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Rishi Sunak and Earlier Hindu Heads of State

By: Ravi ji Iyer

Every Hindu felt proud when Rishi Sunak was appointed by King Charles III on 25 October 2022, making him the first Hindu prime minister of officially Christian Great Britain. England was in desperate need of a competent leader and Sunak, a practicing Hindu, came as a saviour. He was the third premier in the space of just seven weeks after Johnson’s partygate exit and Liz Truss’ mini-budget fiasco. He is a proud Hindu who has taken oath of Parliament on the Hindu holy book, the Bhagwad Gita. In 2022 Sunak and his wife celebrated the Hindu festival of Krishna Janmashtami and worshipped a cow at Bhaktivedanta Manor temple.

At the age of 42 years, he became the youngest British prime minister in 210 years history. Earlier he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) from 2020 to 2022.

His grandparents migrated from Gujranwala in modern day Pakistan to East Africa. Sunak spoke out against the racism he faced in his life and how his family struggled while immigrating to Britain from East Africa in the 1960s.

OVERSEAS HINDU HEADS OF STATE BEFORE RISHI SUNAK

Rishi Sunak is the latest in a list of one Hindu woman and Twenty one Hindu men who have been Prime Ministers and Presidents of nine different countries around the world. These countries include 3 from Asia (Fiji, New Zealand and Singapore), 3 from West Indies (Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago), 2 from Europe (Ireland and UK) and 1 from Africa (Mauritius). Seven of them are incumbent Heads of State

AWAKENING HINDU PRIDE

These Heads of State are Proud Hindus

We hope to see them as heads of state one day.

Tulsi Gabbard (31), the first Hindu ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives took her oath of office in 2013 on the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu scripture.

Alok Sharma England’s Member of Parliament took his oath in the House of Commons on the Bhagavad Gita in 2019.

Dr Gaurav Sharma, New Zealand’s Member of Parliament took oath in 2020 in Sanskrit – thereby becoming the first lawmaker in the country to do so.

Basdeo Panday (born 1933) was Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago for 6 years from November 1995 till December 2001. He charmed a massive 50,000 person crowd at January’s ‘Puja 2000,’ when he burst into Hanuman Chalisa, a popular Hindu song to Lord Hanuman. “Never before has a Prime Minister even attempted to pray with the Hindu community in such a real and emotional manner. By the second verse the crowd joined in. As the Prime Minister shouted at the end ‘Prem se bolo, Hanuman Ki Jai’ [‘Sing with love, Hail to Hanuman’] the crowd of thousands joined with him in a single voice that would have been heard for miles away…” In 2005, he was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman.

Kamla Persad-Bissessar (born 1952) was Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago for 5 years from May 2010 to September 2015. She was the first female Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and also of entire Caribbean region (West Indies). She was also country’s first female Attorney General, and Leader of the Opposition, the first woman to chair the Commonwealth of Nations and the first Hindu woman and the first woman of Indian origin to be a prime minister of a country outside of India. In 2012 she surprised everyone when she bent down and touched the feet of President Pratibha Patil after being presented with the ‘Pravasi Bhartiya Samman’ award.

Chandrikapersad Santokhi (born 1959) is the present President of Suriname since July 2020. He took his oath holding Vedas and reciting Hindu Sanskrit shloks and mantras. Santokhi’s inauguration was blessed by several Hindu and Christian religious leaders.

PRAVASI BHARATIYA SAMMAN

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Overseas Indian Award), is granted by the Government of India to members of the Indian diaspora to honor their contributions to the countries of which they are members. The award was initiated in 2003 by the Vajpayee government.

Ten heads of state have been awarded Pravasi Bharat Samman: Rt. Hon’ble Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Pravind Jugnauth and. Rajkeswur Purryag (Mauritius) Basdeo Panday and Kamla Persad-Bissessar (Trinidad and Tobago), Bharrat Jagdeo and Rabindernauth Ramaotar (Guyana), Mahendra Pal Chaudhry (Fiji) and S. R. Nathan (Singapore).
HINDU HEADS OF STATE

