Ekam Satah Viprah Bahudha Vadanti
"The Truth is One, but we see it in Different Ways"
In the middle of the summer, I was skimming through articles when I came across an article entitled "Xena Meets Krishna." Before I knew it, I had fallen back into the Xena fandom after a year away and was awaiting an episode that has caused quite a bit of commotion.
And furthermore, a controversy was raised for me that affected me on a more personal level than most of this nature: it involved people of my religion calling to censor something because, in their opinion, it was sacreligious.
Their action, as expected, has lead to a "to hell with your religion anyway" attitude among many fans. While I think that educated people have gathered that the groups protesting are "ultra-conservative," I was nonetheless upset to find letters from angry people proclaiming things like "Who cares what a bunch of people in India think, anyway?" This disturbs me because it treats protestors as outsiders. I am Hindu and an American citizen. There are Hindus all over the world, all with very individual, differing beliefs. I don't represent all of them anymore than the members of the protesting groups.
The other reason that I am compelled to write this letter is the calling I feel not to let all Hindus' reputations suffer at the hands of a conservative few. By pulling the episode from syndication, they succeeded in stirring contempt among fans, making it "Xena vs. the Hindus." None of the Hindus I have talked to (most of whom aren't fans and don't care) objected to the existence of this episode. The writers of the article I read on Hinduism Today reported that they enjoyed "The Way" and thought that it conveyed the philosophies of Hinduism accurately despite the historical discrepencies.
the subversive pomegranate
what do you want?
who are you?
where are you going?
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