India: A Geographic expression?
"India is just a geographic
expression. It is only the British who united us. We aren't even one nation -
for a nation must have one language, one religion, one race." How often we
hear that hurled at us!
Of some 180 countries in the world,
notes Eric J. Hobsbawm, one of the world's
foremost scholars on nationalism, not many more than a dozen states can
plausibly claim that their citizens coincide in any real sense with a single
ethnic or linguistic group."
Little do people know that the
expression - "a geographic expression" - is Count
description. Not of India, but of Germany! It is only in 1871 that
300 separate and practically independent feuding states and principalities were
welded into one "Germany." Today "geographic expression" is
a country and its reunification is hailed by our intellectuals as the erasing
away of an artificial partition. But we, Indians have no business continuing as
A nation is
one the people of which are from a common race? The Kings and Queens
of England are a symbol of the oneness of that country - most certainly for the
educated Indians. They would be surprised to read, that "...there has not
been an 'English' dynasty ruling in London since the 11th century to read that
Prince Albert, Victoria's consort, wrote to the King of Prussia as a
German...," that it was only the anti-German sentiment which swept England
during the First World War which forced "the British royal family to change
the venerable dynastic name to Guelph for the less German-sounding Windsor"
The states in Latin America, the states which have resulted
from even more recent settlement – Australia, and New Zealand – the states
in the Middle East – Jordan, for instance are even more the constructs of
colonial powers and the rest. Winston Churchill
boasted how he had created some of the present states in the Middle East one
afternoon holidaying on a beach, by just drawing lines on a map! The
British decided that India and Pakistan shall be two, and so they are.
The land, its mountains and rivers are venerated in the Rig
Veda, in the Arthava Veda in the very way they are in Bankim’s Vande Mataram
or Tagore’s Jana-Gana_Mana. The land is celebrated and venerated from those
ancient times not just because of the great bounties it bestows on us but
because it is seen as the Karma-bhumi, because it has been the place where the
greatest souls revered by the people have performed great deeds – of nobility,
of valour – where they have attained the deepest insights. The Mahabharata and
the Ramayana describe warring states but they are the epics of one people. Adi
Shankaracharya traverses the country. He is received with the same reverence
everywhere – in Dwaraka in the West King Sudhanva attends his discourses along
with his court nobles; when Shankara visits the royal court, the King washes his
feet and makes him sit on an elevated dias; in Nepal in the North he is received
as a royal guest; in Kanchi in the South he consecrates a yantra; his maths
established in distant parts of the country remain places of pilgrimage
throughout the centuries to this day.
Is a nation
one the people of which have a common religion? Again the criterion
does not hold. Christian states have been fighting each other since they adopted
Christianity. The umma of Islam are killing each other to our day - West
Pakistanis killing the Mohajirs in Pakistan, the Iranis and Iraqis killing each
other, the Afghans - all of one religion.
Is a nation
one whose people have one language? Again Hobsbawn gives a number of
examples. Philippines we learn is "a land of hundred tongues but not a
single language." The new nation of Pakistan - did not have a common
language - it had Urdu, Pushto, Baluchi, Sindhi, Punjabi, Bengali. It did not
have a common history. Its people did not constitute a common race.
And yet we are
told that Indians have no business to continue as one!
Secular Agenda: For saving our country, For welding it - By Arun Shourie
p. 3 - 11). (please refer to E.
J. Hobsbawm - Nations and Nationalism Since 1780: Programme, Myth and Reality
Note: There has been an often
repeated prediction of the "Balkanisation" of India, and that India was an artificial nation
created by the British and that it would inevitably break up. But India is still
intact and has celebrated 50 years of freedom because of its democracy and
pluralism. Till recently, American foreign policy agencies
made no secret of their designs on India's unity. When she was US ambassador to
the UN, Mrs. Jean Kirkpatrick once said that "the break-up of India is one
of the goals of the American foreign policy." Patrick Moynihan, who had
held the same job, said more recently, "After the break-up of the Soviet
Union, the artificial state India is also bound to break up."
Indians: Agastya to Ambedkar - By Koenraad Elst p. 59-60).
Representative Cynthia McKinney of
Georgia was defeated in the primaries, also spoke about the imminent breakup of
India because of its 17 separatist movements."
of india.com - October 4; 2002).
Britain nor the USA wanted the creation of a large state like India. Nor were
they in favor of a strong and powerful India. Look at the reaction of
the white members of the Commonwealth to Pokhran II! And let us not forget that
both the USA and the UK supported the independent movement of the Nagas and Sikh
separatism. Even as late as 1995, the Labor Party passed a resolution in which
it spoke of Kashmir as separate from India and supported a UN plebiscite. Gujral
was so enraged that he called Britain “a third rate power.”
the cord that ties India to Commonwealth - By M.S.N.
Menon - TribuneIndia.com).
(1877-1947) scholar and late curator at the Boston Museum, has
observed the following about Indian Nationality:
essentials of nationality there are - a geographical unity, and a common
historic evolution or culture. These two India possesses superabundantly.
fact of India's geographical unity is apparent on the map, and is never, I
think, disputed. The idea of social unity has been grasped more than once by
individual rulers, - Chandragupta, Asoka, and Vikramaditya. It was
recognized before the Mahabharata was written; when Yudhishtira performed the
Rajasuya sacrifice on the occasion of his inauguration as sovereign, a great
assembly was held, and to this assembly came Subala (King of Gandhara),
etc...and others from the extreme south and north (Dravida, Lanka and Kashmir).
No one can say that any such idea as that of a Federated States of India is
altogether foreign to the Indian mind. It is for
nothing that India's sacred shrines are many and far apart; that one
who would visit more than one or two of these must pass over hundreds of miles
of Indian soil? Is the passionate adoration of the Indian people for the Ganges
thrown away? How much is involved is such phrases as 'The Seven Great Rivers'
gange cha yamune chaiva godavari, sarasvati
narmade, sindhu kaveri jale smin sannidhim kuru
O ye Ganges, Jamuna, Godavari, Sarasvati, Narmada,
Sindhu and Kaveri, come and approach these waters."
National Idealism - By Ananda K. Coomraswamy Munshiram Manoharlal
The most mischievous
statement we have of the claim that India has no unity, it is not a nation, were
made by the British. However, later, Sir
Ramsey Macdonald, at one time Premier declares that India is one in
absolutely every sense of the word.
"Political and religious
traditions have also welded it into one Indian consciousness. This spiritual
unity dates from very early times in Indian culture."
There is no greater uniting force
known among people and nations in the world than religion. This applies with
pre-eminent emphasis to India.
in Bondage: Her Right to Freedom - Rev. Jabez T. Sunderland
p. 238-289. For more please refer to chapter on European
Imperialism). For more refer to chapter on Glimpses
more refer to chapter on Greater
India: Suvarnabhumi and Sacred
and Hindu philosophy
Civilizational traits of different
races, their religious preferences, prejudices and cravings for riches are part
of human complexities which go beyond any set doctrine. Even Stalin's younger
daughter Svetlana took to astrology while deciding to marry an Indian Marxist
ideologue, Brajesh Singh, elder brother of former External Affairs Minister
Dinesh Singh. Their marriage was secretly solemnized in accordance with Hindu
later when her husband passed away, she visited India to immerse her husband's
ashes in the river Ganga. She was anxious to stay in India for a longer period
having been attracted to Hindu philosophy. But the Russian embassy in
Delhi would not consent to the extension of her visa, which was suspicious of
her motives right from the start.
Vivekanada was world famous as a "Hindu monk" he launched the still
se kaho hum Hindu hain.
it with pride : we are Hindus",
is what Swami Vivekananda taught his fellow
Hindus. Some anti-Hindu people insinuate that this slogan implies a doctrine
that Hindus are superior. In that case, Black is beautiful would mean
that white is not beautiful; it would therefore be a racist slogan and quite
reprehensible. In fact, every colour is beautiful in its own way, and it is
quite alright to express pride in the long-despised black colour. And everyone
is entitled to have and to express pride in his identity. Expressing pride is
not a matter of superiority, but being denied the right to express pride, is
very certainly a proof of an imposed inferiority.
In order to instill a proper and
well-founded pride in Hindus, it is (once more) most important to restore the
truth about Hindu history, especially about Hindu society's glorious
achievements. Pride in being Indian means, for 99%, pride in Hinduism...So,
this legitimate pride has to be nourished with broad and in-depth knowledge of
Hindu culture. The two enemies of this effort are the secularist morbidity that
glorifies the destroyers of Hindu culture, denies the unity and integrity of
Hindu culture, and discourages its study altogether.."
Much of India's backwardness has been created by the foreign
occupies. This is not just a convenient allegation: in other countries too, we
see the destructive impact of foreign occupation on the flourishing of arts and
sciences. The flourishing of science needs a safe political as well as
economical cradle. In India too, we see total stagnation in the sciences during
the entire Muslim period, and a mere passive adoption of Western science under
the British rule.
Of the British occupiers, it is known that they destroyed the
existing system of education, that they dismantled industries and disturbed
agriculture in order to integrate India into the colonial trade system. They
also obliterated quite a chunk of Ayurvedic medical knowledge, by discouraging
and sometimes even forbidding its practice and teaching. Earlier, the Muslims
had destroyed many universities, and if Hindu pandits are such an obscurantist
lot, it is largely because the academic framework that gave life to their
scholarship, has been destroyed. Hindusthan was always a proverbially rich
country. Now, mother Theresa has made it something of a synonym with poverty.
But this poverty cannot be blamed on Hindu culture.
and After - By Koenraad Elst Voice of India Issues Before Hindu
Society SKU: INBK2650
349-353 and Decolonising
The Hindu Mind - Ideological Development of Hindu Revivalism - By Koenraad
Elst Publisher: Rupa ISBN: 81-7167-519-0
Microcomputer pioneer Adam
Osborne thinks India has the potential to be the next Japan. Want he
has in mind is technological achievement and a vibrant economy, nothing hazy and
rapturous. But the clue to this very tangible kind of greatness is pride:
"There is no doubt in my mind that India is one of the great financial
success stories of the future. The curse of India is
that Indians lack pride in being Indian. The moment they have that pride, India
will be the next Japan."
of India, 7/12/1990).
more refer to chapter on Greater
India: Suvarnabhumi and Sacred
Kashmir's Hindu past
actually has been one of the major nurseries of Indian civilization.
millennia, it was known to be a Shivite centre, especially in the valley, which
was considered to be the embodiment of Goddess Uma, wife of Lord Shiva.
situated on the banks of the Jhelum, finds mention in the Rig Veda. It is a
known fact that Vedic Indians who settled along the banks of the Indus were very
much familiar with the valley.
was once a major centre of culture. At one stage Buddhism flourished there. Yuan
Chwang, a Chinese traveller, recorded in 631 AD that the people of the valley
loved learning and were highly cultured. In the 11th century, Al
observed that the land of Kashmir was "the high
school of Hindu science". The valley showed remarkable
development in disciplines such as medicine, astrology and astronomy. The
doors of Hindu shrines and temples were never locked for Muslims and Muslims
shrines have invariably remained open to Hindus. Many Kashmiri Muslims would be
seen circumambulating the Pari Parbhat fortress which is dotted by Hindu and
Muslim shrines. Hindus have been seen bowing their heads at the doorstep of the
shrine of Maqdoom Sahib in Srinagar before praying at the lower Ganesha temple.
has been an integral part of Indian civilization and culture. It is a symbol of
secularism which is the very basis of the Indian nationhood. This secular legacy
is visible even in the Amarnath temple tradition. The offerings there are shared
by both the Hindu and Muslim custodians of the temple.
Long before there was a
Pakistan and in fact long before a Muslim had ever stepped foot in Kashmir, the
region was part and parcel of India and Hinduism’s golden heritage. Kashmir
finds repeated mention in the Rig-Veda, the oldest philosophical treatise in the
world dated to over 6000 thousand years ago, and in the Mahabharat, a subsequent
epic that is itself dated to over 4000 years ago. The descendants of Arjun, the
fearless warrior who turned the tide of the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharat,
settled down in Kashmir as rulers.
In 300 B. C., Kashmir was part
of the Mauryan Empire of India. Ashoka, the greatest Mauryan ruler who united
nearly the entire subcontinent, founded Srinagar, the current capital of
Kashmir. Kashmir was part of the empire of subsequent great Indian rulers such
as Kanishka and Harshavardhan. The region served as a
fountainhead of Hindu religion and was an established center of education in the
subcontinent. The marvelous Sun temple was built by King Lalitaditya, who ruled
much of North India around 600 A. D. Some of the holiest Hindu
shrines such as Amarnath in Kashmir valley and Vaishno Devi near Jammu are
visited by millions of Hindu devotees every year.
In contrast to its glorious Hindu
heritage, the Muslim history of Kashmir is full of violence, oppression,
conversions to Islam and decimation of the Hindu population, its culture and its
monuments. The first Muslim invasion occurred in the 12 century A. D. Within 200
years, only 11 Hindu families remained in Kashmir valley. The pogroms against
Hindus continued until the British restored Hindu rule in the 19th
Herald - Editorial).
secularists in India, have generally kept quiet about the plight
of Kashmiri Pandits, and, in fact, repeatedly extended support to
separatist elements in the Valley in the garb of protection of human right
in Gujarat - By Balbir K Punj - Daily Pioneer.com April 25th 02).
For more refer to Kashmiri
Pandits and Communist Betrayl - Kashmir
Wail of A Valley).
Kashmiri Hindus (Pandits)
are in their eleventh
year of exile after
Islamic religious fundamentalists in the valley of Kashmir took to armed
subversion and terrorism and drove them out of their centuries old habitat.
People, Uprooted: "A
Saga of the Hindus of Eastern Bengal"
- By Tathagata Roy
(1877-1947) scholar and art historian, has
" One of the
most remarkable features of British rule in India has been the fact that the
greatest injuries done to the people of India have taken the outward form of
blessings. Of this Education is a striking example; for no more crushing blows
have ever been struck at the root of Indian National evolution than those which
have been struck often with other, and the best intentions, in the name of
Education. It is sometimes said by friends of India that the National movement
is the natural result of English education, and one of which England should be
proud, as showing that, under 'civilization' and the Pax Britannica, Indians are
becoming, at last, capable of self-government. The facts are otherwise. If
Indians are still capable of self-government, it is in spite of all the
anti-national tendencies of a system of education that has ignored or despised
almost every ideal informing the national culture.
most crushing indictment of the Education is the fact that it destroys, in the
great majority of those upon whom it is inflicted, all capacity for the
appreciation of Indian culture. Speak to any graduate
of an Indian University, of the ideals of the Mahabharata - he will hasten to
display his knowledge of Shakespeare; talk to him of religious philosophy - you
find that he is an atheist of the crude type common in Europe a generation ago,
talk to him of Indian dress - he will tell you that they are uncivilized and
barbaric....He is indeed a stranger in his own land.
Macaulay, a most pompous and self-important philistine, who believed
that a single shelf of a good European library was worth all the literature of
India, Arabia and Persia. England, suddenly smitten with the great idea of
'civilizing' India, conceived that the way to do this, was to make Indians like
Englishmen. To this task England set herself with the best will in the world,
not at all realizing that, as has been so well said by the Abbe Dubois:
" To make a new race of the Hindus, one would have to begin by undermining
the very foundations of their civilization, religion, and polity, and by turning
them into atheists and barbarians."
no words of mine could better describe the typical product of Macaulayism. The
government practices toleration - by ignoring Indian culture - and the
Missionary practices intolerance - by endeavoring to destroy that culture, in
schools where education is offered as a bribe, and where the religion of the
people is undermined.
George Birchwood truly says: "Our education has destroyed their
love of their own literature, the quickening soul of a people, and their delight
in their own arts and worst of all, their repose in their own traditional and
national religion. It has brought discontent in every family so far as its
baneful influences have reached."
root of the question is this, that modern 'education' which Englishmen are
so proud of having 'given' to India, is really based on the assumption - that
India is a savage country, which it is England's divine mission to civilize.
This is the more or less conscious underlying principle throughout. The fact
were more truly realized by Sir Thomas Munro, when he wrote that "if
civilization were to be made an article of commerce between the two countries,
England would soon be heavily in debt."
the words of Sir Henry Craik, it is
necessary to abandon ..."the senseless attempt to turn an Oriental into a
bad imitation of a Western mind. ...It is not a triumph for our education
- it is, on the contrary a satire upon it - when we find the sons of leading
natives expressly discouraged by their parents from acquiring any knowledge of
the vernacular...We must abandon the vain dream that we can reproduce the
English public school on Indian soil. We must recognize that it is a mistake to
insist that a man shall not be considered to be an educated man unless he can
express his knowledge otherwise than in a language which is not his own.."
