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Decoding PK: Despite fun and frolic, the undertone is anti-Hindu
by Jan 12, 2015
#Aamir Khan #Anti-Hindu Polemic #Christianity #Hinduism #InMyOpinion #Islam #Oh My God #PK
Review #Sanatan Dharma
By Madhu Purnima Kishwar
Let me state at the outset that PK is an eminently entertaining film, though it claims to raise serious issues.
Cinematically, too, the film is a visual treat in many parts. The dialogues are crisp and punchy. The use of
Bhojpuri dialect, with its quaint mixture of English words in their Bhojpuri-fied avatar, adds enormously to
the fun and frolic in the film. All in all, there is a hardly a dull moment in the two-and-a-half hour saga of an
alien creature landing on our planet and experiencing endless culture shocks in his encounters with the
various specimens of humanity on earth.
But what gets him befuddled is the all-pervasive god obsession among human beings and how this sentiment
is manipulated for personal aggrandisement by spiritual gurus. Exposing phony and crooked spiritual leaders
is not a new or unusual theme in Bollywood films. From its days of inception, Bollywood has portrayed a
whole range of holy men, from the innately compassionate and elevated ones to outright thugs and criminals
masquerading as sadhus and swamis. Bollywood has also often ridiculed the tendency of people to put blind
faith in people either claiming supernatural powers or speaking as though they are actual representatives of
god on earth.

The relationship between humans and divine
beings has been put through repeated scrutiny - both through a comic lens and hard-hitting satire as well as
through the eyes of socio-religious reformers. But since there is no dearth of genuine spiritual gurus, ascetics
and sanyasis in Bollywood films, no one really takes offence.
The most recent example of a very rigorous questioning of the very existence of god and those who claim to
speak on his behalf was the Umesh Shukla directed film, Oh My God. A much earlier film in the same genre
entitled Yehi Hai Zindagi (1977) was even more audacious in challenging the supremacy of god face to face

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films that indulge in rebellious dialogues with the divine have hardly ever caused upsets in the way PK has done. The first one says: Earnest Gratitude LK Advani Pratibha Advani Amitabh Bachchan Amitabh Jhunjhunwala The second slide reads as follows: Earnest Gratitude Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji (The Art of Living Foundation) Dr Prannoy Roy (NDTV) Andre Timmins. The film begins with the following opening credits. Luckily for Hirani. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. But then he superimposed the character of a very devious and thuggish spiritual guru on the real life sangat of Sri Sri's ashram with the clear purpose of trashing the very institution of dharma gurus. By this clever gimmick. we need to try and understand why this particular film has evoked such outrage. Instead of disdainfully dismissing the outrage around PK as a product of the resurgence of obscurantist Hindutva forces. They are presented as gullible fools who dance to the tunes of an evil dharma guru. There are numerous other such examples of Bollywood presenting the relations between humans and divinities in ways that demand accountability of gods or challenges their wisdom in letting wrong-doers prosper. the undertone is anti-Hindu 2 of 11 director Rajkumar Hirani has tried to be too clever by half by deviously proclaiming that he has the blessings of BJP leaders as well as that of one of the most popular spiritual gurus.php?idno=2041285&sr_no=0 rather than merely challenging his self-appointed representatives on earth. Therefore. Hirani filmed the Shivratri Sangat at Sri Sri's ashram under the false pretext that his projection of it would respect the spirit of the festival organised by the ashram. Hirani not only betrayed Sri Sri's trust but also played foul with thousands of Sri Sri devotees whom he filmed live.Print :Decoding PK: Despite fun and frolic. But bringing in LK Advani and Amitabh Bachchan is clearly meant to use them as shields against criticism by Hindutva groups. Hindus are used to laughing at their gods and even picking quarrels with them. To begin with. Sabbas Joseph & Virat Sarkari (Kingdom of Dreams) One can understand NDTV or Kingdom of Dreams being thanked by Hirani because he used their facilities for shooting certain scenes of his film.firstpost. 1/12/2015 4:42 PM . LK Advani actually endorsed the film enthusiastically. but Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has good reason to be displeased with the use of his name and visual shots of his ashram in the film.

