Swami Vivekananda would be dismayed by contemporary India – Gautam Sen

Swami Vivekananda

Dr. Gautam Sen“Swami Vivekananda would be dismayed by the condition of contemporary India, drowning in the crassest material greed and imported filth of every description, masquerading as symbols of gratification and personal freedom. And by the most egregious assault on the Hindu faith since the Delhi Sultanate unleashed the terrifying horrors of Islam on those regarded as unbelievers. Vivekananda would have instantly recognised the political seizure of Hindu India by what is aptly described today as the generic Christian church, in cynical alliance with Islam and the latter’s surrogate, Indian Maoism, to deliver a possible coup de grace against Hindus. That so many prominent and high caste Hindus have joined hands with these Asuric forces in betrayal would not have surprised him, well-versed in the grim history of his people.” – Dr. Gautam Sen

Swami VivekanandaViewed in the long run perspective of history, embedded in societies are genetic mutations, which evidently activate life forms that respond to crises of survival. Such genetic civilizational incarnations of sages have occurred periodically in the history of Hinduism, alongside manifold destructive viruses from within and without. Swami Vivekananda was apparently such a counteractive life form that appeared in Hindu India, although perhaps only unexpected in the force of its significance, at a crucial moment in its history.

This great man, childlike in the intensity of personality, yet razor sharp in intellect and possessed of deep and boundless commitment to his own people and their faith, continues to reverberate through the pulse of a wounded Hindu civilisation. Vivekananda left us with an understanding of Hindu belief and faith that was profound and a proclamation for its revival that was inspiring. His mortal existence was too brief, but his impact was beyond compare. As barbarians assemble at the gates of Bharat at this very moment and their treasonous allies within seek to open them, Vivekananda stands astride it, calling Hindus to arms.

Raja Ram Mohan RoyVivekananda’s adult life in the final quarter of the nineteenth century coincided with a period of extraordinary cultural and intellectual renewal for India. It was a culmination of more than a century of reprieve from the worst calamity to have befallen Hindus in their history. The subsequent period of British imperial rule was also associated with cruelties and unprecedented material rapacity that easily equalled the antecedent experience of Muslim rule. Yet, mere indifference of the British colonial power towards Hindu worship and contemplation, with some instrumental encouragement as a counterweight to Islam, sufficed to unleash a surge of Hindu creativity. Beginning with Raja Ram Mohan Roy, a galaxy of creative giants lit up the firmament of Hindu cultural and religious life. Vivekananda was its divine summation, in turn inspiring contemporary writers, scientists and nationalist activism.

Sri Ramakrishna ParamhamsaHis youthful search for meaning in life and arduous intellectual endeavour brought him to the feet of the uneducated Ramakrishna; though this is the appellation pesky clerks in Bengal impute to classify those without a formal degree. That these degrees have long since ceased to provide even a rudimentary education and its holders transmuted into a virulent disease, consuming all in their path, need not distract attention at present. But it surely requires sober scrutiny and unsparing surgery to remove the cancer. Vivekananda underwent trials of severe deprivation and intellectual angst to posit the centrality of Hindu belief for redemption through service. He also espoused a pragmatic concern for the specifics of the material world that needed attention to achieve this divine goal, not least among utmost attention to dire want and deprivation of the many.

India Crossed-Out: Christian missionaries meet no opposition from the Indian government today.It cannot be doubted he would be dismayed by the condition of contemporary Bengal and India, drowning in the crassest material greed and imported filth of every description, masquerading as symbols of gratification and personal freedom. And its accompaniment by the most egregious assault on the Hindu faith since the Delhi Sultanate unleashed the terrifying horrors of Islam on those regarded as unbelievers: slavery, death and mass prostitution. Vivekananda, the intellectual giant, blessed with the most palpable common sense, would have instantly recognised the political seizure of Hindu India by what is aptly described today as the generic church, in cynical alliance with Islam and the latter’s surrogate, Indian Maoism, to deliver a possible coup de grace against Hindus. That so many prominent and high caste Hindus have joined hands with these Asuric forces in betrayal would not have surprised him, well-versed in the grim history of his people.

Marxist-Maoist IndiaThe fate of Bengal is a precursor to the wider retreat of Hindu India in the face of assault that threatens the most permanent defeat in its history. Territorial losses and religious conversion have beset the heartland of India, a diabolical phenomenon that began with the earlier advance of both Islam and Christianity in India. India already harboured the seeds of political implosion owing to historic Islamic conversions of populations in wide swathes of its territory. They have been followed by more recent Christian evangelical advances through both religious conversion itself, which Swami Vivekananda had noted with alarm, and the intellectual christianisation of segments of India’s elites. Partition was the first and devastating blow, but it is being succeeded by a veritable ripping out of the heart of India by Islam and Christianity, aided by anti-Hindu Hindus. The response of Hindu believers has been mute, amounting to the selling of Hinduism for paltry personal desire for money and status. Nepal is also succumbing to Christianity, like the Northeast of India, a victim of military conquest by Christian protagonists masquerading as Maoist revolutionaries.

