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Journal for National Resurgence Vol.10 No. 4 October 2009 VrisicaSankramana
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The search for Truth has always been held in high esteem in the social life of Bharatvarsh to such an extent that the entire society took upon itself the responsibility of feeding the seekers/sadhus in saffron. In such a backdrop, it is but natural for every concerned lobby to state that they are with truth and liberty. The ironically funny position in India today is that those who call themselves 'liberals' are actually practising the worst form of fanaticism. Those who swear by liberalism, multi-culturalism and secularism are the ones who are actually destroying the credibility of those lofty ideals. Most of the opinion-makers in India today who are sporting these jargons at the drop of a hat are those who are unable to shake off their Stalinist position -- which they adopted years ago. The Communists -- who had no place to go following the demise of the Soviet Union -- are now calling themselves as liberals. They are the ones who adopt the worst form of censoreship by blacking out the voice of the 'masses' on whose name they make a living They are now hiding behind the garb of science, secularism, multiculturalism, democracy, liberalism, environmenalism et al -- exactly the values they murder while they are in positions of power.
Fascism's Legacy: Liberalism Exposing Left-Radical Islam connection Gurucharan Das and Liberal Hindu Are you proud to be Leftist? Common myths of Left-media propaganda in India Secularism in India is the same as apartheid Hindus won't be asked to pay money for churches Indian Self-Image in 4th century BC. Will Modi accomplish Mission Impossible Arjuna, Akbar, Amartya The coming of age of Hinduism Maoists unlock Pashupatinath office Austerity drive: How practical Nobody wants repitition of 1962 Daniel Pipes Robert Spencer Sandeep Caroline Glick Deepak Kamat Rajeev Sreenivasan Sanjay Chowdhury Aravind Sharma Shanthanu R Jagannathan Nita News report Arindham Chaudhry Premendra Agarwal 5 9 11 13 17 18 20 21 23 27 31 33 34 36 38 39 49 50
Malaysian Hindu village destroyed: Where are activists? Newsreport Politically assertive RSS is need of the hour Our Minority concerned PM has spoken again No need to hate 3 Ms: They are mental patients
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B R Haran Shefali Deepak Kamat
Liberal fascism sounds like an oxymoron – or a term for conservatives to insult liberals. Actually, it was coined by a socialist writer, none other than the respected and influential leftwinger H.G. Wells, who in 1931 called on fellow progressives to become “liberal fascists” and “enlightened Nazis.” Really.
His words, indeed, fit a much larger pattern of fusing socialism with fascism: Mussolini was a leading socialist figure who, during World War I, turned away from internationalism in favor of Italian nationalism and called the blend Fascism. Likewise, Hitler headed the National Socialist German Workers Party.
These facts jar because they contradict the political spectrum that has shaped our worldview since the late 1930s, which places communism at the far Left, followed by socialism, liberalism in the center, conservatism, and then fascism on the far Right. But this spectrum, Jonah Goldberg points out in his brilliant, profound, and original new book, Liberal Fascism:
The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning
Fascism's legacy: Liberalism
DANIEL PIPES http://danielpipes.org
THE FIVE PILLARS OF LIBERAL FANATICISM
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REACTIONARY Hindu Communalists fanatics Saffron goons Obscurantists Revanchists Pseudo Hindus Bourgeoise Revivalists Fascists Nazis Designer Theocrats labels used Superstitious Antedilluvians by leftLunatic fringe liberal Hypocrites HMG fanatics in Hitler and Right-wingers (Hindu India to Opinionated zealots Mussolini militant malign Cowards groups) were both fundamentalists Hindu Footsoldier socialists Hindu Taliban Fetish groups
(Doubleday), reflects Stalin’s use of fascist as an epithet to discredit anyone he wished – Trotsky, Churchill, Russian peasants – and distorts reality. Already in 1946, George Orwell noted that Holocaust, and instead return to the period Goldberg terms the “fascist moment,” roughly 1910-35. A statist ideology, fascism uses politics as the tool to transform society from atomized individuals into an organic whole. It does so by exalting the state over the individual, expert knowledge over democracy, enforced consensus over debate, and socialism over capitalism. It is totalitarian in Mussolini’s original meaning of the term, of “Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.” Fascism’s message boils down to “Enough talk, more action!” Its lasting appeal is getting things done. In contrast, conservatism calls for limited government, individualism, democratic debate, and capitalism. Its appeal is liberty and leaving citizens alone.
fascism had degenerated to
signify “something not desirable.” To understand fascism in its full expression requires putting aside Stalin’s misrepresentation of the term and also look beyond the
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Goldberg’s triumph is to establish the kinship between communism, fascism, and liberalism. All derive from the same tradition that goes back to the Jacobins of the French Revolution. His revised political spectrum would focus on the role of the state and go from libertarianism to conservatism to fascism in its many guises – American, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Cuban, and so on. As this listing suggests, fascism is flexible; different iterations differ in specifics but they share “emotional or instinctual impulses.” Mussolini tweaked the socialist agenda to emphasize the state; Lenin made workers the vanguard party; Hitler added race. If the German version was militaristic, the American one (which Goldberg calls liberal · Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “fascist New Deal” built on and extended Wilson’s government. · Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society established
the modern welfare state, “the ultimate fruition” (so far) of this statist tradition. · The youthful New Left revolutionaries of the
1960s brought about “an Americanized updating” of the European Old Right. · Hillary Clinton hopes “to insert the state deep
into family life,” an essential step of the totalitarian project. To sum up a near-century of history, if the American political system traditionally encouraged the pursuit of
fascism) is nearly pacifist. Goldberg
quotes historian Richard Pipes on this point: “Bolshevism and Fascism were heresies of socialism.” He proves this confluence in two ways. First, he offers a “secret history of the American left”: · Woodrow Wilson’s
Progressivism featured a “militaristic, fanatically nationalist, imperialist, racist” program, enabled by the exigencies of World War I.
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and convincing documentation. The author, hitherto known as a smart, sharp-elbowed polemicist, has proven himself a major political thinker.
happiness, “more and more of us want to stop chasing it and have it delivered.” Second, Goldberg dissects American liberal programs – racial, economic, environmental, even the “cult of the organic” – and shows their affinities to those of Mussolini and Hitler. If this summary sounds mind-numbingly implausible, read
Liberal Fascism in full for its colorful quotes
Beyond offering a radically different way to understand modern politics, in which fascist is no more a slander than socialist, Goldberg’s extraordinary book provides conservatives with the tools to reply to their liberal tormentors and eventually go on the offensive. If liberals can eternally raise the specter of Joseph McCarthy, conservatives can counter with that of Benito Mussolini.
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EXPOSING LEFTISTS’ RADICAL ISLAM CONNECTION
Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer does a review of David Horowitz’s book Unholy Alliance
I have long insisted that the problem of radical Islam is not a liberal or conservative issue; it’s a human rights issue. The unfortunate fact, however, is that largely it is only conservatives who care about it. In the face of the global jihad, the left is strangely silent: no protest marches, no angry full-page ads in the New York Times.
When the Left does notice an adulterous woman being stoned to death under Sharia law, or some other outrage in the Islamic world, it is usually dismissed as an aberration or somehow blamed on their allpurpose bogeyman: the United States government.
Why? Because to the left any conflict in the world must be the result of Western aggression, either historic (the Crusades, colonialism) or current. And as David Horowitz illustrates in harrowing detail in his new book Unholy Alliance, the American left not only shares the radical jihadist view of America as the source of all evil in the world, but is now actively making common cause with America’s enemies. “The demise of the Cold War involving the USA and the Soviet Union at the beginning of the 1990s left military strategists in the West searching for a new enemy”—
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U.S. military. . . . I personally would like to see a million Mogadishus.” Horowitz explains that “as long as America continues to maintain the will and ability to protect what radicals regard as the global order of ‘social injustice,’ all reforms and social advances within the existing structure of American democracy will be illusory.” In other words, it won’t be enough for the left to elect John Kerry: America itself must be brought down. What’s more, this creates a peculiar harmonic convergence between the left and radical Islam. “The goals of radical jihad,” says Horowitz, “are purification and social justice, both of which are to be achieved through the institution of Islamic law in the states conquered by Islamic arms.” Hence we see the phenomenon, which Horowitz traces in detail, of leftists like lawyer Lynne Stewart, who has been indicted for aiding and abetting the terrorist activities of her client, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman. Rahman is currently doing time for his role in the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. For this Stewart has been stoutly defended by the ACLU, the American Bar Association, and other stalwarts of the left. “In their defense of America’s terrorist enemies,” Horowitz notes, “the organizations of the legal left are reminiscent of Communist Party fronts of the Cold War era.”
