Yearly Archives: 2009

Solution to Telangana crisis

My compromise formula for the current unrest in Andhra Pradesh about the formation of Telangana state:

Split the state into Telangana and Andhra. Let Hyderabad be a UT for 25 years before being transferred to Telangana.

Hyderabad currently generates revenues of Rs 15,000 crores a year. Divide this — one third to Telangana and one third to Andhra for 25 years to develop their respective capitals. One third retained by central government for administration expenses.

Announce that the new capitals of Telangana and Andhra will be connected to Hyderabad with 6-lane expressways within two years.

This way, Telangana guys will be cool — they will eventually get Hyderabad after 25 years. Andhra guys will be cool — they will not immediately lose out on all the investments and hardwork done by them in Hyderabad over the years. MOrever, each will get one-third of Hyderabad revenues, so there is no heart burn. Quarter of a century is enough time for them to develop their capitals to Hyderabad standards.

As a bonus, two new cities in the area will get to develop hugely as respective state capitals, benefitting the region’s economy.

Builders lobby and other businessmen from coastal Andhra will be cool with Hyderabad being declared UT — their investments in various projects will not go to ruin. Their value will actually shoot up.

There will be no harrasment of migrants to Andhra by “Telanagana Navnirman Sena” because the city will be directly administred from Delhi.

Win, win all round. This is the only acceptable solution I can think of. It is important for tempers to cool down. Delaying Hyderabad’s transfer to Telangana will help in this. Handing it immediately over to Telangana will be a disaster.

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Goose of Bengali Hindus seems to be cooked

Destiny of West Bengal Hindus: The Coming Days of Slavery to Islam

How fast-breeding Muslims are turning West Bengal (and entire India for that matter) into a Muslim-majority state and signs of the consequences that await its Hindu populations.

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Did Brits take India from Muslims?

“Britishers snatched India from Muslims in connivance with Hindu baniyas” — this is the argument very often heard in Pakistan and some Muslim circles in India.

Well, here is a map of India of 1760. As you can see, most of India is under the control of the Marathas (the area in yellow). Bengal by this time was captured by the British through the battles of Buxar and Plassey. So what exactly were Muslims holding in 1760? They were holding only the area which is now Pakistan (Sindh, Multan, Lahore, Kashmir), Awadh (today’s eastern UP) and Nizam’s dominion in the south. That is all. (Mysore  state was ruled by the  Hindu Wodeyars.)

Muslims were esentially ruling only 25 percent of Indian land, while Marathas were ruling 60 percent. Soon Maharaja Ranjeet Singh also conquered entire modern-day Pakistan, thus further shrinking the land under Muslim rule drastically. Combined with Marathas and Sikhs, the Indic faiths were ruling 90 percent of India. So what is this hogwash about Brits taking India from the Muslims? If Goras had not arrived on the scene, Hindus and Sikhs would have retaken the whole of India in another 30 years, thus winning the civilisational war that was started by the Afghan and Arab Muslims when they invaded Hindus in their own homeland, carrying their “true god / false god” ideology with them.

The fight for India was between Marathas and the John Company (as East India Company was often called). In fact, Marathas were ruling from the Red Fort in Delhi and the Mughal emperor was recieving a pension from them.

The battle for Delhi and the tradional seat of Mughal power was fought between Maratha army and British army (led by general Gerard Lake) on the banks of the Yamuna river. It is called the Battle of Patparganj. A memorial to this battle erected by the British government still exists inside the Noida golf course.

It is time this bluff of Muslims was called.

Maratha saffron flag over India

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Raping Daughters-in-law

Raping Daughters-in-law: Following Holy Tradition of the Prophet
Wednesday, 16 December 2009

By Dr. Radhasyam Brahmachari   

An account of how Muslims across India are emulating the holy tradition of prophet Muhammad by raping their daughters-in-law.

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Avatar and Hinduism

New movie Avatar shines light on Hindu word
By ARLENE NISSON LASSIN FOR THE CHRONICLE

Avatar’s origins, however, come from the Sanskrit language in sacred Hindu texts, and it’s a term for divine beings sent to restore goodness to Earth.

Hinduism, the third-largest religion in the world with about 1 billion adherents, began many centuries ago on the Indian subcontinent, and a majority of the world’s Hindus reside in India.

Those who practice Hinduism recognize three main deities. Lord Brahma is considered the creator of the universe; Lord Vishnu is considered the sustainer of the universe, to right things when needed; and Lord Shiva is the redeemer of the universe.

It is believed that these deities sent avatars — incarnations of themselves in human form — to perform “dharma,” or righteous duty, to right wrongs or to restore peace and goodness.

Hindu theology names 10 numbered avatars. Two of the most important from Hindu scripture are Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu and written about in the poem Ramayana; and Lord Krishna, written about in the mythological poem Mahabharata.

The Mahabharata, the world’s longest epic poem at more than 90,000 verses and one of the most important Hindu texts, tells of a battle between bad forces and the Pandava family. The avatar Lord Krishna appears to assist Arjuna, one of the five Pandava family brothers, reveals his divinity to him and encourages him that it is his duty to fight for right.

Illustrations of these Hindu avatars, which are magnificently detailed and reflect an aura of divinity, are in stark contrast to Cameron’s alien-meets-robot-warrior look in the film.

Despite the very different avatar interpretations, local Hindus’ reverence for specific avatars from their scripture does not conflict with how they are seeing the modern usage of the term.

“The way the term is now being used is not a distortion of my beliefs,” said Anil Dandona, a practicing Hindu. “It is just a term. We believe the Supreme Being sent humans to create righteousness. These messengers of God take a human form, but they have godlike qualities, and they are delegates sent to do a task.”

Rishi Bhutada, Houston coordinator of the American Hindu Foundation, agreed with Dandona. He said that while Hindus use the term to mean an alternative representation of the divine, using it to mean some other representation does not “raise any hackles.”

“There are certain sacred terms that would offend Hindus if used improperly, but avatar is not one of them,” Bhutada said.

Local filmmaker Ashok Rao, who has made four full-length feature films, is looking forward to Cameron’s film, and he feels that as long as filmmakers do not insult the sensitivities of a particular religion, then artistic license can be used.

“The film’s use of avatar is a close relationship to the original meaning. It is a word meaning reincarnation and isn’t meant to always mean a representative of God on Earth. It simply means one being in another form.”

“In literature, moviemaking, poetry and other forms of art, something is taken and stretched in meaning. That is art,” said Rao.

Here is another one on the issue:

Avatar The Movie – Similarities with Hindu Teachings and symbols and concepts in Hinduism

Basically, people in the West are tired of this “true god, false god” theology, with hatred for anyone who doesn’t belong to their club. Pantheism with its tolerance and harmony with nature has again begun to appeal to them. It is nothing but the rise of the theology of Greece and Rome before it was suppressed brutally by Church. There is a limit to how long you can keep people’s minds caged on fear of punishment in hell. Sooner or later, people start moving toward free-thinking as they begun to suffocate in the mental chains of Semitic faiths. Many people in the west have reached a tipping point now.

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Good news for Dharma

2,000 Gujarat tribals return to Hinduism in Surat

Surat, 21 December, 2009

As many as 2,000 tribal people from remote parts of eastern and southern Gujarat tribal belt today reconverted to Hinduism in a function held at Adajan area in Surat on Monday.

Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Shree Swami Narendracharya Maharaj of Nanij presided over the purification ceremony — a three-hour function. Wearing dhotis and sporting the sacred thread, the converts’ heads were tonsured to signify their rebirth.

During the purification ceremony, the converts who felt cheated after going to Christianity apologized to their forefathers for betraying their faith. Converts were purified by Panchagavya and Bhabhuti. The converts were given fresh ‘Vastram’. The affidavits will be made and later registered to complete the formalities

The entire conversion process was similar to the one when 350 years back Shivaji Maharaj brought Netaji Palkar into Hindu dharma by performing the purification process.
 

The organisation which reconverted tribals to Hinduism.

If you want to donate something for propagation and protection of Sanatana Dharma, never make the mistake of donating money to temples controlled by the government. Your money will never be used to help a single Hindu. It is just a racket run by anti-Hindu Congress. The government will take the entire money away and subsidise churches and mosques. Instead, give money directly to organisations such as the above.

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Secular mafia: Why do Hindus knowingly support it?

A translation of a powerful speech given by Sasikala Teacher, of Hindu Aikya Vedi, in Kerala on the occasion of Guru Gowalkar’s Birth Centenary Celebrations.

Source: Ghatotkacha’s blog

Jolting the Hindus awake from their slumber

Distinguished guests seated on the podium, my dear fellow Hindu activists and my other sisters and brothers!

We are gathered here on the penultimate day of the Birth Centenary Celebrations, at the Taluk level, of Param Pujaneeya Guruji M.S Gowalkar the second “Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

The audience and those distinguished persons seated on the stage are not unaware of the sacrifices made by Guruji and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh for this Nation and for the Hindu society. The Birth Centenary Celebrations of Param Pujaneeya Guruji are being held at 159 Taluks.

We have come to understand this fact that when ever such large Hindu conferences take place, there are people outside the venue, who despite their hectic work schedules, cover their faces and hide their bodies but lend us their ears. These Hindus are present in spirit but not in bodies. Among those Hindus, who lend us their ears but who do not attend the conferences, there may be well-wishers and there may also be friends.

 There is a question that at least some of them ask us at some time or the other. The Hindus who say with pride that they are Hindus have had to face this question on several occasions. The question is none but this. “Ok, we agree when you say that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has been functioning since 1925; that the man who had the most tremendous impact on our era, Dr Hedgewarji, the karma yogi, Param Pujaneeya Guruji and tens of thousands of selfless activists have worked for Hindu solidarity and prosperity; that the Sangh had been active in Kerala since 1940. Now tell us what has been your achievement in Kerala?”

This is the question for which we need to enlighten them with an appropriate answer.

They ask, have we been able to return at least one Member of Parliament or one Member of the Legislative Assembly. Many of us have had to face this question. It is the grossly distorted value system of the society that is responsible for the very fact that such questions are put to us. People think that politics means only party politics and that the benchmark for success of party politics has to be measured by the “spoils of office” or the rewards and benefits considered by a winning political party to be its legitimate due. It is due to this preconceived and misconceived notion of the society that we are asked such a question. However, even those who ask us this question are aware of the reality that there have been drastic changes in the Hindu society of Kerala. They realize it even if they are unable to honestly admit it.

In 1921 when the Moplah Muslims, instigated by the “Secular” Gandhi’s Khilafat Agitation, were awash with a monster tide of murderous Islamic religious frenzy in Eranadu and Valluvanadu Taluks of the erstwhile Malabar District,

the Hindu who surrendered his neck,
the Hindu who abandoned his Dharma,
the Hindu who discarded his wealth,
the Hindu who when his temples were defiled, desecrated, despoiled and destroyed looked on passively hopelessly and helplessly,
the Hindu who turned and fled without even once looking at others around him …
all this is part of the savage history of Malabar Moplah Rebellion,
the shame filled history of Hindu humiliation and
the tragic story of the SECOND MALABAR HINDU GENOCIDE.

Fast forward to the time of Maaradu beach massacre, of poor Hindu fishermen by Islamic Pakistan-inspired and Communist-supported well-armed jihadis, which left 8 immediately dead and 15 mortally wounded. Not one single Hindu had fled the Maaradu beach in the wake of the pre-planned murderous assault.

If the Hindu had resolutely and with a stout heart held his ground then it is not because of any traditional strong will of the Hindu fishermen of Maaradu beach or their brute physical strength or any courage that the Hindu might have acquired as a matter of course but because of the disciplined Hindutva activity of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh which instilled Hindu consciousness in the Kerala Hindu Society filling it with vigour and verve and enabled those handful of poor Hindu fisher folks to face their armed assailants with courage and fortitude. There was an organized Hindu society standing solidly behind them.

In 1950, the famous Sabarimala Temple burned … we all know it was deliberately burnt, the people from Tiruvalla Town know the whole story. During the death dance of the Christian fundamentalists, the sanctum sanctorum and the holy image of Lord Aiyappa got burned down. The average Hindu of those days cried in their temples and in their private pooja rooms and with voices choked with emotion tearfully implored Lord Aiyappa, “Please chop off the arms of those who vandalized your holy temple”. However, Lord Aiyappa not being into the mercenary hit-man business, no hands were chopped off!

Lord Krishna had said in Bhagawat Gita, “Arjuna, take up the bow and fight, I will personally drive your chariot.” Lord Krishna did not say, “Don’t worry, just sit tight with holy marks on your foreheads and say your lovely melodious prayers in chaste Sanskrit with perfect cadence and intonation, I will do all the work for saving Dharma.”

He said, “Yield not to paltry faint-heartedness, shake off that unbecoming and unmanly despondency, take up your weapons and fight, and then and only then I will guide you to definite victory. … You will be forced to fight whether you wish to or not. … You have no choice but to fight.”

The Hindu forgetting the teachings of Lord Krishna, beseeched Lord Aiyappa to punish those Christian fundamentalists who burnt the holy Sabarimala Temple and nothing happened at all. But as Sri Sadanandan Master said some time back, when a “cross” appeared “mysteriously” in the Nilackal mountain forest belonging to Sabarimala Temple, the Hindu devotees did not merely pray to the Lord Aiyappa to save them, instead all the Hindu devotees went in unison and acting in concert forcefully wrenched that “cross” out of the sacred ground and threw it far away.

If the devout Hindus could act with courage of conviction and strength of character then it is not the strength they allegedly acquired over passage of time, rather it is because of the disciplined Hindutva activity of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh which organized the then divided and scattered Kerala Hindu Society and instilled the sense of Hindu consciousness in them and gave them moral and physical courage to take on their implacable foes.

In Malappuram Jilla, there is no Hindu who does not know the saga of the wealthy Muslim businessman and estate owner Uneen Sahib who, out of profound reverence, sheer affection and deep devotion to the ancient rishi parampara, returned to the fold of Sanatana Dharma and proudly adopted the Hindu name Ramasimhan.

The local Muslim clergy trembled at the thought that if lay Muslims become aware of the greatness, glory and grandeur of the ancient Sanatana Dharma they will seek liberation from the tight suffocating Islamic grip and escape to the liberal, liberating and exhilarating environs of Sanatana Dharma.

Moplah Muslims armed with deadly weapons entered the house of Ramasimhan and in a dastardly act slaughtered the sleeping Ramasimhan along with his family and retainers in cold-blood. The Moplah Muslim vandals then demolished the beautiful Mattummal Sri Narasimha Moorthy Temple which was reconstructed by the intrepid Ramasimhan at the dawn of Indian independence. The terrified Hindus of the locality even feared to retrieve and give a funeral to the bodies of the slain Ramasimhan and family. We remember that Malappuram Jilla which feared a violent aftermath if they tried to retrieve the bodies of Sri Ramasimhan and his family to give them a decent funeral, remained petrified with horror.

Today we have come to know that the Hindus of that very same Malappuram Jilla have fought an arduous and protracted legal battle and retrieved the premises of the Narasimha Moorthy Temple, which was adored by the pious Ramasimhan, and the adjacent buildings and temple properties. The Malappuram Jilla is no more the place where the Hindus remained petrified with horror. Ramasimhan Trust is moving forward with reconstruction of the Mattummal Sri Narasimha Moorthy Temple and the place where that Temple once stood is now renamed Ramasimhan Nagar by the Hindus of Malappuram to keep alive the sacred memory of the Hindu martyr Ramasimhan for whom they have nothing but the deepest affection and the utmost pride.

The sacred memory of Ramasimhan fills the invigorated Hindus of Malappuram Jilla with zeal and fervour. If the miniscule Hindu population of Malappuram Jilla, which had once remained frozen with fear in the presence of a scene of mass murder, can now outstare the adversary and move with firm steps and courageous mien, it is not because the Hindu acquired courage over a course of time but because of the disciplined Hindutva activity of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh which instilled Hindu consciousness in the Kerala Hindu Society filling it with vitality and valour.

Today the Hindu society is organized enough and united enough to face the direct challenges posed to it. But that, my sisters and brothers, is not enough. A health-conscious person does not wait for a disease to strike and then achieve its cure. A health conscious person would aim at preventing a disease from attacking the body. Today we have the organized strength to face the challenges posed to our society, but that is not enough. What we need to achieve is a state of affairs wherein challenges posed to our society will be few and far. It is to this end that we must act, so time has not yet come that we can put up our feet and relax in tired indolence.

We may have lots of stories of victories against anti-Hindu forces. Every village may have its tale of awakening of Hindu consciousness. Today the Hindu is not a fallen tree which any one can jump on with ease and with impunity. We must act to achieve a state of affairs wherein our enemies will think twice before posing challenges to our society. To this end we must have full awareness of the situation existing today, the challenges and pitfalls facing the Kerala Hindu society.

It is of course easy to merely describe the situation facing the Kerala Hindu of today. The Kerala Hindu has the generous liberal democratic choice of death before:

the armed murderous jihadi,
the treacherous cancerous evangelical destroyers of our beloved families and
the anti-Hindu “secular” politician who will use all the provisions of our constitution, laws, government policies and government machinery to destroy us with supreme contempt and malicious neglect.

We are walking around carrying with us these ample choices to choose our demise from.
The death sentence has already been passed concerning us, Kerala Hindus.
We can be done to death violently by the savage Jihadis.
We can be destroyed by the foreign inspired and sponsored “evangelical love,” also known as religious conversion.
We can be throttled, choked and suffocated to death by the withering contempt and cruel neglect of the politicians, whom we unfailingly and regularly vote to the halls of authority and seats of power.

It is this awareness of the THREE MORTAL ENEMIES that the Hindu society desperately needs. It is only this awareness of the three mortal enemies that can prepare the Hindu society to create a state of affairs wherein our enemies will think twice before posing challenges to our society. We must be mindful of the extent to which our Hindu society has been entrapped and ensnared by these three enemies.

Let us start with the murderous jihadi terrorists. Islamic Fundamentalism is not a problem confronting only the Kerala state. It is a problem confronting the entire world. But can a problem confronting the entire world be solved by a few Hindus here? We are aware that it cannot be so. Islamic terrorism can strike any where, be it America or Britain or Russia or Indonesia. But should Islamic terrorism exist in India? That is our question.

Is the world’s largest democracy incapable of combating Islamic terrorism? Is the country with the world’s longest written constitution incapable of combating Islamic terrorism? Yes, it is definitely capable of doing just that! Then why is this country being repeatedly ravaged by the scourge of terrorism. This is the question that is vexing us, concerned citizens, today.

If this country is being repeatedly laid low by terrorism, then it is not the capability or efficiency of the terrorists. If this country is being repeatedly laid low by terrorism, then it is because the society has lost its ability to recognize and identify the supporters, collaborators, facilitators and sponsors of Islamic terrorism. More dangerous than the thieves are the conspirators to thievery. This society is unable to recognize and identify those who sponsor terrorism, those who inspire terrorism, those who provide ideological foundations for terrorism, those writers and opinion makers who, with unfailing regularity, whitewash the crimes of the terrorists.

This society is unable to unmask and denude in public the hollow pretensions of social uprightness of those demonical collaborators and that is why Islamic terrorism is flourishing and growing by leaps and bounds in our land. Islamic terrorism is flourishing not because those few terrorists are in any way great. Islamic terrorism is flourishing because of these treacherous and heinous apologists for Islamic terrorism.

Let us examines some instances within the limited time we have here. The State Government Order that all male employees must attend work clad in white cotton dhoties (mundu in Malayalam) saw its ceremonial inaugural implementation in the state capital Trivandrum. Our Honourable Chief Minister Comrade V. S Achyutanandan was scheduled to donate the first white cotton dhoti to the veteran Malayalam film actor Jagathy Sreekumar.

However this aged revolutionary-lion hero Comrade V. S Achyutanandan declined to honour Jagathy Sreekumar on the grounds that the thespian was embroiled in the Vithura sex scandal involving gang rape of a minor girl. An accused in a criminal case should not be publicly feted was the stand taken by our Chief Minister. The highly literate Keralam saluted the Chief Minister’s public display of fealty to the Constitution and reverence for law and order. We experienced much pride and joy in the knowledge that we have in our state a Chief Minister who has loyalty to the Constitution and respect for law and order!

Let us consider another instance. Recently the venerable Kanchi Acharya Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal had visited Kerala. At that time all the government functionaries had stayed away from all the functions attended by the venerable Kanchi Acharya. The excuse dished out in the media was that the Acharya was one of the defendants in a murder case. Some history-sheeter blurted out the Acharya’s name after a round of violent “hospitality” in a Tamil Nadu police lockup and the venerable Acharya instantly became a defendant in a criminal case. But a criminal case was pending before the magistracy so when the government functionaries excused themselves from the Acharya’s presence, the “secular” Malayalis held their heads high in their pride at the Rule of Law being given precedence over all positions spiritual and temporal.

Soon enough we had to witness a sorry spectacle. Abdul Nasser Maudani arrested on 8 April, 1998, in connection with 1998 Coimbatore bomb blast which left 56 people burnt to death was indicted under various sections of the Indian Penal Code – spreading communal hatred, criminal conspiracy, and sedition. We see these very same self-proclaimed “secularists” going on political pilgrimage to the Coimbatore Central Jail to pay homage to this mass murderer who was declared ineligible for bail by the High Court.

Jagathy is an accused in a case, so then don’t give him a dhoti in a public function, Shankaracharya is an accused so don’t share the dais with him. However, conduct political pilgrimages to the Coimbatore Central Jail to have a darshan of the mass-murderer Islamic terrorist who was declared ineligible for bail by the High Court. Aah! This is the anti-Hindu “secularism” for you!

We also witnessed with deep revulsion the Kerala Assembly unanimously passing an anti-national resolution on March 16, 2006 seeking the release of terrorist Abdul Nasser Maudani, on “humanitarian” grounds. Sufiya, terrorist wife of this terrorist Maudani, also wanted in another terror case, has a bevy of “secular” admirers and well-wishers calling on her, offering her bouquets and making kind enquiries about her health and well being. In India “secularism” is perverted.

Each gram of tallow lost by Maudani, each hair of his esteemed Islamic terrorist self that turned white in Coimbatore jail and each inch of girth that was lost around his corpulent Islamic waist, was commented upon in threadbare detail and paeans were sung in his honour by

the ever attentive minority controlled media,
the vote seeking politicians, and
the cultural leaders and social intellectuals who are paid and kept by the CPI (M).

These anti-Hindu Nehruvian “secularists ” went to Coimbatore Jail with weighing machines to measure and record the falling weight of the Islamic terrorist. None of these alleged “secularists” had any problems interacting with the Islamic terrorists who are defendants in cases involving high treason. WHY? This is the anti-Hindu “secularism” for you!

In this land, the jihadi terrorist is an honourable face. Each youth is grappling with the question – whether to live and work in honour or become a Jihadi terrorist!

In Sreekrishnapuram is a small village near Cherpulassery town in the Palakkad district of Kerala. Outside that village, in the Paalamala forest, when an adivasi died of extreme starvation, none of the “secularists” who stood in queues to measure the reducing waist-line of the diabetic Islamic terrorist Maudani enjoying Tamil Nadu Government hospitality in Coimbatore Jail, none of the secularists who carried weighing machines to accurately record the falling weight of their beloved Islamic terrorist, bothered to know the extent of poverty and deprivation faced by the Hindu Adivasis who, pushed into starvation, were disposed of their lands and livelihoods and were driven into alcoholic destitution, disease and despair.

It is these very same anti-Hindu Nehruvian “secularists” who have driven this rich land and her once-proud people from plenitude to poverty.

The one-legged Islamic terrorist Maudani languishing in the Coimbatore Jail brought tears to our eyes. His loss of human rights agitated us and made us loose our sleep. In the same Coimbatore Jail, there is an accused by the name Sateesh, whose both legs are afflicted. Born in a traditional Hindu blacksmith community, he is accused of having manufactured weapons. That is the case against him. A poor man accused of making some money by manufacturing weapons.

The Malayalee society which arranged elaborate Ayurvedic treatment for the one-legged Muslim Madauni did not bother to send even one ounce of medicine to Sateesh who is confined to a wheel chair in the very same Coimbatore Jail. WHY? This is the anti-Hindu “secularism” for you!

Sateesh is a petty criminal, we don’t want any criminals; we want only Islamic terrorists. The market is pretty much down for petty criminals, we want only the Islamic terrorists who take human lives without a tinge of conscience. So when we go in processions for terrorists, more and more dreaded Madaunis are created.

We know that this October was a time for humiliation for all Bharateeyas. It was on October 20th that the sanctum sanctorum of our democracy was assaulted.

Several security guards were killed in the assault on the Indian parliament on 13 December 2001. Mohammad Afzal the sole surviving terrorist who was captured was condemned by our Supreme Court to be hanged to death on October 20.

This October 20 went by, November 20 went by. December 20 went by. January 20 went by and now February is with in reach. Can any one of you say what the condition of Mohammad Afzal is? Will Mohammad Afzal definitely be hanged or will he be consecrated either as India’s Home Minister or as Kerala’s Education Minister? We have such doubts because of our past experiences. Will we have the misfortune of seeing him in any of these positions?

Why is it that we cannot carry out a verdict of death sentence handed out by the court? It is not the RSS, VHP or Hindu Aikya Vedi who passed death sentence on Afzal. It is the Supreme Court of India which handed out the death sentence.

On 1st December 1999 at around 10.35 AM, the class teacher of Mokeri East U.P. School in Koothuparambu near Panur in Kannur District and Vice- President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Kerala State, K.T. Jayakrishnan was conducting class for his 6th standard students. Suddenly, his bodyguard (provided by the state government to protect his life due to threats from communist criminals) disappeared and seven CPM activists entered the class room, shouted slogans and warned the students not to move, blocked the class room’s entrance, took sword-sticks and razors in their hands, came near Jayakrishnan Master and stabbed him several times. Jayakrishnan Master breathed his last within five minutes.

