Open Letter to Hindu Mahasabha – we’ll be there on February 14th!

GET READY TO MARRY! 

To the National President, Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha

Dear Chandra Prakash Ji,

It has come to our notice that  you and your self-appointed brigade of protectors of ‘Bharatiya Sanskriti’ have openly vowed to undertake a massive programme on the 14th of February where you promise to marry off anyone who openly expresses their love, whether on the streets or on Facebook. Since you have taken on this gigantic task of marrying so many people on a single day, we would like you to answer some questions that have ‘unnaturally’ crept into our heads as a result of ‘westernization’.

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Will you marry a boy to a boy he likes, or a girl to a girl?  Will you acknowledge their love for each other, repeal section 377? Or will you send them to jail or Baba Ramdev?

Will you allow a Dalit boy to express his love for a Brahmin girl or will you perform ‘shuddhikaran’ before marrying them off?  What will you do with the upper caste brothers in Tamil Nadu who poured acid on their sister’s face and hanged her for falling in love with a Dalit boy? Would you go against the diktats of the Khap Panchayats and let lovers from same gotra marry each other?

And what if a Muslim boy and a Hindu girl fall in love? Would that not be blasphemous and a case of ‘love jihad’, how would you marry them off? Or a Christian man and a Hindu girl? Will you first perform ‘Ghar Wapsi’ and then marry them, or will the ‘honour’ of the community stop you? Also, please let us know, have you made arrangements for nikah too?

What will you do when hands are held by force, bodies are touched with coercion and persons are sexually assaulted and violently penetrated in the name of love?

These are just some of the questions that we have for you. For further clarifications, we will be reaching your Delhi office on the 14th of February. With us will be a boy who is gay and holds his boyfriend’s hand with love and affection. There will be a Dalit boy too, with his upper caste lover.  And of course, some Hindu-Muslim lovers. Finally, there would also be those who have been shamed and ostracized in the name of Indian traditions of love and honour, but are still alive and fighting.

And in the words of Bhagat Singh, whose honour you mock by taking his name, love for us ‘is nothing BUT PASSION, not an animal passion but a human one, and very sweet too’.

Thank you,

Pratim Ghosal, Fayaz Ahmed, Riya Raj, Sarika Chaudhary (Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Council members of the JNUSU and concerned lovers.)

15 thoughts on “Open Letter to Hindu Mahasabha – we’ll be there on February 14th!”

  1. This is great but go with security guys. After the Delhi loss, these Hindu cuties could resort to ANY level of violence.

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  2. This is terribly unfortunate. A certain kind of politics was being imagined by Laxmi Bai, one where the structures of left organising, already in crisis, were pushed to innovative and exciting limits. The Wedding is as much about a new way of acting in concert as it is about what it has to say. By signing as JNUSU etc etc, the attempt is to control the event from swaying to its own passions, ironically in the name of love. This is exactly why Lenin killed Rosa!

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    1. Vqueeram, if there is a larger forum/number of groups organizing this event, do send us a brief outline of how this event came to be, and we will post that as an update and comment here.

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    2. There is no attempt to control anything at all. Let us all gather there, with our own politics, united by certain common understanding of love and freedom. Many different groups will be joining the demonstration, with different slogans and methods. While it’s important to coordinate, the last thing we ask want is take away anything from anyone. Let love replace distrust and preconceived notions in our mind..

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      1. The event, as far as i know, was not conceived by the organised left – its parties and groups. The Wedding tries to not only use humour to rethink protest but also how we do politics. The idea could be traced back to the Kiss of Love protests and was circulating in various social networking sites, and someone decided to just make the page and invite people. It has been in fidelity to this humour and horizontality that the event page, if you choose to look at it, is constantly trying to negotiate and build new ways of acting together and what that might entail, not necessarily coordination. I write to you not as member of some core group behind Shuddh Desi Romance but as someone who happened to come across it and is deeply disappointed by this appropriation (the post is a signed one, where Laxmi is completely erased) and territoriality, much like ideas of love as liberating, have been oppressive to women, queers, workers, domestic workers, children, and so on and so forth. let us begin to distruct love, ishan!
        Readers might like to take a look at this interview with Laxmi

