Thursday, 19 January 2012

Verbal Diarrhoea #12

"The murdering of someone is not pre-destined, the perpetrator alone is responsible. In this respect, the government of the country is solely to blame for not doing its job in providing safety and security to its citizens."
Claims Hindu supporter N. K. Rathi, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong

This is an example of a seriously-deluded claim from an individual. I will have further posts about this issue, since the local newspaper in Hong Kong appears to be giving this person a platform to announce and promote controversial and outrageous ideas.


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Letters (SCMP; paywall)
Dec 29, 2011

Hinduism not fatalistic religion

In the article, ("Indians' disregard for human life all too evident", December 19), Amrit Dhillon blames Hindu "fatalism" as one of the causes of Indians' "disregard" for human life.

According to the Hindu law of karma, also followed by Buddhism, every individual is responsible for his/her actions. God does not interfere.

If a person chooses to murder someone, it is expected that he should be prosecuted with the severest sentence by the state besides paying for his actions in future lives. The murdering of someone is not pre-destined, the perpetrator alone is responsible.

In this respect, the government of the country is solely to blame for not doing its job in providing safety and security to its citizens.

Please don't lay the blame on Hinduism, as our religion is not fatalistic.

The reference made to astrology is also in bad taste. It is not just in India. Daily horoscope columns in newspapers, including the South China Morning Post, have a worldwide following.

N. K. Rathi, Ap Lei Chau

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