Hindu Traditions & Valentine's Day
14 February 2021
Every Year, just before 14th February, The Valentine's Day,
a huge verbal and social media war starts all over India.
A particular section of youths, mostly followers of a rightist ideology
start moral vigilantism on celebration of this festival
which is gaining popularity in India every year among another section of the youths.
These Social media disputes, in some places, turns into legal disputes among various groups.
We can say that a particular festival meant for celebration of Love
is giving birth to social hates and disparities among youths year by year...
along with negative sentiments about a particular religion, Hinduism
which is praticed by majority of people in India.
Let's hear the perspective of an Hindu Youth Activist Subhashish Choudhury
who is also a student and a very good public speaker on the subject ...
Love is an ancient feeling. It has shaped human life and also the other forms of life since their creation. The feeling of love is a strong feeling and carries the quality to overshadow any other known feeling.
However, the Valentines Day, which is regarded as the day for couples and love birds have constantly been in the mid of controversy in East and South Asia. Not only the Hindutva outfits in India, but many other outfits in several other countries also oppose the idea of celebrating Valentines Day.
The concept behind this resistance to Valentines Day is the cultural dominance and aggression and not the opposition to love. The British, who once upon a time ruled almost half of the world have also brought their cultures and customs to places, where they were not even asked for. Nations when free, try to reclaim their own legacy and throw away the foreign fed ideas and customs. The Valentines Day has not been an exception. While the Hindu Dharma celebrates love since ancient times, the resistance to Valentines Day for cultural reasons could also be expected for obvious reasons.
The degradation and creating a bad image of Indian customs like Karwa Chauth and other love traditions, is also the part of the bigger plot, which tends to put up an aggression of the western ideas over the indic values and systems.