What are the socio-political challenges faced by the Hindus in contemporary Bharat?
By Dr (Prof) C I Issac
Mother India, in the prevailing socio-political situation of the nation, is subjected to the torments of the ordeals stacked by Maoists, Missionaries and Muslims (MMM). Now it is the new challenge posed before the present-day Hindu India. Furthermore the degenerated Congress dynasty airs new threats to the Hindus. This dynasty since the days of our national freedom incredibly contained all the above cited three Kalakoodams (venoms) under the veils of secularism and socialism. Now the veils of MMM have been taken away. Currently, all the anti-national forces have acquired courage to raise their (snake) hood under the patronage of Congress. It is visible from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. In the ten thousand years of her history, she had never faced such a multi-faceted molestation from any corner as seen today, particularly after May 26, 2014. The present threat is entirely differing from the threats of pre-medieval and medieval as well as in the days of European encounters. That was primarily external character; however the present one differs from the earlier and is guided with internal forces under the patronage of MMMs. All the anti-national tempo of the MMMs of the days is ending in the physical and cultural assaults over Hindu communities all over India. Pseudo-secularist political and cultural leadership of the day are attempting to put the Hindu community always in defence. Behind these phenomenon fake intellectuals, bogus custodians of human rights, historians intoxicated with Marxism, etc functions as the agenda setters. The melodramas which are staged in the campus of JNU, Hyderabad, and so on are pointing to the ongoing anti Hindu movements. It is necessary, before discussing it, to know who is a Hindu.
The Hindu race is the only living secular race from time immemorial. Hindu secularism is beyond modern Western secularism. The Hindu secular world view is that all paths are equally true to his. Rig Veda justifies it in its matra as Ekam Sat Vipra Bahudha Vadanti”. According to the European calculation Rig Veda was likely composed between roughly 1700–1100 BCE. Swami Vivekananda explained the faculty of Hindu world view flowingly: “I am a disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, a perfect Sannyasin whose influence and ideas I fell under. This great Sannyasin never assumed the negative or critical attitude towards other religions, but showed their positive side – how they could be carried into life and practiced”. (Selections from the Complete Works, p 374). Those who speak of secularism in the contemporary society are agents of Semitic ideology. They are ignoring the fact that long before 42nd Amendment of the Constitution of India in 1976 Hindu nation was secular. But they fear to speak against the anti secular credentials of China or Islamic countries. The pseudo secularist elements are caught between two stools of fear or favour.
The enemies of Hindu society organised as a force since Battles of Taraori (Battles of Tarain 1191 &1192 CE) onwards and started massive onslaughts against Hindu race and its culture. They aimed the total Islamisation of Hindu race with sword. “Individual Muslim may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytising faith”. (Winston Churchill, The River War, first edn., Vol. II. London, 1899, pp 248-250). This process continued up to the collapse of the Moghul Empire. Islamic intruders miserably failed, because of the brave Kshytria bloods of India responded to the situation effectively and they gave sleepless nights to the enemies of the days.
The next phase was colonial and missionary attempt against the Hindus without sword. During this period they used their entire power to Christianise the Hindus and if not possible, at least de-hinduise the Hindu society through education and modernisation. Hindus under the ‘giants of spirituality’ such as Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and his disciple Vivekananda, the ‘Cyclonic Hindu’ and so on, very effectively defused the Colonial conspiracies. ‘Swami Vivekananda came as a tonic to the depressed and demoralised Hindu mind and gave it self-reliance and some roots in the past’. The third phase of the tragedy was the post independent India’s ‘Congress Raj’. That is the glorious days of MMMs. During the seven decades of post-independent saga the faculty of discrimination or awareness of the people of India enhanced gradually and considerably. It is relevant to quote Abraham Lincoln: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time”. Hence the era of BJP under Modiji ushered in. The present national problem is the Congress dynasty’s futile attempt to put the clock back.
