , since freedom , have been impartial. Some gave upper hand to minorities, in the country and some gave upper hand to specific religions and castes.
  • What did we Indians get , being religious fanatics ? Did we not get riots, in the name of religion ? Did we not get Maoists and Terrorists, in the name of religion and caste discrimination ?
  • Is it not true that, “religion – The way to reach God” , has been the prime reason to separate hearts , living within the same national boundary ?
  • Do we all , follow our respective religions properly enough ? Every religion carries the common message of spreading Love and Care and not kill and get killed, in the name of God . Do we all follow it ?
  • Do we not interpret religion and its messages, as per our thought process and convenience ?
  • Is Religion Bigger Than Nationalism ? 
  • Is our religous identity more important than our national identity ?