22 Hindu Heads of State in 9 countries are:

  1. Sir Shivsagar Ram Gulam (1900–1985) was Prime Minister of Mauritius for 14 years from March 1968 to June 1982. He is widely recognized as Mauritius’ founding father. According to Various streets and public places in Mauritius bear his name. He also figures on every Mauritian Rupee coin and on the highest note tender of Rs 2,000. Monuments to him also stand in the Sir Shivsagar Ram Gulam Botanical Garden in Port Louis, and even in the village of SSR’s ancestor, near Patna, Bihar in India.
  2. Devan Nair (1923–2005) was President of Singapore for 3 years from October 1981 to March 1985. Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability was opened in 2014 by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to recognise his contributions to the labour movement.
  1. Lachmipersad Ramdat Misier (1926–2004) was President of Suriname for 5 years from February 1982 January 1988. “He has played a vital role in Suriname’s new democratic gestation. He brought unprecedented developments for the country”, said former president of Suriname Jules Wijdenbosch.
  2. Anerood Jugnauth (1930–2021) was Prime Minister of Mauritius for 18 years and President for 8 years between 1982 and 2017. He was made Queen’s Counsel in 1980, made a member of the Privy Council in 1983 and was knighted in 1988.
  3. Pretaap Radhakishun (1934–2001) was Prime Minister of Suriname for 264 days during 1986 – 1987 period.
  4. Ramsewak Shankar (born 1937) was President of Suriname for 2 years 333 days between 1988 and 1990. His government was overthrown in a bloodless military coup.
  5. Veerasamy Ringadoo (1920–2000) was President of Mauritius for 110 days in 1992. Earlier he was the last governor-general of Mauritius from 1986 to 1992,
  6. Cheddi Jagan (1918–1997) was President of Guyana for 4 years between 1992 and 1997. Cheddi Jagan is widely regarded in Guyana as the Father of the Nation In 1953. President Sam Hinds described Jagan as the “greatest son and patriot that has ever walked this land”. The Cheddi Jagan Research Centre in Georgetown celebrates his life and work. The Cheddi Jagan International Airport, the primary international airport of the country, has been renamed after Jagan.
  7. Basdeo Panday (born 1933) was Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago for 6 years from November 1995 till December 2001.
  8. Navinchandra Ramgoolam (born 1947) was Prime Minister of Mauritius for 14 years between 1995 and 2014.
  9. Mahendra Chaudhry (born 1942) was Prime Minister of Fiji for 1 years 8 days from May 1999 to May 2000.
  10. Bharrat Jagdeo (born 1964) was President of Guyana for 12 years from August 1999 to December 2011. At the age of 35, he was one of the youngest heads of state in the world. During his tenure as president, major economic and social reforms were initiated in Guyana. When he relinquished office, Guyana had experienced five consecutive years of strong economic growth, often out-pacing other South American countries.
  11. S. R. Nathan (1924–2016) was President of Singapore for 11 years 364 days from September 1999 to August 2011. In 2018, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), was renamed the S R Nathan School of Human Development (NSHD) to recognise his advocacy of social and community causes. In 2012, the Government of India conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Overseas Indian Award) to Nathan in recognition of his contribution in building closer links between Singapore and India.
  12. Sir Anand Satyanand (born 1944) was the Governor-General of New Zealand for 5 years from 2006 to 2011. This post is equivalent to that of a President. Since returning to private life, Satyanand was Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation for two 2-year terms. He then led the Commonwealth team in observing the National Elections of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. Satyanand received the Rotary International Award of Honour in 2011.
  13. Kamla Persad-Bissessar (born 1952) was Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago for 5 years from May 2010 to September 2015.
  14. Rabindranauth Ramotar (born 1950) was President of Guyana for 3 years from December 2011 to May 2015.
  15. Kailash Purryag (born 1947) was President of Mauritius for 2 years 312 days from July 2012 to May 2015.
  16. Pravind Jugnauth (born 1961) is the present Prime Minister of Mauritius for more than 5 years since January 2017.
  17. Leo Varadkar (born 1979) was Taoiseach or Head of government of Ireland for 3 years from June 2017 to June 2020. Leo Varadkar (son of Dr Ashok Varadkar) has visited India on a number of occasions. He completed his medical internship at KEM Hospital in his father’s childhood city of Mumbai. One of Varadkar’s first acts as Taoiseach or Head of government of Ireland, was to announce a referendum on abortion for 2018.
  18. Prithvirajsing Roopun (born 1959) is the current President of Mauritius since December 2019. 21. Chandrikapersad Santokhi (born 1959) is the present President of Suriname since July 2020.
  19. Rishi Sunak (born 1980) is the present Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 25 October 2022.

Reaction to Rishi Sunak by Indian Muslim Leaders

Indian Muslim leaders have maintained dead silence over inhuman atrocities on fellow Muslims in China. But they were quick to demand that a Burqa and hijab-clad Muslim woman should become Prime Minister of India while making it clear that no Hindu man or woman can ever become Chief Minister of Kashmir as it is a Muslim majority state. London has a Muslim mayor of Pakistan descent. Will the Muslims demand a Hindu or Christian Mayor in Pakistan.

