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Religion in Kerala

March 11, 2009

I am doing this post thanks to Indyeah!!

Let me get the disclaimer out first!!I am, by no means an expert on religion. I know very little about organized religion,But I can talk about the functioning of the Human heart and mind.

I am not going to talk about the church scandals or things that I have heard on the news,But I am going to talk about my experiences with Religion in Kerala. Every state has its share of agnostics, atheist and Hardliners.This article is mainly about the hardliners. This is a candid post and if your religious sentiments are hurt, then that would make you a fundamentalist…:)

Let me start with the Christians. I absolutely love their way of life in Kerala and I love Easter and Christmas. There are so many sects in Kerala and a few are disliked by the Vatican as well. Apart from the food, the main reason why I like Christianity is the importance given to family, church and society and education. But something I get the feeling that people go “out of the way” to ensure that people get to know of their faith!!When I was in college, there “was” this friend of mine, let me call him Mr. X. X was educated in the north all his life and came to our college for his engineering and when he joined college, he was an agnostic, but somewhere, somehow things went wrong with him. A personal tragedy made him bitter and at that moment, thanks to another person Mr. Y, he got converted to the “Charismatic Pentecostal” movement and as any new convert; he went about spreading their message all across college and Trivandrum with a passion and he did manage to convert quite a few people in those four years.

At that time, I did notice a pattern in his approach. He always targeted people who were likely to be converted i.e. weak, feeble minded people and some of the methods he used bordered on stupidity like inviting a “susceptible candidate” for lunch and taking him to the “church meeting with lunch”!!!! I swear that I am not joking.

In my final year of engineering, we once had a one on one talk on religion for a good 4 hours (train journey from Cochin to Trivandrum) and some of things that he said were just insane and my arguments were useless coz he was so deeply convinced in the bible, about Adam and Eve and about everything!!!! He even wasted a few hours; in trying to get me see the Light!!!! (Poor him).

Some people have a habit of treating conversion like a “Marketing Study” and Mr. X did walk around like he had a target to meet every month!!! There have been other incidents as well. People have openly distributed flyers, stating that “Their Sect” can help you attain God and other religions are false (which I find so stupid). It has happened in the past and it will happen in the future. There is this half Indian (father from Kerala and mom from Japan) stand up comedian in the US called “Dan Ninan”.

In one of his shows, he very clearly states, “My father is from Kerala and we have around 20 millions Christians there. In the next ten years, there will be 500 millions Christians there”. (view link from time:- 0:55)

And what was irritating, was that people cheered him on when he said that. Last year, in a train journey from Cochin to Mumbai, I met another Malayalee and once we got talking, I asked him if he would be going back home for Onam. This reply was short and simple.

Ella…Onam namakku ella” (No… we don’t have Onam) and he gave me his “Christian Name”. I wanted to tell that him, that festivals are for all but the words, did not come out at that time.

Now let us move on to the Muslims. I simply love their Kerala style biriyani and ney chooru (ghee rice) and Ramzan is one of my favorite festivals thanks to the food!!! We had an Islamic centre near our college and the hostel warden was a professor in our college. Many of the Muslim students, stayed in that hostel and many did not. One of my close friends, Mr. P stayed in that hostel thanks to his religious parents!! Mr. P was an easy going chap and was interested in having a good life, watching movies, listening to music and he also liked to have a drink once in a while. Unfortunately for him, such things were frowned down upon in his hostel and many of his hostel-mates tried to change him by telling him that his lifestyle was against Islam. Many of the arguments were stupid and childish, is all I have to say.

Now let us move on to the professor. He openly favored the Muslims and finally in my fourth year, was severely warned by the education board!! My friend, Mr. P always had a hard time with that professor coz he was not “religious” as per that professor!!!! That was the sad state of affairs. Do people have to prove their religion by doing namaz 5 times a day and by not listening to music? I don’t think so!!! The Islamic centre for me represented the very problem that plagues our society!!!I have another friend Mr. D. Mr. D was educated all his life in the gulf and came to my college for his engineering. He was a brilliant student, had a modern outlook and he did not know a thing about his religion Islam. But unfortunately, by the fourth year, thanks to some systematic brain washing, he turned into a shadow of his former self and abstained from everything including music and movies, and I feel hurt every single time, I see him.The extreme northern part of Kerala (Malappuram, Kasargode) is synonymous with “Hindu-Muslim” hate riots. Few years back, people openly hoisted the Pakistan Flag in the city center in Malappuram when Pakistan won a cricket match and that led to a bloody battle between the Hindus and the Muslims and my friend from that place, still talks about it, about the violence.

