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Splashes – 70/72 – Hindu Rashtra is Human

After partition, we inherited British infrastructure of governance and by large have continued with the same. British rule, was also secular to proclaim. There were no reservations or appeasement for any category. Then:

  • What motivated us to replace British rulers at the cost of accepting partition of the country?
  • What motivated us to make sacrifices for attaining freedom?

The answer is only one – we wanted to govern ourselves, according to the ethics of our own Hindu ancestral values.

Secularism is Unethical Concept

The concept of secularism is colonial. The colonial powers initially converted the natives to Christianity, which often sparked violent resistance from them. Therefore, British rulers discovered a way out. They detached themselves from missionaries, and posed secular to legitimize their hold on colonized countries. Thus secular governments were established to mask political control over different faiths and lands all over the world including India.

Dictionary meaning of the word secular implies, “not being committed to ethics of any religion”. To Hindus, governance devoid of Dharma (ethics) is nothing but Adhama. In more explicit words it means unethical and opportunist pursuit of power. A government that is non-committal to the ethics of the population of the country is nothing but an autocrat mafia in power. Mafias are viewed secular.

Christianity in United Kingdom

Constitutionally, even secular governments across the globe in advanced countries, are also slanted towards the faith of the land. As back in fifteenth century, when Christianity was at its zenith, England restricted the interference of Roman Pope into national affairs of England. That resulted in emergence of Protestant Church, known as the Church of England. United Kingdom is a secular monarchy, but Monarch of England carries the title ‘defender of the Faith’. All customs and traditions concerning the state are Christianity oriented.

Hinduism is Universal Faith

Why did India proclaim to remain secular when Hinduism in itself is most adequate to the spiritual needs of the entire mankind? Hinduism is a perfect human religion that is concerned with the well being of all-living and non-living things in the environment.

Hinduism is a human faith in true spirit. It is open to introspection, adoption, and tolerance towards dissent, due to which all those who came to India were assimilated within the framework of Hinduism. It is a religion of fine synthesis of faith and Science. It has its own culture and civilization of most refined tastes. India exported advances made in every field of human knowledge. Hinduism assured in practice the right to live and let others also live in the environment under every geographical condition.

There are no fatwas or dictates from the clergy. Hinduism never indulged in destruction of non-believers or conversion of others to its fold. It has been the religion that preferred religious identity of a person on the basis of birth and practice, but kept its doors open to all those who volunteer to assimilate. It is a faith that propagated Vasudeva Kutambkum and treated entire universe as a large family, much before various nations actually knew the existence of each other. Hinduism was never confined to any particular area, or period of time.

 It is Religion of Early Man

Why we chose to have 1869 born politician declared as father of the nation? Our ancestral lineage started with Early Man, who could be remembered as Shiva or Adam. The ethical codes of Hindu religion were not dictated by any individual as per his whims, fancies or limitations, but emerged out of introspection, experimentation, and reviews made by learned Rishies and Sages of wisdom par excellence, and are still open to modification. All of us are descendants of those learned sages and not a result of parental sin.

Freedom of thought and Expression

Hindus are free to accept one, many or no God at all. They are free to view Him through symbols, idols, humanized forms, animal forms or through his own image in the mirror. God may be identified by any name or syllable, and can be approached directly by every one without reference of another intermediate. No animal is hated. Hindus never defaced items, places or scriptures of non-Hindu faiths.

As a Hindu, everyone is free to wear any dress and chose menu, subject to the constraints of local environment and decency. Similarly every Hindu is free to pick and chose the literature according to personal choice, in any language and script. Priests are superficial and can be dispensed at the choice of the individual.

New ideas and discoveries are welcome to replace outdated thoughts. What else was further needed, that we had to attach the tag of secularism in India?

Why Magnanimity of Hindus Ignored?

It was due to liberal attitude of Hindus, that even after having been profusely bled and destroyed; Hindus offered a brotherly hand of equality to live in India to those Muslims who had been responsible for the Hindu genocide.

Hindus were prepared to make a fresh start on a clean slate.  They had even de-linked themselves with the scary memories of the past. It was not only a mere gesture, but the sincerity was fully demonstrated by bringing back the post partition Muslim migrants to India and rehabilitating them with special treatment. What more was required to be secular from Hindus? Did we accept partition of the country to re-accommodate fundamentalists and keep them amused at their terms all the time?

Audit of Non Hindu Faiths Needed

Our experience has once more taught us that any faith that had its ideologies, religious leaders, pilgrim places and literature originated beyond India; certainly do not come within the framework of Hindu mindset. It needs to be audited that to what extent Christians, Muslims and other non-Hindu faiths in India have adopted the concept of secularism to live with Hindus – the local majority in India?

  • It is pertinent to say that even after providing full protection to Christianity under minority status, the clerics emphasize on their religion rather on nationalism. They say,
  • “When we talk of Christianity, our first allegiance should be to our Master Jesus Christ and after wards to our motherland”.
  • About Muslims, the less said is better. They have now intruded into the individual life styles of Hindus. Today, Hindus cannot celebrate their festivals, worship, build temples; and educate their children safely in their own home land.  Hindus did pay and are now again paying Jazia for pilgrimage jaunts abroad for minorities.
  • Islam and Christianity do not accept any common grounds with Hindu religion. They believe in killing of non-believers and conversion of Hindus to their fold through all means. Can we ‘Indianize’ Islam or Christianity in today’s secular environment? If not, why Hinduism should give up its place to accommodate other faiths in India that are hostile down to its roots?

As religious affinities always over flow political borders, it will be detrimental to the security of India to have alien religious settlements with political rights. Most of non-Hindu faiths do not accept to be governed by common civil code, adopt National Language, sing National Anthem and accept uniform syllabus for education that are necessary ingredients of national Unity. There is need to question their commitment to secularity.

Reckless Indulgence is suicidal

In the guise of preserving secularism, the communal forces have emerged as power-brokers against Hindus. Selfish politicians have been vying with each other to flatter minorities, by bartering the interests of Hindus to seek their electoral support. Secularism is being grossly misused as a cover, for sectionals and anti-national activities.

There no other secular country in the World that indulged in similar self-destructive appeasements.  After partition it has come to be the duty of every Hindu to keep minorities happy at every cost. Hindus and their customs are being disregarded in their own home land due to Nehru-Gandhi doctrines in particular.

Demographic Imbalance of Population

Our national resources are already sinking under the weight of population. Additional numbers add further to the strength of poor, under-nourished, illiterate, and unemployed citizens of this country. While Hindus have adopted smaller family norms, minorities, in spite of living on the verge of poverty line, have been averse to family planning. They have formed this attitude to increase their numerical strength for bargaining special rights and benefits for their community, and ultimately, converting India to an Islamic through ballot strength.

