Transforming Hindus versus Women – What it means for us?

Go Lean Commentary

The responsibility to assuage these bad behaviors must lie first with the religious institutions. But any failure to deliver protection by these institutions would truly mandate that the “State” (government) step in and deliver.

Separation of Church and State be damned!

Separation of Church and State has been the standard for governments ever since the Enlightenment Age. In fact, the governing standard – the Social Contract – is a concept that was codified during that period. That contract states:

Citizens surrender some of their freedoms and submit to the authority of the State in exchange for protection of remaining natural and legal rights. – Book  Go Lean…Caribbean Page 170.

Christianity! Islam! Guilty … of failing to protect their congregants and adherents from the bad orthodoxies in their communities!

Now its Hinduism time to secede to civil “protections of natural rights”. There are abuses that are victimizing segments of their population. It is no longer acceptable to tolerate such abuse.

Change has come to the world, Separation of Church and State is now suspect! Sometimes the “Church” is the problem; so the State is therefore expected to step in and break that Separation shield. See how this is playing out in India right now. See the full news article here:

Title: Hindu hardliners clash with police over women at shrine

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hindu hardliners vandalized shops, shut businesses and clashed with police in a southern state Thursday to protest the entry of two women in one of India’s largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, police said.

Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the protesters who also blocked roads by placing burning tires and concrete blocks in key towns, including Kozhikode, Kannur, Malappuram, Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram.

Pinarayi Vijayan, the state’s top elected official, accused supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party of triggering violence that reportedly claimed one life.

Most state-run buses kept off roads after several were damaged by protesters.

Supporters of Modi’s party held protest marches in the state as part of a strike call by Sabarimala Karma Samithi, an umbrella organization of Hindu groups.

The two women entered the temple to pray early Wednesday, triggering protests. They were escorted by police because it is “the government’s constitutional responsibility to give protection to women,” Vijayan said.

Women of menstruating age were forbidden to pray at the temple until the Supreme Court lifted the ban in September. The ban was informal for many years but became law in 1972.

Some devotees have filed a petition saying the court decision revoking the ban was an affront to the celibate deity Ayyappa.

Vijayan said Thursday that 39 police officers were injured while trying to control the protesters, who damaged 79 state-run buses in the state.

The Press Trust of India news agency reported that a 55-year-old passer-by died after being injured amid rock throwing by protesters in Pandalam.

Source: Associated Press posted January 3, 2019; retrieved January 5, 2019 from:

The concept is simple for “States“, while they must allow for Freedom of Religion, they cannot allow religious intimidation of their citizens. No More!

This is an issue of Orthodoxy and it is not only a concern in India. Even here in the Caribbean we have to make progress. Clearly we understand the oppression, suppression and repression experienced in India prohibiting women to pray in the Temple, and so there is the acceptance that it is right for that State to act against continued abuse. There has always been a need for States to legislate morality in society over the years; consider these examples:

  • Slavery – The Pope approved African Slavery in 1491; but it took the Protestant and Enlightenment movements to unravel the end of the Slave Trade and eventually the institution of Slavery itself. By the mid-1800’s all European Powers ended slavery in their New World territories.
  • Indian Widows – As detailed in a previous blog-commentary, the “Hindu Widows’ Remarriage Act of 1856” legalized the remarriage of Hindu widows in all jurisdictions of India under British rule. Upper-caste Hindu society had long disallowed the remarriage of widows, even child and adolescent ones, all of whom were expected to live a life of austerity and abnegation. The law provided legal safeguards against loss of certain forms of inheritance for remarrying a Hindu widow.
    See the Appendix VIDEO below.
  • Drunk Driving – A classic example is that in France where Evan’s Law regulated alcohol advertising; advertising affected alcohol demand; so the end result on alcohol consumption was that in 1960, the average adult in France consumed 30 liters of alcohol while that figure is down to 13.5 liters today. Drunk Driving incidences naturally declined.