Let me move on to my “Culture” Hinduism. For a religion that does not have any boundaries, it has its fair share of religious distortions and it has its fair share of fake Swamis, and I have not gone anywhere near them. Thankfully caste does not play an important role in modern day Kerala thanks to the efforts of countless people. But unfortunately, some people still live in a time warp and once, one person from my caste openly criticized me for being a blot on the caste. Since I am not going to tell you about my caste, we will leave it at that!!!!

But I would like to talk about Sabarimala. For a temple that rakes in millions, it has done very little for the pilgrims and it has done very little for the people with that money. My Uncle, Mr. Q is a very religious person, who after taking voluntary retirement runs an ashram in Chennai. Mr. Q has traveled to Sabarimala for the past 35 years (without fail) and I love accompanying him on the pilgrimage from Erumeli to Sabarimala. He also serves in the Akhila Bharatiya Ayyapa Seva Sangam, an organization which helps to provide food and water and other facilities to the pilgrims on the trek. Five years back, when I was involved in such activities, I was struck by the chaos around. All the facilities provided were meager and outdated (technology wise) but the people went about happily doing their duty. We still had to walk long distances to get food and water on the mountains.

The other grouse that I have with them is that they do not allow women. Yeah, we all know about the tradition about how Ayyappa is a bachelor, but some rules have just got to change is what I believe coz modern societies need to be governed by a common rule, not old traditions.I also will never ingratiate with the RSS and ABVP boyz. I have had ample opportunities to see them in action, thanks to my college, where student politics was everything.

There are also people from all other religions in Kerala. The Sikhs, Jains and the Buddists go about their business and the Cochin Jews still dream of going to Israel!!!!

Edited to Add: I would like other bloggers who are interested, in doing a post on their “personal” experiences with Religion in their home state.

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51 Comments leave one →
  1. Aathira permalink
    March 11, 2009 8:14 am

    I had no clue that there are some who are called the ‘Cochin Jews’!

    Exactly my feelings about the religion of Kerala. Christians in Kottayam, Muslims in Kasargode, and Hindus also the rest of the place! There are too many people preaching. Why don’t people just enjoy he food and festivities of all, and pray to whoever you want. What is 500 million followers of a religion going to show? The first thing that would come to me is we need Family Planning ASAP!

    Live and let live !

  2. Kislay permalink
    March 11, 2009 9:19 am

    Great Post man . You did not hesitate to call a spade , a spade . Kudos to your impartiality .

  3. Solilo permalink
    March 11, 2009 9:34 am

    Ajit, You wrote as is. Nothing fake, all real. Things have changed a lot even in Kerala. There was a time when people were not that religious but now religion is actually ruling people even in the most literate state of India and I see it as a danger because the more one becomes religious, the higher the chance of fanaticism.

    BTW I was watching this thought I will share with you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJuSuLB-CLg&feature=related

    Beautiful song.

  4. Indyeah permalink
    March 11, 2009 10:20 am

    Bravo Ajit!
    🙂
    so damn proud to read this unbiased ordinary guy’s views on religion as he knows it..
    We need exactly this kind of a discussion so that we get to know more about India as a whole:)

    and blogosphere is a rainbow of states and colours what bettre way to connect?:))

    LOL@poor him!
    😀

    hmm….this is a baton I wll be glad to pick up for UP sometime too:)and write about exactly what hypocrites live in what is supposedly my ‘home state’

    Bravo once again for calling it as you see it!
    🙂

    and like Solilo says the more religious one ets the more chnaces of his/her becoming a fanatic..

    loved this post Ajit..the things you have described food,and the simplicity is what I also like about some things..

    and at the end of the day we are Indians:)

  5. Bones permalink
    March 11, 2009 11:01 am

    Which college did you go to?It seems it was full of religious fundamentalist freaks 🙂
    On a serious note, this is a very good post…I don’t like people who proselytize and that’s why I’m not a big fan of those hard core foreign missionaries who prey on the vulnerable…If they are so interested in charity, why can’t they be charitable without converting the poor?

