Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Time to outgrow Amar Chitra Katha Comics

We grew up reading books of history and Amar Chitra Katha comics that convinced us that wise people called sages could gain superhuman powers by sitting down in a forest or ashram, meditating, practicing austerities and doing penance.

Even educated people in India believe in these things as if they are historical fact, and not just mythology. As impressionable comic-reading kids who suddenly sprouted breasts and moustaches, we never had the occasion to question such childhood beliefs before entering the grown-up world.
Grow up, people.Think. If a person sits in a forest or a hill for months or years "meditating", the only things he will get are: (1) severe malnutrition, liver and kidney failure (2) permanent wasting away of the muscles of his legs and hips (3) horrible bedsores on his bony bums (4) insect bites and parasites. It doesn't matter whether you are a "sage" or an "asura", the same rules of biology apply to all of us.

Time to outgrow the Amar Chitra Katha stories, folks.

Because our unquestioning belief in mythological bullshit enables right-wing politicians to foist Ramjanambhoomis, Ram-sethus and beef-bans on us, and exploit us for votes.

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