com/printpage. It's not easy to forget that Aamir Khan actually pleaded with voters to give a fractured verdict to prevent BJP from coming to power. This puts Sri Sri in a very awkward position. Firstly. Secondly. He is known to take deep interest in the minutest detail of the script. There is no doubt that Aamir Khan has been the special target of ire of Hindu groups. They are not quite ready to embrace Aamir Khan because he has not even expressed the slightest regret for his role in the Hate-BJP campaign. as the hero. Hirani is making out as if Sri Sri actually endorses Hirani's all-out attack on dharma gurus. This is a double whammy on Sri Sri.without as much as a by-your-leave-. But Aamir is not just another actor. They argue that attacks on PK are in large part because OMG had a Hindu hero while PK has Aamir Khan. Normally. But to caricature and demean real life people who come motivated by deep faith to their chosen dharma guru . storyline and even technical aspects of any film he accepts to act in. People are angry because the “Secular Brigade” Aamir was part of did not fight an honourable political battle against the BJP. their politics was based largely on lies and hideous exaggerations. the phony credit line mentioning Sri Sri makes it out as if he has blessed the film. he can't disown the political orientation of the 1/12/2015 4:42 PM . in general.firstpost. and totally unethical at that! Many defenders of PK have raised the point that Hindu groups did not attack Oh My God even though it is no less devastating in exposing the frauds of those claiming to be spiritual gurus. the undertone is anti-Hindu 3 of 11 http://www. people don't hold actors responsible for the flaws of the story line or script. a Muslim. in particular.can only be called outright fraud. and Narendra Modi. Therefore. Aamir Khan's attempts to cosy up to Modi and Modi's willingness to befriend Aamir Khan has not softened Hindu groups because they feel their demonisation as fascists was totally unmerited. shots of his own ashram and sangat are being used to defame him by implication.not caring that India desperately needed a stable government after 10 years of disastrous coalitions cobbled together by the Congress party. Secondly. Hindu groups are outraged at him because he was a lead player in the Teesta Setalvad-Tarun Tejpal-Shabana Azmi brigade that acted as the fighting sword of the Congress and Left parties against the BJP. But that is not because he is a Muslim but because he is the lead voice of the “secular brigade” which has demeaned and demonised Hindu groups and political parties like the BJP in the guise of fighting allegedly communal politics of BJP.Print :Decoding PK: Despite fun and frolic.php?idno=2041285&sr_no=0 ] Sri Sri's trust was betrayed by the makers of the film It would have been quite another matter if Hirani had created his own filmy sangat with hired actors playing mock devotees.