and they fastened on radical Islam. This was the assessment of Pakistani journalist Abdus Sattar Ghazali. But it isn’t original to him. Horowitz shows that it has become a commonplace among Westerners as well. He quotes Columbia professor Eric Foner in the wake of 9/11: “I’m not sure which is more frightening: the horror that engulfed New York City or the apocalyptic rhetoric emanating daily from the White House.” The left, Horowitz recounts, quickly turned its attention entirely away from the murder and mayhem of 9/11 to halfbaked “analyses” of the “real causes” of the atrocities of that day. This search for root causes, he says, “was a code for the utopian agendas of the left. It was a declaration of war against the War on Terror”—a war that is being waged with particular ferocity in the 2004 presidential campaign. This anti-anti-terrorism is motivated by an antiAmericanism that was born, as Horowitz details, in Communism and the Vietnam-era antiwar movement. Although the revolutionary fact (the Soviet bloc) has been consigned to the dustbin of history, the revolutionary illusion persists, and continues to identify America as the chief obstacle to its utopia. Horowitz quotes another Columbia professor, Nicholas De Genova: “Peace is not patriotic [but] subversive. . . . Peace anticipates a very different world than the one in which we live — a world where the U.S. would have no place.” De Genova, of course, won nationwide notoriety when he declared just before the beginning of the Iraq war: “The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the
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Ghazali was right about one thing: Communism and radical Islam are indeed quite similar in many ways.
own understanding/version/ variant/tradition of Sanatana Dharma. Gurcharan Das’ assertion stems from incorrectly assuming a symmetry between Hindu “fanaticism” with the Islamic and/or Christian counterpart. If anything, Hindu nationalists, as I have said several times earlier, equate nationalism with something far nobler/holier than the crude nationalism of the 19th and early 20th century European states. Further, Das only presents a picture that is both incomplete and erroneous when he asserts that Part of the reason that the sensible idea of secularism is having so much difficulty finding a home in India is that the most vocal and intellectual advocates of secularism were once Marxists. The main reason why secularism rings a discordant bell in India is simply because it is alien to the collective Indian consciousness. This collective consciousness still, largely retains traces of the concept of Dharma. To paraphrase Ananda Coomaraswamy, one generation of English education is sufficient to sever this consciousness for good. And this is the other reason why India is still unable to reconcile itself to the idea of an alien sociopolitical philosophy. The Marxist cabal against Hinduism came much later–it was preceded by the hordes
Gurcharan Das & Liberal Hindu
Posted by Sandeep on Wednesday, September 16, 2009
A few weeks ago, I made a hurried list that broadly categorized contemporary Hindus based on certain general parameters. Gurcharan Das of India Unbound fame adds to this list by slotting himself into a new category: Liberal Hindu. Much of what he says in that post is along familiar, “safe Hindu” lines but he does offer some positive difference from the mundane grist that we have come to expect from selfproclaimed liberals. For the familiar stuff, this assertion is a fairly reflective sample. Hindu nationalists have appropriated my past and made it into a political statement of Hindutva. This is a very clever cloak to hide behind: claim that you love your hoary Hindu “past” but blame the “Hindutva fanatics” for “appropriating it”– whatever that means. Even if you grant the possibility that “Hindutva fanatics” have politicized Hinduism, there’s not a single instance where Hindu nationalists have prevented any Hindu from practising his/her
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risk of gross generalization, the secularist discourse ever since Indpendence has been the discourse of the Nehruvian Congress party. It varies only in syntax. And it was this discourse that led to the uprooting of everything Hindu in our education system. This is really why our children don’t grow up reading our ancient classics. But I sincerely appreciate his interest in and love for the Mahabharata and his desire that our children learn that from an early age. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that he quotes Sukhtankar, a scholar close to my heart. However, Das’s real failing is that he is trapped by the secularism-as-the-only-solution-to-all-ourproblems mantra and is unable to see beyond it. The epic has given me great enjoyment in the past six years and I have become a Mahabharata addict. I feel sad that so many boys and girls in India are growing up rootless…As we think about sowing the seeds of secularism in India, we cannot just divide Indians between communalists and secularists. That would be too easy. The average Indian is decent and is caught in the middle. To achieve a secular society, believers must tolerate each other’s beliefs as well as the atheism of non-believers. Hindu nationalists must resist hijacking our religious past and turning it into votes. Secularists must learn to respect the needs of ordinary Indians for a transcendental life beyond reason. Only then will secularism find a comfortable home in India. I’m truly astounded that a person who has read the Mahabharata for six years has failed to even investigate one word that occurs thousands of times in the epic: Dharma. Even a cursory investigation would’ve revealed how hollow, and most importantly, why secularism is unsuited to India. Postscript: Here’s something for Gurcharan Das to dwell upon. The term Liberal Hindu is itself a misnomer. If you are a Hindu you’re liberal by implication.
of Brown Sahibs who not only inherited the British idea of a false sense of superiority but also burdened themselves with ignorance about, and the resultant hatred for their own roots. And further, and ironically, he notes that Secularists speak a language alien to the vast majority, so they are only able to condemn communal violence but not to stop it, as Mahatma Gandhi could, in East Bengal in 1947. [.] Part of the problem stems from ignorance. Our children do not grow up reading our ancient classics… but fails to notice that Mahatma Gandhi had a major role to play throughout, in the train of events that led to the said East Bengal violence. While Gandhi was a very staunch Hindu and took inspiration from the Bhagavad Gita, he had failed to grasp one of its core messages: it clearly condemns any act of pacifying evil as cowardice. The fact that Das uses Mahatma Gandhi as an example to condemn our secularists shows his understanding leaves a lot to be desired. At the
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In Finklestein’s view, the first reason Israel launched Operation Cast Lead was because Hamas had begun expressing interest in peace. In his words, “Hamas were being too moderate, too reasonable. They wanted a diplomatic settlement to the conflict. To Israel, this is a recurring nightmare.” The second reason that Finklestein alleged that Israel launched its offensive was because, well, Israel is just plain mean. As he put it, the operation was Israel’s way of “reminding the Arabs who were [sic.] in charge.” It was an attempt to “restore the Arab world’s fear of Israel.”
ARE YOU PROUD TO BE A LEFTIST?
In an interview with Teheran Times two weeks ago, Norman Finklestein, the notorious Hizbullah and Hamas supporter and all-purpose antiSemite, called Israel a “vandal state,” and “insane state,” a “terrorist state,” and a “satanic state.” Last week Finklestein was the keynote speaker at both Emory University and Fordham University during their weeklong annual antiIsrael hate festivals. Speaking to a cheering crowd at a packed auditorium on Emory’s Atlanta campus, Finklestein claimed that Israel conducted its recent Operation Cast Lead in Gaza for two reasons. These did not include Hamas’s deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians, Hamas’s alliance with Iran, its charter that calls for the physical eradication of the Jewish people, its illegal imprisonment of Israeli hostage Gilad Schalit, or its decision to renew its attacks against Israel after a six month period of relative restraint.
Finklestein cited an unnamed “chief military analyst” to support his claim that Israel conducted a “massacre” in Gaza and did so with malice of forethought. According to Emory’s student paper, for his libelous, wholly fallacious remarks, Finklestein received a prolonged standing ovation. In 40 university campuses throughout the US and Canada as well as in Europe and South America, last week students marked what Palestinian terror apologists have dubbed “Israel Apartheid Week.” This was the seventh such week in the US, and the fifth in Canada. In the lead up to this annual Israel vilification week, pro-Israel students were physically assaulted at San Francisco State University and at York University in Canada by their anti-
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were called on to bring about the international demonization of Israel as a racist state, and of Zionism - the Jewish national liberation movement as a form of racism. When Israel Apartheid Week was launched the next year, many local Jewish student and community activists in the US and Canada demanded that university authorities ban the clearly bigoted event from their campuses. To their chagrin, university presidents and administrators would do no such thing. Claiming that doing so would restrict academic freedom, the propaganda war against the Jewish state went forward and grew. And, in its wake, the freedom of pro-Israel students on college campuses throughout the West has become increasingly constricted and threatened. Both through formal speech codes barring criticism of anti-Israel propaganda and violence, and through academic and physical intimidation of pro-Israel students by an increasingly vocal and aggressive coalition of pro-Palestinian professors, Muslim and leftist students, Israel’s supporters on university campuses find themselves under assault. Today, seven years after the Durban Conference, Israel Apartheid Week has become a mainstay on the academic calendar, nearly as taken for granted as Homecoming Week and mid-terms. The use of the term “apartheid” to describe Israel was a deliberate move on the part of Israel’s enemies. It was aimed at neutralizing the capacity of Israel’s supporters to defend the Jewish state and attack its enemies. Case in point is the campus debate which preceded Israel Apartheid Week at the University of Toronto. The student paper published two topical opinion pieces on the upcoming events. One asserted that Israel is an apartheid regime. The other argued that Israel isn’t an apartheid regime. On the surface, this seems fair enough. But it is nothing of the sort. Israel is the only free country and free society in the region. Pinning its defenders down by confining discussion of the region to the pros and cons of a complete lie serves to only obfuscate the depravity of Israel’s enemies, not to enlighten the public about Israel.
Israel counterparts. In both cases, university officials opened disciplinary proceedings against the proIsrael students.
At SFSU, two students were arrested by police for assaulting college Republicans who held an antiHamas rally. The two - from the campus’s Palestinian student club and its Socialist union - now insist not only that the charges against them be dropped, but that the university re-educate its students to ensure that they understand that criticizing Hamas and other genocidal terror groups is a form of prohibited hate-speech. THE LIBELOUS assertion that Israel - the only free, pluralistic, liberal democracy in the Middle East - is analogous to apartheid South Africa first took hold at the 2001 UN-sponsored antiJewish diplomatic pogrom at Durban, South Africa. In the action plan approved by the various non-governmental organizations that participated in the conference, activists
While Israel provides the full rights of citizenship to its Arab minority, Jews are denied the rights of citizenship in every Arab League member state, and the Palestinians’ fundamental demand is that no Jew be permitted to live in a future Palestinian state.
