Bharat is worse off than India, Mr Bhagwat



Some years ago then RSS chief the late K Sudershan had come up with a unique plan to combat the presumed mushrooming population of Muslims in India. Contrary to all anthropological data in the country he thought all Muslims had four wives when the fact was that it was more Hindu and Jain businessmen, rather than the comparatively poor Muslims, who had the means to afford second and third establishments had married more than once.

Now Sudershan desired Hindus to decisively override the Muslim population by adding more children to their own. For this he Advocated that women should be married young, soon after they reached child bearing age and that each one should be compelled to produce a minimum of five children. Seven to eight would be highly desirable, he said.

Of course, he was jumped upon by several women’s groups for his antediluvian views and for being way out of touch with reality and was suitably bushes in no time at all. I personally thought of him as India’s own Nikolai Ceaucescu, the Romanian dictator, who had tried out a Similar experiment in his own country for which he was almost lynched by women when they got the opportunity before he was killed for other crimes, Ceaucescu had banned contraceptives and family planning and thought he would make his country a great and powerful one by simply adding to its numbers. He thought populous countries like India and China would soon be very powerful and take over those like the United States and the USSR by the sheer strength of it’s population and he wanted his own in the same league.

So contraceptives and abortions were banned in Romania, There were bedroom policemen in Romania who could conduct surprise checks to ensure that couples were not surreptitiously practicing contraception, women aborted unwanted pregnancies on their kitchen tables done surreptitiously by quacks neither qualified nor armed with the right equipment and the maternal mortality and child mortality rates in the world were the highest in Romania in those years. Not surprisingly after Ceaucescu’s overthrow, the rate of contraceptive sales and abortions too, now freely available, were the highest in the world. I thanked God that the RSS was not in charge of our destinies or else all women in this country too would have met the same fate as the Romanian ones.

But now the relatively modern and politically savvy RSS sarsangh chalak, Mohan Bhagwat, seems to have done him even prouder by stating that rapes happen in India and not Bharat because women in the cities follow Western norms and ideals and women in rural areas are duly shy and retiring. The last part of his statement might well be true but I wonder if he knows being shy and traditionally clothed is no guarantee against rape in rural areas? Even if urban rapes were blamed on western styles and dress, can Bhagwat quite explain why next door to his own city of residence, a poor but bright Dalit girl of tender age (she had just passed her SSC with flying colours) was brutally raped and killed along with her mother and brother in a village called Khairlanji in Bhandara district by some upper class men who hated the thought that she had bested their own daughters in studies and was going to the same college as them?
Was that not a caste thing that is the dominant and socio-political reason for rapes in our villages where upper caste men think it is their God-given right to routinely humiliate or even kill lower caste women just to demonstrate their manhood and dominance?

Then how about the innumerable rapes that are being reported out of rural Haryana or, the BJP’s own turf of Gujarat where only last week a two year old girl died after being raped by her own uncle? And perhaps Bhagwat has also not heard of the fact that a rape takes place in India every 22 minutes and 90 per cent of them within families where the violator is often an older male relative? Bhagwat surely needs a lesson in history, geography, sociology and statistics before he can consider himself qualified to forward an informed opinion on such things that male life excruciating in villages for women who have less access, power, information or legal remedies to combat atrocities against them.

So once again in less than a decade I thank God again that men like Bhagwat are not in charge of the destinies of women, whether in India or even in Bharat!

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  • Penn Temp

    This idiot columnist is a Congress-bought agent serving her Italian master. She has no place in India. Please leave our country!

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    sanatani Reply:

    Instead of personal abuse you have to offer some refutation based on evidence and logic.

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    Javed Reply:

    yes no logic in the article, so all the burden is on commentators to compensate for that right?

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    anongoodman Reply:

    Hey idiot. I strongly believe you are a rapist yourself and must surely be involved in some communal riot where you must have raped innocent women and girls. Please go to the nearest police station and sk them to lock you up for life for the good of Indian society.

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  • http://twitter.com/vijaygkg vijaygkg

    The same idiot columnist went on to prominently predict Modi’s defeat.It is an irrefutable fact that Muslim percentage in india has grown from 6% in 1950 to 20% today.Within another generation,the results will be palpable & change india into an islamic wasteland

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    scrwbl Reply:

    yeah.. and i hope they grow up soon to jump your mom and sisters !

