Siddha Yogi Neem Karoli Baba, Mark Zukerberg and Narendra Modi

By: Yvette C. Rosser, PhD. (ईवेत्  सी.  रासर रामरानी)

In late September 2015, when Mark Zuckerberg met Narendra Modi in Silicon Valley, he informed Modi that years earlier when he was developing the idea of Facebook, Steve Jobs told him to go to Kainchi Dham for inspiration. The next day, on October first, the Hindustani paparazzi descended on Kumoan! Reporters repeatedly asked the same question, “Why were these high tech honchos, as the Indian media called Jobs and Zuckerberg, interested in Neem Karoli Baba?”

The reporters were swarming in the valley for days, and someone told a film crew that there was a woman who had actually met Maharajji living up the hill, and sent a TV crew up to the retreat where I lived. They asked lots of questions, and I tried to answer in Hindi for the Hindi medium program. The reporters begged us to sing the Hanuman Chaliisa since Maharajji loved to hear it, so like well trained videshi Monkeys, we sang! Thank goodness my friends can both carry a tune!

Journalists were coming and going for several days, and repeatedly asked me the same question: “Why would high tech honchos, as the Indian media referred to Jobs and Zuckerberg, be attracted to Neem Shri Neem Karoli Baba?” I was also asked by a Delhi magazine, for which I sometimes write, to contribute an article that addressed the same question, why were these high profile techie guys attracted to Maharajji?

I had two days before their publication deadline. I needed Baba to answer that query! So I sat down in front of my puja table and asked Baba to please answer this persistent question. ‘Why were these high tech guys attracted to You, Baba?’ An idea came to me through the silence, and I answered the media thusly:

“Perhaps the lure of IT people like Jobs and Zuckerberg are Maharajji’s abilities to seemingly overcome the laws of nature, such as gravity and time and space. Just like the virtual realities these techie masters created, where anything is possible, so too Maharajji is a virtual Baba in what we know as the ‘real world’. He obtained his siddhis (powers) through practicing mental and physical austerities and meditating for long periods of time. He is an example of a human being who through employing, then transcending His human abilities, overcame the limitations of being human, and reached the divine. Neem Karoli Maharajji is a virtual Baba operating in the human world as we know it!” When my friend Gauri heard me answer a reporter with that Virtual Baba statement, she was amazed and thought that was a pretty smart reply. I told her Maharajji had helped me come up with the snazzy answer.

Here is the article I wrote for the Delhi magazine, ‘The Organiser’ with the same explanation about Virtual Maharajji:

Siddha Yogi: Shri Neem Karoli Baba Maharajji

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, told Narendra Modi that Steve Jobs had advised him to visit the Himalayan temple of the north Indian siddha, Sri Neem Karoli Baba Maharajji. Jobs had gone to meet the saint, but sadly arrived in Kainchi Dham shortly after His Maha Samadhi in 1973. Even though Neem Karoli Baba never traveled in His human body to the West, His influence has brought the Dharma into the lives of countless Americans.

One of the first Americans to meet Neem Karoli Baba was the Harvard professor Richard Alpert, who traveled to India in 1968. Neem Karoli Baba instantly read Alpert’s mind and wrenched open his heart.  Alpert was renamed Ramdass; he found himself being reworked into a spiritual being from the inside out. Ramdass wrote about his experiences in a best-selling and hugely influential book called “Be Here Now”. In this way in the last years of His terrestrial life, Neem Karoli Baba, became one of the most famous and defining gurus on earth.

Neem Karoli Baba has a magical ability to touch the hearts of His devotees, often before they even know who He is. Someone may see a photograph and just can’t stop thinking about that man in the plaid blanket, so they seek out books or satsang. Indeed, some of His most devoted followers never met Him in His human body. He, like Hanuman, is present on earth at all times and comes to His chelas in visions and inspirations. He gives guidance and succour to those who remember Him.

