Venkaiah Naidu's praise for RSS in Lok Sabha during debate on conversions led to opposition protest. (File photo)
DELHI: There was uproar in Lok Sabha on Thursday over parliamentary
affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu's praise for RSS during his reply on the
issue of conversions.
"RSS is a great organization, I am proud of my RSS background," Venkaiah said leading to protests by opposition.
Some parties later staged a walk out over his remark.
hit out at opposition parties in his reply, responding to the debate on
the issue of conversions in the light of the incident in Agra.
The parliamentary affairs minister accused the opposition of resorting to false propaganda.
Calling conversions a serious issue, Venkaiah Naidu said accusing parties is not a solution.
"I appeal to all parties to seriously introspect this. There should be anti-conversion laws in this country," he said.
in the day, there was uproar in Lok Sabha with almost all opposition
parties demanding the suspension of the question hour and a discussion
on the Agra "conversions".
As soon as the house met for
the day, members of the Congress, Trinamool Congress,
RashtriyaJanataDal (RJD) and CPM trooped near the speaker's podium, and
also raised slogans like "Modi sarkaar hosh mein aao" (Wake up, Modi
government) and "Hindu-Muslim bhai-bhai".
Confessions of a Western Universalist
March 5, 2012 by Carl Gregg
(Rajiv Malhotra, Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western
Universalism, HarperCollins, 2011, 474 pages)
Rajiv Malhotra’s latest book challenges many Western assumptions. He
invites his Western readers to see their worldview through the eyes of
India. Having read a fair amount of postmodern philosophy, I was
sympathetically inclined to his general perspective, but I am willing to
confess that at the end of the book I remain, for better or worse, a
fairly unreconstructed Western Universalist.
One of my problems with his argument is the way he contrasts the
“Judeo-Christian” tradition with what he calls the “dharmic” traditions
(Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism). He describes the dharmic
traditions as based on each individual’s re-experiencing and testing of
traditional religious claims in the crucible of their own internal and
external firsthand experience. He then characterizes the Judeo-Christian
tradition as about each individual overcoming the historical ‘original
sin’ of Adam and Eve (5-6).