Independence to colonies came at a cost with a legacy that bound nations to expend energy on solving the problems the colonials implanted. People were divided. Populations were divided. Ethnicities were divided. Tribes were divided. Boundaries were created and endless issues associated with each. Muslims have issues, Christians have issues, but when Hindus in India and Buddhists in Sri Lanka voice their issues it is referred to as communal. To be Hindu and to say one is Hindu is considered taboo, just as Buddhists and Sinhalese are finding out too. Political correctness has meant politicians are to view issues from the lens of what benefits non-Hindus and non-Buddhists for that meets the criterion of the West’s policy of multiculturalism.
When Sri Lanka repeatedly warned India not to take the path that would eventually lead to balkanization of India, the warnings seem not to have reached the necessary people. That is because the warnings are being deciphered by people who are helping that balkanization. We can name similar actors in Sri Lanka, promoting the same notions. When media in India has been usurped and placed in the hands of the Church, we can only express shock as to why such a great nation allowed such a thing to happen. The great orators, thinkers, philosophers and politicians would not have expected Hindu India to fall this way. Was it not the Westerners who created the Aryan-Dravidian divide? Is it not established that North and South Indians both carry the same DNA differentiated only by the pigmentation as a result of weather?
In juxtaposing the situation currently faced in Sri Lanka and the funny stuff taking place in Tamil Nadu, we have only to put the dots together to see where the ultimate orders are coming from. We now realize that India is in a worse pickle than Sri Lanka, with so many Indian intellectuals outsourced to foreign climes. We can see similar ploys in Sri Lanka as well.
When India now points fingers at the self-serving secular leaders and blames them for not heeding the concerns of Hindus in their preoccupation with minority votes, is this not what we are saying of Sri Lanka’s “self-serving secular leaders” who are not difficult to name?
India has a population of 1.2 billion of which 82% are Hindus, yet Subramanian Swamy alleges that State Government are “looting” Hindu temples to support churches and mosques! Dr Swamy also claims that the Indian Government feels shy to call India a Hindu nation and this same sentiment is echoed in Sri Lanka!
Most Hindus are passive regarding their Hindu identity; the same is true of Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Dr. Swamy has mentioned an appeasement policy by the Government of India; this resonates exactly in Sri Lanka. Dr. Swamy has called for at least 40% of the 82% to unite against the divides taking place in reference to a Bill being introduced by Sonia Gandhi that would automatically incriminate Hindus [Communal Violence Bill – ed].
It is noteworthy that Dr. Swamy called upon Indians to become “Virat Hindus”, proud Hindus, because to save India only Hindus can protect secularism and without Hindus there would be no secularism; this is essentially what we can say about Sri Lanka. People need to simply imagine what a country ruled by non-Hindus and non-Buddhists would be like!
If the Vatican can say it’s a Christian state (Roman Catholic) and no other religion is tolerated inside the Vatican, England is a secular state but the Anglican Church has official status, and all nations with over 60% Muslims are not secular, it is strange that India is unable to call itself a Hindu state when it has 82% Hindus. As for Sri Lanka, in spite of Article 9 in its Constitution giving foremost place to Buddhism, the political leaders cringe to say the country is Buddhist because they fear the world would come down on them.
Secularism cannot be defined in relation to a country alone. Though Christians may be in the minority in a country, the ‘minority status’ is not truly applicable by virtue of the Church’s global reach and assistance given to the community all over the world. The same can be said of Islam. Nations like Sri Lanka feel the effects of the influence of global Christian and global Islamic lobbies. This brings Buddhists leaders and Buddhists into minority status and these lobbies have used effective ways to penetrate the decision makers. Both Christianity and Islam are global majorities making Hindus and Buddhists local minorities in their respective nations.
It is for these very reasons that India needs to seriously look at the manner in which India is being forced into submission by Tamil Nadu that is greatly influenced by outside forces and these are NOT associated primarily with Sri Lanka. These forces are devising a greater plan piggybacking on the hyped “Eelam” tag as it provides the local sauce needed for emotional unrest.
Helping that is the media who are agents of these external forces in both nations, which is why the discriminations against Hindus in India and Buddhists in Sri Lanka are quite obvious.
How many newspapers give unbiased coverage in either of the two nations? How quick are media to tag Hindus as “communal” in India and “Buddhists” as “extremists”, “militants” in Sri Lanka. Most Sri Lankans are angered by India’s actions, but in looking deeper we need to realize that non-Hindus helped by self-seeking Hindu secularists are steering India towards its downfall and that same situation is taking place before our very eyes in Sri Lanka.
This would be a good time for India’s Hindus to wake up and evaluate what has become of their Bharat nation and attempt to become “Virat Indians”. In Sri Lanka, of course the people have now realized the forces at play and foresee the future. - Vijayvaani, 14 April 2013
» Shenali Waduge is a keen observer of contemporary affairs and a Sri Lanka national.
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