India’s very own spoof religion stands against religious extremism and hopes to add some fun in faith
India is home to the oldest surviving religion, Hinduism. It is home to some of the most popular and biggest religions too. If you pick up our history books, the violence and intolerance in the name of religion has been a part of it for centuries.
At the same time, we are also one of the biggest examples of pluralism. Several reports have pointed at the fact that atheism is now the fastest growing belief system in the world. Or, we can also call it a no-belief system. It’s no surprise that this belief or the lack of it, thereof, has given rise to a parallel line of thought – one of the most prominent/active ones being Dinkoism.
Yes, probably the youngest and India’s very own parody religion. We have one more feather added to our cap.
So, what is Dinkoism?
Let’s say that it is a creative way of protesting against and exposing the fundamentalism. It emerged in 2008 in Kerala and picked up pace on social media platforms immediately. Dinkoism is a social movement, a mock religion and a way of protest.
The Dinkoists – as what they call themselves – worship a local cartoon character Dinkan. And, they have been quite active online as well as offline.
They staged a mock protest in front of the restaurant owned by Malayalam actor Dileep who was going to play a role in a movie named ‘Professor Dinkan’. Dinkoists have accused him of ‘insulting their God’ – the great Dinkan. But don’t worry, they’re not religious extremists. The protest was again just a way of mocking and exposing the absurdity of similar happenings in the country. Creative?
Dinkoists have been doing many more creative things. They have published matrimonial advertisement in newspaper, organised religious meet, and even got coverage in the BBC. They are going international already!
While keeping all these things in mind, we must also realize that Dinkoism is not insulting others’ religious beliefs. It is just targeting the negativities which have become a part of the religious traditions over time. An attack on violence, extremism, exclusion and intolerance cannot certainly be considered an attack on religion per se.
It is just an unconventional attempt at highlighting the absurdities that have become mainstream nowadays.
What do you think about the concept of a parody religion? Is it a good tool to expose religious extremism? Please share your thoughts by commenting below.