Lesser citizens of the land

via Dr. Indulata Das published on May 24, 2008

We are “a largely ignorant crowd” because we feel pained by the
paintings of MF Hussain in which he paints our mothers in the nude.

are an ignorant lot because we feel insulted when our mothers are shown
copulating with animals. 

We do so because we have been instructed by our
scriptures that mother commands highest respect and disrespecting
mother is a heinous moral crime.

We have also been taught that mother
should not be disregarded under any circumstance not even under
uttermost distress – Nartenapyavamantav ya

We have been tuned to the
teaching that we should consider mother as a goddess – Matridevo bhava

We have also been told that the debt of a mother can not be repaid even
in one hundred births – Na tasya niskritih sakya kartum varsasatairapi

 We have also been told that mother should never be taken lightly because her gravity is
more than that of the earth – Mata gurutara bhumeh

Because of such teachings we attach more importance
in serving the mother and the motherland than in striving to attain the
wondrous comforts of the heaven – Janani Janmabhumi scha Swargadapi

We have been taught that guru is the embodiment of
the trinity Brahma, Visnu and Maheswara (Gururbrahma gururvisnuh
gurureva maheswarah)

BUT mother stands superior to all gurus – Ebhyo
mata gariyasi

We have been instructed to pay high respect to the
father because respect to a father pleases all the gods – Pitari
pritimapanne priyante sarvadevatah

BUT at the same time we are
directed that mother should be respected thousand times more than
father – Sahasram tu pitrin mata gauravenatirichyate

We have been taught that those who get a chance to
sacrifice their lives while defending the honour of the mother and the
mother land are immensely fortunate.

Had all these been the teachings of any other
community these would have been considered as high moral values of a
highly ideal society.

Those who adhere to such human values would
have been respected as great human beings.

But no. We, the worshipper of such values are a
largely ignorant crowd because we are stupid Hindus, the despised lot
of Hindustan, which is incidentally our own ancient land.


Our feelings are no feelings because we are Hindus.

sentiments are no sentiments because we are Hindus.

Our ideals are no
ideals because we are Hindus.

Our wisdom is abominable ignorance
because we are Hindus. 


Equal treatment is assured to all the citizens of Indian
democracy. But that is not extended to us. Because, we Hindus are
lesser citizens of the country. 

A book was written in some alien land which
allegedly hurt the sentiments of some citizens in India.

The book was
readily banned and the property of the writer in India was officially


The sentiments of some other people who also belong to
the same country were hurt more vulgarly and in a much uncivilized way.

But the offender received high respect to the tune of securing a
respectable place in the school text book.

And complaining against him
by the offended was considered a crime.

Because, it was the case of the
lesser citizens of the country, the Hindus. 

After all these inferior citizens are a largely
ignorant crowd who do not know that they have no right to feel offended.

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