the undertone is anti-Hindu 4 of 11 http://www. Likewise. Most important of all.have been able to stomach. In their world view. 1/12/2015 4:42 PM . vicious attack against one of the core aspects of Sanatan Dharma-namely worship of the divine in its :Decoding PK: Despite fun and frolic. whereas the core values . towards the issue of blind faith as compared to the worldview adopted in PK. Core Values of Sanatan Dharma Attacked in PK Some will argue that the film is not anti Hinduism per se but against the corrupt among Hindu dharma gurus. there is no attack on the core values or mythology of Christianity or Islam. Each one of them rejects the god of the other Abrahamic religions as well as demonises the gods and goddesses of non-Abrahamic faiths as being not just “false” but also evil. Hinduism is far from being the worst case example in this matter. countless manifestations. But that only indicates the insensitivity of the iconoclastic hero. it is fairly upfront in challenging the self-appointed guardians of other faiths. But PK focuses obsessively on Hindu dharma gurus as well as Hindu deities. Christian and Islam. Oh My God takes a very even-handed approach towards religious leaders of the three major faiths . is something that none of the Abrahamic religions . This freedom of devotees to call upon the divine to manifest to them in as many forms as the myriad devotees desire. There is only one fleeting scene dealing with Christian priests promising redemption to poor families targeted for conversions. not a flaw in Islam.and not just the corruption of individual religious gurus of Hindu faith .firstpost. Therefore. Islam and Judaism . No words are exchanged. In fact. And each of them claims a monopoly over the exclusive way to reach this Almighty God.php?idno=2041285&sr_no=0 film. They are not incidental to but an integral part of Hinduism. an all-out attack on the very institution of dharma guru or sampraday is as good as an attack on Hinduism. as and when they desire. the film is an outright. no pious sermons delivered by the hero challenging the Christian priests as to why Jesus is averse to accepting a coconut offering. Hindus are supposed to have 33 crore devis and devatas with new ones taking avatar whenever the devotees so desire. swamis and gurus have brought a bad name to the Hindu faith. he is shown causing a stir in a church because in his ignorance he tries to carry out Hindu puja rituals before an image of Jesus Christ. But Hinduism has perpetuated itself mainly through sampradays and dharma gurus.Hindu. Comparison with Oh My God (OMG) There is a world of difference between the content and intent as well as the approach of Oh My God.are lampooned and caricatured mercilessly in diverse ways.Christianity. While there is no denying that a certain number of hypocritical sants. Even while the Hindu faith gurus get a special drubbing. despite its ostensible intention of fighting harmful superstitions and unscrupulous gurus. there is only ONE and ONLY ONE TRUE GOD. the film studiously avoids dealing with the frauds within Christianity or Islam. The scene involving a dargah very fleetingly shows the hero being chased out of the shrine because he naively carries wine bottles as prasad in a place of Islamic worship. Other than these two harmless comic scenes.

They may not have broken Hindu “idols” but they caused no less damage by enacting laws which allowed the state to control major shrines and temples and take away their landed properties and other assets. The only place they escaped persecution and violence has been India.Print :Decoding PK: Despite fun and frolic. He shows mercy only to those who follow him exclusively and obey his commandments blindly.” deserving the most hellish punishments. god. After them the British. The believers of the one and only true god are expected and encouraged to wreak vengeance on worshippers of “false gods” as proof of their commitment to the Only True God! This arrogance and claim to exclusivity has caused endless mayhem and havoc in the world. who together colonised large parts of India.php?idno=2041285&sr_no=0 ] Representational image: AFP The Abrahamic god is also a “jealous” god who demands that his devotees wage relentless war against all “false gods” and their devotees who are derogatively termed as “kafirs and idol worshippers. especially for people of Indic faith traditions as well as for Jews. As Tulsidas said in his inimitable way: “Jaaki rahi bhavna jaisi. launched equally vicious attacks against the Hindu faiths as part of their “civilising missions” coupled with attempts to convert Hindus to fraud and/or inducements. the arrogant claims of Abrahamic prophets or religious leaders who present their god as such a mean-minded and tyrannical creature as to want the destruction of people of other faiths is an unacceptable way of dealing with the divine. Hindus have been similar victims at the hands of Islamic invaders who carried out huge massacres and looted as well as vandalised and desecrated countless Hindu temples and deities. This is not to deny that conversions to Islam and Christianity by the lower castes. The god of Abrahamic religions is tyrannical because through history most of those claiming to be sole spokespersons of that god have been tyrants. especially untouchable groups. the Torah for Jews and the 1/12/2015 4:42 PM . Portuguese and French. were at times a voluntary rejection of Hinduism on account of the demeaning treatment meted out to them. who were ironically the originators of the idea of an almighty one and only true. Prabhu moorat tin dekhi taisi” (The temperament and emotional bent of the devotee determines the attributes he/she gives to his/her chosen god).all because the Allah of Muslims demanded ruthless elimination or subjugation of infidels. Pluralism & Respect for “the Other” Innate to Hinduism For most Hindus.firstpost. the undertone is anti-Hindu 5 of 11 http://www. The Jews faced an endless series of pogroms and ethnic cleansing all over the Christian and Islamic world. Allah's zealous soldiers forced Hindus to give up their faith and convert to Islam largely through brutal means for over 1. ferociously jealous. The commandments have come through prophets in the form of the one and only sacred book-the Bible for Christians.000 years . violence. But most converts have been won over through a combination of force.