All hell broke loose. The anti-national tempo of the MMMs of the day is ending in the physical and cultural assaults over Hindu communities all over India. Pseudo-secularist political and cultural leadership of the day are attempting to put the Hindu community always in defence. In fact the Hindu race is in an offensive position. That can be seen in the North East. Behind these phenomena of the attacks on Hindu society, fake intellectuals, bogus custodians of Human Rights, historians intoxicated with Marxism, and so on function as the agenda setters. The burning wicks of anti Hindu forces in the contemporary India are about to go out. The Hindu can withstand it. Time has proved it beyond doubt. Those people subjected to religious persecution all over the world found safety and security in the hands of the Hindus and sought shelter here. The Jews, Parsis, Tibetan Buddhists, Muslims and even Christians enjoyed well this Hindu magnanimity, and hospitality with the dawn of the Common Era.
The same Hindu race is now under the threat of conversion from Semitic Cultures. The Church believes that Article 25 of the Constitution is their exclusive prerogative. This Article of the Indian Constitution guarantees its citizens the right to practice and propagate their religion. It doesn’t mean total destruction of the other man’s religion or non-hierarchical un-organised religions. This right is not conferred only to a particular religion; it is applicable irrespective of all religions and religious practices of India. It is not a constitutional provision for one way traffic or of a non-return valve. In no way with this Article, the founding fathers of our Constitution thought of any sort of conversion. Their intention was the healthy coexistence of all cultures and religious groups. It is the part of the Hindu world view. Above all, the father of the nation, Gandhiji was against conversion. His autobiography testifies this concern over the enhanced Christian missionary activities and conversion of Hindus. (M. K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Ch X, Glimpses of religion, p 31, 2004 March Edn.). Conversion by brainwashing, coercion, allurement, incentives, etc. is cruel in cultural terms. So it doesn’t come under the purview of Article 25 of our constitution.
Such subversive practices seem just under the law of the wilderness, that is might is right, or Maltsya Naya (law of the fishes). The same Church ignores their redeemer’s voice: “How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You sail the seas and across the whole countries to win one convert; and when you succeed, you make him twice as deserving of going to hell as you yourselves!” (The Gospel According to Mathew, Ch 23, Verses 15).
The Religious Minorities of India are one of the fortunate groups in the world compared to religious minorities’ lives in Islamic and European world or China. They are more privileged than the majority religious communities of India. Those who are striving to build a darul Islam in India should hear the testimony of a U. K. based Indian Muslim. “The Indian Muslims including the Kashmiri Muslims are perhaps the most fortunate religious minority in the world today because they live in a truly secular, pluralistic democracy in the world.
It is ironical that the president of the Mohajir Quami Movement of Pakistan, who lives in exile in the UK recently said that he wants to enlist India’s support to urge Pakistan to end its discrimination against Mohajirs’’. (M. Riaz Hasan, On Islam, The Hindu, Open Page, Kochi, dated November 27, 2001). Still, this acknowledgment is relevant. Considerations of the Modi government are the economic progress of the nation and welfare of its citizens. Here there is no root for caste or creed. It is self evident from the hitherto performance of the government.
Hurting the Hindu sentiments is the present style of pseudo-intellectuals and secularist guided media. It, no doubt, demoralises and shatters the Hindu solidarity. They are waiting to fish in the troubled waters. Those anti national forces fear the Hindu solidarity. That is why they are deliberately humiliating the cultural and spiritual signs of Hindus. Hindu society considers Cow as a sacred animal from the very inception of the Hindu civilisation. The builders of the constitution imbibed the national spirit while drafting the constitution of India. Hence the Article 48 of the Constitution of India mandates the state to prohibit the slaughter of cows and calves and other milking and draught-cattle. Prohibition on cow slaughter is a Directive Principle of State Policy contained in the Article 48 of the Constitution and the realisation of the dream of the father of the nation, Gandhiji.
The claimed custodians of Gandhiji’s tradition, the Indian National Congress, in Kannur (Kerala) breached his dream by the public butchering of a poor calf in the broad light and conducting beef-festivals as reaction to the government endeavor to fulfill the dreams of the father of nation (Gandhiji). The same secularist elements conducting beef festival are reluctant to conduct a pork festival. Why? Not for secularism but to generate rupture in the Hindu solidarity and its nationhood status!
(The writer is Vice President of Bharatiya Vichara Kendram, Kerala chapter of Prajna Pravah)