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Then too, while Israeli women enjoy full equality under the law, women and girls in the Arab and Muslim world are systematically subjugated and enslaved. Muslim men who wantonly murder their wives, sisters, mothers and daughters can expect to receive little to no punishment for their crimes. The same holds for men who abuse their female relations. For their part, women in the Muslim world have either no legal rights to citizenship and civil rights or those rights are severely limited. Gays, blacks, migrant workers, Christians, Hindus and Buddhists are systematically persecuted for their sexual preferences, their skin color and their religious beliefs. Even dogs feel the wrath of these societies where, since they are considered “unclean,” children and adults alike routinely engage in their torture and killing. But under the full protection of self-described liberal university professors, administrators and presidents, and due to the indifference of groups like the World Council of Churches, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Organization of Women, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, anti-Israel propagandists have been allowed to co-opt the language of liberty to advance the political fortunes of terrorists who aim to destroy liberty. THE ACTIVE and passive support conferred on antiIsrael leftists and Muslims by these officials and groups has provided them with the ideological cover to take their activism to the next level: anti-Jewish violence aimed at intimidating states, universities, businesses and private organizations into cutting off all ties to Israel. Evidence of the success of this campaign is rife throughout Europe today. In just one notable instance, for the past week Israeli tennis players, Amir Haddad and Andy Ram have been suffering the consequences of the Left’s collusion with these antiJewish groups in Sweden. Haddad and Ram competed in the Davis Cup tennis championships in Malmo, Sweden. In an article in Yediot Ahronot on Sunday, Ram wrote, “In my entire athletic career, I have never before experienced such hatred and such a mixing of sports with politics.” In spite of repeated entreaties by Israel, Swedish authorities refused to move the games from Malmo to Stockholm. With its enormous Muslim population, in recent years Malmo has been the site of some of the worst Islamic violence against non-Muslims - and
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particularly Jews, women and girls - in the Western world. Due to threats of violence against Ram and Haddad, Swedish authorities barred fans from attending their tennis matches. As they played their opening match in an empty stadium on Saturday, thousands of violent Muslims and leftists rioted against police and attempted to break down the barriers protecting the stadium with the stated aim of killing Ram and Haddad. The protesters claim that their desire to murder Israeli tennis players is due to Operation Cast Lead. But this is pure propaganda. Their desire to murder Ram and Haddad stems not from Israel’s military actions to defend its citizens from murder, but from the protesters’ hatred of the Jewish state. And that hatred
stems from the same source as their misogyny, their hatred of the US and their support for the likes of Osama bin Laden and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. A 2005 Swedish government report indicated that in 2004, incidents of rape had increased 50 percent throughout the country. A Malmo police report noted that 68 percent of the rapists were minorities.
As Islamic scholar Robert Spencer has noted, Islamic teaching views rape as a legitimate act against women and girls who behave in “nonIslamic” ways. In much of Scandinavia as well as in Muslim neighborhoods in France, women have begun wearing veils in order to protect themselves against roving gangs of Muslim young men.
The defilement of women and girls, like gay bashing, has nothing to do with IDF operations in Gaza. It has to do with the pathological nature of the cultures that condone and encourage the violence, and the Western governments and intellectuals who make excuses for it. ALL OF THIS is hidden away from the public thanks to Western liberals’ willingness to accept the legitimacy of events like Israel Apartheid Week. Due to the complicity of leftist authorities, the international discourse about the Arab and
Islamic world and the cultures they have produced is diverted to false allegations against Israel. Any attempt to point out that Hamas is genocidal; that Iran stones women to death, and systematically executes homosexuals; that Saudi Arabia is the most repressive society on the planet; that Egypt permits and indeed encourages female genital mutilation; that Jordan does not prosecute fathers, sons, husbands and uncles who murder their female relatives; is attacked and delegitimized. Those who raise these issues are accused of hating Muslims and of being secret Zionist agents.
So too, Islamic violence in the West is swept under the rug. For example, to date, no mainstream US media organ has reported that in Buffalo, New York Muzzamil Hassan decapitated his wife Aasiya on February 12 after he stabbed her to death. Just a few years earlier that same mainstream media had embraced this murderer as a paragon of Islamic moderation after he established Bridges TV network, which was supposed to show the American public how moderate Islam is.
For some reason, the same media don’t consider it noteworthy that their moderate Muslim poster boy chopped off his wife’s head a week after she filed for divorce.
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Certainly, no connection can be drawn between her ritual slaughter and Islam. Sunday was International Women’s Day. Throughout the West, feminists spent the day congratulating themselves for their great sacrifices for women’s rights. Last Wednesday Saudi authorities arrested a woman for driving. Her arrest drew no protest from her Western sisters. Obviously, they were too busy defending Finklestein’s freedom to disseminate lies about Israeli women to ignorant college kids to care.
Originally published in The Jerusalem Post.
COMMON MYTHS OF LEFT-LIBERAL MEDIA FANATICS IN INDIA
There are many of us who have subconsciously internalised the ubiqutous left media propaganda. I have made a list of concepts which are taken for granted by our so-secular left media. Have you taken them for granted. Think over it.
1. Religion is the opium of masses (Only fools are religious) 2. Politics is the last resort of scoundrels. (Only good-for-nothing people join politics) 3. All religions are the same (superstitious) 4. Adivasis (tribals) are original Indians. The rest (brahmins) are foreignors (Aryans) from Europe 5. Hitler was vegetarian -- (vegetarians are Nazis) 6. Islam is a religion of peace and brotherhood (Terrorists have hijacked Islam. Treat them with kidgloves) 7. There is a direct connection between Nazis and Sangh Parivar (RSS has to be banned) 8. Zionists are evil. Palestines are victims (In any confrontation, Muslims deserve to be supported) 9. Treat terrorists as if they are victims (feed them biryani)
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10. Communists, naxalites and armed revolutionaries are pro-poor up against powerful establishment (support them to dismantle the State) 11. Free sex is good for health (dismantle family) 12. Vegetarians are devoid of nutrition. (Encourage the masses to eat beef) 13. There is no good and bad. There is only moral relativity. (So your traditional concept of good and bad should be discarded for the left superstitions) 14. There is no God. It is only an illusion to enslave the masses (Embrace the belief of left atheism) 15. Yoga is nothing but a contortion of the body. (stop doing it) 16. Pranayama is nothing but hyperventilation (It's not good for health) 17. Meditation experiences are nothing but hallucinations (Take drugs to get the same experience) 18. Islam came as a liberation for Hindu superstitions (Islam is a step above Hinduism) 19. Muhammed Ghazni was after Temple wealth and was not a religious plunderer (Deprive Hindu Temples of their wealth) 20. Mughals were patrons of art and culture. (They should be projected as saviours of India, not as invaders who destroyed Temples as an article of faith)
virtually Secularism is vir tually apartheid the same as apar theid
The Orwellian distortion of perfectly fine and normal words is a trademark of Marxists everywhere, and of Nehruvian Stalinists in India.
Marxists specialized in expropriating words like “democratic” and “republic” for their fascist hellholes like East Germany, North Korea, and China. Similarly, Nehruvian Stalinists in India have taken a word that was only meaningful in medieval Europe, which was dominated by an aggressive, violent Christian church. The concept of secularism was born there: a separation of church and state, so that religious considerations could be excluded from civil affairs and education.
Alas, the so-called secularism rampant in India is a perversion of that reasonable idea: in India it in practice means that the state supports certain religions (Islam, Christianity, and Marxism) and oppresses others (Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism). Secularism in India is similar to what the British writer Bat Ye’or calls dhimmitude. This is the state of mind in which non-Muslims accept at face value Islam’s claims about its superiority and its right to traumatize non-Muslims. This is the secret of the animal called secularism in India, too: it is
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dhimmitude, extended to Islam, Christianity, and Marxism. This discriminatory “secularism” has become the state dogma in Congress-run India, and it is regaining momentum now that there is Dynasty Raj again. An attempt to actually define secularism as “equal respect to all religions” was defeated by the Congress in the Rajya Sabha after it had cleared the Lok Sabha in 1978. This is deeply ironic because even the true definition of secularism, that is, separation of religion and state, is superfluous in India, because none of the Indic religions interferes in the affairs of the state. There is a profound and deep civilizational tolerance inherent in India, which has been one of the reasons for its great success as a culture. Historian Paul Johnson comments in Forbes magazine: “Under the socialist regime of Jawaharlal Nehru and his family successors the state was intolerant, restrictive and grotesquely bureaucratic. That has largely changed (though much bureaucracy remains), and the natural tolerance of the Hindu mind-set has replaced quasi-Marxist rigidity.” Sociologist Ashis Nandy writing in Outlook magazine finds it absurd that an inappropriate European import is being forced upon India. Says Nandy, “To go to an Indian village to teach tolerance through secularism is a form of obscene arrogance to which I do not want to be a party.”
