Idea of India

By : Shreepal Singh

Idea of India was not born in 1947 when India became free; even it was not discovered or invented on January 26, 1950 when India adopted a secular constitution.

India is an ancient nation and Idea of India has always been there with her people going back to great antiquities.

Idea of India is not the dead idea of a closed fundamentalist mind permitting no challenge but the Idea of an inquiring mind with earnest mind to question and search, whatever it be. This goes back in time to the Indus-Valley civilization and beyond.

Idea of India with the passage of time had its tryst with one religion after another. Each one of them, after contributing its worth, merged with this mighty stream losing its separate identity.

Like tributaries falling into a river, Vedic Rishies; Mahavira; Gautam Buddha; Shankaracharya; Syria-Saint of Kerala; Bulle Shah; Nizamuddin Aulia; Rahim; Baba Farid; Nanak;Mira Bai; Vivekananda; Mahatma Gandhi; Sri Aurobindo, and untold number of many other people like them moulded the shape of this Idea of India.

Idea of India is a stream, a way of life, a civilization of Indian people. The Idea of India is neither invented by one person nor it is the mirror of one religion; it is not even a composite of them all.

Idea of India is the living truth, a mighty stream and a civilization of a people who commenced their journey from some point in antiquity shrouded in mystery on the path of time  to a sublime destination lying in future.

In a series of videos, we intend to chart the course of Idea of India from the antiquities to our own times.

Indian People’s Congres in review in 2015

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Caste-ism: Lessons for modern India

By : Shreepal Singh

We may summarize the historical realities about Caste-ism,  which are peculiar to India, thus:

  1. Varna system or caste-ism, as it is known today, has a well founded spiritual logic in its origin. Its roots are struck very deep in the public psyche even in modern India.

  2. This caste system, though originally conceived and applied in its pristine form in the remote antiquity of India for the spiritual good of the collective social life of human beings, had been long ago (also in very ancient times) completely distorted by those who had vested interests in such distortion by intentionally and artificially incorporating into it an element of acquiring and inheriting it by birth as its foundation. This distortion has turned an otherwise highly efficacious spiritual social tool into the most injurious tool of social injustice that has ever been witnessed by human history.

  3. This phenomenon of turning a virtue into a vice was very well understood, recognized so and opposed since ancient times by all the great spiritual personalities of India, without exception. The earliest example borne by records of such opposition is Lord Buddha and the latest one is Mahatma Gandhi.

  4. Despite opposition by such great Indian leaders, this vice could not be eradicated till today. Rather, in modern India, despite her egalitarian constitution that guarantees to its citizens non-discrimination on the ground of caste, the vice of caste-ism has assumed monstrous proportions. The people in India, even in the so-called modern scientific age, have become more conscious of their caste identities than in recent past. Today, political forces are being organized and State power is being secured by advancing the caste consciousness and nurturing the caste antagonism among different sections of people.

  5. In face of the facts that this vice of the caste-ism is being strengthened rather than diminished and that the relevant provisions of Indian constitution for securing caste equality have so far proved ineffective, there is imperative necessity for this country in the interest of her national survival against the twin odds of civil strife and all-round fierce competition raging globally to experiment with an alternative and better remedy than provided by her constitution to cure the ill of caste-ism..

  6. As the adage goes, ‘what cannot be cured, has to be endured,’ the system of Varna, or castes, may be accepted by the Indian constitution in order to reform it beyond recognition (much like the ancient system of Panchayat Raj that has been accepted and reformed by the Indian constitution). How could the Varna system be reformed? How would it appear in its new and reformed form?

  7. Varna system may be incorporated into the national constitution, which must have its foundation in one’s conduct. There may not be any privilege attached to any Varna, which may be restricted to classically four in number, but only social identity and accompanied social respect or disrespect attached to that Varna. Vocations of people may be categorized and assigned specific varnas and the individuals falling in a category may be assigned that particular Varna. Committing a crime should automatically degrade a person to the lowest category. Depending on one’s vocation, an individual may change his Varna, up or down, several times in one’s life.

  8. This approach needs a serious national thinking by modern India. It would steer India away from crime and social injustice, and towards virtues (which are associated with progressively higher rungs on the Varna scale) that are universally cherished by humans. It may work as a social check on the sliding down of the individual’s character and an encouragement to one’s efforts to rise up to become a better human being, and awake to the higher truth present everywhere. The reformed Varna system could provide the necessary social deterrence to stay away from vice and encouragement to cultivate virtues, which is much required by India today. Varna system could not be more benevolent than this in its effects. Indeed it was not designed to be more yielding in its effect than this even in those ancient times when it was conceived in its original for

Castes in India: Why they were created and why they need destruction?

By : Shreepal Singh

The right to be equal in society:

Classification of all people in India into four hierarchical Varnas – or Castes (and sub-Castes) as they are now called – is a social reality of India. This social reality still persists in this country notwithstanding the fact that any discrimination on the basis of Castes is outlawed by the Indian Constitution. The well-known Caste-hierarchy runs from Brahmin to Kshtriya to Vaishya and, lastly, to Shudra. This classification has its origin in prehistoric times and is sanctified by Hindu religious scriptures. To modern human mind it looks abhorrent to classify humans into higher or lower categories. Our sense of dignity revolts against such a cruel treatment of humans by humans and finds itself at a loss to understand any reason, any justification – either now in modern times or in ancient past – for such a division. Is there any justification? Is there an iota of reason for the same? Are all people not made equal to each other? When people come into this world – when they take birth – they are all equal. And, then, they are made unequal by social institutions and sanctified by religious scriptures! Again, is there any justification for the same? In answering this question we would not quote any obscure religious scripture; our sole strength is the logic of reason; and nothing else. Let us start by putting a generic question: Is an ordinary Christian entitled to a social respect equal to Jesus Christ? Is an ordinary Buddhist entitled to a social respect equal to Gautama Buddha? Let us lower down our gaze: Is an ordinary Christian entitled to a social respect equal to an anointed Christian Saint, say like Mother Teresa?Is an ordinary Buddhist entitled to a social respect equal to an accomplished Buddhist Monk, say like Mila Repa? The social reality is that these two classes either in Christians or Buddhists are not equal. It is a truth nobody can deny. Can this logic apply to Hindus or their social institution of Varna, which was systematically organized in ancient times? Let us proceed.

