Okay, I decided to bring my alter ego into this blog.. So, you may read some dark stuff from time to time. This time around, Loki’s speech will not be that dark. Yet, it does concern some of the darker aspects of human belief.
Religion. It is a fascinating subject, but it has a dark side to it.
These days, the force behind India’s ruling party – called the RSS – has started a campaign called “Ghar Waapsi”, or “Coming Back Home”
This campaign ostensibly focusses on converting Muslims and Christians to Hinduism. It appears that, over the centuries, the Christians and Muslims forcibly converted Hindus to their respective religions.
The conquests, while they did have a religious slant, were conquests for money, power, territory. In some cases, they were trying to escape marauders in their own countries. Genghis Khan was creating crap in Turkey around the time that the Turks invaded India in about 1175, and created the Delhi Sultanate in 1206.
Many Hindus were converted.
When the British sneaked into India, they adopted Indian customs and lifestyles. It seems that the advent of Christian missionaries into India in the 1800’s started a wave of conversion of Hindus to Christianity.
Yet, historians also do aver that many Hindus did convert for reasons of political expediency.
Many more – and read this very carefully – converted due to the discrimination that they faced from other Hindus due to the prevalence of the caste system. They faced discrimination and cruelty at home, so they chose to leave. I am not an expert here, but I do believe that some of these caste behaviours were carried into their new religions, but to a very mild extent.
So, when the RSS wants to invite people home, a question to be asked is – to what home do they return to? A home of discrimination? In what caste will they be placed? I doubt that they will be placed in the upper caste – the Brahmins. That would be sacrilege!
Where would they go? To what home would they return? Do they want to “return home”, after centuries of being “lost to another religion”?
Does religion bring us together, or does it take us apart?
What say thee, Loki?