After confirming his death, the CPM men left the place in procession, walking along the public road brandishing the blood-stained weapons as if they were celebrating a victory. This most horrible murder was committed in front of students less than 11 years old. The young children of tender age were shocked as their most respected class teacher was brutally murdered in front of them. The incident created psychological problems for many children who had to undergo psychiatric counseling.

It is the Supreme Court through whose fingers, through whose elaborate procedures of law the cruel savage animals who hacked to pieces a school teacher in front of his terrified screaming primary school students, slipped through. It is the Supreme Court that passed death sentence on Mohammad Afzal. If the verdict of the Supreme Court can be accepted in one case, it should be accepted in the other case too. The Supreme Court cannot be the Court of Justice in one case and the Court of Injustice in the other case. If the verdict of the Supreme Court can be accepted in one case, why is it that we are in a position that we cannot accept the other case. Reason is the same, an inverted and perverted anti-Hindu “secularism”.

When Mohammad Afzal was sentenced to death by hanging, one Chief Minister of a state leaped up and vehemently asserted that Mohammad Afzal must not be hanged. He is none other than Ghulam Nabi Azad of the State of Jammu and Kashmir. This worthy believes that he became the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir State because he is a Muslim. Of course that belief is not without an element of truth in it. This is our perverted anti-Hindu “secularism”. One cannot become the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir State unless one is a Muslim. One cannot become Chief Minister of Mizoram unless one is a Christian. One cannot become Chief Minister of Nagaland unless one is a Christian.

Why go so far? Let’s talk about Kerala. In a panchayat with a Hindu minority population, if it is not reserved for Schedule Castes or Schedule tribes, can a Hindu possibly become the Panchayat President? So when the Hindus become minority then they can forget all posts. However in this Kerala with 56 percent Hindu majority any one can become the Chief Minister. Ooman Chandy, A.K Anthony, C.H Mohammad Koya or any one else can become the Chief Minister; that is our anti-Hindu “secularism”.

In Andhra Pradesh where there is a much greater Hindu majority, Samuel Rajasekhara, a Christian, can become the Chief Minister. In Maharashtra where there is an even greater Hindu majority, Abdul Rehman Antulay, a Muslim, can become the Chief Minister. In Bihar any one can get to be the Chief Minister since there too the Hindu is in majority. Where there is a Hindu majority, then any thing goes. But if the Hindu turns minority then the majority community gets to corner all the benefits.

Just imagine, for the post of Vice-Chancellor for the Calicut University, they couldn’t find someone from all over this Malayalee land, instead they had to go all the way to Uttar Pradesh-based Aligarh Muslim University to find a Begum for adorning the post of Vice-Chancellor. REASON: the University of Calicut lies in the Muslim-majority Malappuram-Calicut Districts. Oh! How can they possibly appoint any one other than a Muslim for University of Calicut that lies in Muslim-majority Malappuram-Calicut Districts!!! Otherwise where is “secularism”, eh? This is how the anti-Hindu Nehruvian “secularism” works.

It is this perverted secularism which made Ghulam Nabi Azad Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir State think that he is Mussalman as is Muhammad Afzal and one Mussalman must save the life of another Mussalman, so don’t hang Afzal. Besides doesn’t Quran state that a Muslim cannot be executed for the crime of killing a non-Muslim?

I am not sure whether our Government is run according to the Constitution of India or whether it is run according to the Quran or the Shariat or something else. However Ghulam Nabi Azad says Afzal should not be hanged. I was under the impression that Ghulam Nabi Azad is a Congress Chief Minister. If so, is this the opinion of the Congress Party? We want to know if this is the considered opinion of this ruling party.

We must find out whether this is the opinion of the Congress Party. We all know about this Congress Party. It is a party which many of us believe in. We all know that such a disciplined political party does not exist in this vast wide world!!! If one Congress man declares that the sun rises in the East, then even before he puts his tongue back in his mouth, ten Congressmen would hold press conferences to proclaim that the Sun rises in the West! Such is the extent of their party discipline!!! However Ghulam Nabi Azad’s “One Mussalman must save another Mussalman” thesis has not been contradicted to this date by any Congressman. So if we take it that his opinion is the same as that of the Congress Party, then we see a repetition of history.

In 1931, Sukhdev Thapar, Bhagat Singh and Shivaram Rajguru, the pre-eminent freedom fighters and patriots, were sentenced to death by the British colonial government for attacking and killing a police officer after Lala Lajpat Rai was beaten to death with lathis by the British Indian colonial police.

The “Mahatmaji” was proceeding to London for the Second Round Table Conference as the representative of the Congress party. People in their vast numbers begged “Mahatmaji” with tears in their eyes to please ensure the death sentences of those patriotic young ones are rescinded. It was definitely within the power of that “Mahatmaji” to ensure some thing like that. But the “secular” “Mahatmaji” said in no uncertain terms, we are advocates of non-violence. What Sukhdev, Bhagat Singh and Rajguru had committed, though barely out of their teens, was an act of atrocity. The perpetrators of atrocity must face the consequences of their atrocities, so exclaimed the self-righteous Congress party!

As a consequence of the irrepressible attachment and insatiable lust for non-violence, the Congress party decided that Veer Bhagat Singh and his comrades-in-arms should die for their acts of violence and that the Congress Party will not be defending them despite their being freedom-fighters. However you must also visualize another scene.

16 November 1926, the sanyasi who captured the imagination of the nation, the spiritual leader of Arya Samaj, Swami Shraddhananda, who was on his sick-bed, was attacked by a Muslim terrorist by the name Muhammad Rashid. In this Bharat, where a sanyasi is revered like God, an old ailing sanyasi was shot in his sick-bed by a Muslim terrorist Muhammad Rashid. This Muhammad Rashid too was awarded death sentence by the even-handed British Colonial Government.

The “secular” “Mahatmaji” and the Congress who decided out of their undying romance for non-violence to let the young Hindu heroes Sukhdev, Bhagat Singh and Rajguru be hanged by the Colonial judicial system, that very same “secular” “Mahatmaji” rushed to meet the Viceroy and humbly pleaded that (the Muslim terrorist) Muhammad Rashid be viewed as a “misguided youth” who had committed an “unintended homicide” of the sanyasi and importuned the Viceroy, on bent knees, to pardon “brother” Muhammad Rashid!!! This is the anti-Hindu “secularism” for you!

This story which refuses to remain erased despite several attempts to erase it and whitewash it from the annals of Indian history tells us that history is repeating itself.

The “Mahatma” and the Congress Party valued the life of Muhammad Rashid in 1926 because he was a Muslim terrorist. Today in 2009, the Congress Party values the life of Muhammad Afzal only because he is a Muslim terrorist.

It is this terrorist-desiring, terrorist-coveting and terrorist-appeasing attitude that is the sole cause of the rise of Islamic terrorism. I have given this example to highlight the fact that Islamic terrorism is flourishing because of these treacherous collaborators.

Again the Leftists of Kerala and the so-called intellectuals who are compelled to set to tunes the hackneyed songs of the Leftists, come out with this time worn cliché, “Death sentence is outmoded and inhumane.” “Do we have the right to render capital punishment?”

Who are asking these questions?

Those Commies who adore the blood stains of mass slaughter by the minions of Mao and Stalin,
those who hacked to pieces the school teacher, K.T Jayakrishnan in front of his terrified screaming primary school students,
those who have a track record of attacking and stabbing to death in broad day light the individuals who leave their party,
those very people are now asking, “Do we have the right to kill?” “Isn’t death sentence is outmoded and inhumane?”

We have heard that Satan can quote the Bible, but now we are actually seeing it happen. We have now seen the form of the Satan. Since when has death sentence become inhumane in this country?

Was it not in this country that the two Hindu youth, Nathuram Vinayak Godse and Narayan Apte, were hanged on 15 November, 1949 for killing Gandhi? No one argued then that death sentence is inhumane. No Hindu came forward to defend these two Hindu youth. People thought that the two committed an unpardonable crime so let them pay for their crimes. No one came forward to defend these two Hindu youth.

Was it not in this country that two Sikh young men were hanged for the assassination of Indira Gandhi?

If the assassins of Indira Gandhi can be hanged, if the killers of Mahatma Gandhi can be hanged, then the attackers of the Indian Parliament … the Indian Parliament which ranks much higher than any “Gandhi” … the attackers of the Indian Parliament can also be hanged.

On the contrary, if the argument is that the assassins of Mahatma Gandhi can be hanged because they are Hindus, the assassins of Indira Gandhi can be hanged because they are Sikh, but the attackers of the Indian Parliament must not be hanged because they are Muslims, then there is some thing very seriously wrong with this alleged “secularism”.

If we are living with the worry that there is no Unified Civil Code, then please understand that the Unified Criminal Code is also disappearing before our eyes. If criminals are convicted after paying heed to their religion, they why is the Preamble to the Indian Constitution so hypocritically proclaiming itself to be “SECULAR”?

Article 15(1) of the Indian Constitution provides: “The State shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them”

Yet, discrimination is being made “on grounds of religion”. In one of his statements, the anti-Hindu “secular” Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said: “Muslims have the first right to nation’s resources.” How is this assertion not discriminatory against other citizens “on grounds only of religion”? Our politicians are promoting their narrow political and electoral interests at the cost of those of the nation in the name of this anti-Hindu “secularism”.

Is it “secularism” to convict some one solely on the basis of his religion? We need to find an answer to this question. If it “secularism” to convict some one on the basis of his religion then, my dear people, you will need to inquire from the thief who makes a mid-night raid in your house, before you hand him over to the police.

Since criminals are indicted or set scot free on the basis of their religion, there may be no point in handing over criminals of certain religions to the Police. If they are not to be convicted then at least we can save ourselves the trouble of handing over, the criminals of certain religions to the Police. Whither is our “secularism” headed? It is the direction that our anti-Hindu “secularism” takes that creates terrorists. It is that direction that prevents our government from taking strong action against the terrorists to save our citizens. That is why Islamic terrorism is flourishing and growing by leaps and bounds in our land, creating a “soft state”.

The ruling authorities are taking eunuch-like decisions, not decisive and manly steps, to control the law and order situation in this country. Only decisive and manly steps will ensure that terrorism is destroyed forever. Let one bomb burst anywhere and our ruling authorities will be startled out of their deep slumber. They will then go back to sleep until the terrorist bombs burst! Once awaken from their deep sleep by a terrorist bomb-burst they go into a frenzy of sound and light, just like Diwali flower-pots, all sound and fury for a while.

When bombs went off in Bombay suburban train station and assault rifle rained bullets all over the place, Manmohan Singh leaped out of his sleep and thundered: “There will be no compromise with terrorists.” “We will never surrender to terrorists.” “We will chop off the nose of the terrorists and pickle it.” Such furious sound bytes convinced us that it was the end of terrorism as we know it. But what happens when the chemical in the Diwali flower-pot is exhausted. No light no sound, just a little smoke for a short while and after that even that smoke is gone.

There must be another terrorist bomb blast some where else for the ruling dispensation to wake from its deep slumber. When the ruling authorities are in deep sleep, the police authorities will be drawing cartoons for their own amusement. They are drawing the sketches of criminal offenders. A bomb exploded in Kannur bus stand and the police started drawing sketches of the criminal offenders. A bomb exploded in Bombay suburban train station, and the police started drawing sketches. A boat got burnt in Beypore, and the police started drawing sketches. A K.S.R.T.C bus was burnt in Tamil Nadu, and the police started drawing sketches. Let any terror incident take place and then the police will take out the canvas. Then the public is harassed with questions like, have you seen a person with this ear, have you seen a person with this nose, have you seen a person with this mouth!

People wonder why should they co-operate with the police, what is the purpose of catching the criminals and handing over them to the police? Is it to waste our tax-payers money for providing elaborate Ayurveda cures for the terrorists? Is it to waste our tax-payers money for treating the terrorists to five-star facilities? Let our tax moneys remain in the Treasury.

If the terrorists remain outside, then at least we can manhandle them if need be. If they are handed over to the police, then for all we know, the terrorist will become a media-celebrity and a “respected leader” tomorrow. Is this how the terrorists should be dealt with? It is not the fault of the police. Earlier they looked for intelligence and physical fitness for recruitment into the police force. Nowadays, it is the ability to draw sketches that is the criterion for police recruitment. They say that the ruling authorities have enough sketches to make a drawing exhibition. Whither is this country headed?

If the ruling dispensation is not compelled to take firm and decisive steps by the organized strength of the people, then this country is fraught with grave danger. If the Hindu blood spilled on the streets of Eranadu and Valluavanadu for the Khalifa of some far-away Turkey is still in your memory, then be aware and conscious of the crocodile tears being shed in the name of some Saddam Hussein. Otherwise time will compel us to pay for that too. The time constraint prevents me form going into that story.

There are three villains of the piece. One is the Islamic terrorist. People of Tiruvalla town are not at all unfamiliar with that category. Perhaps more than we here, the people of Tiruvalla are familiar with this category, seeing for themselves and experiencing every day.

There is an overall 2.5 percent of Christian population in India today. Their continued existence as Christians or their following Christian modes of worship is not opposed by any Hindu. No Hindu is opposed to the Christians offering their kind of worship. We respect Christ and love the Christian people. The Hindu loves very much the Christ who preached that one must love the neighbour as one loves oneself. However we cannot tolerate the Christian Evangelist who insists on dragging others into his religion.

We love the Christian who loves his neighbour. If the Kingdom of God belongs to him, then so be it. Let the Christian have that Kingdom of God. We have no use for it. Let the Christian have that Kingdom of Heaven too. Now when we say, we don’t want that Kingdom of God, why don’t you leave us alone? We don’t need your company. We can go alone. But now I have this doubt. They are afraid of going alone to their Kingdom of Heaven. They scream this bus will go to Kingdom of Heaven, this is not a limited stop bus; this is a non-stop bus, come on! Get in! Get in! I am inclined to believe that they are afraid of going to the Kingdom of Heaven alone.

Where is the Heaven without the Hindu? Where is the “secularism” without the Hindu? That is probably why they are throwing nets to ensnare the Hindu. We have been telling the ruling dispensation with ache in our hearts, stop religious conversions using the law of the land. Religion is not a matter of commerce. We see unemployed youth carrying large bags of goods and telling us how profitable it is to buy those goods from them.

Religion is not some thing to be sold on the streets. Religion is some thing to be experienced and realised. Bharatam is the cradle of religions, Sanatana Dharma is the Mother of all Religions. How long should we tolerate some one coming with a large bag and trying to sell us religion? Some trader comes and tells us, this religion will take us straight to heaven, this has so many benefits. Religion is not some saleable commodity. It is well past the time to make religion-mongers understand that religion is not meant for sale. We are telling the ruling dispensation to bring about laws to curb religious conversions.

There should be a law against religious conversions. If the Government does not bring about a law against religious conversions, then we, the public, can stop religious conversions. The mothers seated before me can stop religious conversions. We have the strength and capability within us to do so. During the time of Rama-Avataara, the Gods and rishis were asked to take birth as Vaanars. Do you know the peculiarity of the Vaanars? They react in the same way as you behave with them. If you jump they jump. If you throw stones then they throw stones.

Let’s behave like the Vaanars of the Sri Ram Sena. Let’s behave in the same manner in which they behave with us. Let’s pay them back in the same coin. Let’s go street by street and try to propagate our religion. Let us go into the houses and fix a few deals for conversion. Soon enough you will find a clamour for a law prohibiting religious conversions. Let the Hindu convert ten others to Hinduism and you will see the government bringing out a law against religious conversions.

It is not easy converting others as it is easy to convert the Hindus.

First the Government told the Hindus, have only two children and the Hindus obeyed and adopted family planning.

Then the Government told the Hindus, have only one child and the Hindus readily accepted this norm too.

Next the Government will inform the Hindus not to reproduce. Don’t have any children. You need not propagate your society. You need not exist any more.

Oh! We would agree to that too!

For us, the demography is not a big deal. So when we lose numbers, no one takes notice.
But the Christians and Muslims have made their numbers through hard work. So when they lose a few numbers, there will automatically come up with a law against religious conversions. The ruling dispensation should ponder over the question as to whether they ought to push us into taking such a step.

In my childhood days, I have heard, the Christian priests coming to temple festivals, standing upon a bench and yelling, “Repent! Oh Sinners!” Of course, we didn’t pay attention, as we are not sinners! So we took no heed.

In Tirupathy-Tirumala temple, the richest temple in the world, among the pilgrims standing in queues to have a darshan of the Lord, among the devotees waiting patiently for their turn, a woman was apprehended for distributing pamphlets containing Christian literature. The woman was an employee of the Tirupathy-Tirumala Devasthanam! A Christian evangelist enjoying salary and perquisites from the Tirupathy-Tirumala Devasthanam and doing proselytization among the devotees on the holy Tirumala!

Can the Missionaries ask for a better deal? Giving No Objection Certificates to heaven to the Hindu devotees queued up for having a darshan of the Lord. The woman who was eating the food out of the salary given by the Lord of Tirupathy-Tirumala was doing proselytization among HIS own devotees on the holy Tirumala. How could she do it? How did this happen? This is what the present day Hindus need to inquire. This can be attributed only to the smartness and skill of the Andhra Chief Minister Samuel Rajasekhara Reddy, a Seventh Day Adventist Christian! That smartness and skill Kerala will witness tomorrow. The ruling dispensation grabbed the control and wealth of Hindu temples by sheer force and bullying.

How many of us know this shocking fact that over 60 percent of the employees of the Tirupathy-Tirumala Devasthanam are Christians? That is the smartness and skill of Samuel Rajasekhara Reddy.

When the destitute Hindu runs from pillar to post in despair, those employed in Hindu temples, those who are paid from the coins contributed by the poor Hindus, of these 60 percent are Christians! Should not this chilling fact open the eyes of the Hindus? Kerala will experience the same fate tomorrow. Kerala temples will employ Christians while the poor Hindus suffer unemployment, starvation and malnutrition.

According to the Devaswom Bill which will become the law of the land tomorrow, all employees of the Devaswom Boards in Kerala will be appointed through the Kerala Public Service Commission (KPSC). Can any reasonable person believe that only Hindus will be appointed to Hindu Temples by the KPSC? Can any reasonable person expect that KPSC will order that only Hindus apply for the posts advertised?

If the KPSC issues such an order, won’t it be dragged to the Courts? Will such an order limiting KPSC appointments to Hindus stand the test of “secularism”? Thus, even the doors of Devaswom Boards in Kerala will be closed to Hindus. Youth of Kerala who are awaiting the news of a job appointment with bated breaths, pay heed, the doors of Devaswom Boards in Kerala will be closed to you. Guardians of the unemployed youth, who go to temples after temples and pray with tears in their eyes for some employment for their wards, don’t you now think that this problem begs a solution? Don’t you now think that we need to fix this problem ourselves? According to the new ordinance on Devaswoms, all appointments will be handled by KPSC.

There may be corruption in the existing Devaswoms. We all are very aware that no organization is free from corruption. To remove corruption, the society has to change. The answer to corruption is not forcible assumption of governmental control. For if that were so, then the ruling dispensation in this Kerala state which is soaked to the gills in the Lavlin corruption scandal ought to be dismissed and President’s rule ought to be imposed on the state. If the answer to corruption is forcible assumption of governmental control, then the solution of government ministerial corruption is dismissal of the corrupt government ministry and forcible imposition of Presidential rule. Why isn’t that being done?

Is cutting off the head, the cure for headache? Those who prescribed such a cure are suffering from lunacy and we the common people must cure those people from such lunacy. If we the Hindu population do not acquire organized strength to cure those suffering the delusional lunacy of prescribing beheading as a panacea for headache, then we will see our Hindu temples that we have built up through long hard work, being emptied of their coffers and their landed wealth. We will have to witness the temple traditions destroyed.

Earlier we saw our temple wealth being looted. While the temples had crores of Rupees in earnings, the Hindu remained poor. While the temples like Sabarimala, Guruvayoor, Kadampuzha and Vaikkom had crores of rupees in revenue, the evangelists go hunting for the poor Hindus to give them charity and hang crosses on their necks. This is because the crores of Rupees of temple revenue went straight to the government coffers, leaving nothing for the Hindu poor. The government does not want to control the places of worship of the non-Hindus. The government does not want to take the revenues from the places of worship of the non-Hindus.

The pilgrims to the famed Sabarimala Aiyappa temple go past the Vavar Mosque. None of the pilgrims had any objections to that. Vavar or Babur makes no difference to them. However, the moneys given by the Aiyappa pilgrims to the Vavar Mosque are controlled by the Erumeli Mahallu Committee. The State Government does not want to control it, or spend it or even know about it.

 However, the money, given by the very same Aiyappa pilgrims to the Sabarimala Aiyappa temple, goes to the Kerala State Government and is controlled by it. So the donations to the Vavar Mosque go to Islam and the donations to the Sabarimala Aiyappa temple go to the “secular” state government. This, my dear people is the wretched anti-Hindu Nehruvian SECULARISM. Please understand this is the real face of “secularism” in India.

Our Hindu temple wealth does not benefit us Hindus. Tomorrow, even the cultural and traditional matters associated with Hindu Temples will be determined by the secular politicians. Secularism-addicted politicians and administrators who do not hesitate to take any anti-Hindu action spread the canard that if one temple is destroyed, then that much superstition will be destroyed. If they take control of administrative, cultural and traditional matters associated with Hindu temples, then is there any guarantee that they will not take the decision that the Muslim Muezzin can call the “Faithful” Muslims to prayer from the ramparts of the Hindu temples. Our experience in this matter has been so painful indeed.

If the secular politicians controlling the Temple Devaswom Boards take the decision that the Muslim Muezzin can howl five times a day to the “faithful” Muslims to prayer from the ramparts of the Hindu temples, would the Hindu be organized enough to resist and put down such attempts? The Hindu, having lost the temple wealth to the “secular” politicians controlling the Temple Devaswom Boards, can protest only from outside. So what, the “secularists”, say, aren’t the Hindus meant to tolerate every thing? So, let the Muslim Muezzin give his call to Muslims to prayer from inside the Hindu temples.

Samuel Rajashekhara, the earlier Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, tried to hand over 5 out of 7 hills to the Christian evangelists and only the alert and active Hindus of that state prevented that diabolical design.

What prevents the “secular” anti-Hindu politicians from deciding that the Hindus have too many temples, so let some temples be converted to mosques? If you think this is far too outlandish, then all you have to do is to refer the book ‘HINDU MASJIDS’ by Prafull Goradia.

If the secular politicians take such a subversive decision, would the Hindus be able to fight such a challenge? We, Hindus, must be able to recapture our lost temple wealth and prevent any more of our temple wealth from being captured by others.

We study in our schools about the Travancore Kingdom being absorbed into unified Kerala. If we dwell deep into the laws of the land, we can argue that the ruling dispensation cannot assert any rights to Travancore territory, let alone Hindu temples. We all know that donated property cannot be repossessed, reclaimed, reacquired or regained by the donor. Even if it is the father who has gifted his property to his son, the father cannot rescind the gift deed and retake the gifted property.

Travancore Kingdom was gifted by Maharaja Marthanda Varma to Sree Anantha Padmanaabha Swami, the presiding deity of Sree Anantha Padmanaabha Swami Temple at Trivandrum. The Kings of Travancore thereafter ruled as “Padmanabha-Dasas” or Servants of Sree Anantha Padmanabha Swami. So legally this lands comprising of Travancore still belongs to Sree Anantha Padmanabha Swami.

If Colonel Munroe could grab temple properties with a drop of ink from his pen, today the glib tongued Devaswom Minister of Kerala state will not hesitate to capture Hindu temples or to illegally arrest and detain Hindus. Here is where we Hindus need to wake from our deep slumber. Temple revenues must be put to use for furthering the interests of the Hindus. Temple revenues are not to be deployed at the discretion of any secular government.

This Kerala state is a land which gives a subsidy of Rs 13,000 for each Hajj pilgrim to Makkah. That is right! This State gives a subsidy of Rs 13,000 for each Hajj pilgrim after unconstitutionally grabbing the revenues of Hindu temples. Not only they don’t give any thing to the Hindu temples, but on the contrary, they are grabbing the temple funds given by the Hindu devotees.

Do the poor pilgrims to the Sabarimala Aiyappa temple get any free amenities at all? From the time a pilgrim leaves his house on his journey to the Sabarimala Aiyappa temple, he is exploited and sucked dry like sugarcane bagasse. The pilgrim has to pay toll, whether there is a bridge on the road or not. The authorities try to empty his pocket in every possible way. The Main Central Road (MC Road) which is most used by the pilgrims to the Aiyappa pilgrims is dug up most of the way, but did any one care?

After the Mandalam temple season and Makara Vilakku temple season, our transport minister proclaims loudly that he will repair the MC Road within 10 days. Now where was this transport minister before the two temple seasons? After the Aiyappa pilgrims travelling on the MC Road reached their respective homes with their lungs full of dust, our transport minister makes his grand proclamation that he will get the MC Road repaired within 10 days. Whether he will actually get the MC Road repaired or not is another matter. But why didn’t that Minister think of repairing the MC Road before the start of the two Sabarimala Aiyappa temple seasons? Aren’t these Sabarimala Aiyappa pilgrims contributing crores of Rupees directly and indirectly to the state government treasury?

So if we Hindu again display apathy, demoralization and disorganization, then we will be unworthy of even calling ourselves Hindus. The anti-Hindu “secular” politicians have publicly proclaimed that the Muslims have the first claim on the national resources of India. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared in a conference of chief ministers that the Muslims have the first claim on the resources and development of the Indian nation.