National Idealism - By Ananda K. Coomraswamy Munshiram Manoharlal
p.96 -106). For more information on education refer to chapter Education
in Ancient India).
in India smells of hypocrisy, cowardice, an attitude of holier-than-thou and a
singular ignorance of history unparalleled in the annals of our sorry times.
were no secularists around when Ghazni invaded India 13 times, smashed the lingam
in the Somnath Temple and took the pieces to be scattered in front of a masjid
in his hometown for his kinsmen to merrily trample over.
Nor were there any
secularists living when, during the long Islamic reign in India, 3,000 temples
were demolished. It was considered part of medieval behaviour and so to be taken
in one’s stride.
Babar it was his general who destroyed a temple in Ayodhya, and despite the
hysterical denials of our demented historians, a temple did exist where the
Babri masjid once stood and there are enough records — and architectural
evidence — to prove the fact. Only the determinedly blind will refuse to
accept the testimony of writers like Mirza Jan (1856), Mohammad Asghar (1858),
Mirza Rajah Ali Beg Sarur (1787-1867) and Sheikh Md Azmat Ali (1869) who have
had no reason to tell a lie.
be warned - By M V Kamath
- Hindustan Times).
For more refer to chapter on Islamic
Onslaught). Watch History
of Ayodhya - videogoogle.com.
People, Uprooted: "A
Saga of the Hindus of Eastern Bengal"
- By Tathagata Roy
to chapter on Islamic
secularists are only fooling themselves if they believe that all the sinners
belong to the parivar. The damage unwittingly being done to the Hindu psyche by
the so-called secularists needs to be understood. It has so far gone
unchallenged. The majority of the Hindus feels assaulted from all sides. The
silent Hindu Majority is quivering with anger at the writings of some of our
English national dailies and some of the television channels.
foreign writer, Koenraad Elst has described
this tendency among Hindus in India as 'negationism'.
The Hindus revel in self-flagellation. It results in two developments: One, it
encourages Muslims to extremism and unwillingness to compromise and two, it
further deepens Hindu resentment against Muslims. We know with what disastrous
consequences. It is very noble on the part of educated Hindus to take on all the
blame for any rioting on themselves. But these educated Hindus rightly described
as the chatterati totally divorced from reality - do something truly sinister they
look down on those less fortunate than themselves attacking their religiosity in
ways 'totally unbecoming. Here is an instance of action and reaction:
the more the chatterati look down on the hurt feelings of those who strongly
believe in their religion' and their gods, the greater is the reaction of the
latter and the vicious cycle steadily gets enlarged until emotions explode in
unmitigated fury. The truth is that all these years the Congress and the
Englishspeaking chatterati - have refused to acknowledge that such a thing as
minority communalism exists; it is easier to blame the Sangh Parivar than to do
something to counter it.
Modi is not just enough: what is Congress role in restoring peace?
By M V Kamath
- Free Press Journal).
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of the
of Living Center recently said in an interview: "In the
Indian context, we have respect for all religions. Privilege for one religion
above the other is not right. In our country the majority religion does not get
facilities. Those people who go to the Kumbh Mela have
to pay taxes whereas people are given a grant to go to Haj. These are
disparities. That's why there is a sense of resentment in the majority
This is only the beginning. As Sri
Sri Ravi Shankar pointed out in the same interview:
"The minority community
institutions are fully exempted from taxes whereas majority community
institutions are not. In Karnataka, we have 40,000 temples. The income from
these temples is Rs 40 crore. Only Rs 50 lakh is spent on the temples, the rest
goes to the government. Whereas grants are given to the minority communities (to
an extent of Rs 8 crore) while their income is only Rs 50 lakh. These
disparities should go. Everybody should be treated equally."
someone please explain how diverting money from temples to mosques is 'secular'?
kind of discrimination against the majority-or giving privileges to
minorities-extends to businesses also.
situation gets even more confusing when we get to politics, which is only to be
expected. Following the recent explosion in Gujarat, there have been cries from
the 'secular forces' to remove its Chief Minister. Interestingly, there were no
such calls after the burning alive of passengers on the Sabarmati Express, where
the victims were all Hindus. There have been other such instances. A few years
ago, more than a hundred pilgrims going to Amarnath were massacred. Over
the past ten years, Hindus have been systematically eliminated in Kashmir, and
lakhs of Kashmiri Hindus have been living as refugees in Delhi. Yet, there has
never been call for the removal of the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
there is a simple if cynical way of answering all the questions posed and
resolving the confusion: In India, secularism means minority communalism.
Politicians and a part of the intelligentsia have been fooling the public by
calling it secularism. This has now been unmasked, for as Abraham Lincoln once
said, you cannot fool all the people all the time.
someone please answer these ‘secular’ questions?
- By Dr.
Media Coverage of the Events
Even moderate, educated Hindus are beginning to tune
out the blather emanating from India's established academics, editorialists, and
the ever-ready-to-pander-to-the-Muslim-vote-bank politicians.
Coverage of the Events in Gujarat - By Ramesh N. Rao).
So-called Indian intellectuals
The Hindus of this country
gave sufficient opportunity to these pseudo-secularists to prove themselves.
Jawaharlal Nehru was fond of saying that majority communalism is a greater
danger than minority communalism. The Hindus accepted this thesis and voted for
him. So secure were these pseudo-secularists of their own importance that when
the BJP got only two seats in the 1984 general elections, they wrote obituaries
Subramaniam, in her book, India
Is For Sale, writes:
probably the only democracy in the world where intellectuals wear their brain on
their sleeves. In other parts of the civilized world, thinkers draw
attention away from themselves and light-seekers are identified for what they
are. In other parts intellectuals come from all walks and all sections of
societies. In India they come from circles so closed and incestuous that
ultimately they become irrelevant to the country's needs."
the process they have become alienated from the rest of the society. And
when the society started to reject them, they evolved the tactics of
apportioning the blame somewhere else. So we have statements like:
"The tragic legacy of
Nehru era was that it made all sane Hindu voices of the intelligentsia deny
their Hindu roots, speak in an alien voice not rooted in Indian
society and inflict their imported notions of culture on the people in a most
Mattoo in The Independent, December 19,1992.)
really believe that one of the failures of Congress secularism was that it
treated everything Hindu, thereby Indian, with disdain.
Singh, "Forget the drivel, get fiscal", Indian Express, Oct
"The State's ostrich
attitude towards God has led to the hijacking of the Hindu religion by illiberal
men, and portions between faiths have hardened, perhaps irreparably."
Menon, "Expelling God", Indian Express, Nov 19, 1995.)
has remained a secular country - unlike its truncated parts - because it has a
Akbar in his book, India
- The Siege Within ISBN 8174760768 Penguin, UK, 1985, p 24), wrote:
"It needs to be pointed
out that India remains a secular state, not because one-fifths of the population
is Muslim, Sikh or Christian, and, therefore, obviously has a vested interest in
secular constitution, but because nine out of ten
Hindus do not believe in violence against the minorities. If
all the Hindus had been zealots, no law-and-order machinery in the world could
have prevented the massacre of Muslims who are scattered in villages and towns
all across the country."
Vivek Kendra). Watch
Invasion through Conversion
Secularists and TV serials (Ramayana and Mahabharata)
Elst has remarked: " The secularists had objected to showing of
TV serials like Ramayana and Mahabharata, as "religious scriptures" of
one community, and therefore their showing should be limited to places and
channels of Hindus only! I am amazed at the crudeness in these secularists'
understanding of religious and cultural matters. They just don't have the
education, or the power of discrimination, to distinguish between cultural epics
like Mahabharata and Ramayana, and "religious Scriptures". The
question has been put to secularists several times, but they have not come up
with any trace of an answer: if Indonesian Muslims can venerate Ram, why can't
Indian Muslims, as well as Indian secularists, do the same?
non-Hindu tribe that has given a warm reception to the Ramayana and Mahabharat
epics, are the European film and theatre audiences. Between 1985 and 1990, these
epics have found their way to the public in Europe. they have been top of the
bill at the Avignon theatre festival. The BBC has even broadcast the Hindi TV
serials. The secularists in India like to portray themselves as the bringers of
civilization from the West to obscurantist India. Well, let them not fool
anybody. In Europe, not a single critic has come up with the idea that these
epics could somehow be "communal". On the contrary, they have all
stressed that these stories are about universal human values.
and After - By Koenraad Elst - Voice of India. Issues Before Hindu
Society SKU: INBK2650 p. 215-216). for more on Indian
Secularism, refer to chapter on Glimpses
Invasion through Conversion
protested to the American
Museum of National History
here for exhibiting two documentaries, saying they distort the history of
Hinduism and India and asked for their withdrawal.
In a letter to Director of Public Affairs of the museum, Elaine Charnov,
Parishad, Gaurag G Vaishnav says the documentaries -
We are not monkeys
and In the name of God, produced by Anand
- would "not only mislead the viewer because of gross distortions of facts
but also help advance politically motivated Marxist agenda."
Patwardhan, an egregious Marxists, attempts to demonstrate that Rama, the main character in the epic Ramayana,
was an Aryan who enslaved Dravidian people and called them his monkeys.
"Nothing is farther from truth. Not only this presentation tends to
continue to advance the recently debunked colonialist
theory of Aryans' invasion of India
but it also tends to create artificial division among the people of India along
imposed on racial lines," the letter released by the Parishad said.
In Indian history, it explained, the word
'Arya' has never referred to a race
but rather to nobility of spirit, thought and deeds. "You may be aware that
more than a dozen authentic, well-researched and respected classic commentaries
are available on Ramayana and Mr Patwardhan's documentary is certainly one
Indonesian Muslims can venerate Ram,
why can't Indian Muslims, as well as Indian secularists, do the same ? The
well-informed Indonesians don't object to Ram as a communal character,
as a god of one religion and therefore anathema to others.
of Ayodhya - videogoogle.com. For more refer to chapter on Aryan
Invasion Theory). Watch
Invasion through Conversion
Ravana was an
Bishop Caldwell named the languages of the south as
Dravidian. That Tamil or some old form of it was spoken throughout India is
evident from Valmiki Ramayana where we find Sita conversing with Hanuman in a
language different from Sanskrit, the language of the twice-born
(Brahmin) in which Ravana spoke; and Sri Rama and his brother were
conversing freely with Sugreeva and Vali. But the most surprising fact is that,
according to Valmiki, Hanuman was a great Vedic scholar, well-versed in
Vyakarana and in Sama Veda, an opinion expressed by Sri Rama also. These facts
evidently show that throughout India, there were people who could freely speak
both Sanskrit and Tamil, and that Vedas were studied throughout India by all
communities from the remote past.
(source: Perennial Hindu Culture and
The Twin Myths – By M. Vaitialingam The Thirumaka Press. 1980 p.
the Gods tread
Irani made a six part travelogue on the exile route taken by Ram, as
a part of celebration for the 50th year of Indian independence. He recreates
Lord Rama's journey from Ayodhya to Lanka which covers around 2,000 kms. The
film shows fascinating stories of how Ram lives on near Hampi, where villagers
pray to fossilised bones of Bali and Sugreev, and then there was the discovery
of the Gupt Godavari, an underground spring
that welled up in a cave at Chitrakoot, where Godavari, the myth goes, went in
disguise to have a glimpse of Lord Ram.
was a revelation for Irani. "If ever I believed
that Ram walked on the earth, it was at Chitrakoot." The sensual
flow of the Mandakini, the unspoilt greenery of the landscape, .....the most
untouched spot in the entire journey and the most pleasurable." says Irani.
the Gods Tread - The Sunday Review - Times of India
August, 7' 1997. Please refer to
of the Blue-Skinned God: Retracing
the Ramayana Through India - By Jonah Blank).
Social Order in Hinduism
The social order in Hinduism is designated, by
its integration of functions, to provide at the same time for a common
prosperity and to enable every member of society to realize his own
Sir George Birchwood
remarks in his Sva, 1915, p. 83-5:
"The enactments embodied in the Code of
Manu, and cognate law books of the Hindus, have achieved this consummation from
before the foundations of Athens and Rome...we trace there the bright outlines
of a self-contained, self-dependent, symmetrical, and perfectly harmonious
industrial economy, deeply rooted in the popular conviction of its divine
character, and protected, through every political and commercial vicissitude, by
the absolute power and marvelous wisdom and tact of the Brahmmanical priesthood.
Such an ideal social order we should have held impossible of realization, but
that it continues to exist, and to afford us, in the yet living results of its
daily operation in India, a proof of the superiority, in so many unsuspected
ways, of the hieratic civilization of antiquity over the secular, joyless,
inane, and self-destructive modern civilization of the West."
(source: Hinduism and
Buddhism - Edited by K. N.
Iyengar and Rama P. Coomaraswamy p. 36-37).
Song of Ganga
call her sursari,
river of the gods.
the lotus feet of Brahma to the sage Bhagirath, to the matted locks (jataa) of
Shiva from where she emerged as Bhagirathi. She
traverses the mountains, singing tuneless songs, unknown lilts, accepting waters
from known and unknown tributaries, stopping for none and carrying all with her
very far from Gaumukh where the Bhagirathi descends upon the earth from among
the heights of the Himalayas, between the Nar and the Narayan peaks, from the
bowels of the earth, bubbles up another river - the Alaknanda. Full of fun and
frolic, she hurtles down the mountains, under the rock bridge built by Bhima,
kissing the feet of the Lord of Badrinath and the temple of Adi
devastating all with her beauty and speed. At Vishnu Prayag, she finds a friend,
the Ghagharia which brings with it news of the Valley of Flowers and the lake at
Together, like chattering sisters, they continue on their way, laughing,
talking, rushing to be on their way. The trees and the flowers, the stones and
the sand, the mountains and the sky smile as they watch over their progress.
When they reach Nand Prayag, their circle expands as they receive in to their
midst the Nandakini. Soft and dainty, the Nandakini comes tripping over the
rocks and boulders like a fairy. On its banks smile exquisite flowers while
there is nary a soul to sully its purity.
The Alaknanda, now the elder sister, welcomes the new entrant, carrying her in
her arms. The journey is still long.
Cutting through the mountains, pushing through the rocks, they gurgle and gush,
sometimes lapping gently, sometimes roaring furiously. Till they reach Karna
Prayag where they meet the Pindar Ganga, a river of some stature. It is a
dignified and mature meeting, which adds to the status of all.
Amicably they continue on their way. The mountains have been left behind
somewhat and so has the haste. The Alaknanda is calm and unhurried when it meets
the Mandakini at Rudra Prayag. The Mandakini flows from a glacier by the temple
to Lord Shiva at Kedarnath. The beauteous Mandakini is a maiden whose grace and
loveliness belong in myth and legend. Its clear waters and white untouched foam,
its frolic on the rocks, its frills and flounces on its banks, all at glacial
temperatures and dangerous speeds, it leaves one speechless.
At Sone Prayag the Mandakini is joined by the Sone which adds stability to its
wayward prettiness. But at Rudra Prayag, its clear, delicate green waters are
swallowed up by the travel-weary, muddy Alaknanda. It is a large, placid river
that leaves Rudra Prayag on its way to the vast plains of North India.Meanwhile,
the Bhagirathi too has traversed the mountains, past town and village -
Uttarkashi, Dharasu, Tihri, before it reaches Dev Prayag. Here in a great
embrace the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda merge and submerge, and from their
confluence is born the Ganga.
Stately and majestic, she proceeds on her way, carrying the diverse with her,
accepting all in her indivisible oneness.
of Ganga - By Bela Lal - Times of India 2/27/02).