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pravasi_Bharatiya_Samman
https://www.hinduamerican.org/blog/all-about-the-hanuman-chalisa
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/nri/nris-in-news/trinidad-and-tobago-prime-minister-kamla-persad bissessar-touches-pratibha-patils-feet/articleshow/11427926.cms?from=mdr
https://swarajyamag.com/insta/it-pays-homage-to-all-indian-languages-new-zealand-mp-dr-gaurav sharma-takes-oath-in-sanskrit
https://theintercept.com/2016/05/07/londons-new-mayor-sadiq-khan-hailed-uk-pakistan/ https://www.thehindu.com/news/tulsi-gabbard-takes-oath-on-gita/article4273791.ece

When Sardar Patel Exposed the Nizam’s Outlook from his Own Works

It was the month of February 1949. The liberator of the state of Hyderábád, Sardár Pat̟el had come to the state.

When Nizám came and met him, Pat̟el urged him to forget the past and join hands to work for the good, for the welfare of all. In reply, Nizám started saying that this was the golden rule that had guided his rule as well. That he always worked for the welfare of all his subjects without discrimination. Hindús and Muslims were as dear to him as his two eyes. Pat̟el did not contradict him initially, but when Nizám began to repeat it, left with no other option, he called Menon, his secretary, and asked him to read out those lines from works written by the Nizám himself that truly reflected the philosophy of the Nizám.

The secretary immediately read out the following lines

“सलातीने सल्फ़ सब हो गए नज़रे अजल उस्माँ | मुसलमानों का तेरी सल्तनत से है निशां बाकी ||

All ancient ancestral empires have been lost to the sight of time, Osmán!

The mark of Musalmáns remains today only because of your sultanate.

            “बंद नाकूस हुआ सुन के नारए तकबीर ज़लज़ला आ ही गया रिश्तए जुन्नार पर”

The cries of ‘Alláho Akbar’ have silenced the blowing of the conch.

It is as if pralaya has descended upon those who wear the thread and tuft.

This was the true picture of the mind and heart of the Nizám.

Excerpt from the book : Liberation Struggle of Hyderabad, Some Unknown Pages

Right Word | Comparison between RSS and PFI is absurd and unfair

By: Arun Anand

Some comparisons are absurd. The comparison between the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Popular Front of India (PFI) falls in this particular category. This comparison is mostly done intentionally to manipulate the narrative away from the real threats posed by the anti-national forces but sometimes the ill-informed people also fall in this trap. The margin of error has to be given to those who unintentionally fall prey to such propaganda.

The RSS, which was founded in 1925, is known as the world’s largest voluntary organisation that works in the socio-cultural sphere to build an egalitarian society based on the age-old tenet of ‘Vasudhev Kutumbakam’ (the whole world is one family). Its volunteers work for the welfare of the society and help in nation building. Their focus is to build bridges amongst different sections of the society and motivate them all to work for the welfare of the society at large. It fought in 1975 during the Emergency to protect the Indian democracy and is known to be on the forefront whenever the society needs a helping hand due to the onslaught of any major crisis or natural calamity. The biggest example in recent times was the COVID-19 pandemic where RSS volunteers led from the front to help the society.

On the other hand, Popular Front of India is a dubious organisation perpetuating an Islamist agenda. Various investigating agencies and police of several states have exposed their deeds.

The origin of PFI itself betrays its true colours. After the demolition of a disputed structure at Ayodhya in 1992, an organisation by the name of National Democratic Front (NDF) was created in Kerala. “In Public domain NDF portrayed itself as an organisation devoted to socio-economic reform work for Muslims, but its extremist and violent nature was exposed when some of its members were arrested for rioting and murdering eight Hindus on Marad beach in Kozhikode in 2003.” (Radicalisation in India, Abhinav Pandya, Pentagon Books, pp 62)

It is interesting to see that how a plethora of non-governmental organisations came together to help form the PFI that believes in political Islam. According to the official website of PFI, it has a presence in 23 states.

According to Pandya, “NDF’s activities were limited to Kerala. It was decided to create a nationwide organisation. In 2006, PFI was established by merging like-minded Karnataka Forum for Dignity and Manitha Neethi Pasarai (Tamil Nadu). Over the next three years, Goa Citizen’s Forum, Rajasthan’s Community for Social and Educational Society, West Bengal’s Nagrik Adhikar Suraksha Samiti, Manipur’s Lilong Social Forum and Andhra’s Association for Social Justice merged with PFI. However, it remained most active in Kerala. PFI’s other units are (1) All India Imam Council (Religious Scholars’ unit) and (2) Satya Sarini, an educational and charity organisation based in Malappuram, actively engaging in conversions.”

