Make Sri Aurobindo the ‘Voice of India and its Politics’ !

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An amazing soul that has much to teach, but not an “easy” read by any means. If you don’t want to work, don’t get this book. If you have ever read a Shakespeare play through first with cliff notes and read every footnote to understand the language, then re-read the play with your new understanding and experienced the heartfelt pleasure of reading Shakespeare with a satisfying joy and deep amazement, you will know what I mean.”

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Two phases of Indian politics !

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India is not true India today; it is a pale shadow of the true India. Today it is tarnished with the borrowed ideas and tainted with an imposed life that are foreign to its body and spirit. This country is infected with an antibody pathogen of secularism, clamped with a concocted glory of “an idea of India” and undergoing the sufferance of a stale constitution. This India is ill and cannot stand on its own feet.

India is fearful and is still not free. For example, this India yet cannot dare to officially say that killing of humans, even if they happen to be ‘Kaffirs’ according to some definitions, is not permitted in this country; that holding these ‘Kaffirs’ as low-born, without status and not worthy of respect is not permitted in India; it cannot openly dare say that there is no place in this country for believing in and practicing, and propagating of such religious teachings; that even the very believing – what to talk of propagating or practicing – in such obnoxious ideas has no place in India; and, that there is need of an open policy to use science and to deploy technology to transform such thinking into something, which should be humane in nature and sublime in purpose. This India has no courage or will to declare that believing in and practicing and propagating of such religious teaching are against the fundamental law – constitution – of this land, against human reason and universally accepted morality of humanity.

It is bogged down by the weight of ‘political correctness’ of Indian democracy, as if democracy is an ultimate invention of collective social living. The irony of the situation is this India has to preserve this democracy by being politically correct for them whose history has no sympathy with the institutions of democracy. This India is still weak in the matter of its wealth – economy; it is yet to make available fundamental science to its population at mass scale and invent top rated technology to produce wealth. These are a few examples out of many instances of such weaknesses of this India of today

This country is fearful to say the truth. This India is not mentally free. It is culturally still slave; it has inferiority complex – in its thinking, language, literature, dress and habits. This India suffers from a slave mentality because of 1000 years’ slave history. As fish are not aware that they live in water surrounding them – unless fish are taken out of water – Indians are not aware of their slave mentality, until someone from foreign land points it out to them. In the first phase of its politics, India has to overcome these weaknesses.

In this first phase, India has to learn to become free and fearless and, respond to the challenges thrown to its existence with a living and assertive force; in this phase it has to become an invincible national power – a stable political force capable of nullifying fissiporace and divisive internal political elements. It has also to become an international power – a country that is reckoned with by the international community and that is listened to  for its concerns. This work is of transforming India from a third world country to a modern and advanced country.

In this phase, because of its circumstances, India may have to do many things – take many steps – that may not look reasonable, that may look transgressing the limits, that may be objected to by many elements, within India and outside of India. It is but natural and this country has to face such  tough resistance. Democracy – unlike dictatorship – has an inherent limitation in bringing a change in society. It is a political system that has to take into account diversified public voices in effecting a change and solving its problems. Therefore, unlike dictatorship it is slow – and sometimes unable – in bringing a desired change. It would be almost a miracle for democratic India if it is able to achieve what China achieved through dictatorship. India would need to be ruthless in overcoming its challanges and become a country that is advanced in science and technology to regain its former self – original, confident and forward looking India.

In brief, in this phase India has to learn to free itself from all the tainting blemishes, become fearless to demolish its internal obstacles and powerful enough to resist external pressures. This is exactly what today India is doing under the leadership of its Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is the duty of every right thinking person to support the government of India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help complete this first phase of Indian politics.

But this is not the end point of Indian politics and this country would need to embark on the next phase; it is not what India is all meant to do – that is, to become a powerful country to overawe others. India neither dreams of such an illicit pursuit nor it had such a history – history of thousands of years.

India dreams to achieve something else, something bigger, something now unthinkable by humans! It dreams to unlock Nature’s secrets for humans, to open the secret gates of mystic realities for humanity at large, to serve the ultimate interests of humanity. India, whether weak or strong, is not yet done.

The world should joyously welcome this rising of India – it is for the good of humanity that is suffering eternal pains!

India doesn’t aspire to become a Hindu theocratic nation; India does not want to become a ‘Hindu Pakistan’. India has a different aim. It is busy completing this first phase. It has yet to get ready to embark on a second phase of what it aims at. In the second phase it aims to achieve what is beyond all religions; that which is sublime in purpose; it would be an awakening of mankid to its destiny.

