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A deeper look at the agenda of “Dismantling Global Hindutva”

This conference on “Dismantling Global Hindutva” may end up providing Hindutva proponents a better framework to dismantle left propaganda mills.

By: Ratan Sharda

Lot of articles and statements have come from non-Left intellectuals about how Dismantling Global Hindutva” is an attack on Hindu dharma because Hindutva is nothing but the essence of Hindu way of life or Hinduness. It is an attempt to create racist hate against Hindus who can then be attacked at random by the followers of leftist groups who are preparing the grounds for white supremacist racists and Islamists in the guise of liberals. Victimhood card in advance has been waved with the left apologists claiming “the long history of the global Hindu Right of threatening scholars, whether Romilla Thapar, Wendy Doniger, Paul Courtright or Audrey Truschke.” Not surprisingly, none of them has ever been physically attacked, intellectually attacked with arguments and historical facts. Their arguments imply that Hindus have no right even to argue? This is worst kind of intellectual totalitarianism.

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For example, Wendy’s book was pulped by the publisher because neither Wendy nor the publisher had any defence against point by point objections raised by the petitioner in the courts, not on the streets. Neither publisher nor the author suffered from ‘global Hindu Right’, they simply lost their case due to poor quality research in their book with holes through which an elephant could walk through.

It is significant that the seminar is being organised from 10 to 12th September. Don’t miss the historical day of 11th September. It is the day signifies the stark difference between the essence of Hindu dharma, that is, Hindutva or Hinduness and exclusivist supremacist Islamist world view. It is the day Swami Vivekananda spoke in the Parliament of Religion and presented his forceful argument about all embracing Hindu dharma that respects all viewpoints, gives asylum to all the persecuted people of the world, doesn’t claim that only it has the truth and everything else was false. On this very day, some mad-cap radical Islamists wrought about the most heinous mass terror attack on World Tower killing thousands.

The conference was announced on the day when Taliban conquered Afghanistan, clearly announcing that it will follow Shariah. This could mean that Afghanis too will go back to 6th century, put women back into homes as private properties of men with minimal rights, where men could rape and stone women at will, and stop their education. It would mean killing or converting ‘Kafirs’ as per Islamic injunctions or treating them as Dhimmis, charging them usurious ‘Jiziya’. Did organisers ever realise that the minorities were reduced from 700,000 to approx. 700 in last few years? That Hazaras were being attacked and killed because they were Shias in Sunni controlled territory? The first question therefore that comes to mind is whether this seminar was timed to divert people’s attention from stone-age marvels and vilify the most peaceful, inclusive people and make them targets of attacks with vicious campaign academics would launch?

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So, let us study the agenda of the conference a little deeper. The nine sessions as per their documents on the net are –

  1. What is global Hindutva
  2. Political economy of Hindutva
  3. Caste and Hindutva
  4. Gender and sexual politics of Hindutva
  5. Contours of the nation
  6. Hindutva and healthcare
  7. Hindutva propaganda and the digital ecosystem
  8. Hinduism and Hindutva
  9. Islamophobia, white supremacy and Hindutva

The pain of Left intellectuals, some nurtured by Church promoted academia is that the ground is slipping below their feet as they are being questioned and confronted with the alternative viewpoints that have more logical and historical backing than their made up histories and theories about Bharat and its culture. Ofcourse, they deny existence of any Hindu knowledge system.

What is global Hindutva –

This seems to be the first step to present Hindutva as a mirror image of global Ummah of Islam with global ambitions of ‘conquering’ every non-believer. I look forward to their showing atleast one case where global ‘Hindutva’ has destroyed any country or its culture and civilisation with armed attacks, bombs, guns, or attacked their religious or cultural belief system. Hindus are present in more than 100 countries today in good numbers. I hope it is followed up by presenting the history of Islamist, Church and Communist created violence that destroyed so many cultures and civilisations, and killed millions between them for not believing in their dogmas or belief systems. It is not ‘global Hindutva’ but global Hindu values that world will have to adopt to survive the hateful atmosphere created by these totalitarian belief systems.

