I seldom, if ever, use this blog to discuss scorecard and bookings table of India's most popular game - no, not cricket - politics. But there are some issues that goes to the root of one's beliefs, which need to be talked about without delay or ado.
I am a atheist and proudly so. It is very important to me that every individual have religious freedom just as any other fundamental rights. And religious freedom is not just the right to choose among religions but also the freedom to choose not to have a religion at all.
Yet, almost every child has its religion chosen for him or her. I am an atheist yet officially I am a Hindu. It took me 27 years of thought to finally work out what I thought about Gods & Demons, but no one waited that long, no one bothered to ask me what I believed in. I never asked for any religion but my parents indiscriminately filled it in all the myriad forms an individual encounters in this country. I suppose it never occured to them that their son would want to be anything other than a Hindu.
If I said that your political leaning would be chosen by your parents or they would decide that you would only drink Coke and not Pepsi for the rest of your, when you were just 21 days old or that you would marry only a girl called Kamalakshi, wouldn't you protest? Then, isn't strange that no one protests the fact that their religious orientation, one of the most important identifiers of a person in Indian society, is chosen at or before birth?
That's all what the Standard VII Text book published by the Kerala Govt. tries to explore in a simplistic manner. And it has sparked off a maelstrom of protest.
Whatever your religion or political leaning, I urge you to read exactly what the "offensive" page in the text book reads and what my friend Brahma has to say about it here. I am sure once you read what it is all about, you will be quite surprised.
Excuse this interlogue, but I am sure it will be worth your time.