Honour Killings in the context of Osho’s India
India`s present day economic clout is growing very fast – but is the mindset of Indians changing at all?
Almost every week one sees stories of honour killings on the Indian Television and in the press. Sometimes the dictat to kill lovers comes from an allegedly feudal social structure – and often when the boy is from a lower caste than the girl´s family. (In just a few cases, the family members are educated and affluent) Any which way the rift between the Indian medieval mind and modern times seems too big to bridge.
During the last two weeks, the Indian psyche has been stirred by two such cases.
Brother kills sister’s husband for ‘honour’
Nirupama’s friends want justice
Both these cases have taken place in the Hindi speaking belt, (which it must be noted produced someone like Osho, who dared to challenge the taboos of Indian society). Because of Osho’s straight talking on such subjects as freedom to love, there was a paradoxical loss of so-called respectable reputation for Osho in India, and a loss of following amongst some self-serving Indians. In short on the sub-continent, instead of getting respect he was ridiculed.
Ironically enough, Osho’s talks on the Indian holy Scriptures are unbeatable. They could have earned Him half of the country as His disciples, but being a Sagittarius on the being level ,Osho was not a person to speak half truth. Osho´s prescriptions were too bitter for Indian society to swallow.
In this context I do wonder why the organisations representing Osho don´t take an enthusiastic interest in adopting those values Osho stood for. For example freedom to Love.
Why not offer these threatened young Indian lovers, often living in fear of their lives “refuge” and an open shelter within the Osho ashrams. But…. no…. the present day Osho organisations do not even issue a press release on such matters.
On this point both Osho Foundation and Osho World are mediocre brothers in arms. Surely given the centrality of this Honour Killing news in the Indian media of late they are both missing something that Osho himself would never have failed to comment on had he been alive.
In spite of Osho´s lion’s roar when He was with us, the neo-sannyas movement is now reduced to little more than a footnote of history. Is it too late to focus on the spirit, rather than the packaging and distributing of the preachings? When will Osho’s teachings be reflected in the actions of those organisations that now represent Him?