Being a faithful Hindu in Hindustan is a difficult proposition – Tarun Vijay

Tarun Vijay“So Aurangzeb, a ruthless father of the ISIS we see today must be defended. A nationalist icon of a resurgent nation, our prime minister must be opposed in foreign lands like modern day Mir Jafars, the reprehensible acts of violence against left-wing authors must be blamed on Hindu organisations even before the probe begins, and defenders of the Hindu faith must be put on the defensive using the powerful tools of journalism in a partisan manner. There remains not a single newspaper in this country … that would agree to publishing the views that differ with their own. So much for free press and its objectivity.” – Tarun Vijay

Asiya AndrabiIf Asiya Andrabi had been a Hindu in an Islamic country and had she tried to assert her religious right, she would have been supurd-e-khaak by now. She must thank her stars that she was born in a Hindu majority country where mocking and insulting Hindu sensitivities is not only tolerated by the state, but also encouraged by those vocal and media savvy Hindus identified as “seculars”.

Think of those like us who have been brought up to worship the cow as their mother, who have been continuously fed stories by Hindu leaders and their ideological mentors that killing a cow is a sin, who were told by them that Shivaji never tolerated killing of cows and had the butchers put on a death row when they did so. Today they choose to keep mum, silently watching something they never imagined.

Some showcase their meat eating habits in a bazaar, standing with a knife and watching blood ooze out of the slaughtered animal. This is considered a rightful, legitimate act – made acceptable to a secular nation by a just, fair, objective and secular media.

Ranjit SinghWe had heard of such incidents only when an invader wanted to teach a lesson to the subjugated people. We had heard that when a Muslim assaulter wanted to humiliate us, he had the Harmandir Saheb, a holy pond in Amritsar, filled with cow blood. Everyone condemned it and now it is a sad, reprehensible act in our collective memory. Maharaja Ranjit Singh too banned cow slaughter and all the Sikh Gurus held it sacred.

Today, the vagaries of political expediency ensure that even Sikh authorities keep silence on this issue, even though there is a coalition government in Punjab. Hindus standing against Hindus has cost the community a Somnath in every period of our history. A studied silence on assaults in the hope that the slaughterer will have mercy one day has resulted in the majority becoming refugees in their own land.

It is astonishingly surprising how Hindus have learnt to live with their assaulters in a meek way since we gained independence. The demographic invasion by the neighbours, the last forgotten days of the founder president of Bharatiya Janasangh in Srinagar, the mocking of the highest revered book, in fact the very first book of the world, Rgveda, the caricaturing of Hindu monks into some kind of foolish, outdated junk, the fossilisation of Hindu organisations into semi-literate, anti-women, anti-minorities and against all those human values that make a person acceptably civil—all this has become a trend in a fashionable, rich society, with the people often getting close to the ruling elite, whatever their colour or belief may be.

Swami Lakshmanananda SaraswatiWe forget the recent history when Hindu temples were looted and images of their deities burnt, while the seculars turned their faces the other way. When an octogenarian Laxmananand Saraswati was silenced forever by alienated violent groups professing another faith. Such incidents never become an issue of public debate. Rather, they are shown as false, fabricated stories by Hindu zealots. When a celebrated music composer works on a Sufi theme, he is a great hero, but when he receives a threat from Islamic clerics, silence is the norm adopted by the secular sirens.

Some did write a few books on the assaults suffered by the Hindus, though a bit apologetically as if we are in a Saudi land, and so much was the marginalisation of the persecuted Hindus that such a literature remained limited to the assertive groups only, never gaining a mention in the secular magazines’ pages. They were forced to leave their homes, orchards, their songs and festivals—forced to die and an entire generation lost a part of their land and sense of belonging. Nothing happened to make their woes a national concern. Like air-crash victims or sufferers of natural calamities, some received compensation, some relief material, some admissions in schools and colleges on compassionate ground. But life remained normal as ever. The nation remained busy in other important work—elections, disruptions and again elections and then the formation of the new government, terror attacks, bomb blasts, and again swearing to end terrorism. It’s now a routine exercise.

Some thought there are traitors in the Valley who demand secession and flock to meet the Pakistani high commissioner. It’s another kind of a jiyarat for those who want to have another Partition.

Still some think they are honourable political satyagrahis. They get all the government funds to travel, enjoy a strong security bandobast and regular health check-ups at the expense of the patriotic Indian taxpayer.

The demand to have the bovine cattle slaughtered in Kashmir valley—openly at Lal Chowk—has nothing to do with the supposedly irresistible taste of cow meat or a Cow Slaughter Srinagar 2015presumptuous religious dictate not enshrined in the Quran or the Shariat. Beef fest during Eid is undoubtedly aimed to tease and hit the Indian state and send a message to the rulers in Delhi—look, we are openly challenging your sovereign authority and defying the high court orders. Do whatever you can.

Beef eating, as a challenge to India, and its public display as an act of bravado is like destroying the temple at Ram Janma Bhoomi—which was meant to humiliate the subjugated Hindus and show them their place. It’s a political act that has nothing to do with culinary practice or religion.