There is a crying need to rethink the entire idea of secularism. The current enthusiasm shown by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to rewrite history textbooks is an example of the extreme, and extremely harmful, effects of dogmatic secularism. Our history and our self-image have been negated so that the dubious flat-earth creed of secularism can be proved.
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Great news! Hindus will no longer be asked to pay money to Christians to build churches
In an allegedly secular country, churches were going to be built by government’s tax revenue! This is how Congress hides its anti-Hinduism under the shroud of phoney secularism. Only people as inert and disinterested as the Hindus would have accepted this kind of devious logic and humiliation without complaining. And there will be million more blind Hindus who will line up next elections to vote for Congress. Thankfully, the court stepped in to save Hindus from the consequences of their political blindness and ignorance about what is happening outside their daily life.
HC stays govt funds for church repairs
A two-member bench of the AP High Court on Monday directed the authorities to maintain status quo on government funds for building or repairing churches. The bench of Chief Justice Anil R Dave and Justice C V Nagarjuna Reddy was hearing a writ petition filed by Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary complaining that the state government was engaging itself in the promotion of a religion contrary to court injunctions. He listed 49 GOs, placing 150 Christian institutions as beneficiaries of state said. The petitioner argued that there were no legislative sanction for the said expenditures and thus illegal. Listing various GOs between December 2001 and March 2009, he said the state was promoting Christian related activities in the guise of SC/ST welfare. He said the state was getting involved in a systematic manner for promoting churchrelated activities. The petitioner had earlier filed a writ challenging the action of the government in granting funds for Christian pilgrimage. A two-member bench by an order dated July 22 had suspended the GO granting such allowances.
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The problem is that unlike the Jews, the Hindus don’t sue enough for attacks on their faith and traditions and use thier tax money to create an army of anti-Hindus in their own country. Sue the bastards, is my advice to the Hindus. It is a cheap and efficient way to cook the goose of these Congress thugs and left-liberal mafia.
By the way, the brainchild of this “build churches by government money” scheme was that soon-to-be-sainted goon of AP, YSR.
Greek and Latin sources provide indications of how the Greeks perceived the Indians, and how the Indians perceived themselves, in or around the fourth century B.C. Some of these accounts are pre-Alexandrian, but most of them were written in the wake of, and after, Alexander’s invasion of India.
The point which stands out clearly from these accounts is that the Indians are considered a diverse and polyglot people. It goes as far back as Herodotus (fifth century B.C.) who states that there “are many tribes of Indians who speak many different languages.” This diversity is further recognized in the statement about the Indians “situated very far from the Persians, towards the south,” who, “never subject to Darius, have a complexion closely resembling the Ethiopians.” The next point worth noting is that Indians considered themselves to be indigenous to India. Diodorus Siculus (first century B.C.) has this to say on the point:
THE INDIAN SELFIMAGE IMAGE IN 4TH CENTURY BC CENTURY
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but among these a republic was thrice established * * * * and another 300 years, and another 120 years. The Indians also tell us that Dionysus was earlier than Heracles by fifteen generations, and that except him no one made a hostile invasion of India – not even Cyrus the son of Cambyses, although he undertook an expedition against the Scythians, and otherwise showed himself the most enterprising monarch in all Asia; but that Alexander indeed came and overthrew in war all whom he attacked, and would even have conquered the whole world had his army been willing to follow him. On the other hand, a sense of justice, they say, prevented any Indian king from attempting conquest beyond the limits of India. It is clear then that already in the fourth century B.C. the Indian self-perception of being a diverse, indigenous and ancient people must have been firmly in place, and was reported as such by the Greeks. One might add that India then was also perceived as “the most populous of all the nations of the world” – a status it seems headed towards regaining.
References  R.C. Majumdar, The Classical Accounts of India (Calcutta: Firma KLM Private LTD, 1981) p. 1.  Ibid., p. 2.  Ibid., p. 235.  Ibid., p. 223.  Ibid., p. 1.
It is said that India, being of enormous size when taken as a whole, is peopled by races both numerous and diverse, of which not even one was originally of foreign descent, but all were evidently indigenous; and moreover that India neither received a colony from abroad, nor sent out a colony to any other nation.
The legends further inform us that in primitive times the inhabitants subsisted on such fruits as the earth yielded spontaneously, and were clothed with the skins of the beasts found in the country, as was the case with the Greeks; and that, in like manner as with them, the arts and other appliances which improve human life were gradually invented, Necessity herself teaching them to an animal at once docile and furnished not only with hands ready to second all his efforts, but also with reason and a keen intelligence. As a third point, we might consider the belief the Indians had in their historical antiquity. Thus, according to Arrian: From the time of Dionysus to Sandracottus the Indians counted 153 Kings and a period of 6042 years,
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WILL MODI ACCOMPLISH HIS ‘MISSION IMPOSSIBLE’?
The stature of a leader can often be accurately determined not by observing the effusive praise showered on him by his die-hard supporters but by carefully examining the vicious attacks launched against him by his dieharder detractors. By that measure, there can be no two opinions that Narendra Modi is the BJP’s tallest leader by many miles, and has been so for some time now.
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stage in a manner that will most likely marginalise the Congress nationally in almost the same manner as it has in Gujarat. Let us tackle the ghost of 2002 straightaway. Those riots in Gujarat were not the first in India, nor are they going to be the last. If one goes by statistics, many more Sikhs and Muslims have been killed in Congress-ruled states and in Delhi, and plenty of its Neros
have played more than the fiddle, often deliberately. But, not a single one of them, Rajiv Gandhi included, has been subject to the kind of calumny that Modi has faced and will continue to face. Let us get one more thing straight: this onslaught has little to do with 2002; it has everything to do with the fear that the Congress has no answer to Modi along any other
Things have reached a stage where corruption at the highest political and bureaucratic levels has become institutionalised as an entitlement. The whole nation knows that these guys are becoming rich by foul means alone. Such systems and laws have been put in place that it is almost impossible to catch anyone, and even if caught, little can be done. Terrorists and corrupt leaders cannot find a better environment where they can so fearlessly go about their business of destroying a nation from within. In such a scenario, if leader emerges who is honest as well as intolerant of the nonsense that has been passing off as sense for decades, the people of this country will have before them, for the first time ever, the real alternative that they have been looking for but have been unable to find. The BJP’s decline at the national level has, in no small measure, to do with its embracing of the corrupt and hollow value system that India associates with the Congress. That is why in states where its Chief Ministers are focused on governance and probity, the party remains strong. The results of the recent Assembly by-polls bear this out. Within months of its morale-sapping defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP has done surprisingly well, unlike the communists whose downhill ride has only accelerated after the Lok Sabha debacle. In MP, the BJP has wrested on seat from the Congress which has retained one. In Uttarakhand, it has wrested the lone seat from the Congress. But it is in Gujarat that the results have dramatically defined once again what the Congress and its “Bhaare ke tattoos” (hired ponies) in the “intelligentsia”, media and other powerful organs, who have benefitted disproportionately due to Congress rule, are mortally afraid of. Of the seven seats that went to the polls, six were held by the Congress. Now it has just two while the BJP’s tally has gone from one to five. This result has come in despite Modi not campaigning in any constituency personally. No matter what anyone might say, it is difficult to believe that magistrate Tamang accidentally released his report on the Ishrat Jahan killing just before the polls. It is also difficult to believe that the media coincidentally went into hyper-excited overdrive to claim Modi’s head because of a fake encounter killing by Gujarat police. But what must shock every Indian’s conscience is the fact that sections of the media and the Congress were willing to go to the extent of sleeping with the LeT only to discredit Modi. It needs to be mentioned that the LeT is a Pakistani terror outfit that is waging war against India with the full patronage of the Pakistani establishment, and has already killed thousands of innocent Indians. It also executed Mumbai 26/11. Sleeping with this enemy of India is only one small step
dimension. He is scrupulously honest; he does not fake austerity - he lives it; he has shown that a clear-headed leader can deliver good governance even with the existing system; he has put Gujarat on an unprecedented path of explosive and inclusive economic growth; he has no family to promote and is manifestly devoted selflessly to his state and its people; he cannot be corrupted and does not tolerate those who can be.
The culture of governance that Modi has put in place in Gujarat is almost the exact opposite of the culture of unbridled corruption and sycophancy that the Congress party has spawned during its long years of reign at the Centre and the states.
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short of giving it a “supari” for Modi. Does this shock you? It must. But remember, this has happened in India’s history even earlier. The British, for example, would have found the going very difficult had India’s selfish and myopic kings not sided with them only to defeat other Indian kings. Now too, do you not similarly hear Indians who find Pakistan and Pakistanis more friendly and “Just Like Us” than they do their political opponents? Do you not hear them talk about giving disastrous concessions to Pakistan on Kashmir, possibly in the fond hope that it will prevent future loss of votes due to terrorism? Did they even react to the exposure by the SIT of Teesta Setalvad, their award-winning loud voice, for cooking up tales of macabre and wanton killings, and tutoring and threatening witnesses to fraudulently portray Modi and Hindus at large as cold-blooded rapists and murderers? Personally, like everyone else, I do not know how guilty Narendra Modi is or Rajiv Gandhi was for the killings in Gujarat and Delhi respectively. Unlike some sponsored fellow Indians, I am not going to pass judgment on Modi like they have and tell the whole world that he is a mass murderer. They have a lot to lose personally if Modi comes to power in Delhi; I have nothing to gain or lose, except as an Indian citizen. Like them, I also know that Modi will most likely prove to be the best Prime Minister India has ever had, not for Hindus but all Indians. Like them, I also believe that Modi as PM will bring about a paradigm shift in the manner that this country is governed. Like them, I also know that it will be the death knell for many of them. That is why they have to do everything they can to destroy him before he gets to Delhi. a clear indicator that there is no limit that Modi’s political opponents and their henchmen will not cross to ensure that he is not the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate in that election. The stakes are so high that there will, without an iota of doubt, be very serious attempts to physically eliminate him if nothing sticks in the manner that his opponents want.
