There is a white lady who lives abroad mostly and claims that her heart beats for india. She is very popular on FB, and many Indians admire and follow her. I saw her post yesterday through another friend's comment. She posted a picture of Radha and Krishna in a state of undress, and is sniggering at Indians for being 'conservative' and reacting negatively. Would she have the guts to try that on Mohammed ?
Who allowed the white people to enter our space and mock our gods ? The state of poverty in our lands is because of over consumption in her land, and if she cared she can take that on.
Anyway, to set the record straight, many Educated Indians also post admiring comments on her progressiveness.
I quite understand why Hindutva is taking deeper and deeper roots in this country. The ordinary people revere their gods, and despite their ability to take a lot, will draw the line.
Zakeena Seethi You can confront or counter her view but the comparison with Muhammad was unnecessary. She may not post about Muhammad for the fear of backlash, but is that what you want hindu brethren to do too? Here we are trying to instill some sense into those violent mob who cry for blood at the slightest criticism of Islam, and your comparison works negatively, im afraid..
Vinutha Mallya To set the record straight. The painting itself is an 18th century work by the Pahadi miniature pioneer, Nainsukh. We can safely say that our country was far more liberal in 18th century than some forces intend for it to be now. Our mythology gives us our gods that we worship and also treat as real life people. We are not a theist order and need not adopt such thinking. There is no need to regress on the basis that someone else is suchlike. Our values need not be bound to any other denominator, and they are dynamic. There is no reason to justify Hindutva on this or any other basis. By the way, the alleged white lady in question is North African.
Aparna Krishnan I go by the present. That is all I know. And understand. I know the pulse of india from a small village I have lived in for 20 years. Gods are revered. And unless there are wrong practices, i see no call to hurt them, and their feelings and throw mud on them.
Vinutha Mallya The Rasas were very respectfully depicted by the 18th century village painters. Our gods had sex / made love. Our practices of worship include several metaphors and symbols of sex. We may now want to sanctify this and feel queasy, but it doesn't change the reality.
Aparna Krishnan Because Uma I understand it will hurt the sentiments of simple beleivers. I see no need to. There are enough urgent battles to fight on the social front, if we wish to. There is the whole universe as a canvas if one wishes to have 'freedom of expression'. I would allow Eashwaramma and Lakshmamma their Krisnnamurthy and their Munishwarydu and their Balaji and Gangamma, I think that is civil behaviour.
Aparna Krishnan I am nobody Uma :). Anyway, Khajuraho belonged to another time. I act from my present understanding. I know the village people will feel offended if their godesses are disrobed, and I am simply stateing my clear objection to that. I defend their right to their sensibilities.
Aparna Krishnan Uma, I have no fight against temple scluptures. Yes, I stand by the right of simple people and their simple gods being given due respect - except when there are practices we need to question, from sati to untouchability. The de-racinated will never understand this.
Aparna Krishnan As much as my concern is village economics, as much is respect for their practices, their perspectives, their gods. Yes, imho, their ways are far superior to ours. I have been humbled before them and their generosity and their large heartedness time and again. I know you differ, and i request we let the case rest here.
Rajeev R. Singh But didn't Krishna and Radha disrobe? What's wrong in that ? It was celebration of love. We Indians are great at it. There are hundreds of artists indian as well as foreign who celebrate Radha and Krishna in a state of disrobement . Its tasteful and natural. Why crib on this fundamental fact?
దామోదర రెడ్డి mithunas at khazaraho and all temples are differant from this; as much as, a tapasvi being naked by quitting all pleasures is differant from nakedness of mad pornstars with full of materialistic deeds; raasaliila of radhakrishna is not about sex, but about trancedentality of relation... no temple have sexual positions of krishna.. only anonymous mithunas explaining tantra.
Afsan Chowdhury In my research on religious attitude and behavior in Bangladesh I use class lenses. I find that ordinary people particualrly te rural and the poor have no problem with their faith practices and behaviours which in Bengal is an amalgam of several traditions. Its the urban middle who have this "identity" crisis and Facebook is their favourite haunting ground. The "secularist" idea is a Western imposition that it ends up refusing to allow ordinary people to practice their faith which in Asia is not a superfluous cultural act but part of the survival .mechanism. A lot of the problem starts because our academics and other elite study in the West and they promote the orientalist way of looking at various faith practices through external eyes. So if BJP in India and Hefazet e-Islam in Bangladesh are becoming stronger one of the causes is the contempt the ruling class shows towards the traditional in the name of modernism. Thanks Aparna Krishnan