From Anand Teltumbde's 'Khairlanji - A strange and bitter crop'
From Anand Teltumbde's 'Khairlanji - A strange and bitter crop' :
Contrary to the image of India being a nonviolent society, violence has always been ingrained in the 'Hindu' societal structure, where inequality is ideologised and rigidified with divine sanction. Any transgression of this social code is supposed to invite the wrath of divine forces. It is not for nothing that the Hindu gods personify violence. In no other religion are gods depicted bearing deadly weapons and indulging in macabre violence. The Hindus would argue that this violence is against evil and is hence reassuring to those who are virtuous. The definition of virtue and vice however rests on caste ideology, as we saw in Khairlanji. Those who abide by this ideology are supposed to be virtuous and those who defy it are evil. Those who challenge this framework are reminded by the weapon-wielding gods of the violent end they would face. In Khairlanji, the caste Hindus wielded these weapons. All this is embedded in and communicated through what could be summarily put as 'Hindu culture'. Nowhere has such an effective and self-regulative system ever been devised. It is this feature of the system that has seemingly governed Indian history for over two millenia. This intrinsic violence has kept a multitude of masses within bondage they are forced to accept as their karma, their fate. ...
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