I ask you if the Hindus are supposed to eat leftovers of other’s meal. We should be capable of asking loudly, IF THE MUSLIMS HAVE THE FIRST CLAIM ON THE NATIONAL RESOURCES OF INDIA THEN ARE THE HINDUS SUPPOSED TO EAT THEIR LEFT OVERS?

Should we allow the anti-Hindu “secular” politicians who wish to serve us leftovers from Muslims’ meals to control our Hindu temples? Should we allow the anti-Hindu “secular” politicians who did not react, when those who came to Guruvayoor Temple to pray were forcibly taken away for conversion to Christianity, to control our Hindu temples?

When our Hindu temples lay in ruins, when our Hindu temples became dilapidated, we did not see any of these anti-Hindu “secular” politicians coming to our aid. We had struggled long and hard to restore our Hindu temples. Those anti-Hindu “secular” politicians who did not bother to help in restoring and renovating our Hindu temples, what right have they to control our Hindu temples?

The communists who proclaim that they have no God and no religion, what business have they inside our temples? Aren’t Hindu temples to be administered by devote and believing Hindus?

Kerala state cabinet minister, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, went to Kadampuzha Temple and performed certain religious ceremonies. People, please note, this shameless spineless character who is presently the Home and Tourism Minister of Kerala and a Member of Politburo of the god-less atheist Communist Party of India (Marxist) went to that temple in the cover of darkness and in the name of “Balakrishnan” despite being always known by this full name, “Kodiyeri Balakrishnan”, and performed the religious ceremonies.

THOSE WHO HAVE INFERIORITY COMPLEX, THOSE WHO FIGHT SHY OF PROCLAIMING THEIR HINDU FAITH, THOSE WHO DENIGRATE SANATANA DHARMA BY THE DAY AND SNEAK INTO HINDU TEMPLES FOR PRAYER UNDER THE COVER OF DARKNESS, CAN WE ALLOW SUCH WRETCHED LOW LIVES TO ADMINISTER OUR TEMPLES?

We need to think. Aren’t the Hindus the only ones with this problem? Kodieri Balakrishnan denies having gone to the temple. Suddenly, another “Balakrishnan” surfaces to accept the “guilt” of having gone to a Hindu temple. State Crime Branch launches an investigation. A big drama is enacted to convince the CPM cadres that their leader did not go to any Hindu temple.

Our Stalinist Kerala Chief Minister Comrade V.S Achyutanandan’s son went to Sabarimala Aiyappa Swamy temple at the dead of the night with a cloth over his head and face to avoid being recognized by the Communist Party cadre, but he was soon spotted and soon enough a political storm was kicked up!

Ex-Chief Minister Comrade Nayanar and his wife fled to Kanyakumari in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu to make rice ball offerings to their departed ancestors, to avoid the Communist Party cadres from coming to know of the Hindu religious ceremony conducted by their “godless atheist” leader. If the communist party cadres come to know of the incident, then it would be a “loss of face” for Comrade Nayanar and consequent eternal shame!

I ask you, if it is a matter of deep shame for the godless atheist communist E.K Nayanar and his wife to make rice ball offerings according to Hindu ritual traditions, if it is a matter of shame for the godless atheist communist Kodiyeri Balakrishnan to be seen performing Hindu religious ceremonies in Kadampuzha temple and if it is a matter of shame for the godless atheist communist V.S Achyutanandan’s son to go on a pilgrimage to Sabarimala Aiyappa Swamy temple, then isn’t it also a matter of shame for those godless atheist communists to administer Hindu temples?

Shouldn’t it be a matter of shame for the godless atheist communists to administer the temples inhabited by the Hindu Gods and Goddesses? The Hindu must be able to loudly ask this question to the communists and demand a reply.

Comrade T.K Hamsa proudly proclaimed that as a believing and practicing Muslim he has conducted four Umras and a Hajj. He did not conduct four Umras and a Hajj with a cloth on his head to cover his face and hide his identity. On the contrary, he loudly trumpeted his Islamic faith and performed those pilgrimages with aplomb, his head held high. As long as the Hindu politicians have no strength of character and courage of conviction to assert their Hindu identity and proclaim their Hindu faith, can we allow them to enter our Hindu temples let alone administer them?

Know this, Hindu temples are meant only for Hindu devotees. It is not for those who have no faith in Hinduism. When those who have no faith in Hinduism try to grab control of Hindu temples, then we must resist strongly and forcefully.

Hindu society’s unity is not something to be destroyed by temporary personal animosity and vendetta. We the Hindu people need to develop the inner strength to inspire our leaders. No leader of any population descends from the sky on a rope. Rather, they are drawn from the very same population. If the support of the supporters propels the leaders to greater heights of leadership, then the very same supporters too need to develop the inner strength to inspire, caution and even correct the course taken by those leaders.

Hindu society should not lose its morale when faced by temporary personal animosity and vendetta. The Hindu society has studied in history classes about the personal animosity and vendetta of the Kings Jaichand and Prithviraj Chauhan around Delhi area and how it led this country to a thousand years of Islamic plunder, pillage, loot, rape, enslavement of the people, mass slaughter, mass religious conversions, destruction of temples, destruction of libraries, stoppage of scientific progress and the near collapse of Hindu civilization itself.

We need to be on guard here. DO NOT LET OUR HINDU TEMPLES PASS INTO ALIEN CONTROL. DON’T LET THE ANTI-HINDU “SECULAR” POLITICIANS GRAB CONTROL OF OUR TEMPLES THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF DEVASWOM BOARDS. Until the last drop of their blood is drained away, the devout Hindu population should resist this asuric manoeuvre to grab control of our Hindu temples.

Just as some Visha-Vaidyas summon the snake which bit a human and get it to remove the poison, the Hindu devotees must not give up their strenuous opposition until they compel backers and movers of the Devaswom Ordinance to withdraw that Ordinance. Those backers and movers had chased the state Governor to procure his assent for the Devaswom Ordinance, which was hurriedly drafted in the late hours of the night.

The powerful unified presence of the Hindu devotees who compelled missionaries from exploiting the Nilackal issue to their advantage, the powerful unified presence of the Hindu devotees who similarly fought and resolved to their satisfaction the cross issue in Kanyakumari, the powerful unified presence of the Hindu devotees who forced their way into Ayodhya to achieve their religious goals; time has come to bring out once again that very same powerful unified presence of the Hindu devotees.

For this, the Hindu society should fortify itself with physical strength and moral courage and face their enemies who are trying to grab control of more temples with that Devaswom Ordinance. We cannot come out of the battlefield without complete victory else we will have to face the divine wrath. Bhaktas are the ones who are supposed to fight on the side of Easwara-Chaitanyam.

We must see in the eye of our mind the enchanting scene of the newborn baby Sri Krishna being carried in a basket by his father Prince Vasudeva to the safety of Gokulam across the flooded River Yamuna. The Lord did not just fly away to safety; he expected Prince Vasudeva to carry Him away to safety and that is just what the Prince did. You can see from this incident that we are supposed to protect Easwara-Chaitanyam with our lives, if need be.

Sri Rama, an avataar of MahaVishnu could have easily gone to Lanka with the help of Pawan-putra Hanuman, challenged King Ravana to a duel and killed him and rescued Sita Devi. Yet, Sri Rama mobilised the Jambavan clan and the entire Vanara tribal nation to fight Ravana’s hordes. HE also made the rishi-Munis contribute their spiritual prowess for the victory of the vast Vanara army of Sri Rama. Maharshi Agastya composed the Aditya Hridayam Stotram for Sri Rama’s victory. Sri Rama even made all the Gods contribute weapons to HIS army.

Why did Sri Krishna, again, an avataar of MahaVishnu demand that Arjuna get off his posterior, shake off his despondency and fight in the MahaBharata war when Sri Krishna, who killed King Shishupala with a throw of Sudarshana chakra, could have easily killed Duryodhana, the Crown Prince, with a throw of Sudarshana Chakra and rendered the terrible Mahabharata war unnecessary? We are supposed to fight on the side of Dharma with all the resources at our disposal. This human intervention on the side of Dharma is a way for the Divinity to judge us mortals.

The anti-Hindu “secular” attempt to grab control of the administration of the Hindu temples and to gain control of the revenues of the Hindu temples is only to make the Hindus impoverished so that their conversions to the Semitic desert cults become easier. The anti-Hindu “secular” politicians, who are in the pay of the American-backed Christian missionaries with seemingly limitless funding, are in the forefront of the concerted attempt to grab control of Hindu temples in Kerala.

The anti-Hindu “secular” politicians are only serving their missionary paymasters and trying to facilitate conversion of Hindus. We Hindus have to wake up from our deep slumber. We are our own leaders. We have to make our own destiny. We cannot rest until this exploitive and oppressive anti-Hindu Devaswom Ordinance is withdrawn.

The mothers in these places have started displaying their courage. I came here from CherukolPuzha (near Kozhencherry town, Pathanamthitta district). Due to constraint for time, I could not talk individually to the mothers there, but as I was leaving the meeting venue, a group of mothers rushed to my car and told me that the mothers there will not withdraw from their strike. They even informed me that I can proclaim whereever I go that the mothers in CherukolPuzha are not withdrawing from their strike until the anti-Hindu Devaswom Ordinance is withdrawn. They don’t know about the men-folk, but the mothers are not withdrawing from their strike until they attain victory. There are so many similar instances where mothers have fought until they attained victory.

We just have to keep fighting until we attain victory. This is also a message to the anti-Hindu “secular” politicians who will use all the provisions of our government machinery, government policies, laws and constitution to kill us with supreme contempt and malicious neglect. Even to utter the two syllables Hindu, they have nothing but disgust and contempt. What right have they to rule over the Hindus? What business do they have to administer Hindu temples?

Those who delight in being palanquin bearers for Madanis, those who shed crocodile tears for Saddam Husseins, those who are able to see the tears of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine but are unable to see the tears of the terrorised Hindus of Jammu & Kashmir, why do they wish to portray themselves as guardians of the Hindu society? None of the anti-Hindu “secular” politicians have done any good for us in the past and none of those wretches need to bother pretending to be our benefactors in future.

The anti-Hindu “secular” politicians come together only to insult and cast scorn on the Hindus. Even if the Leftists and the Congress-wallahs fight on every occasion, we have witnessed the sorry spectacle of the two political rivals coming together on every single anti-Hindu platform.

You must have heard of the Divine Retreat Centre at Muringoor in Thrissur district against which the police have registered cases of cheating, forceful confinement, causing hurt by poison and dangerous weapons and destruction of evidence. The Kerala High Court appointed a high-level team to investigate allegations of criminal activities. CPM Party Secretary Pinaray Vijayan who made a pilgrimage to the Divine Retreat Centre at Muringoor to make his pious contrite confessions was closely following the highly Christianised Congressmen.

This godless atheist Communist Pinaray Vijayan came way after giving a good conduct certificate to the Divine Retreat Centre. He even asserted that the prayers conducted at the Divine Retreat Centre can cure diseases. If that is really so then, let the CPM, ruling Kerala State, disband the Kerala Government Department of Health. Let the CPM shut down the hospitals in Kerala. All people in Kerala can go to Christian Divine Retreat Centres, chant their congregational prayers, clap hands and sway in unison and be “saved” from ailments.

Is the CPM agreeable to that? Please remember that Comrade V.S Achyutanandan crossed to seas to obtain a cure for his ailments. That is what he did; fly off to America, crossing the sea. He did not go to any Muringoor Divine Retreat Centre to say his prayers. WHY? The Communists are only trying to appease the Christian missionaries for money and votes!

Now some of the Hindu mothers have acquired the presence of mind and courage to ask in return, why did you not bring the earlier Pope John Paul II to Divine Retreat Centre in Muringoor for prayer? After all, he suffered from Parkinson’s disease for over 20 years. Why didn’t the Christians bring Pope J.P II to the Divine Retreat Centre if the prayers over there would cure diseases?

We are being compelled to counter the propaganda with such retorts. When the missionaries come to us with their propaganda, we are constrained to pay them back in the same coin.

In a tsunami hit beach where Mata Amritanandamayi’s selfless disciples were distributing food and blankets, the missionaries came to distribute their crosses. They pointed to a church in the vicinity and said, the Virgin Mary ordered the tsunami to halt and the tsunami halted. Hearing such incredible propaganda the Hindu mothers were shocked at first. Then they recovered their composure and asked, the Virgin Mary who ordered the tsunami to halt here could have asked the tsunami to halt in Velankanni coast too. Why did she not do so? This is not something we like to or want to say, but we are compelled by the missionary propaganda to resort to making such remarks.

We know that the destructive forces of nature do not penalize or favour the adherents of any particular religion. We don’t believe that divinity always comes up with miracles. Even Bhagawan Sri Rama did not just fly over to Lanka. He built a long sea-bridge using all available help. So we are not the people who expect miracles to occur and we are not impressed by the miracle stories peddled by the missionaries with vivid imagination and glib tongue!

We do not challenge other religions by demanding that their adherents show us miracles in support of their religions. However we are being compelled to counter their propaganda with sharp retorts.

The Hindu who had an inclusive world view and who saw the several paths of various religions all leading to God, that Hindu is now compelled by the constant barrage of missionary propaganda to make counter propaganda and put down other religions.

What did the anti-Hindu “secular” politicians gain by such religious and political radicalisation of the Hindus?

Could the anti-Hindu “secular” politicians secure the territory of this country? NO.
Could the anti-Hindu “secular” politicians protect the lives of the citizens of this country? NO!

All they could achieve is to inject religious fundamentalism into the peace-loving Hindus.
If this anti-Hindu Nehruvian “secularism” could have achieved any thing positive,
any thing positive at all, we could have supported this “secularism”. But that is not to be!
We bear in our minds the trail blazed by Dr Hedgewar ji, one of the most influential men of this century, and Guru Gowalkar ji, the great karma yogi, who with the intent of advancing scientific, technological, economic, cultural and spiritual progress of the nation and strengthening its military might, endeavoured to mould the minds and character of our youth and build generations of courageous patriots to achieve such supreme national objectives.

To advance along the trail blazed by Dr Hedgewar ji and Guru Gowalkar ji and to take forward this nation to its appointed place in destiny as the undisputed leader of the comity of nations, to sweep away the THREE MORTAL ENEMIES which I had mentioned earlier, not to eliminate those people physically but to neutralise their hostility and to make them behave in amicable manner with us, we will have to inspire them through our own physical might, economic prowess, strength of character and courage of conviction!.

We are willing to respect all the Semitic prophets; we are willing to honour Allah and love the people who have converted to Islam, but we will in no way put up with Islamic fundamentalism. If this is a breach of the “secularism,” so be it! We Hindus will just have to become communalists for as long as it takes to root out this cult of intolerance. After all, we have seen no benefit in Hindus alone adhering to this anti-Hindu Nehruvian “secularism”, so we Hindus will just have to become communalists for some time.

To achieve rapid and all round progress of this great nation, all sections of the society will have to work in unison. The Hindu society, which reveres the sacred memory of Dr Hedgewarji and Guruji, must lead this national endeavour. Every step that we take we should be guided and inspired by our them and the thousands of selfless Swayamsevaks who went along that sacred path before us. We bow our heads, in all humility, before those great souls and seek their blessings.

With these words, I hereby end my speech. Thank you all.

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Translators Note:

Temples under non-Hindu control.

Many times, common people wring their hands in anguish and express their helplessness against the entrenched anti-Hindu political class. Hindu devotees need not despair. Indeed they can take DIRECT ACTION.

1. According the anti-Hindu “secular” UPA government headed by Dr Manmohan Singh, Muslims have first claim on India’s resources.

While going to a temple, inquire whether the temple is under the control of the HR&CE Department / Devaswom Board / Devasthanam Board. These Departments and Boards are controlled by anti-Hindu “secular” politicians. E.g., Guruvayur Temple, Chidambaram Temple etc.

DON’T PUT MONEY IN THE HUNDIS OF HINDU TEMPLES UNDER NON-HINDU CONTROL, no matter how famous they are.

The money put in the Hundis of such alienated Hindu Temples go straight to the treasury of the anti-Hindu “secular” governments and such money will be doled out for Hajj committees, Jerusalem visits, Christian-run government-aided schools and Muslim Madrassas.

Even the Maulavis are given pension out of such temple funds. State Pastors Fellowship president Rev K. Pratap Sinha said that a Special Minority Corporation was established in Andhra Pradesh, a subsidy of Rs.20,000 was being extended to Christians to visit Jerusalem and Rs.15,000 worth material was being sanctioned to poor Christian couples who were marrying at mass weddings. Rev K. Pratap gave full credit to the Christian Chief Minister Y.Samuel Rajasekhara Reddy for these blatantly pro-Christian programmes funded out of the State Treasury.

Now Hindus’ money is stolen and given to Christians and Muslims so they can breed more and convert more.

If you go to a temple controlled by the Government controlled HR&CE Department / Devaswom Board / Devasthanam Board, please do give money to the employees of the temples like poojaris, watch and ward staff and sweepers but do not put money in the temple Hundi.

Now if you are a sentimental person, there is still something you can do. Donate money to a Hindu-run orphanage or old-age home in the name of your favourite deity, collect the receipt and deposit it in the Hundi in the full knowledge that the anti-Hindu “secular” politicians cannot steal it and use it against us.

2. Convince your relatives and friends not to give money to temples under the control of non-Hindus (temple boards controlled by anti-Hindu “secular” politicians).

3. When the Hindu Temple-goers stop giving money to the Temples controlled by the anti-Hindu “secular” Governments those Temples will become poorer and the anti-Hindu “secular” politicians – be they of the Congress variety or the Communist ilk – will no longer want to control those cash-starved Temples. Then it will be easier for the Hindus to retrieve control of Hindu Temples and administer them for the benefit of the Hindu society.

4. Please give money only to temples run by Hindus and encourage the administration to start schools and orphanages and to take over and re-establish dilapidated and ruined temples.

5. There are Hindu-run orphanages, old-age homes and schools for deprived children. Please help them financially.

6. Please inquire about the administration of Charities before giving donation. Do not give any money to Christian Missionary charities like Child’s Relief and You, World Vision etc. They will take your money and convert orphaned Hindu children into rabid Hindu-haters.

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Why Telangana?

If I get my conspiracy theory antennas up, I think the following scenario is what caused Telangana decision:

This is a decision ordered by Sonia Gandhi, influenced by her foriegn linkages (which can be easily deduced by the kind of decisions she has been stuffing down everyone’s throat). (I strongly believe she is a Western plant.)

There is a strong evangelical angle to it. Everything was fine when Sonia managed to put a Christian chief minister in place. YSR had a double personality — he was a hard-core evangelist at heart while dressing and talking like a traditional Telgu person. While in power, he surrounded himself with Christians, including his chief secretary. He was openly conniving with evangelist agenda, such as releasing government funds for building and renovating churches and giving pilgrimage subsidy to Christians for visiting Bethlehem and arranging state infrastructure for his son-in-law’s proselytising rallies.

With his death, there was panic and mourning in the church/CIA nexus. (Remember, americans opened a consulate in Hyderabad under YSR’s watch. The rabidly evangelical royalty of Scandanavian countries regularly began to visit Hyderabad after YSR came to power. Remember the breast beating in America and its extra-ordinary efforts to find YSR’s helicopter.)

Now, 90 percent of the 2.5 billion dollars that officially arrives into India from Christian countries is, according to a Home Ministry report, meant only for Tamil Nadu and Andhra — these two states have clearly been marked for massive Christianisation. (Their long coastline makes sure they will be economically viable as separate Christian countries when the Goras begun to do a North East here in some years.)

Most of the funding from Gora churches for Andhra, in turn, is earmarked for Telangana — this is the area where the pastors managed to infiltrate into rural areas and establish churches in villages which had never seen one.

It is this force which is behind the abrupt decision to declare Telangana merey two months after YSR’s death. YSR’s ‘sudden removal” threw a spanner in their work. There is no way they can implement their evangelical agenda without a Christian chief minister in power. (Rossiah has already begun touring Tirupati and other temples.)

The only soluton was to separate Telangana from rest of Andhra and begun working on it afresh with a sympathetic Congress and an obliging KRC in power. Most probably, congress will try to manoever a Christian into power there once it wins elections in Telangana. Christianisation of Telangana will be a god-send — it is contiguous to Christian areas of Chattisgarh, Vidharbha and Orissa, thus expanding the “Christian oil drop” further in central India.

Maoists (who are nothing but a tribal christian militia) will have massive power in Telangana — the small, impoverished state won’t be able to do much to stem their tide, especially with church-backed chief minister in power. This will be in contrast to big states which can throw a massive amount of resources and force in any part of the state to hose off any insurgency.

This Telangana thing only benefits the Maoists and church — essentially, one more nail in the coffin of Hindus due to their political blindness iin supporting Congress “leaders” who do not even pretend to represent their interests. (The same thing the goofballs did with supporting Gandhi who made no bones about the fact that in any confrontation, he will only side wth Muslims.)

I strongly suspect the Hyderbad consulate of US is behind this decision through Sonia Gandhi. I can only imagine the massive maps of Andhra dangling in its conference room, with detailed district-by-district census figures about religious demography.

In short, if HIndus of Telangana love their life and don’t want their leaders to be “suddenly removed” by Maoists (a la Orissa), they better reallise quickly which side their bread is buttered. India is too big. The Goras and their church want to gobble it up by dividing it into smaller helpings.

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A soldier’s daughter

Who let the politicians out?

by Vaishnavi Prasad

It’s very simple. A military coup, that is. One collective word is all it needs to convert this nation from a democratic country to a progressive economy with martial law.

The armed forces will take over the nation, and no one can do a thing about it. Not the police force, not Manmohan Singh(=Sonia Gandhi), not A.K. Antony. No one. A movement will arise so suddenly and with the fury of a raging tsunami, that it will rewrite India’s future, inject discipline in the blood of every Indian, unscrew unopened bottles of potential and terrorise the intestines out of those who dare to oppose them or irrigate the minds of others with vile thoughts. Corruption will be eliminated 90% and progress will double. Indeed, the souls of our forefathers who fought for real freedom, will rest whole-heartily under this military control. Ironic, but true.

The question here is, why won’t they do it?

Let me tell you what bothers me. I am the 19 year old daughter of a retired government servant, an army officer to be specific (note the ‘Servant’.. absolutely true in case of the armed forces)

My father, who retired as a Colonel, is not a reciever of the PVSM, AVSM, VSM, or even the VC for that matter. He was a part of the army, served an ordinary Colonel’s role, did not jump in front of a bullet to save his men, or plan an intelligent strategy to capture some enemy territory. He was a part of both major wars with Pakistan and China, returned without being a decorated war hero, served in regiments in both borders, saw extreme weather conditions and backward technology and most importantly, he enjoyed and took immense pride in doing all this and serving the nation.

Yet, I feel my father is a greater man than many ‘greats’ in this nation. Shahrukh Khan, or Pratibha Patil,to begin with:neither of them have sacrificed more than a sleepless night or compromised on their Saturday morning sleep for the nation.

I don’t blame you for saying, ‘Oh, she’s an army officer’s daughter, obviously that’s why she’s biased’. I don’t deny it. It is true. I am biased. And I want every single person in this country, if not the world to be biased. I can only tell you what it is like to have seen these people up, close and personal, to have heard true incidents of bravery and selflessness and then know they’re are being paid peanuts, to sacrifice their lives without hesitation for the nation.

When I was 16, my family took a holiday to Arunachal Pradesh, to the regiment where my father had been in command, more than 20 years ago. From a scenic , quaint little town called Tenga, on the banks of a gushing river, we travelled to a snow desert near the Chinese border called Bumla. Here, in the middle of nowhere, one could see a small board stuck in the ice reading ‘Welcome to India’. For as far as our eyes could see in all four directions, there was nothing but snow. Beside that board stood a guard, probably of south Indian origin, in 6 layers of clothing, a giant wind-cheater and the heaviest pair of snow-boots imaginable, against constant rapid winds, endless lengths and immense depths of ice, pacing an abandoned minefield from the 1962 war, looking through a telescope at Chinese vantage points to track enemy positions and moves.

He didn’t opt to be there, but when he chose the forces as a career he knew what he would be facing, and he faces it with valour, for he has the patriotism that you and I and many of our politicians lack. Tomorrow he may die in battle, but I know for sure, that no one who has joined the forces will ever regret taking up that profession. If he dies in an act of bravery, he will most probably be awarded a VC or PVC medal for the same, posthumously. Then the government might give his family a lump sum and/or a measly monthly stipend of Rs.850 to Rs.1500. I ask you, is that all this man’s life is worth?

What about a serving soldier? He mostly hails from small areas or rural backgrounds with an uneducated wife and 2 children back in his village alone.Typical, but true. This man, who has time in the forward areas only to eat, sleep and watch the enemy, hardly sees his family. His entire salary is sent back home to his spouse, who faces the brunt of yet again uneducated parents-in-law ready to blame her for anything that happens to their son. In such a situation, a soldier’s wife receiving the pitiful salary of her husband will be left an orphan in the middle of the road, simply for the lack of money.

Then, these war heroes, and martyrs are forgotten within minutes, no, wait, seconds of their death. No one forgets to come for the Republic Day parade ,or to place that wreath they didn’t order on the grave of some memorial they don’t know was built for what om Independence day. Just because it is protocol. Protocol to ‘remember’ (or forget?) these people on these ‘days’ meant for our nation, to ‘remember’ them for the 30 seconds it takes you to read patriotic forwards and messages in your in boxes on email and on your cellphone.

