The tragedy of Hindus in India

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.

An unfulfilled search for a Ph.D in Hinduism

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:

Indonesia gifts US a Saraswati statue

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.

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  1. shankar

    About Hinduism:
    From the mundane to the metaphysical, cycles feature prominently in Hindu teachings and practice. Human life and spiritual evolution, through birth and rebirth (samsara), is a cycle; karma, the universal of law cause and effect — another cycle; even ritual yogic breathing (pranayama) is a cycle. Hindu history too has cycled and recycled. Times of open inquiry have lead to ritualistic steadfastness. Ages of ritual perfection have devolved into periods of blind faith. Frustration from these periods has opened up to golden ages of introspection and inquiry. These have then been followed by somewhat rebellious eras of exuberant devotion and so on. The wheels keep on turning in the Hindu world regardless of the roads that she travels and any turns, bumps, or skids she encounters along the way.
    Hinduism does not have any one founder, and it does not have a Bible or a Koran to which controversies can be referred for resolution. Consequently, it does not require its adherents to accept any one idea. It is thus cultural, not creedal, with a history contemporaneous with the peoples with which it is associated.
    Hinduism, on the whole, is a mixed bag of several and varied traditional and cultural influences, and as the cultural anthropologists would agree, a classic example of what the process of ‘Sanskritization’ or ‘Brahmanization’ may result in. ‘Sanskritization’ or ‘Brahmanization’ is a process of social change, wherein people belonging to the lower castes seek to elevate their social status by adopting rituals and practices of the upper castes. Throughout the history of Hinduism, it went on absorbing a huge number of regional and cultural influences, and became what it is today. Hinduism today, is broadly divided into various castes and sects, each practicing Hindu customs in their own way. This is precisely the reason why, we find different customs and traditions followed by Hindus living in different regions, and interestingly, nothing is correct or incorrect; in fact, everything is perfect and precise, in its own right.

    In fact, one can almost identify Hinduism with a civilization that is flourishing even now.
    Hinduism is a unique faith! The most obvious misconception about Hinduism is that we tend to see it as just another religion. To be precise, Hinduism is a way of life, a dharma. Dharma does not mean religion. It is the law that governs all action. Thus, contrary to popular perception, Hinduism is not just a religion in the tradition sense of the term. Out of this misinterpretation, has come most of the misconceptions about Hinduism.
    Hinduism is the unique faith of the Indian subcontinent, particularly of Nepal and India. Hinduism includes Shaivism, Vaishnavism and Śrauta among numerous other traditions. Among other practices and philosophies, Hinduism includes a wide spectrum of laws and prescriptions of “daily morality” based on karma, dharma, and societal norms. Hinduism is a categorisation of distinct intellectual or philosophical points of view, rather than a rigid, common set of beliefs.

    Hinduism consists of many diverse traditions and has no single founder. Among its direct roots is the historical Vedic religion of Iron Age India and, as such, Hinduism is often called the “oldest living religion” or the “oldest living major religion” in the world.Since Vedic times, “people from many strata of society throughout the subcontinent tended to adapt their religious and social life to Brahmanic norms”, a process sometimes called Sanskritization.

    One orthodox classification of Hindu texts is to divide into Śruti (“revealed”) and Smriti (“remembered”) texts.These texts discuss theology, philosophy, mythology, rituals and temple building among other topics. Major scriptures include the Vedas, Upanishads, Purāṇas, Mahābhārata, Rāmāyaṇa, Manusmriti, Bhagavad Gītā and Āgamas.

    Hinduism, with about one billion followers (950 million estimated in India), is the world’s third largest religion, after Christianity and Islam.

  2. duartmaclean

    This attack on Hinduism may be supported by the Global ‘One World Order’ elite. The principles of Hinduism are directly opposed to the concepts of Centralized Power and Domination. If Hinduism is wiped out, India will be fully in the hands of these Global Merchants and Bankers. Just a guess. But it needs to be looked into.

