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04/21/2007 05:39 PM ID: 61955 Permalink   

School Principal Purifies Students With Cow Urine

 

Parents and citizens in the Bhandara district of Maharshtra, India, have demanded a written apology and police action after an upper-caste principal sprinkled the school and students with with cow urine.

Cow urine is a commonly used remedy in Ayurveda, a traditional form of healing. It is said to cure a variety of ills including liver failure and obesity. In this instance the principle was ridding the school of a lower-caste teacher's evil spirit.

"Our principal sprinkled cow urine on Scheduled Class (lower class) students and said this is for your well-being," a student said. Although a complaint has been filed with police no action has been taken to date.

 
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This is why I say as a disabled person it is not in my best interest to be attended to by a physician with the Caste System in their cultural heritage.
 
  by: mcink2   04/21/2007 09:20 PM     
  yeah  
 
I for some reason don't think this to odd. Obviously part of a bygone era to us Westerners but the cow is sacred over there. Everything about it is and obviously many still hold very deep superstitious beliefs concerning it. It wouldn't be too difference if a teacher was Native American and burnt cedar to purify the room.
 
  by: kuhl   04/21/2007 10:38 PM     
  @kuhl  
 
you are correct that it is apart of their cultural heritage, and it is known that the cow is a sacred animal. However laws were implemented over 50 years ago to break down the caste system. At least sprinkling cow urine on students isn't as violent as other caste system atrocities
 
  by: canuck   04/22/2007 12:15 AM     
  An insider's point of view...  
 
Just FYI, there is nothing wrong with the caste system, just the people in the caste system. I don't understand why people don't get this. It's just like religion. There is nothing wrong with religions, just the people in it! And most of the problems that people attach to the caste system actually has nothing to do with the system, but the ego of the individuals. In many ways it's like capitalism. As long as you're rich or famous, you can piss on anyone you want as long as it's not been video taped. Open your eyes people! The entire world is based on various caste systems, both religious and non religious!
People should read up on it, before they start making dumb ass comment like mcink2! Besides the principal's actions were actually based on superstition, not caste system values, even though the idiot (the principal) associate says it has to do with caste.
 
  by: aviavy   04/22/2007 02:36 AM     
  @avia  
 
I enjoy your point of you view but you have to realize that people arbitrarily assign stereotypes to groups BECAUSE of the people in them. The groups are then defined as those characteristics. That is why any system that is corrupt could be considered 'bad'. Just like the US gov't to many. It'd be like you saying... "The gov'ts not bad; its just the people in it." Yeah well they comprise what it is made of.
 
  by: kuhl   04/22/2007 03:22 AM     
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>People should read up on it, before they start making dumb ass comment like mcink2!

Uh, go to an Indian dr with a broken left arm, or spend 25 years in a chair encountering drs of several cultures THEN we'll talk. But you likely won't get the Left Arm refference.
 
  by: mcink2   04/22/2007 07:47 AM     
  well. . .  
 
This is really not a lot different than what the American government dose to us, except it not really for our well being and it’s not cow urine, it’s mostly bullshit. . .
 
  by: STONE KILEY   04/22/2007 08:52 AM     
  @ixuzus  
 
You must have been outraged

"students with with cow urine"

A typo I'm sure : P
 
  by: Zmethod     04/24/2007 02:23 AM     
  @Ixuzus  
 
This article is a mooving experience.

 
  by: White Albino   04/24/2007 10:09 AM     
  @Aviavy  
 
"Just FYI, there is nothing wrong with the caste system,"

Sorry I beg to differ on this point. There is everything wrong in a caste system. Infact that is the, most fundamental backwardness of India. A Hindu is a Hindu, until known as untouchable, than he is a less of a Hindu.
This is due to caste system, otherwise, he is a Hindu!!

@mcink2: I think it is in your best interest to be attended by a Dr who is familiar with being looked down at, because of your disability, more so than a Dr, who is going to question your pockets or insurance instead of your ailment.

Isn't the two top paragraphs paradoxia at its best!
One is a refusal to caste system lo-down and second is capitalism.

If you looked at these two, you will notice, caste system is capitalism in a different culture.

(Kinko putting Avi&mcink2 in one room and throwing away the key)
 
  by: kinko     04/25/2007 01:13 PM     
  @kinko  
 
Like I said before, there is nothing wrong with it. Untouchables is not part of the caste system. Even in the religious books it talks nothing about it. I am a Hindu, hence the reason why I know this. The Untouchable problem is an ego problem of people thinking they are better than other. People add to it, to make it suit themselves. Christ only said to spread his message. He didn't saying about burning people at the stake!
 
  by: aviavy   04/25/2007 08:29 PM     
 
 
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