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The students of the Banaras Hindu University staged a protest against the appointment of Muslim professor in the literature department of the Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vijnan. The protest began on November 7 against the appointment of 29-year old Feroz Khan in Sanskrit Department of the university. However, the Banaras Hindu University on Friday backed the appointment of professor in the Sanskrit faculty, and clarified that it is committed to provide equal opportunities to everyone irrespective of religion, caste, community or gender.

The clarification comes after the RSS students' wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) opposed the appointment of Firoz Khan as an assistant professor in the Sanskrit literature department.

The BHU administration issued a statement in which it said that the selection committee recommended the selection of the said candidate on the basis of prescribed guidelines of the University Grants Commission and the central government.

Some students have been staging a sit-in outside the vice chancellor’s office against the selection of Khan in the Sahitya department of the Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vijnan (SVDV). Rajasthan-born Khan studied at the Jaipur campus of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, which is a deemed university under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, reports The Indian Express.

Moreover, the vice chancellor assured the students that the administration is committed to achieve the objectives of the university in providing equal educational and teaching opportunities to everyone irrespective of religion, caste, community or gender. On the other hand, expressing their apprehensions, students said that a non-Hindu should not teach them religion.

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He was the best candidate to take that job, VC backed him, deep roots in dharmic culture, check his family history...his dad was a Sanskrit graduate who used to compose/sing bhajans and raise money to maintain gaushalas. Heck they are probably more Hindu than me because I don't know Sanskrit, don't care about cows and stopped reciting shlokas before 7th standard. 

 

Pathetic by the students, *ing extremists. No wonder Sanskrit is a dead language. When Muslims want to learn and spread knowledge about their Indic roots why humiliate them? APJ, Bismillah Khan, KK Mohammad, Yesudas know more about our dharma than majority of dharmics. Don't like this Talibanized version of Hinduism one bit. They even had some purification ritual inside the campus..WTF !!!! 

 

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Those who say this is about religion and not language, how long before the Hindutva extremists start going after Kabir and Shirdi Sai Baba, 2 great icons of our dharma? This news makes me sick, APJ used to play veena every morning and take inspiration from Bhagavad Gita, just saying. Is it a crime for non-Hindus to participate in certain aspects/rituals of Hinduism? 

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I find this religious drama/tussle in every religion i.e. Fundamentalist vs Reformists. 

 

Fundamentalists are perhaps correct according to the sacred Hindu Texts ... Mr. Khan  may come under the category of "non-pure". 

 

And then there are Reformists, who accept half things in the sacred texts, while remaining half they want to abandon for the sake of reforms. 

 

At least I am happy to see that reformists have showed great success in Christianity/Judaism. I wish all the best to the Hindu Reformists too in their battle against the fundamentalists. 

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14 minutes ago, sandeep said:

Morons acting like Jihadis.

 

Credit to those who publicly spoke out against such nonsense.

@sandeep

Next time there is a marriage in your family circles,  why don't you invite a muslim who has indepth knowledge of all the mantras and vidhis as the marriage priest ? Will you ? So what if he is a Muslim, he will perform the vidhi and rituals just like a hindu priest, because he knows it.

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Gollum said:

Those who say this is about religion and not language, how long before the Hindutva extremists start going after Kabir and Shirdi Sai Baba, 2 great icons of our dharma? This news makes me sick, APJ used to play veena every morning and take inspiration from Bhagavad Gita, just saying. Is it a crime for non-Hindus to participate in certain aspects/rituals of Hinduism? 

@Gollum

 

Sanskrit has deep roots in vedic sanatan dharma. You want someone whose religion considers such a religion as pagan to teach sanskrit just because he has mastery over the language ?

 

This is just like allowing a devout muslim to be a caretaker of a hindu temple, including cleaning the murthis.

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39 minutes ago, rangeelaraja said:

@Gollum

 

Sanskrit has deep roots in vedic sanatan dharma. You want someone whose religion considers such a religion as pagan to teach sanskrit just because he has mastery over the language ?

 

This is just like allowing a devout muslim to be a caretaker of a hindu temple, including cleaning the murthis.

What’s wrong with that? Lot of artisans etc who make hindu sculptures or other artwork with hindu deities are muslims. As long as they are not being offensive and earning a hard living how does that matter?

 

Can you speak Sanskrit that you take so much pride in? This man did a PHD in a language if he doesn’t deserve to be the dean than who does?

