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Just Shoot Me

Bala, 28, Gordon Gekko in the making, pseudo-intellectual, cynic, bibliophile, obsessive compulsive ranter...

What does one do with a racist? Part Deux

May 22, 2006

In today's letters to editor of the Hindu a certain "K Vedamurthy" from Chennai writes the following :

The decision reminds one of Will Durant's statement: "No one man, however brilliant or well-informed, can come in one lifetime to such fullness of understanding as to safely judge and dismiss the customs or institutions of his society, for those are the wisdom of generations after centuries of experiment in the laboratory of history.

The above letter is about the Tamil Nadu Govt's decision to allow any person to become a temple priest irrespective of his caste.

If only racism could get any subtler!!. Among the customs and institutions my society developed after centuries of experiment (careful development) in the laboratory of History include this and this. So it goes like this - when you think about someone burning a woman in her husband's pyre, accept the wisdom of your ancestors, because you are but a single man.

Whats funny about the whole letter is this - the same guy (i am pretty sure that it is the same K Vedamurthy) once had a war of letters in the LtoE pages of The Hindu with the cultural attache of american consulate in Chennai regarding the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This guy claimed that the Americans used the A-bomb on Japan and not on Germany because they were racists. This was in 1995 or 96. It doesnt take a white man to be a racist, a lot of that despicable species walk and live amongst us brown people too.. oh and they write letters to editor too..

PS : On reading this post, i think it is too harsh. I am denouncing everyone who opposes the decision as a racist. But then, why else would one oppose the decision?
posted by Bala, 4:38 PM


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