  3. The author looks at it as some kind of a tragedy. I am not so sure. To me it appears comical that in a country where Hindus are no less than 80% of the population feel so insecure about their religion. I am sure they would remain as insecured even if they had to attain 100% of the population.

    • karan

      @Cynical
      Who is a “minority” in the present global context? A community may be numerically small relative to the local population, but globally it may in fact be part of the majority that is powerful, assertive and well-funded. Given that India is experiencing a growing influx of global funding, political lobbying, legal action and flow of ideologies, what criteria should we use to classify a group as a “minority”? Should certain groups, now counted as minorities, be reclassified given their enormous worldwide clout, power and resources? If the “minority” concerned has actually merged into an extra-territorial power through ideology (like Maoists) or theology (like many churches and madrassas), through infrastructure investment (like buying large amounts of land, buildings, setting up training centers, etc.), through digital integration and internal governance, then do they not become a powerful tool of intervention representing a larger global force rather than being simply a “minority” in India. Certainly, one would not consider a local franchise of McDonalds in India to be a minor enterprise just because it may employ only a handful of employees with modest revenues locally. It is its global size, presence and clout that are counted and that determine the rules, restrictions and disclosure requirements to which it must adhere. Similarly, nation-states’ presence in the form of consulates is also regulated. But why are foreign religious MNCs exempted from similar requirements of transparency and supervision? (For example: Bishops are appointed by the Vatican, funded by it, and given management doctrine to implement by the Vatican, and yet are not regulated on par with diplomats in consulates representing foreign sovereign states.) Indian security agencies do monitor Chinese influences and interventions into Buddhist monasteries in the northern mountain belt, because such interventions can compromise Indian sovereignty and soft power while boosting China’s clout. Should the same supervision also apply to Christian groups operating under the direction and control of their western headquarters and Islamic organizations funded and/or ideologically influenced by their respective foreign headquarters? What should India do to improve and deliver social justice in order to secure its minorities and wean them away from global nexuses that are often anti-Indian.

  4. cnm

    I know for you, who is an incurable anti-Hindu, it always appears comical that Hindus in a country where Hindus are no less than 80% of the population feel so insecure about their religion. But the point is for the last last 300 years or more the Hindus have never been at the helm of affairs in India. First it was the Christian British colonialists followed by the Christian sympathizer Brown colonialists or all anti-Hindu forces who have taken the rein of power in the Hindu homeland. So when you have a dispensation which is pathetically inimical to the Hindus it is but natural that they will feel insecure.

    • @cnm
      “But the point is for the last last 300 years or more the Hindus have never been at the helm of affairs in India”
      If Hindus cannot be at the helm of affairs in India, whose fault is that? Surely of the Hindus. You get to the top, only if you are capable and competent. And why should Hindus be at the helm of affairs in India? India belongs to all Indians (Hindus and non-hindus)
      And those followed the British, whom you call “Christian sympathizer Brown colonialists or all anti-Hindu forces” were all elected by the people of India (majority of them Hindu).
      They didn’t get the rein of power at the point of a sword. So what is your problem? If the majority do not elect the type of Hindus you prefer, that’s your bad luck. So respect the opinion of the majority and hope to win the hearts and minds of the majority next time around. Be Indian, think Indian. Religious bigotry is a foreign concept, don’t practice it in India. And before you say that some others are doing it in India, let me say that they are as wrong as you are. And they are as ignorant about the ‘Idea of India’ as you seem to be.

      • Anonymous

        Trouble is, religious bigotry of the Middle East is here, with two of the Abrahamic cults trying to gain power. Now will you go to the ME, or Vatican, and tell them to lay off ?