Our politicians have been foolish, but cunning to advertise boom in Muslim population as a credential for our secularism, without foreseeing its adverse implications. Though we claim to be the largest democracy in the world having largest population of Muslims, we have absolutely no say at any of the International Islamic forums. There we are cold shouldered as a Hindu and anti-Islamic country, and are always accused of committing atrocities against minorities.

Unpatriotic Intelligentsia

There are some unpatriotic intellectuals, who have been advocating opening of borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh, to facilitate unchecked flow of their nationals that separated from India out of hatred. While no Hindus would be allowed to settle in Pakistan and Bangladesh, Indian Muslims in the name of Islamic Brotherhood will shelter migrants. Once they grow up in numbers, Hindus will be living as they had lived during Muslim rule, because there is no change in their mindset. The stage will be set to re-enact Arab and the Camel episode.

Pakistan has followed the strategy of infiltration not only in Kashmir, but has now widened its scope to cover entire India, by establishing support bases in Muslim dominated areas. Our security forces, though capable of repulsing overt attacks, suffer causalities in home territory, because the militants can mingle with local Muslim population comfortably.

Development without Security

Unless Hindus get politically united, and make concentrated efforts to cope with the environment, Hinduism might be fading away from India in the near future. Political problems cannot be solved through spiritual discourses, but require timely political actions. Social and economic factors are subsidiary to that. Remaining indifferent is nothing, but suicidal escapism.

We do not require our secularism to be certified by other countries. As a sovereign nation, we have every right to re-interpret our secularism in the manner we like. There is nothing for Hindus to feel apologetic or concerned about. We are fortunate and proud to be Hindus! As custodians of this great human heritage, we have a sacred duty to preserve it for the generations to come. We need to replace secularism with Hindu Rashtra to restore Bharat Swabhimaan. Only then India will be a free country.

We have to choose between living freely in our home land as Hindus or hand over secular, fragmented India to others and die.

Chand K Sharma

(Next: Splashes – 71/72 – Hindu Empowerment)


Splashes – 69/72 – Hindus at Cross Roads

69 – Hindus at Cross Roads

By nature Hindus are over indulgent in spirituality. Today everyone is affected by political, economic, technological and ideological conditions prevailing in the world. One has to safe guard his living environment and to remain vigilant to ward off emerging threats. Vedic philosophy did not rescue Hindus during past from Islamic barbarians. Even during modern age, those who stayed in Pakistan after partition, were either killed or converted to Islam to live degraded life as slaves without any political power. It is therefore suicidal on the part of Hindus to remain indifferent to political developments when minorities are marshaling their strength to usurp their home.

Hindus Ignoring Realities 

History repeats and reminds in a cruel way. Over three hundred years ago Kashmiri Pundits had approached Guru Tegh Bahadur for protection against Jihadi mentality. The reverend Guru sacrificed his life. Guru Gobind Singh extolled the cowards to stand on their feet, but Hindus did not. Consequently, today Kashmiri Pundits are loitering in India as miserable as they were centuries ago.

The same will be the fate of remaining Hindus in Kerala, Karnataka, and Maharashtra if they do not learn from their past. The way fundamentalist Muslim population is multiplying within, and un-checked infiltration is going on from all sides through our borders, soon intruders will outnumber Hindu population.

Within next three decades, Hindus will reach minority status within India. They are already in minority in certain states like in Kashmir and Eastern states. If they continue to over look realities and do not organize, they will have to move out of those areas. Hindus are blind to the fact that minorities have not adapted to secularism and have only used that for their own expansion. Hindus shall run out for time even to think of alternative options for their survival in India.

These alien faiths have not adopted secularism like Hindus, but under the cover of secularism they are getting politically united for winning elections to install helping politicians in power. If the ongoing mania of secularism is not checked, Muslims or Christians will again rule India. Hindus have very few options left.

The Possible Options

Applying common-sense, if the environment is not conducive to safe-living then Hindus shall have to :-

  • Firstly, migrate to alternative place,
  • Secondly, to adapt to the changes in the environment, and
  • Lastly is to change the environment.

First Option – Migrate out of Environment

Recalling History, during the middle of previous century, some Indians went abroad for settlement, but only a few most competent amongst them could carve a niche for themselves. The natives did not absorb them, while they became aliens for India also.

There is no Hindu country in the world that might accommodate the population of Hindus on their land. One by one, all erstwhile Hindu countries have been converted to Islam, Christianity, or Communism. The last in the series was Nepal. Future generations will find it hard to believe that once Iran, Afghanistan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Java, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Pakistan and Bangladesh were Hindu countries. Hindus must not forget that Sonia has already declared that ‘India is not a Hindu Country’ and her Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also accorded first right to minorities over the resources of India.

Moving to alternate place is therefore impracticable. No country can welcome exodus of large-scale migrant population. Migrant Hindus shall be exploited by every host environment.

Second Option – Convert to the Environment

There are some secularists who cite absorption of aliens in the Indian culture during past, and continue advocating India to turn into a land of migrants, to accommodate divergent ethnic groups. If that happened, time is not far when Hindus would be faced with the ‘Arab and the camel’ like situation to witness another partition of the country to provide homeland for migrant population. Hindus would then shrink to some corner within India, or convert to some other faith.

Moreover, a grand civilization of millions years old, spiritually enriched on scientific lines, and once magnificently developed, cannot be swallowed by the faiths that grew up in most primitive environments, and whose founders forbade introspection of their dogmas on rationality.

Thus even if their numbers dwindle, Hinduism shall continue to survive in some corner of the globe, with all possibilities to re-surge. The second option is also hard to digest.

Last Option – Change the Environment.

The third and last option is changing the environment. It is hard, but most sensible, practical, and self-respecting. To uplift sagged morale, Hindu community needs leaders like Krishna, Chankya, Shivaji and Guru Gobind Singh.

The Congress government is namesake secular.  In every word and deed continues poised to be anti-Hindu. Most of its constitutional institutions have been oriented towards over-appeasement of the minorities. Unless the constitution is effectively interpreted and implemented, it will lead to disintegration of the country. Hindus must strive to win election in strength to remove all constitutional hurdles that impede its resurgence. Only a Hindu Nationalist Government can restore and support the culture of this land. The exercise for resurgence shall involve constitutional dumping of fake secularism.

For bringing in environmental change, Hindus shall have to bring a change in the mind-set of the constitutional institutions to straighten their tilt from minority appeasement and to serve the national interests of IndiaThis all shall have to be achieved within the Constitution through ballot. We shall have to aim at advancement for all, but appeasement of none.

Fragmentation of Hindu votes

Fragmentation of Hindu votes that get divided between off shoots of Hinduism, as well as, their political affiliations, has placed minorities in a position to tilt political balance in their favor. Under misconceived idealism, Hindus have not understood the game being played to enslave them in the country of their origin. As Hindus are again being driven to corner, they must unite and politically align to safeguard their interests against blackmail from the nexus of minorities and Hindu politicians. They must decide to change pro-minority government through ballot strength of Hindus.

