I post a copy-paste of my post to solicit your thoughts…
“Why the Saffron-bashing?” – That’s all I have to ask.
You talk of traffic snarls, and being a co-inhabitant of Bangalore, I can concur with that thought. But ain’t every political party and so-called VVIPs to blame here: They hold up traffic to ensure ‘important’ people can catch their flight, and the rest of us can miss ours. Traffic cops get sacked because HDD’s cavalcade has to wait 5 minutes.
So why single out this one stoppage organised by the so-called “saffron brigade”? This could have just remained the immediate trigger for your write-up, but alas, that was not what it is.
I find the constant brandishing of the anti-saffron flag by most sections of the media – and now on blogs too – rather disturbing. We in the writing and media circles seem to take pride in criticising anything that has any inkling to ancient India and what was ancient Indian culture.
We have now stooped to questioning the basic texts that define modern Hinduism – the Ramayana & the Mahabharatha – and questioning the faith of millions that are associated with the same. And if anybody dare ask a question to this – they are termed saffron and non-social.
Well understanding the danger that a lot of readers (other than you!) are going to term me just that, I can’t help but ask if ANY such behaviour would be found acceptable if we started questioning events from the Bible, Kuran, and other religious texts.
I respect the other religions, what they preach, and what the respective followers practice. All I ask is let me practice my faith, in peace.
I do not infringe on other’s beliefs. Please do not infringe on mine.
Is that a fair thing to ask?
PS: Two points on the DMK-related incident: It is utterly sad and unfortunate that two people had to lose their lives, for what is clearly a political issue.
My heartfelt condolence goes to the families and friends of these hapless souls. I pray to God that justice be done, and that the criminals be brought to justice.