In “Mystic of Northern India” Swami Chidananda, a direct disciple of Swami Shivananda of Rishikesh, wrote:

“Sri Baba Neem Karoli—is … the most unique phenomena among the religious fraternity of Saints [and] Sages …. It would not be a wonder to me, if, as I am sitting and dictating this article … at this moment Babaji is perfectly aware of this … and knows exactly … what words I am dictating… in spite of the fact that … He has left His body… Though this … may seem rather extraordinary … it is nevertheless true that … Babaji’s … devotees had personal experience …that [he was] aware of whatever they had been saying and doing in distant places, far away from him…. This has convinced most of His closest followers that Sri Baba Neem Karoli was a ‘Siddha Purusha’ (perfected being) and knower of the past, present [and] future—Trikala Jnani. …. Close devotees of Baba Neem Karoli have seem Him simultaneously at two different places,  at one and the same time…..”

In 1973, I spent the spring and monsoon in Kainchi Dham with Sri Neem Karoli Baba Maharajji. I would sit near him, entranced, mesmerized. He was animated with some people and with others very tender, and sometimes quite stern.  Maharaj-ji was ever changing. Once when He was walking, He took my hand, an enviable experience, because everybody wanted Him to take his or her hand. He seemed like a frail little old man, shorter and rounder than me. He slowly shuffled up the stairs to the takhat. Not long after, He again took my hand, I gladly walked beside Him. This time, He appeared taller than me, strong and agile. He took the three steps up to the takhat in stride. People have often said that Maharaj-ji is a manifestation or incarnation of Hanuman. He certainly could change shapes and sizes!

One quiet day, I was sitting on the mat against the wall, beside Maharaj-ji’s takhat when an Indian family came for Baba’s blessing.  They bowed and stood attentively as Baba spoke to them. There was a college-aged son, and a twenty-something year old daughter who was wearing blue jeans. In 1973, very few women or girls in India wore blue jeans, whereas now they are quite common.

While Maharaj-j was conversing with them in Hindi, the daughter in blue jeans began weeping profusely, falling against her mother, who was wearing a purple sari. The father and the son looked at Maharaj-ji without blinking, hands in supplication. The mother was comforting her daughter. Maharaj-ji told me to take them to the dining hall so they could have prasad.

The young woman wept all the way to the back of the ashram. I asked them what Maharaj-ji had said that had made her so upset. Baba said “not to wear blue jeans but wear saris, that she should embrace her culture.” He told her, “Your husband was a chor (a crook) and a badmash. You are much better off without him. Let him go! And know that your life is saved because he divorced you. But hold on to your Hindu culture, don’t adopt Western ways just because your husband left you:  Embrace your Dharma.” Baba told her several times that her life will be better without that badmash husband. As we ate Prasad, the girl calmed down and the family kept asking, “How did He know?”  I could only answer, based on my own experience, “Maharaj-ji seems to know everything!”

In Kainchi Dham in July 1973, Maharajji gave me a command that has helped to guide me through for the past few decades. He told me, “When you go back to America, study about in India and help make Hinduism better understood and respected.”

On September 12, 1973, the day after the passing of Neem Karoi Baba’s corporal body, I got a telegram. It was delivered to me by two postal workers as I was walking down a steep hill. I couldn’t read it. It was gobbledygook, incomprehensible marks on paper, as if I was totally dyslexic. My friend, Dayaramdas read it out word for word, “Maharaj-ji left His body STOP. Bhandara in Vridaban tomorrow STOP.”

We immediately turned to go. As I was walking up the steep hill, the whole world turned plaid, the river, the mountains, the clouds, all the leaves on all the trees, all plaid. Baba was everywhere! (Though it seemed like He could be everywhere even when in His body.)  Since then, through the decades, I am grateful that Maharajji still graces me with occasional darshans and advice.

