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Conversion by Sandeep Heble
Growing up and Tolerance
in a civilized society
Sandeep Heble's justification of Dara
Singh's actions when he is hurt or his religion is denigrated cannot be
tolerated in a civilized society. It just means that Sandeeps and the Dara
Singhs need to grow up.
Growing up, if Sandeep doesn't know it, is not easy.
It is about confounding and facing one's hurts, and coming up with
civilized ways of tackling them. If I take up a gun when I get hurt --- it
could be because someone called me a sinner or any other reason --- then
by the same logic another guy can take up a gun on me when he/she gets
hurt by my actions.
If one believes in true democracy and free speech, there will be times
when one gets painfully hurt. Of course, one can react like American
President Bush bombing each and every one who appears to hurt him, or one
can try and figure out the reason for the hurt, and try to fix it.
India has a big tradition of free speech, and atheists criticizing the
Gods of Hinduism have been there since ancient times. Missionaries calling
the Hindus sinners are just another addition.
If Hinduism has stuff in it, it should be able to counter, not by killing
people like Staines but by counter arguing. I suppose counter-arguing is
not out of the domain of Hinduism!!!
What Sandy is in fact advocating in the name of tolerance (he obviously
does not have tolerance to criticism which he calls denigration and he is
justifying violence in response to it) is going back to something like
what is happening in fundamentalist Islamic countries, where Dara Singhs
will take care of unwanted criticism.
Btw, he does not answer the question as to what is genuine criticism and
what is not.
Tomorrow I can get hurt if a Christian missionary just stares me in my
face!!! One needs to realize here that hurt is subjective.
It is time BJP, RSS and others realize that the sensible way to counter
criticism is by arguing and not by violence. Killing a few missionaries is
not going to solve the problem. If people are converting because of
fundamental reasons, they will still convert. If people are being
converted forcefully, then evidence of it has to be shown and legal action
taken for that.
I don't know what he means by the right to convert. I believe it is a
question of responsibility and the responsibility on the conversion has to
be on the party which converts unless it is a forced one
July 10, 2002
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