Control over Voting Rights

Hindus shall have to organize at their own to oversee that they do not let infiltrators get voting rights, civic amenities and free ration cards. Illegal migrants, infiltrators, and those, who do not pay taxes for civic amenities should be identified and driven out. The police should be made accountable to remove encroachments, and there should be no interference from human right activists, and selfish politicians. Choice before us is to continue with secularism in its destructive mode, or to adopt secularism already imbibed in Hinduism.

Establishment of Hindu Rashtra

There cannot be more humiliating situation for Hindus than to feel apologetic while defending their own cultural traditions and beliefs in their homeland. But unless Hindus politically organize to defeat the anti India secularists through ballot, nothing will improve. In a democratic set up, there is no way out otherwise. Hindus shall have to align with some political party, or form one of their own. Forming new political party may be an uphill task like that of re-inventing the wheel. The preference therefore should be to align with an existing political party close to Hindu ideology.

We have to make it India for Indians, those who stand for Indian culture, Indian language, and Indian national heroes and not for anyone that lived across the borders of India. Only those who respect local environment and believe in the concept of live and let live should have citizen rights as Hindus irrespective of their form of worship. Those having loyalties abroad have to be excluded and expelled; otherwise, we will continue paying for the development of those who place their loyalties externally.

Secularism is an internal matter of sovereign Indian Republic. We need not care to get our secularism certified by foreign delegations on fact-finding missions, whenever there are communal disturbances. There are no precedents where other nations accorded similar status to Indian delegations to see the plight of Hindus living in their countries. The example of Bangladesh should be an eye opener for us.  It was founded as secular country but by choice changed to an Islamic country. We must declare India a Hindu Rashtra. India belongs to Hindus and Hindus belong to India.

Consolidation of Hindu Society

Hindu spirituals and intellectuals should endeavor to unify various Hindu sects into a confederation under one representative body such as Vishwa Hindu Parishad or Bharat Swabhiman of Swami Ram Dev. Even non-Hindu faiths may also be invited to its fold, provided, they are willing to re-orient their social practices to join the main stream of Hindu society, and shed alien theological as well as political bias.

Return of the Converted

Return to Hinduism by those who had converted to other faiths during past should be encouraged, but without appeasement. Anyone, who lives and lets others live and abides by the ancestral legacy of this land irrespective of his conversion to other faith which is not inimical to Hinduism should be accepted as Hindu. He has to accept common civil code, common national language, and common heritage to join the main stream without asking any separate ethnic status.

The solution lays just a click away on the day of next general elections. All Hindu factions must unite and come out to vote for the formation of a Hindu government and change the constitution accordingly. Everything will follow subsequently. Within a period of less than five years we would have re-established a Hindu country on the globe – the birth place of universal religion. The horizon is not totally dark as yet.

Chand K Sharma

(Next: Splashes – 70/72 – Hindu Rashtra is Human)

Splashes– 68/72 – Insecure Environment for Hindus

Fragmented India is the cherished dream of Muslims, Christians, Communists and multinational Business Corporations. Communists are adopting violent tactics to erode old culture to bring Chinese method of reforms. Muslims are up to live in India by making it an Islamic state. Christians are aiming at evangelizing Hindu population, to make India a Christian state. Economic super powers desire to capture Indian market.

Anti Hindu media controlled by multi-nationals starts painting Muslims and Christians as victims of Hindu chauvinism even if some isolated criminal incident comes to light.  Financial assistance and arms have been pouring through external agencies to hit soft targets, sabotage unity, and disrupt civil life of Indian citizens through spreading dissatisfaction and insecurity everywhere. Individually and collectively, Hindus are as helpless as they were before.

Hindus in Wretched Condition

It is most disgusting to read in media about expressions like ‘plight of Hindus in India’ itself. Hindus are afraid of Islamic Jihad. They remain insecure about the safety of their wives, daughters, and sisters being kidnapped and raped by handful of outsiders. They are afraid of conversions by missionaries. They feel as helpless as they were under Muslim Rule against Jihadists. Their places of worship get destroyed, usurped, desecrated and are still under occupation of invaders. All this is happening to Hindus in their own country, while secular propaganda is carried that India belonged to all – as NO MAN’S LAND. To top it all Hindus pay additional taxes for the subsidies offered to minority parasites, having first right on country’s resources.

The definition of democracy in today’s India should read that ‘democracy is the government of the organized minority, for      the minorities over disorganized majority, at the expense of majority’.

The secular government in India witnessed erosion of Hinduism in Nepal, but allowed the alien destroyers to sneak in India to please coalition partners belonging to CPM. The head of the coalition government Italian by origin proclaimed that India is not a Hindu Country. What is left for Hindus to feel secured in India?

Dynastic Rule over Hindus

Congress party founded by AO Hume has tried since partition to established dynastic rule in India ever. Italian-born Catholic Sonia Gandhi would not have got even a lower level job in her home country but she has come to rule the centuries old Hindu country by a proxy Prime Minister. She has been nourishing plan to plant her progeny in succession rule. This humiliating situation is publicized to declare her one of the most powerful ladies on the globe with absolute authority – but without any accountability.

All this has been possible through minority unity against disorganized Hindus, who are seen crying for someone else to help them. Hindus are being enslaved once again in the country of their origin through multiple strategies:-