  6. Bones permalink
    March 11, 2009 11:03 am

    P.S. I don’t like the Hindu fundamentalists either who kill Christian tribals in order to ‘protect’ the number of Hindus…If they didn’t want the poor to convert, they should ensure that they are provided the essentials…

  7. Renu permalink
    March 11, 2009 11:57 am

    Good post ! As I see this religion has nothing to do with fanatics.

    I really dont like conversions whichever faith they are, becuase most of the time they are done for some requirement not for faith..if poor people need some acceptance and food and shelter become this……why cant they give without conversion? If you want to practice bigamy, become this…..Here religion is being misused.
    As per se I dont find anything wrong with the religions, its the people who are maligning them.

  8. Vinod_Sharma permalink
    March 11, 2009 12:37 pm

    Very honestly spoken. You are never going to be “saved”. And that is your real blessing.

    The strategy that your friend Y applied is used universally…they identify and go after the feeble-minded. Bobby Jindal, to me, is a prime example…he even got into exorcism, will you believe it?
    I have personally faced conversion attacks when I was a kid in a missionary school. All because I happily wore a cross. My parents had no problem because they taught us that God is one and all religion are to be respected. But that, except to those who are blind, is not the way most non-Hindus look at religion and God. The more religious they are, the more fanatic they usually tend to be.

  9. nimis540 permalink
    March 11, 2009 1:25 pm

    Bravo..Balanced and unbiased article covering almost all aspects in our land…

    Honestly speaking,I never encountered any conversion-specialist all my life,of 10 yrs in a convent.. Maybe I didn’t notice it..

    Muslims leaders **cough cough** in kerala are gay people (no offense to gays,but i don’t know how to call Panakkad or Kunajlikutty or KP Abubaker) If I had a gun,i would ahve shoot down them all,oh,then i don’t want to go to jail and spoil my life for killing worms..shitty worms..

    I have not seen any extremist hindus,except in TV ,those RSS guys and ladies who shout ‘Oh,muslims raped my grand grand grand mom and i am here to take revenge against that’.. **rolls eyes**

    In all,Kerala was and is the best religiously harmonious place in India.and I hope it will remain the same.. Any people who try to spoil the fabric of our society should be drowned in Arabian sea.

    Luckily,we don’t hear any hate speech against others religions,atleast in public,do we ?

  10. J P Joshi permalink
    March 11, 2009 3:02 pm

    Agree with you 100%. Religion in any part of South Asia has got really misused in the past few years – it has always been misused through the ages though. I like the wisdom of this saying attributed to Guru Nanak, which goes something like this, “You are no body to protect religion, religion is the one which protects you”.

  11. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 11, 2009 4:09 pm

    🙂 aathira, there are jews in Cochin as well and there is also a old synagogue in mattanchery.. 🙂

    500 millions did not mean having more kids … it meant conversion… 🙂

    yes Live and let live!!

    Thanks Kislay… 🙂

    Hey Solilo,
    Thanks for the song… 🙂 one of my fav. films….
    yes, fanaticism is on the increase in Kerala.. but situ is much better than other parts of India.

  12. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 11, 2009 4:12 pm

    Indyeah,
    and blogosphere is a rainbow of states and colours what better way to connect?:))
    —-
    wah wah… what a line… 😛

    we are all indians… 🙂

    Bones,
    My college also consisted of 95 % sane people… 🙂 the post was the other 5 % ..:)
    yes Bones, you have a valid point… I completely agree…

    Renu,
    good line…
    As per se I dont find anything wrong with the religions, its the people who are maligning them
    —-
    it is always about power and people….

  13. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 11, 2009 4:15 pm

    Vinod Sir,
    Thanks Sir…
    I did not know that about Bobby jindal… will read up on him now…

    hi nimmy,
    I also did not face a problem in the 10 years of education i did in christian mission school in chennai when I was a kid… 🙂

    but people have changed now.. 🙂
    and LOL about the Muslim league… 🙂
    I love this line…
    In all,Kerala was and is the best religiously harmonious place in India.and I hope it will remain the same.. Any people who try to spoil the fabric of our society should be drowned in Arabian sea.
    —-
    No, I have not heard any hate speeches as well… 🙂

    Thanks JPJ Sir,
    great line:
    You are no body to protect religion, religion is the one which protects you
    —-

  14. Vinod_Sharma permalink
    March 11, 2009 4:18 pm

    Ajit, you can start on Bobby Jindal from a post I had written…you’ll get links too.

    http://vinodksharma.blogspot.com/2008/06/obama-and-jindalhanuman-and-monkey.html

  15. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 11, 2009 4:27 pm

    Thanks Vinod Sir…

  16. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 11, 2009 4:39 pm

    Indyeah, why dont you do a post on your experiences with religion ???
    I ask everyone to do it… 🙂

  17. vimmuuu permalink
    March 11, 2009 6:03 pm

    I had written a similar one last year :

    http://vimalsparadise.blogspot.com/2008/10/i-just-hate-my-forefathers.html

    Not so detailed as yours though.