In the second phase, the new India full of spiritual energy will lead humanity to transgress itself beyond all religions and transform our race of animal-humans into the race of people who are equpped with higher plane of consciousness, which consciousness is divine in nature and universal in presence and, is beyond our mind and thoughts. This effort would not be restricted to any kind of nationalism but would embrace the whole humanity. It would be a collaborative project of huanity and not of any kind of competitive religious work. It would flung wide open the gates of occult mysteries for humanity, of which mysteries humans have been encountering here and there and now and then since ages – in the experiences of people like Buddha, Mahavira, Shankaracharya, Christ, Milerapa, Mira Bai, Guru Nanak, Raidas, Kabeer, Baba Fareed, Bulle Shah, Ramakrishna, Sri Aurobindo and millions like them in India and many other countries around the world.

The second phase of Indian politics would speak in the voice of Sri Aurobindo. In this second phase, cultural Hinduism of India would evolve into the universal spirituality. Even it seems likely that in the second phase, the new India may have to combat with – and convert – the cultural Hinduism into that higher and universal spirituality, which may have many serious repercussions for our present way of life, including our thinking, economy and politics. Such a comprehensive cultural and social transformation may not be palatable to many, who now live a happy life of cozy luxary of cultural Hinduism. After all, total transformation is not an easy thing. In one sentence, this total human transformation would be an integral Yoga – according one’s inclination or liking of devotion to Divine, actions devoted to Divine or devotion to knowledge of ultimate truth or reality – undertaken by humanity at large. It would a collaborative work of humanity with love, knowledge, conduct and surrender to Divine – or any of them according to one’s liking and choice. There would be no place for nationalism or any narrow consideration based on human mind.

Let the world welcome the efforts of India; let the world bear with the first phase of India’s politics and wait for its next – second – phase. In the meantime, let anyone having curiosity look into all these possibilities – possibilities that look incredible to us today. Let us dig into the writings of Sri Aurobindo and find out what he says about the destiny of human race on Earth in terms of its evolutionary journey and of the incredible possibilities waiting to open for our race. These possibilities are not an imaginary thing – a mental illusion – of a philosopher. The reality of acquisition of these incredible capabilities – capabilities that are possible for humans – is testified again and again by humans’ history in the life of individuals like Buddha, Christ and millions others like them. The only difference is that in the past they were acquired by individuals and not by our race as a whole and this time they would be acquired by our race  as a whole and not on an individual scale. This is the only difference. This is human destiny; this is the goal of humanity, towards which it has to move; this is the work, in which India has to involve itself – in its national life and its politic. What we humans are called upon to do today is to organise human society, which is made-up of its political, intellectual, economic and cultural components, in such a way that it is helpful to bring this transformation of our race.

Direction-less “Hindu Politics” of India

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Hindu, Hindutva, Hindu Dharma, Hinduism, Sanatan Dharma are the epithets that are flung by the opponents at the present ruling regime in the Indian politics as something that is bad, that is a vice – something that is detestable. These opponents of Hindu politics in India are not only those who are non-Hindus, like Christians and Muslims. They include Hindus also – and a very large number of Hindus.

This fact – the fact that a large chunk of Hindu community remain in the camp of the opponents of Hindu politics – is testified by the stark realities of the Indian political history. For example, the Hindu flag bearer Rashtriya Sevak Sangh, which was founded in 1925, could not become a dominant force in a Hindu India. Why Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was able to dominate the Hindu politics of freedom struggle and not an outrightly Hindu organisation like RSS? Even after independence in 1947, why Hindus could not be gravitated towards such a Hindu organisation – and its political arm or affiliate Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and before that Jan Sangh, until Narendra Modi came on to the national political scene? Atal Bihari though came to national political scene but could not decisively change the direction of the Indian politics – and he was successfully succeeded by an outright anti-Hindu regime of Smt. Sonia Gandhi. The fact is that a large chunk of Hindu community is still not with the Hindu politics, despite there being a great personality like Modi on the national scene. It is not belittling the RSS; it is indicating its limitations. RSS has played a positive role in India by making this country aware of its glorious history and inculcating a sentiment of nationalism among Indians in a world zealously pursuing – somewhere openly and somewhere in the hidden form – nationalism. This organization has served the nation when it needed it the most. But all these positive contributions are simply not enough for India to rise and fulfil its role as a spiritual guide of humanity.

Persons like Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath (and a few more here and there in the entire Indian political spectrum) are extremely rare in the present Indian political world. In public perception such leaders in their personal life are ‘Karam Yogi” in the true sense of Gita. They possess in today’s world of low morality an astonishing quality: they seem to have no attachment to worldly allurements like acquiring personal wealth for them or their near and dear ones, which quality is loved by ordinary Indians. In the absence of such leaders, even the present number those Hindus who love them seem more likely than not to desert the present Hindu politics. Why such a great chunk of Hindus are the opponents of the Hindu politics in India?

