While I don't agree with the Citizen Elite construct due to the connotations brought in by the work 'elite', I do believe there is a lot to learn from this talk. Quiet and invigorating talk by Prof. Dipankar Gupta.
Originally Published on Sep 30, 2013
An Interactive Workshop with Prof. Romila Thapar
Does anyone remember Maulana Azad and Rafi Ahmed Kidwai anymore?
Observe how every thing good is due to the constructive influence of the western world.
So the other day some people were discussing the practice of marrying in your own bloodline, specifically marring your cousins (mostly distant) etc… However, the conversation soon shifted to the fact that Muslims do it all the time. And then to speculation about why they do it. “May be its to preserve their bloodline”. Some one said. “Cheeeee… how awful!” Some one briefly mentioned that in
No marriage tradition is without blemish. I am told, people like Genghis khan and such, muddied a lot of bloodlines and so do heroes, conquerors, politicians, affluent people, etc…, in any era or time. Marriages were also an instrument of politcs and business, revenge, and on. So chill. There are no superior ways of getting married. You are no better marring your cousin or some one else’s. It’s like feeling yuk at the people who use toilet paper. They feel yuk at those not using toilet paper.It doesn’t make you superior.