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  3. It is the minimum of what each half-knickered, saffroniser pedagogue vying for Indian culture should carefully listen :
    “Since you have taken on this gigantic task of marrying so many people on a single day, we would like you to answer some questions that have ‘unnaturally’ crept into our heads as a result of ‘westernization’.
    Will you marry a boy to a boy he likes, or a girl to a girl? Will you acknowledge their love for each other, repeal section 377? Or will you send them to jail or Baba Ramdev?
    Will you allow a Dalit boy to express his love for a Brahmin girl or will you perform ‘shuddhikaran’ before marrying them off? What will you do with the upper caste brothers in Tamil Nadu who poured acid on their sister’s face and hanged her for falling in love with a Dalit boy? Would you go against the diktats of the Khap Panchayats and let lovers from same gotra marry each other?
    And what if a Muslim boy and a Hindu girl fall in love? Would that not be blasphemous and a case of ‘love jihad’, how would you marry them off? Or a Christian man and a Hindu girl? Will you first perform ‘Ghar Wapsi’ and then marry them, or will the ‘honour’ of the community stop you? Also, please let us know, have you made arrangements for nikah too?”

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    1. May I add some more queries to the above lists. In the case of a Hindu being married to a Hindu, will they wait for the appropriate auspicious time? I gather marriages under the Special Marriage Act are out since they need a months notice. What happens to a non-religious atheist marrying a non-religious atheist? Since they don’t believe – any promise, oath, fire bearing witness, whatever they are made to do – will be a lie. Will these be legally recognized or will these couples be forced to live with each other without the benefit of a legally recognized marriage?

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  4. Hey Happy Valentines Modi and the saffron brigade and stop defining Hinduism: in addition, to the questions below from the left leaning and pro minority JNU student lobby, here are some reasons from a right leaning Hindu: 1. First prove the eternal lovers Radha and Krishna were either married not in love or did not display affection in public or aren’t part of Hindu culture 2. Also does caressing and worshipping the male and female organs in public sound vulgar to you? Then ban the worship of Shiva and Shakti – and ban all shiv Lingams and Vaishov Devi and other symbols of female fertility 3. You are appalled by skimpy attire and PDA – Ban/ destroy all ancient Hindu temples like Khajuraho….well u see honeys Hinduism is a one of a kind highly liberal, plenty of shades of grey , esoteric, all embracing philosophy and hardly ever moralistic and never held to social mores and customs- might I suggest the bunch of you convert to a more moralistic black n white institutionalized religion with. its commandments or fatwas and leave the rest of us Hindus in peace? Thanks!!!

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  5. Firstly, kudos to you ‘brave’ ‘enlightened’ ‘forward-minded’ souls fighting for the Freedom of Love. Wish you all success in your padhyathra to the HM’s Delhi office.

    But, I wonder whether there will be any Hindu boy-Muslim girl couples, or Christian/Sikh/Buddhist/Jewish boy-Muslim girl couples in the inter-religious lovers’ group tagging along with you?

    Hm. That will be the day. Lol.

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    1. Poor LastPagan, fighting your sad little battles in your sad little head – too scared to come out openly in your name, and too indoctrinated in your boxed up little corner to get it that we really don’t care about the patriarchal family you think is as natural as rain, in which the “bahu” is “ours” and the “beti” “theirs”! You live in a parallel universe to ours, a desolate, depressing dump, compared to our rainbow universe. For the record, there’s plenty of all kinds of love among genders, communities and castes going around, and the “marriage” you worship is not being sanctified, but mocked by this demonstration.
      A very commiserating lol to you too – Happy Valentine’s day!

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  6. Meanwhile in Hyderabad:

    The Ashudh Desi Romantics invite you to

    An Ashudh Desi Prem Walk
    assembling at 3 pm on 14th February
    at Rotary Park (recently renamed Bathukamma Ghat)
    on Tank Bund Road, Secunderabad

    On this Valentine’s Day – a day which we normally ignore because we are daily ashuddha premikas, who do not support the commercialization of love nor its celebration on one day alone – the Hindu Mahasabha has announced an ambitious plan to marry off all couples they find celebrating their romance by holding hands in parks, on the streets, in cinemas and all public places. So instead of making them search for illicit lovers, we will gather in one place at one time, celebrating our illicit cross-caste, cross-religion and all-gender love as a challenge to their moral policing.

    Come along in your most colourful wedding clothes! Saj Dhajke!
    Bring dappus, mehendi, songs, dance, natak, sab kuch!

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  7. Every living creature having Atma, Your body is a vehicle. Your anchestor called deva from svarga loca can down to earth as human as a gay as animal as bhuta kala. Love is part of the atma not the physical body, and we call it Ananga. Kama Deva teach us to understand what its love. Gay is not an option, but a destiny which should be respected. You can’t bann people for loving their deva/devi or God. Your Dharma is to put the right decision in the right place to save the human right to save the gay couple in vivaha ceremony. If you kill their love, you make them suffer, you kill their love you kill their right, so it’s not ahimsa. Let them satya each other till the end.

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