India’s Moral Police III

LOVE Jihad is a massive threat to our Hindu girls”

says another one of Tinku Ray’s interviewees, one of the Hindu moral policemen that operate violently in Mangalore.

“Love jihad is when Hindu girls marry Muslims and are converted to Islam to carry out dubious activities. We are not against love, but today, Hindu girls specially are going off with Muslim boys. The boys tell them they love them but if they do love them, why can’t they declare it openly? By being so secretive, they show their true color.”

When confronted with the fact that India’s different societies tend to generally be very conservative and so a lot of these cases may be genuine love that cannot be declared publicly for the fear of the backlash that it may have within their families and the places where they live, the love jihad theorist replies:

“these people want to take Hindu girls and convert them. That is why be believe that Hindu girls should not be with Muslim boys.”

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India’s Moral Police II

SHARON Pompwell, is a typical Hindu man of average height and short hair, explains Tinku Ray. However she soon discovers that under that mediocre exterior, lay a furious moral dogma that is enforced by his brand of policing: violence.

“We have over a 100 branches in Mangalore, and we have activists in all the villages of the surrounding region. The whole of society here knows how we work. For example, if a couple is roaming around somewhere, even a shop keeper can call one of our leaders, and we’ll find out about the boy and most of the time, yes, we have to resort to assault. The boy get’s what he deserves. As for the Hindu girl, we warn her that the next time she is caught with a Muslim boy, the consequences will be grave. We take bitter steps; we expose her in the media, she will feel humiliated.”

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India’s Moral Police I

WE don’t bother if its just any couple. They have their freedom to walk. But if the boy is a Muslim, we will definitely take action, and I would ask the girl to reform her ways.”

Says one of the “moral policemen” of Mangalore. Muslim men with Hindu women are judged and told what to do on the streets of this scattered city of air conditioned malls and chain coffee shops. Today the focus will be on a very specific case of religion and morality. Tinku Ray recites from her BBC documentary Love and Morals in Mangalore, a story of horror:

“I am a seventeen year old college student. I am Hindu. This evening I was coming back to Mangalore on a bus. At one of the stops a friend of the mine called Ashraf got on. Later 3 or 4 people force-ably stopped the bus and took Ashraf to the back while one person questioned me. They asked who he was. I answered ‘he’s my brother’. He answer[s] he is just my friend. Then, they beat us. They pulled us both out of the bus and forced us into a rickshaw…. they took us to this housing estate. Many people gathered around us. They beat Ashraf with their fists and a lady scoured me for being with a Muslim boy.”

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Morality: Abosolute Morality III

Part III

HOW does one get away from a conditioning that is rendered throughout the entirety of one’s life in order to change morality to that of a better one? Deep skepticism and through questioning is needed within oneself in order to start becoming comfortable in letting a certain dogma go. Questioning itself leads to conflict, and in examining this we need to realize what it is one brings with the questions that one asks. What is really behind what the questions that makes one so passionate about the position in which they hold. There has to be a recognition of similarities between two consciousnesses that allows us to try and overcome the differences that pit us against each other: we all experience fear, anger, compassion, and happiness. Read more

Morality: Absolute Morality II

Part II

DR. Robert Burton adds “a thought by itself can never be finished. You need something to stop that [process] and go ‘uh huh! That is right!’ I realized finally that you need a second system in the brain. You need a feeling about your thought. Some sense about your brain that the thought you have is correct. More recent studies have shown that the areas in the brain in which these phenomena of feelings for understanding or knowing arise actually have more rich connection in the areas of the brain that provide reward systems.” The feelings of being right are rewarded in the same way coke or heroine provides the brain with pleasure. These are very real emotions that a person feels from being right and they come from the belief and the certainty that one is right, where emotions have complemented reason and when reason has complemented emotions. It is very telling to find out that these two aspect are not mutually exclusive, but depend and shape each other in an extremely intimate fashion. Read more