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21 minutes ago, maniac said:

What’s wrong with that? Lot of artisans etc who make hindu sculptures or other artwork with hindu deities are muslims. As long as they are not being offensive and earning a hard living how does that matter?

 

Can you speak Sanskrit that you take so much pride in? This man did a PHD in a language if he doesn’t deserve to be the dean than who does?

 

Heard of the word Inculturation ? Do you want someone to use the abrahamic  monotheistic lens to view the only

non-monotheistic religion in the world ?

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A more nuanced argument about protecting IPR. If you don't own it, then it will be misappropriated like a Sidney Pollock and Wendy Doniger. They are interpreting Hindu texts according to their prrverted notions. Pollock calls Ramayana is the reason for two world wars, Wendy Doniger thinks gopikas are lesbians. Can you prevent such perverted interpretations that we find sacred? There is no restrictions on seekers, but true interpretations should be from someone who comes from within the tradion. The solution is to produce more Sanskrit scholars who revere the concepts and not just academically interpret. There should be no problem if nin-hindus teach Sanskrit aesthetic litreture like Bhasa's works or Kalidasa's dramas.

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The truth, as usual, lies somewhere in-between. Yes, it is bigoted to keep someone out of a professorship just because of his faith, when his qualifications do not warrant such discrimination. On the other hand, it is not unreasonable to suggest that one should be cautious when one does not know the motivations that bring a Muslim into teaching Sanskrit, a language that holds the key to dharmic thought.

Scholars and academics cannot be separated from the motivations that drive their scholarship. But, equally, one cannot ask them to lay off just because their motivations are less than bona fide.

For every David Frawley or a Koenraad Elst who has dived deep into Hindu tradition and vedic knowledge with the best of intentions, there are the Sheldon Pollocks, Wendy Donigers and a whole busload of Western Indologists in US academe who seek to undermine Hinduism from within through a control of scriptural interpretations and narrative. Even evangelical Christians, from Roberto de Nobili to present day conversion mafias, seek to learn Indic traditions – a strategy called inculturation – in order to make it easy from Hindus to convert to Christianity.

Thus, Hindu cultural properties, from the dhwaja sthambams to saffron robes, mangalsutras and yoga, have been misappropriated by evangelists to further their own conversion agendas. Even rogue Muslim preachers like Zakir Naik have delved deep into Hindu mythology in order to use this knowledge to ridicule Hinduism and gain converts.

But, the other side of the coin is this: you cannot protect your property if you do not seek to own it and zealously protect its intellectual property rights (IPR). A yogic property unprotected by widespread practice and certification controls on who is authorised to teach it will essentially be stolen. Ditto for Sanskrit scholarship. If enough people schooled in the Indian tradition do not learn Sanskrit, the language will be appropriated by outsiders to these traditions, often for their own narrow purposes.

No one can stop anyone from embracing knowledge and traditions other than his own, even given a mala fide intention to eviscerate or “digest” them. This cultural misappropriation can only be fought by a larger investment in people who are schooled in your own tradition, and not by arbitrarily erecting barriers to their entry in BHU. If there are not enough good quality Indic scholars who can publish English translations of Indic literature, a Rohan Murty will seek out a Sheldon Pollock to do the job.

Then there is also the other truth: you can’t defend something if you do not also have offensive capability. What a Pollock can do to Sanskrit studies or a Wendy Doniger to the interpretation of Hinduism, an Indian should be able to do to Christian and Islamic studies, provided she has devoted decades of effort to doing a purva paksha on these Abrahamic tradition and civilisations.

The argument between Pawariya and Bhattacharjee is akin to the one between free trade advocates and protectionists. You can’t embrace free trade unless you are competitive, and that may need some protection. But protection can’t be an end in itself, for then you will never be competitive.

You can protect a BHU from hiring its next Muslim Sanskrit professor, but ultimately the only answer is to develop enough high-quality Sanskrit scholars schooled in the dharmic tradition so that they top the qualifications chart. If there are enough scholars with the right dharmic input in them, the entry of the odd Muslim scholar will not worry anybody.

The challenge is to produce more and more scholars steeped in Indic traditions, and also scholars who become experts in Abrahamic theology and civilisational knowledge, so that the playing field is level over the next generation. Or we will continue to remain mentally colonised, afraid of taking on the world confidently.

