Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh member and Shiksha Bhagao Andolan Samiti activist Dinanath Misra today sparked uproar by demanding a ban on ancient Indian texts that he said “denigrate and insult the religious sentiments of millions of practicing Hindus”.
Misra defended this controversial stance by highlighting “heresies and factual inaccuracies” in the Rig Veda that undermine traditional family values, such as descriptions of Yami’s attempt to seduce her brother Yama (10.7-10.9) and of Pusan’s exhortation to his sister Surya to enjoy the “pleasures and embraces” of her husband Soma (85.37).
The former school principal singled out the Brihadâranyaka Upanishad (6.4.1-6.4.12) for vulgarity with its rich descriptions of sexual congress that give the impression that women in ancient India were, as he put it, “hungry of sex”: “Do we really need to be told three times that Prajâpati’s member entered a woman and that they were joined mouth to mouth?”
He also criticized the clear endorsement of male oral sex in chapter 9 of the Kama Sutra, the 2nd century BE treatise on love: “I don’t know about you but I no longer feel comfortable sucking a mango. Homosexuality is against the order of nature and personally I want to thank Thomas Babington Macaulay for standing up for Hindu dharma and introducing Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in 1861.”