  1. Fragmentation of Hindu Society – Foreign mercenaries and missionaries are freely operating in India to gain foot hold in the power corridors. Several artificial off shoots of Hinduism on the basis of castes, beliefs, personalities, and regions have been popped up with external financial help. Their acts are visible and can be noticed all over the country in some form or the other. All of a sudden, some temple would come up in the name of some saint or Guru and people start flocking there. Some planted Hindu politicians and spiritual “gurus” are there to misguide and instigate illiterate people to separate from Hindu society. People are allured by lavish food offered free of cost as ‘prasad’ in the name of Beggars seated on golden thrones donated by foreigners. This is nothing but planting of seeds for harvesting to be done after fifty or hundred years, to declare sect-followers a separate faith from Hindus within India.
  2. Usurping power through Ballot – The minorities frequently group together under pseudo secularists to keep Hindus out of power on the strength of their ballot. They can tilt political balance in favor of themselves through selfish politicians. While Hindu votes get divided between off shoots of Hinduism, Minority spiritual leaders issue sermons and fatwas to their followers to vote in particular way to help traitors win. Thereafter politicians indulge in minority appeasement at the cost of Hindus. Many Hindus converted to other faiths are retaining Hindu name and caste tags – to enjoy benefits of reservation. Many Christians with Hindu identities are holding ministerial and influential postings the government.  Practically, minorities have all ready taken over the governance of India. Their next target will be to capture Armed Forces through infiltration.
  3. Multiplicity of Personal laws – Every secular country has the civil code, based on the geographic, economic and cultural beliefs of its population. For selfish reasons Congress politicians have allowed separate personal laws for Hindus, Muslims and Christians and others within the Hindu fold. Although Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs are counted as part of Hinduism but with mischievous aim Congress politicians have started counting them as minorities by offering appeasements minority in the home land of their own origin to reduce Hindu strength. They are also getting poised for separate civil codes. Uniform Civil Code that would have ensured equality before law for all Indians and there would not have been any distinction between majority and minority community. It is ironical that Muslims never objected application of other laws that benefited them, but they prefer Shariat Law of Arab world in India. They had the option to migrate to Pakistan, and live there under Islamic law, but those who voluntarily stayed back in India, must accept Indian civil code in tune with Indian culture. Even a cursory look at common features of Indian culture would indicate that Muslims and Christians are diagonally opposed to Hindu culture. India has become a confederation of mutually hostile communities, where ethnic segments mentally align with far off cultures, hostile to the mainstream.
  4. Unchecked Conversions The right to Religious Freedom is given for practicing religion inherited by a person at the time of birth. The person need not be discriminated against others before law. Therefore all the laws of the land should be universally applicable. But observance of religion is different from propagation of religion with political motives. Conversions should not have been allowed under the excuse of religious freedom. Ongoing conversion of Hindu population to non-Indian faiths is nothing but subversive act to segment India under the cover of secularism.
  5. Sponsored Infiltration – Illegal immigration is taking place in all the Border States, where the minority groups are sheltering migrants, drug peddlers and infiltrators. Any attempt to flush them out is resisted by unpatriotic political leaders throbbing on minority vote banks, in the name of secularism. Communists, NGOs, human rights activists, and minorities, collectively abuse judicial forums to obtain easily available injunctions to stall identification, and expulsion of suspected migrants. The day is not far, when such migrants will demand separate ethnic homeland, with the support of foreign powers. In many states, like Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, and Jammu and Kashmir, Hindus have already been reduced in strength as a result of conversions and infiltration. Hindus have been coerced to move out to other states like refugees in Eastern states and Kashmir. The Congress Government wants to preserve Muslim character of Kashmir through article 370, but does not curb infiltration from Bangladesh to preserve Hindu profile of Eastern states.

Spurt in Minority Population

Appeasements have prompted minorities to remain aloof from the mainstream. Minorities have been trying to multiply their numbers, and have grown to threaten another partition of the country, if subjected to any accountability towards the national interests. We have been foolishly advertising our secularism to the world by appointing minority leaders on higher positions. We have given them separate personal law, subsidies for enjoying Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, financial assistance for running minority institutions, and propagation of out dated Urdu language at the cost of Hindi. Now minorities are seeking not only religion-based reservations, but separate electoral representation also.

Disinfection of India

Muslims oppose studies of Sanskrit Vedic literature at educational institution on the pretext of its Hindu origin, and draw support from secularists. On the contrary, out of funds generated by Hindu tax payers, secularists have been spending on the propagation of Urdu language that has come to be preserved as a symbol of Muslim identity. Hindus are paying taxes for the benefits of minorities, who will group together one day to dislodge Hindus from India.

Although split Hindus voters are feeling helpless, passive and apprehensive of their future, but the solutions are also within their control, provided Hindus remember the basic instinct  – TO LIVE – that is the first half part of Dharma.  We have to disinfect our home ourselves and make the environment safe for future generations in India. Indians have to follow progress for all but appeasement for none policy.

Chand K Sharma

(Next: Splashes – 69/72 – Hindus at Cross Roads)

Splashes – 67/72 – Loss of Patronage to Hinduism

Before partition, at least in few princely states, Hinduism received some patronage. But in post partitioned India that patronage was also lost. Nepal was the only one Hindu kingdom on the global map, but it is no more. Hinduism has come to be neglected after partition, particularly at the behest of Congress leaders, who continued the policy of colonial government the same way, as that was handed over to them after partition.  Over and above politicians have assiduously encouraged the minorities to strengthen and preserve their fundamentalist outlook in the social structure of Indian Society by advancing financial and organizational infrastructures.  They have been assured of having first right on countries resources in comparison to Hindus.

Bias against Hindu Heritage

We ignore the fact that Christian organizations have a heavy stake in education. They want to hold on to the colonial – missionary version of history. They do not want our academic curriculum changed, because, they will have to teach the modern and scientific version, that would establish India the home of Vedas, scientific knowledge, and grand Civilization.

The education system of elite’s choice was monopolized by missionary schools during colonial days. The product of such schools came to occupy decision-making apparatus of the government in post partitioned India. Such Anglicized Indians valued dogma above rational thinking. While they preferred everything in English, they generated a dogmatic mindset incapable of critical analysis beyond colonial knowledge.

  • ‘One of their dogmas has been that Christianity is progressive, and rejection of ancient Vedic concepts is a sign of progressiveness’. They assume that Indians do not have the capability to question Western institutions. Jawaharlal Nehru used to pride in referring Vedic period as “Gobar Yuga” (cow-dung age).
  • ‘Muslims in India are a peace-loving minority, suffering at the hands of Aryan “chauvinists”, who want to saffronize the secular character of India’. They associate saffron color with terror by saying that biggest threat to India exists from Hindu fundamentalists.
  • ‘Minorities in India have the first right on resources of the country. Special welfare schemes are needed for their support’.

Due to such generated mind-set most of the youth identify Hinduism with superficial rituals performed on occasions like marriages and funerals. Photographs of drug-addicts in the guise of Sadhus and beggars are projected as representatives and propagators of Hinduism on the cover of glossy magazines. While minorities are hardening their life styles on extreme fundamental dictates, Hindu youth find an escape route in secularism. Government aided Madrassa education is churning out motivated Islamic youths to dream India turning an Islamic state in near future. Individually and collectively, Hindus express helplessness to block their aggressive designs.

Lack of Self-confidence

The net result of such timid mind-set is leading to destruction of Hindu self-confidence and national pride. Unless something is approved by the Westerners ‘educated Hindus’ do not repose faith in their own findings. If westerns certified the benefits of Yoga, sublimity of our classical music, curative properties of Ayurvedic medicines, and usage of Indian herbs for beautification; only then we regarded those as patriotic sophistication in Indian society.

We felt elevated only after being told by John Marshall that we were the oldest civilization. We quote foreign travelers to tell ourselves that there were universities at Nalanda and Takshashila in India, where students all over the world came to study Science and Mathematics. All that could not have been believed otherwise by us.

For rediscovering India, Indian elites happily to go to Oxford and Cambridge, but feel agitated, if facilities for our ancient studies are contemplated in Indian universities. We perceive it as a threat to secularism, which is practically being misused to protect the medieval mindset of ethnic minorities.

