Are you a proud Indian yet?

Superstitious India (Image credit, Reuters, and The Citizen)

Welcome to India, where any congenital malformation is de-facto evidence of gods, and be it any animal, including humans with such congenital anomalies and some without are worshiped while the rest are killed for various reasons.
That is how scientifically advanced we are, only thing that was missing was Wi-Fi at railway stations and in villages… we have everything figured out, you know, Vedas they contain all the information you will ever need, with the help of Vedas we will use the internet to download food for our poor people, we will use digital network (and of course cow urine and cow dung) to cure HIV, malnutrition, diabetes, cancers and every other medical illness.
We will hold candle light vigils for gang rape victims, and molest girls who are holding candles next to us.
We are a very tolerant country, you only need to respect our mobs killing those who question our tolerance.
We have a very rich culture, our culture needs protection, how else could one go about witch hunting, widow burning if there is no protection.
We love our Bollywood/Tollywood etc. (Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam) movies which portray young people falling in love and fighting against all odds and the casteist parents and societies to finally win… hey that is only for movies, my daughter is my property, she will marry the guy I, (I mean, our entire family) select for her.
And to top it all, we are a civilized country that has a secular constitution. (Secular stands for those Muslim loving anti-nationals only). We vote on the basis of who bribes us the previous night with some liquor and some money, we want development, so we voted for Modi in the last election, those people saying that in Gujarat the malnourished children outnumber some sub Saharan countries put together are lairs and anti-poor, they are paid by the foreign CIA etc.

Casteism in India and the elitist idiocy.

Casteism was and continues to be a vicious humanitarian problem in India.
Much of the privileges of the upper castes were a direct resultant of preventing competition from the dalits by means of ruthless repression.
In the machinations towards Independence, B. R Ambedkar and Rao Bahadur Rettamalle Srinivasan of Madras demanded a separate electorate for the Dalits so that they could reverse the most basic exigencies of casteism. M. K Gandhi opposed this demand and went on an hunger strike, as he believed that this would this demand would sound the death knell of hinduism
Due to the unprecedented public pressure and probable repercussions on the dalits B. R. Ambedkar relented. In exchange a system of seat reservations within the electorate was agreed upon.
“The Constitution of India states in article 16(4): “Nothing in [article 16] or in clause (2) of article 29 shall prevent the State from making any special provision for the advancement of any socially and educationally backward classes of citizens or for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.”[7] Article 46 of the Constitution states that “The State shall promote with special care the educational and economic interests of the weaker sections of the people, and, in particular, of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, and shall protect them from social injustice and all forms of exploitation.”[8][9]

In 1982, the Constitution specified 15% and 7.5% of vacancies in public sector and government-aided educational institutes as a quota reserved for the SC and ST candidates respectively for a period of five years, after which the quota system would be reviewed.[10] This period was routinely extended by the succeeding governments. The Supreme Court of India ruled that reservations could not exceed 50% (which it judged would violate equal access guaranteed by the Constitution) and put a cap on reservations.[11]”
Wikipedia.
Further, despite 15% reservations being present in the IAS and IPS, only 5% from this group reach the upper echelons in both. Which is a pointer to the humungous casteist discrimination still present even in the so called creamy layer.
The highest number of dropouts are from these Dalit groups in rural schools. Which then skews enormously the participation of such groups in upstream educational opportunities.
The argument of some who claim to be equalist is one of merit. Claiming that affirmative action results in dilution of quality. They seem to forget the quality workmanship and skill of artisans of the past, whose works as seen in archaeological remnants, are glorified no end. One may note that these artisans constitute the lower castes, with leather workers – contributing extraordinary workmanship in leather exports – being amongst the lowest. One may further note that The oft touted India an ancient economic superpower” was based wholly on slave labour derived from casteism in agriculture, smithy, terracotta etc.
Had there not been 1500 years of horrific subjugation, these people would have been the tech leaders of the world. One need to merely look at tribal art form of the warlis near Mumbai to realise their extraordinary capabilities of perception and representation.
The argument of dilution is actually precisely the opposite of what the privileged ignorants want to make.

