The eagerness with which some of you may have clicked on this link will soon be quashed and for that I apologize in advance..
I am not trying to document my journey of searching for God and this not a multipart series of anything spectacular like that. Heck, for that matter, I am not even interested in searching for God – at least not now & not yet – the yet been thrown in only as a future defense mechanism.
Perhaps, I decided to title this post this way only because of a recent Thamizh TV episode, I happened to watch over the weekend, in which there was a debate.
Any debate under the topic of ‘Rational’ vs ‘Religious’ is not surprisingly new in an otherwise conservative society in Tamil Nadu. For that matter, Tamil Nadu may be the one of the two or three states in India, where openly atheistic leaders have managed to win elections and have successfully governed the state, without this being a central issue during governance. So, I am always proud of the fact that I got to grow up in a society which had its mind and ears open for both sides. As much of a rich Temple history the state has, it now also has a great recent history of Rational movement, led by Periyar in the 1950s/60s. In the broad canvas of human history, it can be argued that atheistic groups have always found it difficult to prevail in the long run, as the sheer power of what religious mass psyche can do is something that can’t be matched by the rationalists, because of the exact reason, that they are simply rationalists and they are not bound together by anything common that connects them emotionally.
This particular episode was very impressive only because of how the moderator handled the topic at a rather intellectual level rather than at an emotional level. Yes, the general debaters from both sides are from normal walks of life, so I am not entirely saying that all of them came prepared at an intellectual level to participate in a debate of that standard. The panelists made up for that.
Without dissecting the points discussed or analyzing the panelists’ views, I hereby share the link. This is in Thamizh, so if you don’t understand the language, I am sorry. May be, if I find the time, I will try to translate & summarize the key points in future.