Sunday, November 06, 2005


A follow-up to my previous post.

As Anu mentioned in her comment, "Only a minute percentage have the interest/tools to understand co-existing moralities". Its this lack of interest that helps fundamentalists shape the public discourse. The general population does not feel that these issues deserve much of their processing power. Consequently, their opinions are shaped by others' extreme images. In the Indian context, this is the reason why the Sangh Parivar has shored up a base with its Hindutva rhetoric. The concept of secularism was never really sold to the public. The masses had accepted it without much analysis and when bombarded with slogans like "Hum paanch, humare pachis", a sizeable portion has chosen to believe in it.

Also, I realised my previous post would help Dominique de Villepin understand the problems he is confronting this past week. Particularly the foll couple of sentences: "to know the truth, u hv to know your identity and not let it obstruct your view of the truth" (emphasis added) and "a peaceful multi-morality requires individual groups to be aware of each other's truths and not be insecure wrt other grps". Could one of you pass this message to Dominique? Thanks!

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