Trampling on faith


Turf Clubs are exclusive public places. There is no space there for activists who would question the right of a human to goad a horse to trot at a pace faster than it would like or to force the animal to negotiate hurdles wilfully placed on its path.

Temples, too, are exclusive public places. They are meant for believers to congregate, worship and offer prayers with devotion.  They are not spaces for activists to try their hand at modernising practices they consider archaic or to mock the unquestioning acceptance of traditions by the faithful.

In much the same way as activists, non-believers who run-down one or another deity cannot appreciate the sentiments of the faithful. Be they #Durga worshippers or #Mahishasura worshippers, Vamana-Trivikrama or #Mahabali worshippers, they are all together under the band of the devout. They find qualities that are noble in the object of their worship. This belief is not mere fodder for political adversaries to settle scores.


3 thoughts on “Trampling on faith

  1. In Christian churches there have always been activists pressing for change. Before the reformation all the service , including Bible reading, was in latin. Now we have a host of different churches who accept different basic beliefs and practices.

  2. Activism that is in keeping with the faith, and for purposes that find resonance among the faithful is always welcome, as you so admirably do in the Christian faith. My post is addressed to those sections who do not actually fall in this category. Their motives are dubious and their actions are not tempered with the intention to further the cause of the belief system they claim to be reforming. For instance, there was recently a furious attempt by an all women’s delegation to storm the portals of a Hindu shrine, into the sanctum of which women have traditionally been prohibited from entering. The attempt by the leader of the group to land on the open sanctum via a helicopter was thwarted. The question of how much this hurt the sentiments of those who were worshippers of the deity enshrined in that temple was given short shrift as the focus shifted from rights of worshippers to rights of women. Should not the former have a greater say in the way a temple functions? Does the racing afficiando not have a greater say on how races are conducted in the Turf Club than an animal rights activist?

  3. That was an act of sacrilege no one should have the right to force their opinions on others.
    In many Christian churches women have argued their case and now we have women ministers. The first rule is to present your case within and if you are unhappy to leave.
    Women in religion and secular society have had a raw deal for centuries but things are changing for the better.

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