RELIGION, PATRIARCHY AND CAPITALISM: Jayanti Alam;
Kalpaz Publications, C-30, Satyawati Nagar,
Delhi-110052. Rs. 865.
- Rajesh Komath
The book is a collection of chapters on the varied dimensions of a woman’s life in the contemporary Indian society under the larger umbrella concepts of religion and patriarchy. Capitalism appears as a catalyst in strengthening the practice of patriarchy as wealth accumulates in the hands of the male.
Separation of Government from religion understood in western law as a separation of church and the State is the origin of the concept of secularism. This was a concept known to the Greeks and applauded by the Roman philosophers especially Marcus Aurelius and Epicurus. Islamic philosopher Ibn Rushd also refers to this concept.
When we are driving a car we have to be on our guard to avoid hitting children or old persons suddenly crossing our path, by reducing our speed and applying brake at once in order to avoid accidents. Just because we have horn to frighten people with a heavy noise, we should not blow it noisily which might hurt old persons in front of us.
These inscriptions made into stone edicts installed at Periyar Memorial, Chennai are meant to proclaim to the world for ever, his ideals and principles.These edicts sum up Periyar’s mission and vision. For the benefit of those who have not seen them, we are providing the texts one by one along with our crisp comments.
INSCRIPTION No. 7
“Neem will not taste sweet, nor honey bitter unless there is something wrong with the tongue or the mouth; so also a tiger will not eat grass unless there is something that has upset its nature. The Brahminism also is on the same lines.” -Periyar.
The time of god
There is no god. One who created god is a fool. One who worships god is a barbarian. Who said that there is god? Someone said, and we know nothing else about it. But will the one who is the head of the religion and devotees accept this? He will say god came on his own, and no one created him. He or none else has shown god. He will assert that god came on his own.