‘Atithi Devo Bhava’, that is what Indian culture has been since the origin of the Vedas. Many festivals like Holi, Vasantotsav and Bhaguria celebrate the spirit of love and sharing. Shri Krishna’s Ras-Leela with several Gopies sends the straight messages that to love is not enough. One has to express the feelings also.
The text from Mahabharata and Ramayana, at several places, talks about marriage, affairs and seduction. Be it of Ahilya, who was seduced by Indra under a fake identity or of Droupadi, who had five sons from five different husbands or the best example of how Dhritrashtra, Pandu and Vidur were fathered by a same man. One’s mother closed her eyes while mating so Dhritrashtra was blind. The other turned pale, so Pandu was born pale. When the aide of the queens reached to finally meet the man she faced him with confidence and she got Vidhur as son.
I am not criticizing the holy text but just want to make a few points about how the Indian Culture or Bhartiya Sanskrati should be defined. Let’s just leave the seduction stories. The feeling of love and the expression of it was always encouraged in old Indian mythology.
Starting from the point where the teacher, Maharshi Valmiki took Prince Ram and his brothers to Janakpuri to contest for the Princess Sita, is one of the finest examples of how her heart was beating when Ram went ahead to hold the Dhanusha of Lord Shiva. The story of Lakshaman and Urmila is one of the best tender love stories I have ever come across. The tension and the force of love can be easily felt in the verses of ‘Panchvati’ by Maithili Sharan Gupt.
The Love story between Arjun and Subhadra, which ended in a very cool and exciting love marriage with support and blessings of Lord Krishna and the bond between Krishna and Radha, who never got married still, is one of the most beautiful examples of true love.
So what is the problem?
The only fact that lovers, young and old, students, middle class Indians are aware of a day when they can just call someone and actually can say I love you or if two adults spent sometime together in the middle of the chaos of life, is considered against Indian culture by these so called protectors of Indian Culture.
Yesterday on Valentines Day, Bajrang Dal activists, who were protesting against the celebrations at Bhopal, got their hands on some foreign tourists and painted kohl on their faces, beat them up and announced the world that how illiterate, immoral and how insulting we Indians are. We never feel the shame. We never feel sorry.
Well I asked my friends who had qualified dates about their plans to celebrate the V-Day and they pat replied about celebrating the V-Day one or two days earlier. Before someone all cracked up, with no knowledge whatsoever and brain washed by some politician shows up at gift gallery and smashes the shop in to pieces.
Moral of the story:
- St. Valentine was hanged till death by Italian government ages ago because he helped lovers to get married which were illegal in those times.
- Sohni-Mahiwal, Romeo-Juliet, Heer-Ranjha, Laila-Majnu, Veer-Zaara and many others in different times faced and are facing the world to make their love complete
- So, be smart and have your V-Day in advance (Next Year), because these idiots are never going to learn.
- Prey that they die until your kids are born, just to see how beautiful this world can be with everyone being able to show and express their love to the other.
- NEVER vote for SHIV SENA and BAJRAND DAL in elections.
To The World Peace!