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November 06, 2005

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Canon

The BS continues... lol.. Martha wants to see India's democracy swirl in to religious extremism sponsored by Saudi Arabia.

anon

It'd be great if the people who are commenting to this series of posts would make substantive criticisms instead of simply insulting the author. Ad hominem attacks simply make her look more right.

Damion Matthews

It's interesting to me that Prof. Nussbaum speaks here of nationalist identity as masculine, when (to my limited understanding of the hisory) much of this is based in devotion to the goddess Kali.

Aurobindo, for instance, said "I know my country as Mother. I offer her my devotions, my worship. If a Monster sits upon her breast and prepares to suck her blood, wha does a child do? Does he quietly sit down to his meal... or rush to her rescue?"

Margaret Noble (Sister Nivedita), a major contributor to nationalism, was devoted to Kali. Ian Talbot said that Noble followed Kali as "a reaction to her childhood indoctrination into a patriarchal Christianity."

And Latika Ghosh called on women to identify with the goddess Durga, as shatkis, in their defense of the Motherland.

So I'd like very much to know how this issue gets addressed in the book. How does the worship of a fierce, violent goddess, and the identification of the nation with that goddess, lead to a masculine national identity?

priyanka

A 23-year-old Nepali man cut off his right hand after morning prayers and offered it to Kali, the Hindu goddess of power, the Annapurna Post local daily said on Wednesday.Read more: http://diggindianews.com/IndiaNewsPolitics/Nepali_cuts_off_hand_for_Hindu_goddess_offering_-_report/

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