Whether you like Narendra Modi or not, do not underestimate what he is up against. Will he be able to survive this remorseless, fanatic onslaught, as he has till now, and lead his party in the 2014 elections? If there was ever a ‘Mission Impossible’ for Modi to accomplish, it is this.
Since they cannot find any chink in his armour at all, they have to keep 2002 alive, no matter what, till he is brought down. The next Lok Sabha elections, barring unforeseen developments, will be held in 2014. Four and a half years is a very long time. The misfired cacophony over Ishrat Jahan is
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ARJUNA, AKBAR, AMARTYA
Amartya Sens new book does not do justice to some great historical characters
The title of this column may suggest that I am reviewing some kind of sequel to the 1970s Bollywood blockbuster, Amar Akbar Anthony. But have no fear. This is not a movie review. The title flows from a tangential reading of Amartya Sens latest book, The Idea of Justice. I had no idea justice was such a complicated thing. The book does not say anything Amartya Sen has not already said before. He has criticised our excessive preoccupation with building “just” institutions instead of a “just” society. The latter would include good institutions, but one would monitor outcomes of actual societal behaviour and keep making course corrections. Debates over what constitutes a just order are also less important than adopting a common-sense approach to reducing gross injustices through public reasoning. The best part of Sens jargon-filled book is where he explains his ideas through examples. This is where Ashoka, Akbar and Arjuna figure in large doses. Through Sens lens, all three emerge as one-dimensional heroes, reasoning automatons, not real people. Ashoka figures in almost all of Sens recent books as a kind of champion of public reasoning and moderation. There are, however, problems with the blind lionisation of Ashoka. No thinking person should presume that the historical Ashoka was the same as the Ashoka of the rock edicts. All emperors have hagiographers and Ashoka surely had his. All histories gloss over the early part of his life, when his
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armies were murdering people. His Kalinga war was the worst massacre in Indian history at that point of time. If you want to turn Ashoka into a folk hero, you start by looking at him after his “conversion” and change of heart — which is what Buddhist historians like to do. Surely, this is a deficient way of judging someone with historys hindsight. Its like assessing Jinnah by looking only at the first half of his political life. Ashokas ideas were products of the intellectual and social environment of his time, and not Ashokas alone. Public reasoning and debate did not begin or end with him. They have been part of our cultural ethos from ancient times and we have to thank scores of ancient Indians for it, not just Ashoka. This brings me to Akbar, whom Sen casts as an early secularist and votary of reason (“rahi akl”). That Akbar was a moderate and tolerant ruler is fact. What is not is the tacit presumption that secularism or tolerance was not a part of the Indian ethos before him. Secular rule is the only way to keep diverse populations together, and many rulers before Akbar knew that. Like Ashoka, Akbar too started with a sectarian approach, but when his empire grew, he had to change tack. He tried to bring holy men of various religions together to discuss and debate their views. This was as much driven by Akbars need to control peoples religious beliefs as by the need to evolve a new synthetic unity. Long before Akbar, Constantine the Great knew the damage religious divisiveness could do to his empire. Which is
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why he forced Christian bishops to unify their versions of the Bible at the Council of Nicea. No emperor, from Ashoka to Constantine to Akbar, would want religious disputations to go beyond a point, for radicalism always threatens rulers more than the ruled. Both Ashoka and Akbar were wise rulers, but they did not invent tolerance or secularism or public reasoning. For that you must credit the people and philosophers of ancient India. Their rulers may just have seen these values as essential for maintaining empire.
Now comes Arjuna. Amartya Sen, the peacenik, obviously prefers Arjunas reasons for avoiding war at Kurukshetra to Krishnas call to duty.
Sen casts Arjuna in the role of unwilling warrior when he had no qualms fighting other wars before Kurukshetra. By implication, Krishna is the agent provocateur. Dead wrong. First of all, Krishnas message in the Gita was not to go to war, but to do ones duty when needed. The Kurukshetra war was not a whimsical call to arms. It became inevitable when Duryodhana and his advisors thwarted all efforts to achieve an honourable peace.
Now picture the World War II allies suing for peace with Hitler on the basis of Arjunas specious reasoning, complete with worries about how many people will get killed. It would have been “peace in Arjunas time”, but of the kind Neville Chamberlain achieved in Munich with Hitler.
It made the Second World War more horrific. In our history, we have seen how Nehru pulled defeat from the jaws of foolish diplomacy in the 1962 war. He played Arjuna, the pacifist, till he could no longer maintain the charade in the face of Chinese perfidy. Peace with honour is achievable only if you are prepared to go to war.
Amartyas Ashoka, Arjuna and Akbar are great historical characters who contributed to Indias cultural nationhood, but he has reduced them to cardboard characters of dubious authenticity.
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THE COMING OF AGE OF HINDUISM? by Nita
Something significant happened in Thane a few weeks ago. A father conducted the Hindu thread ceremony for his daughter, breaking the man-made traditions of Hinduism. This ceremony, “performed to mark the point at which boys began their formal education” has been compared to the Jewish Bar Mitzah, but the Bar Mitzah is for both boys and girls while the thread ceremony has been thought to be the exclusive domain of Brahmin males. However, if one digs deep enough into the Hindu scriptures there is evidence to suggest that women too underwent this thread ceremony. This is not the first time that this thread ceremony has been conducted on girls. The followers of Shankar Seva Samiti had organized it in the year 2000 in Pune. It is possible that this ceremony has been performed on other girls too and not been publicized. Why are these events significant? Aren’t these simply isolated incidents which in no way impact Hinduism specially as the thread ceremony is by itself an exclusive practice meant for only a tiny fraction of the Hindu community, the Brahmins and some other castes? Maybe. But I think these incidents can have an impact on Hindu society if well known people conduct these ceremonies on their daughters. More important, this could turn into an instrument of social reform if prominent male priests of the country give their stamp of approval. The way it is now, the society as well as the male priests look upon this practice with slight amusement. In other words they simply tolerate it. The male priests refuse to do the ceremony themselves. Whoever wants it done has to call female priests. I am calling it social reform, not religious, because Hindu scriptures do not ban girls from undergoing this ceremony. There are references to women’s thread ceremonies in ancient Vedic texts. For example
The Rig Veda (10.109.4) says, “When a brahmin’s wife wears the auspicious thread, she becomes very popular.”
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The Harit Smriti also has references to this practice as does the Yama Smriti. If women do not undergo this ceremony today, it is purely because over the ages the priests, who were mostly men, kept the women out. Today the male priests have an opportunity to change this, particularly the high profile priests. They need to seize this opportunity and take Hinduism a step forward. The people too play an important role. I cannot help but wonder if those who go through religious rituals like the thread ceremony are aware of the meaning behind these rituals or whether they simply follow these rituals blindly, because of superstition or habit.
Protests against the Delhi High Court ruling in full swing
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For believers of Hinduism, the thread ceremony is significant and sacred. As far as my understanding goes, it was the time when boys left home for their studies, to the gurukul. Today we educate girls, all girls, but the age-old ritual has remained just that – an age-old ritual. It seems to have lost its deeper meaning. If it had kept up with its meaning, I would have kept up with the idea that this ceremony was a kind of coming of age (for education) of children. All children. Boys and girls. Brahmins and non-Brahmins and Dalits. The way it is today. The days when non-Brahmins were not allowed study are long gone. Neither do all Brahmins become priests, as they did as at the beginning of the caste system. It is believed that when the caste system originally started, people were able to move from one caste to another…it was based on occupation. Today occupations are not the exclusive domain of any caste, but age-old prejudices remain. Age old rituals are practiced, not in their true spirit, but out of long habit. I hope that more and more parents conduct these rituals on their daughters, if they believe in them. If they do it for their sons there is no reason to exclude their daughters. If they look hard enough they will find a priest who will agree to it. If there is a demand for it, then the priests will come forward. Hinduism has this flexibility.
Maoists Unlock Pashupati Temple’s Office Building
KATHMANDU, NEPAL, September 16
Buckling under pressure, the Maoists have opened the locks of the office of the trust that manages Nepal’s famous Pashupatinath Temple, two weeks after they padlocked it protesting against the appointment of Indian priests in the Hindu shrine.
