Saturday, February 25, 2006

India and religion

I have always said that a lot of people (but, not all) in India don't believe in a religion because they want to or chose to. They do it because they are born into it and you have to be part of some religion to be part of a community. With the cultural setup in India, religion plays way too much importance in day to day life, from where your meat is bought to who indians get married to. The reason I am writing this stems from this article in The Hindu(popular Indian newspaper) -

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/002200602200303.htm

from the article -
The resolution called upon all parties to rise above political considerations to help frame anti-conversion laws for "preserving the country's unity, integrity and security".

What happens is, certain religious groups wanting to recruit for their team goes to the poor and say, "convert to our team and we will give you food". Do you think the starving really thinks there is a god?

So, what does the VHP want to do, take away another source of food for the poorest of poorest in India. Instead of solving the actual problem of poverty, they decide to spend all their resources in outlawing a practice that wouldn't exist if there existed an infrastructure that would help these poverty stricken religious people.

3 Comments:

Anonymous you know me said...

I dont think all religions can be "converted" into by offer of food or other items. In fact it may even seem contradictary to the belief system of that religion. Some religions require that person to make the choice. When a poor person accepts food and says "ok" - I will follow .... - what does this actually mean to the person giving the food (does he get some kinda points??) and heck what about God - should he feel "loved" just cause someone "turned" to his side just because a "disciple" offered a poor person some food. To even think in these terms is foolish I think - I do not believe you can put a formula to how someone changes their belief system. Sure this itself maybe a belief system in its own right - but c'mon how can we say - who and how people know God.
Anyway - maybe back in the day the brits compelled some ppl to change but - in all reality or wait - in God's reality or in His perspective - did they really change??

9:19 PM  
Blogger moorecats said...

I agree with this, but the point is this - religion is not treated the same way in India as it is in North America.

These people who convert for food and money, do not even have a hole to shit in. Do they really think there is a God?

They don't care and rightfully so!
In India, different religious groups want to have more people that belong to them.

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