  18. J P Joshi permalink
    March 11, 2009 6:14 pm

    Sorry, the earlier post was done and posted in a hurry. Firstly, I agree with you completely. Secondly, I do believe religion is important for humans to live a fulfilling life – everyone believes in some religion or the other, even atheists, and we need to respect that because that is their personal choice. I too hate conversions and am totally against forced conversions. However, if someone wants to convert willingly then that is his personal business. What I find disconcerting is ‘illciting’ conversions by spreading misinformation.

    I believe everyone is a believer – what one believes in is immaterial – so if you address other religion people as non believers then you need to do a rethink. I believe in the omnipotence, omnipresent, and omniscience of God, and so do all other religions that I know of. If that be so what is the harm in considering anything as God, because God is present everywhere, as long as you don’t think that God is only present in what you believe in. This is the mindset that ‘illicits’ conversions and is also the mindset that doesnot stop at anything to facilitate conversions – I am against this mindset.

  19. J P Joshi permalink
    March 11, 2009 6:46 pm

    Forgive me for a third comment… the word in the last post should be ‘soliciting’ and not ‘illiciting’; ‘solicits’ and not ‘illicits’. Sorry for this faux pas.

  20. Ajith permalink
    March 11, 2009 7:56 pm

    Ajit aliya, Great post!!! I have seen similar characters in my life as well. I have a friend who always carry a bunch of religious leaflets and await an opportunity to distribute it to us. Sometimes I feel they are nothing better than those insane ‘Amway’ idiots who are absolutely disgusting. I wonder why do these people behave abnormally as if they are programmed ‘conversion machines’ and act like jokers.

    So happy to see clear minded people in blogosphere, free from ‘miracles’ and ‘Sacred lights’ 🙂

    I truly believe the coming generations will be much more intelligent and smarter and soon the religious hardliners will be isolated and the entire religious system will be uprooted. I believe that we don’t have to be religious to lead a honest and happy life.

  21. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 12, 2009 3:14 am

    beautifully said JPJ Sir…
    I believe everyone is a believer – what one believes in is immaterial – so if you address other religion people as non believers then you need to do a rethink
    ——
    I dont think that we could put this any better than this… 🙂

    Vimmuuu, yes aliya I read it… and it is insightfull… 🙂

    Ajith,
    Thanks aliya…
    and yes, I also belive that the future race will not have much place for religion as we know it know… and I hope it happens…

  22. hitch writer permalink
    March 12, 2009 6:46 am

    I for one have not objection if some religions bearers are strong believers in their religion and want to try and convert others to take their religion…

    I would never buy that as I thing religion means nothing to me ..

    However I am totally against those who violently kill these convertors !!!

    The convertors dont use force… In my state in Gujarat, in remote villages there are christian missionary schools since as long as we can remember… they give free education… I remember one instance when at a district level sprint contest under 14 I was from a City School , bare feet in my own vest !! Where as a bloke from a remote Dediapada village which at that point had only one bus depot and one std booth in their village stood besides me in spikes, and a proper track suit that the olympians wear !!!

    He was very poor, which was evident, but they were getting that facility from a christian missionary school which may have been converting them !!!

    They were converting tribals !! But they were extending a helping hand and doing it… later we found lots of hindu groups going to these tribal areas for medical camps etc to stop this conversion…

    All in all I felt thanks to the christians wanting to convert the tribals they even made the hindu’s worry bout the tribals !! Eventually what religion they follow doesnt matter, atleast the tribals were being looked after although with vested interests !!!

    However violent groups who kill each other should not be allowed to survive !!

  23. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 12, 2009 6:54 am

    Dhiru Bhai,

    You have a valid point… trying to convert people is fine with me… but claiming that others are bad… is not…. 🙂

    is the point I wanted to raise… 🙂
    but yes, violence…based on religion is something that i abhor as well….