 

https://swarajyamag.com/politics/the-real-pros-and-cons-of-bhus-sanskrit-department-recruiting-a-muslim

 

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2 hours ago, rangeelaraja said:

@sandeep

Next time there is a marriage in your family circles,  why don't you invite a muslim who has indepth knowledge of all the mantras and vidhis as the marriage priest ? Will you ? So what if he is a Muslim, he will perform the vidhi and rituals just like a hindu priest, because he knows it.

 

 

 

 

As if academic study of a language, is the same thing as religious practice and ceremonies of the faithful.  

 

All you are doing is making a good demonstration of your bigotry.  

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26 minutes ago, coffee_rules said:

A more nuanced argument about protecting IPR. If you don't own it, then it will be misappropriated like a Sidney Pollock and Wendy Doniger. They are interpreting Hindu texts according to their prrverted notions. Pollock calls Ramayana is the reason for two world wars, Wendy Doniger thinks gopikas are lesbians. Can you prevent such perverted interpretations that we find sacred? There is no restrictions on seekers, but true interpretations should be from someone who comes from within the tradion. The solution is to produce more Sanskrit scholars who revere the concepts and not just academically interpret. There should be no problem if nin-hindus teach Sanskrit aesthetic litreture like Bhasa's works or Kalidasa's dramas.

There is a world of difference between a Wendy doing dumb-ass psycho-analysis, and a qualified professor teaching the langauge in a university.  Please don't cite one to justify straight-up bigotry against the other.  

 

This is Pakistani-style fundamentalist exclusionist thinking.  You are mirroring the behavior of those you detest, and claim to be unlike.

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17 minutes ago, sandeep said:

There is a world of difference between a Wendy doing dumb-ass psycho-analysis, and a qualified professor teaching the langauge in a university.  Please don't cite one to justify straight-up bigotry against the other.  

 

This is Pakistani-style fundamentalist exclusionist thinking.  You are mirroring the behavior of those you detest, and claim to be unlike.

O binary man, RTFA (article). Do you want somebody who doesn't believe in murthi pooja and is taught to call it as idolatory and a sin, to come out and teach its true meaning? No other religious theologies allow that. The day we have such an open architecture, we can call this protest, bigotry. You want Hindus to be open and get slaughtered in this real world? Vasidaiva kutumbakam was uttered when there were no slaughtering religions. Now, we have.  If you don't want Hindus to be fundamentalists, go tell othets to not call us kaffirs and tell them to not pray 5 times a day to a supreme power for a victory over non believers and sinners.

 

I have no qualms if he leaves out sacred texts and teach samskrutha as a aesthetic language and describe the nuances of its literature. But classic samskrutha is woven into religious theology, outsiders don't get it. If you call varnashrama in its original intentions as a mere caste system, you are out.

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1 hour ago, coffee_rules said:

Who knows, ? Gave an example of murthi pooja. It is not idolatory, but he has grown up calling it a sin. No?

I don’t think he has to chant mantras and worship deities as a language professor of Sanskrit .

 

I don’t see anything wrong with this. 
 

if Some of the patron of the art type Hindus  can adore Urdu why can’t a Muslim take up and learn Sanskrit. It’s a step in the right direction.

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, sandeep said:

Murthi pooja is not relevant to study of language.  He teaches the language.  If you don't know, then don't make blanket claims or justifications.  

Fair enough if he such boundaries and teaches it as a language which O had already said.. But, he will be explaining Ramayana to kids as part of a course, it is not just as a language. 

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2 hours ago, sandeep said:

As if academic study of a language, is the same thing as religious practice and ceremonies of the faithful.  

 

All you are doing is making a good demonstration of your bigotry.  

 

Sanskrit is not an any other language you perennially ignorant creature. It is inextricably linked to Sanatan Dharma. ALL  ancient Sanatan Dharma scriptures and vedas including the Bhagavat Gita have originally been written in Sanskrit.  It is the language of Sanatan Dharma.

 

How outrageous is it that someone who is follower of a religion that calls all non-muslims as non-believers is appointed to teach a language that is THE backbone of Sanatan Dharma/ Hinduism.

 

Never mind, it takes a bit of intelligence to comprehend this...