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  • Anonymous

    India vs. China…. hahahaha!

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  • common aadmee

    You Secular and Paid Media have no other work than criticizing anything which is our history as Hindu religion and fanatic. Please read real History and understand it has no connection with any religion. Even Hinduism as a religion was created by Britishers. But these people will never understand or listen !

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  • Rakesh

    “Contrary to all anthropological data in the country he thought all
    Muslims had four wives when the fact was that it was more Hindu and Jain
    businessmen, rather than the comparatively poor Muslims, who had the
    means to afford second and third establishments had married more than
    once.”

    Miss Andha, do check your facts before writing such a thrash. I think the research is done in your mind……We have mu$lim woman working in our household and she is a third wife of his so called poor husband. According to them “an extra wife means extra income and chance to produce more offspring to have extra income in future.”

    And to be frank….I know so many Jains but have never encountered any having even a two marriages.

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    Rakesh Reply:

    Sorry for typo, instead of two marriage, it should be “two wives”.

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  • arya dharma upasak

    I am very surprised by the crude, vulgar and indecent language used in some of the comments. What is more, sentences are ungrammatical and words badly spelt. Goddess Saraswati and Lord Ganesha dwell on the words we speak and communicate. Let us not offend them.with foul language. Besides, there is a proverb in Sanskrit: “Vade vade jayathe tatva bodha”(It is only through reasoned argument that truth is understood) Let sanity prevail.

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  • Republic of Kerala

    Khaki Chaddi Sindbad. All raapists are Khaki chaddees

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    Javed Reply:

    stuff some fresh kerala banana wafers up your a88

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  • bharatiya ashamed

    Be it Bharat or India, rape is a rape and it is an inhuman crime..a shame on a country whose citizens refer it to as Mother, and where we worship the female goddess’ stone statue, but cannot give show the basic courtesy to the females..everyday i am ashamed to be a Bharatiya and Indian, because of this among many more things..pray to any God, (s)he won’t forgive this,if (s)he there.

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  • Javed

    Didnt he clarify what his definition of India & Bharat miss Dimwit?

    He clarified that India is a metaphor for the sub-standard society we have become by blindly aping the west. And Bharat is the metaphor for the rich progressive civilization we once were – where women were accorded the dues respect & treated equally. A creative & crisp call to society, one that only good orators can make.

    In fact in all the daily hoarse crying by the dented & painted wannabe loudmouthed fashionable feminists, protesting & taking a good cause down the drain, there are a few sensible opinions. But even those are being mocked, by a manipulative media which wants to obscenely cash in on the horrific gangrape survivor’s tragedy. (Just like you your accomplice Ms burkha dutt reduced an opportunity for good honest discussion on the central issues of ineffective law & order to a utter trivia by disproportionately carping on misogyny, marital rape, eve teasing etc and not discussing plain old better policing. “marital rape”, “marital rape” as a high priority?? seriously!!??)

    All of you are so shamelessly hitch-hiking on a serious incident, to either propagate your fetishy feminism or marketing sensationalist controversial talking points that sell – distracting the public opinion from the real issues of governance failures. Whose interests are you protecting?

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    Javed Reply:

    and yes having gone through RSS blogs despite of being a muslim – i can say they are very progressive. Many of the RSS affiliates are highly educated folks – nuclear scientists, top chartered accountants et all

    This Bhagwat guy rarely speaks, and when he speaks he does drive home a concise point – no hanky panky. Yes some of it can be debated – one must not blindly accept anything said.
    But it is unlike your parent political “grand old” party’s GS who farts and farts and farts nonsense like he has a perpetual diarrhoea ( even dumbest should know exactly whom I am pointing to)

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    Javed Reply:

    and when i say progressive i mean “progressive” like US “progressive”. Compared to stuff RSS – my religions fatwa masters are stone age