Like a 90-year old war veteran said, I guess it’s the forces who are to be blamed. Right from the 3rd pay commission-who screwed up royally- the three forces have always put the pride of serving the nation over money. I guess it’s their fault they didn’t demand it then.

My father and I have been discussing this issue for a while now, and my blood boils, every single time I see our so-called Defence minister Mr.A.K..Antony defending his stupidity on a podium which he does not deserve. Have you for a minute stopped and thought about why you at home are able to enjoy your evening spent listening to your iPod, or watching a DVD on your 42-inch LCD? It is because you live in India, where the borders, threatened by invasion every second, are guarded constantly, by the watchful eyes of some 27-year old son of a mother who sits far away in a remote town, praying consciously every second for the safety of her son. If that guard decided to look away for even a minute, he would be dead, within seconds, and there would be an invasion leading to chaos everywhere. Soon, India would become a replicate Iraq, pandemonium prevailing,where you would need the permission of your invaders to even use the toilet, which under normal circumstances would be your birthright.

Sometimes it’s scary, how something so simple and routine is linked to something so complex and out of hand. From all of you who saw these reports of the military’s peaceful war against the government on television, some of you changed the channel since it didn’t concern you, some saw the report and took it in as general knowledge, and some burnt rage over it for a few seconds. Those whose blood still boils, would be the ones who have actually some patriotism left in their blood.

Am I being too philosophical for a nineteen year old? Most of you might say yes, but I say, why not? You would too, if you saw the fire in the eyes of these people the way I do.

And what is it, with Mr.Antony’s comment on discipline? I’m sorry Mr.Antony, but you politicians, who hit each other with chappals, and microphones, use unparliamentary language in the parliament, come half an hour late to a meeting, and do not know the words of the national anthem, are talking about discipline.Please, don’t make me laugh.Or with the panel that is enquiring the pay commission having IAS officers in it!? Why don’t we have a separate pay commission for the Military like most other countries do? Why do we have to put up with a cock-eyed system? Why does a DGP get paid almost twice as much as his equivalent in the forces? Why does the army have to replace the fire-brigade, police force and everyone else, when it is specifically mentioned that the forces are only for training during peace and attack during war. Why does the government involve the forces in flood relief , earthquake relief, tsunami relief, and more recently, rescuing of children fallen in pits? Then to put the cherry on the icing, you pay them in a pay scale adopted in 1948?

I have faced and will face a lot of criticism for my views.As some of my friends say, we do get good rations, accommodation and cheaper FMCGs and alcohol. Rations and accommodation -anyone in a decent government service gets that. Cheaper FMCGs- The least the government can do is to remove the taxes off the MRP of many products and make it available to the average soldier, who in return is willing to pay the price of his life for his nation. Cheap alcohol- yes, a bottle of rum is relatively cheaper. Why don’t you spend one year of your life to replace a soldier in snowy altitudes, in nothing but a tent or in the blistering heat of the Thar with the only wind bringing sandstorms along with it or in the jungles of Nagaland with the leeches sucking your blood out and I’m sure ANY soldier you replace to give him precious time with his family will gladly give you all the rum he can ever get in his life, simply so you don’t die of exhaustion and depression and actually live to tell your tale.Simply, so you can survive.

Let me remind you (non)patriotic souls, that the life of a person in the armed forces is one filled with dignity and pride, and I believe it should reflect in how much s/he is paid, for glamour and corruption rule the roost today, and that bias will take our country nowhere.

Hoping for the best to come for our brave men and women.

JAI HIND.

Vaishnavi Prasad

Hat tip: BRF

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Gujarat shows the way

Gujarat passes mandatory voting bill

Gujarat government on Saturday moved the controversial ‘The Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2009′ in the state assembly which will make voting compulsory in all local body elections of the state.
With this, Gujarat became the first state to introduce such a law in the country.

Speaking on the bill, state urban development minister Nitin Patel termed the move as pioneering and aimed at making democracy more representative and meaningful.

The Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2009 amended the Bombay Provincial Municipal Corp Act 1949, the Gujarat Municipalities Act, 1963 and the Gujarat Panchayat’s Act 1993.

With state assembly passing the bill, it will become mandatory for all registered voters in Gujarat to vote and those absent will be summoned by the local election officer to submit a valid reason for being absent with proof within a month.

The new rule applies to the elections to all seven municipal corporations, 159 municipalities, 26 district panchayats, 223 taluka panchayats and in 13,713 village panchayats of the state.

The new amendment empowers the election officer to declare people who do not cast their vote as defaulter voters and subsequently, the government will decide on the action to be taken against the defaulters.

This is a very good move. The gang mentality of Christians and Muslims ensures they vote as a single block. These people are under the influence of church and ulemas. I know about the messages that bishops and imams circulate a day before the elections, ordering their captive believers to vote for Congress. I have seen trucks and buses full of Muslims leave the ghettos for election booths.

On the other hand, Hindus sit at home, watch TV and munch potato chips. This voluntary dis-enfrachisement harms them immensely as desert religions begin to set the national agenda and men of straw like Mulayam Singh, Paswan, Laloo, Congress courtiers, all crawl before Muslims and Xians for votes, offering them job reservations and pilgrimage subsidies.

This move of Modi government will ensure Hindus get off their haunches, stand in the queue and vote. This is when their majority will begin to tell on the election results. Three cheers!!

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Hadith on rape of kafir females captured in war

There is an entire chapter in the Hadith on how to rape captured women without making them pregnant, so that their slave price does not fall (pregnant women fetch lower price).

Remember, this was the fate of millions of our hindu sisters who fell into muslim hands.

http://dharmaveer.blogspot.com/2008/12/hadith-on-rape-of-kafir-females.html

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Islam: The Arab Imperialism

Islam: The Arab Imperialism 

An eye-opening book by Anwar Shaikh. You can read it online. It will open your eyes to what this desert cult actually is and why everyone following it gets shafted to ultimately benefit the Arab race. 

In fact, Islam is the most effective tool of imperialism; other nations, usually acquire political and cultural glory through economic power or sword and fire but Islam achieves this aim through the medium of faith-in- Muhammad, the only source of paradise, replete with beautiful virgins, pretty boys and rivers of wine, milk and honey. This lure of paradise has turned all non-Arab Muslims into moths, eager to cremate themselves on the flame of the Arabian cultural hegemony. So blinded are the non-Arab Muslims by the magnitude of the Arabian glory, emanating from the Islamic faith, that the father will kill his own son if he denies its spiritual, legal and moral suzerainty. 

What can be more fantastic than the fact that Muslims all over the world prostrate towards Mecca at least five times a day. The Prophet gained this singular honour for his country through a spiritual mechanism, which, despite being phoney, appears felicitous, fruitful and fitting. Yet it testifies, not only to the unique political vision of the Prophet, but also offers an amazing study to someone, wishing to engage in discovering the human skills of marvel, mystery and manipulation. 

It is not wishful thinking. I have burnt enough midnight oil to uncover the reality of Prophethood. As this doctrine is an open insult to the dignity of God, who is held as the Perfect and Creator, Islam cannot be a Divine religion. Owing to its deep-rooted tendencies to benefit the Arabs at the expense of its followers belonging to the foreign lands, it is reasonable to conclude that Islam is nothing but the tool of the Arab Imperialism. 

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The net result of this faith is that every non-Arab Muslim has been turned into a moth, restless to cremate itself on the flame of Arab Imperialism. Therefore, it is not surprising that, whereas other dominant nations require guns, tanks and atom bombs to subdue foreign countries, the Arabs need nothing of the sort. Islam does it all for them through a dazzling process of brainwashing. 

Here is another great website deconstructing this stone-worship cult. Faith Freedom 

  

Interview of Anwar Shaikh with Chandigarh Times 

Who was Anwar Shaikh? Here is the answer:

Anwar Shaikh [1928-2006]

Another great mind of 20th century, whose grim discoveries about Islam shook the world, passed away on November 25, 2006. Anwar Shaikh was born on June 1, 1928 in Gujrat, the then greater India. His family was extremely religious, which influenced him to follow Islam with passion. In 1947, India was in a process of independence from Britain, and Muslims and Hindus were in a civil war. At this time, Anwar Shaikh, a young Muslim zealot killed two Sikhs and one Hindu without any remorse. His religious conviction was akin to that of a typical Muslim Jihadist, of the sort we see today. 

However, at the age of 25, Anwar saw the light of humanity and left Islam.
 
Anwar was a schoolmaster in Pakistan but he migrated to Britain in 1956 and became a successful businessman. He married a Welsh lady and integrated himself into British society. Perhaps his guilt of killing three people haunted him rest of his life. He embraced Hinduism. 

In 1973, Anwar went public with his mission to eradicate Islam. Since then he became vocal against Islam, wrote several books and went for a mission of educating the world about the danger of Islam. Though a serious critic of Islam but having most of his family members Muslims, he had full sympathy for them because, as he rightly noted, “The problem is not Muslims, the problem is Islam”. During the 1990s, Anwar Shaikh became the recipient of a fatwa for the content of his books. 

Anwar Shaikh has died but his legacy will live on through his words. 
Other Works: 

Islam: The Arab National Movement 

Islam: Sex and Violence 

Islam and Human Rights 

This is Jihad 

Eternity 

Faith and Deception

Taxation and Liberty 

Read more articles by Anwar Shaikh here.

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Why whites have white skin

These white dudes are nothing but descendants of an albino who lived only about 6,000 years ago. There goes for a toss all their theories about “we are superior because we have white skin.” These guys are just mutants, a far cry from the self-claimed perfect specimen of human race.

Scientists Find A DNA Change That Accounts For White Skin

By Rick Weiss
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 16, 2005

Scientists said yesterday that they have discovered a tiny genetic mutation that largely explains the first appearance of white skin in humans tens of thousands of years ago, a finding that helps solve one of biology’s most enduring mysteries and illuminates one of humanity’s greatest sources of strife.

The work suggests that the skin-whitening mutation occurred by chance in a single individual after the first human exodus from Africa, when all people were brown-skinned. That person’s offspring apparently thrived as humans moved northward into what is now Europe, helping to give rise to the lightest of the world’s races.

Leaders of the study, at Penn State University, warned against interpreting the finding as a discovery of “the race gene.” Race is a vaguely defined biological, social and political concept, they noted, and skin color is only part of what race is — and is not.

In fact, several scientists said, the new work shows just how small a biological difference is reflected by skin color. The newly found mutation involves a change of just one letter of DNA code out of the 3.1 billion letters in the human genome — the complete instructions for making a human being.

“It’s a major finding in a very sensitive area,” said Stephen Oppenheimer, an expert in anthropological genetics at Oxford University, who was not involved in the work. “Almost all the differences used to differentiate populations from around the world really are skin deep.”

The work raises a raft of new questions — not least of which is why white skin caught on so thoroughly in northern climes once it arose. Some scientists suggest that lighter skin offered a strong survival advantage for people who migrated out of Africa by boosting their levels of bone-strengthening vitamin D; others have posited that its novelty and showiness simply made it more attractive to those seeking mates.

The work also reveals for the first time that Asians owe their relatively light skin to different mutations. That means that light skin arose independently at least twice in human evolution, in each case affecting populations with the facial and other traits that today are commonly regarded as the hallmarks of Caucasian and Asian races.

Several sociologists and others said they feared that such revelations might wrongly overshadow the prevailing finding of genetics over the past 10 years: that the number of DNA differences between races is tiny compared with the range of genetic diversity found within any single racial group.

Even study leader Keith Cheng said he was at first uncomfortable talking about the new work, fearing that the finding of such a clear genetic difference between people of African and European ancestries might reawaken discredited assertions of other purported inborn differences between races — the most long-standing and inflammatory of those being intelligence.

“I think human beings are extremely insecure and look to visual cues of sameness to feel better, and people will do bad things to people who look different,” Cheng said.

The discovery, described in today’s issue of the journal Science, was an unexpected outgrowth of studies Cheng and his colleagues were conducting on inch-long zebra fish, which are popular research tools for geneticists and developmental biologists. Having identified a gene that, when mutated, interferes with its ability to make its characteristic black stripes, the team scanned human DNA databases to see if a similar gene resides in people.

To their surprise, they found virtually identical pigment-building genes in humans, chickens, dogs, cows and many others species, an indication of its biological value.

They got a bigger surprise when they looked in a new database comparing the genomes of four of the world’s major racial groups. That showed that whites with northern and western European ancestry have a mutated version of the gene.

Skin color is a reflection of the amount and distribution of the pigment melanin, which in humans protects against damaging ultraviolet rays but in other species is also used for camouflage or other purposes. The mutation that deprives zebra fish of their stripes blocks the creation of a protein whose job is to move charged atoms across cell membranes, an obscure process that is crucial to the accumulation of melanin inside cells.

Humans of European descent, Cheng’s team found, bear a slightly different mutation that hobbles the same protein with similar effect. The defect does not affect melanin deposition in other parts of the body, including the hair and eyes, whose tints are under the control of other genes.

A few genes have previously been associated with human pigment disorders — most notably those that, when mutated, lead to albinism, an extreme form of pigment loss. But the newly found glitch is the first found to play a role in the formation of “normal” white skin. The Penn State team calculates that the gene, known as slc24a5, is responsible for about one-third of the pigment loss that made black skin white. A few other as-yet-unidentified mutated genes apparently account for the rest.

Although precise dating is impossible, several scientists speculated on the basis of its spread and variation that the mutation arose between 20,000 and 50,000 years ago. That would be consistent with research showing that a wave of ancestral humans migrated northward and eastward out of Africa about 50,000 years ago.

Unlike most mutations, this one quickly overwhelmed its ancestral version, at least in Europe, suggesting it had a real benefit. Many scientists suspect that benefit has to do with vitamin D, made in the body with the help of sunlight and critical to proper bone development.

Sun intensity is great enough in equatorial regions that the vitamin can still be made in dark-skinned people despite the ultraviolet shielding effects of melanin. In the north, where sunlight is less intense and cold weather demands that more clothing be worn, melanin’s ultraviolet shielding became a liability, the thinking goes.

Today that solar requirement is largely irrelevant because many foods are supplemented with vitamin D.

Some scientists said they suspect that white skin’s rapid rise to genetic dominance may also be the product of “sexual selection,” a phenomenon of evolutionary biology in which almost any new and showy trait in a healthy individual can become highly prized by those seeking mates, perhaps because it provides evidence of genetic innovativeness.

Cheng and co-worker Victor A. Canfield said their discovery could have practical spinoffs. A gene so crucial to the buildup of melanin in the skin might be a good target for new drugs against melanoma, for example, a cancer of melanin cells in which slc24a5 works overtime.

But they and others agreed that, for better or worse, the finding’s most immediate impact may be an escalating debate about the meaning of race.

Recent revelations that all people are more than 99.9 percent genetically identical has proved that race has almost no biological validity. Yet geneticists’ claims that race is a phony construct have not rung true to many nonscientists — and understandably so, said Vivian Ota Wang of the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda.

“You may tell people that race isn’t real and doesn’t matter, but they can’t catch a cab,” Ota Wang said. “So unless we take that into account it makes us sound crazy.”

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“Ganges sounds like a disease!” Red Indian al-Qaeda anyone?

 Another one from the “our god is true, your god is false” Whites. Is there any end to the bigotry of these charlatans who have genocided the entire race of Red Indians in the name of their “god” and illegally taken over their entire continent? It is time Red Indians were trained in miltary warfare and took on these Europeans of an alien race settled in their country. It is time for a Red Indian al-Qaeda.

Hindus upset over Fox News remarks that holy river Ganges “sounds like a disease”

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Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai

The Chinese evolved from Indians: Study

New Delhi: A genetic study has found that Indians are the ancestors of the Chinese and other East Asian populations.

The study, a joint project of 10 Asian countries, found that India received a wave of migration from Africa 60,000-70,000 years ago and these early humans subsequently moved to East and Southeast Asia. The earlier belief was that humans from Africa reached India and East and Southeast Asia separately.

The study has important implications, especially in the understanding of human migratory patterns and in the investigation of genetics and disease.

The findings of the five-year study — conducted by a group of 90 scientists, including those from India, in a consortium of 40 Asian laboratories under the Human Genome Organisation — have been published in the journal Science.

The study analysed genetic data of 1,900 individuals representing 73 population groups. The findings showed that Asian genetic ancestry correlated highly with ethnic and linguistic groups and “considerable gene flow was observed among sub-populations of the clusters” that were studied; the clusters included “groups believed to practice endogamy (marriage within a group) based on linguistics, cultural and ethic information”.

“This large study establishes that Indians are ancestors of the Japanese, Chinese and all other East Asians. All these populations have a common genetic origin and it shows that India represents a microcosm of Asia’s genetic diversity,” said Samir Brahmachari, director-general, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research — a participant in the study.

More reports:

First settlers in China and the Orient were Indian migrants: Study

Scientists rejig human evolution, Indians ancestors of East Asians

Ancestors of Chinese came from India: Study

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4000 girls converted by love Jihadis

4,000 girls converted: Kerala HC
December 9th, 2009

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday said that there were indications that around 4,000 girls had been converted to other religions in the last four years by feigning love and asked the state government to consider framing a law to prevent such forcible religious conversions.

Justice K.T. Shankaran of the HC made these comments while denying bail to two youth who had been arrested for allegedly trying to convert two females MBA students to Islam after feigning romance.

The HC had earlier asked the director-general of police to submit a report on whether there was any ‘love jihad’ movement in the state.

Though the DGP said that the police had got no evidence of such activity in the state, the HC reached a different opinion after perusing the police reports, case diaries and other reports from across the state.

The judge said that majority of the ‘romantic’ conversions had occurred in the north Kerala districts including Malappuram, Kasargode and Kannur. In recent months itself, there had been more than 100 conversions, he added.

It appeared that the conversion of girls in the guise of romance has been prevalent in the state for quiet a while, said the court.

Such forcible conversion was against the law and the state government had the responsibility to prevent it, the court pointed out.

In his report, the DGP had said there was no organised conversion movement in the state. The union home ministry had also submitted a similar report to the HC.

Reacting to the HC’s comments, leaders of the DYFI and the Youth Congress said that the verdict might cast suspicion on all inter-religious marriages.

“We are not in favour of a moratorium on love,” said the YC state president, Mr Liju.

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Is science western in origin?

Dr. C.K. Raju, the mathematics professor who did ground-breaking research on how calculus was taken by Jesuit priests from Kerala to Europe, has come up with another brilliant research paper — “Is Science Western in Origin?” Buy the entire series of these pamphlets if you can. Here are some excerpts from it:

What is the book about?
 How the history of science was fabricated during Crusades and Inquisition (and before racism and colonialism).

Foreword to the Dissenting Knowledges Pamphlet Series
Vinay Lal, Founding Editor

In his densely argued essay, Raju makes mincemeat of the received view of the Greek origins of science. He speaks of three different phases through which the received narrative was constructed, though his argument is peppered with a great many other critical observations.

The story of the Greek origins of science, Raju argues, can nowhere be found ‘from the beginning of the Christian Dark Age to the beginning of the Crusades’. The Greeks had a primitive system of numeration; similarly, since much has been made of the great library of Alexandria, it is imperative to recognize that people other than Greeks produced its books.

Raju has elsewhere, in a forthcoming work on Euclid, detailed what exactly it is that we know about Euclid, and what might be the sources of our knowledge about Euclid; and he surprises us with the observation that the sum total of any credible knowledge about someone called ‘Euclid’ is zero.

This is the same ‘Euclid’ who had become such a globalized and universal figure that even someone like Mohandas Gandhi could effortlessly allude to him in his own quest for truth and precision: as he was to explain to the passengers on board a ship on 25  December 1931, ‘It is a self-evident axiom, like the axioms of Euclid, that one cannot have peace unless there is in one an intense longing for peace all round.’

Speaking of zero, however, it is well known that the idea of zero (sunya) came to the West from India, mediated by the Arabs; but astronomy and trigonometry also traveled in that direction, even if the West has long persisted in the fiction that these sciences were transmitted to India from the West.

Having established that the story of the transmission of astronomy and geometry from the Greeks to, in effect, the rest of the world during the Crusades cannot be given any credence, Raju argues that, in the period of the Inquisition, a concerted attempt was made to suggest that Europeans independently rediscovered the scientific knowledge. Raju sees in the much-celebrated account of the supposed Copernican revolution, which takes us from a geocentric view of the universe to a heliocentric view, evidence only of a sustained and pernicious helleno-centrism.

Though Copernicus used Islamic sources to reach his conclusions, he failed to acknowledge them. In the final phase of the Western appropriation of scientific knowledge, which continues down to the present day, the entire apparatus of imperialist power was marshaled to press forth the case that accurate scientific knowledge had always been the monopoly of the Europe. Indeed, though Raju does not go so far, this view was bound to prevail in Europe considering that most ‘natives’ were held to be altogether devoid of the faculty of reasoning.

Raju’s intent here is also to question the supposition that knowledge in the West has a secular cast. ‘Note how theology has crept in’, he avers: ‘we are asked to believe that science is about deducing the consequences of some “laws” instituted by a god who created the cosmos, as has been made out in the West since Newton.’ Raju’s pamphlet, then, takes its place along others in this series that have probed the assumptions underlying the disciplines of economics and anthropology.

This pamphlet series, as I noted at the outset, is one of many enterprises to have emerged out of the desire of some scholars, academics, activists, and public intellectuals, who first convened together in Penang, Malaysia in early 2002, to create a new forum, which has been termed “Multiversity”, that will at once enable a wholesale but rigorous and searching critique of the frameworks of modern knowledge as well as more ecumenical political and cultural futures.

Multiversity’s members are committed to the proposition that there needs to be less conversation with the West and more conversation between peoples of the South. Long before India, China, Southeast Asia, and Africa interacted with Europe, they interacted with each other; indeed, the Indian Ocean was a global world, a crossroads, but part of the effect of colonialism has been to obscure these earlier histories. The conception of what constitutes the “world” has narrowed so considerably that everywhere outside Europe it means knowledge only of one’s own country and of the Euro-American world. These, apparently, are the borders of our supposed cosmopolitanism.
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Is Science Western in Origin?
By C. K. Raju

Science is a creation of the West—or so the story goes. On this creation story, science began in Hellenic (Greek) culture, and developed in post-renaissance Europe. The rest of the world had no clue.

A typical account is in the “classic” history of mathematics by Rouse Ball:

“The history of mathematics cannot with certainty be traced back to any school or period before…the…Greeks…though all early races… knew something of numeration…and…the elements of land-surveying, yet the rules which they possessed were…founded only on… observation and experiment, and were neither deduced from nor did they

He presupposes that (a) deduction is more important to science than observation or experiment (which leads to mere “rules”), and that (b) only the Greek “race” had deduction. Needham avoids the racist part of the explanation; but lapses into an otherwise similar view about Chinese “landsurveying” versus Euclidean geometry.2

Unlike political history, it is hard to counter or even explain the biases in the history of science. “Information poverty” is a consequence of industrial capitalism—even otherwise educated people are often scientifically illiterate. Like other illiterates, they uncritically accept and repeat stories from socially “authoritative” sources. Scientists, too, may not be knowledgeable enough, for in practice they rely heavily on authority (again because industrial capitalism breeds excessive specialization).

Moreover, scientists focus on technique, and carelessly propagate any given history. Consequently, very few can put science together with its history and philosophy and build a counter-story. India is a particularly pathetic case: it has no university department of history and philosophy of science, even 60 years after independence. No wonder, the same old story is perpetuated by current Indian school texts, which mention many Greek names as the originators of mathematics and science. These Greek names are accompanied by images of Caucasian stereotypes. Children get the underlying racist message!

This history was contested during the NDA-led regime, but with such extreme counter biases that there was a storm of protest. Newspapers then highlighted the “saffronization of history”, suggesting that religious fanaticism leads to concocted history as a means of glorification. Certainly this is true, and certainly this needs to be highlighted. But doesn’t this apply to all situations where religion is mixed with state power? The Crusades and the Inquisition were periods of marked religious fanaticism in Europe. Did that influence the Western history of science? Singularly enough, the role of religious fanaticism in shaping this story seems never to have been assessed. Let us do so here.

The Crusades and the story of the ‘Greek’ origin of science

The story of the Greek origin of science postdates the Crusades. Before the Crusades, Christendom was in its “Dark Age”. In the 4th c., state and church came together in the Roman empire. The subsequent book-burning edicts of Roman Christian emperors, the burning down of the Great Library of Alexandria by a Christian mob,6 and the closure of all philosophical schools by Justinian in 529 CE, created a vacuum of secular knowledge in Christendom. Such secular knowledge as existed, prior to the Crusades, was pitiful.

The outstanding mathematician of the time was Gerbert of Aurillac (Pope Sylvester II), who wrote a learned tome on the abacus (the kindergarten toy of today). So, it would be fair to say that the abacus represented the acme of mathematical knowledge in pre-Crusade Christendom. Ironically, this Christian Dark Age coincided with the Islamic Golden Age. In sharp contrast to the book-burning traditions of Christendom, the Abbasid Caliphate had set up the Baghdad House of Wisdom by the early 9th c. CE. This led to such an explosion in the demand for books that, along the lines of the hadith to seek knowledge even from China, paper-making techniques were imported from China to set up a paper factory in Baghdad, which had a flourishing book bazaar.

Libraries proliferated across the Islamic world, and the 10th c. Umayyad Caliphate in Cordoba had a library, catalogued in 44 volumes, of over 600,000 tomes. Quite naturally, prior to the Crusades, Europeans regarded the Arabs as knowledgeable. To learn mathematics, Gerbert turned to the Islamic Arabs in Cordoba, not to Greek Christian sources in Byzantium. (Hence, the numerals he imported are today known as “Arabic numerals”.) So, the story of the Greek origins of all science did not exist in Europe prior to the Crusades.

