And this is why though I do not belong to the Right, nor do I belong to the Left !
1. All is certainly not well in India
2. BJP has appropriated and distorted the concepts of Hinduism, and thereby the need to own it up more intensely as my heritage, and own up the responsibility of correcting and affirming. And because they say "Ramayana' it does not becomes an unmouthable word !
Not just because of 'heritage', but because the lives of my village people is rooted in this religion.
In my years in the village, I have seen that religiousness (in a simple and holy sense - including gangamma, and vinayaka) is a cornerstone of existence. And the Mahabharatam, with its million and one tales, anchors life and ethics and goodness. As mine is an ordinary, and just-off-the-road village, and just 50km from the town on Tirupathi, I would generalize this reality.
3. Of course there is vast diversity, and all has to be incorporated, We will have to fight for that also. But I think the best lessons from Ramayana and Mahabharatha are part of the deep inheritance of many ordinary illiterate village people.
For all its talk of 21st century, the government is displaying a very old-fashioned and time-tested desire to turn education into a propaganda tool. A key characteristic of propaganda is, of course, the contempt it reserves for its audience -- who are sheep to be led, not citizens to be informed. No nation can aspire for progress on the foundations of bad information."
- Lakshmi Chaudhry, writer - FirstPost