23 September, 2020

Delhi Diary

“What is wrong with faith?” an angry gent asked me recently. He was not a knickerwallah but a soft-spoken air force officer...

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My Own Sort of Hindu

“What is wrong with faith?” an angry gent asked me recently. He was not a knickerwallah but a soft-spoken air force officer. He argued with some passion that this magazine’s criticism of the Allahabad High Court judgement amounted to a rejection of faith. The officer explained he respected every community’s right to their belief; therefore, those other communities should respect the Hindu’s right to belief. He then asked me if I was a practising Hindu. I dodged the question.

I may not be a practising Hindu in the formal sense but I am not an atheist or even an agnostic. If anything, I am a vague sort of Hindu, the kind who prays at temples, mosques, churches and gurudwaras. I reckon if god exists, and it turns out He is not a Hindu, why take a chance. Spread your bets. Before someone stole my M.S. Subbulakshmi CD, I used to...

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