So, let us study the agenda of the conference a little deeper. The nine sessions as per their documents on the net are –

  1. What is global Hindutva
  2. Political economy of Hindutva
  3. Caste and Hindutva
  4. Gender and sexual politics of Hindutva
  5. Contours of the nation
  6. Hindutva and healthcare
  7. Hindutva propaganda and the digital ecosystem
  8. Hinduism and Hindutva
  9. Islamophobia, white supremacy and Hindutva

The pain of Left intellectuals, some nurtured by Church promoted academia is that the ground is slipping below their feet as they are being questioned and confronted with the alternative viewpoints that have more logical and historical backing than their made up histories and theories about Bharat and its culture. Ofcourse, they deny existence of any Hindu knowledge system.

What is global Hindutva –

This seems to be the first step to present Hindutva as a mirror image of global Ummah of Islam with global ambitions of ‘conquering’ every non-believer. I look forward to their showing atleast one case where global ‘Hindutva’ has destroyed any country or its culture and civilisation with armed attacks, bombs, guns, or attacked their religious or cultural belief system. Hindus are present in more than 100 countries today in good numbers. I hope it is followed up by presenting the history of Islamist, Church and Communist created violence that destroyed so many cultures and civilisations, and killed millions between them for not believing in their dogmas or belief systems. It is not ‘global Hindutva’ but global Hindu values that world will have to adopt to survive the hateful atmosphere created by these totalitarian belief systems.

Political economy of Hindutva –

It is strange that Left could have any problem with political economy of Hindutva. If they really studied political economy propounded by leading Hindutva intellectuals like Shri Guruji, Deendayal Upadhyay and Dattopant Thengdi objectively, they would be surprised that it is leftist in true sense of word, with stress of welfare of the deprived, poor sections of the people that differentiates none on the basis of caste, creed or religion. Even, if they were to criticise Mr. Modi, they would be dismayed at large number of initiatives taken successfully under him in empowering the poor and subaltern people. Yes, neither RSS nor BJP believe in state control of economy. And it has been proven beyond doubt that state control of economy means misery, inefficiency and corruption of the ‘party’ and the bureaucrats. I am curious to know what spin they will give.

Caste and Hindutva –

It is amusing that those who speak about destroying the caste system have been the biggest defenders of caste system. Whether it is Congress or Socialist groups split in hundreds of factions – every group thrives on casteism. Rise of BJP and Modi was based on national feelings overriding casteism. Hindutva proponents right from Savarkar to all other leaders of RSS have fought against casteism and worked hard to reform the Hindu society. Third RSS chief went to the extent of saying, “If untouchability is not wrong, then there is nothing wrong in this world. Casteism must be thrown out lock stock and barrel.” It was Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) that passed a resolution way back in 1966 that no Hindu can be untouchable and all the Hindus are children of same mother, hence brothers. While attacking Brahminical patriarchy how will they defend the Brahmin leadership of Communist parties, including Naxal movement? How will they defend failure of major communist party of India CPM not having any Dalit in its Politburo in nearly 100 years and first woman member of politburo after 90 years, that too wife of their General Secretary? I am waiting.

It is strange that Left could have any problem with political economy of Hindutva. If they really studied political economy propounded by leading Hindutva intellectuals like Shri Guruji, Deendayal Upadhyay and Dattopant Thengdi objectively, they would be surprised that it is leftist in true sense of word, with stress of welfare of the deprived, poor sections of the people that differentiates none on the basis of caste, creed or religion. Even, if they were to criticise Mr. Modi, they would be dismayed at large number of initiatives taken successfully under him in empowering the poor and subaltern people. Yes, neither RSS nor BJP believe in state control of economy. And it has been proven beyond doubt that state control of economy means misery, inefficiency and corruption of the ‘party’ and the bureaucrats. I am curious to know what spin they will give.