The Crusades as “barbarian incursions” How did this story emerge during the Crusades?

Ever since state and church first came together, at the time of Constantine, Eusebius, a church historian, had initiated the program of distorting history to promote church interests. His successor Orosius, in his History Against the Pagans, made it amply clear that history was just another tool of soft power in the church’s armory. This technology of falsehood was now applied to “manage” common perceptions. The story-line was simple: it was the Greeks who did it. On this story, during the 600 years of the Christian Dark Age, all that the Arabs did was to preserve Greek works, the rightful inheritors of which were the chosen people, the Christians of Europe.

It was this fantastic justification—characterizing Arabs as mere carriers of knowledge, and Greeks as the creative fount—which made the (“Greek”) knowledge in Arabic books theologically acceptable in Europe, and enabled the translated Arabic books to be used as university texts for centuries in Europe.

Arabs did not quite accept this story. In the 9th c., when the Arabs built the Bayt al Hikma (House of Wisdom) in Baghdad, they gathered knowledge from all over the world, including India, Persia and China. They certainly did not restrict themselves to Greek sources. The actions speak for themselves: the Arabs did not then think that science was primarily a Greek invention.

Greek and Roman difficulties with elementary arithmetic

The non-textual evidence provides a good reason for this. More than deduction, science is based on quantitative calculation. But the Greeks lacked basic arithmetic skills needed for calculation. The early Greek (Attic) system of representing numbers was worse even than Roman numerals. (We will use Roman numerals in the following examples, since they are better known.) Greek/Roman numerals are inefficient for two reasons. First they are clumsy: the small number 1788 requires 12 symbols, and is written as MDCCLXXXVIII.

This system is hopeless for large numbers, such as 1053, which the Buddha was asked to name (by an opponent, who sought to test his knowledge). The world might come to an end before one finishes writing down this number in Roman numerals!

The unavoidable inference is this: the Greeks and Romans used this primitive system of numeration just because they never encountered large numbers, and never did the complex calculations required for astronomy and science. Conversely, when the need for such complex calculations arose in Europe, first among the Florentine merchants, and
then among European navigators, Roman numerals were abandoned in favour of “Arabic numerals”.

Can one get around this inefficiency by inventing names for larger numbers? No. Roman numerals are structurally inefficient: even the simplest sum needs an abacus. Try XIV + XVIII! To add two numbers, say 1788 + 1832, one would first represent these numbers on the Roman abacus, using counters.
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Multiplication is more difficult. Shakespeare’s clown knows that 11 sheep give 28 pounds of wool which sells for a guinea. How much would he get for the wool from 1500 sheep? He “cannot do’t without counters”. (We leave out subtraction and division as too difficult to explain!) The Greeks obviously could not have done science without properly knowing how to add and multiply.

The Baghdad House of Wisdom and transmission to Greek texts

Therefore, while the Arabs valued the “theology of Aristotle”, for arithmetic, they turned to India, not to Greece. Arabs imported various Indian arithmetic texts, notably those of Aryabhata, Brahmagupta and Mahavira. These were digested and transcreated in the Bayt al Hikma, by al Khwarizmi, and became famous as Algorismus after his Latinized name. These “Arabic numerals” use the place value system. That makes it easy to represent large numbers. It also makes arithmetic very easy through “algorithms”— the elementary techniques of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division that everyone today learns in school.

Although the Baghdad House of Wisdom was a landmark, it only accelerated a well-established tradition. From the very beginning of the Abbasid Caliphate, the legendary Barmakids (from barmak = pramukh) of Persian-Buddhist origin, who were vazir-s to the Abbasid Khalifa-s, had already instituted this system of importing knowledge from Persia and India.

The Barmakids, in turn, were only continuing the earlier Persian tradition of gathering knowledge, and translating it into Persian (Pahlavi). This continuity is manifest through texts, such as the Indian Pancatantra, which were translated into Arabic not from Sanskrit but from Pahlavi, along with other Persian books, such as the “Arabian Nights” and the astronomy text called the Almagest. Noticeably, the Almagest came to Baghdad from Persia, not Byzantium. Had this text then existed in Byzantium, it could easily have been sourced from there, for Byzantium was then an abject tributary of Baghdad.
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Euclid: Geometry and Mathematics

We saw that even Needham thought that real mathematics and science began with deduction, a tradition supposedly started by Euclid. But what exactly do we know about Euclid? One authority, the late David Fowler, gave a succinct answer: “Nothing”. However, other historians insist that the right answer is “almost nothing”. Let us decide between these two possibilities!

Euclid supposedly wrote a key geometry text called the Elements. Naturally, people suppose (on the strength of the story) that the name “Euclid” is found in front of manuscripts of the Elements. But that is not true.

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At about this point, many people jump up to say that they don’t really care about the person Euclid, and it is the book called the Elements which ultimately matters. This is a facile escape route.

If Euclid is a concoction, the Elements might have had a non- Hellenic origin in the mystery geometry of pre-Alexandrian Egypt. In that case, it could be better understood as contrary to post-Crusade Christian rational theology. The same conclusion applies even if we accept seriously the Neoplatonic philosophy of geometry, as articulated by Plato or by Proclus in his Commentary on the Elements.

So, accepting Euclid as a concoction also entails a different understanding of the Elements, and amounts to denying the appropriation of reason by the church. Such a denial would alter the present-day philosophy of mathematics, and the idea of deduction as fundamental to science.

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Ayodhya: A historical watershed

Ayodhya: A Historical Watershed        
Girilal Jain
06 Dec 2009 
 
[On 9 December 1992, three days after the historic demolition of the Babri Masjid, Girilal Jain wrote a seminal piece in The Times of India, which silenced all intellectual opposition or exposed that there was no legitimate intellectual argument against this spontaneous decision by nameless and faceless Ram bhaktas.

 As a media hostile to Hindu concerns again debates the relevance of the Rama Mandir movement in the wake of the leaked/released Liberhan Commission Report, it is obvious that much has changed in the 17 years since that fateful December.

The Babri demolition represented free India’s first decisive step to reject what she could not endorse. Stuck for five centuries like the poison in the throat of Neelkanth, the Babri structure was never accepted by Hindu society. The struggle to reclaim this sacred space continued doggedly for centuries, and much Hindu blood was sacrificed; even one year before the demolition, kar sevaks fell to the bullets fired by the Mulayam Singh Yadav regime. 6 December 1992 was a logical response to that bloody affront.

Post-Babri polity rushed to appease Muslims, and denied voice to the simultaneous brutal expulsion of Kashmiri Hindus from home and hearth. But events took the Muslim world on a trajectory of confrontation with the rest of the world. Personally I believe Islam is one of the worst victims of western colonialism. But Islam has only itself to blame – its rulers subordinate land, resources and self-respect before Western capitals for false power – and Islam allows itself to be manipulated to attack soft targets like Hindu India, rather than confront its real tormentors.

Islam has inevitably run into a dead end. It is not a viable political force anywhere in the world today. Pakistan was a Western manipulation, coming heavily unstuck, and Hindu fear of jihadi warriors is non-existent except among the effete political elite.

Hindus will not compromise on the Ram temple. The era of attempting to present evidence (under Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar), negotiating (P V Narasimha Rao appointed mediators), is over. Some say they await a court verdict, but Hindu society unequivocally rejects a verdict against the Ram Mandir. As sugarcane farmers effectively demonstrated recently in New Delhi, Hindu public opinion has a way of making itself obeyed.

Mahakala, the deity Time, has again showed His face, appropriately at a moment when once again a shameless surrender of the Kashmir Valley was being contemplated by an unrepresentative regime, only to waver in the face of sharp differences among the separatists and secessionists.  

The Supreme Court directed archaeological excavations at Ayodhya, during the Vajpayee regime, have thrown up conclusive evidence about the existence of two Hindu temples below the Babri structure. So a court judgment that does not respect the Hindu claim to the site will be laughed out of court. The leakage of the Liberhan Commission Report to the media, allegedly to break opposition unity in Parliament on pressing problems facing the nation, has performed the same role as unlocking the Ayodhya temple gates did under Rajiv Gandhi – it has brought the civilisational issue to the fore, and that too, at a time when the world has lost patience with the Armies of Allah.

If Rajiv Gandhi was perceived as a man without knowledge, feeling or understanding of religion, the Italian-born Congress president Sonia Gandhi will not receive such a benefit of doubt. Her daughter is married to a Christian, and her son for years moved around with a South American Catholic. The family’s alienation from the nation’s Hindu ethos – emphasised by measures like trying to secure reservations for Christian and Muslim converts via the Ranganath Mishra Commission Report – will polarise Hindu opinion in favour of the temple when they are forced to resist it.

Girilal Jain was one of the rare Hindu intellectuals who stood by the Rama Janmabhoomi as a movement of Hindu affirmation and quest for civilisational identity. He stood equally and sincerely for the beleaguered Kashmiri Pandit community, at a time when it was politically incorrect to do both. He died on 19 July 1993. As the Hindu quest for Sri Rama’s birthplace springs to life again thanks to Justice Liberhan, we republish Girilal Jain’s seminal article for the new generation of Hindusthan. Much has changed, much remains the same – Editor]

 Ayodhya: A Historical Watershed
Girilal Jain

1992 will doubtless go down in Indian history as the year of Ayodhya. This is so not so much because recent events there have pushed into the background all other issues such as economic reforms and reservations for the ‘other backward castes’ as because they have released forces which will have a decisive influence in shaping the future of India.

These forces are not new; they have been at work for two centuries. Indeed, they were not even wholly bottled up. But they had not been unleashed earlier as they have been now. It is truly extraordinary that the demolition of a nondescript structure by faceless men no organization owns up should have shaken so vast a country as India. But no one can possibly deny that it has. These forces in themselves are not destructive even if they have led to some violence and blood-letting. They are essentially beneficent. They shall seek to heal the splits in the Indian personality so that it is restored to health and vigour.

Implicit in the above is the proposition that while India did not cease to be India either under Muslim or British rule despite all the trials and tribulations, she was not fully Mother India. And she was not fully Mother India not because she was called upon to digest external inputs, which is her nature to assimilate, but because she was not free to throw out what she could not possibly digest in the normal and natural course, This lack of freedom to reject what cannot be assimilated is the essence of foreign conquest and rule. The meaning of Ayodhya is that India has regained, to a larger extent than hitherto, the capacity to behave and act as a normal living organism. She has taken another big step towards self-affirmation.

All truth, as Lenin said, is partisan. So is mine. I do not pretend to be above the battle, or, to rephrase Pandit Nehru, I am not neutral against myself. But partisan truth is not demagogy and patently false propaganda, which is what advocates of ‘composite culture’ have engaged in. Two points need to be noted in this regard.

First, no living culture is ever wholly autonomous; for no culture is an airtight sealed box; Indian culture, in particular, has been known for its catholicity and willingness to give as well as take. It withdrew into a shell when it felt gravely threatened and became rigid; but that is understandable; indeed, the surprise, if any, is that Indian culture survived the Islamic and Western onslaught at all.

Secondly, a culture, if it is not swallowed up by an incoming one, whether by way of proselytization or conquest or both, as the Egyptians and Iranians were by Islam, or if it is not destroyed as the Aztec was by the Portuguese and the Spaniards, must seek to recover; even Indians in Latin America have not given up the effort. Surely, since no one can possibly suggest that Indian culture was either swallowed up or destroyed; it is only natural that it should seek to recover its genuine self. Surely, this is neither an anti-Islamic nor anti-Western activity.

Pandit Nehru almost never used the phrase ‘composite culture’. His was a more organic view of culture and civilization. He believed in, and spoke of, cultural synthesis which, if at all, could take place only within the old civilizational framework since Islam did not finally triumph. Pandit Nehru also wrote and spoke of the spirit of India asserting itself again and again. Surely, that spirit could not be a composite affair. In the Maulana Azad memorial lecture (mentioned earlier) he also spoke of different cultures being products of different environments and he specifically contrasted tropical India with the deserts of Arabia. He even said that a Hindu-Muslim cultural synthesis had not been completed when other factors intervened. Apparently he was referring to the British Raj.

This should help dispel the impression that the Nehru era was a continuation of alien rule intended to frustrate the process of Indianization of India. This charge is not limited to his detractors. It is made by his admirers as well, though, of course, indirectly and unknowingly. They pit secularism against Hinduism which is plainly absurd. Hindus do not need the imported concept of secularism in order to be able to show respect towards other faiths. That comes naturally to them. For theirs is an inclusive faith which provides for every form of religious experience and belief; there can be no heresy or kufr in Hinduism.

For Nehru, secularism, both as a personal philosophy and state policy, was an expression of India’s cultural-civilizational personality and not its negation and repudi­ation. Secularism suited India’s requirements as he saw them. For instance, it provided an additional legitimizing principle for reform movements among Hindus beginning with the Brahmo Samaj in the early part of the nineteenth century. It met the aspirations of the Westernized and modernizing intelligentsia. Before independence, it denied legitimacy to Muslim separatism in the eyes of Hindus, Westernized or traditionalist. If it did not help forge an instrument capable of resisting effectively the Muslim League’s demand for partition, the alternative platform of men such as Veer Savarkar did not avail either. After partition, it served the same purpose of denying legitimacy to moves to consolidate Muslims as a separate communalist political force.

Pandit Nehru’s emphasis on secularism has to be viewed not only in relation to the Muslim problem which survived partition, but it has also to be seen in the context of his plea for science and of India’s need to get rid of the heavy and deadening burden of rituals and superstitions, products of periods of grave weakness and hostile environment when nothing nobler than survival was possible. Seen in this perspective, the ideologies of socialism and secularism have served as mine sweepers. They have cleared the field of dead conventions sufficiently to make it possible for new builders to move in. Sheikh Abdullah exaggerated when he charged Pandit Nehru with Machiavellianism, but he was not too wide off the mark when he wrote in Aatish-e-Chinar that Nehru was “a great admirer of the past heritage and the Hindu spirit of India…. He considered himself as an instr­ument of rebuilding India with its ancient spirit” (quoted in Jagmohan, My Frozen Turbulence in Kashmir, Allied Publishers, New Delhi, 1991, p. 138).

The trouble is that self-styled Nehruites and other secularists are not able to recognize that India is no longer the convalescent she was not only when Gandhiji launched his first mass movement but also when she achieved independence with Pandit Nehru as the first prime minister. The two leaders have helped nurse her back to health as have their critics in different ways. That is the implication of my observation that the energies now unleashed have been at work for two centuries.

Only on a superficial view, resulting from a lack of appreciation of the history of modern India, beginning with Raja Rammohan Roy in the early nineteenth century, can the rise of the Ramjanambhoomi issue to its present prominence be said to be the result of a series of ‘accidents’: the sudden appearance of the Ramlalla idol in the structure in 1949 and the opening of the gate under the Faizabad magistrate’s orders in 1986 being the most important. As in all such cases, these developments have helped bring out and reinforce something that was already growing — the 200-year-old movement for self-renewal and self-affirmation by Hindus. If this was not so, the ‘accidents’ in question would have petered out.

Similarly, while it cannot be denied that the RSS, the VHP, and the BJP have played a major role in mobilizing support for the cause of the temple, it should also be noted that they could not have achieved the success they have if the general atmosphere was not propitious and the time not ripe. Indeed, not to speak of Gandhiji who aroused and mobilized Hindus as no one had before him, fought the Christian missionary assault and successfully resisted the British imperialist designs to divide Harijans from Hindu society, it would be unfair to deny Nehru’s and Indira Gandhi’s contributions to the Hindu resurgence that we witness today. A civilizational revival, it may be pointed out, is a gradual, complex, and many-sided affair.

Again, only on the basis of a superficial view is it possible to see developments in India in isolation from developments in the larger world. Nehru’s worldview, for instance, was deeply influenced by the socialist theories sweeping Europe in the wake of the First World War and the Soviet revolution in 1917. By the same token, this worldview, which has dominated our thinking for well over six decades, could not but become irrelevant in view of the collapse of communist regimes in eastern Europe, and the disarray in the Soviet Union itself. This cannot be seriously disputed even on rational grounds. Intensification of the search for identity in India today is part of a similar development all over the world, especi­ally in view of the collapse of communist ‘universalism’. But if it is a mere coincidence that the Ramjanambhoomi issue has gathered support precisely in this period of the disintegration of Soviet power abroad and the decline of the Nehruvian consensus at home, it is an interesting one.

At the conscious level, the BJP, among political formations, has chosen to be an instrument of India’s cultural and civilizational recovery and reaffirmation. As such, it is natural that it will figure prominently in the reshaping of India in the coming years and decades. But others too will play their part in the gigantic enterprise. V P Singh, for instance, has already rendered yeoman service to the cause by undermining the social coalition which has dominated the country’s politics for most of the period since independence.*

When a master idea seizes the mind, as socialism did in the twenties, and as Hindutva has done now, it must usher in radical change. In the twenties and the decades that followed before and after independence, conservative forces were not strong enough to resist the socialist idea. Similarly, conservative forces are not strong enough today to defeat the Hindutva ideal. There is a difference, though, for while the socialist ideal related primarily to economic reorganization and was elitist in its approach by virtue of being a Western import, Hindutva seeks, above all, to unleash the energies of a whole people which foreign rule froze or drove underground.

When a historic change of this magnitude takes place, intellectual confusion is generally unavoidable. The human mind, as a rule, trails behind events; it is not capable of anticipating them. But it should be possible to cut through the mass of confusion and get to the heart of the matter.

The heart of the matter is that if India’s vast spiritual (psychic in modern parlance) energies, largely dormant for centuries, had to be tapped, Hindus had to be aroused; they could be aroused only by the use of a powerful symbol; that symbol could only be Ram, as was evident in the twenties when the Mahatma moved millions by his talk of Ramrajya; once the symbol takes hold of the popular mind, as Ram did in the twenties and as it has done now, opposition to it generally adds to its appeal.

An element of subjectivity and voluntarism, typical of a modern Westernized mind, has got introduced in the previous paragraph because that is the way I also think. In reality, the time spirit (Mahakala) unfolds itself under its own auspices, at its own momentum, as it were; we can either cooperate with it, or resist it at our peril.

Historians can continue to debate whether a temple, in fact, existed at the site of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya; whether it was, in fact, a Ram temple; whether it was destroyed; or whether it had collapsed on its own. Similarly, moralists and secularists can go on arguing that it is not right to replace one place of worship by another, especially as long as the foregoing issues have not been resolved. But this is not how history moves and civilizational issues are settled.

Pertinent is the fact that for no other site have Hindus fought so bitterly for so long with such steadfastness as over Ramjanambhoomi in Ayodhya. There is no rational explanation for this and it is futile to look for one. All that is open to us is to grasp the fact and power of the mystery.

In all cultures and societies under great stress flows an invisible undercurrent. It does not always break surface. But when it does, it transforms the scene. This is how events in Ayodhya should be seen. The Patal Ganga, of which all Indians must have heard, has broken surface there. Human beings have doubtless played a part in this surfacing. But witness the remarkable fact that we do not know and, in fact, do not care who installed the Ramlalla idol in the Babri structure and who demolished the structure on 6 December 1992.

While almost everyone else is looking for scapegoats, to me it seems that every known actor is playing his or her allotted role in the vast drama that is being enacted. We are, as it were, witnessing the enactment of a modern version of Balmiki’s Ramayana.

 * On the face of it, the contest has been, and is, between ‘communalist’ Hindus, who equate Hinduism with nationalism and ‘secularist’ Hindus who believe that India has been, and is, larger than Hinduism. In reality the picture has been made more complicated inasmuch as ‘secular’ nationalism in India has been underwritten, at least partly, by casteism. All parties have been fairly attentive to ‘caste arithmetic’. The competition, as a shrewd Congress leader once said to me, has been between ‘communalism’ and ‘casteism’.

 [From The Hindu Phenomenon, UBSPD, New Delhi, 1994, p. 113]

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Artificial languages and Asian influence

Artificial Languages: Asian Backgrounds or Influences?

The growth of European\ science in the Renaissance and afterwards was influenced by contributions from the Islamic world and from India and China. This well established fact refutes three common prejudices: (1) Modern science originated from ancient Greece with the Arabs acting as translators; (2) Arabs, Chinese, Euro-Americans, and Indians inhabit separate cognitive worlds; and (3), the most preposterous: Science is ‘Western’.

The first prejudice is held by those whose history of science is outdated. The second is based upon an idea of political correctness, not upon facts. The third is the favourite of groups with a special agenda, sometimes hidden, for example, the superiority of ‘Occidental Reason’ or ‘Oriental Spirituality’.

By Frits Staal

Participants in the workshop on ‘Asian contributions to the formation of modern science: the emergence of artificial languages’ did not take any of these prejudices as their vantage point. As specialists in the history of ancient and medieval science, they knew that this crucial period of human history can only be adequately understood if the Eurasian continent is treated as an undivided unit. That insight evolved over more than half a century, roughly speaking from Otto Neugebauer to Joseph Needham (who died in 1995), and is based upon the textual and historical study of source materials in the classical languages of science that include Arabic, Old-Babylonian, Chinese, Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit.

Much scientific content in these sources remains undiscovered but a few generalities appear to be valid. Mesopotamian science is earlier than any other and influenced China, Greece, and India, especially in astronomy. Chinese science reflects an organic philosophy of nature which manifests itself in her chemistry and life sciences. India’s strength lies in abstract theory, as is evident from her mathematics and linguistics, and the Arabs stand at the geographical and historical centre of pre-modern science. Modern science developed when the classical languages were replaced by modern languages and the artificial language of algebra (Arabic aljabr).

The workshop looked for Asian backgrounds and influences with regard to the latter development. Among the key speakers, Jens Høyrup (Roskilde) showed that Old-Babylonian ideograms do not constitute an algebraic symbolism (as had been suggested, with reservations, by Neugebauer), but are mnemonic abbreviations of geometric
operations. Michio Yano (Kyoto) studied oral and written methods of transmission of expressions for numerals and numerical tables in Sanskrit.

Kim Plofker (Providence) analysed al-Biruni’s comparison of Indian and Islamic mathematical techniques and notations. Karine Chemla (Paris) demonstrated how permutations of characters in a Chinese mathematical text of the thirteenth century performed the function of brackets as used in modern notations. Charles Burnett (London) described the slow penetration of India numerals into Arabic, Greek, and Latin, which, by the time of Fibonacci in the thirteenth century, had led to a new way of using numerals.

Frits Staal (Berkeley), convener of the workshop, argued that modern science is not a product of Europe or world history but the result of a major advance in human cognition through language. This topic – more speculative than any of the others – sheds light on the background of the workshop and I shall return to it.

The presentations were followed by lively discussions in which a crucial role was played by the chairs of the sessions; Kamaleswar Bhattacharya (Paris), Christoph Harbsmeier (Oslo and Peking), Jan P. Hogendijk (Utrecht), and Dominik Wujastyk (London).

The workshop was a resounding success with its high level of discussion and a fruitful exchange of ideas on fundamental issues. The proceedings will be edited by Staal and Yano and published in the Journal of Indian Philosophy and, perhaps, a volume of the Synthese Library.

The history of artificial language

I have been asked why I should have convened such a workshop with specialists in the history of ancient and medieval science. Its ultimate source lies in my interest in the origin of language and in its natural and artificial forms, perhaps the defining feature of human animals. Compared to natural language, the artificial variety is recent; its origins lie in antiquity. Is the artificial a mere extension of (part of) the natural? Or is it something entirely different? Natural language is constrained by the mouth and ears we share with other animals, and a computational system in the brain that may be uniquely human.

The apparent paradox about artificial languages is that they are, in their ideal form, independent of natural language; but their origins and historical development have been inspired by it. Linguistics, logic, and mathematics provide examples. The earliest known artificial language is the metalanguage of Panini’s grammar of Sanskrit (fifth century BCE). A metalanguage is a language in which an object language is described and analysed.

A grammar of Sanskrit – the object language – may be composed in English, French or Japanese – the metalanguages. Panini’s metalanguage makes technical use of the sounds and case endings of Sanskrit. It results in artificial expressions such as: // na lingi // indre ca // aatah // iko yan aci // a a //. These formulas are not intelligible to Sanskrit speakers or scholars unless they are Panini specialists. Their explanation would fill a good part of an IIAS Newsletter.

Formalized logic and mathematics use variables (such as x, y), similar to pronouns which enable us to say: ‘If anyone wants food, he should go to the kitchen; if he wants a drink, he should ask Johnny.’ Christoph Harsbsmeier observed that, neither Plato, nor early Sanskrit or Chinese knew variables. They may use ‘such-and-such’ for an unnamed entity, but if they use it twice, it may refer to different entities. Aristotle discovered variables a little later and they occur in a roughly contemporary Chinese legal text: ‘X (chia) and Y (i) do not originally know each other. X goes on to rob Z (ping). As he arrives, Y also goes along to rob Z, speaks with X’, etc.

Aristotle and the Indian philosophers of the Nyaya-Vaiseshika evolved a logic of subject and predicate, based upon natural language and artificial in its European forms. Both erected on that slender foundation a metaphysics of substance and quality which is totally inappropriate to the study of the universe (horse or water are not substances and neither are white or weight qualities). It shows that artificial expressions may be as misleading as the natural.

When negative numbers were discovered (by Babylonians, Chinese, Indians, …), there was fierce opposition. Even in the seventeenth century, John Wallis declared that it is impossible for a quantity to be less than nothing or a number less than zero. But we got used to them. Imaginary numbers are still puzzling. If we multiply any number by itself, the result is a positive number: 2 times 2 is 4 but so is -2 times -2. We may accordingly extract the roots of positive numbers only. However, an enterprising mathematician proposed to give a name to the impossible  -1 and call it i. We now know
i2= -1, but do we understand it?

