Acts versus Awareness campaigns


In India, it has become a fashion with the social activists and NGOs and some organisations to demand legislation for implementing resolutions of the United Nations Organisation and other international  bodies, introduced mostly by developed countries and reflecting mostly their practices, views and concerns. The central and state governments in India should also take  into  consideration, India’s ancient ways of living, practices, beliefs, customs, traditions etc.  before accepting the demands of social activists. Some of the cases where the governments ignore public feeling and concerns relate to laws on:

child labour
child marriage
cruelty to animals
These laws should be amended to be in line with India’s traditions and customms








Constitution and laws of a country


A country’s constitution and the laws should be based on the culture, traditions, beliefs etc. In a country where animal sacrifice is a custom during festivals, the laws of the country should not ban animal sacrifice. In the society in which jallikattu (subduing bulls) is a tradition, no laws and regulations should ban this. Values of other countries or what is considered good or bad by intellectuals, social activists etc. should not be imposed on the common people. Breaking cocunuts on the heads of the people, walking on the fire etc. during festivals are traditions of the people of Tamilnadu.  Some people may consider these as dangerous but the solution is to station ambulances with first aid facilities at the sites and  not banning the same. Some tribal societies have special customs and traditions which to other people may be bad.. But there should be no interference with this.