 Relativity is a great tool discovered by human mind. It is a scientific concept (discovered by Einstein), which applies to not only the entities that we call space and time but equally applies to everything else in nature. It is wholesome concept. It states that a thing may be seen (or scientifically, observed) from different points of views (or scientifically, relative to different moving frames of reference) and the result of all such observations may be contradictory to one another but still all such results would be absolutely (!) correct. One who is not versed with science may wonder the accuracy of such a statement. Though the detailed explanation of the logic of this scientific statement would be out of place here, it is enough to explain this mental concept with this example. A train moving on the track at the speed of fifty miles per hour may be observed by a person from ground at the track side or the position of a person who is travelling on this train or the position of a person who is flying in airplane above this train or, still, the position of a person who has just landed on Moon. These positions could be infinite. The result of the observation from the position of the person who is travelling on this train, the speed of the train is zero, that is, the train is stationary. The person on the track the speed of the train is fifty miles per hour. Likewise, the speed of this train would be different when observed from the flying plane or the Moon. And, all observations are correct. And, all these results of the observation of this train are contradictory to one another.

  This concept applies to everything in nature. We can observe society from different points of view. We can observe human beings from different points of view. Let us study human beings. We all humans live on Earth and live in communities, that is, society. We are born equals. In all modern societies, we all have equal legal rights. From the point of view of modern society, this is the position. Let us see humans from the spiritual point of view. All living beings, including humans, are evolving from lower position to higher position. What is that in humans that is so evolving? Is it humans’ body – with all its constituents – alone that is evolving from lower to higher position? Yes, human body is evolving but it is not this physical body alone that is undergoing this evolution. There is a true SELF – Sri Aurobindo names it Psychic Being – in every human that is the device of this evolutionary process. And, this Psychic Being is present not only in humans; it is equally present in every living being, though in an under developed form. This Being – the spiritual spark – is present in every entity in universe; it is there in dead matter, albeit in undeveloped form.

  From the point of view of this developing Psychic Being, all living beings are belaboring through the device of their respective circumstantial human conditions to evolve spiritually from a lower to higher position. It is an evolution of this spiritual being spread over millions of lives and it does not cease with the death of human’s physical body. From this point of view, every human being is equal with everybody else in the society in the matter of purpose and mission of life. However, all human beings are not equal in the evolutionary stage they have attained in this evolutionary process. On Earth there are always some who are evolved more than others in the spiritual journey. One can name many who may come in this category, like Buddha, Jesus Christ, Nizamuddin Aulia, Mira Bai, Guru Nanak, Chaitanya, Ramakrishana, Sri Aurobindo and many others of this kind.

  Let us come to the collective living of humans. We live in organized society. We organize ourselves so that we can live peacefully, survive and meet challenges that may confront us. And, we organize ourselves in smaller groups to accomplish certain social missions. For example, we organize an army of soldiers; there are many ranks and hierarchy of layers. There in army though all are equal humans, they organize themselves in layers. Why it is so? It is so because as an organized group, they have a mission to accomplish, that is, to win a war. The commander of the group is equal to an ordinary rank soldier, but he knows the art of war better than a rank soldier. He commands to accomplish the plan to win. If there is no commander, there is no planning to win. Also, if there is no mission to accomplish, there is no need of a commander. If there is no mission to accomplish, there is no need of organizing humans into a disciplined group.

 But spiritual wisdom tells us that there is a mission for humans to accomplish on Earth. Humans are on their evolutionary journey, spiritual as well as biological, and they are not aimless wandering herd of animals here on Earth. In ancient India the human’ collective living was organized to accomplish this mission. This organization was Varna (or caste, as it is known today) system. The commander of this grouping was Brahman. When we judge the worth of Varna – Caste – system today, we always forget to take into account the crucial foundation – sine qua non – of this system. The Varna system was conferred by the conduct of the individual concerned and not by his birth. The moment this system was degenerated into the conferment of Varna by birth, it lost its logic, spiritual or otherwise. Thenceforth, it is condemnable. Thenceforth, it is the worst form of social slavery of those who find themselves on the lowest social rung simply because of the circumstance of their birth.

In this context the words of Swami Vivekananda, the renowned disciple of Ramakrishna Paramhansa (the seer of Veloor Math in Calcutta), are full of spiritual wisdom. When asked of the degraded condition of the Sudra caste, the so called lower caste thus, “But if the present degraded condition is due to their past Karma, Swamiji, how do you propose to help them?” the Samiji said these pithy words: “Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom. If we can bring ourselves down by our Karma, surely it is in our power to raise ourselves by it. The masses, besides, have not brought themselves down altogether by their own Karma. So we should give them better environment to work in. I do not propose any leveling of castes. Caste is a very good thing. Caste is the plan we want to follow. What caste really is, not one in a million understands. There is no country in the world without caste. In India, from caste we reach to the point where there is no caste. Caste is based throughout on that principle. The plan in India is to make everybody Brahmana, the Brahmana being the ideal of humanity. If you read the history of India you will find that attempts have always been made to raise the lower classes. Many are the classes that have been raised. Many will follow till the whole will become Brahmana. That is the plan. We have only to raise them without bringing down anybody. And this has mostly to be done by the Brahmanas themselves.”

 Varna – or castes – system as it practised today (that is,  caste aquired or conferred by birth – and birth alone) needs to be destroyed with its roots. It is a crime against those on the lowest social ladder. How can one uproot this crime against a major section of humanity in India? History tells us, Lord Buddha by his spiritual enlightenment of Indian people had almost uprooted this poisonous weed. However, after passing away of Lord Buddha it could not be completely rooted out and it again grew into a big tree. And, we are face to face with this mankind’s worst menace today. How can we uproot it? To use an allegory here, we may say that to soften its firm underground roots, we need to pour some water into them. These roots are firmly embedded by millennium’s social practice and we need to loosen them. We need to water them by accepting Varna system with the caveat that all categorizations of individuals shall be conferred by State by their conduct alone and not by birth under the rigor of law. This treatment would loosen its roots and allow modern India to manipulate them in order to destroy them.  From this point of view, let us trace its historical origin and evolution to modern times.

Dr. Ambedkar, in his final address to the Constituent Assembly, observed: “The third thing we must do is not to be content with mere political democracy. We must make our political democracy a social democracy as well. Political democracy cannot last unless there lies at the base of it social democracy. What does social democracy mean? It means a way of life which recognizes liberty, equality and fraternity as the principles of life. These principles of liberty, equality and fraternity are not to be treated as separate items in a trinity. They form a union of trinity in the same sense that to divorce one from the other is to defeat the very purpose of democracy. Liberty cannot be divorced from equality, equality cannot be divorced from liberty. Nor can liberty and equality be divorced from fraternity. Without fraternity, liberty and equality could not become a natural course of things. It would require a constable to enforce them.