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  • arya dharma upasak

    If one sets aside the general abuse in quite few comments here four points have been made against the blog.
    All the four merit a response.
    1) “Bharat is the metaphor for the rich progressive civilization we once
    were – where women were accorded due respect & treated equally.”
    Whether Bharat is a metaphor or an historic entity, it is a fact that women were not equally treated. Let us start with two of our classics, Ramayana and Mahabharata.
    First, the Ramayana.
    Why did Sita have to undergo agni pariksha after suffering in the hands of Ravana? (read Yuddha Kand)
    And again why did she have to be sent to forest in the middle of the night without a trial just because a bad individual spoke ill of her? ( read Uttara Kand)
    Then the Mahabharata.
    If women were treated as equals, how did Yudhishtir manage to sell Draupadi, his wife?Why did no one (except Vidur) protest when she was dishonoured in an open royal court? In the end it was the victims, Sita and Draupadi who protested. When Sita condemned Rama for his suspicions he had the grace to apologise. When Draupadi argued for her rights, Bhishma, Drona and Kripa at least were embarrassed with shame. (read the Dyuta Parva.)
    Remember, Sita and Draupadi are the role models for women who protest today.
    And this in spite of one Manu Smriti stating, women do not deserve freedom.“Na Stree swatantryamarhati”.
    The true scriptural authority for women’s rights and functions comes from apourusheya shrutis, not man-made smritis. RSS does not even understand the difference. Its ignorance, confusion, misunderstanding and
    misinterpretation of our own shastras is appalling.
    And let us not forget, if women were accorded respect and equality throughout history there would not have been dowry, child marriage and
    tonsuring of widows.They were treated badly because the Shriti tradition was discarded in favour of Smriti.So there were no more Gargis and Maitreyis that learned and argued Vedanta in history.
    This brings us to the so-called divide between Bharat and India. It is an artificial division. We belong to one land and let us not have this partition of minds. Our shastras have a universal ideal that embraces both the East and the West:Vasudhaiva kutumbakam(The whole earth is one family.)
    The first shloka of Ishopanishad, “Ishavasyamidam sarvam…” also starts with the same premise. The narrow-minded bigotry of the RSS is an abuse of the Upanishads and true shastras.
    (In fact the word Hindu itself does not find a mention in holy books of sanatana dharma. That is another story.)
    What about present reality? In rural India women work shoulder to shoulder with men in farms. Should they only be cooking at home and never stepping outside according to RSS prescription?
    On the other hand in the land of Ganga and Yamuna, village khaps have encouraged lynching and caste killing.Time and again they have condoned rape and child marriage. All this is against religion and shastras. Does the RSS give its homily to these Khaps? Atrocities against women are all over the country.
    There is a subhashit in Sanskrit, “Yatra Naryastu Pujyante, Ramante Tatra Devata”
    Gods appear themselves where women are honoured.
    There is no suggestion in this subhashit hat women don’t deserve that honour just because they belong to “India” and not the RSS mindscape of “Bharat”
    2)”Women who made a vocal protest against the recent rape are dented & painted wannabe, loud-mouthed,fashionable feminists.”
    The women who protested against rape all over India were common people. They happened to be daughters, sisters, wives and mothers. They have seen and known ill-treatment. They don;t want it to happen. So they protested and still protest. In Delhi they met with lathi charge, tear gas, water canons by the police. Some were taken to police station, abused and beaten up.
    Should we call them names?
    In the last 60 years women’s groups have fought for equal rights irrespective of caste and community. Mathura case and Shahbano case are just two among many. That resulted in legal reform. All this is well-documented.For all their service and sacrifice should they be called dented and painted feminists by those who do not know the record of their work.
    3)”RSS is a progressive organisation and it knows what is right for women.” Really?
    RSS has never accepted equal rights for women. Its spokesmen have also defended leaders like Modi when he was criticized for encouraging the Gujarat riots that saw rape and murder of several many girls and women.
    4)”The author of the blog is a Congress supporter.”
    If one reads other blogs by this columnist, one finds that she has criticized other political parties as well, especially, the Congress. So how does she become a spokesperson for Congress?
    The logic of this argument is, “If you are not with us, you are with them.” But a journalist can always take an independent stand. She does. Some times I strongly disagree with her opinion. But I don’t attribute motives questioning her integrity. Where is any one’s proof?
    I do have some last words for all who drop an opinion at a penny and abuse all & sundry.
    A)Majority communalism and Minority communalism feed on another.
    Neither has respect for human rights, democracy and justice. Riots and bomb blasts are two sides of the same coin. In both there is the same disrespect for life and human dignity. Advani, Mohan Bhagwat on the one hand, Maulana Bukhari and Syedna on the other look different. But their mindset is the same. It is fanatical and dictatorial. The BJP and Muslim League are blatantly communal.
    Congresswallahs are communal in disguise with their vote bank politics. See how they shut their eyes whenever any self-apponted ulema issues fatwa against any one who speaks for his own or her own rights.
    Hypocrisy comes in all shades.
    Both the Congress and BJP are evil as are most political
    parties.
    B)For those interested: Do take the trouble of visiting the local library and read books on Indian history, religious tradition and philosophical schools. These are serious disciplines. Scholars have spent a life time studying them. Read with humility & respect. Then you will understand how deep and complex is our culture and civilization. Upanishads are a good starting point. So are the bhakti tradition and sufi tradition.
    Let Sant Meera, Narasi Mehta, Surdas and Kabir guide our
    thoughts.
    Let Bhagatsingh, Chandrashekhar Azad and Ashfaqullah Khan be
    our ideals.
    Not Congresswallahs, Communistwallahs, RSSwallahs and
    Madrasawallahs.
    Let me conclude with a subhashit from our classics.
    “Janani janmabhoomishcha swargadapi gareeyasai.”
    Let us honour all women as mothers and let us honour the whole of our land as motherland. Then Heavens are not beyond our reach.
    This has been a long message.
    Dear reader, thank you for your patience.