It is because the present Hindu politics in India is confined to its outer – symbolic – form rather than its essence. Hindu temples, habits, morality and way of life are only the outer reflection of its inner core – and not its core.  This outer reflection – the cultural formation – of its inner core is necessary for the Hindu politics to dominate Indian politics but it is not enough. In order to win the hearts of overwhelming Hindu India, to dominate the national politics and to remain an unchallenged force in India, the national politics of India needs to go to the deeper core of Hinduism and to reflect that core in the conduct and day to day life of its leaders.

However, Hinduism has to first assert its powerful presence in India, which can only be done by standing on the ground of cultural Hinduism, before this Hindu India can chart a course – a course leading towards the human evolutionary destiny. And this cultural manifestation of Hindus in India would need a reconciliation of its history with truth, which is in bitter taste. To regain its former self and vigor, it is absolutely necessary for India that its historical truth is universally acknowledged in its full spectrum and without any compromise and made the part of Indian public memory.

Still, the political assertion of cultural Hinduism in India is only a starting point of its journey towards a dazzling human destiny and not an end, not its mission. Nevertheless, the outer reflection of the inner core of Hinduism and this inner core itself are complementary to each other and the politics of cultural Hinduism is doing a great service in the rising of India today.

So far the Hindu politics has not been able to achieve this feat – barring an unusual exception in the life of leaders like Modi and Adityanath Yogi etc. This exception still remains an exception and has not become a rule in the ruling Hindu political force. This kind of political life needs to become a general rule in India and to take the centerstage of the Hindu politics at the national level.

Sanatan Dharma – or Hinduism – is not to be confounded with something that is limited only to an insight into the present and the glory of the past. It is mainly concerned with the future, moving on in a direction, in human evolution, future of human race on Earth.

Unless it is understood in this light, it would be nothing but a stale story, a bit better than other competing religions and an ugly insistence on its beauty. For this understanding, a reading of Sri Aurobindo is a must. Alas, most of Indians do not know him, do not read him and do not understand the capacity of what he said for leading the humanity towards a goal – destiny of human race.

Alas, our politics is centered around Swami Vivekananda’s energetic exhortations for Indians to rise. It is all set in the world of 1880’s and the slave Indians. What India has to do when she is politically free and has a choice  to chart its path, is absent there. Sri Aurobindo, in fact, came on the Indian national scene to fill that gap. Just read his Uttarpara speech (click here), which he gave in 1909 after coming out of prison in the Alipur Conspiracy Case.

But he is not brought to the centerstage of today’s national politics because of the national ignorance about him. If this is done, Indian politics – at national and global level – would get a new energy and the world would be thrilled with joy to find what Hindu politics can do in the service of humanity. It will give India a mission – spiritual mission – in which the whole humanity will rush happily to join in and collaborate.

India badly needs the politics of development – sabka vikas, sabka saath, sabka vishwas. But development politics is not the Hindu politics. Mixing them together is spurious – development can be done by any political force, not necessarily by Hindu politics. What else can Hindu politics do? Hindu politics can show the path – the path of forward march – to humanity towards its evolutionary destiny.

Economic development is not something that is peculiar to Hinduism. Europe had achieved it long back and after that many countries – like the United States, Russia, Japan, Korea and now China etc. – have achieved it. For achieving this development, one has simply to copy them. This achievement is not a big feat for Hindu India. Indian can do it and should do it. It is an economics of demand and supply: that is, increasing human needs and setting up more and more industries to fulfill those needs. But it is not the substance of what spiritual India stands for. India has to do something else. Sri Aurobindo almost a century ago has said India is not here to copy what others have achieved; India is here to do that others cannot do. Hindu India India can do something – achieve something – that is beyond the wildest imagination of others: it is climbing one step up in the human evolutionary scale. In this work – even if it is attempted by India – Hindu India would have to turn its focus away from its outer cultural manifestations to its inner core. This work of India – in the nature of the kind and circumstances of this work – would be not much in the fervor of Indian or Hindu nationalism but a universal endeavour engulfing the entire humanity.

If Hindus wish to remain a perennially invincible political force in India, they would need to bring a tectonic shift in their politics – the shift from the politics of cultural Hinduism to the politics anchored to an evolutionary ideal of human unity. And, it cannot be done by India unless Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual vision of the future of humanity is brought to the centerstage of Indian national politics.