Caste and Hindutva –

It is amusing that those who speak about destroying the caste system have been the biggest defenders of caste system. Whether it is Congress or Socialist groups split in hundreds of factions – every group thrives on casteism. Rise of BJP and Modi was based on national feelings overriding casteism. Hindutva proponents right from Savarkar to all other leaders of RSS have fought against casteism and worked hard to reform the Hindu society. Third RSS chief went to the extent of saying, “If untouchability is not wrong, then there is nothing wrong in this world. Casteism must be thrown out lock stock and barrel.” It was Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) that passed a resolution way back in 1966 that no Hindu can be untouchable and all the Hindus are children of same mother, hence brothers. While attacking Brahminical patriarchy how will they defend the Brahmin leadership of Communist parties, including Naxal movement? How will they defend failure of major communist party of India CPM not having any Dalit in its Politburo in nearly 100 years and first woman member of politburo after 90 years, that too wife of their General Secretary? I am waiting.

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Gender and Sexual Politics of Hindutva –

Left has aligned itself with Islamist and Church forces who treat LGBT as criminal. Punishment for any deviant form in gender in Islam is death. Only Hindutva has never treated LGBT as a crime based on Hindu scriptures. Decriminalisation of LGBT happened during BJP rule not under any ‘progressive’ regime supported by the left. VHP took the initiative of training women and so-called low caste brethren for priesthood. More women have risen in Hindutva organisations than in left movements. Number of non-Left women activists working quietly for the society is much larger than all the left movements put together in India. I look forward to some interesting data from the great fact checkers and intellectuals.

Contours of the nation

This is one of the points where there is clear division between the Hindutva and the Left. No surprises here. Left believes India that is Bharat was never a nation and went on to request British to break it up in 17 sovereign nations. They have no notion of history, culture or knowledge of Bharat. They wear western glasses gifted by the Church, nurtured by the British and their fellow travellers. Most of them don’t know Sanskrit; they have not read original sources but only translations of translations or second hand sources. For them, India was born on 15th August, with British playing midwife, Nehru ji the Chacha parenting it. For them the antiquity of Bharat with all the evidence of being a continued perennial civilisation has no meaning. They still bandy around divisive, unscientific Aryan Invasion Theory, not modified as Migration theory though all scientific evidence has proven otherwise.

Hindutva and Healthcare –

Now, this is quite an interesting proposition. Do they mean Ayurveda, the holistic health system promoted by Hindutva? Do they mean that the entire health system of ancient Bharat was a hoax? Will they try to tell us that health care is available only for Brahmins or “high castes” under Hindutva? Will they help legitimise western exploitative commercial model of health care? Do they mean that Hindutva has no place for universal health care? That would again fly in the face of work done by Modi ji in the field of universal health care, toilets for each home, cheap health insurance and so on. Well, let us wait and watch for the rabbit they pull out.

Hindutva propaganda and Digital ecosystem –

Obviously, the left is unhappy with the democratization of news and views dissemination. Their monopoly is shattered even if in a small manner now. They are unhappy that the unwashed millions rooted to the soil are no more in their thrall and no more accept news served to them by old ecosystem. They are taken aback that millions have found voice and are speaking. Even today digital ecosystem is dominated by big money supported left portals and media. So, what is the worry? Is the worry that their subtle ‘secular’ slant to any news is caught immediately by the lowly common citizens? Democratization of news dissemination is being presented as communal as is clear from various debates on fake news. They want to control it, but how to spell their ideas out? This session is perhaps an attempt to frame up Hindus in such a manner that left can regain control of the social media also and silence them.

Hinduism and Hindutva –

Enough has been said and spoken by scholars on both the sides. So, I would not like to add more to this, except that the Supreme Court itself has defined Hindutva as way of life, and not religion. This way of life is fundamentally different from way of life of Abrahamic religions. Hindu philosophy is a republic of faith, not monopolistic totalitarian philosophy that says either my way or highway.

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Islamophobia, White supremacy and Hindutva –

It is ironical, as pointed out above, that the day chosen, 11th September, itself proves historically what is Islam and what is Hindutva. The white supremacists are their fellow travellers in the conference who always look upon Hindus and their dharma in a very negative manner. The hand maidens of Black Lives Matter are the Church who killed millions of the same Blacks, and Natives in various continents to ‘civilise’ them treated them as slaves using their Holy book as the moral compass. Their Islamic allies have religious sanction for keeping slaves, selling women of defeated society as slaves, killing ‘Kafirs’ and treating them second class citizens. There is so much hypocrisy in the proposition itself that nothing more can be added.

