27 October, 2020

Ishq, Ishq, Ishq

When Cupid lurks in every tehsil and every taluka, St Valentine is not so "foreign" after all.

Sandeep Adhwaryu
Ishq, Ishq, Ishq
outlookindia.com
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Will love conquer the RSS? Romantic love has always been the dangerous enemy of traditional societies, especially ours. When 15-year-old Vishal, a Brahmin, fell in love with 16-year-old Sonu, a Jat, their parents killed them for violating the social order. As the Manusmriti thunders: "A Brahmin who takes a Sudra wife to his bed will (after death) sink into hell." But love knows no caste nor creed. Love upsets the social status quo. No wonder Bal Thackeray and his Sainiks say love is a "foreign concept" and hate Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day cards. No wonder youths belonging to the abvp take out marches against the "love culture".

Love might infuse some destabilising democracy into a feudal and fossilised society. When the poet Baz Bahadur fell in love with his Hindu queen Rani Roopmati, he wasn’t thinking of the dictates of his religion.

Love transcends politics and leads a pracharak and a sanyasin into the jaws of media gossip and public scandal when there should be no reason for either. Why should Uma Bharati and Govindacharya or for that matter anyone...

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