GLOBALISATION OF HINDUISM

hinduism is one of the oldest traditions of the world dating back to the indus valley civilisation.one of the major characteristics of this religion is the fact that it is not a religion but a way of life.that means anyone who follow the ‘indian’ way of life can be considered a hindu.this interpretation of hinduism gives scope for millions of different beliefs and traditions,so a malayali like me or a punjabi or a gujrati are hindu though our beliefs and most importantly gods vary.even the epics we hear may vary from one another this is the beauty of being hindu.

but after independence and especially from the 80s due to the vigorous efforts of some vested interests particularly from the north the religion or the hindu beliefs have begun to get homogenised.we in kerala started to get more into the rama and krishna cult and started abandoning the traditional gods and godesses.more importantly the ancestral worship which was an important aspect of our tradition is slowly dying out. the ‘adianthiram’  which used to be a yearly affair is now  observed once in two or some cases in three years.’adiyanthiram’ is a ceremony that is conducted in these parts to honour the dead , the day is marked by special pooja conducted by a priest who is nonbrahmin not to any idols but to a ‘peedam’ or a small wooden stool and a plantain leaf.this ritual is supposed to feed the ancestors who are represented by the stool for one year.the ritual also involves sacrifices (cock) and offering of toddy or alcohol to appease the ancestors. this tradition is slowly dying out mainly due to the aforesaid homogenization of hinduism,where the northern beliefs are forced on us and we  are made to abandon our tradition.

another of such case is the ‘naga pooja ‘and’ puluvan pattu’ ,where the snakes are worshiped.kerala have a long history of snake worship and every home used to have sacred grooves called’ pambin kavu ‘or snake temple. the naga poojas seldom happen these days and the sacred grooves are destroyed.the art form of puluvan pattu associated with this is also dying out.

the problem of homogenizing hinduism is felt in every community which have traditions different fro the north indian ones.i have read about’ balinese hinduism’ and its dilemma whether to adopt this new brand of hinduism or stick to their traditional ones. the propagators of this phenomenon must understand that diversity is the character of hinduism that differentiate it from other religions and this diversity is the only reason why it have stood the test of time.

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INDIA vs CHINA

the economic expansion of Asia have been giving jitters to the west especially grand old Europe who finds its future global role in jeopardy ,challenged by two Asian giants INDIA AND CHINA. this led to the high phoning and the introduction of whole new word – chindia in the western media. they are seen as super powers in the making ,which will make this unipolar world a multipolar one.

Indian media have been abuzz with  India vs china debates for the last few years.but is this comparison justifiable ?.i don’t think so.both the countries are completely different from one another . at this stage Chinese are far ahead of us in economic terms.it is like comparing Mexico with Germany or china with the united states.

we have just embarked on a trajectory of growth while china was a decade in front in implementing reforms.they had growth rates of over 10% for the past two decades while our growth have never gone beyond 9% and is averaged at 7%.its economy is thrice ours and expanding at a much faster rate.

china is an export driven economy while ours is an inward looking one.this have its pros and cons – we were not  much affected by the global crisis of the past year but china was severely battered.the advantage for china being an export driven economy is the importance that it gets in world affairs.china is the largest trading partner for countries from united states to congo.so  no one can ignore its power.

china is more urban than India.urbanization of china was rapid  mostly in the last decade ,its urban population is over 50% of the population but in India over 70% is rural.Chinese urban populace is expected to grow further to around 70% while India is expected to remain rural in the coming decades.i personally believe in Gandhian principle that villages are the heart of a country but growth is more rapid in an urban set up,while villages grow in a different pattern.its true that the growth of  villages makes the country self-sufficient ,still it takes time much more than an urban area.

Indian economy is service driven while china is basically industrial.so in this front there can never be a comparison.but it is essential that India develop its industrial base because its motto of self-reliance is possible only in that case.china on the other hand must develop its services sector so that it can grow further.

china is a dictatorship while India as we proudly say is democratic though democratic machinery here can be worse than dictatorship.but freedom people enjoy here is unmatched anywhere in the world.we can speak our mind out,gossip about anything and moreover can fight for our rights.though this freedom has not reached to its full extend in the deeper strata of the society still peoples power is enormous. in china cpc is the final word,no one can fight against it,it can take away your property and compensate in the rates it like.this centralization of power have helped the growth .the implementation stage of any project runs into trouble in India due to the people’s power while in china no one dares to question whether it be useful to the community or not.

India is a union of 28 different countries each with its own language,culture and traditions.the only link is the religion but this is also diverse.people belonging to one cultural grouping have zero interaction with others.china on the other hand is a homogeneous society of Han Chinese(though minorities are suppressed),they act and think as one single entity.

therefore the comparison between the two countries is worthless ,though it is a fact that both these countries will be forces to reckon with in the future.china in the immediate while india in a distant one.

