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Secular politics and violence

January 10, 2010 2 comments

Guilt-based secularism is a short-term patch, which creates its own backlash – like it is in the West. Secularism has no place in India.

Gotta have 'progress' and become 'modern'!  |  Cartoon by Michael Leunig  |  Source & courtesy - theage.com.au  |  Click for larger image

Gotta have 'progress' and become 'modern'! | Cartoon by Michael Leunig | Source & courtesy - theage.com.au | Click for larger image

An essential precondition for combating the culture of intolerance is to recognise that monotheistic religions — which believe in the inherent superiority of an exclusivist, hierarchical, jealous god, who alone is the True God while all others are false and evil — have to make respectful space for other ways of relating to the divine. There are strong connections between authoritarian ways of thinking and tendencies to see god as an intolerant, jealous and tyrannical authority figure that punishes those who do not do his bidding. The continuing efforts to convert so-called heathens and believers in false gods are resulting in endless strife and conflicts. (via Violence has many faces – Edit Page – Opinion – Home – The Times of India).

Defining agenda in India

Madhu Kishwar, (at least) in my mind, belonged to that category of NGO-activist variety, who was busy in promoting and pushing various ‘progressive’ ideas down the reluctant throats with exhortations, of “Swallow! Dammit! Swallow! This is good for you! Can’t you understand, how good this is for you.”

Obama becomes President - Illusory signs of progress?  |  Cartoonist - Alan Moir; source and courtesy - smh.com.au.  Click for source image.

Obama becomes President - Illusory signs of progress? | Cartoonist - Alan Moir; source and courtesy - smh.com.au. Click for source image.

This interpretation  (Madhu Kishwar’s) of ‘secularism’ is a not a progressive specialty. The ‘progressive’ establishment has replaced religion – and their behaviour remains the same.

Instead of religion, they now slaughter people in the name of democracy (Iraq), Communism (The Vietnam War), millions are killed in the name of Progress (USSR), Cultural Revolution (China).

In the name of religion, race, nation …

Of course, parts of the Desert Bloc, also continue to slaughter people in the name of religion – in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, et al. Singapore imposes ‘progress’ on its citizen – and China plus some other ASEAN members aim to copy Singapore to a small extent on this axis.

In all this, India has not been entirely unaffected. Of all these examples, it is India which has been least affected – due to ’embedded value systems’. And it is good to see that some voices are raised against this ‘progressive’ theology.

The problem with 'progress'  |  Cartoonist - Barry Deutsch; source and courtesy - leftycartoons.com  |  Click for larger image

The problem with 'progress' | Cartoonist - Barry Deutsch; source and courtesy - leftycartoons.com | Click for larger image

Madhu Kishwar carries on wonderfully well, laying out the entire case, so well, till she comes to last paragraph.

Then, BAM!  You get socked in your teeth! You cannot kill in the name of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai!’ says Madhu Kishwar. As though Indians have been doing that for centuries (or decades). Thinking back, I can see Madhu Kishwar, as another victim of the Big Issue.

What’s the Big Issue

The Big Issue – starting from 8th century onwards, (with huge temples), to the 15th century (Bhakti Movement), was when India(ns) started defining itself in religious terms. First, it was Buddhism, which became a religion. Then it was Jainism – and last, was Hinduism. Very soon, Dharma became religion – and India started aping the Desert Bloc.

Without basis in fact, reality or history, Madhu Kishwar demolishes her own structure by equating India with the Desert Bloc (believers in monotheism). This is one thing, that we in India must understand, discover, find out, investigate – and then, after that, believe, that we are different. At least our culture, history, belief systems and actions are different. Hence, we don’t use ‘Bharat Mata’ as an excuse to kill and slaughter. But, if push comes to shove, we will shove back and more!

In the name of ‘Bharat Mata!’

Bank Funding of Christianity in USA – WSJ.com

January 1, 2009 4 comments
Separation of Church and State?

Separation of Church and State?

Character dheela hai

This is something that is beyond comprehension (at least mine). The US Govt., the Anglo Saxon bloc, specifically claims, (and the West in general) that it does not ‘support’ any religion.

By routing money through the Federal Reserve, (through excessive printing by ‘Helicopter Ben’) to the banks, does maintain the argument of separation between the State and the Church. But then, why cavil when the Saudi Government supports Wahabbist Islam?

Some lenders believe more churches than ever have fallen behind on loans or defaulted this year. Some churches, and at least one company that specialized in church lending, have filed for bankruptcy. Church giving is down as much as 15% in some places, pastors and lenders report.

The financial problems are crimping a church building boom that began in the 1990s, when megachurches multiplied, turning many houses of worship into suburban social centers complete with bookstores, gyms and coffee bars. Lenders say mortgage applications are down, while some commercial lenders no longer see churches as a safe investment. (via In Hard Times, Houses of God Turn to Chapter 11 in Book of Bankruptcy – WSJ.com).

Earlier Church used the State. Now the State uses religion. (Cartoon by Clay Bennett; Thursday, October 21, 2010; source and courtesy - http://editorialcartoonists.com). Click for larger image.

Earlier Church used the State. Now the State uses religion. (Cartoon by Clay Bennett; Thursday, October 21, 2010; source and courtesy - http://editorialcartoonists.com). Click for larger image.

Though one thing is clear – I cannot imagine going to an Indian bank for a loan to build a Hindu temple. I can hear hoots of raucous laughter – and screams of merriment. More ominously, I can hear bank managers making phone calls to the nearest mental hospital.

Failed Westernisations

February 7, 2008 Leave a comment

Guernica / America’s Century of Regime Change

More by Kinzer on Regime Changes.

Failed Westernisations

For ambitious nations wanting to modernise, the easy way out seemed to be ‘copycat’ westernisation. Amongst the first ‘copycat’ states were China and Turkey. China, led by Sun Yat Sen, was the first major power, which tried going down the western path. The Japanese invasion of Manchuria sounded the death knell of the Chinese Republic and Monarchy.

Ataturk’s Turkey

Turkey – led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was the next ‘copycat’ attempt at westernisation. After WW2, the victorious allied powers dismantled the Ottoman Empire. Turkey was reduced to a rump state.

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