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    Relentless attacks on Hinduism

    I know this topic has been discussed before, and I'm sorry if I'm breaking any rules by posting this. Please delete this post if it's inappropriate in any way. I'm personally not interested in politics and I don't believe in caste discrimination; I love Hinduism for its spiritual values and the way it enriches our lives. Therefore it is absolutely heartbreaking for me to see it being relentlessly targeted due to caste based politics in India, especially the place I am from. From the past month, I'm reading non-stop articles of Dalits leaving Hinduism by immersing idols and pictures of the gods in the river, defiling them publicly and other similar acts. Books like Ambedkar's "Riddles in Hinduism" which openly target and attack Hinduism in the most vicious way imaginable, are actively encouraged and propagated everywhere including prominent literary festivals, which claim that Hinduism is nothing but a quagmire of casteism, misogyny and superstition. Apparently just yesterday, an FIR was lodged against a person in my area for making some comments against Ambedkar in a private messaging app. So, that act is a crime against humanity but it is perfectly fine to humiliate Hindu deities publicly, and Hindus are expected to bear it all quietly?

    I don't know what's worse, this behaviour or the fact that Hindus don't say a word against it (other than some misguided oddballs who counter it with violence). I don't deny there has been a lot of ugliness due to casteism and still is, I respect Ambedkar for what he did for the oppressed, but the continuous and relentless targeting of Hinduism, the open insults and abusive humiliation of deities really is painful to see. I happen to belong to a so-called "upper" caste, but I've never been concerned about anyone's caste and have always believed in equality. Even in our scriptures, there are several verses supporting this, which has already been discussed in detail in the past. If someone wants to leave Hinduism, they're free to do so in a respectable manner. I don't think the deities did anything regarding their current issues; why take their anger out on them! Isn't giving up hatred one of the core teachings of Buddhism, which they convert to? Yet, there's abundant hatred there. There is a limit to everything, and I feel Hindus need to stop being submissive and offer a respectful but firm and appropriate response to such attacks.

    I'm sorry again if I offended anyone; it was not my intention. I just am hurt by all this and apparently since a Hindu being offended is not allowed in this country, I wanted to post my feelings.
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    Re: Relentless attacks on Hinduism

    Namaste,

    Thank you for posting your feelings; no need to apologize for that. It is indeed sad to see people following some 'hot-heads' and feeling that desecrating the deities would somehow compensate for their misery. I guess everyone is looking for others to take the lead to do something - be it to file a FIR or to start a dialog with the disenchanted. Who will that someone be?

    Pranam.

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    I don't want to get involved in dispute that isn't mine,
    but I would like to offer you my perspective as a bystander which maybe you find useful...or maybe you correct me if I'm wrong.
    The caste system, which is inherent to Hinduism, is a public thing.
    This system stepped on these people and their rights for aeons (metaphorically and probably physically).
    Why are you surprised then, that they have hatred towards this system, and that they want publicly express it while renouncing that same system?

    ...yes well, they could have done in differently. But I think it is at least understandable that some choose to do it in that manner...

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    Re: Relentless attacks on Hinduism

    Namaste

    So, that act is a crime against humanity but it is perfectly fine to humiliate Hindu deities publicly, and Hindus are expected to bear it all quietly?
    That's a small price Hindus are paying for having followed महात्मन् like herds . I do not wish to go in lengths

    I just am hurt by all this and apparently since a Hindu being offended is not allowed in this country, I wanted to post my feelings.
    The last time I checked, we had lost our right to feel bad / offended long back because we followed the guidance rendered to us by a महात्मन् who felt exercising our right will hurt under privileged souls

    I'm sorry again if I offended anyone; it was not my intention.
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    Re: Relentless attacks on Hinduism

    Thanks for the replies and views, everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by maa View Post
    I don't want to get involved in dispute that isn't mine,
    but I would like to offer you my perspective as a bystander which maybe you find useful...or maybe you correct me if I'm wrong.
    The caste system, which is inherent to Hinduism, is a public thing.
    This system stepped on these people and their rights for aeons (metaphorically and probably physically).
    Why are you surprised then, that they have hatred towards this system, and that they want publicly express it while renouncing that same system?

    ...yes well, they could have done in differently. But I think it is at least understandable that some choose to do it in that manner...
    See, I don't deny this. And I won't say I amsurprised. But there's a huge difference between addressing these particular aspects (and particularly the people responsible for violating those rights) and painting with a broad stroke every bit of Hinduism being casteist, superstitious, inhuman and branding all Hindus as zealots who care about nothing but caste. There are texts and scripture against this notion of caste as well, discussed in previous threads. Sometime ago I came across a rare article that showed the truth on both sides fairly, including the wretched condition quite a lot of the so-called elite abusive upper-caste Hindus are living in, and other similar points that other reports conveniently didn't feel worth mentioning. Not to mention some folks seem to find a way to drag Hinduism into everything to blame. I at least cannot accept public defacing of Hindu deities, when they don't even have anything to do with this. That's just what I was referring to.

    The fact that publicly humiliating Hindu deities to vent one's anger is largely considered acceptable behaviour (while Dr. Ambedkar's cartoon in a schoolbook is enough to nearly start riots across the country), books and films like PK which openly ridicule and denigrate Hinduism are doing swell business in the country with relatively minor opposition, is also what makes me seriously question the "saffronisation" and claims of legendary Hindu intolerance and tyrrany which people (particularly on media) are propagating.

    Thanks for your views.
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    Re: Relentless attacks on Hinduism

    And what is your feeling about the reasons for this process -
    is it a spontaneous trend of on going growing wave of globalization/liberal ideas that began penetrating the Indian minds,
    or is it the result of deliberate political decision of forcing progress and progressive views on the population, that normally would stay immune to this world's trend


    ...I know that it is tricky and probably (surely) there is no a clear-cut black-and-white answer...but still, I'd like to hear your opinion

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