Judicial Activism

Of late judicial activism has added another dimension to anti – Hindu mindset. Many often Obitter Dictums are sounded that Caste system should be thrown to dust bin. While our Judiciary has been reluctant to interfere with the personal law of minorities, how passing references are made by courts against customs and traditions of Hinduism? Submitting to pressure from Islamic clerics while judgment in Shah Bano Case was nullified at the behest of Rajiv Gandhi, Congress government and Judiciary seemed to be enthusiastic in recognizing living in relationships, gay marriages and protecting marriages within same Gotras. The government has failed to pass uniform civil code to obliterate distinction between minority and majority.

Opposition to Hindu Studies

Perpetual opposition from secular politicians to introduction of astrology, and other Vedic studies in universities is continuation of slavish mindset, even if the studies are to be presented in modern light. When Astrology was sought to be taught in diploma course in Gujarat, elitists went on to argue that introduction of astrology would be counterproductive to scientific temperament. They contended that due to variability in astrological predictions, Astrology could not be classified as a Science.

Carrying this argument forward one can say that Business forecasts are nothing but estimates, based on market trends applying a blend of modern technology to the database created on past records. Even business predictions are open to errors in judgment. Many times meteorological forecasts also go wrong, though these are arrived after using most modern gadgetry. Should we conclude that Meteorology is also not a science? Likewise, business forecasting is superstitious? Going further, there should be no forward planning in the country, as future cannot be scientifically predicted.

Rediscovering through Technology 

Our astrology still has enough original scientific data and literature to work and improve upon. Systematic study in the field of Astrology has generated self-employment for many, since a market at home and abroad already exists. What astrologers should not have access to modern technology and facilities created in the universities? Further, streamlining Vedic education may help eradication of harmful bias associated with this branch of study. If we accept Vedic studies in our curriculum, experimentation employing modern technology will be helped to verify the correctness of predictions and make us self-sufficient in conceptualization followed by technological absorption of indigenous knowledge.

Neglecting Research

Scientific research can be undertaken to test the hypothesis, with the help of research tools available today and analytical aids applied to case studies. The same is true about our vast philosophical knowledge, which is lying compressed in Vedas and Upanishads. It is lying unused, because it is hard to convince brown elitists and secularists, who are conditioned not to quote beyond Aristotle, Socrates, and Fraud.

Neglecting Sanskrit

Though Sanskrit is the only language in the world to possess an original treatise in the field of all human sciences, we resist its retention in educational curriculum, due to communal bias generated by anti Hindu elements. Our software professionals meekly admitted the validity of Sanskrit for computers after westerners certified that. Convent elites remain blind to the fact that when Chaucer, the father of English poetry was born, Sanskrit literature was already enriched with classics yet to be surpassed by other languages of the world.

On the contrary we are over indulging in promotion of Urdu that has borrowed script and vocabulary. Promotion of Urdu will regenerate more communal mindset among minorities and impede acceptance of Hindi as our national language.

Distortion of History

Cultural self-hatred abounds due to the anti-Hindu educational policy of the government pursued by secularists in secular India. For the pleasure of minorities, atrocious doings of Muslim invaders against Hindus are being excluded from our History books. Attempts have been made to interpret historical events that factual wrongs committed by invaders and bigots, remain over looked. Shamelessly, we turn apologetic about the heroic deeds of Aryans, Rajputs, Marathas and Sikhs who resisted Islamic onslaught.

Many of ancient sites and shrines have been occupied by Muslims and bear Islamic names in spite of archeological evidence suggesting the original ownership. The government is hesitant to probe the matter to restore ownership to Hindus. This has made India a nation without nationalism, pride, or history for our younger generation. Pseudo-secularists want present generations to believe that Mahmood Gaznavi and Mohammad Ghouri, were not fanatics, but Shiva Ji and Maharana Pratap were the rebels. Western countries have converted most of our intellectual wealth to theirs, while we remained shy and ignorant to stake our claim.

We should assert our Heritage

Modern corporations spend handsome amounts on idea generation exercises, before the launch of new products. Had there been a system of patenting knowledge, India would have been the sole proprietor of world’s intellectual property. The fatherhood of many faculties of knowledge would have been bestowed upon Indians. But there is probably no other country except India, where indigenous concepts however enlightened, is ridiculed while western concepts are blindly parroted. In India, foreign cultures can preach what they want, even if the same were irrelevant, vulgar, backward or anti national. We agitate if our own ancient heritage is included in the curriculum.

It is well-known that concept precedes discovery. Concept changes rarely, while technology to transform concept in to reality changes at rapid pace. One can find for him-self several inspiring concepts lying scattered between the lines of Vedas, mythological literature, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Jatka tales and other classics in Sanskrit. Outsiders need not pull Indians down; we are ourselves quite busy in this exercise in the name of preserving secularism, even if we lose our ancient cultural identity. Our youth leaders like Rahul felt “ashamed” to be associated with India, while Italian Sonia in power declared that “India is not a Hindu country”. Our elected representatives kept mum.

Chand K Sharma

(Naxt: Splashes– 68/72 – Insecure Environment for Hindus)

Splashes– 66/72 – Reservation Mania

Nothing has caused greater harm to Hindu society than reservation policy pursued after partition of India. Although, constitution treated all Indians equal but certain segments pleaded for reservations in lower category of jobs till they could advance at their own to compete with others. Some anti- Hindu outfits had misguided those sections to proclaim themselves as ‘Dalits’. Thus they claim to be the victims at the hands of upper castes on account of Manu’s Varna system.

Preference Seekers 

Legally no one in India had been denied opportunities of advancement on basis of caste, but everyone has to work hard for self advancement. On the contrary, by giving caste based reservations certain segments have got used to enjoying preferential treatment over others. This mind-set has motivated more classes to stake claim for benefits available through reservations.

Initially, some quota was reserved in educational institutions and employment for some categories from Hindu fold on the basis of their castes by birth. The reservations were for a period of ten years since 1950. Subsequently, not only the reservations were extended beyond ten years, but many more new categories were also added, and the quota was also increased. With passage of time, reservation policy was extended to promotions and higher-level jobs also, that used to be earlier filled on the basis of merit. As a result, a new privileged class of so-called oppressed categories emerged. Feeding upon such vote bank, selfish politicians have now devised ways and means to bring Muslims and Christians to have fruits of reservation at the cost of hardworking employees in general category.

Baseless Propaganda  

Till yesterday non-Hindu faiths such as Muslims and Christians had been making tall claims to engineer conversions out of Hindus by stating that they did not have caste disparities. Taking their argument, those Hindus who converted to Islam or Christianity should not be given the benefits of caste based reservation.

There is absolutely no logic to give reservation to Christians and Muslims. If such Christians and Muslims were genuinely interested in the uplift of ‘oppressed people’ they should have tried to settle converts out of Hindu fold in Europe, USA, Australia and Middle East, the land that gave birth to Christianity and Islam. Christian and Muslim countries still have plenty of land available to settle fresh converts in their home lands. Their propaganda is nothing to carve niche for them on Indian soil to change demographic profile of India.