  “We must begin by acknowledging the fact that there is a complete absence of two things in Indian society. One of these is equality. On the social plane, we have in India a society based on the principles of graded inequality, which means elevation of some and degradation for others. On the economic plane, we have a society, in which there are some who have immense wealth as against many who live in abject poverty. On the 26th January, 1950, we are going to enter in to a life of contradictions.

  “In politics we will have equality and in social and economic life we will have inequality. In politics we will be recognizing the principle of one man one vote and one vote one value. In our social and economic structure, (we) continue to deny the principle of one man one value. How long shall we continue to live this life of contradictions? How long shall we continue to deny equality in our social and economic life? If we continue to deny it for long, we will do so only by putting our political democracy in peril. We must remove this contradiction at the earliest possible moment or else those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure of political democracy which this Assembly has so laboriously built up.”

  There are two viewpoints to look at the problem of social justice in the caste ridden Hindu society in India. One may approach this problem from the viewpoint of an enlightened spiritual vision and the other one is looking at the problem from a purely materialist mundane viewpoint.

  An unceasing chain of spiritual leaders of this country have taught us that an individual who has been able to achieve some degree of mastery over his desires and impulses and has subdued his arrogance, greed etc, and because of such mastery has developed some degree of benevolent and humane attitude towards his fellow human beings, is comparatively nearer to Divine light. They tell us that such an individual is more likely to have the grace of Almighty and is a person belonging to a higher category of human beings’ classification. Hindu saints maintain that such a person is Brahmin by his actions or Karmas. Likewise, Jain and Buddhist saints also place such person in a category higher than ordinary human being who has not such mastery. In fact, such a higher state of consciousness on the part of an individual is totally a matter of his psychic evolution, which has nothing to do with his outside material state of social status, position of power etc. It is further taught to us by the great leaders of mankind that the outside manifestations of humane attitude etc. are merely the reflection of internal state of one’s consciousness in these matters.

  From this point of view the so-called lower caste people (these castes being enumerated by Indian Constitution in an annexed schedule and therefore popularly called Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) by and large – because of the very fact of their sufferance at the hands of society and consequently earning spiritual merits in return because of this very circumstance– are better placed if Varnas are determined by conduct and not by birth (as is the true concept of Varnas)  than those who belong to the so-called higher castes, who are because of this circumstance rich and mighty (with concomitant evil of arrogance and pride) and consequently have lesser chance to earn spiritual merits. Though for the evolution of human being’s true Self towards its destiny outer circumstances provide merely the necessary conditions required in specific individual cases, yet the helping hand in this evolutionary venture may be provided by the collective organization of the society.

From this point of view these people belonging to the lowest social rung – depending on one’s spiritual position in the individual cases – deserve to be placed in the upper castes and, conversely and consequently, the people belonging to upper castes – likewise depending on one’s individual case – deserve to be degraded to the lower castes. If today castes are assigned by one’s conduct alone and not by his or her birth (under some constitutional mechanism), then the caste-wise population of India would be turned upside down, that is, many Brahmins, Kshtriyas and Vaisyas would be degraded to Sudras castes and many Sudras would be upgraded to the upper castes of Vaisyas, Kshtriyas or Brahmins. Of course, the ruling political forces of today of diverse hues, which garner votes of people on caste sentiments, would not like things to happen this way. These forces have vested interest in distorted caste-ism. They have ruled and oppressed the lower castes in India for thousands of years, and even today they are least interested in either reforming castes by basing them on one’s conduct rather than on birth or eradicating this birth-based caste-ism, which in its original form once was a great social institution of spiritual advancement of human beings.

  This is the true meaning of castes (or Varnas) and such is its far-reaching impact from spiritual point of view on the upliftment of ordinary members of society, the deformed ritual of which in the name of caste-ism is today plaguing India.

  Indian Supreme Court in one of its judgment graphically depicted the pathetic conditions of these so-called lower castes’ people or Shudras and referred to the Swami Vivekananda’s call to Indian society to come to the whole-hearted aid of the weak, the down-trodden, the wronged Pariah in these words:

  “Let us be sure of the social facts. Mark Twain cynically remarked once: ‘Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.’ It is a fact of our social history and a blot on our cultural heritage that 135 million men and women, described as C and ST, have been suffering as ‘suppressed classes’, denied human dignity and languishing as de facto bonded labor. They still are, in several places, ‘worse than the serf and the slave’ and ‘their social standard is lower than the social standard of ordinary human beings’ (Ambedkar). Tortured, violated and even murdered the saga of the SCs and STs is not only one of economic exploitation but of social ostracisation. Referring to the sorrows of the suppressed shudras (what I prefer to call the panchama proletariat) swami Vivekananda demanded shudra raj and refuted the incapability of the groaning untouchables:

  “Aye, Brahmins, if the Brahmin has more aptitude for learning on the ground of heredity than the Pariah, spends no more money on the Brahmin’s education but spend all on the Pariah. Give to the weak, for there the entire gift is needed. .. Our poor people, these down-trodden masses of India, therefore, require to hear and to know what they really are. Aye, let every man and woman and child, without respect of caste or birth, weakness and strength, hear and learn that behind the strong and the weak, behind the high and the low, behind everyone, there is that Infinite Soul, assuring that infinite possibility and the infinite capacity of all to become great and good. Let us proclaim to every soul: ‘Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.’ Arise, awake!”

  The spiritual wisdom tells us that the immortal true Self in every human being is equally capable of rising and marching ahead on the path of one’s destiny in this material world. This is the position from the spiritual point of view. But the spiritual point of view is not the only way to look at this problem.

  There is another viewpoint to look at this problem of social justice in India. This viewpoint is purely materialist in substance and mundane in intention and purpose. Let us look at the social justice problem from this point of view also.

  Individuals in the society have many kinds of inter se relations. All these relations are mutual bridges among them in their collective living. Majority of people in any society seldom live a life that is intimately concerned with their private and subjective true self. The collective life of human beings brings out in the open many facets of their interconnected existence, which otherwise lie dormant.

  One such facet of this collective life that is brought out in the open is the social interrelation among them. In the course of the civilization’s development human beings have evolved the concept of justice, which derives its strength from moral considerations. There are many dimensions of the concept of justice in the humans’ collective life. One such dimension is ‘social justice’.

