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Thank you, RSS and Hindutva bigots (e.g. Rajiv Malhotra) for introducing me to Wendy Doniger: a great scholar of Hinduism

I'm sure people like Rajiv Malhotra and RSS zealots had no intention of spreading the writings of Wendy Doniger, but that's precisely what they've done.

I don't judge anyone without first understanding their position. When fools like RSS start smearing people, I am very suspicious, because I know how shallow is their intelligence and knowledge.

So I had no comment re: Wendy Doniger's actual work during the Doniger book pulping controversy – because I had NEVER EVEN HEARD OF HER! I'm not much into religion or history so unless you point out a particular issue, I'm likely to never even think about it. I don't go out of the way (as I did when I was much younger) to buy books on religion/ history.

Now that Hindutva fanatics have introduced me to her, however, I was curious. I've since then had a quick look through the early parts of The Hindus: An Alternative History. Yesterday, I also listened to Doniger's recent lecture uploaded by the University of Chicago.

It turns out that Doniger is good. Very good. She has spent nearly 50 years studying Hinduism and India, and has many interesting insights to offer – in an extremely scholarly and dispassionate way. 

I'm surprised why Hindutva fanatics are upset by her work, since she has a rather favourable attitude towards Hinduism. She acknowledges that Hinduism is remarkably tolerant. She also shows other religious (like Christianity and Islam) have failed to dent Hinduism; perhaps because it offers to its adherents a structured  flexibility that other religions can't, or don't. 

Very insightful and scholarly is how I'd rate Wendy Doniger.

[http://www.tubechop.com/watch/6047249]

She points out also how American IT-literate Hindus (who dominate the internet and Wikipedia) have started insisting over the last 10 years that only THEIR version of Hinduism is right. 

[http://www.tubechop.com/watch/6047292]

I commend her works to everyone. Read it, if only to open your eyes and get a different, scholarly perspective. When I read or hear Rajiv Malhotra I get a sense that I'm reading/listening to a bigot (which he is, without any doubt). When I read/ listen to Doniger, on the other hand, I get the sense that I'm going to learn something through rational discourse. With the use of subtle humour, her work is also extremely readable.

I appreciate the place in the talk where Doniger suggests that scholars of religion, like scientists, merely make their best attempt to interpret things – thereby being open to other opinions and interpretations. ("Our best guess is this"). Unlike them, however, deeply ignorant bigots like Malhotra see the world in only one way – and their way is often plain wrong. 

I've got too many other non-historical/religious priorities and so might not finish reading Doniger's work, but if you've bot a moment, do read her and let me know what you think.

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Why Hindus do extremely well abroad but just can’t create conditions for prosperity within India

Hindus are a remarkable "community". They are the richest group in the USA and are fast becoming the richest in Australia. No one, not even the Jews, do as well as the Hindus.

The following statistics from the 2011 Census in Australia raise important issues:

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In Australia, Indians (mostly Hindus) tend to actively participate in the workforce and also earn the highest. Just like in the USA, they are fast becoming the richest "community" here.

Muslims, mostly from the Middle East, have very poor economic outcomes in Australia, most being dependent on the welfare state. This mirrors the situation in the UK and Europe.

On the other hand, Hindus tend to do very poorly in India (India is a massively Third Word country), because instead of creating conditions for wealth generation, the politicians in India (like RSS/BJP) are busy inflaming divisions among people.

This has also meant that the brightest and most well educated Indians have tended to leave India, for countries like the USA and Australia. Looks like the fanatic (i.e. incompetent) Hindus tend to stay back in India, and compete in the race to the bottom with the socialists.

There is absolutely no doubt that India (mainly Hindu) can quickly become the world's richest country IF THE CONDITIONS OF WEALTH GENERATION – found in the West – can be replicated in India. For this, the RSS must go. The BJP must go. The socialists must go. 

Why do Hindus succeed? Because their religion is quite flexible – particularly among the upwardly mobile groups. It is extremely rare for Hindu families to take their religion seriously. Most people are happy to "worship" anything and everything, or ignore anything and everything. Almost no one goes to temples, and if they do, they do so largely to enjoy the quality of art and painting in the temples. 