Indian Rump StateThe seeds of the ongoing political and religious demise of Vivekananda’s Bengal after 1947 were sown in the nineteenth century. The British also unleashed a dormant militant Islam in the early twentieth century against a nationalist revolt they judged basically Hindu that was to end in partition. But there was an incubus within the Hindu fold that proved to be a source of especially consequential damage to it. The Brahmo Samaj was the fount of immense intellectual creativity in the nineteenth century and has produced some of India’s greatest aesthetes. But it also suffered fateful contamination from the Christian critique of Hinduism that later emerged to haunt Hindu Bengal. Despite all the morass of confused religious Brahmo introspection, its soul-searching was ultimately prompted by Christian evangelical questioning of Hinduism. The Brahmos imbibed the most wounding evangelical attacks on Hindu idolatry and were fundamentally alienated from the Hindu ethos as a result. Vivekananda’s rejection of the Brahmo Samaj following a brief encounter with it was partly a result of his astute perception of its hostile character for Hinduism.

S.C. Bose & M.K. Gandhi in 1938Decades later, many Bengali Brahmos, consciously and unconsciously uncomfortable with the Hindu ethos, in a way remarkably similar to Christians of India’s Northeast, succumbed to an allegedly reformist communist movement that has always regarded the faith of the Indian majority as its principal enemy. In time, their goals deteriorated as political successes inducted a horde of lumpen leaders, far removed from any reformist goals, but intoxicated by political power and the manifold material rewards it offers in India. This was the class that reared its ugly head in alliance with a Muslim peasantry, sweeping all before them to a chorus of approval from India’s external enemies, anxious to cut down to size an India unwilling to help them in prosecuting their Cold War aims. It is the same reason that India’s Left-dominated English language media and intellectual class were rapidly subverted and secularism embraced as a mask for diabolical Anglo-American political aspirations.

M.K. Gandhi & Lord MountbattenIt may be surmised and perhaps British archives will one day disclose that the Mahatma himself was in fact one of their own, nominated as the individual most likely to prolong British colonial rule over India. Gandhi’s activities in South Africa may have persuaded them that he was an eccentric and confused dupe who could be manipulated for their own purposes. The spread of increasingly violent resistance, the most serious potential threat to imperial rule owing to a numerically weak presence in India, must have convinced them that the ideology of non violence that Gandhi represented was an eminently suitable vehicle for combating growing nationalist militancy. The stymieing of Subhas Bose, admittedly not the most attractive personality on the Indian political horizon, with his childish forays to engage with the criminal regimes of Germany and Japan, was nevertheless an indication that Gandhi may have been following the dictates of higher authority. And perhaps their awareness of his deeply embarrassing personal peccadilloes was a persuasive factor in encouraging him to the right decision, by subverting basic democratic norms in the Congress.

British troops leaving India in 1947What transpired between Gandhi and his many white British interlocutors in South Africa is not known, but it cannot be beyond they realm of possibility that they played a critical role in manoeuvring his return to India and discreetly patronised his vaulting leadership ambitions subsequently. The ultimate trajectory of Indian history until 1947 was the product of complex factors that Britain’s preferred Gandhian pacifism alone cannot explain. The devastation of the Great War severely undermined imperial Britain and the eventual threat of revolt of its Indian military levies, rather than witless Gandhian activities, persuaded them of the need to abandon India. But they did not go quietly. They ensured the partition that they themselves had incubated, sponsoring Pakistan in the hope of retaining a military presence in the Indian subcontinent. They also wished to leave behind a broken-backed India of warring factions, regions and princely states, possibly even recommending Jawaharlal Nehru to Gandhi to prevent nationalists, more strongly grounded in traditional India, from inheriting their legacy.

J. Nehru & Edwina MountbattenIn the event, the historical record shows that the Anglophile Nehru disappointed them by refusing to wield India in the role of Cold War proxy. Nevertheless, he managed to inflict untold harm on India, combining a lack of vision and mediocre personal capabilities with a remarkable hostility towards the Hinduism that alone could have united India’s disparate population. In addition to a string of hugely costly foreign policy disasters, enabling evangelical incursion into the Northeast, he laid the ground work for the stunning setbacks that have since beset India.