Chaphekar brothers -
June 22, 1897. A hundred years later, the memories live on
year was 1897. Date June 22. Walter Charles Rand, the special officer for
plague, was returning after attending a function at the government guest house.
road on which his carriage was to pass was deserted. Hiding in the forest nearby
were the three Chapekar brothers -- Damodar, Vasudev and Balkrishna -- and their
associates. As a carriage passed by, Vasudev ran after it shouting, ''Gondiya
was a signal for Balkrishna to finish off Rand, the
infamous British officer who had created much distress among the masses with his
tactless handling of the Pune plague. Fired with revolutionary zeal,
Balkrishna boarded the covered carriage and shot the occupant dead. Suddenly he
found that it was Lt Ayerst, an associate of Rand.
the folly, Damodar, the eldest of the three, jumped on to the carriage carrying
Rand and fired, killing the British officer on the spot, the
first act of revolutionary terrorism in British India.
killings shook the British empire and the government announced a reward of Rs
20,000 for anyone who helped track down the killers, who had added a colourful
chapter to the history of the freedom movement. Exactly 100 years later, people
of independent India will witness the shooting acted out by 35 actors of the
Krantiveer Chapekar Samarak Samiti as a tribute to the Chapekar brothers.
the killings, the Chapekar brothers fled the city, but two of them were arrested
following a tip-off by the Dravid brothers. The two informers paid with their
lives for their act of betrayal when Vasudev and Ranade shot them at their
Sadashiv Peth residence after posing as messengers for the British officer
investigating the Rand killing. Damodar was tried for the crime in the sessions
court which ordered his execution on March 2, 1898. He was hanged on April 18.
Vasudev was hanged on May 8, 1899, Ranade on May 10 and Balkrishna on May 12. Lokmanya
Tilak was accused of sedition for inciting the Chapekar brothers in
his articles and sent to jail.
Chapekar Wada, the house the brothers lived in, was turned into an
illicit liquor den after their death. The same house, now in a dilapidated
condition, has been bought by the Samiti which will use two of its rooms as a
museum to store revolutionary literature while the other rooms will be converted
into a vyayamshala -- a gymnasium -- as a tribute to Damodar who was a
Samiti also plans to hold a seminar on April 18, 1998, the day Damodar was
hanged 100 years ago, by inviting surviving freedom fighters along with the
grandsons of the Chapekar brothers, says Samiti secretary Girish Prabhune.
For more refer to chapter on European
on Early Krishna Worship
One of the earliest and the most important of the Puranic
religious systems to emerge was
Bhagavatism which came to be described at a comparatively late date as
Vaishnavism. In the Puranas and the Mahabharata it centers around the worship of
the Sattvata chief Vasudeva – Krishna. It has enjoyed and still enjoys immense
popularity among the masses. It has attracted the attention of Indologists from
the very beginning of the study of ancient Indian religions in the modern
period. Unfortunately, however, their attitude towards
it has not always been objective. As this religion betrays several
common features with Christianity – such as belief in the grace of god,
efficacy of faith and devotion, value attributed to prayer, doctrine of
incarnation etc. – Western scholars, with their conviction in the theory of
the White Man’s Burden, found it difficult to resist the temptation of
assuming that Krishna worship was nothing but a plagiarism of Christianity. Some
of them, such as Pavie even thought it humiliating for Christianity to be
compared with the Krishna cult, while people like H. H.
Wilson pleaded for the study of Vaishanvism and other Hindu religions
if only to prove the
falsity and persuade the Hindu intelligentsia to adopt the Christian faith.
Christian Bias in the Historiography
of Early Krishna Worship
The theory that Krishna worship originated as a distorted
form of Christianity and that the name of Krishna itself is only ‘a corruption
of the name of the Savior’ was first advanced by P.
Georgi as early as 1762. It found a number of adherents among Western
scholars, though many of them conceded that Krishna was an ancient god of India
whose worship was radically transformed under the impact of Christianity. Albercht
Weber, who wrote his famous on ‘An Investigation into the Origin of
the Festival of Krsna Janmastami ‘ in 1874, that is more than a century after
Georgi, gave a new impetus to this theory. In this and many other articles he
argued that the transformation of the personality of Krishna from the ‘eager
scholar’ of the Chandogya Upanishad and the brave hero of the early portions
of the Mahabharata into a deity can be explained only on the supposition of an
eternal influence which in the circumstances could be no other than
Christianity. He also stated his conviction that the theory of avatara
originated as an imitation of the Christian doctrine of incarnation.
Weber thesis was supported mutates mutandis by
Hopkins, Macnicol, Grierson, Kennedy, Lorinser etc. and on some Western scholars
are still trying to flog a dead horse. The attempt of Allan Dahlquist, a Swedish
scholar, is a case in point.
(source: Bias in Indian Historiography - By S. R. Goyal
p. 120-130). For more refer to chapter on First
more refer to chapter on Greater
India: Suvarnabhumi and Sacred
Frawley (Vamadev Shashtry) has observed: " Hinduism, without doubt the most
denigrated and misunderstood of the major world religions, if it is recognized
as a world religions at all. It is common to look down on Hinduism as primitive
and those who call themselves Hindus, as backward or obsolete. Instead of
looking at Hinduism in terms of its profound philosophies and deep mysticism, it
is associated with idolatry, caste and various social evils, as if there was
nothing more to it. Many of them complain about the primitive idol worship in
Hindu religion. After all, Hindu gods like Hanuman and Ganesha have animal face
and forms. Such people are offended to see an animal face on God, though they
eat animals, and their God with his wrath often has traits that would be
regarded as tyrannical or egoistic in a person.
denigration has occurred largely because Hinduism has borne the brunt of
missionary propaganda, perhaps un paralled by any religion in the world.
Hinduism represents the survival of the very type of traditions that the
conversion-based religions have tried so hard and so long to stamp out.
the Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Pagan Arabs have all long fallen to the
missionary assault, Hinduism has survived remarkably the onslaughts of both
missionary religions for a period of over a thousand years! And to
their dismay in the modern world HIndu teachings are spreading again and getting
Indian Marxists have even formed a
common front with the missionaries to eliminate Hinduism, their common enemy.
Now that Marxism is dying in the world, Indian Marxists are becoming more
strident, trying to hold on to their last bastions of power in the intellectual
realm, which only make their anti-Hindu propaganda more shrill and more
The Catholic Church has spread its
tentacles into India, hoping like what it did to ancient Greece to subvert the
profound philosophies of the region into tools of the Christian faith,
reformulating the Hindu Upanishads like the Aristotelian philosophy of the
Greeks into a form of Christian theology. Evangelical Christians in America like
the Southern Baptists, the largest Protestant sect in America, are targeting
India with cruder but more forceful and vitalistic creed, preaching of hell,
fire, damnation and the impending end of the world.
Asia is still recovering from
Marxism and Colonialism, which makes the poor and uneducated, who are basically
looking for social upliftment, vulnerable to missionary work which promises that
as a by-product of conversion. They don't realize that Evangelical Christianity
with its rejection of the theory of evolution, which they want removed from the
schools, represents one of the most regressive trends in American culture and is
largely a religion of the farm belt ridiculed in the universities.
The most devout
Catholics in the world are the poor and uneducated Catholics of the Third World,
not the scientific or intellectual elite of the West that is largely agnostic.
Asian countries that accept Catholicism are more likely to end up poor like the
Philippines, the main Catholic country in Asia, not developed like Japan which
did not accept Christianity as part of modernization but relied on its own
warrior spirit instead.
Hinduism Reviews and Reflections - By Ram Swarup - Forward by
David Frawley p. xii-xvi). For more refer to chapter on First
Indologists). for more refer to chapter on Quotes
Invasion through Conversion
Hindus cannot help it that the
Non-Hindu politician Adolf Hitler did them the injustice
of misinterpreting "their" swastika as a symbol of racial
purity, a meaning it never had for its Hindu-Jain-Buddhist users, neither in the
past nor in the contemporary Hindutva movement. But that does not keep India
reporters from exploiting this opportunity for engineered misunderstanding to
Thus, reporting on the
million-strong demonstration for the Ram Janmabhoomi temple, (Delhi, 4 April
1991), Brian Barron of BBC, showed a monk carrying a saffron-colored flag with a
white swastika. And for the less perceptive viewers, he added in so many words
that the Hindu movement "carries the swastika." For Hindus, the
swastika is an age-old symbol of good fortune (sanskrit swasti = well
being" freely anlayzable as su asti, "it is good").
Victimization of Hindus in South
Asia has been internationally ignored. The governments of India, Pakistan and
Bangladesh discourage serious research into the Hindu death toll in order not to
foster anti-Muslim feelings. Moreover, with Pakistan being a Western ally, the
powerful Anglo-American media have apparently chosen not to pay too much
attention to the massacres of the East Bengal Hindus. The net result is that the
victimization of Hindus remains unknown and all spotlight can be focused on the
sparser cases of the "poor hapless Muslim minority's misfortunes."
Saffron Swastika - By Koenraad Elst
- Voice of India ISBN 8185990697 p. 30 and 809-810). For more refer to
chapter on Quotes 201_220).
Has the World
Berlitz, author of several books, including The Bermuda Triangle, was
the grandson of the founder of the world-famous Berlitz schools, wrote:
"If atomic warfare were actually used in the distant
past and not just imagined, there must still exist some indications of a
civilization advanced enough to develop or even to know about atomic power. One
does find in some of the ancient writings of India some descriptions of advanced
scientific thinking which seemed anachronistic to the age from which they come.
The Jyotish (400 B. C) echoes the modern
concept of the earth's place in the universe, the law of gravity, the kinetic
nature of energy, and the theory of cosmic rays and also deals, in specialized
but unmistakable vocabulary, with the theory of atomic rays. And what was
thousands of years before the medieval theologians of Europe argued about the
number of angels that could fit on the head of a pin.
Indian philosophers of the
Vaisesika school were discussing atomic
theory, speculating about heat being the cause of molecular change, and
calculating the period of time taken by an atom to traverse its own space.
Readers of the Buddhist pali sutra and commentaries, who studied them before
modern times, were frequently mystified by reference to the "tying together"
of minute component parts of matter; although nowadays it is easy for a model
reader to recognize an understandable description of molecular
- By Charles Berlitz p.
123-124. For more on Charles Berlitz, refer to chapter on Vimanas
and Advanced Concepts).
For more refer to chapter on Greater
India: Suvarnabhumi and Sacred
eye new rites in UP...
In a few days from
now, another - the last and most decisive - bastion of the Hindu upper castes is
set to fall in Uttar Pradesh. With the graduation of the first batch of
curriculum-trained priests in the state, several Dalit
pundits will be ready to offer their services for the entire range of
traditional Hindu rites.
class of 2002 in the UP Sanskrit Sansthan's paurohitya
(priesthood) course includes several Dalit and other
non-Brahmin students. The three-month course that was started in
February, aimed at training students in the range of karmakand rites from mundan
and vivah sanskar (marriage) to vrats (fasts) and tyohar (festivals).
students have been trained by priests who were picked from a large pool of
Sanskrit scholars in the state.
scholars were given extensive training before being asked to fan out in the
districts to impart their knowledge to priesthood-hopefuls. With the course now
nearing completion almost everywhere, lists of successful trainees have begun to
come in - they will receive certificates, and will be recognised as 'registered
pundits' qualified to perform karmakand rites.
course attracted 35 students on an average in each of the 70 districts where it
was offered. It was welcomed enthusiastically at some places, and received a
lukewarm response at others.
maximum number of Dalit trainees in a district was five - in Varanasi. There
were four in Lalitpur, three each in Gorakhpur and Unnao, two each in Mirzapur,
Lucknow and Chitrakoot, and one each in Jaunpur, Deoria, Mau, Ambedkarnagar and
had kept the course open for everyone, as we wanted the knowledge to be made
available to all," said Dr Sachidanand Pathak, director of Sanskrit
we had no idea that we would receive such a good response from castes other than
Brahmins as well."
Development of Aldous Huxley's
is one of those who enriched the
West greatly with the wisdom of the East. Though he came late on the scene, his
influence was nonetheless real and deep. Huxley always distrusted monotheism from
the earliest days of his intellectual life. In an article 'One and Many' written
in an early phase of he says that 'monotheism, as we know in the West, was
invented by the Jews." Living in a desert, they found nothing in the
surrounding bareness to make them suppose that the world was richly diverse. And
their belief in monotheism "prevented them from having any art, any
philosophy, any political life."
He observed that while historical
religions have been violent, eternity-philosophies like Hinduism and Buddhism
have never been persecuting faiths, have preached almost no holy wars and have
refrained from that proselytizing religious imperialism, which has gone hand in
hand with the political and economic oppression of the colored peoples."
He tells us how the time-worshipping
Catholicism institutes Inquisition and how it "burns and tortures in order
to perpetuate a creed, a ritual and an ecclesiastical-politico financial
organization regarded as necessary to men's external salvation."; he tells
us how "Bible-worshipping Protestant fight long and savage wars, in order to
make the world safe for what they fondly imagine to be the genuinely antique
Christianity of apostolic times."
Unity of all religions has been a special infirmity of the Hindu mind. It has
its doctrinal and historical reasons. Brought up in his own religious tradition,
a Hindu could not even conceive that a religion could teach persecution. And
though its continuing victim for a thousand years, he thought there was a
mistake somewhere and its perpetrators had not understood their own
Hinduism Reviews and Reflections - By Ram Swarup p. 126-150).
For more refer to chapters on Hindu
Art and Quotes 1_20).
The Raj and the
Conservative Minister for Kensington and Chelsea in the British government, in
early 1995 compared one-time British government in
India - the so-called 'Raj' - with the Nazi regime.
The fact remains that British rule
in India was largely rule with an iron fist, even though it may most often have
been in a velvet glove. As an conquering and occupying power, the British East
India Company were largely free from legal control from Britain and could
virtually make their own laws to subdue, divide and rule these states and their
peoples. These laws were made just as draconian as the demand for control of
India's resources, draining its economy for huge profits and ensuring the
ascendancy of the British white man demanded.
the so-called 'Mutiny' the British lived more and more as an isolated ruling
caste, with all too widespread disdain and hardened attitudes towards most
peoples in the sub-continent. The British thought and behaved as a 'master race'
towards their subordinates. Among the many sins of the British was the
recruitment under false pretences and promises of Indian workers to labor in
their other colonies in Africa and the West Indies. Their exile was permanent as
they could not get the means to return to India and were exploited thoroughly - bonded
laborers under virtual slavery in all but name, often held in their
places by systems of unjust debts.
In Place of
Slavery - Indentured laborers
Slavery was abolished in Suriname in
1863. Between 1873 and 1940 more than 34,000 British Indians entered Suriname
and effectively replaced the former slaves. Deplorable condition of Indian
"Under the colour of a Bill for
protecting the Indian labourers, it is proposed to legalize the importation of
them into the colonies." "Hundreds of thousands of poor helpless women
and children are now to be abandoned to want, that the growth of sugar in the
West Indies may not languish." Indentureship recruitment, the
Indo-Trinidadian scholar Kenneth Permasad
reminds us, "took place in an India reeling under
the yoke of colonial oppression." Colonialism induced massive
transformations in Indian economy and society, and the increase in famines under
colonial rule, the destruction of indigenous industries, and the proliferation
of the unemployed all attest to the heartlessness of colonial rule. From
Calcutta and Madras Indian men, and a much smaller number of women, especially
in the first few decades of indentured migration, were herded into
"coolie" ships, confined to the lower deck, the women subject to the
lustful advances of the European crew. Sometimes condemned to eat, sleep, and
sit amidst their own waste, the indentureds were just as often without anything
but the most elementary form of medical care. Many did not survive the long and
brutal "middle passage"; the bodies of the dead were, quite
unceremoniously, thrown overboard.
Discipline was enforced with an iron
hand, and the whip cracked generously: as a number of Indian laborers in Surinam
were to state in a complaint in 1883, "if any coolie fails to work for a
single day of the week, he is sent to jail for two or four days, where he is
forced to work while day and night kept under chains. We are tortured very much.
For this reason two to three persons died by swallowing opium and drowning
themselves." Indians are apt, like many other people, to associate the
phenomenon of slavery solely with Africans, but it is not realized that
indentured labor was only, in the words of Hugh Tinker,
"a new form of slavery".
- Indentured Labor).
For more information please refer to the chapter on European
of France and
Quatrain 96, Century X
du nom des mers vaincra,
Contre le sect fils Adulancatif,
Sects obtinee deploree craindra,
Des deux blessez par Aleph and Aleph
named after the seas (Hindu Mahasagar - Indian Ocean) will be victorious,
Against the sons of the Caliph's adalat or rule.
Obstinate deplorable sect will greatly fear,
The two religions injured by Alif and Alif.
Hindu Destiny in Nostradamus - By G. S. Hiranyappa
Bangalore 1986 p. 6-9).
