Mataism or Matawad!
While conversing to a friend of JNU (Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University) I have coined a new term – ‘Matawadis’ which resembles to ‘Maowadis’. Both followers of Mao and Mata have sanctified violence. Peculiar Bongs (Hindu Bengalis) love to have blood and meat on their plate 365 days a year whereas Northern Indian Matawadis shun even onion-garlic in their wildest imagination during two Navratras. I have same degree of respect & disrespect for both Maowadis and Matawadis. Maowadis protect our green belt and lung of India’s geographical areas whereas Matawadis pollute water bodies while immersing their lakhs of Matas creating havoc to ecology of water body. Though President of India turns to a pakka pujari for 4-5 days in his hometown for performing Devi Durga’s worship, I find no rational reason to believe that a goddess could kill a demon that was changing from a buffalo (mahish) to a man which sounds me ridiculous and unscientific. That may be a reason why Jawaharlal Nehru has said that our mythological epics are none better than stories of Alif-Laila and Arabian Nights kind. From this year onwards followers of Anti-Matawadis will start a program in JNU to remember Mahishasur’s killing who was a Dravidian hero to few aboriginal tribes* in India as ‘Mahishasur shahadat diwas’ (Mahishasur sacrifice day) when millions of Bongs will be celebrating killing of Mahishasur by goddess Durga.
It’s very amazing to me that West Bengal has a distinct privilege to be a birth place of Vaishnavism which abhors animal killings to satisfy their taste buds and Matawadis who can’t live a single day without meat, blood and bone in their platter.
I have accepted Vaishnavism for some good reason to not yield to violence for filling my tummy.
*From early Sanskrit literature, it is clear that Kali in her various shapes is a non-Aryan goddess. But she was gradually identified with the supreme Godhead.
In the Mahabharata we find that she delights in wine, flesh and animal sacrifices. Gaudavaho (AD 700) refers to animal and human sacrifice offered to Kali. Ksudrakamalkara (15th century AD), speaking of the image of Durga at Vindhyachala near Mirzapur, says that Kali is the goddess of the Kiratas and other aboriginal tribes and is worshipped by the Mlecchas, the Thugs, etc.
– S. Radhakrishnan in ‘The Hindu View of Life’ page 27.
© Sushil Kumar
Image coutesy: The Hindu’s Metroplus Delhi edition (October 22, 2012) column by Mr. Rahul Verma.
Disclaimer: This article I have written not to insult the religious beliefs of Hindu Bengalis but to comment on eating habit of vegetarian and 9 days of vegetarianism of non-vegetarian majority Hindus after seeing the selling and eating chicken biryani in Devi Durga Pandal by Bengali women in ‘The Hindu’ newspaper.
“Good food triumphs”