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Defending the Un-Defendable: A Sad Case of Wendy-Worship

Against Devdutt Article

The hosts of Devdutt Pattanaik [1] in the US reacted in a normal way. They were rightly surprised by his fondness for a person like Doniger who passes her low-level soft-porn dressed as “Alternative History of Hindus”. Fondness for a person needs to grounded in that persons character, values and acts. In Hindu Dharma, love and forgiveness are fundamental ideals. It is generally said in India that one should shun bad actions and not the bad person, but at the same time there is no mandate to love a bad person. There is no way a  person with genuine convictions can be ‘fond’ of such a person; at most, you remain neutral and leave her/him to his own Karmic retribution and keep your guard strong against the adharmic acts. If Doniger is invading the sacred and causing untold suffering to fellow human beings, just to assuage her own feelings of misplaced self-worth, her actions certainly do not elicit fondness or love.

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