Thursday, August 25, 2011

Perverted Secularism

As a superb example of the perversion of thought in the current Indian mind, TOI's front-page says:
Ramlila Maidan was first associated with the fine fabric of communal harmony when the Mughal emperors allotted this space to the Hindu population to celebrate Dussehra
Before we proceed, note that today's Hindu population in ~80% of India. i'm guessing here, but five hundred years ago, this might have been 90%. So 90% of the population were allotted a piece of land to celebrate their festival. Wowie!

Apparently, the fine fabric of communal harmony is further made up of the following elements of humiliation.

Exhibit 1
During his reign, tens of thousands of temples were desecrated: their facades and interiors were defaced and their murtis (divine images) looted. In many cases, temples were destroyed entirely; in numerous instances mosques were built on their foundations, sometimes using the same stones.  
Exhibit 2
In India, Islamic rulers imposed jizya starting in the 11th century.
Oh but that's okay. After subjugating and humiliating the people of the land, they gave them a piece of land to celebrate. That's what is important.

This is the kind of reporting that leads the Hindu to feel that she is being continuously taken for a fool. And stokes anger. "Fine fabric of communal harmony"? Who buys that kind of an argument? And in the information age where facts can be easily verified.

The sane thing to do is present facts. Or if you don't want to do that, at least please don't not wring history's neck the way it's done in this example article. The day our education, political intellectual, historical systems are honest, that day we will see things changing for the better.

All of this doesn't mean for a second that i support anger or violence citing historical wrong-doing. "They demolished our temple 632 years ago, now we want revenge". That's plain wrong.

The ideal setting is for an honest acknowledgement from the above systems that wrongs were committed in the past in the name of religion (and is still being done)- without nonsense like "oh, ______ Mughal ruler did it only for commercial reasons and not religious reasons". And on the other side to please let go, stop wasting time and move on in life.


Sandeep Bhasin said...

> As a superb example of the perversion of thought in the current Indian mind...<

Do you think it is right to judge the state of mind of the whole society by what one journalist thinks and writes? I am sure only a handful of the readers of ToI would have noticed what you have highlighted. I am also sure that this journalist would have written this statement only to present a so called 'secular' thought. For example NDTV's Barkha Dutt was all out cornering Anna and his team during the recent movement... but did we get influenced by all her actions? No. Even on twitter, she was actively siding with the government but she could not influence us at all.

We are, I guess, moving from the 'Literate' to 'Intelligent' society and like you commented on my blog, in next 100 years, hopefully, we will be there...

Sharan Sharma said...

hi Sandeep,
i think i should have made something explicit: i feel these kind of statements are written on's one thing to have some innocently wrong piece going through...but these kind of articles are on purpose, IMO...wanting to promote some kind of thinking among the reading public, who like you hint, may not even notice - but i feel may sub-consciously internalize...

MN said...

And it's not just on the TOI or on the mainstream media - these left-lib elitists have taken over History books too.
I found another blogger's immensely informative piece on how the current History text books are almost outright abusive of our own past - look here,

Sharan Sharma said...

Thanks, MN.

Yes, in fact, starts with the education system...and those kids grow up becoming unquestioning adults...