Holi is not a festival of color; by origin, it is celebration of squirting in blood of the oppressor

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Indian trading community has mastered in inventing methods of fetching monetary profits by misdirecting mass consciousness from ancient India’s glorious battles against tyranny to imagined divinity, so that the exploiters may stay safe generation after generations with the idea of eliminating the tyrants for emancipation of the tortured people pushed into oblivion.

Thus the Hori or Holi has corrupted into a festival of colors that fetches thousands of crores of rupees as profit from trade in colors and hats and apparels and squirt-guns et cetera.

The word ‘Hori (Holi) is basically found in a peculiar Oriya exposition – RAKTARA HORI – that stresses on squirting each other with the blood of the tormentor.

It has its origin in an episode in Sabha Parva of Mahabharata. Bhaumaasura was a demonic satyr who had abducted Twasta’s daughter Kasheru and kept her in a fort called Oudaka in Mani Parbata, where he had also kept confined 16,000 young women for his sadistic pleasure. Another ill-famed misogynist Muraasura had made the fort impregnable by setting around it six thousand traps fitted with sharp blades. Whosoever ever tried to enter thereinto, was caught in the trap and destroyed. Srikrushna, the matriarch leader of Mahabharata, destroyed those six thousand traps, annihilated Muraasura and freed the confined women. They celebrated their freedom by squirting each other with the blood of the cruel Muraasura in commemoration of which Hori became a festival that reminds of how bloody extermination of exploiters is also necessary if weaker section of the society is to progress without fear.

Ancient India offers many revolutionary solutions to problems that keep the people oppressed. But one is to know them by cutting open the cocoon of mindless belief in divinity in which man has kept himself incarcerated.

Instead of terming US legal action against Devyani “aggression” against India, MEA must ask her to face the prosecution

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

To India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), prosecution against IFS officer Devyani Khobragade in USA for violation of U.S.laws, is an “aggression” against India. No sane Indian would accept this nonsense.

Devyani has embarrassed India by being charged for offenses that call for rigorous punishment. She committed the crime, which she is yet to prove not to have committed, when in her person, because of her position, she was carrying the mana of India. She owes an explanation over this to this nation; and deserves severe punishment in India, if she fails immediately to prove that she has never committed the crime she has been charged for in U.S.A. The MEA should stop its brags and better initiate action against Devyani for having embarrassed the country in the eyes of the world.

It is charged in U.S.A. that the Indian IFS officer made a contract in India with a female worker – Sangeeta Richard – on November 11, 2012 to take her to USA under an A-3 Visa as her personal servant, wherein she had offered her “wages at the prevailing or minimum rate as required by law, whichever is greater. The expected hourly salary in U.S. would be $9.75”. But “shortly before” starting for U.S.A., Devyani had summoned Sangeeta to her residence to sign “an enlarged and electronically edited version of the first contact” wherein the original contracted wage was reduced to a maximum monthly salary that “will not exceed 30,000 rupees”, which in terms of U.S.Dollar comes to about $480 a month or about $3.31 per hour for a 40-hour week, which is less than half the minimum wages in U.S.A. fixed at $7.25 per hour. There are other charges like Visa fraud and false allegation of theft raised against the lady worker. These are serious offenses unless proved never to have been committed. Devyani must face the prosecution in U.S.A. and prove the charges as baseless, if they are. And, the Government of India should ask her to come out clean in the case instead of protecting her with jargons like “strategic partnership” between India and U.S.A., which prosecution against Devyani would affect.

Instead of describing U.S. steps against Devyani “unnecessary”, it is necessary on part of the Indian Government to start criminal prosecution against her as another Indian – a female worker – has become a victim of breech of trust in a foreign country by the errant officer.