During his visit to Pune, Sharad Pawar arranged meetings with Brahmin organizations. This meeting was really timely. Because right now the issue of caste duality is spreading rapidly through social media. The Brahmin community is portrayed as the enemies of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Shambhaji Maharaj. Also, Sharad Pawar is openly blaming millions of people for racism. In an environment of religious pollution, the meeting of Brahmin organizations with Sharad Pawar was very important. However, the news (Lok Satta – May 21) read that 12 to 15 Brahmin organizations will be attending the meeting and two organizations, the Brahmin Federation and Parashuram Seva Sangh, will not be attending the meeting. He demanded that Pawar clarify his stance on his ministers before the meeting. It is very unfortunate for the Brahmin community that these two institutions are away from the meeting. Sharad Pawar is not only a senior and experienced politician, he is also a very moderate and strategic leader. The decision to participate in the discussion after the completion of the preconditions is only the immaturity of the idea. Such a decision will not solve the problems and grievances of the Brahmin community. Public discussion is not required in advance. These two Brahminical institutions should try to find a way through open discussion with Pawar. The other 15 organizations participating in the conference belong to these Brahmins. The non-participation of two Brahmin organizations in this meeting will create opposition to the remaining 15 Brahmin communities. I think they should take part in the discussion keeping in view the interests of the Brahmins rather than the conditions.
– Sharad Bapat, Pune
This is a politically misguided move.
I read the article ‘History and Present (Greece Lessons-1)’ by Girish Kuber in ‘If Not’. ‘The burdens of history do not have to flow in the present ..’ This is a lesson that even a small country can teach India. India was ruled by Muslim and British rulers for about a thousand years. The whole country will be immersed in it for hundreds of years to correct the injustices they have committed in history under the slogan of reaction to action. It can only lead to religious riots in the society. The country goes back to the Stone Age. It is completely inappropriate to politicize religious identities for immediate political gain. Today, as inflation peaks in the last 22 years, the entire country is looking towards the Gnanavapi Mosque. This is a politically misguided path. Many ‘subjects’ such as the Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar and Mathura are being taken out of the ship. It is endless. These discussions should be paused and focused on development. Inflation, unemployment, inequality are the basic problems of the people. Achieving ‘Sab Ka Saath Sab Ka Vikas’ requires maintaining peace, tranquility, harmony and unity.
– Dr. Vikas Inamdar, Pune
Do you see positive effects on the economy?
‘RBI pays dividend of Rs. 30,307 crore to the Center ‘(May 21). The accompanying box also reads the details of dividends paid by the Reserve Bank to the Central Government over the last three years. With a budget deficit (Rs 15.91 lakh crore this year), it is clear that the government will look at different sources of revenue. Since coming to power in 2014, the government seems to have found new sources of revenue called the ‘excise tax on fuel’ or cess. The central government has mobilized Rs 3.73 lakh crore through this in 2020-21. It is also understood that Rs 10.72 lakh crore (unwritten) debts of the industrial world have been written off during the last seven years under the Central Government, which has been raising revenue in various ways. How can a government that oppresses the masses be so kind to industrialists? The question is whether all these positive effects are visible in the country’s economy! So whose, where and what is wrong?
Shailesh no. Purohit, Mulund East (Mumbai)
It is dangerous to think that religion is bigger than the country
You will notice that most of the controversies going on in the country right now are related to this religion. Many controversies have arisen as to why some conservative organizations and parties have succeeded in convincing the public to some extent of how their religion is in crisis. The mentality of believing religion to be greater than the nation is leading the country towards degeneration. Many speakers are calling for a debate and the news channels are committing the sin of further deteriorating the atmosphere. The country will have to pay a heavy price if the charities succeed in creating religious divisions and burning their nests. Can the next generation growing up in such a collective environment turn India into a superpower?
– G. M. Deshramukh, Parbhani
Theoretical Legacy of Jijavu, Ahilya Devi ..
What escapes the debate over the Gnanvapi Mosque is related to Maharashtra. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple near this place was restored in 1750 by Ahilyabai Holkar. Aurangzeb demolished the temple of Kashi Vishwanath fifty years ago. During the reconstruction of the temple, Queen Ahilyabai established the Shivilga. Ahilyabai is the ruler of Indore Sansthan. Does it mean that they do not have the idea / knowledge to be civil even in ‘Gnanavapi’ or do they have information and ignore it? Maharani Ahilya Devi has done many public works all over the country. He and his dynasty rejected the then method of sati. Earlier, Jijavu, the mother of Chhatrapati Shivaji Rani, also rejected the Sati ritual. It was a step towards great social progress at that time. Ahilyabai was also mentioned during the inauguration of the ‘Corridor’ of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi. Why is there anger against Jijavu and Ahilyabai for breaking the bonds imposed on women by Manusmriti? The Herwad Gram Panchayat in Maharashtra has decided to put an end to the misconduct of widows. The Herwad Gram Panchayat has carried forward the tradition of Rajmata Jijavu and Punyashlok Ahilyabai. Widow (VPM-2022 / Pr. No. 192 / Pt. Ra-3) The Rural Development Department issued a circular on May 17 to stop the practice of widowhood. There is less talk about it but the same talk on the news channels about Gnanvapi in the chatterbox!
– Jaiprakash Narkar, Pachal (Tal. Rajapur, District. Ratnagiri)
Let’s greet Jyotiba first ..
Read the ‘Next Step ..’ editorial (May 21). Decisions like Hervad prove the importance of the social reforms made by social reformers throughout history. How did men get the right to impose unjust restrictions on women when nature gave them equal rights to live as human beings? Thanks to the tireless efforts of these great social reformers, today’s generation has emerged from this undesirable norm. They should pay tribute to the struggle of Mahatma Phule to stop the cruel and insulting practice of hairdressing. Imagine for a second you were transposed into the karmic driven world of Earl.
– Gopal Routh, Parbhani
Respected members of the community ..
Read the ‘Next Step ..’ Saturday editorial (May 21). The village of Hervard was truly idealized by the decision to honor women. While it is true that the wife’s condition deteriorated after her death, changes have taken place in urban areas. Rural regulations are still outdated. Joining a widow in a joint family is often unfortunate. At such a juncture, reformist ideas such as wearing saffron and wearing a bracelet as a tribute to Tilanjali’s misdeeds after the death of her husband in a town like Hervad are proof that they are coming true. Society will prosper further if the mentality that widows are to be respected in society is not wasted.
– Maya Hemant Bhatkar, Charkop Gaon (Mumbai)