Kejariwal, Freebees and Future

Parmanand Pandey, Advocate, Supreme Court (Secretary General IPC)

Now when the dirt, din and bustle of Delhi elections have largely got subsided, it is necessary to have a close look as to what has happened during this period and how far it will auger well or ill for the people. There is no doubt that Mr Kejriwal’s party has got the astounding victory and has made the biggest party in the country, the BJP, to bite the dust. But this victory has not been obtained on any positive points, it has certainly vitiated the atmosphere.
The same Kejriwal, who was crying hoarse that the central government was creating all obstacles for him to work for the benefit of the people, suddenly six months before the elections started distributing the freebies to people. He announced free bus travels to women, free electricity up to 200 units across the board, free water supply and free pilgrimage to senior citizens. To top it all, he must have blown up more than a thousand crore rupees in advertisements.
It is also alleged that he has sold party tickets to rich and wealthy. Obviously, this is a big corruption although his politics started with the movement for rooting out the corruption. Free doles were poured on voters to obfuscate their capacity to make any decisions. This is certainly a matter of great concern and anxiety. During the previous regime of Shri Kejriwal, corruption was unabated, in fact, it went further deep down in the system of his government. He must be aware that the Distribution of doles cannot provide jobs or build infrastructure.
The much-trumpeted education systemin Delhi has reached its nadir, thousands of the posts of the teachers are lying vacant and no fresh appointment of the teachers have been made for many years. The condition of government schools has not improved a wee bit. Even the teachers in these schools do not have any faith in them as they do not send their own children to the schools of Delhi administration because there are no teachers to teach them. No MLA or important office bearers of his political party send their children to the government schools. On the other hand, the image and the education of Central Schools are by far better than most of the private schools. Even Mr Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia have not sent their children to any Delhi government school.
Therefore, it is expected that instead of indulging into tall talks the Kejriwal government will now concentrate on the better education of the children. In the last five years, no new schools or colleges have been opened in Delhi. So, all talks of the improvement in the education system in Delhi are nothing but empty rhetoric.
During this election, it will very difficult to miss the polarisation of Muslim votes. So much so, that in ShaheenBagh area an almost illiterate person Amanatullah Khan has been elected with the highest number of votes, while Mr Sisodia was panting for the even for the pyrrhic victory. So, to say that people have voted for a good education in Delhi is nothing but a downright lie. Anyway, Kejriwal is again saddled in power for five years, he must work for rooting out the corruption, improving the transport system, building the infrastructure, opening new schools, colleges and hospitals and starting for the welfare schemes instead of blaming for everything to a government which is ruling at the centre.

Shaheen Bagh(s) of India and the Rights of Rat and Cat !

The year was 1947: Muslims declare they are a nation separate from Hindus. It is not possible for Muslims to live with Hindus in India. They need a separate land – Pakistan – to live their life according to Islam. It is dubbed the two nations’ theory, the theory that was propounded by Mohammad Iqbal and was executed in reality by Mohd Ali Jinnah. This theory has a vast amount of literature, rational and religious both, propounding its justification.

But the Hindus held then in 1947 that religion – whether Islam or Hinduism – cannot be the basis of a nation. Hindus can live without any problem with Muslims in one united India. Therefore, Hindus resisted the creation of Pakistan and, even when Pakistan was created, they encouraged Muslims to continue to stay and live with them in India, whatever of that India was left after the partition. It was said of Hindus – and by Hindus – that Hindus are great; their religion and culture are great! It was so good of them that they followed this path of wisdom.

And, Pakistan was created. It was an Islamic republic, the same Islam that was touted a separate nation, which could not live with a Hindu dominated India. India is declared a people’s republic, equally belonging to all people who lived in India. It guaranteed the equal right to Hindus and Muslims (and other religions) to ‘profess and practice’ their respective religion. This guaranteed right included the right of Muslims of India to ‘practice and profess’ Islam in India, Muslims who held – and rightly so – that they cannot live with Hindus in united India. But Hindus still said they can live with Muslims. They adopted secularism in their national constitution. So far it was so great of them; it was the greatness of Hinduism.

Muslims took away a part of India as Pakistan and declared their nation an Islamic republic. They said they would live according to Islam there – the very Islam that could not live with Hindus in united India and that needed a separate nation of Islam in Pakistan. Pakistan is ideologically founded on Islam – Islam that could not live in a Hindu united India. Islam held that there is no place at all – or at least an equal place – for non-believers (kafir Hindus) in Islamic Pakistan. Hindus cannot become the head of the country; they cannot criticize Islam or its prophet but Hindu gods and sacred books can be criticized by Muslims; Hindus can be forcefully converted to Islam but Muslims cannot be so converted to Hinduism. The result of this mentality was that Hindus and all other religious minorities were a severely persecuted religious minorities in Pakistan from the day one of its creation. For this very reason, Pakistan’s first law minister Jogendra Nath Mandal had to leave Pakistan to live and die in Hindu India.

The net outcome of these two rival policies of Pakistan and India has been the declining of Hindu population in Pakistan from 24% to 2% as of 2019 and the increasing of Muslim population in India from 2% to 20% during that period. Iqbal and Jinnah were right when they declared that Muslims cannot live together with Hindus. It is a truth; all contrary claims in Pakistan are willful falsehood – Taqia – and in India are willful political fooling by secularists. The stark reality is that Muslims cannot live with Hindus, whether in 1947 or in 2020, whether in Pakistan or in India. When Muslims say – either in 1947 or in 2020 and either in Pakistan or in India – that they cannot live with Hindus, it means nothing but living of Muslims and Hindus together; when Hindus say – either in 1947 or in 2020 and either in India or Pakistan – that they can live with Muslims, it means nothing but living of Muslims and Hindus together.

