That season is here again. Aside from the dangerous health risks of Deepawali sweets, India is the only time it has woken up to pollution. As usual, the courts have taken the lead by handing down a total ban on crackers in Delhi. A good start is half done. More courts and organizations are expected to join in the fun. For Hindus, Deepawali is like a “Game of Thorns‘, season after season. Each season gets tougher than the one before.
It’s a game where every Marx, mullah, and missionary comes up with thorns to tease the fun out of Deepawali celebrations. The goal is to de-hinduize Hindu festivals and dehumanize Hindus so that the “idea of India” can continue to flourish. Game of Thorns is the biggest show in India. As we know, the courts have made a promising start by banning crackers. Crackers used during Deepavali are more dangerous than the weapons used in the Russia-Ukraine war. In fact, they are deadlier than a possible nuclear war between the US and North Korea.
From a Bollywood star’s dog to a cricket player’s duck, every famous animal or bird suffers because of the “Darr Ka Mahaul‘ or ‘Climate of Fear’ created by Deepawali. Luckily, these animals are protected against similar adverse effects of fireworks during celebrity weddings, Christmas, and New Year’s. That’s the beauty of Game of Thorns. It’s a really worldly game.
Game of Thorns is not limited to fireworks. It also includes celebration, fun, frolic and food. Food plays an extremely important role. Our “neutral” media join in. We get acquainted with exotic Turkish sweets, different types of kebabs and a number of such lush and delicious foods during Eid. During the Christmas season we get to know all the delicious cakes, baked goods, wines, meat specialties and such wonderful delicacies. Come on Deepawali and we are warned about the terrible fattening and diet buster Deepawali sweets that we must avoid to stay healthy. The people who write these articles are really concerned about the health of Hindus.
The “idea of India” proposed by Nehru is about continuing the undeniable legacy of the great Mughals. The top minds in the advertising world work overtime during Deepawali. “Tyohaar”, “Riwaaz”, “Rasm‘ and such egalitarian words ooze out of the advertisements and Deepawali becomes ‘Festival of Lights’ or ‘Jashn-e-Chirag’. The models also appear in appropriately somber mourning moods with progressive robes without Hindu symbols such as “bindi” and “bangles”. Loud, gaudy Hindu colors are being replaced by sober and classy Mogul looks. In the blinding darkness of all the jashn we must forget that Deepawali is about Naraka Chaturdashi, Devi Lakshmi Pooja, Bali Pratipada and the return of Sri Rāma to Ayodhya.
More and more emerging narratives suggest that Deepawali is not a Hindu festival. It was never a Hindu festival. A parallel narrative runs parallel to this. Like rakhi, holi and most things in India, deepawali was a gift from the Mughals. Celebrated as “Jashn-e-Chirag”, Deepawali was originally a Mughal festival
At this point, average Hindus are barred from setting off firecrackers by court orders and sent on guilt by famous dogs. Hindus are advised to avoid these dangerous Deepawali sweets and are left with mere rituals or, more accurately, “Rasm aur Riwaaz“. Now it’s time for real Game of Thorns players to feel their presence.
JNU scholars and periyarites will enlighten us with “Gyan“. Narakāsura was a Dalit king who was killed by an upper-caste Brahman Krishna. Bali too was a philanthropic Dalit king who was deceived by brahmin Vāmana. How can we forget the Dravidian king Ravana dethroned by Āryan Rāma? And what about Devi Lakshmi Pooja? That is only for the rich and influential Brahmanic society. What will the poor and lower caste people celebrate? Lakshmi Devi is a symbol of oppression that favors the concentration of wealth among select Gujaratis like Ambani and Adani. Therefore, the “have-nots” have nothing to do with celebrating a festival of the “have-nots”. So the whole Deepawali becomes a Brahmanic conspiracy against the Dalits and backward people. Hindus should forget that they are Hindus.
Thanks to great scholars and historians like Vetrimaran and Kamal Hasan, we now understand that the Chola kings were not Hindus. They were Dravidians. So all these magnificent temples of South India are not Hindu temples. Deepawali is celebrated with great fervor in the temples of Tamil Nadu. But since these temples are not Hindu temples, Deepawali can no longer be called a Hindu festival either.
More and more emerging narratives suggest that Deepawali is not a Hindu festival. It was never a Hindu festival. A parallel narrative runs parallel to this. Like rakhi, holi and most things in India, deepawali was a gift from the Mughals. Celebrated as “Jashn-e-Chirag’, Deepawali was originally a Mughal festival. Therefore, the Hindus should have absolutely no claim to Deepawali.
Game of Thorns is not a single player, single level game. It’s a multiplayer game with multiple levels and a continuous process. The seasons merge into a year-round soap. Anyone can play this as long as they can add something to the narrative. That “something” could be anything that can drive the narrative forward. Just as Tamils are not Hindus, Lingayats are not Hindus, Kshatriyas are not Hindus, Jats are not Hindus and Dalits are not Hindus. Players can keep playing and win awards if they can add a new thorn in the flesh of the collective Hindu conscience. The ability to shout down dissenting voices is an added benefit for a good player.
The ultimate goal of “Game of Thorns‘ is intended to prove that Hindus are not Hindus and to prove that Hindus do not exist. That “Game of ThornsThe show goes on despite resistance. How long can the Hindus resist?