The power of artificial language

Historians of science agree that Newton’s Latin was often unclear. All the formulas that are referred to as ‘Newton’s equations’ were introduced later by Euler, Daniel Bernouilli and other mathematicians. C. Truesdell wrote in 1968: ‘It is true that we, today, can easily read them into Newton’s words, but we do so by hindsight.’ David Park added in 1988: ‘It took a century before Newton’s work was made fully intelligible and others could do science without being a genius.’

Formulas could trigger a scientific revolution because they were easy to understand and soon became intelligible to large numbers of people all over the world. But that simple hypothesis seems to have drowned in a flood of historical, economical, sociological, and political explanations that rarely touch the heart of science, which is knowledge.

India provides a telling contrast: infinite power series that are expansions of   and the trigonometric functions of sine, cosine, and so forth were discovered by Madhava in the late fourteenth century, almost three centuries before they were discovered in Europe by Gregory, Newton, and Leibniz. In Europe, infinite series were a powerful ingredient of the scientific revolution.

Indian mathematics was equally strong in this respect and strong enough in any case to have similar consequences. But it was formulated in a complex form of Sanskrit, more obscure than Newton’s Latin, and so nothing happened. I concluded in a 1995 article that the Sanskrit of science was formal, but not formal enough to trigger a revolution. It adds fuel to the idea that the so-called scientific revolution was really a mathematical revolution; and that mathematical revolution was really a revolution in language. Galileo had an inkling of it when he said that mathematics is the language of the universe.

The workshop confirmed that similar developments may have taken place elsewhere in Asia though there is no textual evidence for historical connections. However, at least since the Bronze Age, the traditional knowledge of practical professionals such as surveyors or ‘reckoners’, spread orally over wide areas, not unlike languages. Ibn Sina (Avicenna) learned Indian numerals not from books but from his grocer.

Such facts strengthen the idea of the Eurasian continent as an undivided unit as well as the hypothesis that formalization is an advance in cognition, rooted in human nature, shown haltingly by the classical languages of science and, more fully, by artificial languages.

Let us return to imaginary numbers which illustrate the most mysterious power of artificial language; its inherent knowledge. Imaginary numbers are puzzling not just because we cannot understand them, but because they solve problems in mathematics and physics. It holds for other artificial expressions and seems to show that we are increasingly unable to understand the universe (which includes human language and the brain; in short, ourselves). It led to a slogan; our goal is intelligibility not of the world, but of theories. Quantum theory put an end to even that.

Heisenberg had already written that we should free ourselves from ‘intuitive pictures’. Richard Feynman declared: ‘Nobody understands quantum theory.’ Understanding seems to be a feeling generated by visual associations and/or natural language. Equations may convey knowledge and, as Stephen Hawking put it, ‘Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations.’

Artificial language has been slow in freeing itself from its natural language background. It seems likely that it still has
a long way to go.

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Learn Sanskrit in London

London School Makes Sanskrit Compulsory

In the heart of London, a British school has made Sanskrit compulsory subject for its junior division because it helps students grasp math, science and other languages better.

“This is the most perfect and logical language in the world, the only one that is not named after the people who speak it.  Indeed the word itself means ‘perfected language.” –Warwick Jessup, Head, Head, Sanskrit department

“The Devnagri script and spoken Sanskrit are two of the best ways for a child to overcome stiffness of fingers and the tongue,” says Moss.  “Today’s European languages do not use many parts of the tongue and mouth while speaking or many finger movements while writing, whereas Sanskrit helps immensely to develop cerebral dexterity through its phonetics.”

Hat Tip: Charity Focus

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Shun the word ‘dalit’

Dalit word unconstitutional: SC Commission

RAIPUR, Jan 18: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has asked the State Governments not to use the word ‘Dalit’ in official documents, saying the term was “unconstitutional”.

The Commission has stated that sometimes the word ‘Dalit’ is used as a substitute for Scheduled Caste in official documents, sources in State Tribal Department said here today.

After consultation with the legal department, the Commission said the ‘Dalit’ word is neither constitutional nor the word has been mentioned in the current laws.

Rather ‘Scheduled Caste’ is the appropriate and notified word as per the Article 341 of the Constitution, it said in a letter sent to all states.

Acting upon the order, the Chhattisgarh government has directed District Collectors and its departments not to use ‘Dalit’ word in their documents, they said. (PTI)

This “Dalit” word does not exist in Sanskrit, neither is it constitutional. Hindus should shun it like plague. It is only being promoted by the Church to give a false identity to a group of unrelated Hindu castes and organise them under a single banner so that they can take on the rest of Hindus. The church is a genocidal animal — remember Red Indians and Rwandans. Hindus should be careful about the vendors of religion of “love.”

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Liberhan report

The Liberhan Ayodhya Commission report is now available online. You can read it here.

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Ilaiah’s wet dream: “Our god is true, your god is false” is spiritual democracy!

Dalit Freedom Network
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Dr. Joseph D’souza – International President

For Press Release
Post Hindu India by Kancha Ilaiah Released
21st Century Discourse on Dalit Bahujan, Socio-Spiritual and Scientific Revolution in India

New Delhi, November 26, 2009

In a historic gathering of campaigners for Dalit Bahujan (India’s “untouchables” and lower castes) human rights, Dr. Alana Golmei, a Rongmei Naga tribal woman from North East India released Dr. Kancha Ilaiah’s book last evening at Gulmohar, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Following a short press conference, a panel discussion featured leading Dalit-Bahujan thinkers interacting on the themes of the book.

While congratulating the author, Dr. Alana said, “I am delighted to release such profound and revolutionary book, which predicts the future of my people and Dalit Bahujans at large, who have been classified as outcastes and untouchable by Brahminical hierarchies and kept under socio-political, socio-economic, socio-religion and socio-educational oppression for last 3000 years. Kancha’s ideology will create a welcome debate and discussion in the coming decade on these important issues of true freedom for Dalit Bahujans.”

Research scholars, students, civil society members, social workers, politicians, Dalit activists, and journalists — both national and international — attended the book launch and joined the two hour panel discussion. Mr. Yogendra Makwana, Former Home Minister of Gujarat state, chaired the discussion. Panelists included: Prof. Gail Omvedt, an American-born scholar, sociologist, and human rights activist who is an Indian citizen; Dr. Joseph D’souza, International President of the Dalit Freedom Network; Dr. Udit Raj, National Chairman of the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations; Prof. Valerian Rodrigues, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi; and Mr. Vivek Mehra, Managing Director of Sage Publications.

Dr. Joseph D’souza, in his panel discussion remarks, said, “Kancha’s book, “Post-Hindu India” is the greatest 21st century challenge to the Brahminical portion of Hindu society. It rationally questions and respectfully reveals the caste apartheid facing untouchables, outcastes and the oppressed majority of India.”

In his remarks, Professor Kancha Ilaiah said, “Any religion that says all human beings, men and women are created by God equally is a spiritual democracy. Hinduism says all human beings — men and women — are not equally created. They were born unequal, live unequal, and die unequal. I call this spiritual fascism.”

Professor Dr. Kancha Ilaiah teaches in the Department of Political Science, Osmania University, Hyderabad. He won the prestigious London Institute of South Asia (LISA) Award for 2008 for his book “Why I am Not a Hindu” and has provided expert testimony to commissions in India and abroad about the Dalit Bahujan struggle.

“The oppressive system of spiritual fascism is detrimental to the future of religion and the flourishing of our great nation. The idea of spiritual justice or varnadharma, used to justify the caste system, as rooted in spiritual inequality is the main factor that will affect the future of Hinduism,” said Prof. Kancha.

As Dalit Bahujans continue to struggle against spiritual fascism and search for equality and liberation, the nation seems to be heading toward a civil war, predicted Prof. Kancha. He cited American civil war history, “Racism of black and white in America came to end but only at the end of civil war. I hope we can avoid this.”

The event was organised by Dalit Freedom Network in partnership with Sage Publications. Dr. Kancha Ilaiah serves on the Advisory Board of the Dalit Freedom Network.

The Dalit Freedom Network (www.dalitnetwork.org), is a non-partisan, non-government human rights organization founded in 2002 to support the Dalit Bahujan quest for religious freedom, social justice, and human dignity through projects in education, health care, economic advancement, and social justice advocacy and intervention.

Sage Publications is an independent, international publisher of books, journals, and electronic media with offices in India, London, and the United States. Known for a commitment to quality and innovation, Sage is a world leader in scholarly, educational, and professional markets. See excerpt below about the book.

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About the Book “Post-Hindu India” by Kancha Ilaiah
From: http://www.sagepub.in/browse/book.asp?b … 422&mode=1

Kancha Ilaiah, the author of the best selling book Why I am Not a Hindu, pens a thought-provoking critique of Brahmanism and the caste system in India, while anticipating the death of Hinduism as a direct consequence of, what he says is, its anti-scientific and anti-nationalistic stand.

This work challenges Hinduism`s interpretation of history, with a virulent attack on caste politics, and also takes a refreshing look at the necessity of encouraging indigenous scientific thought for the sake of national progress. It establishes Hinduism as a `backward` religion that suppresses the latent scientific and productive potential of the Dalit–Bahujan communities. The author says this oppressive system of spiritual fascism is detrimental to both the future of religion and the nation-state. He thus criticizes the idea of spiritual justice or varnadharma, used to justify the caste system, as rooted in spiritual inequality.

On a micro-analytical level, it is based on a thorough study of the productive knowledge systems of the Dalit–Bahujan communities of Andhra Pradesh, and provides a detailed day-to-day analysis of the scientific technological processes and events at work in the life of a member of these communities. On a macro level, it shows how Hinduism fails to negotiate between faith and reason, unlike other major religions of the world.

Kancha Ilaiah critiques the intellectual imagination of the dominant communities and inspires the marginalized. In the process of doing so he crafts a work of immense socio-political interest which appeals to academics, and also to all those who are concerned about contemporary India`s polity and social fabric.

This is an example of the Christian network in action with the hidden hand of the Whites. Some Indians, after smoking the weed of Semitic Faiths, have turned traitor to the land and cheer-leaders of the Arabs or whites, depending on from where they consumed the weed. (This occurs in every country, not only in India.)

First, caste system as it exists today is an invention of the British (who too have been smoking the weed of the Church). “Dalit” is a new word coined by a church-linked Maharashtra NGO in 1970s to give an artificial but common identity to unrelated social groups spread all over India. (The churchies are experts at creating false identities to suit their political moves — just ask the Rawandans.)

Second, Ilaiah, and indeed most Muslims and Christians, suffer from a mental disease in which you are unable to reconcile your actions with your exalted claims and hence begun to project your anti-humanity rabidity onto others. (It is like when you see your face in the mirror, you find a monster staring back at you; so to maintain your sanity, you begin to claim that what you actually see in the mirror is your neighbour, not you.) There is a psychological term for this tendency of projecting one’s own disease onto others, but I cannot remember it at the moment.

Ilaiah — who for some strange reason hides the fact that he is a Christian — is a victim of this projection. Errr… Hinduism is “spiritual fascism”? I thought its central tenet is that all beliefs are true and lead to the same destination and that there should be no middle-man between man and god. If this is spiritual fasicsm, then I am the pope.

Real spiritual fasicism is the world of crusades and jihad, of cursing the rest of humanity to go to hell, of treating non-believers as unclean and unhuman, of rattling swords and shouting “our god is true, your god is false,” of invading other lands and slaugthering women and children in the name of your allegedly true god. If Chritianity was a spiritual democracy, Red Indians would still be alive and American Blacks would still be living in Africa, not in America. Ilaiah must have been smoking church pot when he wrote this.

Christianity treats all non-Christians as dalits, persecutes them, refuses to have any relation with them in this life and denies heaven to them after death, burning them in hell fire for all eternity — this is what is spiritual facism of global proportion. For Christians, every non-Christian is a dalit. Ditto for the Muslims.

However, the government should take note of this mischief of church agents of trying to radicalise a section of Indian population and trigger a civil war by constant propaganda and bogus scholarship. I am suprised that there is even an American White “Dalit liberator” who has been granted Indian citizenship.

As for that Gujarati politican and that publishing house trader who attended this conference of Christians, their respective backsides should be beaten with shoes by the Hindus.

Here is my answer to Ilaiah:

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Toilet paper up to its usual tricks

Pilgrimage centres turning into sex hotspots: Study

The church-funded Times of India newspaper, lovingly called the Toilet Paper of India by its readers, is up to its old tricks of creating a revulsion among Hindus for everything related to Hinduism.

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Indus Valley’s financial exchange system

Here is more proof about the greatness of the Indus Valley Civilisation, from which all Hindus have decended and from which they are linked by an unbroken chain through history. As the inheritors of this grandest and most sophisticated ancient civlisation the world has ever seen, it is our duty to nurture and protect everything — religion, culture, language, traditions, thought — that has come to us from it.

Indus Valley’s Bronze Age civilisation ‘had first sophisticated financial exchange system’
The Indus Valley’s Bronze Age civilisation may have developed the world’s first sophisticated system of wage labour, financial exchange and measurement, a Canadian mathematician has discovered.

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This is how they spread their love

A film on how Christian missionaries work in India. It is produced by Pia Skov, a Scandanavian. It seems the going rate for spreading love these days among heathens is only Rs 4,000 per family.

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What caste actually was like

An eye-opening article by Ram Swaroop about what caste was actually like in Hinduism and what the Brits and church deliberately made it out to be. A shame on this class of jholawala historians and sociologists reared by Nehru which cannot do original research and bring the true facts of our race to light so that this nonsensical propaganda of the Whites against Hinduism stops.

Logic behind perversion of caste
Ram Sawrup
(From the Indian Express, 13th September, 1996)

Today casteism is rampant. It is a new phenomenon. Old India had castes but not casteism. In its present form, casteism is a construct of colonial period, a product of imperial policies and colonial scholarship. It was strengthened by the breast-beating of our own “reformers”. Today, it has acquired its own momentum and vested interests.

In the old days, the Hindu caste system was integrating principle. It provided economic security. One had a vocation as soon as one was born.- a dream for those threatened with chronic unemployment. The system combined security with freedom; it provided social space as well as closer identity; here the individual was not atomised and did not become rootless. There was also no dearth of social mobility; whole groups of people rose and fell in the social scale. Rigidity about the old Indian castes is a myth.

Ziegenbbalg writing on the eve of the British advent saw that at least one-third of the people practised other than their traditional calling and that “official and political functions, such as those of teachers, councillors, governors, priests, poets and even kings were not considered the prerogative of any particular group, but are open to all”.

Nor did India ever have such a plethora of castes as became the order of the day under the British rule. Megasthenes gives us seven fold division of the Hindu society; Hsuan Tsang, the Chinese pilgrim (650 A. D.) mentions four castes. Alberuni too mentions four main castes and some more groups which did not strictly belong to the caste system.

Even the list of greatly maligned Manu contained no more than 40 mixed castes, all related by blood. Even the Chandals were Brahmins on their father’s side. But under the British, Risley gave us 2,378 main castes, and 43 races! There is no count of sub-castes. Earlier, the 1891 census had already given us 1,156 sub-castes of chamars alone. To Risley, every caste was also ideally a race and had its own language.

Caste did not strike early European writers as something specifically Indian. They knew it in their own countries and saw it that way. J. S. Mill in his Political Economy said that occupational groups in Europe were “almost equivalent to an hereditary distinction of caste”.

To these observers, the word caste did not have the connotation it has today. Gita Dharampal Frick, an orientalist and linguist tells us that the early European writers on the subject used the older Greek word Meri which means a portion, share, contribution. Sebastian Franck (1534) used the German word Rott (rotte) meaning a “social group” or “cluster”. These words suggest that socially and economically speaking they found castes closer to each other than ordo or estates in Europe.

The early writers also saw no Brahmin domination though they found much respect for them. Those like Jurgen Andersen (1669) who described castes in Gujarat found that Vaishyas and not the Brahmins were the most important people there.

They also saw no sanskritisation. One caste was not trying to be another; it was satisfied with being itself. Castes were not trying to imitate the Brahmins to improve social status; they were proud of being what they were. There is a Tamil poem by Kamban in praise of the plough which says that “even being born a Brahmin does by far endow one with the same excellence as when one is born into a Vellala family”.

There was sanskritisation though but of a very different kind. People tried to become not Brahmins but Brahma-vadin. Different castes produced great saints revered by all. Ravi Das, a great saint, says that though of the family of chamars who still go around Benares removing dead cattle, yet even the most revered Brahmins now hold their offspring, namely himself, in great esteem.

With the advent of Islam the Hindu society came under great pressure; it faced the problem of survival. When the political power failed, castes took over; they became defence shields and provided resistance passive and active. But in the process, the system also acquired undesirable traits like untouchability. Alberuni who came along with Mahmud Ghaznavi mentions the four castes but no untouchability. He reports that “much, however, as these classes differ from each other, they live together in the same towns and villages, mixed together in the same houses and lodgings.”

Another acquired another trait; they became rigid and lost their mobility. H. A. Rose, Superintendent of Ethnography, Punjab (1901-1906), author of A Glossary of Punjab Tribes and Castes’ says that during the Muslim period, many Rajputs were degraded and they became scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. Many of them still retain the Rajput gotra of parihara and parimara. Similarly, G. W. Briggs in his The Chamars tells us that many chamars still carry the names and gotra of Rajput clans like Banaudhiya, Ujjaini, Chandhariya, Sarwariya, Kanaujiya, Chauhan, Chadel, Saksena, Sakarwar, Bhardarauiya, and Bundela, etc. Dr.K. S. Lal cites many similar instances in his recent “Growth of Scheduled Tribes and Castes in Medieval India”.

The same is true of bhangis. William Crooke of Bengal Civil Service tells us that the “rise of the present Bhangi caste seems from the names applied to the castes and its subdivisions, to date from the early period of Mohammedan rule”. Old Hindu literature mentions no bhangis of present function. In traditional Hindu rural society, he was a corn-measurer, a village policeman, a custodian of village boundaries. But scavenging came along with the Muslim and British rule. Their numbers also multiplied. According to 1901 Census, the bhangis were most numerous in the Punjab and the United Provinces which were the heartland of Muslim domination.

Then came the British who treated all Hindus equally – all as an inferior race – and fuelled their internal differences. They attacked Hinduism but cultivated the caste principle, two sides of the same coin. Hinduism had to be attacked. It gave India the principles of unity and continuity; it was also India’s definition at its deepest. It held together castes as well as the country. Take
away Hinduism and the country was easily subdued.

Caste in old India was a cooperative and cultural principle.; but it is now being turned into a principle of social conflict. In the old dispensation, castes followed dharma and its restraints; they knew how far they could go. But now a caste is a law unto itself; it knows no self-restraint except the restraint put on it by another class engaged in similar self-aggrandisement. The new self-styled social justice intellectuals and parties do not want castes without dharma. This may be profitable to some in the short run but it is suicidal for all in the long run.

In the old days, castes had leaders who represented the culture of the land, who were natural leaders of their people and were organic to them. But now a different leadership is coming to the fore; rootless, demagogic and ambitious, which uses caste slogans for self-aggrandisement.

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“Ours is a bloody religion”

Christian Bootcamp Seeks to Arm Home-Schooled Youths for “Spiritual Warfare”

Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas, Assistant Director of Operation Save America, is worried. According to studies by the Barna Research Group, California pollsters specializing in tracking religious and spiritual attitudes, only nine percent of teenaged Christians believe in moral absolutes. What’s more, Barna reports that the vast majority of kids raised Christian will abandon all or part of their faith by the time they finish high school. “Assembly of God leaders estimate between 65 and 70 percent will depart, while the Southern Baptist Council on Family Life estimates roughly 88 percent will leave,” Thomas writes.

To remedy this, Thomas’ Elijah Ministries has started the Kingdom Leadership Institute, a weeklong ideological boot camp for home-schooled Christians between the ages of 14 and 21. His recently released book, The Kingdom Leadership Institute Manual, is a roadmap for their training and a fascinating — if twisted — look at the concerns of far right evangelicals, complete with a game plan for action.

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“Whether we like it or not, ours is a bloody religion,” he explains. “Beginning with God slaying the animals to cover Adam and Eve after the fall…to the final sacrifice by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, one theme rings true. Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins.”

 

 

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Sixty hours of terror

Here is a four-part series on the Mumbai terrorist attack on 26/11. It is a brilliant work that reads like a fast-paced action novel. A must read.

Sixty hours of terror

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Faithful child killers

Read and weep — what the mind-numbing superstitions of Semitic cults can do to humanity. Hundreds of children have died over the last 25 years in the US because faith-healing parents did not provide medical care to save their lives. They believe that God is their healer and so all medical treatment is a sin.

Toddlers cried for days and died in front of their parents who were busy praying to the “Lord” for a miracle! One mother even disappeared with her child so that the court cannot force her to administer medical care to the ailing child. And this happens in America! This proves wealth or scientific advancement is absolutely of no use in unshackling a mind if it believes in an ideology which thwarts free thinking.

When a child dies, faith is no defense
Why do courts give believers a pass?

Leilani and Dale Neumann were sentenced for allowing their 11-year-old daughter, Madeline Kara Neumann, to die in 2008 from an undiagnosed but treatable form of diabetes. The Neumanns are affiliated with a faith-healing church called Unleavened Bread Ministries and continued to pray with other members while Madeline died. They could have received 25 years in prison. Instead, the court emphasized their religious rationale and gave them each six months in jail (to be served one month a year) and 10 years’ probation.

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While the vast majority of fundamentalist and faith-healing parents avail themselves of a doctor’s care when faced with a dire medical condition, some religious parents continue to maintain that belief in God means belief in His power and discretion to heal. They take literally the fact that one of the names of God in the Old Testament, Jehovah-Rapha, means “I am the Lord your Physician,” and point to Exodus 15:26, where God says, “I am the Lord that heals you.”

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Some parents go to incredible lengths to prevent doctors from doing God’s work. Colleen Hauser of Minnesota gained national attention in May when she went into hiding with her 13-year-old son to avoid a court order that he receive chemotherapy for a Hodgkins lymphoma tumor growing in his chest. She was eventually forced to yield; this month, her son finished his final radiation treatment and his family says his cancer is gone.

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While defendants generally show contrition for their actions, the Neumanns remained unrepentant about not calling emergency personnel until after Madeline stopped breathing. Leilani Neumann said: “I do not regret trusting truly in the Lord for my daughter’s health.” Dale Neumann told the court: “I am guilty of trusting my Lord’s wisdom completely. . . . Guilty of asking for heavenly intervention. Guilty of following Jesus Christ when the whole world does not understand. Guilty of obeying my God.”

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In Oregon, the Followers of Christ church has been cited for injuries and deaths associated with its faith-healing beliefs for decades. In one 10-year period, estimated Larry Lewman, an Oregon state medical examiner, the church experienced 25 child deaths related to faith-based medical neglect. A recent case involved Ava Worthington, a 15-month-old who fell ill in 2008. Rather than call doctors, her parents — Carl Brent Worthington and Raylene Worthingon — allowed a simple cyst on her neck to grow to the size of a softball as they anointed her with oil and administered small amounts of wine, according to testimony at the trial. She died of a blood infection and pneumonia.

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The next test of the faith-based defense will be in Philadelphia, where prosecutors last month charged Herbert and Catherine Schaible in the January death of their son, Kent Schaible, 2, from bacterial pneumonia. His parents and other adults prayed around him, practicing faith-healing for two weeks without seeking medical assistance. Then they called a funeral home. The couple were charged with involuntary manslaughter and other related crimes.

The problem is that Bible and Koran were written in very primitive societies which were at that time pits of the earth. Judea was a poor, back of beyond province of the Roman empire. The Arabs were poor and illiterate, living in caves and tents. The moment you start believing their “holy output”  literally, all kinds of horrors arise. Koran says mountains act as paper weights so that earth doesn’t fly away into the sky, and Bible says sun goes around the earth. Really terrible. It is unbelievable people are willing to kill rest of humanity for not believing in this horse shit.

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Did Einstein believe in God?

Interesting article.

How religious was Einstein?
 
This is what Einstein said in a letter he wrote in 1954.

‘The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weakness, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still purely primitive, legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. … For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstition. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong … have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything “chosen” about them.’

 

 

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Inculturation: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

India’s new Bible wears a bindi

The Virgin Mother in a sari, Joseph donning a turban. These are just some of the depictions in an Indianized version of the Bible. The controversy that followed means a toned-down second edition this year

The church does not allow Indian converts to wear a bindi or sindur or anything else that may remind them of their Hindu past. But it has no problem in making Virgin Mary sport a bindi if it can fool the potential Hindu converts. Lies, deception, gutter scholarship, secret Christians, terrorist movements — anything is game for this White Man’s cult of “true god / false god” to spread itself.

This book by Sita Ram Goel will you give the correct perspective on this phenomenon of the church. You can read it online:

http://voiceofdharma.org/books/hhce/

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Romas and Hindus

Madonna criticized for not doing enough for the Roma

Madonna can’t seem to catch a break over her support of the Roma community of Eastern Europe – Hindu leaders are convinced she should be doing more to help.

The pop superstar was booed at a concert in Bucharest, Romania in August when she called for tolerance towards the discriminated gypsies and has since donated a pair of Christian Dior shoes to an auction held to raise cash for a leading education charity aimed at raising funds for Roma children.

But, despite the gratitude of gypsy leaders, the singer has been attacked by Hindu groups for not doing more.

The religious leaders believe the Roma people migrated to mainland Europe from India in the 11th century; they are believed to have their roots in the Hindu culture.

