WHEN BLACK LOST ITS LUSTRE
Vishnu is the archetypical dark-skinned Bhagawan. In Sanskrit, Harithavarnam is synonymous with black or dark coloured. Most of the Indian deities are dark in colour and it is a requirement of śilpaśastra and temple Vastu science (the advanced version of architecture from India) that idols be made of black granite as one can see for themselves in almost all ancient temples of India. His sister Parvathi is also often described as dark, a black beauty. Of course, it is not surprising that Shri Ram and Shri Krishna, Vishnu’s avatars, are also dark-skinned. In fact, in Bhagavatam Krishna is described as the most beautiful and the darkest possible baby. The classic description for them in Puranas and Ithihasas are dark-cloud and dark-deep-sea coloured.
Black was the most celebrated colour in India until of course, the foreign invaders stepped in:-
INTERNATIONAL FAME TO DOMESTIC SCORN
Shri Ram and Ramayana are celebrated till date across the southeast of Asia, from Muslim majority Indonesia to Buddhist Thailand. In fact, the place where the royal palace of the Thai monarchy is is called Ayodhya and the monarch gets the royal title of Ram on being coronated. Ramayana is regularly celebrated even in Indonesia where Islam is the main religion. The Indonesians claim to be culturally Hindus but religiously Muslims. Clearly, they are symbols of a trans-national culture and civilisation whose significance span more than one geographically limited nation.
However, in India where secularism is the official religion, in spite of their (Shri Ram and Shri Krishna) national and international importance, their birthdays are not a national holiday. This is the sorry state of affairs in the land of their birth, Bharat (India).
IS SECULARISM JUST WHITE SUPREMACIST RACISM IN DISGUISE?
If this is secularism then secularism is clearly bigoted and racist that it allows only non-dark-skinned religious figures’ birthdays to be celebrated as national holidays in a nation of largely coloured people, that is India. There is a term for this in the West, of course largely derogatory in sense.
When not-so-fair to brown to dark-skinned people imbibe the racist qualities of the West and act as if they are whites and superior to the other coloured people they are called coconuts, white inside but brown outside. Coconuts celebrate racism and imbibe the racist qualities of the Christian West even though they themselves are not white, a sort of Stockholm syndrome perhaps.
Thus, a secularism that celebrates only alien religious prophets’ birthdays from non-coloured people’s lands must be a coconut by the same logic, should it not? When will India achieve freedom from the colonisation of its minds? Will the Hon’ble Supreme Court take it upon itself, suo motu, to fix this blatant and officially sanctioned racism?
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