Is your ancient culture a burden for you?
...... I have taken broad-mindedness to mean something not constricted by traditional values and in that sense, it is something to break free from the conventions, just for the sake of it. As you must have guessed by now, this broad-mindedness is a pseudo or superficial broad-mindedness.
I have read very few works of 'The Mahakavi', from them I can realize the context you are referring to here.I consider Subramania Bharathi as my role model in his fight for safeguarding, preserving and promoting our heritage and culture, while at the same time calling for so many pioneering reforms, much ahead of one's times. These two roles may outwardly look paradoxical, but a deeper analysis will reveal that there is no conflict at all and both can co-exist with perfect harmony.
I request you to read his poems more to understand this more clearly, without any confusion whatsoever.
Nowadays, I find that many Brahmins in the name of being very broad-minded are prepared to overthrow the traditions built upon by our intelligent ancestors, terming them as meaningless, irrelevant, cultural shackles and outmoded. This kind of behaviour is quite shocking to say the least.
When they feel that the identity of being a Brahmin is nothing but a tag around one’s neck and is to be discarded by the educated, forward looking and accommodative class. All the customs and practices that are identified with a particular community are no longer valid in the present scheme of things and the time has come to mix with others, so as not to be left out of the cultural revolution.
“I am not the type who carry this bad reputation of carrying the burden of my ancestral past. I am a person with progressive ideas and am willing to change or reform myself so as to remain in tune with the rest of the population, lest I shall stand isolated”?
I do agree with the above. There is no cause to condemn anyone who wishes to follow tradition in his/her personal life.....I do not support mere pretence of following one's traditions. Similarly following some traditions without knowing their meaning or purpose is not appreciable, but at the same time doesn't require condemnation.
No sir, your response is very unclear to me. I request you to address my questions as directly as you can please. I would greatly appreciate your response.Hope I have made myself clear.
Dear Shri Nara,...What I find is, people do not fall into two neat categories, but fall along a continuum, with totally traditional on one end and totally rejecting everything traditional on the other end. There are very few people in either extreme, if any. Most people bunch around the center.
Here, I feel most people feel their position in this continuum to be the ideal mix; anything more traditional being impractical and not worldly-wise, and anything more anti-traditional being heretical. This is the root cause of various povs even as reflected here in this forum.Most people fall short of whatever they may feel as the ideal behavior, some are aware of it, and some are not. So, I think there is no cause for singling out just those who may have a more relaxed outlook as pseudo, superficial etc.
Dear Shri sangom, you are expressing a fear that has no basis in fact. Nobody I see participating here forcing anybody to do anything. Nobody from the "broad-minded" side deriding or using pejorative terms against those on the other side of the spectrum. We all present our ideas. They will sell only to the extent they make sense and are acceptable.....But when it is told that this shall happen and so it is better all tambrams to shed all their inhibitions and make a fast move towards that end, right now, it becomes unsettling to many who find comfort and solace in their present position and are not prepared for any rapid changes.
Dear Shri Nara,Dear Shri sangom, you are expressing a fear that has no basis in fact. Nobody I see participating here forcing anybody to do anything. Nobody from the "broad-minded" side deriding or using pejorative terms against those on the other side of the spectrum. We all present our ideas. They will sell only to the extent they make sense and are acceptable.
So, I think your fear that the spectrum is moving too fast to the liking of masses cannot be supported. If it indeed is moving too fast, then, that is because the mass has chosen to move fast, not because they are forced to move. This will happen only if our arguments are persuasive, and if that is so, you can't find any fault with that.
We have had this discussion in icm thread as well. I think we on this side of the spectrum have every right to present our views and leave it to the people to decide how fast or how far they want to move. What I find objectionable is characterizing the people on my side of the spectrum as pseudo and superficial as Shri Pannvalan has done.
I wish to conclude this post by saying that one shall not utilize his scholastic achievements to defend wrong things in life.
Dear Shri Nara,
I think I have not been clear. What I meant was an exhortation that the movement towards the liberal end is sure to happen and so please move now itself, is the thing which unsettles. It is not only with reference to icms but many other issues as well. And If not you there are others whose post sound in this fashion, at least to my limited understanding.
Dear Shri Sangom, this is also an unfounded fear, IMO..... What I meant was an exhortation that the movement towards the liberal end is sure to happen and so please move now itself, is the thing which unsettles. It is not only with reference to icms but many other issues as well. And If not you there are others whose post sound in this fashion, at least to my limited understanding.
In my view, the majority, which you say will be somewhere around the middle, will slowly but inexorably inch towards the non-traditional end. But when it is told that this shall happen and so it is better all tambrams to shed all their inhibitions and make a fast move towards that end, right now, it becomes unsettling to many who find comfort and solace in their present position and are not prepared for any rapid changes. It is similar to telling a small child that he/she will grow, become old and diseased and will die surely; the young mind will be shocked to even hear this, much less to accept it. I think if we become aware of this it will be better for all of us.
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