How they will demonise Hindus in this session will be worth looking forward to. Major stars are from India. They seek legitimacy from USA campuses for their project of ‘saving’ the world from Hindutva ‘fanatics’ who carry only pens, not guns like their current favourites, the Taliban. They condemn terror, but are scared to name the religion and the Taliban that vows to establish Islamic world view.

This conference on “Dismantling Global Hindutva” may end up providing Hindutva proponents a better framework to dismantle left propaganda mills. It is time to end their seven decade old propaganda against the last surviving bastion of a peaceful society that respects diversity, which alone can promote peace globally. World today needs “Hinduness” to survive and thrive, not Talibanised Left.

The Hour of God by Sri Aurobindo

The Hour of God

There are moments when the Spirit moves among men and the breath of the Lord is abroad upon the waters of our being; there are others when it retires and men are left to act in the strength or the weakness of their own egoism. The first are periods when even a little effort produces great results and changes destiny; the second are spaces of time when much labour goes to the making of a little result. It is true that the latter may prepare the former, may be the little smoke of sacrifice going up to heaven which calls down the rain of God’s bounty. Unhappy is the man or the nation which, when the divine moment arrives, is found sleeping or unprepared to use it, because the lamp has not been kept trimmed for the welcome and the ears are sealed to the call. But thrice woe to them who are strong and ready, yet waste the force or misuse the moment; for them is irreparable loss or a great destruction.

In the hour of God cleanse thy soul of all self-deceit and hypocrisy and vain self-flattering that thou mayst look straight into thy spirit and hear that which summons it. All insincerity of nature, once thy defence against the eye of the Master and the light of the ideal, becomes now a gap in thy armour and invites the blow. Even if thou conquer for the moment, it is the worse for thee, for the blow shall come afterwards and cast thee down in the midst of thy triumph. But being pure cast aside all fear; for the hour is often terrible, a fire and a whirlwind and a tempest, a treading of the winepress of the wrath of God; but he who can stand up in it on the truth of his purpose is he who shall stand; even though he fall, he shall rise again, even though he seem to pass on the wings of the wind, he shall return. Nor let worldly prudence whisper too closely in thy ear; for it is the hour of the unexpected, the incalculable, the immeasurable. Mete not the power of the Breath by thy petty instruments, but trust and go forward.

But most keep thy soul clear, even if for a while, of the clamour of the ego. Then shall a fire march before thee in the night and the storm be thy helper and thy flag shall wave on the highest height of the greatness that was to be conquered.

–Sri Aurobindo, The Hour of God, in Essays Divine and Human, CWSA Vol. 12, p. 155

Accent does not matter- clarity does!

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This anecdote illustrates how content and clarity scored over panache and surface polish. An unimpressive looking, dhoti clad and short-sighted old man with a pronounced Tamil-influenced English accent, addressed a crowd of impatient and skeptical young men in London nearly sixty years ago. He won their hearts and admiration by sheer clarity and content of his speech. I can vouch for it because I(the author) was in the audience! Three intellectuals from India, Benegal Shiva Rao, RR Diwakar and Rajaji

traveled to US to meet President Kennedy to urge him to adopt unilateral nuclear disarmament in 1962. They stopped over in London to meet Bertrand Russell, the apostle of the policy. They addressed Indian students at Indian YMCA in London on a Sunday.1942 The naval officers under training at Royal Naval College, Greenwich, were advised by the Indian Naval Advisor at London to attend the lecture. I would have gone anyway as I wanted to hear Rajaji speak. Suited and booted Shiva Rao and Diwakar spoke impressively of their mission1839 in clipped Oxbridge accents. They were followed by a nondescript looking old man Rajaji clad in a Dhoti Kurta and wearing sandals. The audience mostly from north India, thought they were in for a boring time. Rajaji had a pronounced South Indian accent which did not add to his appeal. He started by saying “I am an old man nearing the end of his life. You are young people doing advanced studies in England. I was wondering what advice I could give you, when I found it plastered in billboards on London Roads. “Take Courage!”

