Age of Kali – On Sati And History

“Despite my general opposition to the British Raj, I very much like Sir Charles Napier’s reply to Indians defending suttee: “You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: When men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.” – Masked Avenger

I figured that this was a good time to deal with an interesting part of history. Let us say this. Atheists know precious little about Indian culture or Hinduism. What we know about Islam in general is rather appalling and Hinduism? Well let us just say that when I started out? When I looked for “Ex-Hindu Atheists” the only place I found was the then silent Nirmukhta. I started writing because I saw no one else represent a group of atheists who are small but who do have a different view on the issues and different issues with the views.

I am an atheist. A pretty strong one. However? I also grew up Hindu. It is part of me. My girlfriend (Hera) still goes to the Temple and believes even if I do not. And I do not begrudge her or bemoan her faith. I think if we know the truth about our old religions we can take on the wisdom and ignore the ignorance. And one such is Sati.

Sati to me is a puzzling thing to discuss.

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I Get Mail – MRA and India

India is a deeply conservative country that’s sexually repressive for both sexes. If you took off your sexist gender goggles you might be able to discuss deeper issues than ‘rape’ and ‘rape’ and more ‘rape. There are Cast issues of profound significance. Huge ethnic and religious tensions that spin off into riots. There are Maoist rebels raising up against capitalist interest and you can only focus on RAPE.

I’d much rather here from those in India instead of those in the west who demonize other countries so they can feel superior.

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Why Are They Angry

People marched on the Chief Minister’s Office in Lucknow today by the hundreds only to be repelled by the police using batons and water cannon.

Enraged by the attempts to dispel the crowd, more protesters are on the way. The reason people are angry is the rape and murder of two young girls.  [Read more…]

Skateistan

What we see here are photos from the Skateistan School in Afghanistan.

It was a school to try and get kids enjoying something as banal as skateboarding. And these photos were take in 2012.

Since then four have been killed. Victims of an attack by a suicide bomber. Because the little pleasures in life and an opportunity to see children smile?

Is haraam to the Taliban and the fundamentalists who ally themselves to them.

Age of Kali – This Morning in Chennai

This morning at Chennai Central Train Station there was a terror attack.

So far one woman died and 14 people are injured.

Two are critical.

I was not at the train station at the time, but it is on my normal route when I travel out for village work. Today is May Day, so I took a day off to read and get ready for exams.

So far no one knows who did it apart from the usual…. Epic Fucklords.

The young lady who died is just 24.

Age of Kali – Hotel Relax? Not Really

Earlier today I was told that I should stop representing India as a terrible place for women. The rationale is simple. The more people like me speak out against things that are wrong with India the more it validates racists.

It’s simple? If they didn’t have this to whinge about they would find something else to complain about. My personal favourite is all Indians stink of curry (You say it like it’s a bad thing). [Read more…]

Age of Kali – Honour is Earned by How You Treat Those You Love

“We had to do it, there was no hope for them and we had to teach others not to fall in love. It would dilute the values. This is not like the city that is poisoned by the decadence of the West. We do not want that here. I have saved others from making this mistake”

There is no honour here, there is no valour. Valour and honour are earned by achievement. By doing great things. You give above and beyond expected in order to earn these titles.

You do not dictate honour, others heap it on you. It lies like a coat, easily shrugged off. It does not define you. [Read more…]