Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya - an Indian couple from Kolkata are
living a nightmare in Norway. Their children - a three-year-old son
and one-year-old daughter - were taken away from them by Norway's
child protective services and placed in foster care eight months ago.
The drastic measure was taken because, according to the child
protective services, the couple were not bringing the children up
properly. What did they do wrong? They fed the children with their
hands and the infants slept in the same bed as the parents.
Comment by Sri Rajiv Malhotra: Author of Being Different: An Indian
Challenge to Western Universalism
"An Indian couple has their child taken away by authorities in Norway, on the grounds that they eat with their hands and the boy sleeps with the parents. Both these are common characteristics of "embodied" cultures, but considered uncivilized according to Western Univeralism. In BD I explain the "disembodiment" of western culture, i.e. a form of self alienation they suffer even with the body. It expresses in various unconscious ways including way of eating, not comfortable breast feeding, heightened sense of "privacy" needs, and so forth.Such persons are psychologically disembodied, I argue. Such a culture is synthetic, not integral. The example above is illustrative of Western Universalism being not universal but particular to their region and history."
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