"I didn't say it is a new idea that I came up with. It was meant as a response to Jag who said "I cant enjoy any festival that is indian because it is ALWAYS tied to a religion". Sorry if I didn't give credit to your thesis."
"you know what, I like festivals about food!! that always comes with music, an entrance and an exit, tickets, drinks, some grass, some games for the kids, and dessert. There are plenty of those in Toronto, so I check em out. Never the santa claus…"
"We could try to secularize the festivals. To a large extent the myths already sound like fairy tales. I think that someday these could be celebrated as such. Other festivals already have a basis in natural events, like the various harvest festivals…"
"Ambedkar was a 'lower caste' man who was understandably bitter about his treatment in Indian society. So he would naturally blame all atrocities on the rise of brahminism. I agree that the caste system is an abomination, but the point I…"
"Wow, u have stumbled onto the reason I never go to India, indian parties in Canada, any of my parents' friends' places, temples, blahblah...Interestingly, you are right, people in the West, cling to their religion more after leaving…"
"If my relatives are any example. Yes.
Indians in Canada are far more traditional than the relatives I've met who live in India.
It's actually kind of weird when your relatives from India are more westernized than your relatives who grew…"
Do you think people who spend long periods of time away from India begin to adhere to their religion even more than those who stay home? They are so afraid they will lose their ties to India and their kids will know nothing of their heritage. Unfortunately, religion is big part of the heritage.Even when you return to India to see family, it is hardly the time to begin exploring free thought. It is time to reinforce old traditions, visit temples and so on.See More
"I don't think you have to approach it like it is a big project, or think that you are not knowledgeable enough -- just do it the best you can! You know more than I do. If you get criticised or if you begin a discussion on the issue -- all well…"
"That is a very good suggestion. Except for Professor Narendra Nayak who spends all his waking hours promoting free-thought, all the folks who contribute to Nirmukta have full time jobs. Personally, I am tied up during the week. I will make this…"
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