This Indian attitude of, "This offends my religion! It should be banned!" is really getting under my skin. We've seen it played out all the time, by every darn religious group. Including Christians. And of course the netas comply. It's all about those votes you see. One can feel good and Christian because one asked Sarkar to ban DVC or The Last Temptation of Christ, and then walk right past the slums on the other side of Bandra station. Sheesh. /vent.
(That's actually not entirely fair, since Christians are among the forefront of those helping the poor in India.)
Now it's happening again because of that stupid "documentary" about Jesus' "Tomb." Cries of "ban it" are rising up.
People, that's not the way to respond. Especially to something whose supposed "scientific" foundation is so darn flimsy. Can we respond like grown ups?
It's no wonder that in the English-speaking Indian blogosphere, ie. in the blogosphere inhabited by people from that little privileged sliver of Indian society that I also belong to, there is such a rampant distaste for religion. (Though I'm not sure what can justify such ridiculously crude sentiments such as these.)
(And just what did the Pope say about Dylan? It was all over the news wires in my inbox a week back. I ignored it, since I was certain that something was being taken outrageously out of context. No, that never happens with news coverage of the Vatican. I guess I'll have to look it up, now that even DNA in Bombay is talking about the Pope and Dylan.)