or the diving being. at one with the divine. culture and situation specific hence 1/12/2015 4:42 PM . between living and trees. are supposed to lead one to union with the divine. there is pitra dharm (fatherly responsibilities and duties). padosi dharm (duty towards one's neighbours) raj dharm (duties and responsibilities of a king). is present in every being. Thus there is no sharp divide between the human and divine. no matter how vast their theological differences and clash of dogmas or belief patterns. the worship of nature . This finds popular expression in sayings such as “kan-kan mein hai Ram” (Ram.firstpost. is present in every living and non-living being. cannot possibly have any quarrel with the followers of other theologies or religions or those following varied spiritual paths. matri dharm (those of a mother). with each sampradaya free to choose whatever text it considers worthwhile. None of our sacred epics. so also they have innumerable sacred texts. and so on. 2. But none of these a characteristic feature of Sanatan Dharma. or the divine power.Print :Decoding PK: Despite fun and frolic. A person who performs his worldly duties in different situations and stations of life with integrity and steadfastness needs no formal all its manifestations .claim to be the word of god or product of exclusive divine revelation. All religions. animals. every atom in this universe).php?idno=2041285&sr_no=0 Koran for Muslims. including the two foundational texts of Hindu faith traditions . mountains.rivers. Therefore. Daily life is to be lived by codes of morality (dharmic codes) specific to different life situations. the undertone is anti-Hindu 6 of 11 http://www. ] Representational image At the core of Classical Hinduism or Sanatan Dharma with its philosophical moorings in Vedanta lie three basic propositions: 1. guru dharma (that of teachers). there is no scope for “me” or “us” versus “others”.namely the Mahabharata and the Ramayana . birds and even pests and reptiles . between human and other forms of life. 3. Just as Hindus have millions of devis and devatas. Once you accept the non-dualistic view of the world. grihastha dharm (that of a householder). no religious rituals to be close to god. dharma shastras or even vedas issue commandments for their followers. roles and relationships a person is involved in at different stages of life. Almost all of them state that the code of ethics to be followed by each person is time. those who are truly spiritual. God. The purpose of life is to know and recognise this divinity not only within ourselves but also in each living and non-living being and become one within it. Hence. Each of them has been written by gifted mortals. Thus.

