Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Copy/Paste: Indianness

'Indian culture' - as defined by the SRS, the RHS, the Bajrang Dal, the Shiv Sena and other saffronites - is also ill-equipped to withstand such onslaughts as young people sending each other Valentine cards. Or couples holding hands in parks. Or girls wearing 'un-Indian' clothes, like jeans or skirts.

Indian culture - if so amorphous and all-encompassing a way of life can be given a single tag - has often been called 'tolerationism': tolerance of difference has always been the essence of what we call Indianness.

(Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Opinion/Editorial/Girls_cant_pub_saala/rssarticleshow/4060478.cms)

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The above are extracts from the editorial opinion in TOI today. The most fitting piece I have read with reference to the interference of the right-wing activists in recent times.

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