      • ravi

        @Cynical
        Ethnic cleansing of Minorities in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) started in 1946 with the infamous Noakhali carnage (10th October 1946). In the full-moon night of Kojagari Lakshi Puja (a Hindu festival), 218 Hindus were slaughtered, over 10,000 Hindu houses were looted, more than 2000 Hindus were forcibly converted to Islam and several thousand Hindu women were raped and hundreds of Hindu temples were destroyed. The sad part is that Mr. Burrows, the then Governor of state, said that it was only natural that Hindu women would be raped by hundreds of Muslims because they are prettier than Muslim women (Roy, 2007, p. 120,165).

        During the infamous genocide of 1971, which continued for nine months, by the then Muslim East Pakistan Army, up to three million Bangladeshis were slaughtered, ten million Hindus fled as refugees to India (Kennedy, 1971, p. 6-7) and two hundred thousand women were raped (Roy, 2007, p. 298). The neighboring Muslims of the Hindu families use to mark a yellow “H” on the Hindu houses to guide the marauding army to their targets like the Jewish holocaust (Schanberg, 1994). The bulk of the victims of the 1971 East Pakistan holocaust were Hindus, about 80%, followed by Muslims (15%) and Christians (5%) (Roy, 2007, p. 312).

        Minority oppression has increased tremendously after the October 2001 National Election in Bangladesh. The thugs of the pro-Islam Bangladesh Nationalist Party and their Islamic ally, Jamaat-e-Islami, beat up the Hindus, Christians and Buddhists. Their political involvement is strongly opposed by the nationalist-Islamist political parties, with many Hindus being prevented from voting in elections, through intimidation or exclusion from voter-lists (The Daily Star. January 4, 2006). Often the Hindus are warned that if they want to vote their women would be violated; they would be made to leave Bangladesh. A third method is physically preventing the Hindus from voting. The nationalist-Islamist party thugs act as vigilantes to prevent Hindus from going to polling centers, mainly in rural areas (Roy, 2007, pp. 359, 152). The government does nothing to ensure a free and fair election.

        Kidnapping and rape of women and children, forced marriage of minor girls, extortion of money as Jizya tax, forced conversion and murder of members of the minority communities are a day-to-day happening. Hindu widows are often forced to kill one of her cow by her own hand, cook the beef and eat it and become Muslim (Roy, 2007. p 120,125).

        Many families migrate out of their “Homeland” since time immemorial for physical safety. And there is no end in sight. It is because this ‘Hindu Holocaust’ is fully intentional and approved or connived by the government, aiming to wipe out the entire minority to turn Bangladesh purely Islamic. The situation is so alarming that, while describing the plight of minorities in Bangladesh, The published an article (Nov. 29, 2003) with the heading: “Bangladesh’s religious minorities: Safe only in the departure lounge”. (cited Dutta, 2005).

      • nitha

        @Cynical
        According to Elst, as recorded in his finishing of Kamra’s book, ‘The Prolonged Partition and its Pogroms’, Bangladesh today is a VAST CONCENTRATION CAMPS FOR HINDUS. The chief tormentors of Hindus are the Jamaat-e-Islami, a fundamentalist Islamic political party and the Islami Chhatra Shibir, a similarly motivated students’ organisation. However, the Bangladesh National Party of Begum Khaleda Zia is strongly anti-Hindu and rabidly anti-Indian, and does its bit in making the Hindu’s lives miserable as far as it can. Even the ruling Awami League of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, currently led by his only surviving family member Mrs. Sheikh Hasina Wajed, and supposed to be sympathetic to Hindus, shows considerable ambivalence in this regard, and is said to be more interested in the Hindus’ votes rather than in their welfare or their security. The government practises open discrimination in the appointment of Hindus to high posts, and harasses them in a myriad other small and big ways. Apart from these organised groups, Hindu-bashing is practised by individuals and informal groups all the time, especially in the rural areas where the lead is often provided by the village Mollah. Kamra and Elst’s account cites a large number of examples of persecution of Hindus.