Non Discriminatory Environment

Constitutionally, there is no discrimination against any class in India. Everyone can aspire to seek entry in educational, as well as, vocational institutions on merits. If reservations were abolished once for all, all sections would join the main stream and compete with each other on equal footing. More educational institutions could be opened in backward areas to accommodate added strength of students. Everyone can have opportunity to come up without crèches of reservations.

Natural Inequalities

Social differentials in every developed society are the result of knowledge; power and materials earned by individuals and have stayed to be passed down to next generation. Differentials motivated men to work hard to earn materials, power, satisfaction and higher status. Survival of the fittest is the mantra in competitive environment. It is only the animal world, where to some extent all species look-alike. Looking minutely, even two birds or animals of the same category shall also have variations. Children from same parentage have different blood groups, traits, aptitudes and achievements in life.

Hygienic and personal Reasons

Those who look unclean at face value are segregated for hygienic reasons in every society.  Such segregation is irrespective of caste and faith. This practice is being followed in every society even today. Soul wise there is no difference between living beings but body wise they are different. Same way biological differences do exist on the basis of physical genes and traits among persons of common parentage. Such differences generate individual likes and dislikes also among persons. Religion has nothing to do with such practices.

Individual Identities

Castes and family names are source of extended identity of a person beyond their immediate parentage and vicinity. However their use is not obligatory for any person. Those who do not prefer to retain the family or some particular caste tag with their names have the liberty to drop the same at will. There is no compulsion on any person to submit to the family name of other. The face value of an individual is enough for social interaction and acceptance.

Access to Higher Education

Restrictions upon higher learning were not only in India, but those were, and still are prevalent, all over the world even today. Aptitude test is nothing but a tool to segregate potential candidates, and to assess their suitability to absorb higher education. All those who do not score the minimum prescribed mark on the aptitude test scale, get barred from that realm of higher education everywhere.

Everyone is free to buy any book or scripture from the market and read it. Anyone can make use of any public place, as well as, places of worship and entertainment like any other Indian. Where is the discrimination? No one is compelling others to display caste tags with names, unless someone wanted to enjoy the benefits of reservation by producing a caste certificate.

Politics of Vote Bank

The stark fact behind Reservation politics is that after partition certain politicians proclaimed themselves as ‘Dalit’ Leaders and started nurturing vote banks for their own up-lift. They have been emotionally inciting illiterate masses to pressurize Hindu society for additional demands; else, they would lead their followers to convert to Islam, Christianity, or some other faith. This is nothing, but an out-right blackmail of Hindu society by certain individuals.

Reservations were counter productive

The Reservation policy has been thoroughly counter-productive. Reservation benefits have become hereditary like property rights. Since its inception, not a single person came forward to voluntarily surrender his benefits, to demonstrate his progress and development due to the reservation provided to him, even though some of the beneficiaries have been the descendants of former Presidents, ministers, and high officials. On the contrary, more and more categories are seeking their inclusion in backward classes, than being identified as learned classes. Everyone is desirous of being included in preferential class on the basis of caste; else holding threat to walk out of Hindu fold.

Economic criteria also unjust

Some people have come forward to suggest reservations based on economic conditions, but that proposition is also not desirable since:

  • Merit, competency and efficacy would suffer.
  • It will bring in all minorities into the fold of reservation, and completely contaminate the government machinery with corruption, inefficiency and subversion.

Moreover, poverty alone cannot be considered a license to obtain preferential treatment at the cost of others. One has to work hard for his progress.

Demoralizing Effect at large

Reservations have caused demoralization among hardworking and meritorious categories, since vacancies in educational institutions and vocational fields remain underutilized or blocked by reserved categories for want of aptitude and compatibility to meet prescribed standards. No one seems to be in position to break this vicious circle that is fragmenting Hindu society. Muslims and Christians are ever ready to add fuel to the fire through propaganda against caste based differentials, and have been instigating the oppressed to convert to their faiths to increase their ballot strength. Now they want a pound of flesh for themselves too.

Alternatives to Reservation Policy

We could have easily scrapped reservations long back by making education affordable to all. Instead of reservations, there should have been schemes to advance recoverable educational loans on the basis competitive merit list. All progressive countries have such schemes. There is no justification in alluring unwilling candidates from particular castes, to block reserved seats for years without making any progress. Instead of providing reservations, free education, clothing and food to certain categories might have been subsidized. People should have been encouraged to come up through efforts and not with the help of crèches in the shape of reservations.

More educational facilities and institutions to provide vocational training should have been opened in backward areas – but certainly not for backward people alone. Students deserve to be given hostels, books and stationary at subsidies, instead of subsidies being given to minorities for pilgrimage abroad.

Scrapping of reservations will foster ethnic unity and demolish vote banks.

Chand K Sharma

(Next: Splashes – 67/72 – Loss of Patronage to Hinduism)

Splashes – 5/72 – Freedom in Hinduism

Santana Dharma alias Hinduism is a timeless faith, not restricted to any particular geographical area or period. It sees ‘unity’ in entire universe, and encourages everyone to obtain total contentment – as perceived by every individual, according to the attributes of his personality. It is the faith that practices ‘live and let live’ in letter and spirit while remaining committed to the norms of the local environment, where one lives in. It offers philosophy that is universally applicable to the entire mankind cutting across national barriers of race, color and creed to identify individual roots within its fold.

Freedom of Thought and Worship

From its evolution, Sanatna Dharma has taken in its fold all that has been created by The Master Creator. One may worship rivers, lakes, trees, and stones. One may opt to worship living or non-living things or none at all. One may believe in one God or multiples, formless God or symbols, idols, or human manifestations or none. Even atheists are accepted within its fold. Hinduism visualized everything as manifestation of God, and there are no evil creatures. Snakes and pigs are also close to Him. Hinduism neither bound itself to monotheism, nor with multiplicity of Gods and goddesses. The Supreme Being is not remembered by any particular name, but more than thousands names have been attributed to identify Him, and even many more may be acceptable.

Furthermore, Hinduism has never denounced the symbols of worship of non-Hindu faiths. One can pick up any names out of thousands of names attributed to God to addresses Him, but no one may force others to accept any particular name. Almighty may be invoked directly and individually as there is no restriction to about approach the Supreme Being through His son, Prophet, relation or an agent.

Vast catalog of scriptures

There is a vast catalog of scriptures to choose from in Sanskrit, the mother language of the universe as well as any other languages known to mankind. Genuine translations in other languages are also regarded as valid as the Sanskrit texts. The wisdom of learned sages compiled in scriptures and ancient scientific literature has been a source of inspiration for the entire humanity and has more to offer, once it is deciphered and made use of. But even those who have not read any of the scriptures, are also as much Hindus as those, who compiled them.