In many latter-day Ramayanas. the undertone is anti-Hindu 7 of 11 http://www. One of his favourite bhajans played in his regular prayer meetings. Ishwar. religious or class or gender identity. Krishna died a tragic death because of the curse of Gandhari he willingly took upon himself for his role in the Mahabharata war.Print :Decoding PK: Despite fun and frolic. 1999). Ram is either an improved version of Tulsi Ramayana or is castigated harshly for his uncouth behaviour towards Sita. The sufi upsurge within Indic Islam in the medieval period popularised a version of this view among Muslims. It is no coincidence that Mahatma Gandhi openly proclaimed that his idea of mutually respectful coexistence of diverse communities of India was deeply rooted in Sanatan Dharma and drew sustenance from the Bhakti tradition. Lord Ram may be iconised as Maryada Purushottam but even today he was not been forgiven his ill-treatment of Ma Sita as depicted in Valmiki Ramayana. criticise and even punish their gods. Since there is no sharp divide between humans and divines. A real heartfelt prayer reaches god. Likewise. no matter whether performed in a church. The Vedantic worldview was further strengthened and popularised by the Bhakti tradition that spread in wave after wave in different parts of India starting from the South in the 6th century AD. 1/12/2015 4:42 PM . As Bal Gopal. mosque or mandir. They neither claim perfection nor any special rights in those roles. (For more details read my article “Of Humans & Divines” in Manushi issue No 136 May-June 2003. and friends they are judged by the same moral standards that you would judge ordinary human beings. In their roles as sons. His vision of Ram Rajya was that of an egalitarian society capable of protecting and respecting the rights of all citizens. Consequently. our gods and goddesses routinely take avatars and get born on earth as ordinary human beings. that a good heart with love and compassion for all of god's creatures brings a person much closer to god than any ritualistic textual commandments or the dictates of any religious authority. The essence of both these worldviews is that god dwells everywhere and in every being but especially among the humble and poor. (For a detailed analysis read my essay. he took endless scoldings and spankings from mother Yashoda for his naughty pranks as would any ordinary child. Allah. “Yes to Sita.php?idno=2041285&sr_no=0 constantly evolving.firstpost. building bridges of non-antagonistic communication and even friendship between the two. The most endearing part of Hindu faith traditions is that devotees and even non-devotees alike are allowed full freedom to laugh at. For instance. fathers. hundreds of Ramayanas have been written to force him to make amends for his unacceptable behaviour of subjecting Sita Ma to a fire ordeal and later abandoning her in a forest. The bhakti and sufi movements played a vital role in finding theological resolution to the historic clash between the polytheistic Indic faiths and the aggressively monotheistic Islamic worldview. brothers. Christ are different names for the same Divine Power. To treat anyone as the “hostile other” is not to know god. irrespective of their caste. No to Ram” in Manushi issue No 98.

the entrapping of young Hindu. We are free to hold this or that book sacred or reject them all. We are also free to read the sacred texts of other faiths and imbibe in our conduct what we like of them. this film projects the fleeting romance and sexual liaison between a Hindu girl from India with a Pakistani Muslim boy as the acme of the most sincere devoted love a man can ever have for a woman. social and spiritual freedom to followers of Hindu the undertone is anti-Hindu 8 of 11 http://www.php?idno=2041285&sr_no=0 attended jointly by people of different faiths. Ram. All these values give unique Such a prayer would be considered blasphemous by fundamentalists within Islam. Praying to them amounts to “dialing the wrong number”. Patit pavan Sita Ram. or male gods like Shiva. Devotees are free to choose their preferred deities. One remains a Hindu even if one is an atheist.Print :Decoding PK: Despite fun and frolic. The god who created us all is the ONLY ONE worth praying to. The Love Story Angle Finally. let's review the love story aspect that has irritated Hindu groups no less. PK would have us believe that “man-made gods” with distinct forms . or agnostic. For most of us this easy and gracious acceptance of the right of each person to his/her own forms of worship as well as ways of relating to the divine is one of the greatest strengths of Hinduism. Christianity or Judaism. sabko samati de bhagwan. For them such syncretic beliefs are the route to hell and perdition. PK's Critique Identical to Islamic & Christian Critiques of Hinduism The most objectionable part of PK is that it attacks these core values of Hinduism in the same vocabulary and spirit that Christianity and Islam have used to attack Hindu faiths. (Lord Rama. or even invoke new ones. At a time when the reported phenomenon of “love jihad”. (O divine couple) Sita and Rama. are all images created to mislead humanity. Krishna or Ganesha. Chief of the house of Raghu. Durga or Saraswati. Belief in one's own chosen deity/deities does not mean rejection of the gods and goddesses of other faiths as false or evil. This is not one bit different from the theological basis of attacks by Christians and Muslims on Hinduism. Christian or Sikh girls into phony love affairs and marriages with a view to converting them to Islam . This is why the film is offensive even to those of us not given to blind faith in spiritual entrepreneurs. These are mere clay idols or “false gods”. He tells us that Lakshmi.Ganesh.has come to aggravate a large section of Hindus. One will not get an answer simply because there is none there to answer. Please bless everyone with good sense and wisdom). The message of the film given through PK is that people should worship the True Almighty God and not the various gods invented by human beings because that amounts to “dialing the wrong number”. Shiva etc . Uplifters of the weak and the downtrodden. 1/12/2015 4:42 PM . says it all: Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram. Your name may be Ishwar or Allah. No one challenges a person's right to be a Hindu even if the person goes and prays in a church or mosque rather than a temple. Ishwar Allah tero naam.are invented by unscrupulous spiritual thugs to fleece and cheat people.

