A response to Madhu Kishwar’s article “Don’t like this temple? Choose another” in The Hindu, 17 January 2013
"The imperious missionaries of liberalism have no respect for the diversity of India’s belief systems and have taken it upon themselves to reform everything they perceive as outdated and incorrect" says Madhu Purnima Kishwar, noted academic and founder editor of Manushi - a journal about women and society.
This fitting response exposes the flaws in her arguments and reiterates the need for eradicating the prevalent odious rituals of purity, whether in the family or the temple.
Dear Ms. Madhu Purnima Kishwar:
I see they fall somewhere between 16 to 60. They also fall in the lowest of income groups. Some are immigrants. Some are refugees. Political or environmental. Some work. As baggers at supermarket stores. In housekeeping. As daily wagers. As house wives. Uneducated. Semi-educated. And, I volunteer a few hours a week to help them learn English. To read, write, speak. To get by. The literacy program coordinator walks me around.
എന്തുകൊണ്ടാണ് അവന്റെ കവിത
ജന്മനാട്ടിലെ കൂറ്റന് അഗ്നിപര്വതങ്ങളേയും കുറിച്ചു സംസാരിക്കാത്തത്?
വരൂ, ഈ തെരുവുകളിലെ രക്തം കാണൂ,
ഈ തെരുവുകളിലെ രക്തം.
വരൂ, രക്തം കാണൂ!
ഈ തെരുവുകളിലെ രക്തം.
- ചില കാര്യങ്ങളുടെ വിശദീകരണം, പാബ്ലൊ നെരൂദ
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