23 October, 2020

The Dog Matrix

Obscure, ingrained rituals cast a dark spell around Tamil Nadu’s cult of reason

AFP (From Outlook, May 3)
The Dog Matrix

The ‘Rationalist’ State

  • Men marry dogs
  • Young girls marry frogs, are whipped to exorcise spirits
  • Babies are buried in the sand
  • Coconuts are broken on devotees’ heads
  • A priest sucks blood out of a goat’s throat


Recently, Tamil Nadu got an ‘ISO certification’ from none other than Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “On many fronts today, Tamil Nadu is a role model for the rest of the country,” he said. “It has attained new heights in rural development and agrarian transformation. It is the hub of India’s dynamic automobile industry, has some of the most modern textile mills and a vibrant services economy.” What the PM could also have mentioned is that if you wish to set up a software park, are looking for excellent medical care or good education, Tamil Nadu is also the place for you.

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