Dalits are Hindus too – they have equal right as any Hindu to visit any temple, to perform any ritual or take part in any religious festival. There were recent reports that during the five-day annual temple festival, the Dalits were denied entry into the temple. If we treat them badly Dalits could convert their religion or be pressured by outsiders into conversion. After his incident, there were reports that the Tamil Nadu Towheed Jamaat (TNTJ) distributed copies of the Quran to some of these Dalits, and also Christian missionaries approached them to try to convert them.
- 30 Jul 2016
Strange are our ways. For Mahatma Gandhi, a Mahatma, but there is no shortage of critics against him, and no apology is demanded from his critics. Various sections including Dalits repeatedly abuse and critique Gandhi and they don’t get ridiculed. However, when it comes to Mother Teresa, it seems like you cannot criticize Mother Teresa? If one does, you are termed communal. The Loksatta editor, had to apologize for publishing an editorial critical of sainthood for Mother Teresa (so much for free speech)? Arguably, there is much been written about the baggage, lack of transparency, and deeds (or maybe “misdeeds”) surrounding Mother Teresa. Should we not let this be examined in public?
- 23 Mar 2016