Modi government has passed a law – CAA – to allow Indian citizenship to Pakistan’s (and of Afghanistan and Bangladesh) Hindus (and other religious minorities) who were being persecuted on religious ground there but were living in India on visas etc. as on 31.12.2014. It is a great relief to such persecuted persons and a great humanitarian gesture by India.

But Muslims of India are against this law. They will not allow this law to continue. They cannot live with Hindus – there are 100 crores of Hindus already in India – and CAA law will add more Hindus to that number. They cannot allow Indian Hindus through their Parliament to make a law that will allow them to become Indian citizens; they will not allow a law in India that makes it obligatory to register – record – all citizens of India, which citizens include Muslims of India; and, they cannot allow the counting of population of India with individual details. They cannot tolerate this situation to their detriment. It will add extra weight to their problems that they face in the fulfilment of their design in India. It will hamper their wish to make India a Hindu-free land. But they are not certain whether as of yet the appropriate time to challenge and stop Hindus in India, and win against them has arrived or not. But there is no harm that they must probe and test that possibility. They have to make an experiment; and, to learn from this experiment their weaknesses and mistakes and correct them for the future.

Therefore, they have started a public protest at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi and replicated its copies at many places in India. They say their protest is peaceful and a non-violent Gandhian one. Muslims are clashing in heat with Hindu voices in television debates justifying their protest; they fling in these debates open violent threats and abuses to Hindu opponents. They are swearing by the name of Indian constitution and holding Indian Tricolor flags in their hands. But they damn care for constitution (like constitutional direction to frame a uniform civil code) and they do not respect India Parliament that made this CAA law; they burn public transport buses. They welcome a Sharjeel Imam like heroe, who threatens to dismember India by isolating Asam from the country; in the true Taquia style – intentional falsehood – they in their next breath disown that Sharjeel Imam. They hold Indian flag in their hands and cry that they want “Jinnah wali Azadi” – freedom the way Jinnah had got it from India in 1947.

They cannot live with Hindus, like their forefather Muslims had declared in 1947, and all their contrary claims and pretensions are to confuse their opponents and numb their resistance or objection; it is the culture of an intentional and calculated falsehood.

Muslims say – in Pakistan and India both – they cannot live with Hindus. Hindus say – in India and Pakistan both – they can live with Muslims. Muslims say they cannot allow uniform civil code in India; they cannot allow relocation of their mosques (like at Ayodhya, Benaras, Mathura et.) to some other places. Hindus allow interference by government in the matters of their temples. Why there is so much difference between the two? Are Hindus tolerant and Muslims intolerant?

It is the culture that make them different. Culture is more powerful than religion, though culture is powered by religion. Culture is habit without thinking. It is an integral part of one’s conscious and sub-conscious part of mind. It does not require the application of reasoning; it is a habit, which is more powerful than reason.

Islam’s culture is fabricated around these religious pillars: our religion is above anything else in this world;  no one can find fault with our prophet or what he said; Islam is superior to any and all other religions and Muslims are better human beings than all others; Jihad against non-believers (in Islam), converting them to Islam or killing them if they refuse to so convert is religious obligation on them; being killed in this effort – Jihad – is glorious and is handsomely rewarded after death in the after world. Just compare this culture with the culture of Hindus! Hindu culture is based on these religious assumptions: all life is sacred because a part of god dwells in every life and therefore killing is bad; god has many forms and is formless too and one can worship him in one’s own way; all religions worship god and have the right to so worship him; all these different ways should be respected. All includes Islam also. Any person having commonsense and open mind will instantly recognise that it is a situation where Muslims are like a cat who is pitted against a rat in Hindus, where the cat says it has an obligation to eat the rat and the rat says that the cat has the right to do what is likes.

Hindus have an inbuilt cultural deficiency and they have no way to get over this defect. Hindus by culture, by habit and by reason are passive. They may be forced by circumstances – that are outside of their power – to react to the offensive; they are historically and as of now not capable of taking to the offensive, the initiative. Now, compare such mental set up of a people to those people who have an inbuilt cultural attitude to be offensive:

Reaction is forced by the offensive to accommodate itself to the circumstances already set up by the offensive. This defensive strategy is fatally flawed. Even the ultimate fate of such defensive strategy is decided by the parameters and limitations set by the offence. If the intention of the offensive is to destroy the opponent, the reacting force is bound to be destroyed if its strategy is limited to be defensive. The intention to destroy the opponent can only be thwarted by the strategy of offensive and by killing the source that harbors that intention of such destruction. But for Hindus it is not possible; it is an affront to the Hindu culture; as of today it would look destroying the Hinduism itself.

