Dr. Bachchan is dead and no one issues fatwas against books or inanimate objects. These ‘learned men’ should stick to their jobs and stop messing around with what is none of their business. If they are so concerned, then perhaps they’d like to do some checking out of mushairas in Lucknow from where they are issuing such edicts. Do something about the sharab-kebab stuff first. Major Urdu and Persian poets have used the imagery of alcohol and drunkenness to convey various emotions – from the sublime subsumation with a god to the basic one of enjoying the moment.
Madhushala was published in 1935. These guys wake up now; of course they could have been born much later. But what were they doing for the past so many years? Why did they suddenly discover this book? And what does being anti-Islamic have to do with what is taught in general schools? It is not as though it is being read in the madrassas.
I suspect it is Mayawati who is pulling their beards only because she has a problem with the Samajwadi Party. These people should fight their political battles without bringing in something that has no bearing on and of which they have scant, if any, knowledge.
Imagine these guys taking time out to read 135 verses in shuddh Hindi and then having the gall to say they passed the decree because they felt it “turned out to be hurtful to the sentiments of devout”.
How many of these so-called devout have been reading Madhushala? If it is a regular text, then too “it’s potential for promoting moral depravity and licentiousness in society, particularly among youth” does not make sense.
The nawaabs of Lucknow were known for their ayyaishi. The youth is not going to read some sanskritised Hindi to get depraved and go have fun. Their hormones will work it out for them.
These people are worried because someone must have told them their jobs are being ridiculed:
dharm granth sab jalaa chuki hein, jiske bheetar ki jwalaa
mandir, masjid, girje sab kuchh, toade chuka jo matwaalaa
pandit, momin, padariyon ke, phandon ko jo kaat chuka
kar sakti hae aaj usi ka, swaagat meri Madhushala
That, whose fire from within, has burnt all holy books of his religion
That, who has demolished all his personal religious structures- temple, mosque or church
That who has freed himself from the clutches of religious priests- Pandit, Imam or Bishop
That alone is today welcome in my Madhushala
The faithful, if they take the verse literally, must have enough faith in their religion not to be swayed (pardon the pun) by this and am sure they would not be desperate to enter this madhushala at all.
Do you think that those who have burnt down places of worship in various parts of the world have read this book? And have they touched their own places of worship that the poet talks about? No.
So it would do these maulvis some good if they improved the lot of those who come to pray. The ones who read the Quran, the Bhagwad Gita, the Bible as the last word have enough confidence in those words. Or they ought to. Otherwise, why read them?
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Anyone there? Could someone please send printouts of my Vexpert series to these Lucknow daadhi-dudes? I wanna get f****d…erm…uhh…aahhh….
I mean fatwaed, of course.