The Maoist-backed Struggle Committee that has padlocked the office to protest against the appointment of Indian priests, themselves unlocked the office unconditionally yesterday, said Sushil Nahata, chief of the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT), that manages the temple. “As we started collecting signatures from 300 plus staff of the PADT for opening the locks and most of them agreed to open, the Maoists’ who were launching protests against the appointment of Indian priests, themselves opened the locks,” Nahata told PTI. India’s Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao visited the temple yesterday and acquired information about the latest situation in the temple area. Nepal government had assured safety and well being of the Indian priests after India expressed concern over the incident in which two new priests appointed from Karnataka were assaulted. Now the flow of tourists as well as the devotees from Nepal and India, has become almost normal, he said. The PADT had to suffer daily Rs. 300,000 loss for the past two weeks due to the closure of the Tourist Counter at the Pashupati Temple complex. Daily more than 600 tourists visit the area and each tourist is charged with Rs. 500. Posted in Hindu Press International
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The current austerity drive is commendable, but to create the real impact, the axe has to fall on the other wasteful expenditures, says Arindham Chaudhuri
Although on paper, we are one of the largest democracies in the world, but in a lot many ways, we are functionally more feudal. Otherwise, there is no other reason for such a hue and cry about the current austerity drive carried forward by the Ministry of Finance. In fact, the resistance against such a drive is justified simply because over the past sixty years, people’s representatives have indulged themselves so much in wasteful expenditure and made it such a norm, that any minor deviation from it looks abnormal. And here, the Ministry of Finance is all set to aggressively jam the brakes on every such expenditure. To begin with, the Ministry plans to cut the expenditure on domestic and foreign travel, publications, advertising and purchase of vehicles, by a whopping 10%. These heads are just a part of the non-plan expenditure, which is pegged at a staggering Rs. 6.9 trillion. Going forward, the Ministry also plans to cut the other components of the non-plan expenditure (excluding interest payments, repayment of debt, defence capital, salaries, pension and the Finance Commission grants to the states) by 5%. The Ministry has gone completely ballistic by cutting another 10% of budgetary allocations for seminars and conferences. Not to forget that holding of exhibitions/seminars/conferences abroad is strongly discouraged, with a complete ban upon holding of meetings and conferences at five star hotels! As anticipated, of all these cuts, the maximum resistance from ministers is coming with respect to travel and hotel stays. And in fact, the maximum rot lies there itself. As reported in 2007-08, a staggering 75% of ministerial spending was on account of travel alone, which was 67% and 62% in 2006-07 and 2005/06 respectively! As per the finance account of 2007-08, the Union Council of
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Ministers’ expenditure was Rs. 192 crores, of which tour expenses accounted for almost Rs. 138 crores! The same figure for the year 2006-07 was Rs. 121 crores and Rs. 82 crores! And mind you, so many crores spent in traveling with literally no account on the resultant work accomplished. And then, on top of that, ministers have the audacity to resist such expenditure cuts! It was sad to learn the kneejerk reactions from our Foreign Minister SM Krishna and his Minister of State Shahsi Tharoor, when they were asked to vacate their five star accommodations at Maurya and Taj! It was even more outrageous to learn our Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Sharad Pawar’s reaction on the same. According to him, it is hazardous to fly economy class as there is intrusion by other co-passengers (fellow citizens). He also postulated that the environment is not conducive to deal with files, and space constraints! He should realize that the money saved out of the hazards that he faces every time he travels economy class, can save the lives of those farmers of Vidharba who are dying by a dozen every week! In fact, even in the most powerful democracy in the world, that is the US, the senators stay in rented accommodation and move around in
taxis. They willfully take public transport and have no grudges about it. And mind you, that’s the United States of America, an economy which is almost 15 times bigger than us and whose per capita is almost 20 times of India’s. Given that fact, such expenditures in our economy look even more obscene. There is no reason as to why in a country, which has one of the highest number of people living below the poverty line, one of the largest number of people in the world who suffer from malnourishment and has probably one of the largest number of people in the world who suffer perennially from the miseries created by floods and droughts, the representatives of those people should have kingsize lifestyles at taxpayers’ expense. Not just citizens, at this point of time when every business entity is suffering on account of the economic slowdown – and yet when one witnesses that the representatives of such a nation continue to indulge – then it is nothing short of blasphemy. It was indeed great and impressive to see leaders of Pranab Mukherjee and Sonia Gandhi’s stature using economy class for traveling by air. And it was a pleasure to see how others were forced to fall in line as now traveling in economy class equates to good politics. But everything said and done, such austerity drives and cut downs on travel expenditures are just a miniscule part of the overall wasteful expenditure on the part of the government. Unless the axe falls on several other areas where the real kind of wastage happens (like sprawling accommodations and related expenses, other expenses of ministers, multiple ministries, et al), the recent measures would only remain as symbolic ones for the masses and the media.
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India, generally acknowledged as the weaker in comparison to China, has tried to maintain cordial ties, often following former Prime Minister Nehru’s “Hindi-Chini bhai-bhai” slogan, promoting the notion that the two Asian nations are brothers. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh completed his first official visit to China in January 2008. After the visit, Singh wrote in the guestbook: “…. I hope that the Olympic spirit and the warmth of the great city of Beijing will promote friendship, peace and understanding among all the participants and the countries they represent.” PM Manmohan Singh forets China’s protest on his visit to Arunanchal. China protests PM’s assertion on Arunachal. Gandhi monkeys represent: “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” and is a common phrase, usually used to describe someone who doesn’t want to be involved in a situation. So Congress want to follow three monkeys’s of Mahatma Gandhi on the China’s claim on Arunanchal Sonia Gandhi with her entire family including Rahul, Priyanka, her husband Robert Vadra went to China in their three days tour in August 2008. That was Sonia’s second trip of the year. Gandhi had said in China in her visit that India had too much learnt from China. They all embraced there to Chinese leaders to follow Nehru’s embracing with Chau en Lai to give slogan “Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai”. T N Kaul presented the draft and Nehru
WHO WANTS repetition of 1962?
Comrade V K Krishna Menon was saying “Oh! They are not going to fight”. In 1962 Chinese had intruded into Indian Territory south of MacMahon line. Nehru, hided comrade believed. Now who are in the role of Krishna Menon and Nehru?
Bharat Verma, editor of India’s leading defense journal, predicted last month, the Indians can expect tougher Chinese actions in the years ahead. This month, Zhan Lue, a Chinese analyst connected to China’s Ministry of National Defense, suggested that Beijing try to divide India into as many as 30 states. The article, unfortunately, appears to represent the thinking of Chinese strategists and has been widely circulated inside China.
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accepted ‘Panchsheel Principles’. What happened there after in 1962? Just after few days in the same year 2008 in the same month August Maoist former P M of Nepal Prachanda made a tour to China for taking guide line against India. Even after that Chinese officials see their nation on the rise and feel no need to compromise with India. The number of incursions by China’s troops into Indiancontrolled territory appears to be increasing day by day. China is grabbing inch to inch on daily basis. The entire Indian leadership kept mum even when China annexed Tibet saying it was the internal matter of China. Worse was to follow. China was involved in modernizing its Red army. Hindi chini bhai bhai’ slogan was given. Due to this agreement our Prime Minister Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru became Dhritrasthtra. Chinese soldiers entered the laddakh and our soldiers were defending with cotton shirts in the freezing cold of Ladakh and canvas shoes that slid on the snow. Our soldiers did not have even snow glasses which led to snow blindness. Still comrade V K Krishna Menon was saying “Oh! They are not going to fight”. In 1962 Chinese has intruded into Indian Territory south of MacMahon line. The misadventure proved costly and set off the spark that led to the full fledged war in 1962. Entire brigades were massacred in a matter of hours. In the middle of the 1970s, China began helping Pakistan build a nuclear weapon to keep arch-rival India off balance. Since then, the Chinese have supported Islamabad’s campaign of terror against the Indian state. The terrorists attacking Mumbai hotels last November used Chinese equipment–the distinctively blue Type 86 grenades, manufactured by China’s state-owned Norinco, which has continually supplied parties working with militants inside India. China has given Pakistan most of the ordinance that its notorious Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence– better known as ISI–gives to terrorist groups. Almost all of the sophisticated communications equipment used by terrorists in India, especially Kashmir, is Chinese-made and was routed through the Pakistani army. The training the Chinese give to Pakistani personnel is, with Beijing’s knowledge, leached to terrorists. Today on August 16, 2009, Home Minister Chidambaram says Maoists-Naxalites have Chinese weapons. There is a nexus between them. In Chhattisgarh in the past Chinese weapons recovered from the Naxalites. Question arises here what our Government is doing?
By Premendra Agrawal
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Malaysian Hindus' village destroyed: Where are Indian rights activists
A 60-year-old ethnic Indian allegedly tried to immolate herself today as the community's highprofile struggle to prevent their homes from being bulldozed ended after a Malaysian court ordered demolition of their houses. Indrani, mother of the village Residents Association assistant secretary, caused a stir when she poured a bottle of kerosene over herself and attempted to set herself on fire in a bid to stop workers from tearing down her house. She was restrained by her son. "I've lived here all my life," she said.Bulldozers moved into the tiny piece of land as a bailiff of north Penang court, escorted by light strike force personnel and officers from the criminal investigation department begun serving eviction notices to the residents.There will be no further discussion to delay the demolition.The fate of the village, also known as Kuah Buah Pala, has been a focal point for minority ethnic Indians here. Many felt the state government should have consulted the 300 odd families living in the village before selling land in 2005. The current owner, a Malaysian developer, wants to build condominiums at the site. He had offered to give each family a double storey house if they vacate. Though some accepted the offer, many rejected it and later some demanded Rs 40 lakh each as compensation.