Hatred For Hindus
) was ardently Anglophile and believed in Kipling's
doctrine of the White Man's Burden. Behind much of her advocacy,
however, lay her own preoccupations with Anglo-Saxon racial superiority.
wrote couple of books starting with Mother
of the Gods and Isle
the Truth about the Philippines
She wrote a book on American rule in the Philippines called the Isle of Fear in
which she painted a lurid picture of the Philippines and their culture. These
two elements and the love for the British and their empire and her distaste for
Asians, needed only the third element to prepare her to write a book on India.
That third element was the British interest in her work on the Philippines and a
wish that she could do a similar job in India.
India begins with a description of the sacrifice of a goats at the Kali temple
and then goes on into villages and cities. It is replete with quotations and
statistics which Miss Mayo could have scarcely have collected on her own. She
criticizes Gandhi for whom Mayo had nothing but disdain. She criticizes the
Hindu religion, its gods, its social code, its rituals, its castes and the
debilitating ethos...She remarks that "If only Gandhi and his agitators are
kept away the Indian villagers would live in paradise indeed." Mayo's book
on the Slaves of the Gods deal with the institution of the Devadasis - or temple
She came out to condemn
India and she succeeded marvelously in shaping the image of India in the average
In fact her book is the most negative of
all writings by foreigners on India.
Mayo forgot that every civilization has its own skeletons in its many cupboards
and India is no exception. The British were mightily pleased with here efforts
and were delighted with what she had to say. Miss Mayo confirmed and made
explicit Western racism in aspects of thinking about the non-West."
Jha in his Katherine Mayo and India
(New Delhi 1971) has done an impressive piece of work in marshalling
circumstantial evidence to point a finger of suspicion at British complicity in
Mayo's visit to India. In the 1920's with a rising tide of Indian nationalism,
the British in London and New Delhi were becoming sensitive to American critical
interest in the nature end effect of British imperial rule. The British wanted
to project an image of India and the Indian people as basically not ready for
Independence and the necessity of Britain continuing her good work to lift the
Indian masses out of their self-made morass of debilitating Hindu religion, its
cruel customs, and abominable ritual and social hygienic practices.
in the American Mind - By B. G. Gokhale
Rabindranath Tagore to ridicule by quoting him, out of context, in such a away
to make him appear as an advocate of child marriages. She has nothing but
sarcasm for Gandhi. In tune with the British policy of pitting one against
another, Mayo highlights the passionate monotheism of Islam and the vitality,
sturdiness and practical-mindedness of the Muslims as against the
'degenerate materialism' of the Hindus which 'masquerades' as spiritualism. Mayo
completely absolves the British of any responsibility for the ills of India or
for India's political backwardness and squarely lays it at the door of the
of the British in Mayo's Work - To Secure American Support for the British
news of the publication of Mother India reached India toward the end of July
1927, and it immediately raised a storm throughout the country. The Indians felt
that it was a scandalous libel on their civilization and character. Moreover,
they suspected the hand of the British in the publication, and felt that the aim
of the book was to discredit India. When Mother India came out speculation was
rife as to what impelled Mayo to mount such a scurrilous attack on Hinduism and
Indian nationalist forces. One reason given was that she wanted to counteract
the anti-British propaganda that was being carried on in America by the Indians
as also to expose their statement claiming spiritual supremacy for India.
was painfully wrote to Mayo: "I am sorry to have to inform you that the
book did not leave on my mind at all a nice impression." He asked the
publishers of Young India to send her a copy of his own review of the book
entitled "A Drain Inspector's Report."
what wicked length Mayo and her British collaborators went in their hatred for
Hinduism is illustrated by the papers in the Mayo Collection.
motives for publishing of Mother India were primarily political; to win American
support for the British cause in India. To
frighten even British liberals into giving up the constitutional reforms that
they envisaged for India. The British masters of India were anxious to win
American opinion in their favor and cleverly used American journalists, writers,
publicists and propaganda men to work which would serve the British interest.
And who better to pick than Katherine Mayo who had written The Isles of
Indian Reaction: Hundreds of
meeting were held in India against the British officials of nefarious plots
against India. Incidents, big and small, of Negro lynching, moral deviations,
sexual aberrations, and other forms of corruption in the social and political
life of the United States were grabbed by the journals and editorials under
heading like, "Pot Calls the Kettle Black" and "Glass Houses and
Stone Throwing." etc. Kanhaya Lal Gauba
wrote a book on the United States titled - Uncle
Sham: Being the Strange Tale of a Civilization Run Amok
Claude Kendall Publisher Place of Publication: New York, NY 1929).
abatement in Mayo's Hatred for Hindus.
fact, Mayo was so consumed with hatred for the Hindus that she returned to her
pet theme again and again. In her next book, Slaves of the Gods (1929), she
narrates twelve stories that she claims to have taken from 'real life.' The last
in the series was The Face of Mother India published in 1935. This was a
pictorial book containing about 400 hundred photographs showing various facets
of the land of India and her people. The picture section was proceeded by a long
introduction in which Mayo traced Indian history from about A.D. 1000, when
Mahommed Ghazni, began his raids in north-western India, the temple of Somnath
being his special target. As regards to her bias, F. H.
Brown, who reviewed the
book in The Observer:
is to be regretted that so suitable a Christmas gift of well-planned pictures
should be introduced by a polemical dissertation which shows that these eight
years have brought little or no abatement of Miss Mayo's sharply contrasted
dislike of and contempt for the Hindu, the male Hindu at least, and her praise
for the Moslem "the purest of Monotheists." In her judgment the Hindu
has a double dose of original sin. If there is a hero of the story it is Mahmoud
Ghazni, of whom she writes exultingly that he destroyed many great Hindu
temples, shattered many idols, and took back to Ghazni many thousands of slaves
and much precious treasure - "but never did he linger in the land of the
interesting to note the infatuation of the British with Mother India while they
banned books written by Gandhi
- Hind Swaraj and Will
Durant - A Case For India.
Durant held the view that no part of the world suffered so much poverty and
oppression as India did and that this was largely due to British
Another book that
was banned by the British was
in Bondage: Her Right to Freedom published
in 1928. The author was Rev. Jabez Sunderland,
a countryman of Katherine Mayo. The central theme of the book was that the
British rule in India was unjust, that the Indians were abundantly competent to
rule themselves and that America should support the cause of Indian nationalism.
The book appeared to be so seditious to the British authorities in India that it
was not only proscribed, its publisher was arrested and proceeded against under
the Indian Penal Code. (For more about these book please refer to chapter on
History of Hinduism).
Katherine Mayo and India
- By Manorangan Jha People's Publishing House New Delhi 1971.p.
An Eminent American clergyman,
Rev. Samuel McCrea Cavert wrote: "We would like to suggest to Miss Mayo
that she write one more book, this time about America. "The Only Land where
facts that Miss Mayo wrote the book to bolster up British rule and that the
imperialists and "Bourbons" of Great Britain hailed its appearance
with joy, there were some Englishmen who denounced it. Mr. Wilfred Wellock, M.P.
writes: "Mother India is the most nauseating book I have ever read and it
will do incalculable harm to India.."
S. K. Radcliffe wrote in The New Republic, in 1927: " I have lived for five
years in India....As I call up the memory of those people and scenes, and set,
the reality of my recollection alongside the appalling pictures which Miss Mayo
has drawn. I am filled with bewilderment and regret. The vast multitude of
India's common people makes upon every Westerner a wonderful impression of
goodness, endurance and dignity. Often the Indian woman has a hard time. But I
see her, as she comes up every morning from her ceremonial bath in the river, walking
noiselessly with a troop of her fellows, a figure unsurpassed in the world of
beauty, and serenity, and grace." ...many of the pictures that
Miss Mayo draws, are profoundly untrue.."
James H. Cousins, Irish poet and author wrote: "The whole edifice of
falsehood erroneously labeled "Mother India" rises naturally from a
foundation of race prejudice."
D. Graham Pole, a Labor candidate for the British Parliament, who had much
personal knowledge of India, writes: "Some years ago Miss Katherine Mayo
visited the Philippines and wrote a book about her visit. It was called the
Isles of Fear and was defence of American Imperialism. She has now, after her
visit to India, done a like service to British Imperialism, in her Mother India.
No wonder the book is regarded as godsend by all British reactionaries."
Annie Besant writes with indignation of "Mother India" : "Miss
Mayo has published a wicked book, slandering the whole of the Indian people...I
have spent in India the greater part of my time since 1893, living as an Indian,
welcomed in their homes as though I were one of their own people, and I have
never come across the horrors she describes...The writer seems to have merely
sought for filth. Does she imagine that if her presentation were an accurate
picture of Hindu civilization that Hinduism could have produced a civilization
in India dating from thousands of years before the Christian era? It would have
been smothered in its own putrefaction."
Jabez Sunderland summarized: "That the book is misleadingly named. The
title "Mother India" causes readers to expect to find in its pages a
spirit of kindness, appreciation and sympathy towards India. Instead of that,
they find everywhere haughty and cynical criticism...In order to be honest, it
had been titled as Mahatma Gandhi suggested "A Report of India's Drains and
Edgerton of Yale University wrote to Prof. S K Iyengar: "I hope
you and others in India will believe that there are some of us in America who
know how to appraise justly Miss Mayo's scurrilous book. We are deeply ashamed
to acknowledge her as our fellow countrywoman, and we neglect no chance to deny
the truth of the picture of India which she draws."
in Bondage: Her Right to Freedom - By Rev. Jabez Sunderland
p. 510 - 553. For more on Rev. Sunderland's book refer to chapter on European
Mayo's book was so full of filth, slander and calumny that writing in Young
India, Mahatma Gandhi said:
carefully chosen quotations give it the appearance of a truthful book but the
impression it leaves on my mind is that of a drain
inspector sent out with the one purpose of opening and examining the drains of
the country....The book is without doubt untruthful, be the facts
stated ever so truthful..."
Hindu - By K V Paliwal and B. Datt Bharti p. 75).
Refer to Let
Not the West mislead India - By V Sundaram - newstodaynet.com.
Many books were written by Indians, answering to this absurd book.
1. A Son of Mother India replies - By Dhan Gopal
India: A Reply to Miss Mayo - By S C Ranga Iyer, Member of the
Indian Legislative Assembly.
India - By Lala Lajpat Rai.
more refer to chapter on Greater
India: Suvarnabhumi and Sacred
says: "Hinduism has often been miscalled 'Brahminism'
which would mean 'a religion of the brahmin, professed and propounded by
This is a
very prejudiced view. There are a number of seers in the Rig Veda who are non-brahmins.
In fact, the seer of the first sukta
of the First Mandala of the Rig Veda is a non-brahmin. He is Madhuchchandas,
son of Visvamitra. The hymns of Mandala III are ascribed to the Rishi
Vishvamitra or to the members of his family. Visvamitra, as we know, was born a
kshatriya, but by virtue of his intense tapas attained brahminhood. The
Western scholars have even imagined a rivalry between Visvamitra and the Rishi
Vasistha and have referred to them as founders of two opposing schools of
thought, brahmin and non-brahmin. The Gayatri mantra (M III. S64. 10)
the celebrated verse in the Rig Veda which forms the main part of the devotions
of the brahmins is a production of a non-brahmin - Visvamitra. Brahmins as
priests, no doubt, have made a much greater contribution to the philosophy and
rituals of the religion than laymen.
Hindu Culture and The Twin Myths - By M. Vaitialingam The
Thirumakal Press. 1980. p. xv).
more refer to chapter on Greater
India: Suvarnabhumi and Sacred
Golden Age of the
Ancient India saw her golden age
under the banner of the Guptas and the root of the Hindu civilization took its
strong hold in this period. These were times of great material and cultural
prosperity with great civic buildings, public undertakings, splendor, opulence
"An impartial historian",
said Dr. Binfield Havell, "might well
consider that the greatest triumph of British administration would be to restore
to India all that she enjoyed in the fifth century A.D. "
Gita: a dishonest book? - says expert
Bhagavad Gita is not as nice a book as some Americans think," Wendy Doniger
holds doctorates from Harvard and Oxford Universities. She is Mircea Eliade
Professor of History of Religions in the Divinity School and author of several
books, She is the author of Siva: The Erotic Ascetic; Hindu Myths; The
Origins of Evil in Hindu Mythology; Textual Sources for the Study of Religion; and
Dreams, Illusion, and Other Realities,
said, in a lecture titled "The Complicity of God in the Destruction of the
Human Race." "The Gita is a dishonest book; it justifies war,"
Wendy Doniger told the audience of 150, and later acknowledged: "I'm a
pacifist. I don't believe in 'good' wars."
“The Bhagavad Gita is not as
nice a book as some Americans think…Throughout the Mahabharata ... Krishna
goads human beings into all sorts of murderous and self-destructive behaviors
such as war.... The Gita is a dishonest book …it
Quoted in Philadelphia Inquirer, 19 November, 1999.
Lila: 1: Wendy's Child Syndrome - By Rajiv Malhotra - sulekha.com).
For more refer to chapter on Glimpses
IX and Glimpses X).
Several in the audience objected
to her reading of the Gita, but she tendered no apologies.
article discusses the Gita at length and relates that Drexel University in
Philadelphia recently sponsored an interdisciplinary course on the Gita. Wendy
Doniger of the University of Chicago was among the "high-profile"
lecturers. When it comes from a highly regarded scholar of Indian studies
associated with a prestigious university, one is somewhat disappointed, not to
say shocked. Surely, Wendy Doniger knows better than to make such a simplistic
statement to an audience which may not be well acquainted with the complexities
of the culture she is commenting upon.
justification for the judgment is even more naive: "It justifies war: I'm a
pacifist. I don't believe in 'good' wars." If all she got out of the Gita
was that the book justifies wars, then sadly, even with all her expertise in
archaic Sanskrit and in mythology, she seems to be in dire need of a little
basic education on the nature and content of religious texts.
I am sure Ms
Doniger is aware of Moses sending spies into Canaan, of Gibeah's trickery in
war, of Elisha praying to God to blind his enemies, etc. which are reported in
the Old Testament. From this to declare to a not very well informed audience
that the Old Testament is a dishonest book is not only silly, if not sacrilege,
but is irresponsible too; and certainly unbecoming of a reputed scholar.
As for violence, has any US
president apologized sitting on his knees at Hiroshima? I know Wendy Doniger
will say Oppenhiemer is a gita enthusiast. Was gita an official scripture of US
army during world war II? If Iraq invades Kuwait next time, is Wendy going to
garage her SUV because no more oil will flow? It is a fashion these days to talk
of peace, and point to conflicts elsewhere for stock market performance, but
some gutsy economists at Princeton Economics Institute had predicted conflicts
coming up in 2003..."
- University of Liverpool). Also
refer to chapters on Glimpses_IX
"God now hurls the kings and armies successively of Babylon, Syria, Sudan,
Egypt...on the people He has chosen as His own.. They rape, kill, loot...God's
aim is the same old one: to inflict such cruel punishment on His people that
they shun other gods, and worship Him alone." - Jeremiah
Companion to the Bible
Companion to the Bible
Our Souls: Missionaries,
their design, their claims - By Arun Shourie.
ASA publication ISBN:81-900199-9-6 p. 330).
incarnations relate to human evolution, from aquatic life to human life, and are
consistent with modern theory of evolution.
Matsya (fish) - saves
Sage Manu from floods and recovers the Vedas from demons.
Kurma (tortoise) - sustains
the earth on his back.
Varaha (boar) - brings
the earth back from the bottom of the ocean where it was dragged down by a
demon, known as Hiranyaksha; Varaha kills the demon.
Narasimha (man-lion) - kills
the demon King Hiranyakashipu, who was planning to kill his own son, a
devotee of Lord Vishnu.
Vamana (dwarf) - the
first human incarnation of the Lord, kills the demon King Mahabhali, who had
deprived the gods of their possessions.
Parasurama (the warrior
with an axe) - saves Brahmins from
the tyranny of the arrogant Khastriya.
7. Rama -
kills Ravana, the demon king of Lanka.
8. Sri Krishna
- the most popular incarnation; Krishna's contributions throughout his life
include the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna.
9. Buddha -
Hindus consider Buddha as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and accept his
teachings, but do not directly worship him.
10.Kalkin - (a man on a
white horse) - this incarnation is yet to come and will mark the
end of all evil in the world.
(For more on Vishnu avatars refer to
Hindu Mind - By Bansi Pandit p. 167 and A
Survey of Hinduism - by Klaus K Klostermaier p. 146 and 241 Hinduism
- By Linda Johnsen p. 184-193).
