Wednesday, October 12, 2011

No Politics Please, We are Nairs

By Praveen Shanker Pillai

We have just finished our most important festival Onam. Most karayogams have completed their obligatory Ona sadya and now they will switch to hybernation mode till the next festival, Vishu! Of course a death in a Nair family would occasion a visit by the Karayogam officials. Isn’t this the popular perception of karayogams? Harsh realities that jar the sensibilities and sensitivities are best denied vehemently.

Why is it that politics is a big no-no in karayogams? What is politics anyway? What did Acchu Maman blurt out today? What did Kunju Kunju (Ooman Chandy) say today? Is that what is politics? Or is politics only elections and electioneering?

Politics is any thing that concerns the polity/ an organized country/state and its government. In India it encompasses the Constitution, the Legislature, the laws, public policy, governance, social welfare, human rights, gargantuan corruption seen in the last 10 years, price rise, employment and even law and order. Politics affects every aspect of our human existence. How can we not be concerned with what affects our daily life? Why do we bury our heads in the sand like ostriches?

Our ostrich mentality does not help make Bharat a better place to live in. Rather it endangers the very existence of our civilization and the survival of our future generations. [1] Turning a blind eye to our problems will not solve the problems instead it will only aggravate them. It is time to understand the real intent and purpose of our karayogams as our
kulaguru Sri Chattampi Swami had advised: “Organize yourselves into yogams, discuss your problems and solve them.” It is no use blaming the politicians for the Alpine corruption that is destroying our country and its economy. Remove the social-political apathy that has created the fertile soil for the horribly rapacious political bandits to survive and thrive at the expense of our families and our future generations.

Thus, when Uma Bharati gets arrested for hoisting the national flag on “disputed ground”, we do not question how and why a ground became “disputed” for hoisting the national flag, we do not question the loyalty of the community whose “sentiments” get “hurt” by the hoisting of the national flag, instead we blame her for indulging in communal politics and criticize her for using the national flag to play with the sentiments of the people. When the Shankaracharya gets arrested on the charges of murder, we do not see the conspiracy and evil motive behind it, instead we start doubting his innocence and character and start discussing “equality before the law”. When riots break out in the aftermath of Godhra, we condemn the rioters as communal fundamentalists but do not say a word to those who started it all by torching a train full of Hindus. Instead we conduct an enquiry to prove that the Hindus had themselves deliberately started the fire in order to have justified grounds to riot. [1]

The cowardly, escapist mentality refuses to acknowledge problems and discuss them, so the question of working towards a solution does not arise. We quietly look for an escape route, don’t acknowledge that the problem exists and condemn those who perceive it, then there is no confrontation and we need not “fight”. We do this under the pretext of Hinduism being secular, peace-loving and non-violent but we accept and practise only those aspects of Hinduism which suit our narrow-minded, petty, self-centred nature. We spend time, money and energy in performing poojas, yagyas, visiting astrologers and visiting temples but when it comes to practicing the philosophies of the Bhagwat Geeta, we back out.

Have you heard “suvishesham” from the white-clad upadeshis / evangelists? What is their “suvishesham” or “Glad Tidings”? Christ was born 2000 years ago!

Well, here is a “suvishesham” from Praveen Shanker Pillai – We got Independence 60 years ago, so we are not a colony of slaves, therefore we can and we must discuss politics!!

What do they do in a Muslim Mosque after the Friday noon prayer? The discussion is all politics which concern the Muslims. Same is the discussion in a Church on a Sunday; completely political. There are a lot of issues concerning our community. We need to discuss all the issues that affect us in our karayogams.

Mannathu Padmanabhan the Congress politician whose photo is prominently displayed in all the “non-political” karayogam meetings is said to have advised us: “Learn from the Christians”. Did he mean, organize ourselves and mobilize politically or did he mean, eat beef and blow out candles on birthday cakes?

There is a Communal Targetted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2011 drafted by the Christian-Muslim dominated National Advisory Council threatens to criminalize us all, introduce Islamic jaziya through the backdoor and make us second class citizens. If this Bill enters the Statute Books as a Law then any Muslim can utilize this Law to settle personal disputes with a Hindu by claiming that the Hindu has indulged in “Targetted Violence”. This Bill if it becomes a Law puts the onus on the Hindu to prove his innocence or face a jail term of 3-6 years. Why are we not discussing in all earnestness this dire threat to our community?


[1]The Hindu Art of Self Hate

By: Shachi Rairikar (Chartered Accountant)


Suggested Readings

1. Wake up India! - by Dr Babu Suseelan

(Professor in Clinical Psychology

Director of Addiction Research Institute, and
President, Indo-American Intellectual Forum)


2. Psychological warfare against India - by Dr Babu Suseelan


3. Ruling by Fooling - by Dr Babu Suseelan


4. Overcoming Denial - by Dr. Babu Suseelan


5. Overcoming Paralysis of Social Action - by Dr. Babu Suseelan