  Also there are many facets of social injustice. In several countries, there are ethnic minorities. They exist like an island amid an ocean. The people belonging to the majority stock assign in their subconscious mind a place of an intrusive element, which has been imposed on them from outside from historical reasons and which element somehow has to be tolerated by them. In this case, the supposed intruders are held by the majority equal to them in social status but still an unwelcome presence. Here the majority is hostile to them in their treatment. They even hold them in contempt; nevertheless they have a place for them of an equal social status. This hostility of attitude gives birth to the social discrimination and injustice.

  Then, likewise, there are religious and linguistic minorities who suffer discrimination and injustice in the similar manner. The extreme form of social injustice, the plane slavery, is now no longer legally available anywhere in the world. Sometimes, we hear of such cases of human slavery existing in remote corners of civilized world where the writ of law does not prevail but such are the rare instance (one rare case in recent times is of Yezidis being enslaved by religious fundamentalists in Iraq). Even in these rare cases, the treatment meted out to the slave is that of an owner over his chattel – much like an owner over his domesticated animal – where the master inflicts physical injury on his slave but still in his own interest takes care of the necessary welfare of the slave. In this extreme case also, there is no place for a psychological injury to the soul of slave. However, in the case of caste-ridden India, the depth of social injustice is unfathomable and the injury inflicted is incomparable to any of the above forms of social injustice.

  In India, the form of social injustice inflicted on a section of people identified by their castes is a class apart. It is unique in that it does not occur anywhere in the world, except India.

Indian historical origin:

  This unique dimension of social injustice is the product of a peculiar historical past of India where the four Varnas or castes (Brahmin, Kshtriya, Vaisya and Sudra) have been the backbone of her social organization since time immemorial. There, in a structured society regulated by law, the people were compartmentalized into rigid and isolated classes, whose lives were dedicated to their respective specialized and different missions of life. There, at the lowest rung was Sudra, who was socially a Dalit (crushed) and an oppressed. The rationale of putting him on the lowest rung was that he was not able – because of his spirit’s lack to master or even control his lower animal tendencies. It was reasoned that because of his daily lowly activities or karmas, his propensity to fall down to the lower animal instincts and not to rise up and go ahead on the enlightened path, he deserved the lowest place on the social ladder. He was not able, it was argued, to steer his daily conduct onto the path (as laid down by the law of sages) neither of Brahmin, which entailed the mastery over one’s senses, desires and thoughts, nor of a Kshtriya, which needed the heart’s courage of being fearless in war and to sacrifice one’s life for the sake of his subjects, nor even of a Vaisya, which necessitated to be honest in one’s trading activities.

  However, the moment the caste became heritable by one’s birth alone without any nexus to his activities or karma, the rationale for this fourfold social classification lost its moral force and relevance. Thenceforth, this classification became illogical, unjust and retrograde. Thenceforth, this classification became a tool of social oppression in the hands of so-called higher castes to serve their selfish interests.

  But the history does not move by logic and reason. The caste classification, though devoid of any reason, struck deep roots in the society and from that point of time – a point in remote antiquity – the social injustice in Hindu India commenced.

  This injustice to the people who found themselves placed simply because of their birth on the lowest rung of the social ladder was not inflicted to their body only but to their soul also, which is much more profound in its harmful impact on one’s life. Many Sudras became sages and saints but still they did not become Brahmins. And, conversely, many Brahmins became debauch by their karmas but still they were not pushed down on the social ladder to the rung of Sudras. This India has been regulated not by any spiritual considerations for thousands of years but by sheer hypocrisy and is still being regulated so. It is the spiritual India that has been wounded the most by this hypocrisy.

  This is what the recorded history of India has been. There are some honorable exceptions to this general rule of the Indian history. But it is not the exceptions to the rule that make the history of a nation.

  With the march of time, the already decadent caste classification became more and more injurious to the society. Time degrades everything. Pure and crystal clear things become rotten and harmful with the passage of time. The entry of an outside deserving element to the ranks of the three classes on the higher rung was completely closed with a sense of arrogance. This morbidity was the most at the top rung, that is, the Brahmin class. It was not possible for anybody – except the individual born to Brahmin parents – to get him included in the top caste. Next down on the ladder – Kshtriya – were less rigid. They valued valor and the more meritorious in their field were included by them in their ranks and fold. In this way, Huns and Kushans, who conquered several tribal holds in ancient India, were admitted to thirty-six sub-castes of Kshtriya. There are many Gotras of Kshtriyas of today that are reminiscent of their Hun or Kushan origin. The next on the social rung – Vaisyas – were still more liberal in this respect and many trading communities were admitted by them in their fold.

  The case for the last on the ladder, that is, Sudras was different in this respect, i.e. the entry of the outsiders into their ranks. There were many entry points for the inclusion of people in this caste. Firstly, initially there were all those who were not able to rise through their karmas to rise up and move on to the upper rungs of the caste ladder and by the very nature of human weakness there must had been a considerably large number of them. Also, there were those who had fallen in accordance with the prevailing law from their higher ranks by virtue of their matrimonial alliance in lower caste and were relegated to this lowest caste. Then, there were those who had fallen in wars and were not killed. It was advantageous to the upper rungs to include them in this serving class. Many historians hold that Dravidas and even Mlechchas or (Greek) Yavanas found their entry this way in this class.

  Sudras of yore, which are for the most part the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes of today, were regarded by upper classes, and particularly by the top most class, of the society worse than animals. They were untouchables, which animals were not. The mere physical touch of an untouchable Sudra was considered enough by the higher caste people to make them impure in their body. While slaves, where slavery existed, were treated unkindly, they were never the outcaste untouchables.  This way, a Sudra was assaulted on his soul, which was worse than the assault on his body. He was considered to be a sin incarnate. There was no cure possible for his pathetic condition, which was associated with his birth and therefore inherited social status. Acquiring wealth – even the acquisition of kingship – was not sufficient to elevate his social status in the legally organized society.

  It was a psychological punishment that was inflicted on the soul of a Sudra. He was made to believe that he was indeed a sin incarnate on Earth for which there was no atonement. This was one face of the social injustice that Sudra faced. The other one was that a Brahmin, however lowly and impure he may be in his actions or Karmas, was always a Divine light to be obeyed and prayed for one’s salvation. One way of atonement of one’s sins was to offer him alms. This alms-giving to a Brahmin without any regard to his conduct was declared a work of merit on the part of the giver. This bitter historical reality has been inherited by free India.