“Take Courage!” (These were advertisements for beer from the well known brewery Courage and Barclays!)” The audience sat up. He followed ” I mean, take courage, not of the liquid variety but that which comes from within. Be bold in facing life’s challenges.”

By then, he had the audience eating out of his hands. He spoke for forty minutes on nuclear disarmament and many other subjects. He then urged the students to return to India on completion of their studies. He was brilliant. We forgot Diwakar and Shiva Rao totally.

He ended with the advice ” Never confuse comfort with happiness. Comfort comes from conveniences outside and would be available sooner or later in India also. It is external to your being. Happiness comes from your inner core and does not depend on material things around.

You may have more comfort here but you will find happiness only in India. Come back and serve your motherland and live with your kith and kin.” Believe it or not, with the permission of the audience he spoke in Tamil for five minutes and then reverted to English.

When he finished there was a standing ovation. Every one of us was moved. Substance always triumphs over form! (P.S.- The delegation met up with the US President John F. Kennedy, who gave them 25 minutes but was so charmed by Rajaji that in the end they chatted for over an hour Later, Kennedy told an aide that “seldom have I heard a case presented with such precision, clarity and elegance of language”.

The diplomat, B.K. Nehru, who was present, recalled how “the secretaries who came in with slips of paper reminding the president of his appointments were shooed away”. Kennedy, it appears, was “fascinated” by Rajaji.

A book depicting the cruelty during the 1921 Mappila Rebellion released in Chennai

A book titled “Nootraandu Kaanum Maapla Kalavaram ( 100th year of Mapla rebellion) written by former Kendra Pracharak and currently the Akil Bharathyia joint secretary of VHP G Sthanumalayan, published by Vijayabharatham Prasuram, was released on 13th July in Chennai.
 
Former Special Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu, Higher Education Dept, Dr. I .V Manivannan Secretary of Meenakshi Sundararajan Engg. College Dr. KS Babai and KEH Group MD Vasanthkumar received the first copy of the book at a function held on 13th in Chennai.
 
Dr Manivannan said as a student of history in his IAS examinations knew the facts well. Muslims, historians and others distorted the facts to suit their needs, ideologies and whims and fancies. It is not a prelude to freedom fight movement. It was to restore the caliph of the Ottoman Caliphate, who was considered the leader of Muslims, as an effective political authority.
The Khilafat or Caliphate movement was a protest against the sanctions placed on the caliph and the Ottoman after the First World War The Muslims in Kerala who were in majority in Malapuram district, launched the protest in India. Communists said it was a peasant movement against bhoomidhars. Actually, the Tippu sultan and his father Hyder Ali forcibly grabbed the land from the Hindus who refused to convert to Islam and distributed it among Muslims. The British rulers undid the harm done to the Hindus by giving them back their lands and properties. Irked by the action of British rulers and take revenge on the Hindus they were waiting for the right time. The Khilafat came handy for them. Their target was Hindus only and not the Britishers. But it was not given due place in History books which only talked about Jallianwala Bagh massacre and other lesser incidents”.
 
They unleashed violence against Hindus, women were raped in front of their husbands and brothers. . “If you have read Indian historians in any detail, you would have realized that they make it a point to emphasize that Mahatma Gandhi was a shrewd statesman … shrewd enough to capitalize on Muslims’ resentment towards the British in the aftermath of the Treaty of Sevres, and club the Khilafat and the non-cooperation movements”. In this book, the author tries give the facts truly without any bias. Page after page, the readers will get a feel of witnessing the events as a bystander or belong to same bygone era. From first page to last page it was packed with irrefutable facts and information. The author had witnessed the scene of rebellion several times and talked to the people there, referred so many books to bring out a elucidating Mapla riots in a book form.
 