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    arya dharma upasak Reply:

    Sorry, the final quote should read “Janani janmabhoomishcha swargadapi gareeyasi” The last word was inadvertently misspelt with an extra “a”.

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    Javed Reply:

    maaf karo chachajaan bacchon ki jaan logey kyaa, itne bade comments ka bojh daalke

    Lets treat some non-sequiturs here

    1. It is RSS view-point & clarification not our justification. The editor unjustly omitted the context & explanation. WHY?

    okay still let us consider:
    you are pointing to only 2 exception instances amongst hundreds of positive examples. In any case both the points are debatable as Ramayana & Mahabharata are epics for subjective interpretation not a guide which prescribe. Show similar example from Bhagvad Gita which is prescriptive

    Also you proclaim yourself to be a hinduism expert. There are many others – we dont know who is right, we dont care. WE USE COMMON SENSE

    2. The dented painted criticism is not aimed at *ALL* protesters. It is aimed at some people who turned up in media shows and mouthed drivel. They pushed back the real issue of this ghastly incident & went on and on about frivolous things like misogyny etc doing complete injustice to the bigger more fundamental issues. WHY? because these gossipy controversial topics are easy to **** opinions on
    Cant help if you are getting touchy about plain facts

    3. Yes bring Modi in everything. Else how can you show off your “secular credentials”. Modi doesnt talk. He delivers value to the people. Take it from a Gujarati muslim – Modi has ushered in peace in a riot prone gujarat when Congress & Keshubhai used to allow riots every year – EVERY YEAR (I live in Gujarat)
    When I compare RSS philosophy to our “mullah” philosophy – RSS is much better. If RSS riles you – then I dont what you will say about the **** our mullahs talk. RSS is pro-hindu because thats how it was evolved. If I ignore the pro-hindus bits what RSS says is practical

    4. Sujata Anandam not pro-congress, anti-BJP. you must be joking. Anyways from all your fundas you seem to be a deluded man. But you seem to be a good man, who can sometimes be over generous. Thats exactly what you are doing – you think the blogger is fair – she criticises all. GO AND READ CAREFULLY – token criticism for one party & untrue criticism for other. No one takes her seriously – she is just a propaganda machine

    *agree with you on Bhagat Singh. i really idolize him*

    I dont hope to convert you – you are too heavy :) . But it was interesting reading your post

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    arya dharma upasak Reply:

    Dear friend,
    I do not wish to convert you to my point of view. All that I
    would ask you is to keep an open mind on the question.