The India he left behind was inherited by his family not Indians and certainly not Hindus. More recently, the squalid detritus of his family has become the willing pawn of an international conspiracy, in alliance with militant Islam, to dismantle India so that Christian evangelists can deliver a final coup de grace against Hindus. Hindus are retreating across the board, from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, where assorted ideological deceits obscure the reality of Christian aggression against Hindus, to Bengal and Assam where Islam is poised to gain untrammelled political control. The rest of India will not remain immune in its aftermath.

Rahul Gandhi vs Narendra ModiThe moment has surely reached for a renewal of Hindu India on the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Vivekananda’s birth to ensure that it does not disintegrate by the counterpart anniversary of his death. Just one generation and a decade remain to banish the Asuric forces that have assembled within the walls of the kingdom and begin the long march towards the divinity denied Hindu India for more than a thousand years. The foreign religious ideologues, sporting Hindu religious marks on their ever-so fair foreheads, even as concealed daggers gleam within their clothing, need erasure. Their treasonous indigene collaborators, led by a prostituted media and a medley of devious converts in high office, cannot be denied the fate so unsparingly enumerated in Hindu epics for their ilk. Vivekananda’s universalism and humanity does not exclude the violent resistance to evil that the Bhagavad-Gita he treasured enjoins. – Organiser, 21 January 2013

Swami Vivekanand


2 Responses

  1. If we observe the history of Hindu efforts to the assault on Hindus very existence, we will notice that the efforts are not concerted, tepid and lack traction. The reasons are different in different periods in 1000 years. In the beginning, when all other cvilizations fell like castle of cards, the assault facing India was brutal, sudden and overwhelming. outside India survived because of its pure contents which were thousands of times superior than the barbarians who brought the assault. Then the assault in second wave came subtly, by deceit and design and by influence. Still the response was non camonserted, tepid and lacked traction. The 3rd wave came after independence. This was from within, The inertia was coming to life on its own. The outside forces can relax as the agenda was running by auto pilot. All they need to assure was there were pilots in flesh and in blood. The reasons for inertia, isolated responses, tepidness and without tractness is lack of resources, will, defamation of Hindu leadership all associated with natural consequences of losing military and political power and betrayal and conspiracies. The lack of military and political power can turn a nation at the mercy of evil powers and their agenda and can turn prosperous nation into beggars and prostiution yet the illiterate so called leaders are fooling the people that moth eaten India will be a super power. What can be greater opium than that together with aping bollywood, sicularism, sham democracy, rapes, corruption and its ediction?

  2. A brilliant article! There is however, a distinct possibility that the Congress will lose in the 2014 election. The polls today show that.

    However . . . until and unless all Hindus unite under the banner of the BJP, the smaller factional ones may gain from the defeat of the Congress, and the BJP will once again face a motley crew with which to work if and when it comes to power.

    It is good to read such a sweeping and trenchant endorsement of Vivekananda and the corresponding critique of the Brahmoists.

    The Macaulayites are currently in retreat and only a united Hindu response will drive them into a final demise.

    The Hindu (if ever there was a misnomer for the once glorious newspaper) tried a few tricks and ran a ridiculous attack on Vivekananda by a sociologist (Srivastava, I believe was the name). Only a concerted Hindu response forced the newspaper editor to issue an apology.

    Praveen Swami ran a smug article in which without evidence he said that in 2008 Indian soldiers beheaded a Pakistani soldier in retaliation for their own soldier’s beheading. Swami said this blandly even when he said that the Hindu had no independent verification for this story.

    I wrote a critique of him in my article ‘Praveen Swami not a reliable reporter?‘ (Haindava Keralam, Jan. 11, 2013). I sent this to the two main English channels, NDTV and CNNIBN. A few days later at a CNN-IBN discussion with Rajdeep Sardesai, someone from the Pakistani side talked about the allegation of the latest beheading of an Indian solider in January.

    Surprisingly, Praveen Swami countered this : “a headless body is not an allegation!”

    I am assuming that not only my criticism (which I also sent to Siddharth Varadarajan, editor of The Hindu) but from other Hindus also may have caused Swami to back off!

    At any rate, The Hindu is starting up a Policy Institute in New Delhi which is going to be inaugurated by Pranab Mukherji. It remains to be seen what the Institute will be up to.

    There is only one route Dr. Sen and that is for the Hindus of India to unite and throw out the Congress and then actively provide the good governance that Modi has provided for Gujarat. Here at least the Muslim vote is with him. Likewise, in all the states and I am thinking of Kerala (my own home province) the Hindus must simply get their act together. And so on. . . .

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