There are no mad mullas or mad Popes in Hinduism. Hindus have so many "gurus" they can ignore those they don't like. 

This makes religion occupy a very SMALL place in the Hindu mind, leaving them free to focus on professional attainments.

The Muslims of the world (including in India) have a big issue in front of them. 

1) They take their religion too seriously. 

2) They are also afraid of "consequences" if they choose to become atheists or agnostics. (In Hinduism, with its VERY LONG HISTORY of atheism and agnosticism, people are often called "Hindu" even if they are atheists or agnostics, and no one really cares).

The Muslim world is driven by fear. The Hindu world is driven by pragmatism and hypocrisy. That makes Hindus quite flexible and adaptable, and perhaps explains their enormous success in the West.

Note that this is not to condone Hinduism's many crimes – such as the atrocities against persons of lower caste. And I am definitely NOT Hindu. I have NO religion. 

But the one take home lesson from this is perhaps this: IF YOU MUST HAVE A RELIGION, DON'T TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY. 

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Don’t drink raw animal blood? And claim to be Hindu? Surely you jest!

My FB post. [Also this]

The age of the internet is the age of demysfication. All falsehoods are getting demolished, one by one. For instance, that Hinduism believes in ahimsa, non-violence. Not true. 

We are all aware of Buddha's complaints re: animal sacrifice but most of us (like me) have never witnessed any such event. However, the internet has a way of spreading the truth. One person somewhere has to take a picture and upload it, and it spreads. This is now the second time I've come across blood drinking Brahmins.

The dots now connect. A bit of further research has now made it clear that the animal sacrifice tradition that Buddha spoke against (and the Jains abhhored – but remember that Jainism came first, so its views might have influenced Buddha) are alive and thriving in the remoter corners of India and the rest of the world – where Hindus migrated to, hundreds of years ago.

These customs are almost certainly the residue of an unbroken chain that goes back thousands of years. These are the ACTUAL Vedic customs, also (at least partially) corroborated by the Vedas. No amount of denial can challenge these ACTUAL pictures now widely found on the internet. In 10 years time, the myth of the Hindu holy cow and ahimsa will be history.

Hindus who are vegetarian are actually Jains. That's fine by me. I don't impose my beliefs on others, but likewise no one should impose their beliefs on me.

Now for the proofs.

1) BLOOD DRINKING HINDU BRAHMIN FROM ASSAM

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2) BLOOD DRINKING NEPAL HINDU PRIEST

[Source] – Also see this.

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3) BLOOD DRINKING HINDU WOMAN IN MALAYSIA

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4) BLOOD DRINKING BRAHMIN IN SOUTH INDIA

 

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Religion IS poison. Their leaders are gangsters, devils, the mafia. Time to lock up up anyone who threatens violence.

I'm really angry that even as ordinary Christians, Muslims and Hindus try to live decent peaceful lives, their leaders CONTINUOUSLY prod them to violence.

Just yesterday I wrote about the shonky pope of Christianity who has been provoking Christians to violence in the long standing "traditions" of Christianity. (Those aware of history know that there was nothing more violent in human history than Christianity – till it was tamed by the classical liberals).

Muslim leaders have, of course,  excelled in provoking violence. There is this Muslim goon in UK, Anjem Choudhary, who spews hate and incitement to violence with every word. 

And now we have this goon in Australia called Abu Mohammed who is busy justifying violence by suggesting that his religious beliefs deserve to be respected ab initio and that those who publish cartoons are offering "a provocation intended to cause more turmoil" [DIRECT THREAT TO VIOLENCE]

And Hindu leaders (from RSS/VHP) are constantly spouting violent threats (and actually undertaking violence) in the same way.

These goons can't distinguish between SPEECH and USE OF VIOLENCE. They think that speech is "unethical" but violence is "ethical".

They are the ENEMIES OF MANKIND. Only hatred runs through their devil brain.