    1. “It is RSS view-point & clarification not our justification. The editor unjustly omitted the context & explanation. WHY?”
    There are some rules of argument in our sanatana dharma
    tradition. When we want to refute the opponent’s point of view, first we have to state it correctly. This called poorva paksha (the argument stated before).Then we offer our own argument. That is called uttarapaksha (the argument that comes thereafter).
    The RSS view is that rapes take place in cities (India)because they follow Western values and life style and they do not take place in villages and small towns( Bharat) because they have traditional values.In the present case the author of the blog did not misinterpret the context and explanation by the RSS leadership.
    Recently Amartya Sen made the same point, stating that more
    rapes take place in villages.
    I have a different issue with the author. She has gone off in a tangent dwelling on demography (population growth) and
    bringing in Romania.That is not relevant to the present case.
    Also, the name of late Mr.Sudarshan is misspelt as Sudershan.
    2.”you are pointing to only 2 exception instances amongst hundreds of positive examples. In any case both the points are debatable as Ramayana & Mahabharata are epics for subjective interpretation not a guide which prescribe. Show similar example
    from Bhagvad Gita which is prescriptive. Also you proclaim yourself to be a hinduism expert. There are many others – we dont know who is right, we dont care. WE USE COMMON SENSE.”
    If one says,” I don’t know who is right and I don’t want to
    know”. That is OK.There is no need for either side saying anything. But from there if one insists “ I don’t want to know. But I am still right,” is that being reasonable?
    I have never proclaimed to be a Hinduism expert. I do not
    even use that word, “Hinduism.”It is too vague and general. It means different things to different people.
    You have mentioned the Bhagavad Gita. It is among the
    prasthana trayee (three important texts), others being Brahma Sutras and Upanishads. But it is badly misinterpreted, especially, two lines:
    a)Karmanyevadhikarasathe maphaleshu kadachana (one should do one’s duty without expectation)
    b)Chathurvarnam maya sryatshyam guna karma vibhagasha
    (I created four divisions among human beings according to
    character and action.)
    But what is one’s duty and what are the four divisions meant
    by Lord Krishna?
    Left to RSS, that is defined by Manu Smriti that imposes a
    harsh and unequal caste system and also denies women their rights.
    However, the Bhagavad Gita does not prescribe a separate
    code of conduct for men vis-a-vis women. So we cannot use it as an example.
    I can give several other instances from our tradition like
    Renuka and Ahalya who for no fault of theirs were punished by their husbands.
    The greatest example, however, is that of women who were abducted by Narakasura who kept him in his dungeons. When Lord Krishna killed Narakasura, rescued the women and brought them back, none of the families wanted them as they were
    “dishonoured”. These women were in the danger of being thrown on the streets. So what did Krishna do? He married all of them
    and gave them an honorable position as his wives. Sadly, even he, the ruler and the Lord could not persuade the men folk in his kingdom to accept these unfortunate women? Even if he had, would they have treated these unfortunates with love and kindness?
    Ramayana and Mahabharata are classics, They are part of our
    tradition. They are not directly didactic and prescriptive. But it is possible to make an objective study and interpret them without bias and prejudice.Sita and Draupadi are role models of the great Indian tradition. The RSS ideology is opposed to whatever they stood for.
    When it comes to Indian history, women suffered enormously in
    wars. They were raped, sold, kept as concubines or forced to become prostitutes throughout centuries.This was done by the victors of wars. Now if you leave it to RSS, it would only mean the “Muslim invaders” raping Hindu women. But what nabout the Marathas for example? These warlords went on a killing spree with murder, loot, pillage and rape of women.
    All this is documented by the great historian Yadunath Sarkar.
    No, he is not a Congresswallah or a Communist type for the RSS types to pounce on him. He is an old-fashioned, respected historian.
    Much before, King Ashoka had done the same. Hundreds and
    thousands of women and children of Kalinga were kidnapped and sold in the slave markets of Pataliputra. That “repentance” of Askoka is a false myth started by Nehru and used to brain wash generations of students by successive governments.
    The Congress and the RSS both have their own way of whitewashing unpleasant truths of history to serve political ends.
    2.”The dented painted criticism is not aimed at *ALL* protesters. It is aimed at some people who turned up in media shows and mouthed drivel. They pushed back the real issue of this ghastly incident & went on and on about frivolous things like misogyny
    etc doing complete injustice to the bigger more fundamental issues. WHY? because these gossipy controversial topics are easy to **** opinions on.Cant help if you are getting touchy about plain facts.”
    Now I also share your distaste for fashionable glamorous
    personalities who have hijacked many a debate on public issues. The media calls them because they are “presentable” and articulate in English. Often media does not call scholars, experts, grassroots activists to participate in panel discussion. Some times it asks insensitive questions to victims without knowing what it does. All this is wrong.