On April 22, 1984, when I was giving birth to my second child, Maharajji came in through the wall as a ray of light. Then standing before me like a well-formed hologram, barefoot, wearing a white dhoti, with a red and blue plaid blanket over His shoulders, He extended the fore-finger of His right and said in English with an Indian accent, “Call the boy Jai Hanuman”. He then turned and walked out the door, bare-footed. My first impulse was to chase Him down the hall, but because of my pregnancy I couldn’t move very quickly and immediately realized that He had come in through a ray of light in the wall, He wasn’t going to be walking by the nurses’ station! (Btw, my son, Jai Hanuman loves his name!)

Perhaps the lure of IT people like Jobs and Zuckerberg is due to Maharaj-ji’s abilities to seemingly overcome the laws of nature, such as gravity and time and space. Just like the virtual realities these techie masters created, where anything is possible, so too Maharajji is a virtual Baba in what we know as the ‘real world’. He obtained his siddhis (powers) through practicing mental and physical austerities and meditating for long periods of time. He is an example of a human being who through employing then transcending His human abilities, overcame the limitations of being human, and reached the divine.

Here ends the article.

In the late 1960’s Narendra Modi lived in Almora at the Swami Vivekananda ashram. There is only one road from the plains to Almora.  It passes right by Kainchi Dham. At that time, all the UP Roadways buses stopped for darshan. I have written Mr. Modi and asked him if he met Maharaj-ji. As of yet, he has not replied. But a Hindu-centric young man living in Kumoan at that time, would have in all likelihood met Neem Karoli Baba. Narendra Modi seems like he has Maharajji’s Grace! Clean Bharat was his election campaign – Svachchha Bharat, building a toilet in every home. When Maharajji was building the ashram in Kainchi Dham, He had well over a dozen toilets built, with several septic pits… some people jokingly called Him “Latrine Baba”.

Please note with due reverence that on December 22, 2019, Maharajji’s beloved chela, Baba Ramdass (Dr. Richard Alpert) left his corporal body:

Ramdass’ first book “Be Here Now” was largely responsible for helping to bring the Dharma to the West.

Also a very heavy heart I have to inform of the recent sad demise of one of Maharajji’s most beloved devotees: KK Sah in Nainital:

Another devotee of Neem Karoli Babba, Dr. Larry Brilliant, with Maharajji’s urging and insistence was personally responsible for eradicating small pox in India. See:

In September 2015, when Zuckerberg informed Narendra Modi he had gone to Kainchi Dham, as mentioned, on the next day the paparazzi descended on Kumoan! Camera crews were all over the place!! Here they interviewed Vinod Joshi, the manager of the Kainchi Dham ashram and also a western devotee:

More of Maharaj-ji in the media:

The recent passing of the body of Baba Ramdass was very traumatic for millions of Americans whom he had led to the Dharma during the past six decades.

A recent Chanel 24 TV interview (in my non-fluent Hindi) explains how Maharajji commanded me to help make Hinduism better understood and respected:

I’ve always told my children and other people, that when humans die they all become Hindus again and are then reborn as Hindus (Sanata Dharma) and only get converted and indoctrinated into the religion of their new birth family, be it Christian or Muslim, etc. Then when they die again …. they are again reborn as Hindus and depending on the faith of their birth families.

My more writings about Maharajji at:

Shaheen Bagh Tamasha: Oxygen Supply from Fissiparous Elements!

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

Protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is totally phoney and baseless and this is the reason that it has fizzled out. It is being kept alive in certain places by those people, who have their own axes to grind. The protest was bound to die because of its own inherent weaknesses. From day one, it was as clear as daylight to everybody that the protest had no legs to stand upon. It has been managed, sponsored by the people, who have been playing to the tunes of the anti-national forces.

The most shocking thing, however, was to find such a vast number of people in our country, who can go to any extent to harm the interests of the country and every stick is good enough for them to beat the patriotic forces. They join and play all conspiratorial games to weaken the fabric of the country. They usually speak the language that is music to the ears of the Pakistani establishment.