subjected to sexual slavery and converted to the idea of a Hindu girl's marriage to a Pakistani Muslim as the most idyllic example of matrimony can't be digested that easily. There is very little chance that a Hindu girl marrying a Pakistani Muslim can retain her faith.php?idno=2041285&sr_no=0 To begin with. It is also well known that girls marrying even Indian Muslims have to convert to Islam and raise their children as Muslims. Islamic zealots gravitating towards jihadi mayhem. The message: Hindus are all misguided and narrow-minded bigots whereas Pakistani Muslims are all tender-hearted liberals who embrace Hindu girls into their fold with love and warmth. the objections of the heroine Jaggu's father to her marrying a Pakistani are interpreted as a sign of Hindu communalism. But the gooey-gooey manner in which this film goes about projecting what on the surface appears like a casual. But under the humourous façade of this film is a serious message about the need to reject “false gods” while using stereotype versions of fraud gurus to proselytise people to worship the One and Only True God. as this film does. is to rub salt into deep. the only ones keen to go to Pakistan are psychologically disturbed. Today. If the purpose of the film is to say that all Muslims are not out to defraud Hindu women and that a Pakistani Muslim can also make a genuinely caring husband for a Hindu girl. the undertone is anti-Hindu 9 of 11 http://www. the concern of a Hindu father that his daughter might be endangering her very life by marrying a Pakistani is perfectly understandable. flippant romance makes one suspect a hidden 1/12/2015 4:42 PM . The systematic genocide and forced conversions of Hindus who were left in Pakistan following the 1947 partition as well as reports of large scale abductions of Hindu girls in Pakistan and Bangladesh would give nightmares to any parent at the prospect of his daughter having to live under the umbrella of terrorism and extremist Islam which has overtaken Pakistan. given the crude dominance of jihadi terrorist groups over Pakistani society and polity. inter-country marriage could well have been driven home by picking on a Belgian or Spanish or even an African boyfriend for the film's heroine. especially if the couple has to live in Pakistan. The same point of parental disapproval of an inter-faith. To project this anxiety as a subject of ridicule. The days when elite Indian Muslim families used to look across the border for suitable grooms and brides are well nigh over. They go to get arms training to spread terror. there are better ways of getting across that message.Print :Decoding PK: Despite fun and frolic. One could have swallowed such an unrealistic scenario if the film was all fun and frolic. when Hindu girls in Pakistan are being routinely abducted. the euphoric response of the staff of the entire Pakistani embassy in Belgium to Jaggu's reaching out to her long separated lover Imran makes it out as if getting Jaggu to marry Imran was a Pakistani state-sponsored project. hurting wounds. On the other hand. But projecting a marriage between a Pakistani Muslim man with a Hindu girl at a time when there is a virulent upsurge of jihadi elements within Pakistani and when the minuscule Hindu community in Pakistan is facing a literal genocide. even Indian Muslim parents are reluctant to marry their daughters to Pakistani grooms. The truth is that given the state of affairs in Pakistan.firstpost. In such a situation.