Religion of Total Freedom

Without any compulsion one may perform Hindu rituals at any place, facing any direction, at any time, and in any manner, with or without the help of any priest acting as intermediates. A Hindu is free to eat, wear and adopt any form of life style according to individual traits. There are no fatwas or dictates from the clergy. Hinduism never indulged in conversion of others to its fold. It has been the religion that preferred religious identity of a person on the basis birth, but its doors are open to all those who volunteer to assimilate. It is a faith that propagated Vasudeva Kutambkum and treated entire universe as a large family, much before various nations actually knew the existence of each other.

The dogmas of Hinduism have always been open to introspection, adoption and tolerance towards dissent. From time to time, sages have questioned the old dogmas, interpreted thoughts and have made additions, but all of them originated on Indian soil within the framework of Hinduism. This is the foundation of our mixed culture. It is a dynamic faith constantly in pursuit of Truth.

Inter Faith Hindu Unity

With all the diversities allowed to its followers Hindu Santana Dharma qualifies to be a unified faith representing the true culture of India. In brief anyone who subscribes to the philosophy of Live and Let live within the constraints of local conditions is regarded as Hindu and is expected to preserve and replenish the natural resources for the use of coming generations. The Hindu culture has been founded on this most secular and universal concepts.

The following salient features are common to all the off-shoots of Hindu religion in India:-

On faith

  • God is one but omnipresent. His presence is visualized in every particle and every living being.
  • Though God is formless but God can be identified in many ways including icons. God appears on Earth in some form or the other. All forms bear His reflections.
  • Shiva, Ram, Krishna, Gautama Buddha, Mahavir, and Guru Nanak are regarded as life models to be adopted. Additional models can also be adopted by individuals.
  • Saffron color is associated with wisdom, sagacity and spirituality. However no color is discarded.
  • Hinduism believes in re-birth after death.
  • All off shoots of Hinduism have identifies some holy places in pre-partitioned India, Nepal and Tibet.

Social Traditions

  • Hindus treat whole world to be one family.
  • Hindus do not indulge in the destruction of symbols of any other faith.
  • Hindus do not declare any holy war against non-believers.
  • They revere noble persons as saints.
  • They refrain from eating beef.
  • By and large practice monogamy and do not divorce their spouse.
  • All of them are subjected to same civil code.
  • All the versions of Santana Dharma harmoniously co-exist. There is a free movement of individuals and no one persuades other to convert. Conversions are not sought.
  • Sanskrit is the mother of all Indian languages.

Obligations towards Environment

  • River Ganga in particular is regarded as a sacred river but all rivers and water sources are respected.
  • They regard Tulsi (basil) plant to be sacred besides several others.
  • Their festivals are related to climatic changes, events and personalities within India. There are no festivals for crying or breast beating in public.
  • People all over India cremate their dead bodies and immerse the remains.

Validity to Time and Place

Hinduism has always kept itself updated with the changes in the environment. Reformers emerged within Hinduism and we never imported any saints from abroad. Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism are the reforms on Hinduism. It was thus natural that interpretations sometimes differed, but these sects stand as extensions of Hinduism. The idols of reformers have also been installed in Hindu temples. This is the unity in diversity of Hindu culture and secularism.

Exceptions of Insoluble Faiths

It is history that Christianity and Islam intruded to India and clashed with the main stream of Indian culture. They did not believe in the concept of secularism, tolerance, and co existence. It is the faith in Prophet Muhammad and his book Quran that made a Muslim. Similarly faith in Christ and his Bible made a person Christian. Dissent is not allowed. Non believers to their faith have no rights to live.

If one accepted the beliefs of Christianity and Islam, it can be surmised that even God was also biased against non Hindus and is merciful and beneficial to Hindus. He sends back Hindus to be re-born immediately after death to enjoy another spell of life, and do atonement for the faults of previous birth. Even to the defaulter Hindus He blesses them another chance to be reborn as Muslims, Christians, or even birds and animals to do some good work and get converted to Hinduism in their next life. Hindus get a rebirth, but for non Hindus, there is no second chance! They remain confined to graves after death till dooms day. And there is no life after dooms day as some of non-Hindu scriptures say.

Even today they are busy fighting like cats and dogs. As they were never a part of mainstream, they have remained aliens to Hindu culture. On the contrary Hindus have the tradition of recitation of their scriptures with a prayer of peace ‘Shanti paath” 

सह नाववतु सह नौ भुनक्तु सह वीर्यं करवावहै तेजस्विनावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषाव है

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः”

meaning that we are here to respect each other & not hate each other.

Thus Hinduism preaches all sects a natural way of life in harmony with nature. One may opt for any form for personal worship and customs. It is here that onlookers get blinded by the diversity in Hinduism and fail to see the unity of parts in the body of Elephant.

Chand K Sharma

Splashes – 4/72 – Universal Human Ethics of Hinduism

Everyone wants to LIVE. Even a worm turns when interfered with or threatened. A docile cow also defends with her horns. Animals eat other animals for food, but once their hunger is satisfied and there is no threat of life, animals do not kill others unnecessarily. They let others co-exist. The stronger would kill the weaker, only when there is need for food or threat to life.

Live and Let Live

Earlier humans also behaved like animals, but with more knowledge, awareness and development of empathy for others they started reliance more on agricultural products for their needs. With the advent of civilization, more humans turned to vegetarian food. They preferred cotton or woolen clothing than wearing animal skins. Today civilized humans observe restraint before killing others for food. When threatened they may exploit other options than killing the attacker. The difference between animals and humans is distinct. While animals co-exist, humans let others also live.

Diversification of Religions

The concept of ‘let live’ is marginally different from ‘co-existing’. Whereas animals instinctively co-exist, humans evolved ethical codes to practice ‘LIVE’ and ‘LET LIVE’. Live is survival for all living beings, but letting others live is Dharma for the mankind.

The wise men in India formulated ethics of certain ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ to follow the concept of ‘let others also live’.  That implied no one should take the share of the other, another’s life, and resources. Non-Violance, Truth, Contentment, Control over greed and avoidance of misappropriation were considered human virtues. Those principles came to be regarded as fundamental ethics (Yamas) in Sanatan Dharma. More activities aimed to preserve the environment came under ‘Dos’ while activities resulting in destruction of environment were classified as Don’ts in Dharma. Living in harmony with local environment, letting all creatures live a natural life have been the essence of Sanatan Dharma.  Any one following this in substance is surely a Hindu by faith and deed irrespective of his place of living in the world. ‘Vasudeva Kutambum’ has been the philosophy of Sanatan Dharma since times immemorial, implying whole world to be one large family.

Subsequently, local variations crept in the codes of ‘let-live’ all over the world keeping due to the environment, geographical, political, and economic conditions, as well as the state of emotional, psychological and general awareness of the groups. Following the pattern of Hinduism, those ethical standards emerged as separate religions. All religions primarily stress adherence to its ethical standards that lay down rules for regulating human relationships within the group. Thus, observance of charters to regulate relationships between humans, animals, and environment came to be known as divine command of the Creator. Family is considered to be the smallest group; persons of same religious community form larger group.