Is it not intriguing that those who have been most intolerant tell them to be more tolerant? Those who have never given any space to anybody, they preach to be more accommodative. Recently, when there were attacks and ransacking of Nankana Saheb Gurudwara, the birthplace of Guru Nanak and presently situated in Pakistan, then there was no protest march by these Jonnies. Some of the champions of the secularism in India, albeit, quoted Mohammad Prophet who, they say, ordained his followers not to disturb those persons in Mecca, who do not believe in Islam. Prophet gave them full freedom to follow their religious paths and beliefs.

The words and deeds of Prophet Mohammad are considered to be most sacrosanct in Islam and therefore, non-Muslims should have flourished in Mecca. But for the last nearly 1500 years no trace of any non-Muslim is found in Mecca. This clearly shows that Islam essentially has no spirit of tolerance and when it comes to persecuting and converting the non-Islamists, this religion is simply unbeatable. This is the reason that mid-east countries like Iran, Iraq and Syria etc. were converted to Islam in less than three decades of attacks of Islam. This amply proves the point that when it comes to the religion Islam has little space for tolerance.

Now coming to the CAA, it has been proved beyond doubt, that it has unjustifiably been linked to a particular religion. The most disgusting spectacle of it is that some of the leaders of the Congress Party are busy spearheading this protest. In Shaheen Bagh of New Delhi, near Jamia University, some women are forced to sit on dharna and demonstration, who have no idea of what the CAA is. Obviously, it is being done at the instance of Sonia Gandhi, who is now feeling the heat of the tightening noose of the Modi administration. These leaders are stoking communalism by attaching the CAA with anti-Islam.

Since gullible easily fall prey to such appeals, Muslims have been turned against the CAA. Most of the Muslims, who are even highly educated have developed diabolical hatred for the Narendra Modi Government and hence they are doing everything to paint CAA as the anti-Muslim. They think that if the protest against the CAA is stopped, then the Modi Government will be emboldened to bring about the Uniform Civil Code and introduce the Two-Child Policy. They think that Two-Child norms and Uniform Civil Code are against the basic ingredients of Islam. Therefore, they trust the Constitution of India only to the extent it does not interfere into their personal laws but when it comes to taking the benefits under the same constitution, they swear by it. Otherwise, there is no reason, why should they raise the slogans in Muslim dominated areas like that ‘Hindustan ka aien, hamen manjoor mahin, manjoor nahi’ (We do not have any trust in the Constitution of India)? This double-speak of the Muslim leaders depict their mentality of deception and cheating.

The Modi government deserves unqualified support and admiration from all patriotic people because it has taken steps for the uniform development for all sections of the society; be it universal electrification, construction of roads, extension of bank facilities or expansion of other basic amenities, like providing LPG cylinders or providing toilets to all households without any discrimination of caste, creed and religion. Those who do not want the country to march on the path of the progress, it is they who are creating these problems.

President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam – an Ideal Indian

Mr. P. M. Nair, a retired IAS officer, was the Secretary to Dr. Abdul Kalam, the President of India. As such he had the ocassions to observe the personal life of the President at close quarters. Mr. Nair has written a book “Kalam Effect”. His interview was telecast by DD Podhigai. He spoke with a choked voice about the personal life of Dr. Kalam as the President. Here is the summary of what he narrated about him:

Dr Kalam used to receive costly gifts whenever he went abroad, as it is customary for many nations to give gifts to the visiting Heads of State.

Refusing the gift would become an insult to the nation concerned and an embarrassment for India. So, he received them and on his return, Dr Kalam asked the gifts to be photographed and then catalogued, and handed over to the archives. Afterwards, he would never even look at them. He did not take even a pencil from the gifts received when he left Rashtrapathi Bhavan.

In 2002, the year Dr Kalam took over as the President, the Ramadan month came in July-August. It was a regular practice for the President to host an iftar party. Dr Kalam asked Mr Nair why he should host a party to people who are already well fed and asked him to find out how much would be the cost for the feasting.