Is there any way out of this situation for Hindus?

It is a Herculean task. Hindus will need to change – reorient – their culture, which is not an easy thing. They cannot change their religion but they can re-interpret it. They can re-interpret their religion in tune with the changed times and circumstances of today. They can teach that re-interpreted religion in schools and colleges in India to prepare a new generation of Hindus who are not defensive – who do not only react. They can prepare a new generation that thinks of future, that can plan and take initiative to meet the challenge before that danger transfixes them into an already prepared set of circumstances.

How can this re-interpreting of Hindu religion be done? Here we are giving one example of how it can be done. Hinduism has a plethora of sacred books. One such sacred book is Geeta. What does Geeta teach to one who cares to listen to it? It teaches many things. All these aspects of teaching are equally good but what matters the most is the focus where you put your emphasis. Geeta also teaches an aspect of life – an aspect where the Hindu culture needs to re-orient itself to focus on – that a Hindu is religiously obliged to fight the evil; that when Hindu fights an evil it is his religious duty to kill the evil-doer; that for doing so it is not he who is to be blamed for that killing; that such death is ordained by the Divine itself and Hindu in killing the evil-doer is only doing his duty cast on him; that in committing violence in performing one’s duty – if such duty is performed by him without any attachment to its fruit like the satisfaction of his ill will or revenge against the victim – Hindu does no moral wrong.

It is not a licence to kill anybody at will but a mentality to be prepared to kill, if the opponent is wrong-doer or evil-doer. The very presence of this mentality in Hindus would deter the opponent to indulge in wrong-doing. The opponent will think hundred of times before daring to transgress his limits onto the path of his evil design. He would be well aware that he would be surely punished by Hindus.

It is a cultural shift of far reaching consequences. In Mahabharata, Arjun did everything to destroy the evil-doer Kauravas; in Ramayana, Rama did everything to destroy the evil-doer Ravana. To destroy the evil-doer is devout Hindu’s religious duty and no blame of wrong-doing comes to that Hindu for the destruction, if the destruction is done without any personal motives. It is cultural ethos; it makes a people brave; it makes them mentally ready to nip the evil in the bud. With the presence of such Hindu mentality, nobody would dare to indulge in hooliganism like Shaheen Bagh. Then, there would be 80 Hindus on road to counter one Sharjeel Imam there.

Along with this cultural shift, what Hindus need in order to preserve their existence is to highlight their history that followed this cultural principle – the principle of destroying the evil. Indian history is the richest one in the world in this respect. They need to re-orient their focus of the history in their schools and colleges in India to prepare a brave new generation of Indians. Alexander attacked India and Porus fought, and defeated – or almost defeated him – in his evil invasion. Seleucus Nicator attacked Chandragupt Maurya and the later fought and defeated him.  Mohd bin Kasim attacked India and Raja Dahir Deshpati valiantly fought against him. Mohd Ghori attacked India and Prithviraj valiantly fought and defeated him number of times; but since he  neglected his duty as a Hindu to destroy the evil-doer Mohd Ghori, he was killed. There is endless history of India that followed this Geeta’s path, fought the evil-doer and won – or lost because they did not adhere to the Geeta’s strict mandate of destroying the evil, when opportunity was available. Bappa Rawal, Rana Sanga, Maharana Pratap, Guru Govind Singh, Shivaji, Bagha Jatin, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, Subhash Chandra Bose … and many more of such Hindus, who fought to perform their duty and killed the evil-doers.

This is the only way for Hindus of India to preserve their existence as Hindus. Hindus are like a lion cub who has been reared for long as a pet of a master and who has forgotten that he is lion. Hindus are a thousand times more brave than those people who have faith in a religion that teaches them to “Have smile on your face and hate in your heart, when you are weak; and strike unrelenting terror on them, when you are strong”. This mentality is an outright cowardice, in addition to an immorality of cheating, falsehood and fraud. Brave people never resort to such fraud. They remain true to their word and show magnanimity to the weak. It is a litmus test of the bravery.

Hindus – or the proud inhabitants of this land called India – have come a full circle of their long history. They have become timid slaves.  Otherwise, how can it be explained that at Shaheen Bagh a tiny percentage of Muslims in India are on road and hold this country to ransom  demanding a Parliamentary law to be scrapped, and the millions of Hindus have not taken to the roads in India to stop such hooliganism, pretentions and intentional falsehood? Hindus remain mere onlookers to the whole drama, as if the matter has nothing to do with them. In heated television debates, on objectionable utterance made there by many speakers, Hindus audience do not rise to protest but enjoy the scene by clapping – or not clapping – as if they are there to enjoy and the matter does not concern them. They are supposed to know that it is the matter of their freedom – freedom now and the freedom in future. Hindus have come a full circle of their history since 305 BCE and today they are of the slaves mentality – slaves in their temperament and slave in their conduct. Hindus may not be aware of their this slave mentality but any person coming from outside of India would immediately sense this weakness of their character.