The deafening silence of the Hindu outfits and preachers on the nauseatingly hateful statements of the Asiya Andrabis from the north to the south of this country arises from some noble wish to keep peace. Hindus must leave the Valley to make peace with jihadis. They must keep mum as they watch their icon of religious reverence slaughtered openly, only because it helps to keep peace. Hindus shouldn’t demand that the national anthem be sung in the Valley’s schools and they have a greater responsibility and shouldn’t provide the slightest chance to provoke assaulters. The powerful decide the rules. Like we saw in Chennai Express, the station is where the goon wants to disembark. How media moguls mock at the innocent and accurate depiction of women power during Rgvedic times. The intellectuals of the secular shade pounce upon statements of RSS-inspired history organisation. These are the “know-it-alls” who have “read” the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Puranas. They think those who speak anything favourable about Indian culture must be as vehemently countered and mocked at as was done during the British. They know Gargi, Maitreyi, the rebellious Janaki, mother of Nachiketa—the challenger to the god of death. They even know about the annihilator of the wicked Durga, Andal, and Velu Nachiar—who descended on the earth from Mars and Venus. They had nothing to do with the ethos and culture of this land.

Aurangzeb Road renamed Dr APJ Abdul Kalam RoadSo Aurangzeb, a ruthless father of the ISIS we see today must be defended. A nationalist icon of a resurgent nation, our prime minister must be opposed in foreign lands like modern day Mir Jafars, the reprehensible acts of violence against left-wing authors must be blamed on Hindu organisations even before the probe begins, and defenders of the Hindu faith must be put on the defensive using the powerful tools of journalism in a partisan manner.

There remains not a single newspaper in this country—a part of the mainstream media—that would agree to publishing the views that differ with their own. So much for free press and its objectivity.

Roads and power lines do not make a nation. Remember the fate of the Soviet Union. It is the core values a nation represents that must be safeguarded—for India, this means we respect the sensitivities of all citizens and protect the rights of the minority, irrespective of how small they are.

Pluralism doesn’t translate into the display of your animal instincts to a religious group that has suffered exodus at the hands of Andrabis’ cousins. What is most shocking is the silence of the so-called “liberal, secular Muslim intellectuals” who had progressed not only because of their talent and brilliance but also because Hindus supported them. – DailyO, 22 September 2015 

» Tarun Vijay is a renowned Indian author, thinker, social worker, freelance journalist, and parliamentarian.

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi

3 Responses

  1. Hello Tarun Vijay, You BJP is also responsible for this state of affairs. It has not not done anything for the hindus or hindu cause either in opposition or in power. You people use hindus to gain power for yourself and do nothing for the hindu cause. You also play the secular card along with congress many times and betraying all. So please stop this hypocrisy.

    • BJP has very little to do with present condition of Hindus.It is Mohandas Gandhi and J. Nehru are responsible for putting Hindus in this situation.

  2. THIS IS FOR THE NAYSAYERS IN INDIA, FROM A LEADING PAKISTAN NEWSPAPER …

    Nawaz Vs Modi – The Nation – Islamabad – 28 September 2015

    Everyone loves a good old showdown between politicians—but in the case of PM Nawaz versus the Indian PM Modi, we have our backs to the wall. While Modi is received like a star is attending events and parties, PM Sharif only has the UN platform to make an impact. The odds are stacked against Pakistan.

    Both Nawaz and Modi are in New York for the Sustainable Development Summit hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, where the new and ambitious post-2015 development agenda will be adopted. However, both parties have made it clear that there will be no bilateral meeting between them. Modi and Sharif, who are staying in the same hotel in the city, the iconic Waldorf Astoria, when asked if there will be a “deliberate attempt” to ensure that paths of the two leaders do not cross, the reply was all in negative.

    Modi will not only speak to Silicon Valley’s biggest executives during his two-day visit to the US tech hub, but will also take questions from some of Facebook Inc’s 1.5 billion users at a Town Hall. He is the first Indian leader to visit the US West Coast in more than 30 years—expecting to receive a rock-star welcome through most of his visit. He also attended a dinner with 350 business leaders where Indian-born CEOs of Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and Adobe Systems Inc moderated a panel. He has also sought to encourage some Indians who have thrived around Silicon Valley to bring their knowledge back home. Modi boasts an 87 percent approval rating in India, quite a feat for a politician who for nearly a decade was prohibited from setting foot on US soil. That 2005 decision was based on Modi’s failure to stop the anti-Muslim Gujarat riots.

    What is Nawaz Sharif doing? Modi has been focused on connecting with the Indian diaspora in the US, while Nawaz Sharif was considering speaking to the US President in Urdu, to give our national ego a boost. It almost sounds like a joke. Increasingly, Pakistan has nothing to offer to the west, including personality and charisma.

    Pakistan must watch Modi’s gait and gestures. Modi is an astute politician, who has the ability to outsmart rivals with an amazing sense of timing. We on the other hand, are stuck with archaic, redundant policies of following the same deadbeat formula of ‘successes’. There has to be a drastic improvement of the Pakistani image in the west. The US is helping India get armed to the hilt and soon we will lose our only advantage- our military strength. And that is Modi’s aim—the political and military dominance of India. He has a plan? Do we?

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