    The main point, that i wanted to bring out in the article was about the hardliners….

  24. How do we know permalink
    March 12, 2009 8:49 am

    i HAVE to say that this is among the better posts that i have read today.. and i must have read at least 50 so far. 🙂

  25. Quirky Indian permalink
    March 12, 2009 8:50 am

    Interesting post, OG. I have encountered these Mr. X types in Mumbai as well.

    I have a feeling things are going to get a bit worse in Kerala. Apparently, a number of people are returning from the Gulf, and with unemployment, there will be unrest and many more people will find “religion”.

    Quirky Indian

  26. Usha Pisharody permalink
    March 12, 2009 1:34 pm

    Ajith, you brought out the situation in Kerala, just as it is! The unvarnished reality.
    I have friends here, in Kerala, who are Christians, Muslims, and partake in their festivities too 🙂
    But yes, the hardliners : they are always the problem arent they?
    And now, with elections close, the Bishops, the priests in Church have started indoctrination in their own congregations, the Mullahs from their perch in the towers… games are played on the common man.
    To have to identify oneself with one’s religion on every form one fills up, first of all is what I would like to see removed from our governance. Would that ever happen? *sigh* That is a rhetorical question:)
    And while each of us has his or her religion, faith, belief, [as JP has said, each one is a believer, no matter what it is that he/she believes in!] and that should be personal.
    Even soliciting conversion, is repugnant, the very thought of it; for whatever reason is given. Soliciting, not opting voluntarily. that is a different ball game altogether.
    Wonderful post, for its getting to the nitty gritty of life here. Good show!

  27. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 12, 2009 4:13 pm

    Thanks HDWK 🙂

    yeah QI, with the recession is full swing, people are coming back and have time in their hands… 🙂

    Yes Usha, Thanks!!
    Now the church is also making its way into politics…. 😦
    and the muslim league is neck deep in it… 🙂 and the RSS and ABVP boys are always in it…

  28. Ashwathy permalink
    March 12, 2009 4:50 pm

    beautifully written. nice language, very straight forward and to the point. yes i agree with ur views totally. for all the literacy that Kerala boasts about, it sure follows some completely nonsensical practices!

  29. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 12, 2009 5:04 pm

    🙂 Thanks Aswathy

  30. kanagu permalink
    March 12, 2009 5:25 pm

    quite a true and hard hitting post Ajit.. I also know some persons who are converted and always speak about those religious things.. It’s a hell man!!! whatever those father’s preaches is really bad and they are drifting away from the normal life.. all they have to say is ‘Jesus’, ‘Jesus’ all the time… my friend has changed only some 4 or 5 years ago.. now claims as a complete christian..

    I don’t know much about muslim practice but in Hindus practice I don’t see much arrogance.. but still those Senas and RSS makes me sick like anything 😦

  31. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 12, 2009 5:34 pm

    😦 kanagu… no words…

  32. Solilo permalink
    March 12, 2009 8:20 pm

    OG, Your banner 🙂

    Lal Salaam!

  33. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 12, 2009 10:23 pm

    It is thanks to you Solilo….
    I have started playing around with gimp…. 🙂

  34. Anrosh permalink
    March 12, 2009 11:48 pm

    if you ask me religion about my state — i will have to start with RSS indoctrination…but nah– i am not even going there.

    if religion means celebrating i am with you
    i love “til gul gya godd godd bhola to..bhurra na manna holi hai to ganpati bhappa morya to..rassgholla for dussehera to phatake on diwali and rum cake and port wine”

    i will be with you to celebrate everything..song and dance and food and wine..

  35. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 12, 2009 11:54 pm

    well said anrosh… 🙂

    rum cake and port wine.. is something that I love….:)

  36. Solilo permalink
    March 13, 2009 12:59 am

    GIMP is fun. Photoshop too. But my laptop with photoshop crashed so I didn’t bother. I use GIMP now. Started with photos for scrap book but now onto banners.

  37. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 13, 2009 1:44 am

    solilo,
    yes, I have only now have started exploring the world of photo morphing…. 🙂
    Gimp is a freeware… 🙂 that is why I went ahead with that…
    now I am exploring gimp for my wordpress move… 🙂 LOL

  38. Mannu permalink
    March 13, 2009 10:19 am

    Nice post. spawning religion is creating more fanatics, more troubles, more subversion of scientific(read systematic-line-of-reasoning) values.