It was written in 305 BCE by Megasthenes – a Greek ambassador in the court of Chandragupt Maurya – in his book called “Indika” about Hindus thus:

“Of several remarkable customs existing among the Indians, there is one prescribed by their ancient philosophers which one may regard as truly admirable: for the law ordains that no one among them shall, under any circumstances, be a slave, but that, enjoying freedom, they shall respect the equal right to it which all possess: for those, they thought, who have learned neither to domineer over nor to cringe to others will attain the life best adapted for all vicisstitudes of lot.” (Vide page 38, Ancient India as described by Megasthenes and Arrian – compiled and translated from Greek by John W. McCrindle – published by Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, New Delhi).

Perhaps it is because of this ancient custom of Indians of loving their freedom – not to dominate others and not to be dominated by others – that they are still Hindus in India, while all other peoples like the Persians of Iran, Afghans of Afghanistan and many other native people were defeated, enslaved and converted or destroyed by their subjugators. Perhaps it is because of this ancient custom that Hindus of India detest anyone who tries to subjugate them, while all those defeated people find glory in their subjugators.

Bidding Adieu to P. Parameshwaran

Subhash Patil

Padmavibhushan and Padam Shri P. Parameswaran, one of the senior most pracharaks of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the founder director of Bharatiya Vichara Kendram is no more. He was 91. He took his last breath at Ottappalam, Palakkad District of Kerala.

P. Parameswaran was an authority in ancient Indian wisdom, a prolific writer, acknowledged poet, researcher and a visionary, who was committed to the cause of national resurgence.

He was the national secretary (1967 – 1971) and national vice president (1971 – 1977) of Bharatiya Jan Sangh and former director of Deendayal Research Institute (1977 – 1982), New Delhi. Born in 1927 in Muhamma, Alappuzha district in Kerala, he joined RSS during his student days.

He completed B.A. History (Hon.), with distinction, from University of Kerala. Then he dedicated himself for the cause of national reconstruction and came out as a fulltime RSS Pracharak. During the days of draconian Emergency, declared by Smt. Gandhi, he courted arrest as part of the all India Satyagraha against the autocratic regime; he was jailed for 16 months under MISA.

Being a relentless high browed and intellectual fighter Parameswarji possessed the instinct and insight to identify the
Anti-national, negative and divisive onslaughts unleashed by the left intellectuals and always fought them out; he succeeded in creating an atmosphere of awareness at the national level to resist the left thoughts and fill the national consciousness with swadeshi spirit for the reconstruction of our great nation.

Bharatiya Vichara Kendram, a centre for national resurgence, was established by Parameswarji in 1982 to promote nationalist thoughts among Keralites. It was followed by a compendium of research projects, national and international seminars, publication of books and journals, etc. He was always pleased to meet and exchange ideas of differences with eminent communist ideologues like Sri. E.M.S. Nampoothiripad and many others.

His intelligent expedition on the life and works of Swami Vivekananda and Karl Marx titled ‘Marx and Vivekananda’ is an excellent example of his insight and clarity of expression. His books ‘Sri Narayana Guru – The Prophet of Renaissance,’ ‘From Marx to Maharshi,’ ‘Aurobindo – the Prophet of Future,’ ‘The Changing Society And The Changeless Values,’ etc, show his deep rooted stature in the national consciousness and commitment to the cause of national reconstruction.

He was prophetic in exposing the hollowness of the concept of ‘Kerala Model’ and later on his exposition was shared by eminent economist Dr. Amartya Sen. Considering his erudite scholarship in the life and works of Swami Vivekananda, he was invited to participate in the centenary celebrations, of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago Address, held in 1993. He was the President of Vivekananda Kendram, Kanyakumari, too.

Hanuman Prasad Poddar Award, Kolkata (1997), Amrita Keerti Puraskar, instituted by Mata Amritanandamayi Math (2002) and Hindu Renaissance Award (2010) are some of the notable awards Parameswarji has bagged. On top of all these, considering his enthusiasm in and endless efforts towards the national reconstruction on the traditional wisdom, the nation honored him with Padmavibhushan, the second highest civilian award in 2018 and Padmashri in 2004.

Bengaluru City: History and Ravindra Mahatre

By: P M R

  1. When Kempegowda presented blue print for constructing Bengaluru city to the Vijayanagara King, impressed with the vision and planning, the king not only approved it, but also gave 50000 gold coins(varahas) and six nearby areas of Bengaluru to be included under the new city.
  2. Kempegowda had studied 8 years in a Gurukula, in Hesaraghatta before taking the reigns of Yelahankan ruled by his ancestors for decades. Vijayanagar King advised Kempegowda to ensure the new city of Bengaluru will be a commercial and
    dharmic Centre, and self sufficient in water requirement.