I think the time has come for the law to take very serious note of the ongoing avalanche of threats to violence by these "leaders" and lock them up for good.

They run a political mafia, and act as PURE DEVILS.

Let them remember that they CANNOT demand respect for their particular gang.

RESPECT IS ONE THING IN THE WORLD THAT HAS TO BE EARNED.

I respect ONLY peaceful people, that too for any contributions they may have made to society. These STUPID GANG LEADERS have NO contribution to make. They can only HARM the world by justifying VIOLENCE. VIOLENCE FLOWS THROUGH THEIR ENTIRE BEING.

Religion is pure garbage. I do not respect it. AND NEVER WILL.

I could use stronger words of condemnation, but I'll leave it here for now.

Remember, you must EARN my respect. It is not given to you by your birth or belief. Least of all by your threats. The more you threaten the lower the form you take (like an lowly insect) in my mind, AND THE MORE BARBARIC AND VICIOUS YOU PRESENT YOURSELF TO THE WORLD. There is lesser and lesser chance with every passing day of ANY religion surviving into the future. They are violent gangs. People will leave them. You can't fool all the people all the time.

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Now the Sikhs – demanding an end to free speech.

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WHO ARE MERE MORTALS TO FIDDLE WITH AND INTERPRET THE "WORD OF GOD"? ONLY THE VIOLENT ARE TRULY "RELIGIOUS". Bhagwad has a point.
EQUIVALENTLY, RELIGION IS PURE POISON.

"ISIS considers itself to be the true Islam. And I can’t argue with them. If they are following the Koran to the “T”, then they rightly consider everyone else to be not true Muslims." [Source]

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Five killed in Charlie Hebdo riots as France defends free speech

Back to what they have been taught by their gang "leaders" – that if they feel "offended" that's sufficient cause to indulge in violence.
Pandering to this kind of an approach has only one outcome: a return to the medieval age. ALL progress will be reversed. All freedoms will come to an end.
The ring leaders and promoters of violence (the "religious" leaders) need to be locked up securely behind bars. No compromise is possible with those who indulge in (or incite) violence.

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Dopey Popeye (Pope) Francis strikes again, this time with his fist

Dope Francis is a well-meaning fellow, concerned about the poor and about nature. I like his nice smile despite the fact that socialism comes naturally to him. Many people have derided his acutely anti-economics rants. The man doesn't understand how to eliminate poverty. But that's not his specialisation, so I've largely ignored him on this. 

Recently he has gone tipsy on climate change, with his extremely poor knowledge and dramatically misplaced panic. No, Mr Pope, the climate is doing just fine. Take it easy. Don't worry. Be happy.

But now he has lurched into the space often occupied by goons and thugs.

“If my good friend Dr Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch. It’s normal. It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.” [Source]

I thought this otherwise well-meaning but clearly confused man deserves a cartoon in his "honour".

My 10 minute photoshopping attempt is provided below. I hope Popey gets the message. NO, Mr. Pope, you CAN'T justify violence in response to "provocation". You have NO right to punch others if you are offended.

Sheathe your fist. Use speech to explain your issues. Using the fist is OK for the comics and for Popeye, not for the Pope. Nor for anyone in real life.

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Normally I'd strongly constrain such language on my FB wall or anywhere I operate, but pope has called this upon himself. I believe the same can be said without using such words but I have no sympathy for the dopey pope. 

His bluff must be called. No, NO ONE can use violence if they feel offended. 

No, Mr Pope, YOU CANNOT USE YOUR FIST if someone abuses your mother. Just ignore him, have pity on him, or go elsewhere. And no, no one in the Muslim world can use violence if someone blasphemes their "prophet" who maybe more dear to them than anyone else in the world. 

 

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Yasir Qadhi shows how attackers of Charlie Hebdo wildly popularised the cartoons they disliked

I was pointed out to another Muslim speaker. I heard some of his talk. Mostly religious, but on a few things he has a clear message for the Muslims who kill in the name of Islam or Mohammed. Violence can only damage their religion and place in society.

This two minute section is good:

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Five million copies sold.

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