 

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3 hours ago, coffee_rules said:

 If you don't want Hindus to be fundamentalists, go tell othets to not call us kaffirs

Let me make it clear that:

 

1. Islam considers Hindus to be kaffirs, while Hinduism considers Muslims to be un-pure. 

 

2. All religions consider only themselves to be true, while rest all of the religions to be false and lies. 

 

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2 hours ago, rangeelaraja said:

 

Sanskrit is not an any other language you perennially ignorant creature. It is inextricably linked to Sanatan Dharma. ALL  ancient Sanatan Dharma scriptures and vedas including the Bhagavat Gita have originally been written in Sanskrit.  It is the language of Sanatan Dharma.

 

How outrageous is it that someone who is follower of a religion that calls all non-muslims as non-believers is appointed to teach a language that is THE backbone of Sanatan Dharma/ Hinduism.

 

Never mind, it takes a bit of intelligence to comprehend this...

 

Raja baby, I have forgotten more Sanskrit than you will ever learn in this lifetime.  Please do not lecture me on what Sanskrit is.  

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2 hours ago, coffee_rules said:

Fair enough if he such boundaries and teaches it as a language which O had already said.. But, he will be explaining Ramayana to kids as part of a course, it is not just as a language. 

A language is just that - language.  This is not a class on theology.  Any student and devotee of Saraswati would or ought to know - Gnaana is enriched by diversity, not by hoarding.  

 

This sort of exclusionary attitude does not light the way of learning.  

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47 minutes ago, sandeep said:

Do you even understand what nonsense you are spouting?  Silly, ignorant bigot.

 

Mr. Utterly arrogant jhaahil. The first texts with Sanskrit language were Rigvedas - which is one of the most sacred and revered Hindu texts.

 

Are you still saying Sanskrit the language has nothing to do with Hinduism ? 

 

In which language are most of the Hindu Mantras ? Spanish ??

 

Ignorant piece of tripe

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9 hours ago, rangeelaraja said:

@Gollum

 

Sanskrit has deep roots in vedic sanatan dharma. You want someone whose religion considers such a religion as pagan to teach sanskrit just because he has mastery over the language ?

 

This is just like allowing a devout muslim to be a caretaker of a hindu temple, including cleaning the murthis.

Almost all our languages have deep roots in dharma, most of the great Tamil and Telugu literature have our dharma as focus point. But the patrons of those languages have always been more open minded, hence they are alive while Sanskrit is dead and buried. If that prof practices bigotry in his lessons sure go ahead and fire him, but why judge before he is given the opportunity to prove himself. 

 

I know devout Muslims who take care of temples, I respect them. In Bengal lot of the Durga Puja decorations including sculptures are done by Muslims, we greatly admire them and that also brings the communities closer. 

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Check this guy's family history guys, he is more Hindu than most Hindus. Runs gaushalas, composes and sings bhajans in temples, father-son both graduates in Sanskrit, father teaches young Muslim kids the language in his hometown etc. Not that all of this matters much here (legit selection process, this should never have been a controversy) but there are many Muslims willing to identify with Indic roots. This is an encouraging development, what's the point in humiliating such people? Employ him, after that if he doesn't conform to expected standards take a call. But why deny him the opportunity when he has qualified via a legit process? No need to make parallels with Wendy or Pollock, don't have to assume worst case scenarios all the time. 

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The Hindu right seems to be an awfully confused bunch.

Some sections of the Hindu right insist that any Indian who resides in India, irrespective of his/her religious background is a 'Hindu'. Others will protest against a Muslim professor who has the right credentials to teach the Sanskrit language. 

 

Not too long ago Nawazuddin Siddiqui was barred by members of the Shiv Sena from partaking in the Ram Leela. A few years later he was approached to portray Bal Thackeray.

 

Utterly confused lot.

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So so sad the professor is thinking of leaving Varanasi. If the history of his family is true, he has a Muslim done so much for the Hindu religion and culture.

 

We keep saying Sanskrit is the backbone of all languages.. our own modernised youth don’t care about it but when we have a learned man who knows the language and willing to teach and promote it, a section of pointless radicals have an issue with it.


The RSS should petition the university and use influence to force them to expel these trouble makers and bring back the professor so students who are genuinely interested in learning the language are taught by someone most qualified for the job regardless of their religion. That is the definition of India. 

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1 hour ago, Mariyam said:

Not too long ago Nawazuddin Siddiqui was barred by members of the Shiv Sena from partaking in the Ram Leela. 