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Politically assertive RSS is the need of the hour
Present status of BJP The 2009 election defeat was more humiliating for the BJP than that of 2004. The latest defeat can be attributed to failure to analyse the reasons for the 2004 defeat. The party failed to analyse state-wise, constitution-wise problems, reasons for receiving the people’s mandate in 1999, what promises were made to the electorate then, whether it ruled as per people’s expectations, and whether it convincingly conveyed the reasons for its inability to fulfill commitments. BJP also failed to take steps to grow and strengthen itself in states where it is weak in the last decade. Though the party retained power in stronghold states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh etc., it lost in its Rajasthan stronghold mainly due to internal strife. Its victory in states such as Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, etc could be attributed more to antiincumbency faced by Congress governments than the growth of its support base. Even in Delhi, it could not sustain itself in
the assembly elections despite its overwhelming victory in the local body polls. The only state where it can claim a sort of genuine victory along with growth in support base is Karnataka. There can be no doubt that the five year UPA regime was one of the worst India has seen since independence. The performance of Manmohan government was below par in almost all fields, whether education, health, agriculture, home affairs, external affairs, security, or economy. A responsible and shrewd opposition would and should have used the failures of the UPA government to its advantage, both inside and outside parliament. BJP
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semblance of inner party democracy, credits for victories are generally shared by attributing them to ‘team work’. But the moment the parties lose, problems arise and blame games start leading to chaos! The BJP is exactly at this kind of a stage now. Both the dynastic and autocratic parties have been able to regain their composure after losses due to the control the families and supremos have over leaders and cadres. The nation has witnessed such revivifications many times. But after two consecutive defeats, the BJP seems to have lost its balance totally. This is not good for the country and democracy. Leaders’ failure and party’s fall Even after 100 days of UPA’s second term, the BJP has not come out of its conundrum. A party which claims to be ‘a party with a difference,’ boasting inner party democracy and discipline, should have immediately made future plans. The leaders should have analysed the reasons for defeat, decided to act as a constructive opposition, discussed strengthening the party in weaker areas and prepared a roadmap for the next five years. For a party with seasoned and capable leaders, it doesn’t augur well not to have come out of its imbroglio even after 100 days of defeat. BJP leaders are all experi-
miserably failed in this aspect and lost a great opportunity to come back to power. In fact, it has been committing more mistakes after its loss now, than what it had done after its loss in 2004. General categories of political parties In general, we can place political parties in three categories: ‘Dynastic’ (Family Corporations - like Congress, DMK, RJD, PMK, Shiv Sena, Akali Dal, National Conference, PDP, JD-S, etc); ‘Autocratic’ (Personal fiefdoms – like AIADMK, BSP, NCP, Trinamool Congress, Viduthalai Chiruththai Katchi, etc); and Democratic (parties with considerable inner
democracy such as BJP, CPM, CPI, JD-U, etc). With regards to Dynastic parties, the credit for electoral victories goes to the concerned families and any blame is borne by other leaders and cadres. As long as the family has spineless leaders and cadres waiting at the doorsteps, the party doesn’t face any problems after electoral defeats. Similarly, with regard to Autocratic parties, the credit for victories goes to the party supremos, and as long as sycophant leaders and cadres crawl at their feet, they do not face any problems after electoral losses. With regard to Democratic parties, which have a
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enced and have seen many elections. It is sad to see them blaming each other and fighting with one another. Leaders like Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie could not digest the recognition given to others like Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj without going into a sensible analysis of the electoral defeat. The forced resignation of B.C. Khanduri as Uttarakhand Chief Minister after putting the blame on him for the party’s defeat, and the party’s incapacity to do the same to Vasundhara Raje, has become a problem. The media speculated about a resultant cold war between Rajnath and Advani due to Vasundhara taking advantage of being in Advani’s coterie and refusing to abide by Rajnath’s diktat. Haphazard handling of Jaswant Singh issue As Jaswant, Yashwant and Shourie felt humiliated at the lack of response from the party high command to their calls and letters, they aired their grievances via the media and Yashwant also quit all party posts. These developments cast an ugly spell on the party. Meanwhile, some excerpts from Jaswant Singh’s book, “Jinnah: India-Partition, Independence,” glorifying Mohammed Ali Jinnah and criticizing Sardar Patel and Jawaharlal Nehru, was leaked to the media, which made BJP leaders boycott its launch function. In fact, Party president Rajnath Singh had earlier prevailed over Jaswant to postpone the launch of his book by citing the Rajasthan Assembly and subsequent general elections. The ‘Chintan Baithak’ was organized in Shimla; Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie were not invited. Only Jaswant Singh had an invitation and he reached Shimla in time. The BJP leaders, fuming because of the book, hastily decided to expel him from the party and conveyed the decision to him by phone. The news shocked the nation, as he was one of the founder leaders of the party; had served it for three decades; was Minister of Finance and External Affairs during the NDA regime; and had held various party posts and was an ex-serviceman too! Jaswant’s expulsion without even calling him for an enquiry and giving him an opportunity to explain his position created a sort of sympathy for him among the general public. Even a section within the party was unhappy at the way he was expelled. Nevertheless, the party sent a tough message that anyone defying the party and deviating from ideology would meet the same fate. Advani’s infamous Jinnah speech of 2005 came back to haunt the party and a section felt Jaswant should not be axed when Advani was pardoned for the same mistake of praising Jinnah. But there is a lot of difference between the two and Jaswant blamed Sardar Patel for the Partition apart from eulogizing Jinnah and clearing his name. Though the BJP’s expelling Jaswant was uncivilized, the way he behaved after his expulsion by name calling, criticizing RSS, making a number of allegations and going to Pakistan and criticizing our national leaders in their media, made the nation feel his expulsion was right after all.
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Consequences The BJP high command started pressurizing Vasundara to resign from the post of leader of the leader in the Rajasthan Assembly. Though leaders like Yashwant Sinha kept quiet after Jaswant’s expulsion, Vasundara kept evading the party diktat and Arun Shourie minced no words in criticizing the high command in an interview to a TV Channel. He came down hard on them, but cleverly praised the RSS and appealed to the RSS leadership to take control of the party. This clever ploy restrained the leadership from taking any disciplinary action against Shourie, despite his calling them provocative names. The alertness which the high command showed against Jaswant could not be
shown against Arun Shourie and this made B.C. Khanduri question the action against him while Vasundara was spared. RSS Chief’s Chennai visit Just when the trio of Jaswant-Yashwant-Shourie was making matters worse for the party, RSS Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat made his maiden visit (as RSS Chief) to Chennai. The RSS organized a press meet, wherein he answered a volley of questions. He said, “Though many swayamsevaks are serving as leaders and cadres in BJP, it is an autonomous and independent organization and it has the capacity to solve its problems. It is sad that the party is suffering from internal feuds, but then we are sure
that it would come out of the present imbroglio. RSS is a socio-cultural organization and we don’t have any intention of involving in politics. We will not interfere in BJP’s affairs, but if they solicit any advice or suggestions from us, we are ready to give them.” The press meet was followed by a massive public meeting where more than five thousand swayamsevaks and an equal number from the general public, totalling over ten thousand people, attended. Addressing the mammoth congregation, Mohanji said, “RSS has been serving for the progress of this nation for more than eighty years. Our Swayamsevaks are groomed well and they are freely serving in many fields for our
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nation’s progress. While science is progressing on one side, we are also experiencing environmental disorders on the other side. Similarly, while faith in God and spiritual fervour is increasing on one side, we also come across religious conflicts on the other. The world, which recognized ‘Body’, ‘Mind’ and ‘Intellect’, failed to recognize ‘Dharma’, which is present only in our nation. That very same Dharma, which teaches us humanity and brotherhood, is ‘Hindutva’. This Hinduness of our nation only can create equality and brotherhood in this world and the world also expects the same. We must teach the world how to live a life of austerity and simplicity”. Shri Bhagwat said, “The rest of the world believes that unity is possible only in uniformity, but we are showing them what is unity in diversity! This unity in diversity has been possible only because of our ‘Hinduness.’ We recognize and respect all individual identities, unite them to form one larger identity for us and the inbuilt Hinduness has helped us to form this core identity. We have a tradition and that is this Hinduness. Those territories like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, which have moved away from us and our tradition, have become regions of permanent strife and lost peace, mainly because of the fact that they have lost the ‘Hinduness’. All territories, which have lost their Hinduness have been suffering and they make us also suffer. Sanatana Dharma is our Mantra. We cannot form a Dharmic society with mere leaders and slogans. Self preserving Hindu Dharma is needed. It has to be protected and for that we have to make the common man qualified and organized, leading to emancipation.” Mohanji added, “RSS has been operating with this core objective. We are an apolitical organization focusing on strengthening society and its cultural heritage. We don’t want to participate in the present day politics, which is going on with greed for power. We want divisiveness and discrimination to go; we don’t believe in caste, creed and language differences. Hindustan, Bharat, India, all denote only ‘Hindu’ and that is our national identity and this identity will certainly make us the world leader.” Finally, he gave a clarion call to the youth to join RSS, enjoy the working atmosphere from inside, know it completely and serve the nation. RSS’ suggestions and BJP’s problems On reaching Delhi from Chennai, Mohanji gave an interview which was telecast live by ‘Times Now’ television channel. In course of the interview, he again said, “BJP is an autonomous and independent organization. Sangha will not interfere in its day-today affairs. We are concerned about the internal feuds going on in the party, but we feel that BJP has the strength and capacity to solve its problems. As far as Sangha is concerned, 55 to 65 years is the age limit for the post of president and other senior positions. BJP has to decide its leadership change. If they solicit any suggestions or advice from us we will give. Sangha has talent in abundance and it can choose even 75 leaders. We hope that BJP would stay united and solve all its problems after thorough discussion in the forthcoming Chintan Baithak and come back as a totally rejuvenated party.” He clearly conveyed RSS’ expectations to the BJP through that interview. Unfortunately, the two-day Chintan Baithak indicated that the party would not heed Mohanji. Had it taken his views seriously, it would have analysed the reasons for its electoral defeat; called Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and discussed their grievances; it would not have handled the Jaswant Singh issue in such a manner; and it would have finalized a roadmap for the next five