Rajan Zed, the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, says, “Hindus are urging Madonna to wholeheartedly undertake the Roma cause and do substantially more than just donating a used pair of shoes for the Roma charity.

“Madonna is the highest-earning musician of the world, making around $110 million in a 12-month period; she should do more for the Roma people, who are facing apartheid conditions.

“She has promoted humanitarian causes the world over and Roma would be the next worthwhile cause for her to undertake… Madonna should not stay an apathetic and silent spectator when our Roma brothers and sisters were reportedly facing blatant injustice and discrimination in Europe.”

The pop superstar, who recently laid the foundations for a new school she is funding, was a big hit at the Halloween night Ovidiu Rom charity auction – her designer shoes sold for a reported $16,000.

A gold chain donated by British actress Vanessa Redgrave went under the hammer at the auction for $8,000.

Proceeds from the event will be used to buy clothes and school books for Roma children.

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10 % of Srinagar Muslims are now Xians!

No Vande Mataram, but why Pakistan?        
Sandhya Jain   
 
Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray’s attack on the Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind for opposing the singing of Vande Mataram, saying that those who oppose the National Song should go to Pakistan, misses the wood for the trees.

The point is not whether Muslims should sing this song, but whether they are legitimately entitled to Pakistan (and Bangladesh) as ‘homeland’ for the Muslims of the Indian sub-continent when Islam neither recognises nationalism, nor national boundaries, nor any concept of nationhood as understood by the modern world, nor any forms of government, barring the extinct Caliphate. 

The logic of the Muslim plea that they cannot bow to any form of divinity other than Allah is well-taken; if their religion prohibits it, so be it.

If devout believers wish to adhere by the tenets of their faith as best as they can in a land in which they constitute a minority (Allah be praised for this significant mercy), and if this involves keeping a sharp distance from the national ethos and majority community, it follows that Muslims must disengage from participation in the Indian polity.

Far from contesting elections by canvassing votes from the non-believing (Kafir) majority, much less demanding reserved seats in the Parliament and State Assemblies, Muslims must live only religious lives if they consent to be guided by an ulema that insists that Religion Alone defines their identity.

If Muslims cannot have multiple identities as believers and as secular citizens, professionals, and so on, this purely religious identity cannot be allowed to intrude upon the national sensitivities of other citizens. More specifically, it cannot be allowed to be projected publicly in a manner deemed offensive and insulting to Hindus who comprise the country’s majority and autochthonous religious and cultural group, its civilisational tradition, and foundational ethos.

More pertinently, Muslims thus defined by religion must cease and desist from making secular demands upon the secular State. Far from being entitled to the first claim on national resources, Muslims with such a pick-and-choose attitude to symbols of nationhood have no right to demand state support for their clergy-producing factories, segregated education for girls, reserved employment in public services, and so on. Defined and circumscribed by their own ulema, kept aloof from vibrant participation in national life, they should learn to fend for themselves as well.

Indians, particularly Hindus, do themselves no honour by decrying the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind as regressive for endorsing the Deoband Darul Uloom’s 2006 fatwa prohibiting Muslims from singing Vande Mataram even in its truncated form or ‘official’ version. The 30th general session of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind at Deoband aimed at de-linking Indian Muslims from an Indian national identity as a prelude to something grimmer, which will doubtless be unveiled in coming days.

What Jamiat achieved – and we must see it that way – was to release the rest of us from the burden of further accommodating Muslim separatism. We cannot tell Muslims how to live, and in any case, it would be far more rewarding for Hindus to resolve their own social problems like dowry and female foeticide before pontificating on the value or demerit of the Muslim veil. But we can refuse to permit the extension of mullah fiat in the national domain.

As a first step, Hindus must demand that Vande Mataram be restored to its full glory; the truncated official version must henceforth be equated with iconoclasm. The song is an ode to the Mother Goddess Durga and Bharat Mata, motherland of the Hindu people, and the Goddess and Land are one and indivisible. This subtle and profound multi-dimensional perception of divinity, a unique attribute of the Hindu people, must now be allowed to bloom in its full glory in its native land.

As a necessary corollary, the mollycoddling of minority separatism must stop forthwith. The forthcoming winter session of Parliament, where the Sonia Gandhi-led UPA is likely to bring in legislation to provide public sector job reservation for Muslims, will be crucial in the battle to defeat Muslim Separatism, Part II. 

Hopefully, the UPA’s Muslim Appeasement Agenda may be in some difficulty due to the presence of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram at Deoband, though it is true that he was not physically present when controversial Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind resolution was adopted. Neither Chidambaram nor the UPA have distanced themselves from the Jamiat decision, nor have they demanded due respect for Vande Mataram. This is equally true of every Congress or Communist state government and party apparatchik, and Hindus nationwide will have to take a call on how long they will accept to be led by political knaves who cannot even defend the National Song.

At Deoband on November 3, Chidambaram vacuously averred that it was the duty of the majority community to protect the minorities. He did not say what the offence-giving and aggressive minorities had to be protected from. Could it be Hindu assertion? Intoxicated by his own profundity, he said: “We must always remember that pluralism is our inheritance and strength… We cannot view Islam as an alien faith because this is the land of your forefathers; this is the land of your birth. It is a matter of our pride that Islam exists in India along with other major religions.”

It is impossible to fathom what he meant. Islam is alien – it was born in the sandy deserts of Arabia, as an expression of Arab nationalism. As the Arabs were a Bedouin people, it upheld the principle of expansion through acquisition of territory by conquest and conversion. Like Judaism and Christianity, Islam too has little affection for geographical boundaries – because its quest for expansion is infinite. The Prophet declared the unity and brotherhood of the believers, ummah, rather than the Arab tribes, and this has been a source of endless instability historically.

To call the existence of Islam in India a matter of pride in an era of unending jihadi homicides is cynical and irresponsible. Chidambaram must tell us why he went to Deoband in the first place – it was obviously to cut a deal of shameless realpolitik.   

As for the Jamiat brothers who wish to live by the true tenets of the true faith, do tell how the brotherhood of Islam that does not believe in the concept of nation-state, could stomach the indignity of the lands of the Prophet and the Revelation, the ancient, wise and humanist Arabia of legend, where men understood the language of the birds, to be rechristened ‘Saudi’ Arabia after a tribal upstart propped up by the British Empire to contain the Ottoman Turks? Is this proxy kingship in conformity with the tenets of Islam?

As for Hindus, it is time to insist that Pakistan (and Bangladesh) was an illegitimate creation of the British Empire, now being propped up by America. Pakistan has been a failed state from its very inception because Islam is definitionally incapable of welding Muslims into a nation.

We need to think up bold strategies of bringing these unhappy people back to the faith and culture of their ancestors, rather than let them wreak further ruin upon themselves. We must also immediately scrap the divisive Article 370 and stop pandering to the Muslim majority of Kashmir. Here again, it would be pertinent to note that if Christian missionaries can convert 10 percent of the Srinagar Valley to Christianity, this suggests that a huge population is waiting to abandon Islam. The task surely is to bring them back to the Hindu fold.

Finally, Hindus must insist that henceforth there will be no conversion in mixed marriages except to the majority faith, and no more ‘love jihad.’ In this context, BJP president Rajnath Singh recently called for a ban on conversions. This must be accompanied by monitoring funds received by minorities from abroad, and a strict vigil on the anti-national proclivities of myriad NGOs.

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Jinnah still lives in India

Jinnah is alive  
Hari Om 

The father and founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, gave a concrete shape to his communal views on March 23, 1940, when he presided over the Lahore session of the Muslim League.

Delivering the presidential address, he said: “The Hindus and Muslims belong to two religious philosophies, social customs and literatures. They neither inter-marry nor inter-dine together and, indeed, they belong to two different civilizations which are mainly based on conflicting ideas and conceptions. Their concepts of life and on life are different. It is quite clear that Hindus and Musalmans derive their inspiration from different heroes and different episodes. Very often the hero of one is the foe of the other and, likewise, their victories and defeats overlap. To yoke together two such nations under a single state, one as a numerical minority and the other as a majority, must lead to a growing discontent and final destruction of any fabric that may be so built up for the governance of their common motherland”.  

The result of his no-holds-barred vicious propaganda, coupled with the evil designs of the British and the Congress’ muddled thinking and lust for political power, culminated in the establishment of Muslim Pakistan on August 14, 1947, displacement of millions of people and physical liquidation of thousands and thousands of people, as also in a situation under which women were maltreated, disgraced and sexually abused.     

People say that the votary of the pernicious two-nation theory, Jinnah, died immediately after the formation of theocratic Pakistan. They are wrong. He is very much alive and he is in India. No, not one, there are many Jinnahs in India who are openly propagating views similar to the ones Jinnah started preaching, particularly since 1928, with a view to ensuring the country’s partition on communal lines. “Noted jurist” and well-known India-basher AG Noorani and former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah are just two of them. Leave aside the Deoband Ulemas, who only the other day issued a fatwa directing Muslims not to sing the national song, Bande Mataram, because it is anti-Islam.    

No one can dispute that Noorani and Habibullah are carrying forward the legacy of Jinnah. The reason: Noorani, who has been preaching secession of Kashmir from India and opposing the extension of Central laws and institutions to Jammu & Kashmir, particular since 1954, has asked the People’s Democratic Party, the National Conference and the so-called moderate Hurriyat Conference of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to “build consensus” on “self-rule”. Besides, he has urged “practical steps” aimed at “redrafting Article 370 in the light of self-rule” so that the redrafted “document (is) made irreversible within the parameters of Indian Constitution”. (Ignore “within the parameters of Indian Constitution” because Noorani has scant regard for the Indian statue book).

Jinnah in Noorani does not stop here. He goes on to say: “Why I believe fervently that ‘self-rule’ is very good proposal is that it is the most practicable formula and will be acceptable to people in India, Pakistan and to people of Kashmir”. Further, he asked “all the mainstream parties to…have a united stand on it” (self-rule). Noorani said all this while addressing the People’s Democratic Party-sponsored seminar on self-rule at Srinagar on November 1.

It would not be out of place to mention here that Noorani is an ardent believer in the concept of talks with those firing on our soldiers. He has written in The Statesman and Frontline a number of times that “if you wish to forge a lasting peace, negotiate with those firing on your soldiers; never negotiate with those with no blood on their hands because they are irrelevant”. The context was Kashmir. 

That said, Noorani, who so far has been advocating greater autonomy for Kashmir and had on more than one occasion described the People’s Democratic Party’s self-rule doctrine as a replica of the autonomy concept being advocated by the National Conference, has, it is obvious, taken a complete u-turn. The reasons are not far too seek. The most important reason is that self-rule doctrine is similar to the former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf’s four-point Kashmir solution – self-governance, demilitarization, joint-management and porous borders.  

It needs to be underlined that Noorani had met Musharraf in Islamabad just before the latter’s downfall, discussed with him his Kashmir solution and thereafter wrote a very long essay in Frontline. His essay was nothing but an endorsement of the Musharraf line. He also extended unflinching support to the Musharraf solution because it was consistent with his patently sectarian approach to the so-called Kashmir problem. Significantly, like Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, he has good relations with persons in the right places. Habibullah has been holding similar views and consistently suggesting division of the Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir into five regions on purely communal lines.

Both Noorani and Habibullah enjoy official patronage and both, like mainstream separatists and others of their ilk controlling the separatist, terrorist and communal outfits in Kashmir as well as Pakistan, are staunch believers in the concept of Greater Kashmir comprising the now 100 percent Muslim Kashmir Valley and the Muslim-majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh, such as Poonch, Rajouri, Doda and Kishtwar in Jammu, and Kargil in Ladakh. Both want to divide Jammu in a manner that enables Kashmir and Islamabad to establish control not only over the strategic Himalayan region, which is highly rich in green-gold, but also over river Chenab, which has the potential of producing more than 15,000 MW of electricity every year.

Not just this, both want New Delhi to abandon four million Hindus and Sikhs or to throw in their political and economic lot with Kashmiri communalists. It would be no exaggeration to say that the likes of Noorani and Habibullah are acting as mouthpieces of Islamabad and Kashmiri communalists and separatists. 

Noorani’s support to the self-rule formula and the Habibullah formulations need to be viewed in this context. What Noorani said and what Habibullah believes in should clinch the whole issue, and establish that both of them believe that Muslims and Hindus cannot live together in one state and under the Indian Constitution.

A few words on the self-rule doctrine and what it envisages would be in order. What does the self-rule formula envisage or suggest? It suggests abandonment of the universally accepted “notions of sovereignty and national borders”; a “pan-Kashmir” approach; “autonomy from the nation-state of India”; “regionalization of power across J&K”; “sharing of sovereignty”; “economic integration that transcends borders”; a drastic change in the Indian Constitution that converts Greater Jammu & Kashmir into “a regional free trade area”; “dual currency system”; roll back of “Article 356” (under which New Delhi has the power to intervene if there is breakdown of constitutional machinery) and Article 249 (under which the Parliament exercises legislative jurisdiction over the state); withdrawal of the “All India Service Act, 1951” and all other Central Acts from the state; change in the nomenclatures from Chief Minister to Wazir-e-Azam and from Governor to Sadar-e-Riayast”, who shall be elected by the local assembly and who will hold office so long as he enjoys the confidence of the ruling elite in Kashmir (read committed Sadar-e-Riyasat); “establishment of “regional council of Greater Jammu & Kashmir” comprising representatives from India, Pakistan and both parts of the state; and division of Jammu province into “sub-regions” and establishment of “sub-regional councils”.

The self-rule formula further suggests: “Self-rule is aimed at providing the central element for a comprehensive architecture to be devised for the final and strategic settlement of the Kashmir issue. Self-rule will not be a mid-point into a journey or a tactical or evasive prescription. Instead, self-rule must also form the basis of relationship between the people of Pakistan-administered Kashmir and Pakistan”.

It is hardly necessary to reflect on the implications of the People’s Democratic Party’s self-rule formula as everything is self-explanatory. Suffice it to say that the self-rule formula, if accepted and implemented, would automatically mean a step short of independence from India and once it happens, it will not be difficult for the separatists to achieve their 62-year-old goal. (PDP president Mehbooba Mufti herself acknowledged on November 2 that self-rule means full freedom from India and asserted that Jammu & Kashmir is an independent country.) The implementation of self-rule as demanded by the PDP would also automatically mean a spectacular victory of Islamabad and those taking recourse to terror tactics to achieve their sinister goal.

Unfortunately New Delhi is watching all these anti-India and communal activities in Kashmir as a mute spectator and allowing Jinnahs to pollute and vitiate the secular environment in India. Even more unfortunate perhaps, is the overt and covert support of the powers-that-be in New Delhi to such out-and-out anti-India outfits as the National Conference and the People’s Democratic Party.

New Delhi must refashion its whole approach towards Kashmir taking into consideration the larger national interest. It must remember that the pan-Islamists would not stop their hate and break-India campaign and subversive activities even if Kashmir is handed over to Islamabad or Kashmiri extremists on a platter. Their target is Red Fort, their goal Indian balkanization, and their watchword theocracy and barbarism, Taliban-style.             

 The author is Chair Professor, Gulab Singh Chair, Jammu University, Jammu
 
 

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Balraj Madhok’s Kashmir book

Professor Balraj Madhok’s book on Kashmir which not only offers a history of Kashmir but also an eye witness account of the Pakistani invasion and stupidities of Nehru. A must read.
http://ikashmir.net/storm/index.html 

The story of Kashmir is a long story of betrayal by our own leaders. All endeavors by our honest, hardworking patriotic men were nullified by treachery. The readers will read how Gopalaswamy Ayyengar’s brief for the dabate on Kashmir, in the United Nations, was leaked to his opponent, Zafrullah Khan of Pakistan, over and over again by Moslem agents of India’s Foreign Ministry – hired and promoted by Nehru himself

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Xian symbology in Indian ads and music videos

Did you notice the sudden epidemic of Christian symbology in TV advertising and music videos on Indian channels? Keep an eye out, you will start seeing them — a cross strategically placed in the background, a man proposing to a woman under a cross, an actor wearing a huge metal cross around the neck, actors getting married in a church  with the bride wearing western white wedding dress, a priest running and jumping up and down with “kya idea hai sir jee” …. This trend I have been noticing since the last six months. This is happening everywhere, from ads of VIP suitcases to MoserBaer ads in a movie CD to music videos on Channel V, etc.

Somebody is definitely going around with a bag of cash and meeting directors and producers of advertising agencies and music videos. The idea is to subconciously keep bombarding Indian youth with Christian symbols so that these become accepted and fashionable.

It is really amazing the extent to which the peddlers of religion of love can go to manipulate humanity. Do they have some kind of office of psychological warfare? Their behaiour is like that of a salesman determined to use every trick to brainwash a customer and make a sale.

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Why do missionaries insist on English?

Students speak Telgu, punished in English school

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday ordered a probe into an English medium missionary school for allegedly punishing two students for speaking in their mother tongue Telugu.

The two Class 3 students were allegedly made to go around in the school with slates hanging from their necks declaring “I’ll never speak Telugu”. Parents and groups working for the promotion of Telugu allege the St Joseph’s English Medium School in Mydukur town of Kadapa district humiliated the students on Monday.

Schoolvbq Education Minister D Manikya Varaprasad on Tuesday told reporters that he had ordered a probe into the incident. “If the management is found guilty, we will derecognise the school and if a teacher or principal is responsible, we will advise the management to sack him/her,” he said.

The two children’s mothers, who carried lunch for them, said they saw the children going around the school premises with the slates hanging around their necks. The two told their mothers that their teacher was angry at them for not following her order to speak only in English during the class.

Mandal (block) education officer Sukhavanam and other local officials rushed to the school and admonished the school authorities.

Meanwhile, the management of the school has tendered an apology to the parents of the two students. It also promised to take necessary action to prevent such incidents in future.

Telugu Bhasha Parirakshana Samithi, a group working for the protection and promotion of Telugu language, petitioned the State Human Rights Commission to intervene and take stern action against the school authorities.

Telugu is the official language of Andhra Pradesh, which has a population of about 80 million.

Any idea why missionaries do this? Why do they want to extinguish Indian culture, religions and langauges and even names and replace all of them with the White Man’s? Jesus used to speak in Aramaic, not in English (which was not invented until 1200 years after his death). So why would Jesus have a problem if Christians don’t speak English? Will heaven be denied to non-English speakers? If not, then why do missionaries punish Indians when they speak in any Indian language?

Is it true that the true objective of missionaries is to promote White Man’s culture in the guise of promoting Christianity, and turn the whole world into a carbon copy of White Man’s society? Is that why Whites give missionaries billions of dollars every year and send them to all parts of the world? Is “one religion, one culture, one language, one government for the entire world” the strategy?

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Captive breeding cows of Islam

Love Jihad’s baby machines

Over 2,000 girls missing from different places in Kerala from 2005 onwards, may have been lured into marriage, converted to Islam and repeatedly raped to produce children a brood of at least four – say Hindu and Christian groups in south India.

Fundamentalist  Islamic body gets young recruits to allegedly lure, ‘love’, bed women to convert and make them breed a brood

The alleged plot, hatched by a group called Love Jihad, recruits young Muslim boys to make Hindu or Christian girls fall in love with them (in a time span of two weeks) and then convert them to Islam in six months.
 
If the recruits can’t make the girl fall in love in two weeks, they are told to move on to the next target.

A Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader who did not want to be named said, “There are over 2,800 girls who have gone missing from Kerala.

They want our girls to be converted and then made to bear children and then force them into terror activities.
 
We have been getting threatening calls from Saudi Arabia and Dubai for trying to rescue the girls.”

Case one

Two women ran away from the abuse and returned to their families.

They have also approached psychiatrists and priests for support. One of these women, Rosy Kurien (21, name changed), a copy of whose complaint to the Kerala High Court is available with this paper, said, “We fell in love with the boys, but came to know of the truth only after we ran away with them.

The boy I eloped with was a senior from my college.

During the courtship period he used to talk to me about Islam and make me read religious books. He told me that after the wedding I would have to convert to Islam.”

When asked, if she was sexually abused, the girl said she was and had been told that the motive behind the love affair was for her to bear children.

“His family kept watch so that I wouldn’t run away, but I managed after four months of virtual imprisonment,” she said. Luckily, Kurien is not pregnant.
 
Case two

The other girl, Latha Nair (23, name changed) from Pathanamthitta in Kerala, in her statement to the court writes, “I was a MBA student sharing a room with my best friend Anne.

I met a Muslim man, Shahenshah, a senior student, who was helpful and friendly. He became friends with both Annie and me.

“He took us home to meet his family and his mother taught us Islamic rituals. He used to talk a lot about religion and tell us how wonderful Islam was.

“On July 18, 2009, Anne and I ran away — she with another Muslim guy and I with Shahenshah.

We got married and then he forced me to convert. I heard that one of the girls we were staying with had been sexually abused.”

‘Sexually abused’

Dr Malika G S, director of Man Shakti counseling centre in Kerala said, “The two girls have been sexually abused, but do not want to admit to it.

When I spoke to them, I realised that the main intention of these people is to increase the Muslim population.

Last year, three girls who had committed suicide had eloped with Muslim boys. They had been then raped by their lovers and their friends.”

Jacob Punnoose, director general of Police, Kerala, in his statement to the court said, “It is not established that any particular organisation is actively engaged in religious conversions.

We have received two complaints of conversion and have registered cases and are investigating the matter.”

Not God’s Will

Maulana Mustakeen Azmi, Maharashtra President Jamait-ul-Ulema said, “I certainly condemn the forceful conversion of the girls into Islam. This is against God’s wish.

If one wants to convert of their own free will, that’s fine, but this is cheating, if the girls are being forced into conversion.”

This is why I take pity on Hindu girls falling for Muslim boys. They do not know that they are being set up as breeding cows of Islam. Some Hindu girls like Gauri, Shahrukh Khan’s wife, say “Oh, we have married Muslims but haven’t converted. We are still Hindus or Sikhs.” This is meaningless. Muslims are not after them but after their womb. Try bringing up your children as non-Muslims and see what happens.

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Scholarly critique of Doniger’s “scholarship” and Outlook’s “reporting”

A scholarly critique of gutter scholarship of Doniger by Aditi Banerjee

Source: http://metastudy.blogspot.com/ 

Wendy Doniger (Mircea Eliade Distinguished Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School and in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago) was recently interviewed in Outlook with reference to her new book, The Hindus: An Alternative History. In the interview, she (1) falsely and unfairly brands all of her critics as right-wing Hindutva fundamentalists, and (2) grossly mischaracterizes (and misquotes) the text of the Valmiki Ramayana, calling into question her “alternative” version not just of the Ramayana, but also of Hinduism and Hindu history as a whole.

Doniger’s prominence and clout as a “definitive” authority in the discourse on Indian traditions and history give her views considerable significance. For, it is Doniger’s (and her colleagues’) versions of Hinduism and Hindu history (which are often at serious variance with traditional Hinduism as practised and understood by Hindus themselves) that form the curriculum of university courses, line the bookshelves of the “Hinduism” sections of bookstores (physical and virtual), and are given play in the Western and Indian mainstream press.

Accordingly, this latest “alternative” history could easily become known as the “canonical” history of Hinduism, because of the imbalance of power between the Western academy and the traditional institutions for learning about Hinduism (which have been marginalized and largely rendered inaccessible under British colonialism.)

Defamation of Critics

The introduction to the interview begins with a misleading quote:

“[Doniger] has continued to infuriate the Hindutva brigade with her unorthodox views on Hinduism and its sacred texts, earning for herself the epithet: “crude, lewd and very rude in the hallowed portals of Sanskrit academics.””

The quote attributed to the “Hindutva brigade” is actually from the BBC web site:

Professor Wendy Doniger is known for being rude, crude and very lewd in the hallowed portals of Sanskrit Academics. All her special works have revolved around the subject of sex in Sanskrit texts ranging from Siva: The Erotic Ascetic to Tales of Sex and Violence…Never one to shy away from sex, she threw herself into the job of translating the [Kama Sutra] … She was particularly interested by the parts that justify adultery and the list of ways to get rid of a man … When she was translating it (over a period of a few years and numerous Sanskrit classes), she frequently found herself having to take cold showers. [1]

The false attribution of this quote to the “Hindutva brigade” sets the tone for the rest of the interview—heaping blame on a nebulous, undefined, straw man “Hindutva Internet Brigade” for the whole continuum of criticism of Doniger’s work—criticism that has come mostly from moderate and liberal Hindus, secularists, non-Hindu scholars and even one prominent Harvard Indologist who is not known for being friendly towards Hindus. Rather than confront the actual criticisms, Doniger pretends that her only critics are Hindu extremists, and by rebuking this “enemy” she tries to deflect any criticism of her work.

Just as some politicians resort to picking on their weakest critic to discredit all of their critics, Doniger picks one stray comment on the Amazon web site to characterize all of her critics—when asked to describe the Hindu-American response to her book, Doniger exclaims, “My favourite one on Amazon accuses me of being a Christian fundamentalist and my book a defence of Christianity against Hinduism. And of course, I’m not a Christian, I’m a Jew!”

Doniger ignores the prolific response to her work by the American Hindu community, including dozens of published articles, countless public conferences, repeated calls for debate and dialogue between the academy and the Hindu-American community, and a recently published book analysing the representation of Hinduism in American universities. It is totally irresponsible for such a prominent professor, whose career is built on writing about Hinduism, to stereotype and vilify the entire Hindu-American community on the basis of the actions of a few.

Doniger’s refusal to address her critics only worsens as the interview proceeds. When asked why Hindus object to her writings, she flippantly replies:

You’ll have to ask them why. It doesn’t seem to me to have much to do with the book. They don’t say, “Look here, you said this on page 200, and that’s a terrible thing to say.” Instead, they say things not related to the book: you hate Hindus, you are sex-obsessed, you don’t know anything about the Hindus, you got it all wrong.

