“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.