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    Let there be more public discourses on our cultural heritage

    In the past seven years, we have lost too many things. Millions of middle-class people have become poorer. The minorities are feeling more insecure than ever before. Minority women belonging to a particular faith are being denied the right to wear a particular kind of dress.

    An extremely dangerous communal divide is being actively promoted by a political party that seeks to reduce India to a State where the majority religion will sort of dictate terms on how we should dress, what we should study, which jobs we should aspire for, and so on. We are reaching a point of no return, sadly. The narrative of "We Vs Them" is actively promoted and supported by the party.

    But are we such a nation? Positively, no. We are a pluralistic nation. We have had a very rich cultural history. We have had a tolerance of different faiths in our cultural heritage.

    Today, everything is sought to be changed by the single most communal force. The press is largely supportive of this party, but there are still vast sections of the Indian public, who long for the good old days. We need a lot more public discussion on the various cultural parameters of the good old times. This sort of healthy discussion should create a situation where the secular forces are back in action and the appropriate actions on the ground support the rich public discourses. The time to act is now.

    This thread has been locked as it has gone off-track with no forum decorum maintained.
  • #754048
    The standard of living of people is also the concern of the state where the people are living. If the state fails to provide the welfare schemes announced and given by the center, to which centre cannot be blamed. If the minorities feel insecure, they would not vote for the BJP and rejecting AIMIM and SP in recent UP elections. The Hijab row was intentionally politicised when there is no mention of wearing the same all time. And the court also said this. And who is stopping from following the cultural history of each sect. In fact India is the only country giving free rope to all religions to follow the faith. So what kind of public discourse the author has been advocating when the bigwigs of same community are silent over the happenings. Nevertheless the author should have the courage to accept what is according to law.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #754055
    Many many threads with only one single point. BJP is the worst party in the country and it should be sent out. This is the only message we will get from all the threads of this author. Probably he believes that by going on hammering on the minds there will be a change in the mindset of the members.
    No change is going to happen by posting threads here. The author has go out to conduct meetings and change the mindsets of voters. Then only something may happen.
    Otherwise how his messages will go to the public. Otherwise, he has to write and publish his articles in newspapers and see that many people will read the same.
    Let the author open the correct history books and start penetrating the same into the public and let me see what will happen. I think if the author's desires are to be fulfilled he has to work in a different direction. The present work is in no way sufficient, I feel.

    always confident

  • #754058
    Nicelly replied by Dr Rao. Time and again harping on same agenda of criticizing and using the word communal, what the author gets the satisfaction is unknown and this thread would also be allowed to trend.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #754063
    The author has expressed his anguish over the happenings in the country. The main indicators of the country's welfare are economy, employment opportunities, social equality, and others. The economy of the country started tanking with the mindless decision of demonetization. The rate of unemployment is the highest in the recent known past. The sudden announcement of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic brought innumerable difficulties to the migrant workforce in the country. The country is much more religiously polarized. The Constitution of India says ours is a secular country but religion plays an important role. The recent speeches of some people at a Dharma Sansad in Haridwar speak a lot about how tolerant we are about other faiths. The report "Freedom in the World 2021" by Freedom House Organization has downgraded the status of India to a "partly free" from "democratic". We may accept or deny the report but such a mention is a cause for introspection and action.

    Repetition is a necessity to drive home a point into the minds of the public. With a number of repetitions, a point may be effectively driven into the public minds. They start thinking. The author has taken this platform to make members think. What they think and what they feel may not necessarily be in tune with the thinking process of the author but I appreciate his efforts.

    " Be Good and Do Good "

  • #754079
    The Modi Bhakts are on one side. They would somehow not even talk about the economic mess. However KVR Sir has struck the right cord and hopefully, the communal party and its evil designs will be defeated by all. Not so long ago, we had the BJP rule under such a fabulous leader like Vajpayee. The present leader would be a pigmy against such a giant.

