Thursday, December 24, 2009

Dec 25

I neither celebrate Christmas nor mourn MGR's death. Mainly because I am not a Christian and have no opinion about M.G.R. But I'd like to wish "Merry Christmas" to Christians who do celebrate Christmas. So this subtle 'ban' from wishing others "Merry Christmas" is extremely confusing and in some instances amusing. The reason for this ban, as I understand it, is that there are some 'alla kai' minorities who also have their big festival going on during this time. And they feel offended when the are on the other side of a "Merry Christmas wish. They also feel offended when 2 christians wish each other the same way because now they feel plain left out. So the liberals have taken up the cause of minorities. I feel for the Christians. They would much rather want to wish everybody "Merry Christmas" and be corrected if they barked up the wrong tree. But they can't because you have these liberals constantly getting offended at everything to do with religion.

The need to be politically correct in corporate America, has people wishing each other something as inane as 'Happy Holidays'. 'Happy Holidays' - really? It does not get any more profound than this. The only reason they have a holiday is so that people can celebrate Christmas. Now Christmas has become an inconvenience and you've got people celebrating the holiday instead. Why? Is it because a 'holiday' is so rare (after all it comes only twice every week) ? I think the logical next step would be to remove the 'happy' out of the 'Happy Holidays' because MGR died on Dec 24. Where is your secularism when you offend the 2.75 Tamils living in USA ?

Secularism, much like liberalism, has been perverted by the stupid generation Y. Funnily enough, in today's world, you are called parochial when all you do is mind your business and celebrate festivals relevant to your religion. Secularism is deemed to be present when a liberal Palakkadu Iyer in USA stops celebrating 'golu' because its too desi, a secular Thanjavur Iyer buys a huge ass Christmas tree (or a "holiday tree' or whatever he calls it to make it non-religious) because he needs to be a 'roman in rome' and when a over-enthu Srirangam Iyengar can forward Obama's deepavali mesage to everyone. Secularism is said to be at its healthy best when all these idiots join together and start wishing each other 'Happy Holidays' during Christmas and force every other person to do the same?

At least we don't have this problem in India. We have all the freedom to wish converted Christians like James Anbazhagan or Charles Adaikalraj - 'Merry Christmas'. Nobody complains. We go about our way and they go about singing "yesu naadhar azhaikindraar.... avar enna solgindraar" There is some self-interest in this because it would avoid 'Happy Deepavali' from becoming 'Happy Purattasi' or some shit like that.

9 comments:

I said...

The permanent changes immigration brings to the native culture/politics/society -- not all of them necessarily positive --are often understated.

Maha said...

or are they?

Blogeswari said...

You are so... right. I feel weird n uncomfy when non-Christians come and wish me "Merry Christmas!" - rombave tollai!

Like you have mentioned, kinda annoys that if I don't wish them back with one number "same to you" I will be labelled a Hindu fundamentalist

Idling in Top Gear said...

The other side of this lunacy can be seen in the Bible belt. You'd hear otherwise sane people say "oh, we can't say 'Merry Christmas' to each other even within our homes anymore. The Federal government is persecuting Christians for our faith much like the Romans did. Poor us! But this also means the rapture is near." It's very laughworthy.

However, what's infinitely more annoying is 16 year old West Mambalam Pattais who have never been outside a 100 mile radius of Chennai wishing you "Merry Christmas" because Christianity is Western and Western is cool! It's only a matter of time before some Mylapore maamis start buying Tofurkey in November to celebrate Thanksgiving!

ms said...

wake up, holidaying earthling, india is not secular! don't wish anyone anything, since nothing deserves celebration. start a trend, "happy alive today"!, "happy weekend"! or "happy salary day"! the jewish school over here is flying a banner, "merry xmas". now that is 'seculiar'!!

Anonymous said...

Pls do a follow up post for this article about Y.G.Mahendra:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/chennai/kanjeevaram-kaapi-cocktails-city-has-it-all-312

- Praveen

blackaccord said...

nice post.. i've felt the same sentiments at my work place.. btw, no post about vaikunta ekaadasi??

Alan Smithee said...

karagoshangalai yezhuppungal...

Dilip Muralidaran said...

"Happy Holidays" as i understand from my American friends is because America unlike India at least attempts to be a secular & multicultural society. Jews celebrate Hanukkah on Dec 24th, Christians Celebrate Christmas on Dec 25 & a whole load of other people celebrate new years on Jan 1. So to single out all other religions and wish "Happy Hanukkah"/"Merry Christmas"/"Happy New Year" seems unfair since America has a clear "Separation of the church (read as religion) and the state in its constitution, which is absent in India and many other countries. Wishing one by a religious not exclusively feels others left out or feel unimportant. Religious Festivals are for a select few but holidays are for everyone.

All is fair in love and war. On the other side of the equation Christians claim liberals/agnostics/atheists to be non patriotic since as they say "one nation under god" and any infidel is accused of being a traitor. This does not give atheists the right to ban Christmas or Hanukkah or remove "one nation under god" from their dollar bill, does it?

America is as much as it exists for the Jews, Hindus, Muslims and any irreligious person that lives in the country and feels as American as they can be.

Nobody can claim the right to feel "not to be offended". As an atheist i feel offended when someone says "God Bless You" since i don't see a god appear before the 100's of farmers when they hang themselves due to debt nor did god come when the hypocritical Mother Theresa did not take in the 1000's of lepers around Kolkatta because they were family cases. This does not mean i should protest to prevent people from wishing me "God Bless You" when i cough and sneeze. It is as much as my right to want no god in my life as it is others to have their lives full of god.

If an iyengar maami feels secular and hip & happy wearing a red color santa gulla and wish merry christmas and eat egg-less cake, why does that offend others? Isn't life all about doing things that make one happy without hurting others?