Friday, June 03, 2005

INDIA: The Arbiters Of Hindutva

While Hindutva ideologues present themselves as saviours of Muslim women from what they describe as the ‘tyranny’ of Islam, they are fiercely opposed to any measures that might threaten Brahminical Hindu patriarchy. Thus, the cover story of the last issue of Organiser, the RSS’ official English weekly, protesting against a move to reform Hindu marriage, should come as no surprise. Titled, ‘A Mischievous Proposal to Tinker With Hindu Faith’, and written by a certain R. Balashankar, the article furiously denounces the proposal put forward by the Tamil politician, M. Karunanidhi, leader of the anti-Brahmin Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham, to allow for ‘self-respect’ marriages that do without a mandatory priest, who is generally a Brahmin.

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