National dilemma:

  Dr. Ambedkar knew very well the secret of the strength of the caste logic of Hindu society and therefore in his later public life, he realized the futility of his struggle against caste system existing in Hindu society. He realized that there was no way left for him to get social equality for the so-called lower caste people in the Hindu society and therefore he along with his many followers converted to Buddhism. He chose Buddhism simply because there was no place for the caste division, and therefore the caste discrimination, in this religion. In his choice, he was more moved by this temporal virtue of a caste-less community available under the Buddhist religious fold than by any sublime purpose of life embodied in its tenets. Though he had deeply studied Hinduism, Buddhism,  Islam etc. But it was only theoretical.  He was not a much spiritually inclined person. Buddhism is much profound religion with an enlightened vision of life and caste-less social organization is simply a concomitant of this vision. Dr. Ambedkar because of his whole-hearted and life-long preoccupation with the bitter struggle against caste-injustices in the Hindu society and, therefore, his less interest in any spiritual consideration did not know the spirit and real strength of castes or Varnas as they were originally conceived. And, for this very reason, he did not spot its weak underbelly and know how to strike at its life-nourishing node by taking advantage of its own logic to uproot the evil edifice.

  The logic of Varnas is plain and simple to understand, and its force lies in determining caste by Karma alone and not by birth. It is universally known and admitted by Hindus that originally caste or Varnas were to be determined by Karma or actions alone. Dr. Ambedkar could have insisted for restoration of the original pristine principle of determination of caste by Karma alone and not by birth. But he did not have any hint of this solution. He was a true soldier of Dalits but narrowly missed the weakest spot of his eternal enemy to strike. He simply converted to Buddhism. But embracing Buddhism without any intention to use its vision to obtain Nirvana – the sole purpose of life – is no solution to get social justice. Even there, the so converted people have not been able to secure social respect and equality at the hands of upper caste Hindus.

  Constitution of free India under the intellectual inspiration of Dr. Ambedkar sought to resolve the existing social contradictions. However, in doing so the Indian Constitution has created a very serious contradiction, which the Indian judiciary today is trying to reconcile by resorting to an ingenious approach.

  Constitution prohibits discrimination among Indian citizens on ground of caste only and provides that the State shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds only of caste, among other things. However, it also provides that the State shall not be prevented by this Article from making any special provisions for the advancement of any socially and educationally backward classes of citizens or for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Also, Constitution seeks to secure Indian citizens equality of opportunity in matters of public employment by providing that no citizen shall, on grounds only of caste, among other things, be ineligible for, or discriminated against in respect of, any employment or office under the State. However, it also provides that the State shall not be prevented by this article from making any provision for the reservation of appointment or posts in favor of any backward class of citizens which, in the opinion of the State, is not adequately represented in the services under the State.

  The Indian judiciary seems to have applied so far successfully the constitutional tool of affirmative discrimination. But, then, it has given birth to a new consequential contradiction. It is observed by the Indian Supreme Court that there are sufficient indications in the Constitution to suggest that the Scheduled Castes are not mere castes and that they may be something less or something more. Though it is ruled that the time badge is not the fact that the members belong to a caste but the circumstance that they belong to an indescribably backward human group, the contrary social reality is recognized by the court by observing that since a contrary view is possible and has been taken by some Judges a verdict need not be rested on the view that Scheduled Castes are not castes. Thus, it is judicially possible to hold, and some Judges have also held, that the Scheduled Castes under the Constitution are the castes as they are understood in the traditional meaning of the word by Indian society. Moreover, it is a mere judicial nicety only. In the real world of the Indian society, the Constitutional Scheduled Castes are taken by the popular view only the castes belonging to the lowest rung of the society, that is, Shudras of the Varna classification. It is not only the social reality, it is worse; today the powerful and dominant political forces with vested interest in such identification openly and aggressively hold and propagate the unity of the constitutional Scheduled Castes with these so-called lower castes in their electoral maneuvers.

  It is also said that discrimination on the ground of caste only has to be made by the State so that a stage in society is reached where there shall not be discrimination on the ground only of caste. The question arose as to how long this affirmative discrimination is necessary. The answer given is any length of time till thus protected citizens are transformed into socially equal citizens. Political motives apart, it is suggested that this time may run into not decades but centuries. Is it not possible that by then the forward would become backward? The political class asserts that it is necessary to undo injustice that has been done during thousands of years and for this affirmative discrimination a period of a century is not a big deal. However, the Indian judiciary does not subscribe to this view, so far. It is a constitutional dilemma and the Indian judiciary is grappling today to resolve this dilemma.

  It was admitted a correct principle that providing employment under the state by reserving places for Dalits would raise their social status and equalize them with the so-called upper castes. It was thought that such places of power and position would make the so-called upper caste people to admit the occupant Dalits to a rank equal to their own. This principle is flawed in its logic and has been disproved by history of India. Money, wealth, power and position of authority have not been able to secure one a status equal to the so-called upper castes. There are many examples of this failure in the Indian history.

  This flawed principle has forced the Indian judiciary to resort to newer concepts, like creamy layer, that are equally invalid. The judicial logic goes that provision of the position of power with a state mantle by means of reservation is bound to raise the social status of the so-called lower castes and a time comes when such occupants become equal to the advanced so-called upper castes. At that stage, thus goes the logic, the progeny of such occupants do not need special protection by way of reservation. The creamy layer people belonging to the so-called lower castes attain social status equal to all other ordinary people and therefore in their case there should not be discrimination on the basis of caste. India today is facing a political storm on the justification of this judicial concept of creamy layer. The opponents argue that attaining a position of power by the so-called lower caste persons (perhaps for too short a period) does not make the occupants socially equal. There is a dilemma here. If attaining a position of power by a person belonging to so-called lower caste does not socially equalize him with the rest of the advanced citizens, then what is the justification of providing him by reservation a position of power to which he is not otherwise entitled? And, if the attainment of the position of power does raise his social status, then why the creamy layer persons whose social status is raised should not be treated equal. In fact, the idea of providing reservation was included in the Indian constitution to bring an equality of social status where all castes would be equal or a caste-less society would be evolved in India in due course of time. This impression gets reinforced by the fact that the initial period for providing reservation was fixed only ten years.

  Judiciary in India, as elsewhere, has the limitation of working within a constitutional framework. It is attempting to give a helping hand to the nation in resolving the age-old caste conflict existing in Indian society. In the context of the constitutional right of equal opportunity to all citizens in the matter of public employment and reservation, it is aptly observed by the Indian Supreme Court that the backward classes seek justice and the general class (seek) equity, and the difficulty comes in when the third variable comes in, namely, the constitutional requirement of ensuring the efficiency in the public services, which the judiciary is asked to reconcile and to find a stable equilibrium among the three conflicting claims. Has the judiciary been able to find a working formula that would establish such equilibrium –stable or otherwise – among these antagonistic claims?