      • cnm

        @ Malaydeb

        In the ten thousand year long History of India —- the only Hindu Homeland, 300 years of Adharmic rule is an aberration not rule. Wait and see. Like we ever valiant Hindus made the Islamic invaders bite dust we will see through the wiping out of all anti-Hindu forces from the soil of India– the only Hindu Homeland. We Hindus are not pre-Christainized pagans of Europe or the native Indians of America who faced extinction under the Abrahamic Onslaught. We withstood the barbaric Islamic invasion and came out victorious. We compelled the British to leave India. But we committed a blunder by posing our faith on the fake Hindu Gandhi who betrayed us and in complete disregard to the Hindu sentiment handed over the baton to that born Hindu-baiter Nehru instead of passing it over to Patel. But worry not we will sooner than later crush the flag of Neharuvian secularism and establish the rule of Hinduism.

        “And those followed the British, whom you call “Christian sympathizer Brown colonialists or all anti-Hindu forces” were all elected by the people of India (majority of them Hindu).”
        No, they are not Hindus. They are Hindus by accident of their birth and for all other purposes they are agents of Christianity and Islam. The fact is Hindus in India are a minority. Ergo the election of such anti-Hindu dogs is foregone conclusion.
        And why should Hindus be at the helm of affairs in India?
        Who else .it is their Homeland ,not anybody’s father’s property.

  5. JGN

    @cnm, there is no need to waste time arguing with self-loathing Hindus like Cynical aka Malaydeb. Let them learn the hard way like the Non-Muslims in Pakistan and Bangladesh. See some of the “encouraging” reports from Islamic Utopias:
    1) Shia, Ahmadi, Hindu? Then Run for Your Life http://in.news.yahoo.com/shia–ahmadi–hindu–then-run-for-your-life-104917072.html
    2) Minorities ‘pay extra’: Rains for all, relief for some http://tribune.com.pk/story/252029/minorities-pay-extra-rains-for-all-relief-for-some/
    3) Hindus, Muslims are separate nations: Geelani http://www.rediff.com/news/slide-show/slide-show-1-interview-hindus-muslims-are-separate-nations-geelani/20101101.htm#1
    4) Saudi Arabia Threatens Non-Muslim Foreigners Who Eat or Drink in Public during Ramadan http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/07/10/saudi-arabia-threatens-non-muslim-foreigners-who-eat-or-drink-in-public-during-ramadan/

    It was the Bengalis who had suffered due to Islamic barbarism, be it Direct Action Day or the genocide of 1971 in East Pakistan, where about 30 lakh civilians were butchered by the occupational forces of West Pakistan. Still they are the ones who are eagerly defending the Islamic fundamentalism. I fail to understand the logic behind that.

    • cnm

      You are right JGN. There is no point in wasting time. The late Sita Ram Goel used to say no sane argument but bullet can penetrate the brains the anti-Hindus.

      • @JGN and @cnm

        The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. I rest my case.

        • cnm

          @ Malaydeb’
          As expected you have run away facing with uncomfortable questions and irrefutable facts. It is not for the first time you are doing this. Your tasteless and anti-Hindu comments found under different posts here at Indian Realist bear testimony to that Asuric or read Abrahamic habit of yours.

          • You show every sign of a typical bramhinical mindset, so infamous for its double-speak. At one moment you and @JGN mutually agree that it’s a waste of time to argue with me, even suggest a bullet through my head and next moment you accuse me of running away, as if you would have love to remain engaged with me in an argument.
            You didn’t get my last comment. Let me make it simpler for you two. You are not ignorant. If you were I could have drilled some sense in you. Problem is that you suffer from an illusion of knowledge.
            One can deal with reality, but it’s impossible to cure people of their illusory fantasies. Hence, I give up. Like everybody else I have my own threshold of suffering fools.