  3. Bhoomi Puja of Bengaluru was done in an area between Domluru & Yelahanka. Havana & Yagna was conducted by the Gurukula teachers where Kempegowda had studied.
    Massive Yagna smoke and Vedaghosha had filled the air due to Vedic rituals.

  4. East-West line became Chikkapete (retail market), North-South line became Doddapete (wholesale market – current Avenue Road), Akki, Ragi, Arale & taragu petes for grocery market, Ganigara pete for oil, uppara pete for salt, Kumbara pete for pottery, Tigalara pete for flower business, Nagarth pete for gold/silver biz, Bale pete for bangles and chain came up.

  5. Dharmambudhi lake (current KBS bus stand), Kempambudhi lake, Halsuru lake and
    Yediyuru lake were constructed for mobilising water for drinking & washing.

  6. For irrigation requirement Kempegowda constructed Sampangi lake (Current cricket stadium).

  7. Having studied in Gurukula and being a totally dharmic king, Kempegowda constructed Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple, Basavanagudi’s Big bull – Nandi temple, Doddapete’s Anjaneya temple.

  8. Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple, in Gavipura, continues to amaze people with
    the extraordinary knowledge of astronomy and temple architecture it synthesises to ensure Sun rays fall on the murthy of Lord Shiva on Makarasankranti every year.

  9. For protection, Kempegowda constructed
    forts all round Bengaluru. Mahadwaras (main entrances) for these forts were constructed at Yelahanka, Halasuru,
    Kengeri and Anekal.

  10. Important aspect of Bengaluru was the
    Design, implementation & interlinking of
    Raja Kaluves (king canals which exist even today). When a lake was filled with rain water, extra water was fed into other lakes through these King canals, and finally to outside the city.

  11. By the quirk of fate, Kempegowda who founded Bengaluru, was arrested and
    imprisoned at Anegondi on charges of treason. The complaints to the Vijayanagar king was given by Channapttana local chieftain. At this time Vijayanagara Kingdom was getting weakened with rebellion.

  12. To protect Bengaluru from evil enemies,
    Kempegowda’s sons constructed watch towers at Lalbagh, Halsuru, Sadashivanagara, and Chamarajapete. It is believed Dharmaraya temples lies at equidistant from these watch towers.

  13. Every evening from atop an elevated boulder, bugle sound (KahaLe) was blown to indicate all is well in the city. If the the bugle sound was heard at other times, it indicated threat to the city. This place is today’s bugle rock in Basavanagudi.

  14. King Aliya Ramaraya released Kempegowda from the prison after five years, realising Kempegowda was innocent. Kempegowda returned to Bengaluru on a triumphant note with people giving him a rousing welcome reception. His popularity had in fact increased after his arrest.

  15. Kempegowda was made to sit on a silver swing (vuyyale) and milk abhisheka was performed on him as part of his welcome. The place where this welcome was given to Kempegowda, was called
    VuyyaLe Kavalu, which in due course has become Vyali Kaval.

  16. Kempegowda who was an outstanding visionary, planner, dharmic leader, and a
    people’s leader whom every Bengalurian must thank, accidentally died in 1569, near Magadi while returning from Kunigal.

Mahatre Bridge

There is a busy bridge in Pune called Mhatre Bridge or Mhatre Pul joining Sarasbaug to Deccan area. Everyday, it is traversed by thousands of people, but few know or care that the bridge is named after an unsung Indian hero, Shri Ravindra Hareshwar Mhatre.

He was brutally killed by Kashmiri terrorists at the age of 48 while he was serving as a diplomat in the Indian Embassy in Birmingham UK.

Ravindra Mhatre was abducted and killed in an attempt to negotiate release of terrorist Maqbool Bhat of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front.

Yes, the same Maqbool Bhat, in whose name separatist slogans were raised in JNU.

Mhatre was kidnapped as he was stepping out of a baker’s shop after picking up a birthday cake for his daughter.

Mhatre’s daughter was only 14 when he disappeared forever from her life. Her father’s body was found three days later on a sidestreet in Birmingham.

The then PM Indira Gandhi refused to negotiate with the terrorists and Maqbool Bhat was hanged to death days after Mhatre’s body was found.

A few months after that, Smt. Indira Gandhi visited Mhatre’s ageing parents in Mumbai and allegedly said to them that on a personal level, she was guilty of taking their son away from them, but her hands were tied.

In an emotional story, Mhatre’s daughter talks about how her father’s murder changed her life forever.

The Kashmiri terrorists haven’t forgotten Maqbul Bhat, but we Indians have forgotten Ravindra Mhatre.

In the loving memory of the patriot Hon. Late Ravindra Mhatre !

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