  The demand for justice by backward classes is the logical consequence of a peculiar Indian historical past, the claim for equity by general class is the expression of a natural human aspiration and the requirement to maintain efficiency in public services in the country is an imperative for national survival in this age of fierce international competition. Finding such equilibrium is a political task that has been thrown upon a nation by her past demanding resolution.

  It is too tall an order for any judiciary to resolve. The Indian judiciary has been doggedly grappling with this problem and, in an effort to be more penetrating in its reach and soothing to the raw nerves of collective national psyche, has been taking and shifting postures ever since the birth of Indian Constitution. In its latest judicial wisdom, the nation’s highest court has aptly observed that reservation is necessary for transcending caste and not perpetuating it. It is emphasized that the reservation has to be used in a limited sense; otherwise it will perpetuate caste-ism. On the crucial point of establishing a stable equilibrium among the three competing claims, it has sought to resolve the problem by ruling that the elements of efficiency, backwardness and inadequacy of representation are required to be identified and measured, which calls for the need of collecting relevant data. Courts are not allowed as a matter of constitutional prudence to dabble with policy matters, which are inherently political in nature, and therefore are not equipped to resolve problems that call for political wisdom of a people. The approach of Indian judiciary in this respect is commendable. But it is not sufficient at all to resolve the problem.

  Today the original idea of the Constitution framers of ushering young India into a casteless society by providing reservation for initial ten or so years of democratic India is no longer a cherished ideal of public psyche in our divided society. It is convenient for a nation to ignore or distort the stark facts and find alibis to look the other way. But it is really hard to face the truth. Today, for the so-called lower castes, it is the matter of redressing the historical injustice done to them by the so-called upper caste.

  How that injustice can be redressed? It can only be done by doing to the so-called upper castes that they had done in the past to the lower castes. It is reversing the castes upside down. Here there is no need of weakening or eliminating the caste to make the society caste-less but to empower the lower castes. It is not transcending caste but perpetuating it.

  Therefore, the agenda of social justice is born out of and nourished by an idea of the need to create caste consciousness among the lower castes to achieve that objective. It is a stark reality. It is not possible for the Indian judiciary to halt this political process for long. It is a fact that reservation has failed to push the caste ridden Indian society to a caste-less one. On the contrary, it has kicked start a political process of undoing the injustice done to the lower castes in the past by strengthening the caste consciousness. Caste is not only relevant but important today. It enables one to get power and position if he is this side of the divide, or makes him suffer and lose, if he happens to be on the other side. There is no question of right or wrong in this matter since there is a justification and logic in this historical process of retribution. Modern secular India is clueless today about this sinister phenomenon’s life-sustaining nectar or its mortal naval points.

  Then, there is another dilemma confronting modern India. The provision of the position of power under state by constitutional mechanism entails a correspondingly high responsibility and duty. If there has to be an employment under state of those who are not found fit or competent enough to such positions but have been employed so only because of the affirmative discrimination by way of reservation, then the nation in this age of fierce international competition has to pay a price and suffer in many arena. This disadvantage may put the nation in peril even to the degree of mortal consequences. As a consequence of employing those who are not competent enough to be so employed, a stage is bound to come when in the country there would be abundance of military commanders who cannot win the wars, medical doctors who cannot cure the patients, engineers who cannot run the industries, pilots who cannot fly planes etc.

  Is it possible that there is no application of reservation principle in such skill oriented state jobs and the rest of the lucrative but non-skilled jobs – like ministers, governors, judges etc. – are subjected to the principle of reservation? It is possible. If it is done, it would be pure case of undoing injustice that has been inflicted for centuries on the so-called lower castes; or, in reverse, it would be pure case of doing injustice as a matter of tit for tat by those who have suffered injustice Then, there would be a class of masters composed of the lower caste people occupying higher positions under the State and a class of servants composed of the higher caste people who would be serving their masters by doing dirty jobs, which had been done for centuries but in a converse position.

  In a democracy there is the rule of majority. In India, there is no doubt that the so-called lower caste people are in majority and they must rule. They have been deprived of the basic human dignity for centuries and they are united – or going to be united soon – alone by their caste consciousness. Logically, they must and would rule India. They would more likely than not undo the injustice that has been done to them, in the manner indicated above. Then, what would happen to the people belonging to the so-called upper castes? They would also – sooner or later – unite to resist the process of upside downing of position of power, resulting into the civil strife. This may turn out to be a very serious social upheaval –civil strife – that India may not be able to withstand and come out in a single piece. Is India heading in this direction? The time would tell.

  Any way if India needs to move towards an enlightened society where there may be social justice to all citizens, there are two ways open to her. If India gives any value to spiritual wisdom, she should make caste a relevant factor in all sphere of public life where caste should be determined by actions of the individual concerned. There may be constitutional provisions to enforce caste by actions and for crossing over of individuals’ caste. Criminal provisions may be legislated to give teeth to such provisions. Or, alternatively, if India gives a damn to spiritual values, then instead of moving along the line of caste based reservation, she should provide reservation to matrimonial alliances of lower and higher castes. In this way, the heterogeneous progeny could perhaps be saved from impending social upheaval. Here we may again quote the words of Swami Vivekananda that he spoke while dealing with the age-old caste problem of India. In an interview that he gave to The Hindu on February, 6, 1897, when asked of his views on the relation of caste to rituals, he said: “Caste is continually changing, rituals are continually changing – so are forms. It is the substance, the principle that does not change. It is on the Vedas that we have to study our religion. With the exception of the Vedas, every book must change. The authority of the Vedas is for all time to come; the authority of every one of our other books is for the time being. For instance, one Smiriti is powerful for one age, another for another age. Great prophets are always coming and pointing the way to work. Some prophets worked for the lower classes, others like Madhava gave to women the right to study the Vedas. Caste should not go, but should only be readjusted occasionally. Within the old structure is to be found life enough for the building of two hundred thousand new ones. It is sheer nonsense to desire the abolition of caste. The new method is evolution of the old. Instead of frittering away our energies on ideal reforms, which will never become practical, we had better go to the root of the evil and make a legislative body, that is to say, educate our people, so that they may be able to solve their own problems. Until that is done, all these ideal reforms will remain ideals only.”