            • cnm

              You are right a Brahmin I am hence my mindset is Brahminical. But dear friend Double Speak is not a Brahminical trait, obviously therefore, I do not possess that quality. Srimad Bhagvad Gita says—– Subjugation of the mind and senses, enduring hardship for the discharge of one’s obligations, external and internal purity, forgiving the faults of others , straightforwardness, belief in the Vedas and other shatras are Brahaminical qualties. Double speak is an Abrahamic trait and you have a myriad of them. Anyway for check please do read The Koran and The Bible the perennial source of evil hood like Double speak .

              • cnm

                @Malaydeb
                Please forgive me for posting one more comment. Despite your juvenile outburst it remains that facing with unpalatable truth you run away from a debate — very much an Asuric quality.

                • Lal

                  Asuric qualities are the qualities of the Abrahamic faiths. Read any of the books, and it talks about waging war, hatred, intolerance, bigotry, sexual perversion and sexual predators, slavery etc etc etc…and due to the world domination of these faiths, we lost the Brahminical lifestyle of knowledge, purity of the soul, love of God and justice for allknowledge, simple life style and rendering justice

        • karan

          @Cynical
          Kashmiri Hindus must be promised a brand new city in the valley to be called KAPIL NAGAR or some such name. It will have its own security systems and local self government.If BJP does that , it will win millions of Hindu votes across the country.

  6. Mohan

    If you look at Malaysia, a modern Muslim country, there is policy to support the majority called “Bhumi Putra” policy, which gives preference to son of the soil in education, finance, jobs etc. If you look at Singapore the unwritten rule makes sure Chinese culture and interests are never compromised. We don’t have to talk about middle eastern countries where you can never imagine minorities given higher status than the majority. There is only one country in the world where majority rights, freedom, reservations are hurt for the sake of minority. If the majority is not taken care, will any country survive?

    • karan

      @Mohan
      The main problem is that majority have more subdivisions,such as super rich, rich ,not -so-rich ,poor ,very poor,higly qualified,qualified,not-so ;qualified ,illitrate orthodox bramhinical,progressive,leftist,communist,socialist ,secular,not -so- secular,with various linguistic strata and traditions,casts etc, and they have their own world view and world order.
      And remember ,this majority status is somewhere slowly and rapidly deteriorating only due to this reason,and cannot be remembered as a unified vote bank.
      To bridge the gap between these strata,INTERNET is useful in some extent.

  7. Traditionally, schools ( Skt : Darshanas) of Indian philosophy are identified as orthodox ( Skt : astika ) or non-orthodox (Skt: nastika) depending on whether they regard the Veda as an infallible source of knowledge.

  8. Anonymous

    Cliff – I am not a scholar, but there are multiple schools, Hinduism allowed debate on every topic, including it’s Vedas. It allows mockery of it’s millions of Devtas, and it allows for a life free from religion, based only on Karma. This Sanskrit Shloka describes Hindu philosophy beautifully -

    “Yesham Na Vidya Na Tapo Na Danam, Gyanam Na Sheelam Na Guno Na Dharma,
    Tey Martyalokey Bhoovibharbhootah, Manushyaroopen Mrigashcharante.

  9. Traditionally, schools ( Skt : Darshanas) of Indian philosophy are identified as orthodox ( Skt : astika ) or non-orthodox (Skt: nastika) depending on whether they regard the Veda as an infallible source of knowledge.

  10. The university is ranked second among the public universities, in India, as published by India Today .

  11. Truth Will Prevail

    Hindus suffering in their own land. The reason for this is simple. Hindus were not united. Atleast now there is India and I pray India is united forever. 1947 injured us and split us into 3 parts, and lets not repeat that mistake once again. Dates to remember. late 600 A.D, 1000 A.D, 1400 A.D, 1700 A.D, and 1947. The worst centuries when Hindus suffered the most. Arab invasion, Afghan invasion, Mughal invasion, European invasion. All these invasions happened because Hindus didn’t unite to save ancient India.

    Let history not repeat itself.

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