BJP HAPPY WITH KERALA RESULTS

bjp state president Mr p k krishnadas told yesterday that the party have made improvements in the vote percent in the  three assembly segments where the by elections  took place on November 7th.there was an increase of 1% in kannur to 5% of total votes ,in allapuzha an increase of 1% to 3% of total and in eranankulam to 7% from 5%.the party which have always been alleged of selling votes to ldf and udf is largely supported by the upper castes.

CAN WE AFFORD WAR WITH CHINA

the new age media trying to win maximum eyeballs sensationalize issues and give it unnecessary importance.while on my way home from college a few days back i heard two old gentlemen taking about politics.they were talking about all sorts of things from PINARAYI VIJAYAN to  ACHUTANANDAN.talking about COMMUNISM their talk turned to CHINA and its impending war with INDIA.one of those gentle men were sure about india’s military might and the victory to come.

lets ask ourselves – can we ever win a war with a neighbor whose economy is 4times ours and a military  which had defeated us once.through the hype around the DALAI LAMA visit to TAWANG the whole media  frenzy have peaked .they misinterpret dalai lama’s comments trying to inflame the situation.it is common knowledge that our previous enemy no 1 have been disintegrating and the media is trying its best to replace it with a new one so as t to get more and more of those nationalist TRPS

its true that china wants India to disintegrate into 30 odd states and is trying hard to do this by supplying arms to north-eastern separatists and the MAOISTS. India on the other hand have been a base for anti china activity for the last half century mainly through the Tibetan lobby.i believe that this year’s riot in XINJIANG will  someway or the other have an  indian involvement.

but an all out confrontation will cost both the countries dearly.the economic and human cost will be too enormous that it will pull whole of this world into economic stagnation for years to come.the NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST that follows can only be visualised in superlatives.

so it is not only the responsibility of the two countries to act responsibly but also the international community to supervise the situation.lets hope that the media’s thirst for china’s blood slowly subside and peace will reign over the region

SHORNUR

it was one of the largest towns in kerala during the British times,a railway terminus that connected Malabar with travancore and kochi ,the “MANCHESTER” of kerala .now, 60 years after independence, half a century from its hay days what we see is a town trapped in the aura of another age.near by places which were villages when it was a town have now grown into towns and it have become a village.the growth of this town never took off in the post liberalization era ,at the same time the industrial sector declined . what remained of its past glory was the railway station which went into decline with the establishment of the line bye passing the station.

the thing i like about this valluvanadan town is its laid back nature,it is never crowded like PATTAMBI or OTTAPALAM . the NILA now a stream still have its beauty.standing over the old KOCHI BRIDGE on a November or December evening seeing the sunset makes you yearn for the times when time flowed at a slower pace.the old kochi bridge (now closed) is far from architectural wonder but blends with beauty of the scene.the pump house with its rustic feel and the trees swaying in the wind makes the view more pleasurable.
down the road is the RAILWAY BRIDGE which provides you a glance into the past glory when the steel highways meant more for the place.the railway station which got a face lift recently still have the architectural touches of the RAJ,its tiled roofs have stood the test of time .on the other side of the tracks is the old railway maintenance shed.it used to be the workshop for steam engines and was the main employer in these parts.a few meters south east from there is the old railway platform which was in use when shornur was cherumannur.
the main town markedly lack any modern buildings which have come to define valluvanadan towns of 21st century. two storied tilled shops which are a rarity these days fill up the town.the bus stand one of the first of its kind in the region stands tall at the heart of the town.the shornur sbi building is another important land mark.st Theressa’s convent school one of the prestigious in the region is again like the rest of the town,reminder of the past.the MAYILVAHANAM workshops for green,red buses line the road towards the north of the city.most of the old buses with their rusted body tells the tale when they were the only mode of valluvanadan transport.
shornur will be the only town in kerala where forest cover is so visible.whether it be near the METAL INDUSTRIES or the polytechnic. KULAPPULY may be called the new shornur as it has slowly transformed itself from a bus stop on way to shornur into a small town in its own terms.the new bus stand ,built with high expectations never delivered.(you still have to run behind palakkad buses in rains).i don’t like the new buildings coming up there which eclipse the beauty of the place.it seems kulappuly is slowly transforming itself into its brother up north-cherpulassery whose general plan makes no sense.
a drive on the state highway whether onto the palakkad side or the pattambi side is scenic especially near the sanjeevani hospital.
shornur can be made into a tourist attraction mainly for domestic tourists who would like to get the feel of their childhood days.