The truth of the words spoken 115 years ago about the futility to abolish the system of castes in India is testified by the 65 years’ history of free India. Instead of going to the root cause of the evil of the caste system – caste by birth and not by Karma – we as a nation have been frittering our energies on ideal reforms incorporated in our Constitution, one after another, only to find that the remedy has proved worse than the disease and caste by birth and its ill effects are eating away the vitals of this country .

“Yoga is good. But Yoga comes from India. So it is bad”, say Ottawa “Social-Justice-Warriors”

By : Surya K.

Free Ottawa yoga class scrapped over ‘cultural issues’

Student leaders have pulled the mat out from 60 University of Ottawa students, ending a free on-campus yoga class over fears the teachings could be seen as a form of “cultural appropriation.”

Jennifer Scharf, who has been offering free weekly yoga instruction to students since 2008, says she was shocked when told in September the program would be suspended, and saddened when she learned of the reasoning.

Staff at the Centre for Students with Disabilities believe that “while yoga is a really great idea and accessible and great for students … there are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice,” according to an email from the centre.

The centre is operated by the university’s Student Federation, which first approached Scharf seven years ago about offering yoga instruction to students both with and without disabilities.

The centre goes on to say, “Yoga has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being practiced,” and which cultures those practices “are being taken from.”

The centre official argues since many of those cultures “have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy … we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practising yoga.”

The concept of cultural appropriation is normally applied when a dominant culture borrows symbols of a marginalized culture for dubious reasons — such as the fad of hipsters donning indigenous headdresses as a fashion statement, without any regard to cultural significance or stereotype.

But Scharf, a yoga teacher with the downtown Rama Lotus Centre, said the concept does not apply in this case, arguing the complaint that killed the program came instead from a “social justice warrior” with “fainting heart ideologies” in search of a cause celebre.

“People are just looking for a reason to be offended by anything they can find,” said Scharf.

“There’s a real divide between reasonable people and those people just looking to jump on a bandwagon. And unfortunately, it ends up with good people getting punished for doing good things.”

There were about 60 students who participated in the free program. Acting student federation president Romeo Ahimakin denied the decision resulted from a complaint. Ahimakin said the student federation put the yoga session on hiatus while they consult with students “to make it better, more accessible and more inclusive to certain groups of people that feel left out in yoga-like spaces. … We are trying to have those sessions done in a way in which students are aware of where the spiritual and cultural aspects come from, so that these sessions are done in a respectful manner.”

Scharf offered a compromise, suggesting she change the name from yoga to “mindful stretching,” since that would reflect the content of the program and would “literally change nothing about the course.”

“I’m not pretending to be some enlightened yogi master, and the point (of the program) isn’t to educate people on the finer points of the ancient yogi scripture,” she told the Sun. “The point is to get people to have higher physical awareness for their own physical health and enjoyment.”

According to email correspondence between Scharf and the centre, student leaders debated rebranding the program, but stumbled over how the French translation for “mindful stretching” would appear on a promotional poster, and eventually decided to suspend the program.

Student federation official Julie Seguin sympathized with Scharf over e-mail, defending the use of the term “yoga,” and saying, “I am also still of the opinion that a single complaint does not outweigh all of the good that these classes have done.”

Seguin said “labeling the CSD’s yoga lessons as cultural appropriation is questionable (and) debatable” and called on further discussion with the student executive.

Sufism should lead Islam. Indian-Muslims should lead Islamic-World.

 Allah, Divine, God, Supreme Being, Supreme Force, or …….. you may put any name of your choice, or you may even say It is Nameless, and Formless.  It is most difficult to name it.  Still more difficult is to obtain “unanimity”of public on any single name.

Still,  there is this nameless and formless Force.  This Force is nearer to a human being, like everything else, than the nearest thing to him. One only needs to sincerely call this Force, the Master, the Father or the Mother – endless epithets.

  The Holy book in Sura 2.186 says thus “And when My servants question thee concerning Me, then surely I am neigh. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he crieth unto Me. So let them hear My call and let them trust in Me, in order that they may be led aright.”

The followers of the Holy Koran, who cried to Allah, received His answer and became the living testimony of the Power and Grace of Allah.

India has a long list of such individuals. They are known as Sufis. They are Auliyas. They are saints.

Hazarat Nizzamuddin of Delhi, Auliya Chisti of Agra and Moinuddin Khwaja of Ajmer in medieval India are some of these individuals.

There are many in India still living and showing the path of Allah.

They are the Light of Mankind because the Fundamental Force – Allah – responds to their cries. They do not want any thing but Allah.

They have in entirety, in their body, desires and thoughts, surrendered themselves to Allah. They live their life but for Allah.  And, Allah being Merciful bestow grace on them.

  It is never ever possible for human beings to prefix adequate and sufficient adjectives to this Force. The best possible that could be applied by human beings are found in Holy Koran in Sura 1. 1-3: “Lord of the Worlds, the Beneficent, the Merciful, Owner of the Day of Judgment.”

  ‘Alberuni’s India’ (1029 AD) is marvelous source of historic record of facts during the period of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazani (from 997 to 1030 AD).

Alberuni’s real name was Abu Rihan and he was born in 973 AD in Khiva or Khwarizm.

His nation was invaded by Mahmud Ghazani in 1017 AD and he, along with other princes of Khiva who were his relatives, was brought as prisoner of war or hostage to Ghazani by Mahmud. On this account he was not well disposed towards Mahmud Ghazani.

He was a neutral observer of his surroundings and was a great scholar of sciences. He accompanied his master, Mahmud Ghazani, on his invasion of India.

He wrote many books on scientific subjects. Alberuni says:  “On the subject of ‘created things’ the ancient Greeks held nearly the same view as the Hindus. Some of them thought that all things are one. Others think that only the first cause has real existence, because it alone is self-sufficing, whilst everything else absolutely requires it; that a thing which for its existence stands in need of something else has only a dream-life, no real life, and that reality is only that one and first being  (the first cause).

  “This is also the theory of the Sufis, i.e. the sages, for suf means in Greek wisdom. Therefore a philosopher is called pailasopa, i.e. loving wisdom. When in Islam persons adopted something like the doctrines of these philosophers, they also adopted their names; but some people did not understand the meaning of the word, and erroneously combined it with the Arabic word suffa, as if the sufi were identical with the so-called Ahl-assuffa among the companions of Muhammad.

“In later times the word was corrupted by misspelling, so that finally it was taken for a derivation from saf, i.e. the wool of goat. Abu-alfath Albusti made a laudable effort to avoid this mistake when he said, “From olden times people have differed as to the meaning of the word sufi, and have thought it a derivative from suf, i.e. wool. I, for my part, understand by the word a youth who is safi, i.e. pure. This has become sufi, and in this form the name of a class of thinkers, the Suff’”.

