Right-wing activists and organisations have always been harping about ancient Indian wisdom and how we should follow the practices of our forefathers. But there is one thing they do not want us to follow: The Kamasutra and by extension sexual freedom. Members of Bajrang Sena want to ban the sale of the ancient Indian text, Kamasutra, in the Khajuraho temple premises.
Jyoti Agarwal, president of the Khajuraho unit, is of the opinion that the Kamasutra is being indiscriminately being sold to tourists.“Such things are readily available inside the temple premises under the very nose of ASI and tourism department officials. Such things affect the image of Indian culture and traditions in the eyes of the foreigners,” she said.
Is she saying we should be ashamed of our ancient Indian culture? Is the Khajuraho Temple more of an eyesore than the hundred of thousands of homeless people that dot the streets in India? Do people randomly spitting paan on the road and heckling at women do not spoil the image of Indian culture and traditions in the eyes of firangs?
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a UNESCO world heritage site in the Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. These world-famous temples are known for their artwork, only 10 percent of which feature erotic themes.
“Whatever has been depicted can’t be allowed to happen here now. What sort of moral values are we passing on to our younger generation? These temples have religious significance. There is a Shiva temple here. How can you allow Kamasutra to be sold in the sacred premises,” she said.
The Kamasutra was composed between 400 BCE and 200 CE by Vātsyāyana. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not just a manual on sexual behaviour, but also speaks about the philosophy and theory of love.