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Hindus should really watch what they are teaching their kids and what their kids are learning. Gone are the days when “leftism” was a phase children grew out of. They are being taught to be more vicious, more hateful towards their parents and if you are not careful, this’d be you
Sadly, the deterioration began with my generation. The isolated, detached environment of the metros where the only cultural interactions a kid has is with his peers in school is a perfect recipe for disaster since the kid would never really know what Indian society really is.
These children never really interact with people outside their socio-economic circle, so their understanding of class and religion is formed based not on reality, but whatever Marxist bullshit is taught in books. These experience-less kids are prime fodder for indoctrination.
They are incapable of receiving liberal edu critically, so if they are taught Dalits hate Dharma, then thats it coz they never met a poor Dalit, never went to his house to even see how dogged their faith is when it comes to their Gods. Books is how they experience the world.
You think you are protecting them by not telling them about horrors of partition, Kashmir, Muslim rule hoping that they too, will discover all this on their own when they are older, like you, but they won’t because your childhood wasn’t as sheltered and self-centered as theirs.
When you grow up in large families/social circles, interact with ppl of all faiths/socio-economic backgrounds, when u witness political discussions, u participate in your traditions, even passively you become a different person because you learn that truth has hidden perspectives
Today’s kids growing up in metropolitan cities in apartment buildings only ever interact with their apartment complex families and school children. At best they interact with maids or drivers. They barely visit ancestral villages, dont see grandparents for yrs. “Modern living”.
The only time they interact with a maali/nau/dhoban is when someone is getting married (NI style) and possibly not even then because most families dont even have 5-day ceremonies anymore and even if they do, parents barely bring them for all 5 days. No bonding with cousins either
We speak of religious education, but a lot of us didnt get any explicit religious education, we simply imbibed from the environment. From our grandparents and parents, from extended families, from participating in grihastha traditions and enjoying large functions. I LOVE weddings
I used to help my mom and aunts make karvachauth and govardhan chaukis, would hold mom’s pallu and go round and round behind her in circles as she did did parikrama around bargad tree, carry my own little thali to the shiv mandir on shivratri, since I can remember. It was fun!
My nieces growing up in Lucknow do the same. We cannot imagine giving this up because all our happy memories are intertwined with Dharma. But cousins’s kids growing up in metros, even when they visit, sit in the corner and are baffled as to what this is. Price of “vikaas”?
It maybe hard but not impossible to recreate that environment in your apartments. Upward social mobility is good but it shouldn’t be at the cost of Dharma and that has to be taught by parents. Gita classes can help but they wont be transformational bcoz u cant outsource this.
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