    3 “Yes bring Modi in everything. Else how can you show off your “secular credentials”. Modi doesnt talk. He delivers value to the people. Take it from a Gujarati muslim – Modi has ushered in peace in a riot prone gujarat when Congress & Keshubhai used to allow riots every year – EVERY YEAR (I live in Gujarat)”
    There are two separate issues about Modi:
    a)His role in 2002 riots
    b)His performance in administering Gujarat
    Here point b)does not concern us because it does not relate
    to the present question.
    But it remains a fact that girls and women brutally raped
    and killed in riots.It is also a fact that the culprits came from the right winggroups, Bajrang Dal and also the ruling party, BJP.The entire judicial process has been undermined and subverted with pressure by the party, police and the government.
    People are demanding capital punishment in the Delhi case. That should also apply to these cases.
    But Modi is not alone. Bal Thackeray did it for 40 years
    instigating and masterminding riots.
    The Congress leaders are no worse. The 1984 riots were
    instigated by late Rajiv Gandhi himself and led by men like Kamalnath and Tytler who still occupy the front ranks of Congress.
    In all these riots women and children have always been
    victims of rape and murder.The problem with our political groups is that they are selective in their criticism.
    “If Muslim women are raped, it’s OK. They are not our women.”

    “If Sikh women are raped, it’s OK. They are not our women.”
    “If women from “India” are raped, it is Ok. They are not our women. In fact they deserve it. In “Bharat” (as defined by the RSS) every woman is at home in the evening and she does not go out in the night. Not even with her fiancé.”
    Yes, there have been no riots in Gujarat after 2002 and no riots in Mumbai either after 1992-93.
    In Gujarat there has been a glimmer of justice after the recent judgment in Naroda Patiya case.
    Sadly, in Mumbai there has been none. While some blast accused
    have been prosecuted, a number of innocents have been tortured and incarcerated without trial. The women who were raped in 192-93 riots in Mumbai got no justice.
    And all political groups, Congress, RSS, and RPI have
    maintained a discreet silence. For their own members either participated or colluded in the riots.
    4)”When I compare RSS philosophy to our “mullah” philosophy – RSS is much better. If RSS riles you – then I dont what you will say about the **** our mullahs talk. RSS is pro-hindu because thats how it was evolved. If I ignore the pro-hindus bits what RSS says is practical.”
    Philosophy is the foundation of all human thought and it asks fundamental questions about existence and reality. It is a quest for truth.
    The RSS ideology does not merit that term and it cannot
    speak for the members of the majority community. It is not practical either because it has not accepted ordinary economic facts. For example, women in both cities and villages have to work. There are aging parents, unemployed husbands and even
    sick children. Even without these adverse conditions they need to pay housing loans, fees for children to maintain families. Many accept night duty not because they love it. It is an economic necessity. The RSS prescription for women, “Stay at home” does not recognize it at all.
    We do not live in a Taliban state. Families, women, children
    have a right to go to film shows. When they return home there should be safety for them.
    “This happens in India, not in Bharat” is neither a
    factual statement nor a responsible one.
    The majority community genuinely deserves reform. In
    the past it was brought about by visionaries like Dayand Saraswati, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Agarkar and Ranade. What is the RSS record of reform? Nothing,misinterpreting as it does our history, our religion and our culture.
    This brings me to Islam. I have never suggested that you and
    others should not speak about our religion just because you happen to come from another community. I do not claim to know Islam from within. But I am a student of comparative religion. I spent quite some time studying the life of the Prophet and placing Islam in its historic and social context. From my experience I can say that it is desirable to go to the original texts and sources and understand them on one’s own before listening to mullas. An independent and objective scrutiny is a necessity.
    5)”Sujata Anandam not pro-congress, anti-BJP. you must be joking. Anyways from all your fundas you seem to be a deluded man. But you seem to be a good man, who can sometimes be
    over generous. Thats exactly what you are doing – you think the blogger is fair- she criticises all. GO AND READ CAREFULLY – token criticism for one party & untrue criticism for other. No one takes her seriously – she is just a propaganda machine”
    In the column on the right hand side you would find hyper-links to topics in her writing. If you click the ones relating to Congress, Sonia, Manmohan Singh etc. you won’t find it flattering. She is
    particularly scathing about the Maharashtra government because she lives in Mumbai and knows it better. I do not agree with some of her perceptions, though. But they do not relate to the present issue. So I am not mentioning them.
    What is required from a reporter is precise and accurate
    recording of facts. What is required from a blog writer is an honest and truthful recording of his or her daily experience. Yes, it is a very personal dialogue between the writer and the reader. Both sides should have mutual respect even if their ideas are diametrically opposite. That means listening and understanding
    a point of view.
    I have come to like you in spite of all our differences. You did make me laugh with those first words, “Maaf karo chachajaan bacchon ki jaan logey kyaa, itne bade comments ka bojh daalke”
    If my old students had met you, they would have said. “ Bilkul maaf karna nahi. Your suffering is nothing compared to ours. He used to chew our heads for the whole year in the class.And if you want to shoot him, please take a token and stand in the Q. We have been waiting for that chance for hours.” :)

