on tavleen singh’s -a new india rises

June 18, 2017 at 6:44 am 1 comment

Tavleen Singh’s “A new India rises”(Sunday Express-June 18th)has triggered within me the following reactions and thoughts. She seems to have been taken aback by the flood of Twitter messages she received. I think she did well by offering her apologies to those who felt offended. It is clear that she had not meant nor realized that cow urine has a religious significance. It is not easy to understand and comprehend how the ancients related to nature and to all that brought them relief and cure.

I was reminded of an incident: in 1958 when my son was an infant I stood holding him in my arms and watching the milkwoman milking the cow.Those days the cow used to be brought to the gate and milked.She noticed that the babe’s face was puffed and eyes swollen and he was feverish. I was thinking of taking him later to the doctor. She asked me to   bring a vessel and after some time she held it out to me with cow urine.She suggested that I wash his face with the urine twice a day and watched the result.She assured me that the babe will be fine.I followed her suggestion more out of curiosity and also then being ‘raw’ and anxious to somehow relief my babe of his discomfort.I did this twice that day and the next day she gave me again fresh cow urine.I am not exaggerating when I recall that already with one wash the face swollenness had considerably diminished by the evening the face and the eyes had cleared and the next day when she came there was hardly any need for fresh cow urine because the face was just normal and cherubic. Those days the house front yards used to be sprinkled with a cow dung mixed with water–the floors of the houses which had no cement flooring were smeared with a thick paste of cow dung.It looked neat and tidy.The chula and the hearth was also smeared and nicely covered with cow dung paste.On Fridays and feasts days this place was decorated with rangoli(we call it ‘koolam’)Apart from the financial aspect there was no pests, no cockroaches and no snakes coming into the house because the courtyard was cow dung smeared.Today we have HIT to flit and a warning ‘Keep out of the reach  of children’, for these pesticides are poisonous.But we all- children and adults now breathe these poisonous vapours.Another usage of cowdung –straw is cut into small bits mixed with the dung and rolled into balls and then flattened and dried.These made good fuel.All these hardly cost anything.Look at the amounts spend on cooking gas-the accidents and the subsidies all put together costs money as well as lives.All that is ancient need not necessarily be retained-all that is cheap is not to be swept aside.It is not to be laughed at and neither is it below one’s ‘status’ to abide by some of the ancients good sense and good remedies.Now all that is good and judicious-all that is purifying and wholesome is attributed to God .So what is the problem in considering the cow holy.

I am supposed to be a Christian and brought up as a conservative one.I find it abdominal to think that during a religious rite blood is drunk.Yes  the common drink in those times of Jesus wine was the common drink.But on that pretext to continue drinking wine and mentioning ‘This is my body,this is my blood’ makes it rather distasteful.Are we cannibals.Had Jesus lived in Kerala he would have used ‘toddy’ perhaps as the common drink and ‘puttu’ to be shared by him and the disciple.I have done a theology course and in that I had written about this in my test paper!!Somehow it seems to be fashionable and intellectual to bash the Hindus but not say a word against the Muslims and the Christians. This is one of the reasons why the pent up agony and the anger is like an erupting volcano pouring forth.Regarding Tavleen Singh’s  point to note that no renaissance has bloomed as a result of hatred.I disagree with that premise because renaissance is new life-a change over to the new-this calls for vigour,power and energy. The world saw and got democracy only after the blood flowed like rives in France.Had there been no guillotine there would have been no freedom. New life, new birth can come only after pain and must go through the throe of sufferings and hardships.No more the showing of the other  cheek when one is slapped.Hatred is not what I find today but an resurgent Hinduism,renergised people proud of their culture, their religion and prepared to uphold that patriotism and culture at all cost.Can this be called hatred.

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,Vadodara



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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Indian  |  June 19, 2017 at 10:52 am

    She is spreading hate ag hindus.


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