The double-standard and attitude of open contempt displayed by left secular liberals towards Hinduism and its followers is what pushes a section of Hindu zealots into believing that their sentiments and hurt will be taken 1/12/2015 4:42 PM . Most important of all. The masked gunmen shouted “Allahu Akbar” before gunning down and killing 12 people .firstpost.two policemen and 10 journalists. including those like Aamir Raza Hussain. public figures and religion. well known for lampooning politicians. The protestors against PK were snubbed and humiliated on most TV channels as though they represented a sub-human species that did not understand the value of artistic freedom. including the editor of the weekly. But the attacks hurt more when an insider attacks with the imperious arrogance of an outsider or when outsiders assume they have an exclusive copyright on perfection! Post Script: Bizarre to Equate Paris Carnage with Protests over “PK” Just as I finished writing this piece came the horrific news that three AI-Qaeda terrorists stormed the office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. all the panelists. even while discussing the Paris :Decoding PK: Despite fun and frolic. who argued forcefully in favour of state censorship and self-censorship when dealing with matters of faith. especially since the Hindus are either presented as na�-ve. The spirit and tenor of the TV programmes discussing the Paris carnage was serious and non-aggressive. Hinduism has an infinite capacity for self-criticism. gullible idiots or as thugs and manipulators. the undertone is anti-Hindu 10 of 11 http://www. were given a respectful hearing. Even the lunatic fringe of Hinduism has never gone for bloodshed and mayhem to express their religious hurt in the murderous manner in which militant jihadis are routinely expressing their defence of Islam. almost every TV channel continuously referred to the intolerance shown by Hindu groups towards PK and other such portrayals as proof that Hindus were no less intolerant than Islamic jihadis. For instance. Among the dead were four prominent cartoonists who had lampooned Islamic terrorists and Prophet Mohammad. self-improvement and even withstanding attacks from outsiders. There were no hysterical harangues against terrorists who gunned down French journalists and the condemnation was in measured tones. ] AP This was in sharp contrast to the contempt and disdain with which critics of PK have been treated by media's secular left liberals.php?idno=2041285&sr_no=0 agenda behind it all. including Christianity and radical Islam. This attempt to draw equivalence between Hindu zealots and Islamic terrorists is indeed bizarre. on Rajdeep Sardesai's programme on Headlines Today. The attackers called out the names of these cartoonists they had come to wreak vengeance on.

the undertone is anti-Hindu 11 of 11 http://www. rooted in Christian theology. To my mind.firstpost. this would be the greatest tragedy for Hinduism. Christianity and Judaism have to treat their Almighty God.php?idno=2041285&sr_no=0 seriously only if they too start getting violent against people who outrage them. It would be a great pity if we have to start treating our devis and devatas with the same awe and fear that the followers of Islam. The ultimate aim of life for a Hindu is discover the divine within.Print :Decoding PK: Despite fun and frolic. highly evolved human beings are even allowed to acquire greater power than gods. In Hinduism. The Hindus use the term “Prabhu premi” (god loving). I pray and hope that we find better ways of protecting our faith traditions from ugly. Centuries of being ridiculed and demeaned for their modes of worship and belief systems has unfortunately led a section of Hindus to think that they need to mould their gods and goddesses in the template of the ‘quick-to-take-offence' Abrahamic God. as does the Abrahamic God. The author is Professor. Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and Founder Manushi 1/12/2015 4:42 PM . "God Fearing is an English Term”. Hindu lore is full of stories of great tapasvis whose tapa gave them such exceptional powers that even gods had to do their bidding. Any woman who displays extraordinary valour or courage often gets to be called and even treated as Durga incarnate! As pointed out by Sharda Ratan in his Open Letter to Bollywood. not be fearful of god up above. gratitutous attacks than emulate the negative aspects of Judaic faiths by making our deities as quick to take offence and demand vengeance. The fact that the Bajrang Dal and allied outfits who vandalised theatres running PK could not find more than 15-20 persons to join their hoodlum protests shows that the Hindu samaj is not endorsing their lawless ways of expressing