Another interesting aspect of PFI is its relationship with the banned outfit Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). According to Pandya, “A large number of PFI office bearers had strong links with SIMI, before it was banned in 2001.

PFI’s modus operandi

Soumya Awasthi, a Jawaharlal Nehru University-based scholar, came out with a research paper on PFI in 2020 where she discussed its modus operandi in detail. Awasthi says in this paper titled Popular Front of India: Understanding the Propaganda and Agenda, “Even though the organisation came into existence aiming for Muslim empowerment, the PFI’s modus-operandi has been to showcase the Muslim agenda as a side show. Instead they keep the issues of vulnerable societies (Women, labours, farmers, Dalits, Adivasi) at the forefront. This provides them with the cover of a charitable organisation working for the welfare of minorities and the weaker sections of the society. This is meant to fool the government — and the organisation has managed not to be banned yet.”

Awasthi further adds, “The PFI’s ultimate goal is to replace the democratic system of India with an Islamic State-styled government. The Popular Front of India (PFI)… calls India its enemy and asks for ‘total Muslim empowerment’…. The PFI runs projects like ‘School Chalo’ to encourage education for all up to the secondary level, as well as the ‘Sarva Siksha Gram’ and ‘Adopt a student’ campaigns. These campaigns and projects not only provide them legitimacy to function openly but also provide them cover over their actual missionary work. The PFI’s members believe that India is a democratic country. The doctrine is that slowly they (government of India) are reaching for our necks because of (political and social reasons). PFI members believe that if their rights are breached, then they will be left with no choice but to react — and their holy text provides for a jihad, which they will not be reluctant to utilise and justify their acts.”

“The writings of Syed Abu Ala Maududi, Allam Iqbal and Osama Bin Laden influence PFI members. They have maintained the image of a charitable organisation and worked for the ultimate goal establishing an Islamic state by converting and spreading fear through terror acts,” observed Awasthi.

According to Awasthi, “Cadres of the banned outfit SIMI are fast regrouping under the banner of the Popular Front of India (PFI). This outfit has expanded its tentacles to the north after carrying out the initial recruitment in South India. The spreading tentacles of the PFI and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political wing of the PFI, came to light only when its members became influenced by the taqreer (speeches) of Zakir Naik. Interestingly, just days after the IRF was banned, the Kerala-based Islamic fundamentalist organisation PFI organised massive rallies in different parts of the country in support of Zakir Naik. Intelligence sources say there is electronic evidence of increasing interaction between members of these two groups, especially since the IRF ban.”

To gauge the role of PFI in anti-national activities, one can go through the official statement issued by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED), on 1 June 2022 where it categorically said that it has provisionally attached 23 bank accounts of PFI having collective balance of Rs 59,12,051 and 10 bank accounts of PFI’s front organisation Rehab India Foundation (RIF) having collective balance of Rs 9,50,030 in the ongoing money laundering investigation against PFI and its related organisations.

ED investigation revealed that huge amounts of money including cash from questionable sources have been received by PFI and RFI. An amount of more than Rs 60 crore has been deposited in the accounts of PFI which includes cash deposits of more than Rs 30 crore since 2009. Similarly, around Rs 58 crore have been deposited in the accounts of RIF since 2010.

Further, investigation by ED revealed that PFI, in active collusion with other associated accused persons, has indulged in laundering of proceeds of crime in terms of Section 3 of Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002.

Investigations by the ED also revealed that PFI was covertly mobilising funds through well-organised network in Gulf countries as part of criminal conspiracy and these proceeds of crime were secretly and clandestinely sent to India through underground and illegal channels and by way of foreign remittances into the bank accounts of sympathizers/office bearers / members and their relatives / associates in India and thereafter these funds were transferred to the bank accounts of PFI, RIF and other individuals or entities.

The ED statement said, “In this way, the proceeds of crime have been placed, layered & integrated and therefore projected as untainted money in the bank accounts of PFI as well as RIF. This has been done as a part of a larger criminal conspiracy of PFI and its related entities to raise funds within the country and abroad to carry out various unlawful activities which have resulted in the registration of numerous FIRs or complaints against them… and conviction of its members or office-bearers.”

What we have discussed about PFI here is just the tip of the iceberg. It is also under the scanner of National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the police departments of several states. There has been a persistent demand to ban PFI from several quarters which doesn’t sound unreasonable going by its past record.

In this context to compare a nationalist organisation like RSS with a dubious outfit like PFI is not only absurd but it is grossly unfair to the RSS which has served this nation selflessly for 97 years.

Courtesy: Firstpost