Brahmins are made
A priest in Hindu religion is called
a brahmin. His position is similar to that of the priests in other religions. In
the beginning brahmins were made not born. The Veda puts
the following mantra in the mouth of Goddess Saraswati.
"I, verily, myself say this
Which is welcome to the Devas and to men
Him whom I love I make mighty
I make him a brahmin, a Rishi, a man of talent."
"It is clear from the above
that in the Vedic sense a brahmin is made not born. To be a brahmin is not to
belong to a specially favored caste but to be divinely inspired with
"A Sudra becomes a brahmin and
brahmin a sudra (by conduct) - know the same (rule to apply) to him who is born
of a Kshatriya and Vaisya." - says the Manu Smriti
In the Mahabharata,
the great sage Vyasa, through Yudhshithira expresses the same view. The 13th
question of the Yaksha is as follows:
"O! King! by what does
brahminhood result? Is it by Kula or ancestry, Vrta or conduct, swadhyaya or
study of the Vedas or sruta, hearing or culture? Tell me definitely.
The answer of Dharamputra is as
"Listen, O Respected Yaksha! it
is not ancestry or study or learning of Veda or hearing or culture that is the
cause of brahminhood. Without doubt it is conduct that is the cause of
brahminhood...The teachers and pupils and all who merely study the sastras are
to be regarded as fools. He alone who possesses conduct is the man of real
Hindu Culture and The Twin Myths - By M. Vaitialingam The
Thirumakal Press. 1980. p. xv - xxix).
The museum would ‘‘bring to life
10,000 years of the country’s heritage and inspire people to visit all the
places visited by Lord Ram’’. As tourism minister, Ananth Kumar built the Rs
6-crore Kurukshetra Museum in the town of the same name to commemorate the
famous battle. He also spoke of the need to develop a ‘Ramayana circuit’ for
cultural tourists on the lines of the Buddhist circuit (which includes Bodh Gaya
and Nalanda). ‘‘It was a concept discussed with my Sri Lankan counterpart
when I was Tourism and Culture Minister. He had said that we should include Sri
Lanka as part of the Ramayana circuit and showcase our cultural and spiritual
(source: Indian Express - http://www.indian-express.com/ie20020104/top6.html).
of Ayodhya - videogoogle.com.
Under the indigenous educational
system a child was familiarized with the nation's epics, religion and
literature. This did not suit the white rulers and missionaries during the
British Raj. With the British gaining supremacy several things happened. The
scorn, falsifications and caricatures of our culture by the missionaries had a
free field. So they put forward the principles of "secularism" and
religious neutrality" - principles which continue to be pleaded even today
by our brown sahibs with equal duplicity and equal harm to the deeper life of
Thus the nation's accumulated riches
were denied to the new generations and they grew in self-forgetfulness of their
rich heritage. The nation's sciences, philosophies, religion and literature were
taken out of the life of the growing generation and these merely became the
topics or subjects of Indology. Under the indigenous system, the Hindu schools
were closed on Poornima of every month and on other Hindu festivals. Under the
new dispensation, Sunday became the new holiday. Thus
we were cut off from our calendar too with which so much else in our history and
religious discipline and observances is also connected. British rule ruthlessly fracture the
patterns of Indian society
The result is
before us: for seven hundred years (under Islam) to talk of the essence of our
tradition was blasphemy; for a two hundred years (the British Raj) it was
stupid; for the last forty years (Marxism, secularism) to do so has been "revanshist",
"chauvinist", and, the latest, "communal."
Hinduism Reviews and Reflections - By Ram Swarup p.194-195).
and elitism are the hallmarks of the India's leftist intellectuals.
Marxist historians of India out to
have been an empty land - filled by successive invaders.
They have made
present-day India, and Hinduism even more so, out to be a zoo - the
agglomeration of assorted, disparate specimens. No such thing as
"India", just a geographic expression, just a construct of the
British; no such thing as Hinduism, just a word used by Arabs to describe the
assortment they encountered, just an invention of the communalists to impose a
uniformity - that has been their stance. For this they have blackened the Hindu
period of our history, and, as we shall see, strained to whitewash the Islamic
period. They have denounced ancient India's social system as the epitomy of
oppression, and made totalitarian ideologies out to be egalitarian and
These intellectuals and their
patrons have worked a diabolic inversion: the inclusive religion, the pluralist
spiritual search of our people and land, they have projected as intolerant,
narrow-minded, obscurantist; and the exclusivist totalitarian, revelatory
religions and ideologies - out to be the epitomes of tolerance, open-minded,
Secular Agenda: For saving our country, For welding it - By Arun Shourie
of Ayodhya - videogoogle.com.
Romila Thapar, Gyanendra Pandey,
Aijaz Ahmed, Achin Vanaik, Partha Chaterjee, Bipan Chandra, K. N. Panikkar and
others. Labeled "eminent historians" or eminent political
scientists" by the Indian media and by Western academics who have
collaborated in their work, these scholars have carried out a sustained
attack on the traditional reading of Hindu philosophy, religion, and history,
and an equally sustained attempt at redeeming the attacks on Hinduism,
both ancient and modern by Islamic, Christian and Communist forces and
"Gods" Blame Hindu "Demons" - By Ramesh N. Rao
Publisher: Har-Anand ISBN 81-241-0808-0 p. 27-28).
Romila Thapar, the doyen of
Communist historians, has characterized in
her (History of India) of the Rig-Veda
as "primitive animism", of the Mahabharata as the glorification of a "local feud" between two Aryan tribes, or of the
Ramayana as "a description of local conflicts between the agriculturists of the Ganges Valley and the more primitive hunting and food-gathering societies of the Vindhyan region"
(For more information on The Rig
Veda, Mahabharata and Ramayana, please refer to chapter on Hindu
(source: A reply to Frontline’s
story by Profs. Michael Witzel, Steve Farmer & Romila Thapar - By Michael
"Succular" (sic) thinkers, writers, artistes and politicians
Abuse of the word Hindu
So, one of our new secular
ministers tells us that the Sindhu Darshan festival,
started by the last government to celebrate the river India gets her name from,
will be made less communal. Excuse me?
word Hindu is being used as a term of abuse. Hindu
fanatic, Hindu fundamentalism, Hindu nationalist, Hindutva. Mostly, that is how
the word Hindu gets used and nearly always pejoratively.
bothers me that I went to school and college in this country without any idea of
the enormous contribution of Hindu civilisation to the history of the world. It
bothers me that even today our children, whether they go to state schools or
expensive private ones, come out without any knowledge of their own culture or
believe that the Indic religions have made much less trouble for the world than
the Semitic ones and that Hindu civilisation is something I am very proud of. If
that is evidence of my being ‘‘communal’’, then, my inner voice tells
me, so be it.
inner voice too needs hearing - By Tavleen Singh - indianexpress.com).
Nehru considered the induction of Hindu women in Muslim harems as the cradle of
"composite culture" (his euphemism for Hindu humiliation. Time and
again, the negationist historians - Romila Thapar, Harbans Mukhia, Bipin Chandra,
K.N. Panikkar, S. Goyal, Irfan habib, Asghar Ali Engineer, Gyanendra Pandey, R.
S. Sharma, Sushil Srivastava - all professors at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU,
the Mecca of "secularism" and negationism write that the medieval wars
were not religious wars.
Negationism in India:
Concealing the Record of Islam - By Koenraad Elst South Asia
Books 1992 ASIN 0836458087 p. 37-51).
Some of the gems from so called
"Authentic" Marxist historians (like Romila Thapar, R. S. Sharma and
others) of India:
- Muslims were mere visitors to India. (When Romila
Thapar tries to make gullible readers believe that Mahmud Ghaznavi
only desecrated temples for their wealth she must know (assuming, as all her
quoters do, that she is competent historian) that Mahmud is revered by the
Muslims as a devout Muslim, that he calligraphed Quran text "for the
benefit of his soul", and that he actually refused a huge ransom which
Hindus were ready to pay if he agreed to give back an idol, instead of breaking
it. Mahmud preferred breaking idols to
selling them, even if that meant foregoing wealth. So her theory of Mahmud's
economical rather than religious motives is at best an unscientific imposition
of Marxist dogma upon the facts of Indian history, otherwise a deliberate lie.)
- Incest was common in Vedic period.
- Aurangzeb was a good king. His atrocities does not go beyond damaging some
- Akbar was a GREAT king.
- Ram never existed. His temple was not there in Ayodhya.
- Aryan were outsiders who came to invade India.
- Jinnah was a secular person to the core of his heart who wanted Hindu-Muslim
unity with Sarojini Naidu describing her as "Ambassador" of
- For special guests beef was served as a mark of honor" by none other
- Sanskrit and Arabic are ancient languages of India.
Consider the status of the leftist
historians who are now waxing eloquent about their 'objectivity.' Arun
Eminent Historians, ASA Publications, 1999. Shourie
skewers each of the individuals famously grousing now about their lovely
textbooks being rejected: R S Sharma, D N Jha, Satish Chandra, et al. He shows
them to be shady characters just short of being charlatans, scarcely the saintly
academics they like to pretend to be. It is nothing short of astonishing that
these are the people who have been allowed to mould India's children for the
past half-century. India's citizens have clearly failed in their duty of
vigilance. Why won't India's leftists then accept Naipaul's opinions?
Censoring the past... and the present - Rajeev Srinivasan rediff.com
and After - By Koenraad Elst).
of Ayodhya - videogoogle.com.
Hinduism day in and day out, these 'eminent historians' deny the land
itself. They leave the people no sense of self-worth.
will a society bereft of self-worth do anything worthwhile? Will a people
deprived of self-worth stand by any norms? Do our commentators not
see that by the rhetoric they espouse not one leader of our reawakening -
Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Aurobindo, Tilak, Gandhi, Ramana Maharshi - NOT ONE is
anything but a Hinduism monger?
Controversies - By Arun Shourie South Asia Books 1993
ASIN 8190019929 p. xiv - xv and Eminent
Historians - India Connect).
K. N. Panikkar
A friend sent me information about
the appointment of K N Panikkar, former professor at Jawaharlal Nehru
University, as the vice-chancellor of the Adi Sankara Sanskrit University at
Kaladi, Kerala, the birthplace of Adi Sankara. K N Panikkar (or is it K N
Pannikar, I forget) is an extreme, radical Marxist
whose utter contempt for Hinduism is legendary. He knows no Sanskrit either.
He has been foisted on this university by the ruling Marxists of Kerala:
widespread protests have had no effect. Only in the Nehruvian-Stalinist
Alice-in-wonderland world of India would such a thing be possible! This
appointment is roughly the equivalent of Osama bin Laden being made the head of
the Vatican's main seminary!
He was recently given the
position of Vice chancellor of a Sanskrit University in Kerala; the appointment
was made by the Marxist government in Kerala. There has been some negative
repercussions about this appointment because Professor
Panikkar does not know Sanskrit and has never studied Sanskrit.
Dimensions and Theoretical Knots in my Graduate School Research - By Yvette
Claire Rosser - Infinity Foundation.com and Postscript
- By Rajeev Srinivasan rediff.com).
Lost city found off Indian coast
An ancient underwater city has been discovered off the coast of south-eastern
India. Divers from India
and England made the discovery based on the statements of local fishermen and
the old Indian legend of the Seven Pagodas.
The ruins, which are off the
coast of Mahabalipuram, cover many square
miles and seem to prove that a major city once stood there. A further expedition
to the region is now being arranged which will take place at the beginning of
discovery was made on 1 April by a joint team of divers from the Indian National
Institute of Oceanography and the Scientific Exploration Society based in
Dorset. Expedition leader Monty Halls said: "Our divers were presented with
a series of structures that clearly showed man-made attributes. "The scale
of the site appears to be extremely extensive, with 50 dives conducted over a
three-day period covering only a small area of the overall ruin field.
"This is plainly a
discovery of international significance that demands further exploration and
During the expedition to the
site, divers came across structures believed to be man-made. One of the
buildings appears to be a place of worship, although they could only view part
of what is a huge area suggesting a major city.
The myths of Mahabalipuram
were first set down in writing by British traveller J. Goldingham who visited
the South Indian coastal town in 1798, at which time it was known to sailors as
the Seven Pagodas. The myths speak of six temples submerged beneath the waves
with the seventh temple still standing on the seashore.
The myths also state that a
large city once stood here which was so beautiful the gods became jealous and
sent a flood that swallowed it up entirely in a single day. One of the
expedition team, Graham Hancock, said: "I have
argued for many years that the world's flood myths deserve to be taken
seriously, a view that most Western academics reject.
here in Mahabalipuram we have proved the myths right and the academics
Scientists now want to
explore the possibility that the city was submerged following the last Ice Age.
If this proves correct, it
would date the discovery at more than 5,000 years old.
city found off Indian coast
- BBC news.com April 11, 02). For
more refer to chapter on Aryan
Invasion Theory). For
more refer to chapter on Greater
India: Suvarnabhumi and Sacred
Diamomds were first mined in
Knowledge of diamond and the origin of its many connations starts in India,
where it was first mined. The word most generally used for diamond in Sanskrit
is translitereated as vajra, "thunderbolt," and
indrayudha, "Indra's weapon." Because Indra is the warrior god from
Vedic scriptures, the foundation of Hinduism, the thunderbolt symbol indicates
much about the Indian conception of diamond. The flash of lightning is a
suitable comparison for the light thrown off by a fine diamond octahedron and a
diamond's indomitable hardness. Early descriptions of vajra date
to the 4th century BCE which is supported by archaeological evidence. By that
date diamond was a valued material.
Writings: The earliest known reference to diamond is a Sanskrit
manuscript, the Arthasastra ("The Lesson of Profit") by
minister to Chandragupta of the Mauryan dynasty in northern India. The work is
dated from 320-296 before the Common Era (BCE). Kautiliya states "(a
diamond that is) big, heavy, capable of bearing blows, with symmetrical points,
capable of scratching (from the inside) a (glass) vessel (filled with water),
revolving like a spindle and brilliantly shining is excellent. That (diamond)
with points lost, without edges and defective on one side is bad." Indians
recognized the qualities of a fine diamond octahedron and valued it.
The "Ratnapariksa" of Buddha Bhatta is a 6th-century text on gems.
The manuscript summarizes Indian knowledge about diamond, which it introduces
through an origin myth -- a window into the culture's cosmology and values.
Museum of Natural History - http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/diamonds/india.html).
Looted Diamond on Exhibit in
The Idol's Eye diamond, a 70 carat stone and
one of the most famous historical diamonds in the world. It adorned the forehead
of a statue of Shiva in a Hindu temple close to the city of Nasik. No mention
has been made of returning this looted artifact to Hindus.
Bias English Media reporting
on riots in India
response to riots in the English-language media in India has been quite
intriguing. The then Times of India editor, Dileep
what amounts to a textbook illustration of biased
anti-Hindu reporting in his book on the riots of January 1993, When
When Hindus are killed by Muslims, he and his
sub-editors stick to the Press Council rules, so that the violence is very
impersonal and the perpetrators remain unidentified: Mobs,
unidentified persons, or miscreants are words used...
a Muslim is the victim, we are left in no doubt about his communal identity. Consider
also Time magazine’s reporting on the Mumbai riots of December 1992, about
which nobody denies the Muslim initiative:
nationwide communal riots that erupted after Hindu fanatics destroyed the Babri
mosque in the town of Ayodhya, 1200 people were killed.” The Hindu attack on
the Babri mosque was committed by “Hindu fanatics, of course, but
the Muslim retaliation was not the handiwork of “Muslim” rioters, it merely
regularly scheduled Sabarmati Express was carrying, in a few coaches, several
hundred Hindu pilgrims, including many women and children, returning from a trip
to Ayodhya, where they had participated in some rituals. A mob (Muslims) A
mob of some 2000 people, apparently Muslims, then attacked the train with
firebombs and acid bombs, and burned alive at least 57 people inside the locked
coaches, including a dozen children.
the muted criticism of the horrific incident of cold-blooded massacre at Godhra
by the so-called secularists and compare it with the hue and cry raised by the
same people at the doubtless gruesome killing of the Christian missionary Graham
Staines a couple of years ago. Nobody in his right mind could have justified the
killing of Staines. No, nobody.
