Tribals up in arms against Mahishasur’s insult

The portrayal of Mahishasur’s slaying by Goddess Durga and burning of Ravan’s effigy on Dussehra is perceived by young tribals as an insult to their identity. They assert that they do not have any problems with Hindus worshiping Durga and Ram. However, they will not tolerate the portrayal of the killing of Asur Raj Mahishasur and burning of the effigies of King Ravan. Young tribals are once again readying to protest against the humiliation of Mahishasur. Forward Press reports:

The ‘Mahishasur’ movement is again gaining momentum in Chhattisgarh this year. The youths associated with  the Gondwana Students’ Union in Pondi-Uprora in Korba district in the state, are creating awareness among the tribals about how their idols Asur Raj Mahishasur and King Ravana are insulted in the name of Hindu festivals and how this is tantamount to insult of their culture, history and ancestors. They want an end to these practices. It is worth mentioning here that last year, dozens of organizations had submitted memoranda to this effect to the local authorities in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. At some places, police complaints were also filed against holding of Durga Puja.

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