That was pathetic as well but I think he had some sexual harassment complaint against him then so maybe benefit of doubt goes to organizers who succumbed to goons, probably they wanted to avoid controversy. I am not sure, don't remember the details, I condemn their bigotry there but this is even more inexcusable. Don't call them confused, call them b@stards. 

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1 hour ago, Mariyam said:

The Hindu right seems to be an awfully confused bunch.

Some sections of the Hindu right insist that any Indian who resides in India, irrespective of his/her religious background is a 'Hindu'. Others will protest against a Muslim professor who has the right credentials to teach the Sanskrit language. 

 

Not too long ago Nawazuddin Siddiqui was barred by members of the Shiv Sena from partaking in the Ram Leela. A few years later he was approached to portray Bal Thackeray.

 

Utterly confused lot.

Same with seculars. Confused lot. They oppose the Hindutva ideology of cultural nationalism of a Hindu culture and call them equivalent to Nazis, but are now fighting for one peaceful to be a Hindu culturally.

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10 minutes ago, sergio04 said:

This issue is not about teaching Sanskrit, this is about dept "Dharm Vigyan", which prepares students for the role of Purohit and other important aspects of Hindu religion and also helps them evaluate importance of various processes. Sanskrit is a non issue here.

It is Islamic country like Pakistan which are using the schools and colleges and universities to teach/brainwash Religion of Islam. 

 

In a Secular Country, the is no place to teach the "Dharam Vigyan" in the universities. If some one want to learn the Dharam Vigyan, then he has to go to the private religious schools. 

 

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8 hours ago, Mariyam said:

The Hindu right seems to be an awfully confused bunch.

Some sections of the Hindu right insist that any Indian who resides in India, irrespective of his/her religious background is a 'Hindu'. Others will protest against a Muslim professor who has the right credentials to teach the Sanskrit language. 

In my opinion Hindu right was never confused. 

 

But they were only using the cultural "Excuse" to impose the Hindu Dharam Values upon the others. 

 

It is not the Hindu Right which is confused, but these are the OTHERS who have been made confused by the Hindu Right by using these tactics. In other words, Hindu Right is making fool of these Others. The ultimate goal of the Right Hindu is "absolute superiority", while others will stay maximum as 2nd class citizens (if not on the level of Dalits of the past). 

 

If these Right Wing Students were making the place "Clean", then it shows what teachings of  Dharam taught them about the Others. Off course the reformists today will deny presence of any such teachings in the the Dharam (... just like the moderate Muslims who also deny presence of hate speeches in the Quran and Sunnah). 

 

 

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20 minutes ago, Alam_dar said:

It is Islamic country like Pakistan which are using the schools and colleges and universities to teach/brainwash Religion of Islam. 

 

In a Secular Country, the is no place to teach the "Dharam Vigyan" in the universities. If some one want to learn the Dharam Vigyan, then he has to go to the private religious schools. 

 

India was never secular in the Western sense of the term. We are a confused nation. 

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14 hours ago, Gollum said:

You guys are thinking Sanskrit is a language, but it is construct (krutha) for teaching culture and morals, call it religion or dharma or theology, hard to separate. Here is Feroze khan’s view on a text connected to Ramayana, he says is non-religious. Indic thought has separated chintan and bhodan always. Those who seek can give gyaan to others only if it is accepted by a bunch of experts, what western scholars call it as peer-reviewed. Binary debaters jumping on handing out bigotry certificate can’t get this.

 

 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Alam_dar said:

In my opinion Hindu right was never confused. 

 

But they were only using the cultural "Excuse" to impose the Hindu Dharam Values upon the others. 

 

It is not the Hindu Right which is confused, but these are the OTHERS who have been made confused by the Hindu Right by using these tactics. In other words, Hindu Right is making fool of these Others. The ultimate goal of the Right Hindu is "absolute superiority", while others will stay maximum as 2nd class citizens (if not on the level of Dalits of the past). 

 

If these Right Wing Students were making the place "Clean", then it shows what teachings of  Dharam taught them about the Others. Off course the reformists today will deny presence of any such teachings in the the Dharam (... just like the moderate Muslims who also deny presence of hate speeches in the Quran and Sunnah). 

 

 

Tumhare samaj ke bahar  ka sangeen charcha mat  kiya karo. Dharma was never imposed like Islam. Nobody was beheaded if they didn’t believe. Don’t keep trolling and equating us to your perverted desert religion

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2 hours ago, Gollum said:

India was never secular in the Western sense of the term. We are a confused nation. 