It seems our secularists
have two sets of standards to gauge human tragedy. One
is for people like Staines and other members of the minority community. And the
other is for the large majority community.
cold-blooded massacre of the 'kar sevaks'does not evoke angry comment from the
secularists and their accomplices among the editorialists precisely because they
were 'kar sevaks'. That would explain why the secularists did not stall
proceedings in Parliament on the Godhra outrage though they were foremost in
creating a nation-wide shindy over the tragic killing of Staines. In this
context, the statement issued by the AIADMK Supremo, J. Jayalalitha, is most
apt. Chastising political leaders for making a crass differentiation between
violence perpetrated against the majority and minority community, she said the
Godhra outrage should be viewed as a crime against humanity."
secularist argument that the minority community needed special treatment and
protection has over the years created a Hindu backlash. The secularists with
their blind opposition to anything which respects the sentiments and wishes of
the majority community have only helped to justify the rise of militant
to blame - Free Press Journal).
secular pack is outraged over the "fact" that Gujarat, the land of
Mahatma Gandhi, which was an island of peace, has been set afire...
first part of the statement (regarding Gandhi) is half-true and the rest is a
total lie. No doubt Gandhi was born in Gujarat but so was Jinnah, the father of
in Gujarat - By Balbir K Punj - Daily Pioneer.com April 25th 02). Watch
of Ayodhya - videogoogle.com.
It is bad
enough that hordes of out-of-work European Peeping Toms
have descended on India to derive voyeuristic pleasure from the violence in
Gujarat. Some of them are also indulging in wanton quackery by seeking to
post-mortem the events.
in an appalling display of neo-colonial arrogance,
these busybodies have now started sermonizing India on how it should handle its
domestic affairs. For instance, a European Union team's imagination
went berserk after a cursory visit to Gujarat and it submitted a document
comparable only to Katherine Mayo's "Mother
India" which Gandhiji had described as "a gutter inspector's
report". Laudably, the Ministry of External Affairs has issued a
stern reminder to these foreign voyeurs that India does not appreciate
interference in its internal affairs, including utilization of the media by
foreign leaders and visiting dignitaries. Following this, the EU has officially
distanced itself from this so-called report. If these unemployed bleeding hearts
are so concerned about human rights violations, the Government could consider
buying them one-way tickets to Lhasa or Xinjiang. It
would be interesting to see how China, whose mere mention sets Western
investors' tongues drooling, reacts to similar statements being made
from its soil. But, then, India is a soft state,
forever willing to lend the other cheek after receiving a stunning slap on one.
The greater misfortune is that a section of our countrymen is always ready to
applaud the blows
Off India - Editorial - Daily Pioneer.com - April 23, 02). Watch
Invasion through Conversion
Double standards in Godhra?
the victims were Hindus is enough to change the conduct of the secular
establishment. It establishes that the secular
rule of standing by the victims will not apply if the victims were Hindus.
A different test will apply to them - that is, whether the Hindu victims
perished by their own wrongs. Another
question. ``When Graham Staines and his children were burnt alive,'' he asked,
``did we say that Christian missionaries had made themselves unpopular by
engaging in conversion, and so, they had it coming? `No', he said, 'of course,
secularism by lies _ admissions and confessions - By S. Gurumurthy).
For more on Indian Secularism refer to chapter on Glimpses
Hindu-majority India, secularism
has become a tool to justify the wrongs done by the minorities. Two,
media indulges the minorities almost to the point of being anti-Hindu.
dismissed the plight of the Kashmiri Pandits and the burning alive of Hindus in
Godhra, but was outraged by the retaliatory attacks on Muslims.
U.S. Commission on
International Religious Freedom says about the Godhra victims: they were all
“activists”! All 58 women, men and children charred to death in the
train compartment had branded on their foreheads a vermilion mark that surely
indicated to the world that they were dreaded Hindu 'activists'.
Left-Right Upper-Cut To The RSS - By Ramesh Rao - sulekha.com).
report: Indian Islam benefits from Indian tolerance
"The frequency and intensity of interfaith violence has
decreased impressively over the past half century. Given that Muslims make up at
least 12 per cent of India's billion people, and given the poverty that still
afflicts much of its population, India could be
regarded as an emerging model of tolerance," Ralph Peters, a
retired US Army officer said in an article in the Army
War College's Quarterly Journal.
"India is a rule-of-law
state, displaying surprising religious diversity
within its government and armed forces."
a beautiful poem to art, culture and spirituality.
is a praise of learning not the promotion of any church or prophet.
Vandana is unsecular,” said the Marxists.
That is why pure secularists even scorn the idea of lighting lamps at functions
- because it is a Hindu symbol. But
in the US, the Government declares a whole year as ‘Bible Year’ - that does
not make the Government unsecular. But here a mere suggestion - which
would never become a decision unless all the great men, and the greatest woman
from Italy agree today - that Upanishads and Vedas should be taught in schools
‘is regarded as communal and imposing the ‘Hindu Agenda’. Ronald Reagan
was not charged with imposing the Christian Agenda when he declared 1983 as the
‘Year of the Bible’ in the US. The
“secularists” have convinced the minorities that secularism means rejecting
everything that has a Hindu origin.
he moved the resolution for the declaration, Reagan said: “Now, therefore, I,
Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, in recognition of the
contribution and influence of the Bible on our Republic and our people, do
hereby proclaim 1983 the ‘Year of the Bible’ in the USA. I encourage all
citizens in his or her own way to re-examine and rediscover its priceless and
timeless message.” His appeal was to all citizens - not just to Christians.
is in it no insistence on any one God, book or savior, salvation for the
true believers and eternal damnation for those who think differently. The song
projects lofty human ideals and nothing of religious sectarianism or exclusivism.
But such a Saraswati must be suspect in modern India. The
cry against Saraswati is being led by Sonia Gandhi, the last Gandhi
one could say, an Italian Catholic who has received the Gandhian mantle by
widowhood alone. Sonia should remember the example of Mahatma Gandhi who
regularly conducted prayer meetings, praised the Bhagavad Gita and chanted the
name of Rama.
Among those who approved the singing of
Vande Mataram at the Nagpur Congress was Mahatma Gandhi.
In early 1998, there was a totally unnecessary
furore about singing Vande Mataram in schools. Patriots who are ‘normal’
rather than ‘secular’ questioned: if freedom
fighters of all religions sang this in the struggle for Independence, why do the
secularists oppose singing it in schools now? Did any MP object when
Parliament unanimously decided to sing it at the beginning of every session as
suggested by the then Speaker and now Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shivraj
Patil? It was a shame that the BJP retreated while the popular musician A.R.
Rahman, a Muslim, popularised it amongst the youth.
those who claim to be the political heirs of Mahatma Gandhi are boycotting
Dr. Annie Besant and Sister
Nivedita, upheld all that is Hindu in origin as the main inspiration for them to
serve India. Annie Besant said: “Minus Hinduism, India is irrelevant.” In
raising a mighty national awakening that transformed into the movement for
India’s freedom. Swami Vivekananda and Maharishi Aurobindo who built the
intellectual foundation for the freedom movement were influenced by all that our
secularists from India and Italy call unsecular - the Vedas, Upanishads and the
Gita. Balgangadhar Tilak wrote the Gita Rahasya as the guide for his
participation in the independence movement. Mahatma Gandhi said that but for
reading the Gita he would have committed suicide. Whether it is Guru Tegh
Bahadur or Guru Gobind Singh, who sacrificed everything, including their lives
to protect the Vedas and the Cow, or a Ravidas or a Surdas, a Nandanar or Sri
Narayana Guru, their inspiration came only from ancient Indian thought.
West meanwhile is looking to the Dharmic traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism to
provide a spiritual alternative to modern materialist culture. If so-called
Indian secularists have their way, those traditions would be no more and India
great gift to the world would be eliminated. What they want is a new India
without Saraswati or Dharma.
Vandana - pragna.org). For
more refer to chapter on Greater
India: Suvarnabhumi and Sacred
V. S. Naipaul on
The change in their thinking has
come about due to a resurgence of Hinduism, as reflected in the Ram Janmabhoomi
movement. On this, V S Naipaul, in an
interview with The Times of India (July 18, 1993), had the following to
"What is happening in India is
a new historical awakening .... Indian intellectuals,
who want to be secure in their liberal beliefs, may not understand what is going
on. But every other Indian knows precisely what is happening: deep
down he knows that a larger response is emerging even if at times this response
appears in his eyes to be threatening .... (T)he intellectuals have a duty to
perform. The duty is the use of the mind. It is not enough for
intellectuals to chant their liberal views or to abuse what is happening.
To use the mind is to reject the grosser aspects of this vast emotional upsurge
.... (I)t is not enough to use that fashionable word from Europe: fascism. There
is a big, historical development going on in India. Wise men should understand
it and ensure that it does not remain in the hands of fanatics. Rather they
should use it for the intellectual transformation of India."
It is becoming
quite clear that the intellectuals have failed in their duty.
In an interview with French
newspaper, Le Monde, Naipaul said:
know that people charge me with such ideas! But to
speak of Hindu fundamentalism, is a contradiction in terms, it does not exist.
Hinduism is not this kind of religion. You know, there are no laws in
Hinduism. And there are many forces in Hinduism that do not take the form of the
interest in these popular movements is due to the pride they restore to their
adherents in a country ravaged by five or six centuries of brutal government by
Muslim invaders. These populations, in particular the peasantry, have been so
crushed, that any movement provides a certain sense of pride. The leftists who
claim that these wretched folk are fascists are wrong. It's absurd. I
think that they are only reclaiming a little of their own identity.
We can't discuss it using a Western vocabulary."
Naipaul – Hindu
Le Monde interview 07
and the Hindu-Muslim conflict in India
Elst, a Belgian who has closely studied and written about Hinduism
and the Hindu-Muslim conflict in India. In February 1991, in the introduction of
his book Ayodhya and After, he wrote the
bitter truth about this nation:
struggle of Hindu society is not primarily with the Muslim community. The
most important opponents of Hindu society today are not the Islamic communal
leaders, but the interiorized colonial rulers of India, the alternated
English-educated and mostly Left-leaning elite that noisily advertise its
secularism ... keep Hinduism down and prevent it from proudly raising its head
after a thousand years of oppression. The worst torment for Hindu
society today is not the arrogant and often violent agitation from certain
minority groups, nor the handful of privileges which the non-Hindu communities
are getting. The worst problem is this mental slavery ... which Leftist
intellectuals, through their power positions in education and the media, and
their direct influence on the public and political arena, keep on inflicting on
the Hindu mind".
state, Hindu nation - By M. C. Joshi).
All these cries of "We are
not Hindus", which are mostly coupled with separatist demands, are
partly the result of the over-all image of weakness
which Hinduism has continued to acquire during the last few centuries.
Nobody wants to belong to such a weak community with so little self- respect.
The day Hinduism shows strength, all these separatists will proudly declare : "We
are Hindus". They will even shout at each other: "We are
better Hindus than you".
and After - By Koenraad Elst).
Be Hindus first
Hindus were intolerant, there wouldn't be 200 million Muslims in India today.
You can hardly say 200 million Muslims are a minority in India? or
that Indian government pays each Muslim 20,000 rupees to go to Mecca when Hindus
do not get a single paisa to go to Kashi?
Lets be Hindus First - Letter to the Editor India
Abroad April 19, 02).
in India is the "King of Crops
"Cotton in India
is the "King of Crops" and is also the "White Gold" of
India. The history of Cotton is as old as the history of India. From time
immemorial, India was the only country known for its cotton fabrics, the rest of
the world being clad in wool. An examination of the samples of apparel found in
the excavation at Mohen-jo-daro disclosed to the world the height of excellence
reached in the manufacture of cotton textiles on India some 5000 years ago.
In fact, for over 3000 years (1500 BC to AD 1700) India was recognized as the
cradle of the cotton industry. The earliest reference to cotton is found in the
Rig-Veda written about 1500 BC. More than a thousand years later, the great
Greek historian Herodotus testified that Indians possessed "a kind of
plant, which, instead of fruit, produces wool, of a finer and better quality
than that of sheep : of this the Indians make their clothes". Soon India
had a flourishing trade in cotton textiles with Greece, Egypt, Persia and the
Roman Empire. For twenty centuries thereafter, Indian cotton fabrics clothed the
kings, the nobles and the slaves alike in most parts of the Old World.
...even the British rulers of India could not neglect Indian cotton. For
practically till the end of the eighteenth century, no source of supply of
cotton other than India was known to the world. Even as early as in 1764, India
exported about 10,000 bales of cotton to Great Britain... "
(source: History of Cotton).
But of course conventional knowledge
as taught to us by the text books published by NCERT tell us that cotton was
introduced to India by the British.
Hindu Koh - The
After every conquest by a Muslim
invader, slave markets in Demascus, Ghazni, Baghdad, and Samarkand were flooded
with Hindus. Slaves were likely to die of hardship, eg. the mountain range Hindu
Koh, "Indian Mountain", was renamed Hindu Kush,
"Hindu-Killer" when one cold night in the reign of Timur
Lenk (1398-99), a hundred thousand Hindu slaves died there while on
transport to Central Asia. Though Timur conquered Delhi from another Muslim
ruler, he recorded in his journal that he made sure his pillaging soldiers
spared the Muslim quarter, while in the Hindu areas, they took "twenty
slaves each". Hindu slaves were converted to Islam, and when their
descendents gained their freedom, they swelled the numbers of the Muslim
community. It is a cruel twist of history that the Muslims who forced Partition
of India were by and large the progeny of Hindus enslaved by Islam.
Saffron Swastika - By Koenraad Elst
Voice of India ISBN 8185990697
Saffron in India
Indian flag is symbolic of India's struggle for freedom. The three colours used
in the flag are again symbolic, where 'Saffron' used
on the top denotes Patriotism,
Courage, Sacrifice and the Spirit of Renunciation.
'White' in the middle stands for Peace,
Purity and Truth,
at the bottom denotes Prosperity,
Faith and Fertility.
navy blue wheel with
24 spokes in the centre of the flag indicates the Dharma
prevalent in Sarnath, the erstwhile capital of Ashok the great.
Har Har Mahadev
Shiva continues Indra's role of
warrior god. Till today, many Shiva sadhus are proficient in martial arts. The
Shaiva war-cry Har Har Mahadev is still used by some regiments of the Indian
army. It is a very effective battlefield mantra instilling fear in the enemies
of Hinduism, was clear from secularists'
demand to cut out the Har Har Mahadev sequences from the Chanakya
TV-serial (broadcast in truncated version on Doordarshan in 1992).
Indians : Agastya to Ambedkar - By Koenraad Elst p.41).
Tribals and the
British imperialists had various ideas for the conversion of tribals in India.
They wanted to sow the seeds of division, dissension and separatism in the Hindu
society to perpetuate their own rule.
That's why the
1871 census described the tribals as animists.
people who worship spirits and propitiate them. It is indeed very difficult to
define where Hinduism ends and tribalism begins.
But when I go to my village, I see
there my own cousins doing yoga for meditation in the morning and indulging in
worshipping the spirits of the ancestors, the Kuldaivata, the gram daivata, the
Vetala and the Cobra in the evening. Would you say that they are Hindus in
the morning and animists in the evening? Some of them are extremely
well-versed in the subtlest nuances of the philosophies of Hinduism. Even
Ramkrishna Paramahansa, Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi have been organically
imbedded in this what you may call animist past. Hinduism is a continuous
process of evolution over the last thousands or perhaps lakhs of years.
Some people moved up by the elevator, some people are coming up the ladder rung
by rung. But they are the same people. Hinduism has developed from animism
to the subtle and scintillating philosophies of the Gita and the Upanishadas.
But when I go to my village, I see there my own cousins doing yoga for
meditation in the morning and indulging in worshipping the spirits of the
ancestors, the Kuldaivata, the gram daivata, the Vetala and the Cobra in the
evening. Would you say that they are Hindus in the morning and animists in
the evening? Some of them are extremely well-versed in the subtlest
nuances of the philosophies of Hinduism. Even Ramkrishna Paramahansa,
Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi have been organically imbedded in this what you
may call animist past. Hinduism is a continuous process of evolution over
the last thousands or perhaps lakhs of years. Some people moved up by the
elevator, some people are coming up the ladder rung by rung. But they are
the same people. Hinduism has developed from animism to the subtle and
scintillating philosophies of the Gita and the Upanishadas.
(For more refer to chapter on Conversion,
and First Indologists).