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    arya dharma upasak Reply:

    Sorry, in spite of my precautions a few words have been
    missed and the language does not look altogether correct in some places. In a public forum one should be careful about usage.

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  • RAKESH

    IN REALITY SHE HAS NO IDEA WHAT MR BHAGWAT IS TRYING TO EXPLAIN. SORRY, MAM I AM NOT CONVINCED THE WAY YOU HAVE INTERPRETATED HIS STATEMENT AS IT IS NOT ABOUT URBAN AND RURAL INDIA, HE HAS PUT STRESS ON INDIAN CULTURE WHICH WE HAVE NEGLECTED IN THE BLIND RACE OF WESTERN VERSION.

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  • Guest

    What happened in south Delhi has shamed and saddened all of us. It would be idle to believe, however, that women are not violated in rural areas where the feudal power structure is so much more deeply embedded.

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  • Sunita Wadiyar

    I sort of agree with Mr.Mohan Bhagwat. Since I have spent a lot of time travelling in rural areas, I feel women are more respected in rural areas. Though they may mistreat women and look them down in their own household. Where as in cities eve teasing and groping women has become a common thing.

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  • Seema Bhaskaran

    Thankyou immensely. So useful for a person who has just shifted to Delhi.

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  • rajendra

    If Sujata sincerely feels that more polygamy is followed by Hindus than Muslims, she needs help from a psychiatric. However, I know that such paid agents who call them media person are fooling people.

    No one has ever thought of condition of a Hindu girl who marries a Hindu boy under Hindu Marriage Act under the impression that she would not be victim of polygamy by her husband as She married a Hindu under Hindu Marriage Act or Special Marriage Act. But her Hindu husband subsequently convert to Islam for second marriage. Such secular people would never take up this matter because they are paid agent of a party or religion.

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  • Jyoti

    This is freaking awesome…Earlier I used to buy novels from such stores. But now, I am tired of hunting them at offline places specially in this scorching heat of Delhi.

    I started to buy and sell used books online from the day I got to know about this online source. I love when they say “Knowledge is never old”. Do check this out :: An online hub of second hand books in India – http://www.madbooks.com

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  • Jyoti

    Hey Ekta,

    You can check out books review on goodreads and buy these used novels / second hand books online at an affordable rate from http://www.madbooks.com

    I like to help my fellow readers. Keep Reading :)

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  • Bookworm

    Wonderful and much appreciated store of information. I am a Delhi born person who loves books and know almost all the stores you mention here. May I ask you to update this with info on the book stalls in Shankar Market? Thanks!

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  • Book-lovers Happy Reading

    Read Journey of Two Hearts by Anuj Tiwari

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