Raksha Bandhan – A hindrance For Development Of Women Society?
28 July, 2008
Raksha Bandhan, Hindu festival (now infiltrated to all
other religions) is coming near & I sat down to recall that two years back
I had opposed openly (which actually I am doing from childhood at my home) this
festival for many reasons. Two years back I had got many replies from friends
those opposed me on this (except one reply from friend named Mukesh Kumar),
i.e. they were in favor of celebrating this festival thinking this festival is
more than a Hindu festival. So this time I’ll make some points more clear those
might have been left last time.
First point there is no historical background of festival. (If some lady tied a
thread on some other king’s wrist & he won, that’s just a fiction, not
history!! Nor a simple thread can make someone to win). There is a chanting of
holy mantra in Hinduism
Yena baddho Balee raajaa daanavendro mahaabalah |
Tena twaam anubadhnaami rakshe maa chala maa chala ||
It means, “I am tying a Raksha to you, similar to the one tied to Bali, the
powerful king of the demons. Oh Raksha, be firm, do not waver.” How this
simple, annually recurring act of tying the Rakhi on one’s wrist can evoke such
strong and intense emotions in a person is indeed surprising & interesting
that NASA should take some project over this!! Ohh... I think we should tie 5-6
Rakhis to the each & every army men at front so as they all become
strong…!! (Or they be firm, don’t waver while raping innocent girls, women as
happened in Kashmir & north eastern states)
This is common notion set (set by Brahmins) in the minds of people that
relation of Brother-Sister is pure love, effective etc but it’s not true as
more than 80% of world don’t celebrate this festival & they are strong
enough than Indians (here consider under nutrition people also). On the one
hand when Indian people don’t accept a girl child, (consider sex ratio here)
women society faces discrimination in all respects but afterward thinking of
festivals like Raksha Bandhan, Women’s Empowerment Day seems to be funny!!
When sister ties a thread on the wrist of brother & asks him to protect her
in difficulties. Don’t all you think this it's showing or impelling that women
society is not capable/eligible for protecting herself & she always needs a
help. Isn’t it showing that the women society is inferior & can’t help
own-self? (Here also consider what Manu Smrti says “Before marriage women
should be under protection of father, after marriage under protection of
husband, after death of husband she should be under protection of children,”
i.e. she is never free & can’t do anything on her own will.) After few days
of Raksha Bandhan here comes the “Bhaiya Dhuj” festival, on this day sister
prays for long life of brother. But there is no such festival on the day when
brother will pray for sister’s long life. Isn’t it a best way to keep women
society down always & not to give many chances for growth?
If women society still needs her brothers to protect her from her husband or
if she still looks at the face of brother to get help, this shows nothing but
the lack of confidence & sense of inferiority complex caused by society
only; henceforth I’ll say there is no meaning of women empowerment (forget about
Dalit women) then, which many women organizations are claiming loudly!! Raksha
Bandhan is itself a Bandhan (hindrance) for development of women society.
This festival is celebrated in many parts of India under different names; this
is known as Narial Poornima or Coconut Full Moon in Mumbai’s famous beaches.
Coconuts are thrown into the sea to propitiate (calm down) the Sea God, Varuna.
This is the height of stupidity in Hinduism!!
Now rationally thinking is a special day needed to pour all the love, care,
attachment? Do we need a special day like Rakhi for sister, mother’s day for
mother, and father’s day for father or Valentine day for girlfriend-boyfrien d?
(it shouldn’t be considered my opposition to “V-Day” is due to its western
origin, likewise RSS, VHP people do without knowing what does western culture
means; wearing jeans, coats, ties & opposing western culture seems funny,
isn’t it?) Poor people spend at least 100’s of rupees on Rakhi’s, albeit of the
fact that they can hardly afford to celebrate money wasting occasions like
Diwali, Dushara, Rakhi but still these mental slaves are willing to celebrate
and as a consequences be more credited with loads of money to be repaid back .
These all are the beautiful carved tactics of businessmen & pundit-pujaris
to earn money & to trap poor illiterate innocent people .all these
businessman’s are not from the downtrodden communities, these are all Baniyas,
Thakurs, Rajputs etc. All these people are highly educated but the fact is only
downtrodden the untouchables are illiterate. On “Shivratri” give milk to
pundit-pujaris, on “Diwali” give sweets to pundit-pujaris, on “Holi” give
“bhang” to drink. All these are nothing but the tactics so as the business of
temples keeps ongoing… Wake up friends!!!