Tradition is an inalienable part of any flourishing civilisation. Hence, when you must take apart a civilisation, the first thing the enemy targets is to dismantle the traditions in place. Things haven’t been any different in Bharat, as you may already realise that we are aboard a shrinking ship.
Comments on the tradition of Ramlila by actor Prakash Raj were not only distasteful, but deliberately hateful and made with a malicious intent to hurt the very identity of Ramlila.
Ramlila is an inherently Hindu tradition. There is nothing secular or globalist about it, and hence it serves no purpose to the enemy. The enemy looks to take apart Hindu Dharma one tradition at a time and this time, it’s the turn of Ramlila.
Comparing it to child pornography was bizarre as well as obscene. Such obscene remarks are engineered deliberately to reduce the credibility of a particular religion and the traditions attached to them.
In a disdainful manner, Prakash Raj added “Ram, Sita coming in a helicopter which is the pushpak viman. This instilled fear in the minorities, I am not comfortable with it. I understand them going to temple, there is an idol….that is our culture. But in full public, why do this natak (drama)….?”
It seems that Raj’s bigotry was stoked because Hindus dared to make a public display of their beliefs. The same Raj will happily lap it up when the Pope goes around conducting public mass and exhorting missionaries to plant the cross in Asia, or when a drama re-enacting Christ’s crucifixion is played out, or when countries celebrate the legend of a genial old man in a flying sled pulled by flying reindeers.
I am sure you have across many obscene drawings of Hindu gods and loathsome memes against the Hindu gods circulating on social media? It is part of the same strategy which seeks to defile the sanctity of Hindu religion.
Ramlila is an on-stage dramatic enactment of the life of Bhagwan Rama according to the Hindu itihasa Ramayana. It includes the many dramatic plays and dance events that are performed during Navaratri.
The Ramlila festivities were declared as one of the “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in the year 2008. Ramlila is particularly notable in historically important Hindu cities of Ayodhya, Varanasi, Vrindavan, Almora, Satna and Madhubani – cities in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.
Not only in Bharat but this dramatic play migrated into southeast Asia in the 1st millennium CE, and Ramayana based Ramlila is a part of performance arts culture of Indonesia particularly the Hindu communities of Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Bali.
In the 19th and 20th centuries colonial era, when the Bharatiya diaspora moved into European colonies as contracted servants, the cultural celebration of Ramlila is now found in many parts of the world such as the Caribbean, Mauritius, Africa, Fiji, Malaysia, and Singapore. It is also found in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand wherever the Bharatiya diaspora is settled.
A Professor of Sanskrit epics John Brockington in his book ‘The Sanskrit Epics’ (1998) has noted that Ramlila is most likely an ancient tradition because it is commonly accepted fact by all academics and scholars alike that written manuscripts came into the domain much later and traditions were passed down orally from one generation to the next.
Making jarring remarks about something so prominent and central to Hindu culture is abominable at best and must be condemned. Ramlilas are an effective way to spread the message of morality, ethics, justice as well as importance of good conduct to the masses. It seems the modern day filmstars are quite intolerant of that fact and want it to be replaced by their movies, which are not only empty from a values point of view but loaded with tons of anti-Hindu propaganda.
By equating Ramlila with child pornography, Prakash Raj has degraded the value of Hindu traditions and suggested that they should be banned, just like child pornography. What I fail to understand is why should Hindus discard their traditions just because a bunch of influencers from the cultural Marxist establishment do not approve?
What Prakash Raj has done is akin to blasphemy. He has clearly hurt Hindu sentiments here. No apology will suffice for this hostility he has committed against the Hindu traditions. However, unlike adherents of other religions, Hindus will not call for his beheading for this act of blasphemy – we just want that full provisions of the existing law are brought to bear against him.
Prakash Raj, a Christian convert is no stranger to making derogatory remarks against Hindus. “You do not know about cows. You know about cow urine. If you want to wash your clothes, you need 1 kg cow dung and 2 litres of cow urine. You then need to mix all of this and wash your clothes. Why because, except for cow urine, you do not know anything else. So, do not give us this story,” he has said in the past.
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