Mr Nair told it would cost around Rs. 22 lakhs. Dr Kalam asked him to donate that amount to a few selected orphanages in the form of food, dresses and blankets. The selection of orphanages was left to a team in Rashtrapathi Bhavan and Dr Kalam had no role in it.

After the selection was made, Dr Kalam asked Mr Nair to come inside his room and gave him a cheque for Rs 1 lakh. He said that he was giving some amount from his personal savings and this should not be informed to anyone.

Mr Nair was so shocked that he said “Sir, I will go outside and tell everyone. People should know that here is a man who not only donated what he should have spent but he is giving even his own money also”.

Dr Kalam, though a devout Muslim, did not have Iftar parties in the years in which he was the President.

Dr Kalam did not like “Yes Sir” type of people. Once when the Chief Justice of India had come and on some point Dr Kalam expressed his view and asked Mr Nair,
“Do you agree?” Mr Nair said “No Sir, I do not agree with you”.

The Chief Justice was shocked and could not believe his ears. It was impossible for a civil servant to disagree with the President and that too so openly.

Mr Nair told him (Chief Justice of India) that the President would question him afterwards why he disagreed and if the reason was logical, 99% he would change his mind.

Once Dr Kalam invited 50 of his relatives to come to Delhi and they all stayed in Rashtrapathi Bhavan. He organised a bus for them to go around the city which was paid for by him. No official car was used. All their stay and food was calculated as per the instructions of Dr Kalam and the bill came to Rs 2 lakhs which he paid. In the history of this country no President has done it.

Now, wait for the climax; Dr Kalam’s elder brother stayed with him in his room for the entire one week as Dr Kalam wanted his brother to stay with him. When they left, Dr Kalam wanted to pay rent for that room also. Imagine the President of a country paying rent for the room in which he is staying.

This was any way not agreed to by the staff who thought the honesty was getting too far and too much to handle!!!.

When Kalam was to leave Rashtrapathi Bhavan at the end of his tenure, every staff member went and met him and paid their respects. Mr Nair went to him alone as his wife had fractured her leg and was confined to bed.

Dr Kalam asked why his wife did not come. He replied that she was in bed due to an accident.

Next day, Mr.Nair saw lot of policemen around his house and asked what had happened. They said that the President of India was coming to visit him in his house. He came and met his wife and chatted for some time.

Mr Nair says that no President of any country would visit a civil servant’s house and that too on such a simple pretext. These details are being given here because many of us may not have seen the telecast and so it may be useful to inform them.

The younger brother of APJ Abdul Kalam runs an umbrella repairing shop. When Mr. Nair met him during Kalam’s funeral, he touched his feet, in token of respect for both Mr. Nair and his departed brother.

Such things are not shown by the mainstream media.

The property left behind by Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam was estimated as under.
He owned:
6 pants (2 DRDO uniforms)
4 shirts (2 DRDO uniforms)
3 suits (1 western, 2 Indian)
2500 books
1 flat (which he has donated)
1 Padmashri
1 Padmabhushan
1 Bharat Ratna
16 doctorates
1 website
1 twitter account
1 email id

He didn’t have any TV, AC, car, jewellery, shares, land or bank balance.

He had even donated the last 8 years’ pension towards the development of his village. He was a real patriot and true Indian. India shall ever be grateful to him.

