• "The cow is not our mother, Hindutva means nothing to us": A devout and

    From Steve Hayes@21:1/5 to All on Tue Apr 11 05:48:36 2017
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    “The cow is not our mother, Hindutva means nothing to us": A devout
    and ‘proud’ Malayali Hindu

    Written by Ramachandra Aluri | Published on: April 7, 2017

    The statement circulating on Whatsapp was received by Sabrang India
    from one of its viewers.

    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.

    We Hindus of Kerala don't worship cows as mothers. You will rather
    find bulls in Shiva temples here as stars. For us, Sabarimala and
    Guruvayoor means a lot more than Haridwar or Ayodhya. 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.

    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

    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.
    Neither Hindi nor Hindutva means anything to us.

    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. Keep
    the sobbing stories of Mughals and other invasions of the North to
    yourselves. The oldest mosque in India built in 629 AD is right here
    in Kerala at Kodungallur.```

    We had trade relations with Jews, Arabs, Chinese and many South East
    Asian kingdoms for over two thousand years (i.e. during B.C.). We
    defeated the Dutch in Kolachal.

    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.

    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".

    -- A Proud Malayali Hindu.

    Ramachandra Aluri is Associate Editor of the mass-circulated
    Mathruboomi Daily & outstanding literary figure in Malayalam. He is a
    devout Malayali Hindu.


    Steve Hayes

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