The author deserved to be appreciated for bringing out such wonderful books to tell what had happened without any bias. The author while concluding the book says “ if the Bharathyas should not understand the gruesome macbre acts of Mapla rebellion, the history is ready to restage yet another lesson to us. Learning new lessons should not be our history is the motive behind the book. We should tell the people of align religion that they are also part of the bharat and Hindus earlier. This should be made in deepest level. We should also strengthen our Hindu religion. We should not allow Maapla riots such incidents in our country. All riots should end with that. No new riots should bear in our minds. History tells us that in all riots the hapless and physically weaker ones were victims”.
 
Sthanmalayan in his address briefed the need for the book. He said “I travelled extensively all the places for more than 30 times to under the things in right perspective. I consulted a lot of books before writing for the book. It is my first book. This the first book on the subject detailing the riots”.
 
In back wrapper, the author quoted Dr Ambedkar’s words ( Pakistan or The Partition of India) “ No words to describe the blood clotting violence unleashed against Hindus in Malabar region in Kerala by Maapla Muslims. It sent shivers among Hindus in the southern part of India. Can we forgot the 1921 Hindu massacre?
 
The book in Tamil is worth reading for all who want to know the facts of one of the most macabre massacres of Hindus, ripping open of pregnant women, raping of teenaged girls and women in front of their husbands, parents and brothers.
 
Vijayabharatham Prasuram ( 12 MV Naidu street, Chetput) is the publisher of the book. This 96 page book is priced at Rs.100. copies can be had on Vijayabharatham.prasuram@gmail.com.

Source : https://www.organiser.org/Encyc/2021/7/15/A-book-depicting-the-cruelty-during-the-1921-Mappila-Rebellion-released-in-Chennai.html

Guruji Golwalkar of RSS on Indianization of Muslims

The fact is that the tradition of the land and temperament of the Hindus adhere to the concept of equal respect for religions & philosophies. However, politics prevented the assimilation of Muslims, which should have been a natural course of history. This historical tradition of evolution is defined as Indianization. Guruji says it does not mean converting other religionists into Hindus. He unambiguously and succinctly defined the concept as follow :

“Let us realise and believe that we are all children of this soil coming from the same stock, that our great forefathers were one, and that our aspirations are also one. This is all. I believe, the meaning of Indianisation.”

The opposition to the very connotation and concept is astonishing. He says, “It seems that this sacred country, immortal nation is a victim of some curse otherwise instead of showing repugnance to this very word it would have been welcomed and appreciated.” (Guruji VII: 356)

The problem arises because Indian Muslims show affinity with aggressors and identify with them. Guruji makes a distinction between aggressors and Indian Muslims, “the aggressors were foreigners and have nothing in common with the Muslims here. Let our Muslims here say that they are of this land and the past aggressors and their aggressions are not part of their heritage.”(G2000: 493) He is not demeaning Muslims but it is a demand for cultural regeneration of Muslims. Indianisation means owning India’s past beyond religious history and profile. Guruji presents Indonesian model before the Indian Muslims. Indonesia where majority professes Islam and controls society and politics have Hindu names (like Sukarna, Kartikeya.) They worship Ganesh and Saraswati, read with reverence Ramayana. However the Indian Muslims adopt Arabian instead of Indianised names. He says. “After all Indonesia is a big Muslim country. Yet Muslims have not been cut off from the tradition, culture and language. They have adopted names, like Sukarma, Ratnadevi. Does it mean they cease to be Muslims? But in India the first thing for a convert is to adopt the Arabic name. This is substantiated by the following example. In Perayur in Mudarai district (Tamilnadu) some villagers embraced Islam in 1984 and 1994. Mathu Karuppiah became Saddam Hussain in 1984.

Indianization is not at all dilution of one’s faith. It is a creation of motivating force for cultural unity and loyalty to the Motherland. To consider it as superimposition of Hinduism on Muslims shows lamentable lack of understanding the cultural assimilation and its consequences in Indian history. Guruji says, “I have no quarrel with any class, community or sect wanting to maintain its identity so long as that identity does not detract from its patriotic feeling.

Excerpt from the book ” Shri Guruji and Indian Muslims ”