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Age of Kali – Been Here Before

When I was a young lad I declared myself not to be a Hindu.

Not because I didn’t believe but because I was 7 and didn’t want to be associated with people who called themselves Hindu. 

India is a land created by it’s invaders and there have been a lot, but India has always eaten them and made them part of itself. It’s made them so intrinsic to it’s History and Culture that you cannot imagine it without them. From the horsemen of the Aryans to the Islamic Invaders to the Mongols to even the British, the culture of India has always been improved.

Maybe it’s why I loathe to specifically class the usage of Indian culture by non-Indians to be “appropriation”. Because specific to India, it’s culture is almost designed to be borrowed and mixed up. Maybe it’s why Indians are often successful anywhere you drop them. Their culture is flexible enough to survive any assault on it. India was not worsened by the arrival of the movie camera, it adopted it and made it into something unique. The printing press? There is no country with the level of newspaper readership that I have seen except India. Indians are blessed with a culture that may seem ancient but is willing to change and adapt. It may be why it’s so tenacious. It’s peers have all died and live in Museums but India’s culture is still “alive”.

But there are some people who just don’t get it. They think stagnation is the key to survival. These short minded idiots look at places like Pakistan or Saudi Arabia and think “Why Not Us”?

And unfortunately it is they who have a major say in politics.

When I was 7, Hinduism stopped being nice and harmless for me. I saw the Ayodhya riots. Hundreds of Muslims if not Thousands were killed for the crime of being Muslim because some Mongol dude did something a few hundred years ago. I didn’t want to be called a Hindu any more. I remember because my family saw it as amusing.

But with time I stopped really being interested in Hinduism. Oh I can recite Sanskrit with the best of them. And pray in dead languages that I barely understand, but when it came down to it I kind of “stopped”. And at it’s core was the sadness of what Gandhi’s religion became. We are proud of Gandhi. Oh Hitchens be buggered. Gandhi had flaws but you have to admit that he did things that were amazing. And so did Mother Theresa.

Rather than pull down their achievements we must make our own. Do not venerate them, criticise their flaws by all means but don’t take away from their actual achievement. Hitchens was not working with lepers and sitting up with the dying. He was enjoying his whisky and cigars while Theresa did. And it’s a lot easier to drink whisky than it is to do that.

This Sunday riots broke out in  Northern India.

So far 30 odd people are dead and many injured. Many ran fearing for their lives and the army was called out to protect refugees. Hundreds are homeless.

And why? Politics. The politics of religion. The British benefitted from it. And now Indian politicians do too. Because it’s easier to exploit people when they are looking out for each other based on arbitrary positions. All Muslims have the same wants! All Hindus have the same wants!

And this happened just before an election.

This was not for any gods but for power. Hindutva’s ugly head only rises when politicians benefit from it.

Comments

  1. Jenora Feuer says

    India is a land created by it’s invaders and there have been a lot, but India has always eaten them and made them part of itself. It’s made them so intrinsic to it’s History and Culture that you cannot imagine it without them.

    Of course, from the Romans to the Danes to the Normans… you can say much the same thing about England itself. A country made up of the remnants of centuries of waves of invaders, each of which left bits of their own culture and language behind.

  2. Rob says

    Of course, from the Romans to the Danes to the Normans… you can say much the same thing about England itself. A country made up of the remnants of centuries of waves of invaders, each of which left bits of their own culture and language behind.

    Hybrid vigour in both cases? I suspect the concept can be applied to culture.

  3. Samsara says

    “Because specific to India, it’s culture is almost designed to be borrowed and mixed up. Maybe it’s why Indians are often successful anywhere you drop them. Their culture is flexible enough to survive any assault on it.”
    Then-
    “But there are some people who just don’t get it. They think stagnation is the key to survival.”

    Ummmmmm…….out of all the places in the world I’ve lived I’d have say India has by far the most stagnant & static culture.
    I’d have to say about 90% of the Indians I’ve met just don’t ‘get it’, and prefer to fearfully remain ‘stagnant’.
    They don’t even know why they do what they do (no matter how stupid it is) & that a lot of the culture is appropriated from ‘invading’ cultures.
    Maybe it is because the Indians that realized their culture can be successfully ‘flexible’ left India?

  4. Chandan says

    Well India is not as stagnet as compared to other countries.Their may be some flaws and mis appropriations.
    Also HINDUISM as called by western scholars and archeology existed for almost 5000 years even before may be.It had survived many wars. Also we have had enjoyed many peaceful periods.Well After abrahmic religion gained some momentum and also greed to increase their strength and rule and dominate the world which is still going on now.Their is a sense of fear among common people.Being 1st 2nd and 3rd no one cares but you have to face lot of critisim if you are in 4th and later positions. How can we cannot follow our beleifs in our own country. Just think about it.You will feel sense of ousider in your own country.Atheism can survive only when their is sense of mutual understanding and respecting each cultural uniqueness.
    Well Hinduism has been one religion where science and religion went together.Their are many examples if you look around.Thats what i am proud of my religion.

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