    Regarding our rich culture, for some major Hindu festival, when thousands need to go via Jammu and Kashmir, it is on record that that they are fed and given shelter by the Muslim brothers. Yet, there is this recent movie where the Muslims have been shown as the only villains. What a horrible depiction of one community?

    The people of India, at least South India, barring Karnataka, where the evil party has made deep inroads, would not budge an inch and encourage the division of people on the basis of religion. Dirty members of the evil party even tried their best to take up the Sabarimala issue in Kerala , but totally failed. They will always come a cropper in Tamil Nadu, as the people of different faiths are always united.

  • #754080
    Till today, the great Prime Minister or the Home Minister, who many in Tamil Nadu compare with the worst of villains of Bollywood, have not spoken a single word against the horror of killing of farmers, when a Union Minister's car ran through a crowd of farmers. In UP, a Dalit woman was gang- raped, but her body was burnt by the police in the middle of the night.

    A communal fellow calls for the genocide of people belonging to a particular minority, during a convention in Haridwar. He is even claimed to be a great leader by many!! Is this the culture we are talking about?

    Why did Vajpayee raise above considerations of caste, or religion or whatever. How did he ensure that there was no communal build up? Because he belonged to a different genre altogether. The communal party is directed by Nagpur bosses, who openly declare that India is only a Hindu country. These are the same guys who shamelessly support Godse!!

    Should these fellows, who are all communal crooks, be allowed to dictate terms in our country? People of India need to wake up and take urgent action to stop the communal virus from spreading its wings.

  • #754081
    What to discuss here-- cultural heritage or demonitisation/unemployment?
    “Khamosh rahoon toh mushkil hain, keh doon toh shikayat hoti hain" (It is difficult to remain silent; But if I speak, they complain.) --------- Saba Afghani

  • #754085
    Cultural heritage is what has survived all attempts to create a new culture of Hindu majority Vs the Minorities. It also includes economics, as it successfully masks the economic blunders of the great communal party.

    So, when we talk about preserving our cultural heritage, we mean a situation where the minority person can boldly set up a business and serve the entire society and not deny him the opportunity to do even petty business, as it now happening in the goonda State of UP. If this is the culture which we are promoting, if the culture is one where a minority religion member can be murdered only because he had beef in his refrigerator, the rich cultural heritage of this country has to ensure, a state of peaceful, inclusive growth.

    The rich cultural heritage also needs to factor in the dangerous games of the communal party and take all action to reinforce the message that India is one, and that the economic considerations have a deep relationship with the elements of culture. None should be allowed to get away by merely talking about one temple, or the Himalayas or beating of drums in a town like Varanasi.

    Roti, Kapda and Makkan are as important pieces of the zig saw puzzle and the rich cultural heritage, that even gave some meaning to Mahatma Gandhi's idea of trusteeship, should see the fine days once again. And those who support Godse should be booked under the Goondas Act and sent to prison for a lifetime. This is also part of our cultural heritage. We cannot allow communal elements to create a hatred for Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest ever leader who lived on this earth.

  • #754087
    , when we talk about preserving our cultural heritage, we mean a situation where the minority person can boldly set up a business and serve the entire society and not deny him the opportunity to do even petty business, as it now happening in the goonda State of UP.-----Precisely 100 times more than that happened in Kashmir in 1990. K P minorities were raped, killed, mained and looted by KMs and that has been depicted in the film.
    “Khamosh rahoon toh mushkil hain, keh doon toh shikayat hoti hain" (It is difficult to remain silent; But if I speak, they complain.) --------- Saba Afghani

  • #754124
    I think all the communities should think of keeping their cultural heritage safe and secure to make our country a great democracy. There is no point in throwing mud on each other and until every community does efforts in this direction we would not reach a good targeted result. Blaming a particular party as communal will not help in the matter and what is required is the contribution of each and every group for nation building.
    Knowledge is power.

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