I was reading the recent post written by our blogger friend anoobhooti. A line in that post made me think. She wrote:
“if i share something then it means i agree with that and like that”.
My thoughts went back to something that happened long time ago. I had a wonderful boss. She was a devout Catholic. I was telling her about a jovial article came in the newspaper at that time. Up until that time only Italians were elected as Pope. That was the first time the cardinals in Rome elected a non-Italian as their Pope.
A columnist wrote (jovially) next time they would even elect a Jewish Pope.
When I told her about the article, she was not happy about it. She plainly told me she was not happy to hear that from me. I said “hey, I just quoted what that guy wrote in the newspaper”. She said if you quote/share someone’s words it means you agree with what was said. I, being a Catholic, don’t like that joke.
This brings me to the latest controversy in Tamil Nadu. Mr. Vairamuthu, a Tamil poet (who is also an atheist) gave a speech on Aandal. Aandal was a Tamil female mystic poet who lived in the 7th century. She is worshipped as a Goddess by Tamil speaking hindus. Mr. Vairamuthu said Aandal was a “devadasi”. He said he was quoting from a research paper submitted by an American scholar.
The Devadasi system was a religious practice in parts of South India in which a girl was married to the temple deity and was expected to serve the deity for the rest of her life. It has been associated with the oppressive practice of women and young girls being regarded as temple property and sexually exploited. (Courtesy: Scroll.in)
Lot of people are opposing and supporting Mr. Vairamuthu’s speech.