Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Faithful Poor

I guess it is sheer blind faith in an almighty god that makes a society oblivious to the pathetic state of its members while covering its deities in gold.  TTD, an organization that oversees one such deity, stands an epitome of such irony in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India.  While millions suffer with lack of proper access to primary healthcare, water and other basic amenities over 200 million USD will be spent on covering the temple in gold.  Agreed, the TTD has probably done its share of good by feeding the poor who visit the temple. However, how does humanity benefit by seeing their god covered in a stupid metal that glitters?

Does a ritual like "Subhiksha Yagnam" solve India's food problem? What we lack is a honest discussion of how faith plays a role in the Indian society while apathy rules the minds of the faithful. A sorry state indeed.