  39. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 13, 2009 4:08 pm

    yes dude… agree

  40. vishesh permalink
    March 13, 2009 4:40 pm

    dude this post is as long as a 9 ghacham vesti! will come back and read,after my boards!(not complaining,just can’t get my subject stuff out to read properly)..

  41. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 13, 2009 4:46 pm

    best of luck dude in your boards…. 🙂

  42. Smitha permalink
    March 15, 2009 6:05 am

    @Ajit, This was such a wonderful, honest post! I so agree with you on everything you have said. One of the things that really get to me is the fact that in our secular country, religion, unfortuntaly seems to be becoming all the more important thanks to our politicians, trying to cater as much as possible to the hardliners, in every religion! How I wish religion, was confined to one’s the personal space!

  43. Happy Kitten permalink
    March 15, 2009 8:26 am

    Kudos Ordinary Guy with an extraordinary perception.. this post cannot be more balanced.

    You have bit upon the hard truth and the only reason that I myself do want to jump into the Arabian Sea is your own perception that your college had only 95% of such individuals. The % of “believers” in the generation that I belong to is surely higher . And if you look at the Gulf population, it is even higher… and as Quirky Indian comments, those back in India better brace up for more “thamashas” in the name of religion since there is surely going to be an exodus.

    Sometimes I wish someone would invent a hammer to get some sense into these individuals.

  44. amit permalink
    March 15, 2009 11:11 pm

    The way things are right now, the person who does not follow any particular religion is the happiest. Its a whirlpool which people use to gain personal interests. Sad but true.

  45. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 16, 2009 6:03 am

    hey Smitha!!!!!!!!! you are back!!!
    Thanks!!!
    yes religion ==> personal space for me…. 🙂 hope others get the point as well in the future…

    Happy kitten,
    THanks…
    I said 95 % were sane…. 🙂
    yes, Kerala has to prepare for the exodus from gulf now…. and hope people are strong enough….

    Amit,
    I second what you say….

  46. Happy Kitten permalink
    March 16, 2009 6:43 am

    Exactly Ajit.. What I meant is that the % of “insane” is higher in the next (older) generation (which includes me).

    But then, when I myself was in college it was never like this nor were my Parents “insane”, so I guess this religious fervour has to be a recent development. It has caught the weak and is pulling the rest too. Even I studied in a Covent School and there was Catechism for the Catholics and Moral Science for the rest. There was no talk about religion in any of these Moral Scns classes but it was only general topics. As for College, we were four great frnds… one was a Hindu, one a Muslim and then myself and my cousin (Christians).

    In fact my perception on Nuns and Priests changed with the “Abhaya” case and then I got married to someone who had already lost his “sense of awe and respect” about the whole concept of priesthood and maybe even Church. But this does not mean that we have lost our faith in the Almighty. Our faith is stronger than ever but it is personal.

    But if 95% in your generation is sane then all is not lost.. I am sure your generation can drum some sense into the oldies who are straying and maybe even the younger ones 🙂

  47. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 16, 2009 6:50 am

    ok HK…. 🙂 now got your point!!

    yes, religion, as many people have said… has to be kept personal… and it should never intermingle with the functioning of the state…

    I hope the “secular” people stand up and be counted….
    Thanks for letting me know your view point….

    God is God, but religion has corrupted what God stands for…

    God bless people like you HK…

  48. Chirag permalink
    March 16, 2009 8:50 am

    Cochin Jews?? A bit surprised. But the truth here is speaking volumes. Duse, any religious fundamentalists are a cancer to the society my friends from Kerala tell me such tale and am just stunned. Great Piece man.

  49. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 16, 2009 11:07 pm

    thanks chirag… yeah, cochin jews have been in Kerala for hundreds of years…. 🙂

  50. Winnie the poohi permalink
    March 17, 2009 12:06 pm

    Umm I have heard that kerela’s college is full of politics.. wherein every one of the ppl get involved.. do a post about that too 🙂

  51. Raj permalink
    April 11, 2009 6:17 am

    Very good posting!! seriously!!

    Feels comfort in reading it. Very hard to see straightforward pure Indian writing these days about religion. Everything is biased or superficial. This one simple, but quite striking.

    We have to emerge as Indians, in proud of our identity as Indians – than confined to shallow worlds of religions.

    OG: thanks dude…. i was apprehensive when i first wrote this….. 🙂 thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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