Sunday, March 16, 2014

Good over evil

Today is Holi. So, happy Holi.

Holi, like any other Indian festival talks of victory of good over evil.

Holi, Dusshera, Diwali.. they all talk about how the good wins.

Who decides what is good and what is evil?

Why is burning to death of a woman, Holika, however evil she was, celebrated? And why are the demons evil? Just because they have the intense desire to be immortal? Didn't the gods have that? How else do you explain the Dashavatar? So having the wish to be immortal is evil, but advocating reincarnation isn't? (On second thoughts, I'm glad they talked about reincarnation, otherwise Jaani Dushman - Ek Anokhi Kahani wouldn't have taken place. I digress)

And how is Ravan evil? Oh, despite being a great scholar, and a fabulous Veena player (I cannot even sing to save my life), a fantastic ruler, he wanted to overpower the gods.

"Overpower" the gods.  So, gods are in control.  And such is their love for power that they are willing to destroy a kingdom? (oh, and on an aside, the fact that Raam waged a war against an entire country for his wife, is kind of romantic.)

So coming back, who decides what is good and what is evil?

And honestly, who are we do judge someone else's actions? Why the moral policing?

If you think something is wrong, you don't do it. Why enforce your views on others? Especially when something or someone being good or evil is subjective.

With elections around the corner, one phrase I use and even hear often is, "we are not voting for who is right, we are choosing lesser of the two evils."

What is evil? Narendra Modi's alleged role in riots? Despite clean chits by courts of all level? Or the chief minister's administrative failure where people, irrespective of religion, died? Or his PR machinery?

Or is it the 10 years of corruption? Or the prime minister who did not say a word when the country looked at him helplessly when scams ran into crores of rupees? He doesn't even say "kathor shabdo mein neenda karte hai". We Indians are so gullible that we would have taken his word for it.  That his kathor shabdo mein neenda will somehow make things better.

So which of these two are lesser of the two evils?

And why do we have to choose from two evils?

Oh, wait, the other option is Arvind Kejriwal.

Maybe we should all (broom)stick to the lesser of two evils theory.

(see how I carefully maneuvered the blog post to nothingness? I am just sleep deprived. And there is really no point of this post. Except wish you guys happy Holi, that is.)

On that note, good night.

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