It is disheartening to see that the government of Ukraine has chosen to harbor hate and mock the Hindu community worldwide by deriding the revered deity, Kali Ma. As a country that claims to have been a victim of war, such behavior is unbecoming and does not reflect the values of a nation that should be striving for peace and inclusivity.
The Hindu religion, with over a billion followers worldwide, is one of the oldest and most diverse belief systems in the world. The deity Kali Ma, who is often misunderstood by those who are unfamiliar with Hinduism, is a symbol of power and protection against evil. Instead of mocking her, the government of Ukraine could seek her blessings to fight off all kinds of evil, which the country needs right now.
The centuries-old obsession with disparaging Kali Ma and other Hindu deities is a manifestation of ignorance and bigotry that has plagued the West for far too long. Even with the growing awareness and education among the younger generations, it seems that some malicious fixations will remain deeply entrenched forever.
Ukraine’s eagerness to identify with the West is evident, but complete deracination from its own cultural roots will never work in its favor. The country must strive for a balance between embracing the benefits of globalization while protecting its cultural heritage and respecting the beliefs of other cultures.
In conclusion, I hope that the government of Ukraine can see the error of its ways and choose to embrace inclusivity and respect for all cultures. Seeking the blessings of Kali Ma, rather than deriding her, could be a step towards greater harmony and understanding. It is time to put an end to the ignorance and bigotry that has plagued our world for far too long.