The title of the article says it all. The author underlines the message in the very first sentence: “Do we want to create a world in which everyone thinks alike?” Diversity is inherent to human nature. Accordingly, Hinduism does not prescribe uniform practices and belief systems to its adherents. Who is to say this is right and this is not?
A superb piece of writing! In the last few years, Rahul Easwar has been grilled by TV anchors and panellists on both Malayalam and national news channels. He has kept his cool and stuck to his point. It is surprising that his question on restricted entry of men in some temples has not been answered.
Religion is about faith in traditions, rituals, practices and, above all, the existence of god. Reformists who do not have belief in a prevailing practice or ritual in a particular temple are free to visit temples where such restrictions do not exist, rather than clamour for a change in the system.
The article rightly counters the views of self-appointed reformists fulminating from the cabins of 24x7 TV news channels. Most of them are annoying in their suggestions and hardly acknowledge criticism. Diversity and tolerance are the cornerstone of Hinduism and the Indian culture, and they should be celebrated. The so-called liberal advocates raise a hue and cry over trivial issues. Do modernity and liberalism demand the destruction of all existing systems?