This article was published as the response of those belonging to Hindu Community of Kerala. I deconstruct it and decipher it.
Written as “A devout and ‘proud’ Malayali Hindu”
Certain ignorant fundamentalists now in power should understand this before targeting Malayalees for their defiance against myths of Akhand Bharat and the beliefs of north.
I’m sorry, but if you’re denying the existence of the Civilizational entity of Bharat that has existed for at least 5,000 years, then they’re not the ignorant fundamentalists. You are ignorant — or wilfully negligent of the links and connections that bind our great nation together.
We Hindus of Kerala don’t worship cows as mothers.
Why do you assume to speak for all of Hindus in the state ? There very well might be Hindus who regard and worship Cows as their mothers. And it is equally wrong to say that all Hindus in North India Regard Cows as their mother. Hinduism is not a linear theology where one view or custom is right or wrong.
You will rather find bulls in Shiva temples here as stars.
Absolutely linear thought. The amount of gods and goddesses that exist in Hinduism is Mind boggling. Using the bull as sort of replacement” maybe more than enough for your narrativated thinking. But that doesn’t mean the Nandi (Yeah, that bull has a name!) Is the only star.
Our major festivals are Onam and Vishu, not Diwali or Navaratri. We don’t celebrate Holi , Bhai Dooj, Karwa Chauth or Rakhi. Christmas and Eid are pretty much part of our lives.
Yeah, true. No doubt. What is your point? And I don’t celebrate Christmas or Eid. Does that make me less of a Hindu or Malayali, Sir, in your eyes ?
Some ardent religious Keralites are vegetarians and a few others by choice. Most of us eat beef, chicken, mutton, duck and all sort of other meats. Fish is essentially a part of Kerala cuisine. Just because, some Northies worship beef, don’t expect us to give up beef.
Nobody worships Beef, Sir. Many people, however, Worship the living “beef” which is the cow. Along with other animals, such as the mouse or the monkey. Maybe you’re unable to understand why people worship animals, and nature. But cools.
Also, There are, as I mentioned earlier, many people who find cattle slaughter distasteful and wrong.
Buffalo meat is not banned anywhere in India. So it was a planned plot in Delhi and well executed by some Hindu Sena to hurt Keralite defiance. Malayalam is our mother tongue and so we are Malayalies.
I’m sorry sir, but you are very very clearly ignorant. There are states where cattle and milch slaughter is completely banned.(See Picture below) One of them is Delhi. With regards to the Delhi incident/ controversy I absolutely condemn actions of Vigilantes.
Why the Malayali — Malayalam point, I don’t know why you raised that.
Neither Hindi nor Hindutva means anything to us.
Again, why Us? Why presume to speak for me as well? Who is also a Hindu Malayali?
Hindi means something to me. I love the language and listening to both Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi Classics. And I know for a fact that I’m not the only Malayali Hindu who loves Hindi. Am I less Malayali and less of a Hindu because of my love for Hindi?
With regards to Hindutva — there very well might be Malayali Hindus who support that philosophy. Are they less Hindu and less Malayali in your eyes ?
Islam and Christianity grew here peacefully and those who believe in those religions are a part of our multi-cultural society. In Kerala you will find churches, temples and mosques standing tall close to each other in peace and some of them are thousands of years old.
There are other places in India where Temples, Mosques and Churches exist in solemn existence.
Keep the sobbing stories of Mughals and other invasions of the North to yourselves.
We should, then, by this logic, ignore the historical persecution of Jews and the ethnic persecution of Kashmiri Pandits because they should “keep it to themselves” and we should not be concerned or recognise it. ( We don’t mind what happened to the Pandits anyway. I however, do.)
You’re also ignoring the death and destruction that was paved in North Kerala- Malabar, which you have conveniently ignored in the article. ( Not that I mind)
The oldest mosque in India built in 629 AD is right here in Kerala at Kodungallur.
True. Your point?
We had trade relations with Jews, Arabs, Chinese and many South East Asian kingdoms for over two thousand years (i.e. during B.C.).
You forgot that we had Trade Relations with the Romans as well. Also, are you implying that other parts of Bharat has no historical seafaring tradition? Read up on history sir. I would recommend “The Ocean of Churn” by Sanjeev Sanyal so that you know of our (Bharat’s) rich seafaring tradition.
The Chola Emperor Rajendra Chola I ( I don’t know if you think of Tamils as a separate national entity – like you consider Malayalis in your tone and tenor ) ruled almost of all of SE India. So…
We defeated the Dutch in Kolachal
What is your point, Sir ? Kolachel is undoubtedly a great triumph of Malayali Soliders but why forget The Samoothiri, who defeated the Portuguese Navy and Army multiple times?
If we start bragging about victories against foreign conquerors, then the Marathas will probably have more than a few to claim. Or the Sikhs.
Travancore and Kochi were not part of British India.They were pretty much independent princely states. Travancore had its own elected people’s assembly here in Trivandrum before Indian independence.
The Historical illiteracy and selective reading of facts is so plain and obvious here, I can’t believe people actually shared this as some sort of accurate statement.
RSS and other regressive forces should know that we won’t bow before your Hindutva agenda, we joined the Indian Union, which is a Secular Federal Republic, and will never be a part of any Hindu Rashtra”.
You can choose not to vote for a political philosophy or not. But are you saying that the 15% of the Kerala Electorate that voted for the “regressive forces” are less Malayali?
Also, when “we” (Thiru-Kochi) joined the Indian Union, the Constitution didn’t claim that we are going to be a “secular” Union.
The Author has used a selective reading of facts, and is clearly a victim of Narritivated Thinking.
Good day to you.