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national penury, frustration, impotent anger, impossible burden of past sins. life of regret, hopelessness - these are natural consequences of your country's incompetent 7+ decades. Just searching for articles of issues in India mmay provide you a momentary ability to forget your sorrows.How did Rajiv Gandhi, applauded for his modernist ideologies, accelerate Hindu nationalism politics?
An excerpt from ‘India is Broken: And Why It’s Hard To Fix,’ by Ashoka Mody.
In 1987, Indians owned just 13 million televisions. Friends and neighbours gathered around television sets in homes and at shopfronts. In villages, hundreds of people assembled around the one available set. On average, about 80 million people (almost 10 percent of the population) watched an episode. By the time the serial ended, almost all Indians had seen multiple episodes. More so than the Ekatmata yagna (the series of processions in late 1983), the Ramayana serial fused Savarkar’s view of India as the fatherland and holy land of the Hindus.
In a tribute Savarkar might have savored, the Indian Express’s media correspondent Shailaja Bajpai commented on August 7, 1988, a week after the series ended, “From Kanyakumari to Kashmir, from Gujarat to Gorakhpur, millions have stood, sat and kneeled to watch it.” Reflecting on that total absorption, she wondered: “Is there life after Ramayana?” No, she answered, there could be no life after Ramayana. Instead, echoing the void Jawaharlal Nehru sensed when Mahatma Gandhi died, Bajpai wrote: “the light has gone out of our lives and nothing will ever be the same again.”
For the 78 weeks that Ramayana ran, it presented a martially adept and angry Ram dispensing justice. The VHP projected its partisan view of the serial in its iconography of Ram. The author Pankaj Mishra described the Ram in VHP posters as an “appallingly muscle- bound Rambo in a dhoti.” Theatre scholar Anuradha Kapur lamented that VHP images showed Ram “far more heavily armed than in any traditional representation.”
In one image, Ram carried a dhanush (a bow), a trishul (trident), an axe, and a sword “in the manner of a pre-industrial warrior.” In another image, Ram, the angry male crusader, marched across the skies, his dhoti flying, chest bared, his conventionally coiled hair unrolling behind him in the wind. Accompanying those images, every VHP poster pledged to build a temple in Ayodhya. The dismayed Kapur noted that Ram, the omniscient and omnipresent Lord, was everywhere. Pinning him down to Ayodhya made no sense. “Hinduism,” she despairingly wrote, “is being reduced to a travesty of itself by its advocates.”
The Hindutva movement’s heavy reliance on young hypermasculine warriors to achieve its mission only exacerbated this travesty. In April and May 1987, when the Ramayana serial was in its early months, bloody Hindu-Muslim riots broke out in Meerut, a city in western Uttar Pradesh. By most accounts, Muslims provoked the riots. But then the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary, infected by the Hindutva virus, killed hundreds of Muslims in cold blood.
@RiazHaq, there are thousands and thousands or articles written daily in India on all issues at hand. They portray varied opinions and writers analyse each issue as per there ideology, convenience and narrative.An excerpt from ‘India is Broken: And Why It’s Hard To Fix,’ by Ashoka Mody.
@RiazHaq, there are thousands and thousands or articles written daily in India on all issues at hand. They portray varied opinions and writers analyse each issue as per there ideology, convenience and narrative.
One can find an article or a book to meet his narrative of choice. Your narrative is to find even small scraps of negative articles against India and portray them as the whole and the only truth. The way you go about doing that, is nothing short of comic and juvenile.
You could have peddled your half baked ideas, if you had included few little positives once in a while to mask your rabidly anti-India stance.
Even the staunchest opponents have occasional words of praise when due. That shows maturity and balance in a person. I guess you have none.
I didn’t declare it anything.
How come you always stumble upon stuff that shows India in negative light?
That is bigotry.
I disagree. It must be quite difficult to always try and find anti-India content.It's easy!
I am a realist and follow all kind of content, even the one showing India in negative light. I also think that there are a lot of very bad issues here and Modi has failed to address quite a lot of them. But I also know that he has done good work on quite a lot of fronts.What I post are facts from Indian and western books and media!!
Shekh chilli ke hasin khwab .Nah.
The West is not going to help India.
After China problem is done, India will be divided into smaller countries.
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But what is fact? That is what you believe is fact , you deliberately chose anti India news . These sold out pseudo secular so called journalists do not represent neutral views , they are member of anti hindu pro muslim ecosystem which keeps putting anti hindu anti India news, views , opinions . These people are unaware of the ground situation .It's easy!
What I post are facts from Indian and western books and media!!
Professor Ashoka Mody's book "India is Broken" is the subject of current discussion in the media!!!