Invasion through Conversion
of the Earth
Christian Europe has always believed
that it has the divinely ordained mission of bringing all heathendom under the
domain of the Church; similarly at the dawn of modern period, Imperial Europe
felt heavily the "white man's burden of civilizing
the world". Edmund Gustav
Albrecht Husserl (1859-1938) says: "Naturally, the
Europeanization of all foreign parts of the world" is the destiny of the
earth. God made Europe in His own image, and now the rest of mankind will be
made in the image of Europe. M. Heidegger
(1889-1976) also refers to the "complete
Europeanization of the earth and of mankind", but he is less proud about
it. Recently, Dr. Francis Fukuyama, a
scholar and official of the United States, wrote an essay, The
End of History, which was widely discussed. It celebrated the
"triumph of the West, the Western idea." Many Afro-Asian countries
tried to go western in the hope of acquiring the West's power or even approval,
but without success. Some of these countries like Brazil and Mexico failed even
in the more external forms. They tried to adopt Western patterns of industrialization
but their harvest has been colossal debts, inflation, economic bankruptcy, and
great social upheaval. It is clear that whatever the adjustments it is necessary
for the non-European countries to make, the path of imitation is hardly the path
of their salvation.
Thanks to West's glamour and its
technological achievements in many fields, it is not widely and fully realized
that Europeanization has also meant the externalization of the Spirit. What will
happen if the Afro-Asian countries also become consumers and polluters on the
European scale? What the earth, including Europe, needs is not Europeanization,
but a new philosophy, a new life-style which is in harmony with man's spiritual
nature and ecological system.
Europeanization of the earth may
satisfy the West's ego, but the satisfaction will be short-loved. The West does
not realize how deep is man's including its own, present spiritual crisis.
Hinduism Reviews and Reflections - By Ram Swarup p.121-123).
West has entirely lost its transcendental moorings.
Once the utmost sensual pleasure of the
individual is given the highest social priority, economic laws quite naturally
become all-pervasive. Occidental civilization nowadays is indeed all about the
maximization of profit and the optimization of production. Ironically, in the
process, human beings are reduced to no more than irritating, irrational
factors, likely to mess up production, statistics and cybernetics. Thus,
liberated Western man loses his dignity while, supposedly, ‘realizing
himself’. The West-in spite of being in such great
trouble-has the nerve to offer itself as the obligatory model for every other
nation. Cultures not willing to imitate the West are under threat of
being marginalized. This was the true message when Francis
Fukuyama, in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, proclaimed
the “end of history.” What he was saying was that the so-called Project of
Modernity, also known as the American Way of Life or Macdonaldization,
is the peak of civilization, unsurpassable for all times.
Hoffman comments on End of History). (For more refer to
chapter on Conversion,
and First Indologists).
Panchmi' instead of Valentine's Day?
Legend behind Who was Valentine?
Three theories: 1.Valentine was a Roman priest who was martyred
during the persecution of Claudius the Goth around A.D. 269 or 270 and
buried on the Flaminian Way. 2.Valentine was a bishop of Terni martyred in
Rome. 3. Valentine as a young, though unsaved
helped Christians during a time of persecution. He was caught and put in jail,
became a believer there and was clubbed to death for this on February 14, 269.
While in prison he is said to have sent messages to friends saying,
"Remember your Valentine" and "I love you".
In one story it is said that Valentine was a
priest that secretly married couples, defying the law of Emperor Claudius which
temporarily forbid marriages. Valentine was
imprisoned for refusing to worship pagan gods. Making friends with the
jailers daughter, he is said to have cured her through prayer, and on the date
of his execution (Feb. 14th) he is said to written her a not signed
"Your Valentine". The one thing we
can be sure of is that at least one person by the name of Valentine did live and
that he was killed for being a Christian. Beyond this we are on shaky ground.
The 14th of February was set apart as the special
day to remember Saint Valentine. This was one day before the Roman feast of
Lupercalia, a pagan love festival. In 496 A.D. Pope
Gelasius changed Lupercalia from the 15th to the 14th to try and stop the pagan
celebration. The church realized that there was nothing wrong with
celebrating love, only the pagan elements insulted God. Lupercalia was done away
with, but it had left it's mark on Saint Valentine's Day.
Refer to Lupercalia
– the true origin of Valentine’s Day and
My Roman Sex Gods: You want the true Valentine's Day? Forget roses and candy,
sweetheart, and kneel before the Lupercalia - sfgate.com.
Hindu groups have appealed to the
country's youth to boycott the 'Western festival' and instead observe the 'Basant
Panchmi' as a day of love and friendship in a 'decent Indian way'. Unmarried
couples get societal license for sex on the day of Saint Valentine's day. How
ironic of a Saint to permit licentious behavior!
Indian value system places ultra-importance for a bramacharya to gain
inner control over this all-consuming primal force and direct it toward the
Supreme Brahman. Unwed people celebrating valentines day will most definitely
lead to "sex before marriage", unwed mothers and other social ills
that plague western society. Western societies have excellent government
programs to tackle social issues and steer clear of catastrophic disasters like
AIDS and other STDS. Hindu festivals are banned in the Northeast.
was imitating the Western values at a time when the Western people were
increasingly attracted to Indian ethos. It is
ironic that even after celebrating Valentine's Day, the West has the highest
divorce rates in the world.
According the Scientific
American magazine: Divorce rates in most Western countries are much higher now than they
were before 1970, probably resulting in part from the growing economic
independence of women, which makes it easier for wives to walk away from bad
marriages. Only 67 percent of American women aged 35 to 44 were legally married
as of 1998. In Britain, divorce rates are up as well according to ABCNews.com
May 17.2002). It is an indirect imposition of cultural
change and consumerism for the benefit of big businesses. It has
nothing to do with any religion at all nor with expression of love.
The festival of Basant Panchmi heralds the
arrival of spring. Throughout the world, Spring is welcomed as the season of
hope and rebirth. It is in this spirit that this festival is celebrated in the
school. Saraswati puja is a festival
dedicated to the Indian Goddess of learning and fine arts. Considering the
emphasis laid on both these aspects in the school, it is befitting that the
students worship the Goddess and seek her blessings. A clay idol of the Goddess
is made and beautifully adorned by the students themselves. They give vent to
their creativity and their reward is a deep sense of accomplishment. After
traditional worship, the idol is immersed in the river Ganges. A solo music
competition is also organized and students are encouraged to enhance their
musical capabilities. This
festival -- although it involves the worship of a Hindu Goddess -- is truly
secular in character since Art knows no boundaries, and neither does Spring.
Silk - The
Whether the culture of silk
was native to India, and thus independent of China — tussur, eri and muga are
the silks that one clearly knows to be Indian — will always remain a question:
the arguments for and against are too complex to go into here, even in outline.
But one Sanskrit word for silk that we commonly come upon in early literature is
of interest: it is kausheya, from kosha, which stands, among a
number of other things, for a sheath, a pod, a receptacle, a membrane covering
an egg, and, more specifically, for the cocoon of a silk-worm. The Smritis
of Yajnavalkya and Manu speak of kausheya and kosha, as does the Mahabharata.
In the last-mentioned, in fact, there is a passage that is often cited in the
context of the history of silk in India. When Yudhishthira established his
kingdom, this passage states: "The Cheenas and the Hunas from the mountains
brought tribute to Yudhishthira, silk and silkworms."
Varanasi, formerly Banaras, and
mentioned in Pali literature as Kasi, was reputed for its silk. Kasi Kuttami
and Kasiya were generic terms for certain silks. In the second century
B.C, Patanjali mentions Kasiya as a silk superior to that manufactured in
Silk-weaving of dhotis, saris and chaddars probably commenced in
the pilgrim centre of Varanasi. It was imperative for these to be in pure silk
as they were required for puja purposes. This tradition exists today
also. A Chinese queen, Sing-Ling-te, who invented the first loom was worshipped
after her death as Goddess of Silkworm. Chinese silk was a fashionable evening
wear in Egypt. Pliny disapproved of it. Silk was a commodity which linked the
Orient to the Occident.
will aggravate crisis -
says Columnists Sandhya Jain
Vivekananda has said: A Hindu
fanatic may burn himself on a pyre, but he will never light the fire of
Inquisition under another being. Hinduism separated political and religious
power from the beginning, and thus had no problems in embracing democracy and
adjusting to the values of the modern age. The East India Company established
control over major parts of the country, the Mutiny led to direct Crown rule,
and the British soon realized the value of pampering the Muslim community. The
story of Partition is well-known.
the same time, we need to understand that what distinguishes
Gujarat from previous communal riots is that Hindus have felt so
affronted by the initial provocation that they have been unable to
rein in their emotions. Rather than
condemning the entire community, we should ponder why the
civilisationally pacifist Hindu has been goaded to this pass.
of the problem lies with the real and perceived bias of the media,
justice-dispensing bodies, and politicians. As a result,
minorityism has run riot.
former Supreme Court judge Mr Kuldip
Singh has said,
"Indian secularism has been reduced to apologetic
communalism. The minorities must realise that they cannot disown
the culture, heritage and history which happen to be in sync with
the Hindu way of life. Minorityism cannot and should not be
allowed to become a sub-text of anti-nationalism".
Today, April 8).
citizens are beginning to realize that there is need to look at some issues from
a Hindu viewpoint.
parity will aggravate crisis -
By Sandhya Jain).
Hindu, in sharp contrast, is one who runs scared from all the
symbols, precepts and practices of his faith. Hinduism
embraces all, even those who may openly discard it. For
eclecticism is at the core of Hindu religion.
is a mask Muslims wear to hide their separatist agenda -
Virendra Kapoor - Free Press Journal April
introduced to Indonesia from India
Puppetry was introduced to Indonesia
about 900 years ago by traders and immigrants from India, Arabia, and China. In
wayang kulit, the dalang sits on a mat behind an illuminated screen,
manipulating the puppets to cast their shadows. The stories are sometimes based
on local Javanese tales but more often on Javanese adaptations of the Hindu
epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
The ancient world of the Indonesian wayang
kulit, Indonesia's renowned shadow puppets, is fast disappearing. Sugiri, 47, a
well-known dalang, or puppeteer, is carrying on a family tradition that goes
back more than 300 years. "All my family and relatives can play dalang or
play the instruments," said Sugiri. But although the wayang kulit retains a
hard-core following on Java, the traditional puppet shows are struggling to
maintain their popularity in an increasingly urbanized country awash in foreign
soap operas and other cultural imports. Some Indonesians are fearful that they
are fighting a losing battle to save their signature art form. There are only a
few schools left where students can learn how to make and perform with the
traditional puppets. Indonesia's economic crisis of the past four years has
quickened wayang's retreat, making performances too expensive for many people.
For more refer to chapter
India: Suvarnabhumi and
in Ancient India).
Worship in the British Rule
Much was said on Image
worship in the preliminary period of the British Rule in India. It
was the time when the missionaries who fondly anticipated to
evangelize the East, were directing their first offensive against
our spiritual fortresses. And they pitched upon the idol worship as
one of the weakest point in the complete structure. The
world was in their accounting divided into two enemy camps;
the image worshippers and the worshippers of pure God. All the
Hindus were to be indiscriminately swept into the first category and
the advanced faiths of Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Zoroastrianism
were allotted to a dignified place in the next class.
It is no wonder then
that while the missionaries in their enthusiasm thought they were
shaking the very center of the Hindu system, they were really
breaking their hands against the outermost borders of the system.
Our sleep or digestion was not disturbed by the hammer-strokes of
these zealots. 'Let the galled jade wince, our withers are un
wrung.' We were quite assured that whatever may be the result of the
idol-worship in the world, Hinduism would not be affected by it. It
was not an essential feature of
the Great Faith, under the powerful wings of which we have based
ourselves, much less was it the center of it. Idol worship may come
and go, but Hinduism will remain forever. It is a Sanatana faith,
one which does not only rule either the past, or the present, or the
future, but for all time.
worship is a symbolic worship. It is the worship of supernatural
realities through the symbols which are thought to represent them
best. It is the translation for the present, of the
infinite in terms of the finite, of the spiritual in terms of the
material...In words of Alfred Lyall who said: "Idolatry is only
the hieroglyphic writ large in popular character..."
Now these debates
provoked by the attacks of an aggressive
Christianity are mostly dead. The great offensive has
spent itself. Yet backed by mighty organization, financed by
missionaries, supported by the authorities that be, the
missionaries, efforts have taken another paths. The efforts have
grown more subtle; but nonetheless it is equally ineffective.
Conscious missionary efforts have failed; but the new environment
came into our country by the western education is very effective in
uprooting the fabric of our time-honored beliefs.
Hindu Culture - By V. D. Ojha
p. 99-106). (For more refer to chapter on Conversion,
Imperialism and First
approach to the Divine
Belgium scholar Koenraad
Elst has pointed out the polytheism in other religions.
"The Catholic Church has solved the problem of polytheism by re-introducing
polytheism through the back door: Catholics worship many different aspects of
the Divine. You have the Trinity (like Hindu Trimurti), the Son Crucified, the
Son Resurrected and Glorified, the Holy Heart, the Virgin Mary in all her
different aspects. Mother of Sorrow, Intercessory, Immaculate) and with own
litany of names (Queen of the Angels, Morning Star, Ivory Tower, Seat of Wisdom
etc.,) and the galaxy of Saints. This endless list of specific relations of the
Divine with the worshipper, i.e. of aspects or face of the Divine, is what
Hindus call the saguna
("with a specific quality") understanding the Divine."
The Saguna approach to the Divine is
the usual way of worship. It makes use of visual representations, or idols. It
makes use of verbal representations, the names of the object of worship, listed
in litanies or chalisas. Denying people the right to use idols as a focussing
tool, and at the same time conceiving of the Divine as "Father" or
"Creator" or "the Merciful", the Compassionate" or
"the Timeless Indweller", is a contradiction: the idol is nothing but
a visual materialization of the underlying concept, the visual form merely
expresses the mental form. If God must not be given form in stone, he should not
have a form in mind either. The rituals which Hindus do before an idol, the
Sikhs do before a copy of the Guru Granth, Muslims keep an image of the Kaaba or
a calligraphy of the opening verse of the Quran. Idol-worshippers
know that their idol is only a chosen form representing something beyond form.
Idol-breakers have such a crude idea of the Divine, that they limit it to their
own accepted category or idols (Arab calligraphy, crucifix, Guru
Granth, Omkara in Gurumukhi script) and deny it elsewhere.
Complimentary to the saguna
understanding is the nirguna ("without
quality, formless") Here, the Divine is understood as not participating in
the phenomenal world. The Divine is changeless,
formless and not in opposition with anything. It cannot be mentally
conceived, as the mental process implies delimitation. The nirguna God cannot
have any qualities like Compassionate, Just, Jealous. He cannot be in any
relation to anything like, Creator, Father. He cannot be situated in a specific
place or pilgrimage, neither Kashi nor Kaaba. he cannot intervene in the
phenomenal world, not through a Chosen People because He is impartial, not
through a Be-gotten Son, nor through Messengers or Prophet. A God who speaks, is
ipso facto not nirguna. The only way to approach him through silent
in India: Concealing the Record of Islam - By Koenraad Elst
The Sangam Age in South India is a
landmark in her history. Dr. K. K. Pillai writes that: "The Sangam is
unique institution of the early Tamils. It has lent its name to a number of
classical works with the result that Sangam literature and Sangam Age have
acquired certain specific connotations, though in respect of details, doubt
still continue to persist."
word Sangam is the Tamil form of the Sanskrit word Sangha which means a group of
persons or an association. The Tamil Sangam was an academy of poets and bards
who flourished in three different periods and in different places under the
patronage of the Pandyan kings. According to the tradition, the
first Sangam was founded by Sage Agastya and its seat was Thenmadurai
(South Madurai) which is said to have submerged in the sea. Agastya had settled
as a hermit at the top of Mount Podiyam, not far from Kodaikkanal, where he
wrote the grammar, which is now lost, but is the source of all later Tamil
grammar. His disciples were twelve grammarians, and in addition a few doctors,
for he was very knowledgeable on all subjects. One of the twelve, Tolkappiyar,
was the author of the oldest Tamil grammar to be handed down, called Tolkappiyam.
The first Sangam lasted 4,400 years
and crowned 4,449 poets and was patronized by 89 kings.; the second Sangam
rewarded 3,700 poets in 3,700 years; and in third, which sat at Madurai, lasted
1,850 years and awarded prizes to 449 poets.