This is a bald lie. The first Part of the book, Invading the Sacred, documents and refutes dozens of statements by Doniger, as illustrated by the following:

“Holi, the spring carnival, when members of all castes mingle and let down their hair, sprinkling one another with cascades of red powder and liquid, symbolic of the blood that was probably used in past centuries.” (from Doniger’s article about Hinduism in the Microsoft Encarta Encyclopaedia—Microsoft Encarta subsequently removed her entry in 2004; while we do not know this for a fact, one can reasonably conclude that Microsoft Encarta came to an internal conclusion about Doniger’s lack of scholarship and objectivity).

From a newspaper article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, dated November 19, 2000, entitled “Big-screen caddy is Hindu hero in disguise” written by David O’Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer:

“Myth scholar Wendy Doniger of the University of Chicago was on hand earlier this month to lecture on the Gita. “The Bhagavad Gita is not as nice a book as some Americans think,” she said, in a lecture titled “The Complicity of God in the Destruction of the Human Race.” “Throughout the Mahabharata, the enormous Hindu epic of which the Gita is a small part, Krishna goads human beings into all sorts of murderous and self-destructive behaviors such as war in order to relieve “mother Earth” of its burdensome human population and the many demons disguised as humans … The Gita is a dishonest book; it justifies war,” Doniger told the audience of about 150” (emphasis added).

Doniger may now claim that she was misquoted, but she has failed to obtain a retraction from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Prof. Michael Witzel, Wales Professor of Sanskrit in the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies at Harvard University posted the following remarks about Doniger’s translations to a mailing list and called her translations “UNREALIABLE” [sic] and “idiosyncratic:”

Doniger’s “rendering of even the first two paadas [of the Rg Veda] is more of a paraphrase than a translation;”
“In this hymn (of 18 stanzas) alone I have counted 43 instances which are wrong or where others would easily disagree.”
“Note that all 3 translations are Re-translations. Mistakes of the type mentioned above could easily have been avoided if the work of our 19th century predecessors (and contemporaries!) had been consulted more carefully … Last point: Looking at the various new translations that have appeared in the past decade or so: Why always to Re-translate something done ‘several’ times over already — and why not to take up one of the zillion Un-translated Skt. texts?”
[2]

Is that specific enough?

Nor can Doniger claim ignorance of these examples, having been made aware of them through emails, various conferences, journals and mailing lists by many people, including university professors, fellow scholars, and students.

As a scapegoat tactic to discredit her critics, Doniger plays both the sex card and the race card, without offering any evidence for being discriminated against on the grounds of her gender or her race:

I think I have a double disadvantage among the Hindutva types. One is that I’m not a Hindu and the other is that I am not a male. I suppose the third is that I’m not a Brahmin, but I don’t even get there because I’m not a Hindu! I think it’s considered unseemly in the conservative Hindu view for a woman to talk about sex—that’s something men talk about among themselves (emphasis added).

But her critics have been concerned not with her gender or race but only with the content of her scholarship. Race and sex bias are the “cards” Doniger uses to distract readers who are unfamiliar with the details of the substance of the critiques against her.

Hindu society acknowledges and celebrates any genuine scholars of Hinduism, irrespective of their gender, race or caste. For example, the late Sir John Woodroffe / Arthur Avalon is regarded by even the most traditional and orthodox of Hindu acharyas, including the late Shankaracharya of Sringeri, as one of the great Tantric scholars of modern times—despite his being neither Hindu nor Brahmin-born.

In addition, Dr. Klaus Klostermaier, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba (Canada), is highly respected in Hindu circles. Linda Johnsen, neither male, Hindu, nor Brahmin-born, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hinduism (2002) among several other books, is also highly regarded for her knowledge about Hinduism.

This respect is not just academic—non-Indian spiritual gurus have been revered by Hindus as well. Daya Mata (Faye Wright), another female, non-Hindu, non-Brahmin (by birth) of the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) was highly regarded by the most traditional and orthodox of Hindu leaders, including (I have been told) the late Shankaracharya of Sringeri, a great scholar and authority on Hinduism. Similarly, Sister Nivedita (Margaret Elizabeth Noble), female, non-Hindu, non Brahmin-born, perhaps the most prominent of Swami Vivekananda’s disciples, has been revered as a true Hindu saint by many orthodox Hindus, including Brahmins; so also has Mother (Mira Alfassa), the Frenchwoman closely associated with (and successor to) Sri Aurobindo.

I could go on with a list of lesser known women of foreign birth who are equally acknowledged as true representatives of Hinduism. I have not even touched upon the scores of Indian women who have been revered by Hindus from the Vedic times to the modern day—e.g., Gargi, whose open debate with the great sage Yajnavalkya is prominently featured in the Brhadaranyaka Upanisad.

Moreover, the idea that “it’s considered unseemly in the conservative Hindu view for a woman to talk about sex–that’s something men talk about among themselves” is another blatantly false stereotype by Doniger.

Doniger’s contention that traditional Hindu women are not allowed to talk about sex is directly refuted by the celebrated account of the debate between Ubhaya-Bharati and Adi Shankara, one of the great intellects of the world, sage from the 8th Century CE, and father of Advaita Vedanta as known today. Adi Shankara was challenged to a debate by Mandana Misra, a learned and well-known Purva Mimamsa scholar. They agreed that Mandana’s wife, Ubhaya-Bharati, a renowned scholar in her own right, would be the referee and that the loser of the debate would become the disciple of the winner.

After debating for many days, Mandana Misra lost and was about to become the disciple of Adi Shankara. However, Ubhaya-Bharati then challenged Adi Shankara to debate her, on the grounds that since she and her husband were one person upon being married, he would have to defeat both of them in order to win the debate.

Adi Shankara accepted her challenge. The debate went well for Adi Shankara until Ubhaya-Bharati began posing intricate questions on the science of erotics (well-accepted, in the appropriate context, as a topic of sacred discourse and knowledge in Hinduism). If it was “considered unseemly” per traditional Hinduism for women to talk about sex, the official version of the Shankara Digvijaya (accepted as authentic by the Sringeri Shankaracharya Matha) would never have mentioned Ubhaya-Bharati’s questioning of Adi Shankara. (Adi Shankara ended up satisfactorily answering the questions on eroticism, and Ubhaya-Bharati accepted her defeat.)

There is also the celebrated account given in the Yoga Vasistha of Queen Chudalai, an advanced yogini, who initiates her husband, King Sikhidvaja, as her disciple; she tests his renunciation repeatedly and instructs him on the proper attitude towards sexual union and sensual pleasure. Similarly, the famous Tripura Rahasya narrates Princess Hemalata’s initiation of her husband, Prince Hemachuda, into the secrets of samadhi and moksha. Finally, the Mahabharata recounts the famous interaction between Arjuna and Urvashi—when Arjuna rejected Urvashi’s frank invitation for sexual union, she pronounced the following curse: “Since thou disregardest a woman come to thy mansion … of her own motion—a woman, besides, who is pierced by the shafts of Kama, therefore, O Partha, thou shalt have to pass thy time among females … destitute of manhood and scorned as a eunuch.”

As these examples show, not only were women allowed to discuss sex, they had the authority and scriptural and social standing to challenge and teach the greatest of sages and the most royal of men with respect to all subject matters, including sex and eroticism.

Of course, it is unfortunate that the puritanical mores of Victorian British rule have corrupted modern Hindu society, restricting the open acceptance of sex and sexuality. However, the holistic acceptance of sex and sexuality (without gender or orientation bias) inherent to Hinduism is still vibrant and alive in traditional Hinduism.

In a personal context, I can say unequivocally that despite my birth and upbringing as an American and my liberal schooling in Boston and at Yale Law School, my most honest and open discussions of sex have been with the most orthodox and “traditional” of Hindu swamis and acharyas. They helped me unlearn the associative guilt and sexual repression of Western mores. They also taught me that sexual desire is, in the appropriate context, an integral part of life and that there is nothing sinful or shameful about it, and that heightened sexual energies are not antithetical to, but can be an integral part of, spiritual development for people qualified (adhikaris) for those types of sadhana or spiritual practice.

In short, playing this race and sex card may be an attempt by Doniger to elicit sympathy—but this cannot substitute for sound scholarship. In the traditions of true academic scholarship, Doniger should let her work stand or fall on its own merits and not hide behind false victimhood.

Misrepresentations of Valmiki Ramayana

Apart from unfairly stereotyping and insulting her critics, most of the rest of the interview concerns Doniger’s take on the Valmiki Ramayana.

The “Interpolation” of Ravana’s Curse

According to Doniger:

Things were added on in Ramayana’s first and seventh book later on. For instance, in the seventh book we have a story long before the story of Rama and Sita about how Ravana raped one of the great apsaras, Rambha … [Her husband] curses Ravana that if he ever touches a woman against her will, his head will shatter into a thousand pieces. So that story is then told in the Ramayana to explain why Ravana didn’t force himself on Sita despite keeping her in his house all those years. In the earlier Ramayana, there’s nothing about this … This is a later idea that creeps in.”

It is incorrect for Doniger to say that the curse upon Ravana was a “later idea that [crept in]” to explain Ravana’s unwillingness to rape Sita. The relevant incident is found in Book 6 (Yuddha Kanda), almost universally recognized as part of the original Valmiki Ramayana. (It is the first part of Book 1 (Bala Kanda) and all of Book 7 (Uttara Kanda) that are, debatably, later interpolations.)

The account is given by Ravana in Sarga (Canto) 13 of Book 6 (Yuddha Kanda):

Once I beheld (a celestial nymph) Punjikasthala (by name) … She was stripped of her garment and ravished by me. She then reached the abode of Brahma … Highly enraged, the creator forthwith addressed the following words to me: “If you (happen to) violate any other woman hence forward, your head will be forthwith split into a hundred pieces; there is no doubt about it.” Hence, afraid (as I am) of his curse, I do not violently put Sita, a princess of the Videha territory, on my charming bed by force. [3]

There is an account of Ravana’s rape of Rambha in Book 7 (Uttara Kanda)—but it is the incident recounted in Book 6 (accepted as part of the original Valmiki Ramayana) that is explicitly offered as the reason why Ravana did not rape Sita. The effect of the rape of Rambha is more generic: “[Ravana] felt inclined no more to copulate with women who were unwilling to approach him.” [4]

This is not mere nitpicking—the citation of the rape of Punjikasthala in Book 6 discredits Doniger’s contention that the curse on Ravana was a later interpolation interjected to conveniently explain why Ravana never raped Sita.

Rama as a “Sex-Addict”

According to Doniger, the concept of a “sex-addict” is introduced into the Valmiki Ramayana by Lakshmana calling Dasaratha kama-sakta, which she defines as “hopelessly attached to lust.”

It is not clear where Doniger picks up the term ‘kama-sakta’—the term does not appear upon a search of the text of the Valmiki Ramayana as given in the Titus online database, which is based on the following version of the text: G.H. Bhatt e.a., The Valmiki Ramayana, (Baroda 1960-1975), prepared by Muneo Tokunaga, March 12, 1993 (adaptations by John D. Smith, Cambridge, 1995.)

Further, neither the term nor its variants appear in the most logical place where Lakshmana would have used the words to describe Dasaratha, the passage in Book 2 (Ayodhya Kanda) when Lakshmana disparages the character of Dasaratha for banishing Rama. The relevant phrases that Lakshmana uses here are the following: nripah vipariitasheha (king with perverted mind), pradharshhitaH vishhayaiH (who is outraged by sensual enjoyments) and samanimadhaH (who is possessed of passion). [5] None of these terms translates even remotely as “sex addict / addiction”. Addiction is something more than just being overcome by lust: addiction is a “compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance…characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal.” [6]

However, for the sake of argument, I will give the benefit of the doubt to Doniger and assume that the term kama-sakta has been used by Lakshmana to describe Dasaratha in the Valmiki-Ramayana. That in and of itself does not imply that Dasaratha was “hopelessly addicted to lust.” Kama-sakta simply means an attachment (sakta) to desire (kama). Kama does not itself necessarily refer to sexual desire, or even erotic or romantic desire. Dasaratha’s reluctance to allow Rama to serve as guard over Vishwamitra’s yajna, for example, or Lakshmana’s unwillingness to be parted from Rama, could equally be characterized as kama-sakta. To assume it to mean “attachment to lust” is another in a pattern of Doniger’s ex-cathedra translations in variance with traditional Sanskrit nirukta (etymology) for which she has been repudiated before.

It has been brought to my attention that, subsequent to the original interview, as published in print and on this website, Doniger’s statements were corrected to carry the following version of Doniger’s quote on October 20: “Lakshman is the one who actually says it. He says the king is hopelessly attached to sensual objects. But Rama himself says (at 2.47.8) that the king is kama-atma, entirely consumed by kama.” The deletion of the term kama-sakta and the addition of the new reference is not explained, other than as a “typo”.

To offer Doniger leeway that she almost never offers her critics, I will accept the “corrected” statement—but her argument still fails. The relevant reference—found in Sarga 53 of the Gita Press, Gorakhpur version and in Sarga 47 of the Titus database version (mentioned above)—is part of a scene where Rama reminisces about his father to Lakshmana during the first night of his banishment from Ayodhya. Here is the exact reference:

anaathaH caiva vRiddhaH ca mayaa caiva vinaakRitaH | kim kariSyati kaama aatmaa kaikeyyaa vasham aagataH ||

vRiddhascha (aged); anaathashcha ((and therefore) helpless); mayaarinaacha (deprived of my presence); kim karishhyati (what will he do); kRitaH (dominated as he is); kaamaatmaa (by his passion (for Kaikeyi)); aagataH (and who has fallen); kaikeyiivasham (into clutches of Kaikeyi).

“Aged and (therefore) helpless, deprived of my presence, what will he do, dominated as he is by his passion for Kaikeyi and who has fallen into the clutches of Kaikeyi.”

As with the phrases described above (uttered by Lakshmana in anger), Kama-atma does not necessarily mean “entirely consumed by kama.” For example, the illustrious commentary on the Ramayana by Sivasahaya, Raamayana Siromani¸ gives the following example of using the term kama-atma in a non-sexual context: kaama aathmaa: kaama – abhishEka vishayiNi ichchhaa (desiring the matter of crowning) aathmaa – aathmani manasyEva yasya sah (one who had this in mind)—i.e., “the king who desired in his mind the crowning [of Rama].” [7]

Falling prey to love (Rama’s description) or being overcome by lust (Lakshmana’s description) does not make one a sex addict; if it did, then any of us could be accused of the same! Sex was explicitly discussed and celebrated in ancient Indian / Hindu texts, as an accepted integral part of life—discussions of being overcome by desire, therefore, do not automatically translate into one being characterized or condemned as a sex-addict.

These epithets were uttered in anger and anguish by Dasaratha’s sons at the time of their separation from their family and kingdom—the epithets are indicative of their pain and anger and are not meant to be psychoanalytical judgements of Dasaratha’s character, particularly in a socio-cultural context where intense sexual enjoyment was not viewed as a vice—c.f., the accounts of Karadama rishi and Devahuti in the Srimad Bhagavatam, Yayati and Sarmishta in the Mahabharata, and Kacha and Devyani in the Mahabharata, where long periods of intense sexual union were described without any condemnation or sense of shame.

In any case, it is not necessary to get entangled into the technicality of semantics to challenge Doniger’s central thesis, which is summarized in the following excerpt from the interview:

You also suggest that because Rama is afraid of turning into a sex addict like his father, he throws Sita out after enjoying sex with her?

You have a chapter in Valmiki’s Ramayana where Rama was so happy with Sita, they drank wine together, they were alone, enjoying themselves in every way, indulging in various ways, not just the sexual act. And in the very next chapter he says I’ve got to throw you out. So I’m suggesting: what is the connection between those two things? And what does it mean that Rama knows that Dasaratha, his father, disgraced himself because of his attachment to his young and beautiful wife. So I’m taking pieces of the Ramayana and putting them together and saying these are not disconnected.

So you are saying his fear of following in his father’s footsteps is making him betray his own sexuality?

Yes, I am. Or even of being perceived that way.

Note the internal contradiction in Doniger’s position—her characterization of Rama hinges on a passage found in Book 7 (Uttara Kanda), and she has elsewhere in the interview dismissed that same Book 7 as a later interpolation!

In any event, the passage describing Rama and Sita’s “indulgence” is from Sarga 42 of Book 7 (Uttara Kanda), where Rama and Sita are enjoying their reunion after Sita’s abduction. As described therein, during this period of two winters (i.e., two years, although in some versions, an additional half-shloka is included providing that this interlude lasted 10,000 years), Rama and Sita would spend the second half of every day together in Rama’s Ashoka-grove, enjoying heavenly music and dance and partaking of gourmet food and intoxicating drinks. Rama and Sita are compared to other divine couples:

Taking in his hand the pure nectar of flowers as intoxicating as the Maireyaka wine, Sri Rama … made Sri Sita drink it, just as Indra does Sachi … Seated in the company of the celebrated Sita, [Rama] shone with splendour like Vasishta seated along with Arundhati. Sri Rama, steeped in joy like gods, afforded delight thus day after day to … Sita, who resembled a divine damsel. [8]

Doniger conveniently leaves out the fact that it is in this chapter that Rama discovers that Sita is pregnant. Delighted at this revelation, Rama asks her to tell him which desire of hers he should fulfil. This is Sita’s response: “O Raghava! I wish to visit the holy penance-groves and to stay, O Lord!, at the feet of sages … living on the banks of the Ganga … This is my greatest wish that I should stay even for one night in the penance-grove of those who live only on fruits and (edible) roots.” [9] Rama readily acquiesces to this wish, promising that she will be taken for a visit there the very next day.

Doniger claims that “in the very next chapter [Rama] says [to Sita] I’ve got to throw you out.” This is another totally false statement by Doniger. It is in Sarga 45 (after two intervening sargas / chapters, wherein Rama learns of the negative gossip surrounding Sita and thus decides to banish her) that Rama orders Lakshmana to take Sita to the forest and leave her there. This is just one more instance of Doniger’s casual disregard of the facts, unbecoming of a distinguished professor with a named chair at the University of Chicago.

Of course, it is the two sargas / chapters that Doniger skips over in her “alternative” narrative that provide the reason for Rama banishing Sita: Rama is informed that he is being rebuked by the people of Ayodhya as follows: “Why does not Sri Rama censure [Sita], who formerly had been forcibly carried away by Ravana? … Such conduct of our wives shall have to be suffered by us also, since whatever a king does, the subjects follow.” [10] The pernicious rumours are about Sita’s chastity / purity, not about Rama’s excessive lust.

When this gossip is confirmed by others, Rama summons his brothers to him, and informs them of his decision to leave Sita, providing the following explanation for his decision: “As long as the word of infamy circulates, so long one does fall in the lower regions (hell). Infamy is censured even by the gods and fame gains credence in the world.” [11] It is the fear of losing his good name (as the result of the infamy surrounding Sita’s chastity by the gossip-mongers of Ayodhya) that impels Rama, not fear of being chastised as a sex-addict.

Nowhere is it mentioned that Rama feared he might fall victim to the “vice” of sex and that he therefore abandoned Sita – this again appears to be an example of the kind of fanciful creation for which Doniger and many of her students, now academicians at leading American universities, have become well-known. There is no connotation of illicit or excessive indulgence in the description of Rama and Sita’s blissful interlude together in Sarga 42—to the contrary, Rama and Sita are depicted as a divine couple with the dignity and radiance of Indra and Sachi, Vasishta and Arundhati. Rama is full of tenderness for Sita upon discovering her pregnancy. It clearly breaks his heart to send Sita away—after giving Lakshmana the command, “[Rama] the noble one with His eyes closed, taking leave of His brothers, entered His own apartment, with his heart agitated by sorrow, deeply sighed as an elephant.” [12]

In Doniger’s own words, she is “taking pieces of the Ramayana and putting them together” to come up with this far-fetched explanation. But, one cannot play connect-the-dots with various scenes from a vast text such as the Valmiki Ramayana, stripping out the proper sequence and removing the contextual background of the critical passages, and then call it a valid textual interpretation.

Even if Doniger is reading into the text certain psychological motivations she wants to attribute to the characters, her characterization appears to be illogical–if Rama sent Sita away simply because he didn’t want to become / be characterized as a sex addict, why did he not make arrangements to claim his future heir(s), whom he knew Sita carried in her womb?

Construction of Hindu Temples

Doniger suggests that Hindus did not have a prominent temple-building movement—because building temples requires “a lot of money, land, a whole system of building temples, which the Hindus did not have at first”—until the Bhakti movement gathered momentum “to organize Rama or Shiva worship.” She makes a superfluous reference to the fact that the Kama Sutra does not discuss temple worship—one wonders why the Kama Sutra would be a relevant reference for discussion of temple construction, but then one recalls the BBC quote at the beginning of this note about Doniger’s strange predilection for the Kama Sutra.

This is really the topic for another article, but it is worth quickly noting here that the Sathapatha Brahmana portion of the Shukla Yajur Veda, dating back to at least 1500 BCE, describes a special form of tabernacle, distinct from the Agni-shala of the household, for which a special fire-priest, the Agnidhra, was designated. Through the kindling of the fire, the tabernacle became the dwelling place of the Vishvedevas (all the gods). This is a prototype for later Hindu temples, where icons replaced the sacred fire as the focus of worship. In other words, if one wants to be polemical, one can definitely argue that the genesis of formal temple construction vidhis – rules and methods – certainly pre-dates the advent of Buddhism.

Further, details of (at least Vaishnava) temple construction, the consecration of images for worship, and the actual procedures and rituals for temple worship are set forth in the ancient Vaikhanasa and Paancharatra Agamas. The Vaikhanasa Agama dates back to at least the 3rd or 4th century CE, and its Kriyaa Paadha discusses temple construction and image consecration while its Charyaa Padhaa focuses on the associated rituals of worship.

There are many examples of temples from these ancient times. A few are quickly identified here: The early phase of Chalukyan temple building began in the last quarter of the 6th century and resulted in many cave temples, including a Vaishnava temple dating back to 578 CE. The second phase of Chalukyan temple building at Aihole, celebrated as one of the cradles of Indian temple architecture, dates back to approximately 600 CE. Similarly, the Pallavas constructed rock-cut temples dating from 610–690 AD and structural temples between 690–900 AD, including the rock-cut temples at Mahabalipuram, the Kailasanatha temple in Kanchipuram, and the Shore Temple built by Narasimhavarman II.

Doniger’s Larger Narrative about Hinduism

The story Doniger wants to tell about the Ramayana fits into her larger narrative about the character of Hinduism. Her overarching narrative is captured in her statement: “That’s why Hinduism is such a wonderful religion. It’s because people are allowed to have their own texts … there was no one who said there was only one way to tell the Ramayana … And no one would say that you got it wrong.”

Of course, there is great diversity in Hinduism—after all, over three hundred versions of the Ramayana co-exist peaceably within the pantheon of Hindu literature. There are no unnecessary battles about which version is the definitive version—Hinduism does not subscribe to the notion of One Book or One Prophet, which is the predominant characteristic of the Semitic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

It is misleading to say, in a scholarly context, that just because multiple versions of a story exist, “no one [can] say that you got it wrong.” For, there is a significant difference between creating a new version of a story—e.g., Tulsidas retelling the Ramayana in his Sri Ramacharitamanasa, which does not purport to be the “original” or “corrected” version of the Valmiki Ramayana—and offering an academic explanation or interpretation of an existing story (the Valmiki Ramayana) that takes liberties with and/or misquotes the text.

It is the difference between artistic interpretation and scholarly rigour. For a scholar, it is not sufficient to demonstrate that a constructed narrative or story is possible by stringing together disparate phrases and passages; rather, a scholar must show why her preferred version is more persuasive than other versions—why it is a more coherent narrative or a more insightful explanation. This is particularly important when the scholar’s preferred version sharply diverges from the canonical traditions of interpretation. This is not fundamentalism—this is what it means to be a scholar!

The diversity within Hinduism and Hindu society is one of its greatest strengths, but the danger of saying that there is no one Hindu identity is concluding that therefore there isn’t any Hindu identity. Diversity should not be falsely treated as a lack of unity; to the contrary, e pluribus unum (from many, one). Actually, in the Hindu framework, it would be from one, many—c.f., Bhagavad Gita (15:1): “There is a banyan tree which has its roots upward and its branches down and whose leaves are the Vedic hymns. One who knows this tree is the knower of the Vedas.” In other words, from One Truth flower many expressions of that same truth, from one root of dharma flower the hymns, traditions, philosophical doctrines and sacred lore that comprise the tree of Hinduism. Or, to give a musical analogy, within one scale or raaga, many variations may be improvised.

In concrete fact, unity underlies every instance of diversity in Hinduism over the eons—that is why, for example, Adi Shankara Bhagavadpada, spiritual titan and amongst the greatest intellects of the world established the four seats of his monastic order on the four corners of India—Jyotirmath / Badrinath in the North, Puri in the East, Dwaraka in the West and Sringeri in the South—he also installed Namboodris from the deep south of Kerala as officiating priests in the Himalayan temple of Badrinath (a practice that continues to this day).

In closing, there does exist an easily recognizable non-fundamentalist Hindu identity, built upon a body of history, sacred texts and philosophical and ritualistic traditions that span several thousands of years. This Hindu identity is diverse and multidimensional but also internally consistent—a consistent scale, as it were, upon which millions of Hindus improvise their own variations.

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Aditi Banerjee received a B.A. in International Relations, magna cum laude, from Tufts University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She is a practicing attorney in London and also co-editor, Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America (Rupa & Co., June 2007)

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