Observance of Dharma is Human

The animal world, plants and other celestial bodies perform their functions without any discrimination. Sun, Air, Water, Clouds, and Moon share their properties universally without any fear or favor. Birds and animals also perform their instinctive functions without any bias. It is only humans who perform their functions by choice and exercise selectivity. As all living things are ecologically dependent and co-exist, observance of the religious codes has been primarily the responsibility of human beings only. Person without Dharma is inhuman.

Competition and animosity between religions led to conflicts, bloodshed and wars whenever one religion tried to trespass the area of another religion. People living under different environments grouped themselves into different ethnic societies, countries, and religious communities. They were identified by some name given to them by the founder leader of their ‘Religion’. As long as people continued to observe their codes within the boundaries of their environment, their relations remained harmonious but once they crossed boundaries and came in clash with different environments that always led to disharmony and conflicts.

To cite an example, it is the ‘dharma’ of all drivers to keep left of the road in India and other Asian countries. Their environmental infrastructure is also designed accordingly. Similarly those living in USA drive keeping right and have their own environment. As long as both confine their ‘dharma of driving’ within their own territories both systems are fine, but if any of them intrudes into rival’s territory the result would be accidents, clashes and bloodshed.

First religion of mankind

The ethical code that emerged in India was popularly called Sanatan Dharma. It was thus the first religion for the entire mankind. Other religions originated later and shared many similarities with Sanatan Dharma. Commonly they were referred as paganism by Europeans when they started to civilize themselves. Today Sanatan Dharma is commonly identified as Hinduism. Hindus practiced live and let live, according to the conditions and constraints of Indian environment so that its resources could continuously be replenished for the use of future generations. Hindus regarded all living creatures to be the manifestations of God, entire universe as a large family. They condensed the concept in the doctrine of Vasudeva Kutumbakam.

Hindus laid importance on the preservation of environment. Various elements of nature such as mountains, sources of water like Rivers, lakes and oceans, also came to be respected as gods and goddesses. Yagnas were performed for purification of air. Animals and useful plants such as Peepal, Beil, Tulsi, and Banyan were preserved loved, nurtured, and even worshiped for their beneficial properties. Recognizing animals’ right to co-exist with men, Hindus inducted many animal forms into mythology also. No one was under-rated. Even pigs and snakes hated in other faiths found a respectable place in Hindu mythology. Many animals got associated with Gods as their carriers. Some animals were given the status of Gods and goddesses to impress the Omnipresence of the Almighty Creator. The animals were given prime position in art and architecture also. The emperors, kings and queens adopted different animals as their emblems as well as logos on flags. Birds and animals were embossed on royal emblems and coins were also minted depicting their images.

Rational and Humanist Approach

Hinduism considered man to be potentially divine and not a sinner off spring of Adam and Eve. Even the worst of ‘sinners’ may also find a place in Hinduism. By declaring that the whole universe is the projection of the Cosmic Mind, and same thread of unity passes through the diverse manifestations of all living beings, Hinduism carries conviction to the modern scientist in every concept of religion.

Hinduism is very liberal. As per its tenants God is not pleased with any particular form, race, nationality, clothing, food or rituals. If someone did not read any scripture, performed no rituals, and did not worship God in any form – he still remains a Hindu as long as he is performing duty according to his Dharma – the ethical code of local environment. A person may be a father, a husband, a son, a warrior, teacher or a servant. As long as he performs his duties on the basis of “live and let live” he pleases the God as a Hindu.

Unity in Diversity

Hinduism has always kept itself updated with the changes. Hindus never imported any saints from abroad. Reformers emerged within Hinduism. Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Arya Samaj have been the reformist off shoots of Hinduism. It was thus natural that interpretations sometimes differed, but subsequent sects stayed as extensions of Hinduism. The idols of founders and reformers have also been installed in Hindu temples. Hindus have always reconciled to the fact that religious diversities originated from one environment shall have similarities and have been tolerant towards other faiths. This is the unity in diversity of Hindu culture.

Hinduism tolerated dissent in thought as well as in action. Since Muslims and Christians had their religious origins in environments different from India, they did not join the main stream and clashed with Hinduism due to their own ideologies of intolerance and Jihad. They did not recognize the right of others to live differently but followed only the “Live” part of Hindu code and converted others to their faith, or killed them.

Hinduism did not restrict its followers from questioning religious dogmas. For instance, Islam is unthinkable without Prophet Mohammad, his sharia and Quran; Christianity is unthinkable without Christ, his gospel and the Bible. It is a faith in a particular prophet and book, which made a man Muslim or Christian. In contrast a Hindu is free to accept God in any form; so much so that the person is encouraged to identify himself with the God without any intermediary.

Importance of Religion

Religion thus established man-made relationships. God is not concerned who believed or disbelieved His existence. Non-believers also have to live in His domain. One may go on arguing the existence of God supported by tools of rationality provided by science for any length of time, but when rationality ends, faith automatically starts. When actions and efforts do not bring desired results, instead of getting frustrated, Hindus have left that to be the will of God. When no one is in sight, Hindu would recoup confidence by leaning on God. Whatever is unknown and undiscovered by mankind is considered to be in the knowledge of God. When no one is around, God is supposed to be there to give company to everyone and encouragement. What more we want? The buck stops there. Without Him there will be nothing but loneliness, insecurity, hopelessness and frustration. God is always loving, everlasting, omnipresent and omniscience. Every creation is manifestation of God. This is the strength of Hinduism.

Religion establishes and regulates the relationship of persons living dead and those to follow. A person inherits package of personal identity at birth such as a Hindu, Muslim, Christian or anything else. The identity package includes his parentage, name, country and Religion at the time of his birth. This package consists of fond memories of ancestors, their beliefs, customs and traditions all compressed in to the religion. Though circumstances may force any one to adopt a new nationality but the link with ancestors is continued through the religion even after death.

This magnificent heritage of realizations, thoughts and beliefs has been passed to mankind in the form of Hindu literature. It needs to be preserved, continued updated and passed to future generations. We are free to accept or reject the ‘research work’ already done by our ancestors, add-on to it, or start fresh with some new approach. In whatever way we may look at, Hindu literature is the record of development of human race and its thinking process. Hindus in India are proud of it that we are the authors, preservers, and custodians of human history. This is where the importance of religion lies to us in the scientific age of reality.

Hinduism has unified humanity by taking everyone into its fold and has accepted the right of everyone to live by the ethics of the code suited to the local environment. Every human who practices – ‘live and let live within the constraints of prevailing environment’ is regarded a Hindu on the globe.

Chand K Sharma

(To follow: Splashes- 5/72 – Unity in Diversity of Hinduism)

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