  Alberuni further says:  “Some Sufi author relates the following story: ‘A company of Sufi came down unto us, and sat down at some distance from us. Then one of them rose, prayed, and on having finished his prayer, turned towards me and spoke: ‘ 0 master, do you know here a place fit for us to die on? ‘Now I thought he meant sleeping, and so I pointed out to him a place. The man went there, threw himself on the back of his head, and remained motionless. Now I rose, went to him and shook him, but lo! He was already cold.

  “The Sufi explains the Koranic verse, “We have madae room for him on earth” (Sura 18, 83), in this way: “if he wishes, the earth rolls itself up for him; if he wishes, he can walk on the water and in the air, which offer him sufficient resistance so as to enable him to walk, whilst the mountains do not offer him any resistance when he wants to pass through them.”

  Continues Alberuni: “Abu-Yazid Albistami once being asked how he had attained his stage in Sufism, answered: ‘I cast off my own self as a serpent casts off its skin. Then I considered my own self, and found that I was He, i.e. God.’

  “The Sufi explains the Koranic passage (Sura 2,68), “Then we spoke: Beat him with  a part of her,” in the following manner: “The order to kill that which is dead in order to  give life to it indicates that the heart does not become alive by the lights of knowledge unless the body be killed by ascetic practice to such a degree that it does not any more exist as a reality, but only in a formal way, whilst your heart is a reality on which no object of the formal world has any influence.

  “Further they say: ‘Between man and God there are a thousand stages of light and darkness. Men exert themselves to pass through darkness to light, and when they have attained to the stations of light; there is no return for them’.”

  The Holy book says in Sura 1.5-7: “Show us the straight path” “the path of those whom Thou hast favoured” and “not (the path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.” Allah reveals to the Prophet in Sura 17.84 thus: “Say: Each one doth according to his rule of conduct, and thy Lord is best aware of him whose way is right.”

  Holy Koran in Sura 50.16 says “We verily created a man and We know what his soul whispereth to him, and We are nearer to him than his jugular vein.”

  H. A.R.Gibb, the translator of ‘Ibn Battuta-Travels in Asia and Africa, 1325-1354’ says in his introduction to the book. “The fundamental aim of the Sufi life, however or wherever lived, was to pierce the veils of human sense which shut man off from the Divine and so attain to communion with and absorption into God.

“Their days and nights were spent in prayer and contemplation, in fasting and ascetic exercises. At frequent intervals all the inhabitants of the convent, or the local members of the tariqua, met to celebrate the ritual litany, the dhikr, according to their peculiar rites. The dhikr was intended to produce a hypnotic effect on the participants and so allow them to taste momentarily the joys of reunion with the Divine. With that extravagance which accompanies all expression of rising emotion in Eastern life and thought, the litany in most cases passed into a fantastic exhibition of marvelous or thaumaturgical feats, such as Ibn Battuta describes on several occasions.

 “Some would whirl and pirouette for hours at a time; others would chew serpents or glass, walk in fire, or thrust knives through their limbs, without any worse effects than at most a temporary nervous exhaustion.

 “The stories of miracles which he (Ibn Battuta) relates at second hand do him no discredit; the power of saints to perform miracles was and still is believed by the mass of Muslims, and such tales interested both narrator and audience.

“It is when he tells of miraculous events directly associated with himself that the problem of their truth must be definitely faced. In some cases it may be possible to explain them by hypnotism (if that in fact “explains” them), as the Muslims theologian explained in the Chinese magician’s tricks at Hang-chow; in others, we may suspect the arts of the conjurer; but there is a residue, including, for example, the account of his escape after his capture at Koel (modem Aligarh) in India, where we must either accept the miraculous element or give the lie direct to the traveler.

  “(Later on) Jihad was interpreted to apply to the inward and spiritual struggle against the temptations of the world, and the Sufis (as the mystics were now called) withdrew from secular warfare, but retained the old terminology. The ribat was now the ascetic’s hermitage or the convent or hospice where the devotees congregated to live the religious life…”

Wendy Doniger in service of an “erotic Hinduism”

By : Shreepal Singh

Wendy Doniger speaks out her heart: Let Hindu-India not develop a Hindu-leader.

Her heart breaks at encountering the reality that today Hindu-India has developed a Hindu – leader in Narendra Modi.

She is very much worried that “with India having found a Hindu – leader in Modi” this country has lost democracy. This is what Wendy Doniger said while participating via Skype in the latest Litfest,  the occasions which have become the easy opportunity for persons like Wendy Doniger for India-bashing in the name of Literature Festivals.

To a question by someone “how good Hindu leadership could emerge”, Wendy Doniger said (as reported by Times of India):

“There are several Hindu leaders, but no one individual. The trick is to ensure a Hindu leadership doesn’t evolve”. That India was beginning to to be ruled by an escalating “Hindu leadership” was a development “that had to be halted”.

It is for you to take a minute of you and ponder over the reason for this wish of Wendy Doniger. You know Christians have their leader in Pope;  Muslims have their Caliph;  Buddhists have their Dalai Lama; etc.

To look that she is a person who has a very benevolent view of Hinduism,  she says, “Hinduism has a thousand spirits,  but Hindutva picks just one – “a sanitized,  anti-erotic thread” and makes it the definitive representation,  which it isn’t.”

But by this statement,  she has betrayed her real mind. She is offended by “anti-erotic thread of Hinduism”. She claims Hinduism is not “anti-erotic”.

Wendy Doniger is distorting history, to say the least.

Hindus had a leader in M. K. Gandhi.  And he was anti-erotic. To Doniger’s information,  Gandhi experimented with celibacy, advocated it and limited his sexual life to only one woman – his wife Kasturba.

Hindus had a leader in Vivekananda. And he was anti – erotic. He was a celibate.

Hindus had a leader in Sri Aurobindo.  He was anti – erotic. He was a celibate who advised his wife – Mranalani – to make him free from marital bond.

Hindus had a leader in Guru Nanak -who was a Hindu before founding Sikhism. He was anti-erotic. He was a celibate.

Hindus had a leader in Gautam Buddha -who was a Hindu before founding Buddhism.  He was anti-erotic. He left his wife -Yashodhara – to search for the secret of death,  old age, sickness and in his search found this secret in “Enlightenment”.

What does Wendy Doniger want to prove?  And, why does she want to prove that she wants?

To serve the interests of Western “imperialism”, imperialism of culture!

Madam your thin cover is blown off!

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