In educational institutions fostering a chilly climate and victim blaming are common practices indulged in by both faculty and students. It has led to numerous suicides of dalit students. Several cases are extremely glaring, yet the faculty involved in these acts continue to merrily operate in the very same positions.

Given the above facts what is needed is vigorous implementation of affirmative action and strengthening of mechanisms to prevent discrimination in educational institutions.
The only probable dilution would be in provisions of creamy layer being extended to educational reservations for 2nd generation descendents.

Ref: Beyond the Quest for Merit V/s Quota Suresh Babu Gs, Social Action a Quarterly Review of social trends Vol 57.

 

Article originally written By Mr. Jude Terrence Dsouza.

The super story of Ganesha… re interpreted and analysed

First of all, let me just write the popular version of the myth and then let us see what is absurd and to what degree.

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MYTHOLOGICAL FANTASY :HOW GANESHA GOT HIS ELEPHANT HEAD ?
According to a Puranic tale, once Parvati was alone in the houseand wanted to take bath. So taking the dirt from her body she created a boy and ordered him.Image “To keep a watch at the door, and don’t allow anybody to enter the palace without my permission. Thus instructing the boy. Mother Parvati went in to take her bath. Meanwhile Lord Shiva too arrived at the scene. He saw a boy sitting at the doorway, but ignoring him he proceeded to enter the palace. At that the boy stood up and stopped Lord Shiva and Said, “My mother has instructed me not to allow anybody to enter the palace without her permission. Hence, I will not let you enter the palace. ImageFirst tell me who are you? Instead of answering, Lor Shiva asked, who are you? Who is your Mother? As no one was eager to answer first so the dispute grew to the point of a fierce battle. Ultimately cutting the head of the boy,Image Lord Shiva entered the palace. Seeing Him, Parvati asked surprisingly! “How did you enter? Has nobody stopped you?” At that Lord Shiva asked, “Who was that boy? I have cut his head.

Hearing this, mother Parvati began to cry and said, “He was my own son. Now you give him a new lease of life” Lord Shiva then ordered his Ganas to go out and bring the head of any creature they saw first. It was an elephant that the Ganas found first. So they cut its head and brought it to Lord Shiva. Putting the elephant head at the boy’s torso, ImageLord Shiva infused a new lease of life in him. Thus, Ganesha got the head of an elephant and came to be known as Gajanana Ganesha one with an elephant head.

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Now, let’s see how coherent this story is..

1. why does a goddess need to take bath? How did she get dirty? can Gods also get dirty, gods are supposedly all powerful and stuff, I just can’t grasp the idea that a powerful goddess like Parvati was living in a house (Where is this house? isn’t her house Kailash, whatever that means) and why did she need to go anywhere to take a bath? couldn’t she just become invisible?

2. Why the hell did Parvati create anything from the dirt from her body? If all she wanted was to create someone, why didn’t she just create him from nothing? She created someone so large as to fit an elephants head later on, then one can only guess how much dirt she needed to create him and shows how filthy this lady was… no wonder she needed a bath….

3. Aren’t gods supposed to know past, future and present, then she very well knew her husband Shiva is going to come while she was taking bath and is going to kill her creation, then why the fuck did she even create him?

4. Now coming to Shiva and Ganesha’s fight, why did they even fight? didn’t Shiva know that this poor piece of dirt sitting at the gate was created by his wife and that wife of his was taking bath, how moronic can a story get or a god?

5. Why the hell did Shiva send his ganas to kill a poor animal and get its head? why couldn’t he pick up the severed head and fix it with some (quickfix maybe) of his magic? was he a moron not to use his magic? or was he just another mythical character who was over hyped???????

After all this, he shows extraordinary surgical skills and transplants an elephant’s head on to that poor product of dirt…

What an amazing story… This can only be believed in India..