Can you explain this further instead of agreeing to idiots who are trolling here? Secularism is a Western European terminology that these LeLis are peddling. We are much more plural and receptive of all all philosophies before these desert monotheistic slaughtering religions were invented.

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9 hours ago, coffee_rules said:

Can you explain this further instead of agreeing to idiots who are trolling here? Secularism is a Western European terminology that these LeLis are peddling. We are much more plural and receptive of all all philosophies before these desert monotheistic slaughtering religions were invented.

What is there to explain? Western secularism is separation of religion (church) from state. Our version emphasizes on treating all religions equally and promoting/protecting them all. In India religious laws often take precedence over state laws, like in case of Muslims. As we know since 1947 all religions aren't been treated equally, dharmics in general and Hindus in particular are receiving step motherly treatment at the hands of the state (eg govt takeover of our temples). So we are not secular in any sense. 

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I am a big fan of Mahabharat series that came out in 90s.. One of the reasons I loved that series was because of its dialogues.... and i was shocked to find out that that main script writer of that show was a muslim.. Hindus need to be progressive and glad some well known came out against these protest.. and i bet the fire was stoked by very few fanatics.. 

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1 hour ago, Gollum said:

What is there to explain? Western secularism is separation of religion (church) from state. Our version emphasizes on treating all religions equally and promoting/protecting them all. In India religious laws often take precedence over state laws, like in case of Muslims. As we know since 1947 all religions aren't been treated equally, dharmics in general and Hindus in particular are receiving step motherly treatment at the hands of the state. So we are not secular in any sense. 

To be honest religion plays a huge part in American politics still.
 

Pretty sure in Europe as well.

 

Yes but get what you are saying though, fundamentally church and state are separate entities.
 

In India though it’s weird unless you are a civil lawyer or something you are not sure what part is governed by local religious laws and what are governed by fed laws. For example triple talaq was ok but don’t think any non-hindu can get away with murder or rape or say stealing  citing  their religious law. As I said we are a confused Kaum. Pakistanis are even more confused then us hence they suck even worse.

 

 

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We are in 21st century and these idiots are still boasting of their religion and trying to preach whats right and wrong. Knuckleheads of the highest order present in every religion. People are so sensitive. We are supposed to be the most tolerant country, but these dimwits I guess have to be found in the country of billions. 

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On 11/21/2019 at 4:29 PM, Gollum said:

That was pathetic as well but I think he had some sexual harassment complaint against him then so maybe benefit of doubt goes to organizers who succumbed to goons, probably they wanted to avoid controversy. I am not sure, don't remember the details, I condemn their bigotry there but this is even more inexcusable. Don't call them confused, call them b@stards. 

I think the allegations against him, were after #metoo. Much after the whole Ram Leela controversy.

In his book he bragged about his 'exploits' and the women who partook in these supposed exploits claimed to not even know Nawazuddin. He issued an apology of sorts and redacted  those excerpts from his book.

 

But I call out the Hindu right because they have an issue if a Muslim scholar wants to teach Sanskrit. They also have a problem with ostentatious display of Muslim faith. What do they want? 

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

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1 hour ago, Mariyam said:

I think the allegations against him, were after #metoo. Much after the whole Ram Leela controversy.

In his book he bragged about his 'exploits' and the women who partook in these supposed exploits claimed to not even know Nawazuddin. He issued an apology of sorts and redacted  those excerpts from his book.

I know about that book. But earlier there was another controversy within his family, details I don't remember but that's how the goons justified their behavior. What they did was wrong, no question. 

I think Shiv Sena (official party line) wasn't involved, some member of their party (or claiming to be) in Bihar or UP did this tamasha, so maybe Nawazuddin didn't hold any grudge against the Thackerays. 

Shiv Sena does not endorse pulling Nawazuddin Siddiqui out of Ramleela: Aditya Thackeray

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But I call out the Hindu right because they have an issue if a Muslim scholar wants to teach Sanskrit. They also have a problem with ostentatious display of Muslim faith. What do they want? 

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Those who behave that way are scumbags. People should mind their business, shouldn't matter if Muslims want to teach Sanskrit/Yoga or display their faith, eat/dress the way they want to....all fine as long as public isn't inconvenienced and laws aren't broken. 

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