The eminent members of the first
Sangam were Agastya, Murugavel, Mudinagarayar, Murinjiyur etc. The important
works of this Sangam were agathiyam, Paripadal, Mudukurugu and Kalariyavirai.
The seat of the second Sangam was Kavadapuram,
another capital of the Pandyas which is also mentioned in the Sanskrit Ramayana
was also in the submerged areas.
Many of the poems constituting the
Sangam anthologies was also the twin epics of Silappadikaram or Manimekalai
describe a society the general features of which are borne out by references we
get from the Greek and Roman classical writers of the early centuries of the
India - By V. D. Mahajan p. 795 and Larousse
World Mythology – Edited by Pierre Grimal p. 267).
more refer to chapter on Greater
India: Suvarnabhumi and Sacred
Taj Mahal -
marginalized, Hindu nationalism is becoming mainstream in India.
Indeed, more than 50 years after independence from Britain, many Indians invoke
memories of past invasions so that future generations will not be too
"You can turn the other cheek for only so
long," a female friend commented during my visit. "Sometimes you have
to show the world that you are proud."
Educated women seem to be on the forefront of the Hindu
nationalistic movement today. Many now join peasants in their annual trek to the
Kumbh Mela and other spiritual gatherings.
Unless future American foreign policy takes Hindu nationalism into account,
violence in the subcontinent may well escalate, and might lead to a military,
even a nuclear, conflict.
Standing in the visa line at the Indian Consulate in San Francisco recently, I
noticed the large picture of the Taj Mahal covering an entire wall. "Isn't
it ironic," I said to a friend, "that the one icon most people
identify with India happens to be a Muslim tomb?"
"I wish they would use a picture of the Minakshi Temple instead," she
replied. The temple is Hindu.
U.S. Policy Should Acknowledge Hindu
Sarita Sarvate). For more refer to chapter on Islamic
of Ayodhya - videogoogle.com.
Ernest Binfield Havell (1861-1934)
principal to the Madras College of
Art in the 1890s and left as principal of the Calcutta College of Art some 20
years later. His major ideas about Indian art theory are to be found in
his two works, Indian Sculpture and Painting (1908) and, more important, The
Ideals of Indian Art (1911).
written about the civilizing influence of Hindu art on the
"It is very important to remember also that from motives of
self-interest, and not from any respect for art, these ferocious
invaders, who massacred wholesale men, women, and children of the general
population, usually spared the artisans and craftsmen,
and thus preserved for their own uses the art-traditions of the countries
they ravaged and desolated. Skilled craftsmen were always the prizes
of war, and when an uncivilized race like the Mongols triumphed over a highly
cultivated one the craftsmen of the defeated became the teachers of the victors;
this transplantation into a new soil brought new vigor into art, and was the
beginning of great developments. When Timur the ancestor of the Indian Moghul
dynasty, withdrew his hordes from northern India in 1398, after
ravaging it with fire and sword, he took back with him as captives all the
masons who had built that famous mosque of Ferozabad, in order that
they might build one like it at Samarkhand. This Indian
art fulfilled once more its civilizing mission, and when two and half centuries
later Timur’s descendant…”
Art Heritage of India - By Ernest Binfield Havell p. 77-78). For more refer
to chapter on Islamic
Onslaught and Hindu
Admirers of Hinduism
Hillary declared, after a journey along the Ganga and
visiting many ashrams:
"I became a
Hindu. I was very close to the Hindu ethic. It was a great spiritual
This was unbearable to the
baiters present, so the press conference continued with a product of
modern Indian education: "When it was pointed out to him that
having faith in the Hindu ethic essentially involved a belief in
destiny " (predetermination), Sir Edmund remarked :"No,
not in that sense. I believe a man can make his own destiny through
his work and effort". No matter what faults you may be able to
find with Hindu doctrine, belief in predetermination and impotence
in the face of destiny (which is very much present in Islam) is not
one of them. As Hillary correctly pointed out to these illiterate
press people, a man makes his own destiny through his own effort.
And that is not a modern novelty, it is precisely the meaning of the
age-old karma doctrine: we make our destiny through our own actions.
Microcomputer pioneer Adam Osborne
thinks India has the potential to be the next Japan. Want he has in
mind is technological achievement and a vibrant economy, nothing
hazy and rapturous. But the clue to this very tangible kind of
greatness is pride: "There is no doubt
in my mind that India is one of the great financial success stories
of the future. The curse of India is that Indians lack pride in
being Indian. The moment they have that pride, India will be the
and After - By Koenraad Elst).
The Muslim community of the Moplahs
of Malabar are the products of union between Muslim merchants from
Arabia and the women on the west coast of India.
In August 192, the Muslim Moplahs in
Malabar pronounced jihad against the Hindus there. The Hindus had
been lulled into a false sense of security by the slogans of
Hindu-Muslim unity raised by Mahatma Gandhi and the Congress in
their support of the Khilafat movement started by Muslims in 1919
with the dual objective of restoring the liquidated Khilafat and the
Turkish empire after the British had won the First World War with
Muslim co-operation, but broken its reciprocal promise of protecting
the seat of the caliph and the Turkish empire, notwithstanding the
Thousands of these misled and
beguiled Hindus were massacred by the Moplahs; thousands of their
houses burned for days together and the number of forced
circumcisions defied enumeration. The whole savagery was so
pronounced that even the British government, which normally sided
with the Muslims, had to resort to its army to end the four-month
genocide (Threat of Islam: Indian Dimensions, Unnati
Prakashan, 1994, by B N Jog, pg 155).
'secular' history repeats itself - By Arvind Lavakare
Although the Khilafat Movement
fizzled out in 1921 itself, propaganda was set afloat among
Kerala's local Muslims -- the Moplahs -- that the British regime
had ended and Khilafat had been reinstated. The time to eliminate
all kafirs had come, they were told. The Moplahs followed
it up by anointing one Mohommed Haji as their Caliph and
proclaimed jihad -- against the British first and, after being
defeated by the colonialists, against the Hindus. According to the
Report of the Enquiry Committee of the Servants of India Society, the
number of Hindus murdered was 1,500, the number of those forcibly
converted was 20,000 and property looted was assessed at about Rs
30 million, while the molestation and abduction of Hindu women was
future of Indian politics: a contribution to the understanding of
page 252, Dr
Annie Wood Besant (1847-1933)
social reformer and leading
"They murdered and plundered
abundantly, and killed or drove away all Hindus who would not
apostatise. Somewhere about a lakh (100,000) of people were driven
from their homes with nothing but their clothes they had on,
stripped of everything."
Sabarmati secularism & non-violence - By Arvind Lavakare -
rediff.com). For more refer to chapter on Islamic
Unity in Diversity
Westerners interested in the history of India are puzzled at her
many contrasting features such as the splendor of her temples,
mosques and tombs alongside her villages, and the wonderful way in
which India has assimilated strands of the different cultures with
which she came in contact at the same time retaining the essentials
of her own culture has attracted the attention of several
historians. In spite of countless revolutions the people have
managed to maintain the spirit of the immemorial past.
Indeed as a
British historian puts it India is a 'land, vast, unknown,
unknowable, where the keenest Western minds, after a lifetime of
endeavor, profess that they know no more of the inner being of the
people than they did at the beginning."
Brahminism to designate the religion of the Hindus was erroneously
applied first by the Orientalists in Europe.
It has no support in
any sacred texts of the Hindus. "Hinduism" has been
accepted by usage to stand for Santana Dharma particularly in its
applications to the visesa dharma of the Hindus.
or Hinduism' is not only the oldest of the mystery religions, or
rather metaphysical disciplines, of which we have a full and precise
knowledge from literary sources, and as regards the last two
thousand years also from iconographic documents, but also perhaps
the only one of these that has survived with an unbroken tradition
and that is lived and understood at the present day by many millions
of men, of whom some are peasants and others learned men well able
to explain their faith in European as well as in their own
languages. Nevertheless, and although the ancient and modern
scriptures and practices of Hinduism have been examined by European
scholars for more than a century, it would
be hardly an exaggeration to say that a faithful account of Hinduism
might well be given in the form of a categorical denial of most of
the statements that have been made about it by European scholars and
by Indians trained in our modern skeptical and evolutionary modes of
and Buddhism: New Edition. Edited by K.
N. Iyengar and Rama P. Coomaraswamy p.3).
(For more refer to chapter on European
Imperialism and First
Kalidasa - The
Towering genius of Ancient India
towering genius of the ancient India is Kalidasa. He is recognized
as one of the world's greatest poets. It is unfortunate that we do
not have sufficient details of his life.
associates the nine gems of Sanskrit literature with Vikramaditya of
Ujjain, the most brilliant among them being Kalidasa, 'the prince of
Sanskrit poets and dramatists.'
Kalidasa with the legendary Vikramaditya of the first century B.C.E.
on the ground that Asvaghosha borrowed from Kalidasa and that
Malavikagnimitra places Kalidasa near the age of the Sungas rather
than in the Gupta times. Kalidasa's chief poems are the Raghuvamsa,
or the 'story of the Race of Raghu' the Kumarasambhava or 'Birth of
the War god' the Ritusamhara or 'Cycle of Seasons' and the Meghaduta
or 'Cloud Messenger', a lyrical gem which won the admiration of
Kalidasa's three plays,
Malavikagnimitra or 'The Friendship of Malavika and Agnimitra',
Vikramorvasi or 'Urvasi won by valor' and Shakuntala; the last is
recognized on all hands to be the greatest of all the classical
Sanskrit dramas. Vivid portraiture, compact and elegant expression
and an ardent love of Nature, mark his poems and drama.
History of India - By Nilakanta Sastri and G. Srinivasachari
p. 220-221). Refer
to chapter on Sanskrit.
stereotypes of Hinduism and India
western stereotype about India and Indians that existed in the tiny
and self-limited western world in India. This was a world of cliques
and snobbery and smallness and the complication which made
"perceptive persons miserable." For the Briton India was a
"horrible country, this monster with its plagues and terrors,
its splendor and shabbiness, its hospitality and cruelty."
Britons hated to come to India and more so to stay for any length of
time. The European was generally frightened of India - its vastness,
violence, heat, dust millions of people, animals, and birds of prey
and even the sound of the rain made it a "vicious and
Hindu rite of the cremation of the dead had "a kind of macabre
beauty" for it denied the "importance of the body."
The European viewed with simultaneous aversion and fascination the
appearance and practice of Hindu worship such as Kali and lingam
the Asian studies departments in Western
universities, there is a sharp hostility for Hinduism
(and for India to the extent that it is the current political
embodiment of Hindu civilization) among the India experts.
only Hinduism which they like is museum Hinduism; any Hinduism
that displays a will to survive is treated with the same horror
that would be aroused if a mummy were to show signs of life.
The Hindu Mind - Ideological Development of Hindu Revivalism - By Koenraad
Elst Publisher: Rupa ISBN: 81-7167-519-0 p. 73-74). For more
refer to chapters on Glimpses
IX and Glimpses
looks for Jesus' body in Kashmir
An American researcher who believes she has found the final
resting place of Jesus Christ is campaigning to exhume a body at a
Muslim shrine in Kashmir for scientific tests.
Marie Olsson, a New York-based researcher is currently in Srinagar, studying
the Muslim shrine of Rozabal.
While Muslims say Rozabal houses the tomb of Yuza Asaf, a Muslim
saint, many researchers believe it contains the body of Jesus
To put an end to speculation Olsson has suggested exhuming the
remains at Rozabal for DNA testing and carbon dating.
"This will trace him (the saint) to his origin ... and resolve
the raging controversy over the identity of the place
forever," she told the Sunday edition of Kashmir's leading
daily, the Greater Kashmir.
Olsson has already dug up a shrine at the Murree hill station in
Pakistan under the supervision of archaeologists Ahmad Hassan Dani
and Saida Rahman.
Muree is believed to be the resting place of Jesus' mother, Mary (Marium).
"The exhumed remains have been sent for the DNA testing and
the report is awaited," she told the newspaper.
"Now Rozabal holds the key. If the remains there are sent for
testing and then tallied with the results of the Murree project,
it will either establish the link between the two shrines as being
of similar origin and thus authenticate the Marium-Jesus theory or
prove it wrong for good."
However, her project has run into trouble with the managers of the
Rozabal shrine, who are strongly opposed to its
"We will never allow it," said Mohammed Amin, one of the
managers. But Olsson, stressing the "purely scientific nature
of her work" and her identity as a "seeker of
truth", is pleading to be allowed to "verify the origin
and identity of the saint" to put to rest wild speculation.
She has even written to Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah for
help. Olsson also believes Moses is buried in Bandipore in north
Kashmir, the Islamic prophet Haroun at Harwan, on the outskirts of
Srinagar, and Solomon at Takht-i-Suliaman in Srinagar.
"You have more Christian holy sites than even Egypt or
Israel," she said in her appeal to the chief minister.
Olsson says she wants to unravel the truth about the shrines so
that Kashmir, ravaged by a decade-long insurgency that has claimed
35,000 lives, can become a pilgrimage centre for Christians and
For more refer to chapter on Hinduisms
who destroys images and idols. Opposition to the religious use of images.
Veneration of pictures and statues symbolizing sacred figures. Semitic "My-Godism"
described as Monotheism has another dimension: Iconoclasm. In fact, the two are
two sides of the same sides of the same coin. When worshippers of the Semitic
God came into contact with their neighbors, it was not clear what they abhorred
more, their Gods or their idols. In point of fact, they made no such fine
distinction. Trained as they were, they made war on both indiscriminately.
Judaic God commands his worshippers that when they enter the land of their
enemies, they will "destroy their altars, and break their images, and cut
down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire." (Bible. Deut.
7.5). Wherever, these creeds went (Christianity and Islam) temple-razing
followed. Christianity destroyed shrines of the Pagans with un paralled
thoroughness and self-satisfaction. When America was discovered, the Benedictine
monks destroyed single-handed 170,000 images in Haiti alone.
de Zummarage, the first Bishop of Mexico, writing as early as 1531,
claimed that he destroyed 500 temples and 20,000 idols of heathens. In
our own country, in Goa, Jesuit father destroyed many Hindu Temples.
St. Francis Xavier, who participated in this
meritorious work, wrote back home: "As soon as I arrived
in any heathen village, when all are baptized, I order all the temples of their false gods
to be destroyed and all the idols to be broken to pieces. I can give you no idea of the
joy I feel in seeing this done."
did the same. Temples in India were destroyed not for the "hoarded
wealth" as Marxist historians propagate
- but was part of a larger policy of religious persecution. To destroy Hindu
pride and self respect, and to remind them that they were Zimmis,
an inferior breed.
great temple builders because their pantheon was prolific in Gods and Goddesses
and their society rich in schools and sects, each with its own way of worship.
The cradle of Hindu culture on the eve of the Islamic invasions included what
are at present the Sinkiang province of China, the Transoxiana region of Russia,
the Seistan province of Iran and the sovereign states of Afghanistan, Pakistan,
India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Muslim historians, in India and abroad, have
written hundred of accounts in which the progress of Islamic armies across the
cradle of Hindu culture is narrated, stage by stage and period by period. The two
giant stone Buddhas of Bamiyan province who have watched over the restive plains
of Afghanistan for many centuries were recently destroyed.
Temples: What Happened to Them - By Sita Ram Goel Volume 1. p.
People, Uprooted: "A
Saga of the Hindus of Eastern Bengal"
- By Tathagata Roy
the two gigantic Buddha statues were destroyed in Afghanistan.
These two giant Buddhas (55 m. and 38 m. high, respectively) stood
in the beautiful Bamiyan valley, situated 230 km NW of Kabul at an
altitude of 2500 metres. Buddhism was introduced into this area in
the third century B.C. by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka. It found
fertile soil in the former Gandhara
province (nowadays, East Afghanistan and North Pakistan) around
the first and second centuries A.D. under the rule of the great
Kushan ruler Kanishka.
During the centuries they have probably been assailed by iconoclasts.
The idea behind the destruction was to take away the soul of the
hated image by obliterating, or at least deforming, the head and
hands. Although there is no firm evidence the Buddhas were
subjected to iconoclasm, this fate was certainly meted out to the
frescoes surrounding the Buddhas, namely the numerous religious
places and monk's cells also hewn out of the rock and covered with
beautiful paintings. The faces in these were destroyed by one of
the many groups of invaders who have passed that way.
(For more refer to chapter on Islamic
Onslaught and Hindu