The assertion of the movement behind the book Go Lean … Caribbean (Page 20) is that there must be a new regime for our region; one that is apolitical and religiously-neutral. The community ethos – underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs, or practices – that must be pursued by this new Caribbean regime is that of the Greater Good; that it can be pursued despite any religiosity. This book defines this Greater Good community ethos as follows:

“It is the greatest good to the greatest number of people which is the measure of right and wrong”. Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)

In the Caribbean, we have adherents to many religions: Christianity, Islam, Hindu and indigenous animism. We must insist on a clear “Separation of Church and State” in order to mold the behavior and character development we want to see in our communities. Seeing the default orthodoxy in these religions, it is obvious that our ideals must be Greater.

For one, we must protect and promote women in our communities. This is a charge that we must execute whether it is popular or not. This theme – protecting and promoting women in society – aligns with previous Go Lean commentaries; see a sample list here: Bad Ethos on Home Violence leads to more “Stranger” Abuse UN’s International Women’s Day – Protecting Rural Women High Profile Sexual Harassment Accusers – Finally Believed? Gender Equity without a ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Women Get Ready for New Lean-In Campaign Women in Politics – Yes, They Can! Caribbean Study: 58% Of Boys Agree to Female ‘Discipline’

This is the Year 2019 and we are still talking about women being suppressed, oppressed and repressed in society. Change just doesn’t happen because the ‘clock is ticking’. No, people have to forge change, overcome the obstacles and embed the needed new value systems to get improvements institutionalized instead of just a passing trend. Change takes heavy-lifting.

This is what the lessons from India mean to us here-now in the Caribbean.

So many women in our communities flee due to the lack of protections and promotions for them. We want that bad trend to now end, so we must do the heavy-lifting ourselves. We must lower the “Push and Pull” factors that have plagued our society and caused abandonment.

We must do this! Women are half of our population; and they are beloved. This is how we can make our homeland a better place to live, work and play for all.  🙂

About the Book
The book Go Lean…Caribbean serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the technocratic Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU), for the elevation of Caribbean society – for all member-states. This CU/Go Lean roadmap has these 3 prime directives:

  • Optimization of the economic engines in order to grow the regional economy to $800 Billion and create 2.2 million new jobs.
  • Establishment of a security apparatus to ensure public safety and protect the resultant economic engines.
  • Improve Caribbean governance to support these engines, including a separation-of-powers between the member-states and CU federal agencies.

The Go Lean book provides 370-pages of turn-by-turn instructions on “how” to adopt new community ethos, plus the strategies, tactics, implementations and advocacies to execute so as to reboot, reform and transform the societal engines of Caribbean society.

Download the free e-Book of Go Lean … Caribbean – now!

Who We Are
The movement behind the Go Lean book – a non-partisan, apolitical, religiously-neutral Community Development Foundation chartered for the purpose of empowering and re-booting economic engines – stresses that reforming and transforming the Caribbean societal engines must be a regional pursuit. This was an early motivation for the roadmap, as pronounced in the opening Declaration of Interdependence (Pages 12 – 13):

xi. Whereas all men are entitled to the benefits of good governance in a free society, “new guards” must be enacted to dissuade the emergence of incompetence, corruption, nepotism and cronyism at the peril of the people’s best interest. The Federation must guarantee the executions of a social contract between government and the governed.

xvi. Whereas security of our homeland is inextricably linked to prosperity of the homeland, the economic and security interest of the region needs to be aligned under the same governance. Since economic crimes … can imperil the functioning of the wheels of commerce for all the citizenry, the accedence of this Federation must equip the security apparatus with the tools and techniques for predictive and proactive interdictions.

xxiv. Whereas a free market economy can be induced and spurred for continuous progress, the Federation must install the controls to better manage aspects of the economy: jobs, inflation, savings rate, investments and other economic principles. Thereby attracting direct foreign investment because of the stability and vibrancy of our economy.

Sign the petition to lean-in for this roadmap for the Caribbean Union Trade Federation.


Appendix VIDEO – The Horrible Plight of India’s Widows –

Published on Aug 20, 2007 – India Widows (2007): In many conservative Indian families, widows are seen as a liability. Cast out of the family home, they live the rest of their lives in poverty and isolation.

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“She becomes a zero and all her powers are lost”, states Dr Giri, explaining how some women’s status change when their husband dies. With no where else to go, thousands come to Vrindavan, city of widows. It was the childhood home of Hindu God, Krishna, who championed downtrodden women. “They come here in search of death”, explains Dr Giri, in the hope they will have a better afterlife” – ABC Australia – Ref. 3587

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