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checked BJP leaders and made them to realize the gravity of the situation. Mohanji’s arrival and resurgence of Sangha Mohan ji’s elevation as Sarsanghachalak could not have happened at a more appropriate time. His arrival at the helm of affairs has been a source of strength to the demoralized BJP cadres and worried swayamsevaks and concerned supporters from the general public. Though he took the mantle only in March, just two months before the general elections, the way he has conducted himself has been highly motivating for Sangh organizations. His clear thoughts, sharp understanding, measured talk, planned moves, meticulous handling of the media, maintaining correct distance from the BJP while simultaneously supporting it with necessary advice to bring the crisis under control, have all the mark of a real leader. Mohanji’s involvement is expected to usher the necessary changes in the party leadership and give opportunities to youngsters. At the same time, senior leaders could be placed in strategic positions as guiding forces. As Rajnath Singh’s tenure ends in December, a younger leader seems likely to replace him as a consensual choice. Some state-level leaders could move to Delhi. As part of his consensus-building exercise, Mohanji significantly called upon the ailing Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a move
years. Nothing happened except the expulsion of Jaswant Singh! Even after returning from Shimla, the BJP leadership showed no signs of reconciliation. So Arun Shourie voiced his grievances through the media along with a severe criticism of the party leadership; Jaswant Singh continued his tirade against the party, the RSS and Mr. Advani; Yashwant Sinha talked again; Sudheendra Kulkarni, the man responsible for Advani’s downfall, quit the party with the utmost satisfaction of completing his mission successfully; and former NSA Brajesh Mishra (who played Kulkarni to Vajpayee) embarrassed Advani on Kandahar; all in all, a torrid time for the BJP. An upset RSS convened yet another press conference, the best attended in recent
times. Mohanji handled questions with ease and finesse, earning media appreciation. He stood by statements made in the ‘Times Now’ interview and reiterated what he said in Chennai. He added, “All like minded people should work together for the country’s progress; we should all unite and work without letting our personal differences taking precedence. Sangh will focus on taking its good work forward and continue serving this nation. RSS does not advise BJP in matters of governance and we are always ready to give our advice and support. We also believe it will tide over the crisis and come back stronger.” Following the press conference, many BJP leaders met Mohanji for discussions, including Advani. The timely action by the RSS Chief
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which would have reassured the devotees of the former Prime Minister. Not surprisingly, this raised hopes in many quarters of a total makeover of the saffron party. Although Advani was also expected to resign from the post of Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, and function as party patriarch, there are small but disturbing indications that he may not quit before the next session of Parliament, but will continue under pressure from his coterie, which he seems disinclined to resist! From an initial October resignation, his media aides have again politely shifted his exit to coincide with the end of Rajnath Singh’s tenure – something RSS had specifically delinked! And now a former aide, who hastily quit the party thinking it was over, has hinted at some kind of homecoming, with an article titled “Advani will prove his obituary-writers wrong” (The Indian Express, 13 September 2009). It asserts that Advani will not exit in the near future. This is a challenge Mohanji will have to face sooner rather than later. The feedback that reaches his ears as Advani undertakes his nation-wide tour to interact with party cadre will be crucial in this regard. Responsibilities of RSS The 2009 election results have lessons not only for the BJP, but also for the RSS. Hitherto, and particularly in the last decade, the RSS left the political spectrum completely to the BJP, which proved to be a costly mistake. The larger than life image of Vajpayee and Advani and the immense respect they commanded might have held the RSS in thrall. But the two leaders erred in not giving the requisite attention to the Sarsanghachalak. As there are many leaders and cadres in BJP without a Sangh background, they may not have realized the importance of the RSS. The prominence given to and gained by people without an RSS background did not work to the advantage of either the BJP or the RSS, as evidenced in the defeats of 2004 and 2009. The party has also lost some capable leaders with a large support base such as Uma Bharati, Kalyan Singh and others. The BJP also earned the wrath of some senior VHP leaders,
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In India, no emperor had ruled alone; kings have always acted with advise from capable ministers. There was always an Acharya behind a successful Chakravartin, viz., Chanakya behind Chandra Gupta. Every dynasty had a reigning Guru; Vasishta was guide to Dasratha and Sri Rama. In India’s timeless tradition, religion, culture and politics are interconnected - this tradition may be construed as “Hindutva”. Mohanji understands this and that is good news. The vital issue clarified by him was that those born and raised on this soil share the common identity of Hindutva. At Chennai, Mohanji said, “Ours is a cultural organization and our objective is to make society progress with the Hindu identity based on the concept of Hindutva. Bharat could become the world leader only through this concept. We are not a political organization and we would not involve in day-today politics. But, whenever the government or parliament takes an important decision with regard to the nation’s progress, we would certainly influence the political arena in the interests of the nation and force parliament to make the necessary and required decision.” RSS keeping a watch on the BJP and BJP acting as per the advice of the RSS will be good, not only for the RSS and the BJP, but for the entire nation. B R Haran 14 Sep 2009
who were in turn disliked by some BJP leaders. They locked horns even during elections, to the detriment of the Hindu Samaj. Obviously the entire Sangh must retrospect over the events of the last decade and come out with a concrete and combined plan of action, abjuring the mistakes of the past. While serving in their respective fields, all organizations must come together whenever the nation faces a challenge or crisis. The RSS
should maintain constant touch with religious and spiritual organizations and leaders, seeking their guidance and keeping them informed of social, cultural and political developments. Unity is the need of the hour and it is imperative that all Hindu organizations show a united face and emphasise the importance of unity. It is therefore imperative that RSS focus on politics also, to keep BJP in check and guide it properly.
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According to the PM the “underprivileged and weaker sections of our society“ does not include any ordinary Hindus. One would like to ask him whether, if a minority group promotes communal violence and discord, will they be dealt with firmly too. Perhaps he believes that minorities do not promote such discord – they are by definition, innocent and ‘victim of circumstances’. Maybe he should also advice how best to establish the relationship. Should policemen be advised to marry their daughters to minorities; for how better can you establish ”trust and confidence”?
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No need to hate the 3 Ms. They are mental patients, need to be cured
I don’t have any hatred for the Marxists, Mullahs and Missionaries. I have deep compassion for them. They are mental patients suffering from fundamentalism due to a narrow belief system.. We Hindus should try our level best to liberate the three Ms from the disease of fundamentalism..
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I receive a lot of comments from even wellmeaning persons who say that I am an inveterate Muslim-Christian-Left-MNC baiter. They say that I am spreading poison through my blog and journal. They may mean well but they are ignorant both about my nature as well as the nature of Muzzis, Christists and Commies. It is my considered opinion that extremist Muslims, Christians and Communists are suffering from a mental disease of fundamentalism. Now let us zero in on the facts. All the three Ms (Marxists, Mullahs and Missionaries) swear by a holy book (Communist Manifesto, Koran and Bible in that order. All the three Ms have a particular messiah (Karl Marx, Mohammed and Jesus in that order). All the three Ms fervently believe that their path is the only path. All the three Ms divide the world into believers and nonbelievers. The followers of all the three Ms seriously believe that belief in their ideologies is the highest. To put it in a single word, all the three Ms are belief systems. However, Hinduuism is not a belief system. You may have your own beliefs and yet be a Hindu. Hinduism is freedom of faith without interfering in other ’s personal space. Hinduism is following your own faith or no-faith without troubling others. The three Ms believe in conversion of the Other — which results in violence of both gross and subtle nature. I don’t have any hatred for the Marxists, Mullahs and Missionaries. I have deep compassion for them. They are mental patients suffering from fundamentalism due to a narrow belief system.. We Hindus should try our level best to liberate the three Ms from the disease of fundamentalism.. After all, a man possessed by a ghost always denies the existence of ghosts. Once Muslims, Christians and Marxists are deconditioned from their terrorist belief systems, I am sure peace will reign in the world. Till then, let us try our level best to treat these mental patients in such a manner that they are liberated from their sickness.
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