India is the only country in the world where the majority is actively persecuted and its culture shunned. The majority, however, is in love with its oppressors due to ignorance and keeps becoming a willing victim. Middle class goofballs that cannot think beyond their job and coke-and-pizza are the worst culprits. These people are totally clueless about the situation of Hindus in India.
On her return this student from Columbia University discovers that no university in India offers a comprehensive course in Hinduism studies
A woman’s quest to conduct research in Hinduism has remained in limbo as there is no university in the country that offers such a study. Subadra Muthuswami, who has a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University, hoped to pursue her interest in Hinduism when she returned to India.
“In my undergraduate programme in St. John’s University, it was a must that we do nine credits each of theology and philosophy for an arts degree. I ended up doing Hinduism studies. Then in my master’s programme, I opted to do a few courses in Hinduism. Since I am in India, I decided to do research to understand why we practice rituals and rites in Hinduism. But I understand that no university offers a comprehensive course in Hinduism studies,” she said.
She discovered that the University of Madras has programmes in vaishnavism and Indian philosophy. She enquired with universities such as Madurai Kamaraj, Annamalai and Sastra, but without success. Finally, she went to Madras Sanskrit College in Mylapore, where she was informed that she could register as an independent research candidate or seek help from the University of Madras.
“While you may study Indian philosophy in the philosophy department or vaishnavism or saiva siddhanta, which is in Tamil medium only, you cannot study the religion in all its constituent parts in India,” she said. She learnt that even Banaras Hindu University has a department in philosophy and religion but nothing specific to Hinduism.
Isn’t it a tragedy that while foreign universities offer Masters and Ph.D. courses in Hinduism, not a single university in India does so? This is the wonders of Nehruvian secularism. While an Islamic Cultural Centre was recently opened in Delhi by the Indian government, there is no Hindu cultural centre in India. Even the BJP did not bother opening one. And look at how proud the largest Muslim country in the world is of Hindu culture:
“The statue symbolises values that parallel key principles of Indonesia-U.S. relations”
Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, has gifted an imposing 16-foot-high statue of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of education and wisdom, to Washington DC.
The goddess’ statue, on top of a lotus, stands tall a block away from the Indian Embassy in front of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
Hindus constitute just three per cent of the Indonesian population. A little over a mile from the White House, the statue is yet to be formally inaugurated, but has already become an attraction for city residents and large number of tourists who visit the city every day.
“Devi Saraswati is one of the Goddesses in Hinduism, the primarily practised religion among Balinese people in Indonesia, which itself is the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country. Yet, her representation at the Indonesian Embassy was not decided out only of any religious grounds, but more on its symbolised values that parallel with several key principles of Indonesia-U.S. relations under comprehensive partnership, in particular education and people-to-people contact,” a spokesperson at the Indonesian Embassy told PTI.