अनोखी परीक्षा – एक कहानी

राजन सिंह परिहार

“बेटा, थोड़ा खाना खाकर जा। दो दिन से तुने कुछ खाया नहीं है।” लाचार माता के ये शब्द थे अपने बेटे को समझाने के लिये।

“देख मम्मी! मैंने मेरी बारहवीं बोर्ड की परीक्षा के बाद वेकेशन में सेकेंड हैंड बाइक मांगी थी, और पापा ने प्रोमिस किया था। आज मेरे आखिरी पेपर के बाद दीदी को कह देना कि जैसे ही मैं परीक्षा खंड से बाहर आऊंगा तब पैसा लेकर बाहर खडी रहे। अपने दोस्त की पुरानी बाइक आज ही मुझे लेनी है। और हाँ, यदि दीदी वहाँ पैसे लेकर नहीं आयी तो मैं घर वापस नहीं आऊंगा।”

एक गरीब घर में बेटे मोहन की जिद्द और माता की लाचारी आमने सामने टकरा रही थी।

“बेटा! तेरे पापा तुझे बाइक लेकर देने ही वाले थे, लेकिन पिछले महीने हुए एक्सिडेंट ..

मम्मी कुछ बोले उसके पहले मोहन बोला, “मैं कुछ नहीं जानता .. मुझे तो बाइक चाहिये ही चाहिये !!”

ऐसा बोलकर मोहन अपनी मम्मी को गरीबी एवं लाचारी की मझधार में छोड़ कर घर से बाहर निकल गया।

12वीं बोर्ड की परीक्षा के बाद भागवत ‘सर’ एक अनोखी परीक्षा का आयोजन करते थे। हालांकि भागवत सर का विषय गणित था, किन्तु विद्यार्थियों को जीवन का भी गणित भी समझाते थे और उनके सभी विद्यार्थी विविधता से भरी यह परीक्षा अवस्य देने जाते थे। इस साल परीक्षा का विषय था “मेरी पारिवारिक भूमिका”!

मोहन परीक्षा खंड में आकर बैठ गया। उसने मन में गांठ बांध ली थी कि यदि मुझे बाइक लेकर नहीं देंगे तो मैं घर नहीं जाऊंगा।

भागवत सर की क्लास में सभी को पेपर वितरित हो गया। पेपर में 10 प्रश्न थे। उत्तर देने के लिये एक घंटे का समय दिया गया था। मोहन ने पहला प्रश्न पढा और जवाब लिखने की शुरुआत की।

प्रश्न नंबर १ :- आपके घर में आपके पिताजी, माताजी, बहन, भाई और आप कितने घंटे काम करते हो? सविस्तर बताइये?

मोहन ने तुरन्त जवाब लिखना शुरू कर दिया।

पापा सुबह छह बजे टिफिन के साथ अपनी ओटोरिक्षा लेकर निकल जाते हैं और रात को नौ बजे वापस आते हैं। कभी कभार वर्धी में जाना पड़ता है। ऐसे में लगभग पंद्रह घंटे।

मम्मी सुबह चार बजे उठकर पापा का टिफिन तैयार कर, बाद में घर का सारा काम करती हैं। दोपहर को सिलाई का काम करती है। और सभी लोगों के सो जाने के बाद वह सोती हैं। लगभग रोज के सोलह घंटे।

दीदी सुबह कालेज जाती हैं, शाम को 4 से 8 बजे तक पार्ट टाइम जोब करती हैं और रात्रि को मम्मी को काम में मदद करती हैं। लगभग बारह से तेरह घंटे।

मैं सुबह छह बजे उठता हूँ और दोपहर स्कूल से आकर खाना खाकर सो जाता हूँ। शाम को अपने दोस्तों के साथ टहलता हूँ। रात्रि को ग्यारह बजे तक पढता हूँ। लगभग दस घंटे।

इससे मोहन को मन ही मन लगा कि उसका कामकाज में औसत सबसे कम है। पहले सवाल के जवाब के बाद मोहन ने दूसरा प्रश्न पढा:

प्रश्न नंबर २ :- आपके घर की मासिक कुल आमदनी कितनी है?

पापा की आमदनी लगभग दस हजार हैं। मम्मी एवं दीदी मिलकर पांंच हजार जोडते हैं। कुल आमदनी पंद्रह हजार।

प्रश्न नंबर ३ :- मोबाइल रिचार्ज प्लान, आपकी मनपसंद टीवी पर आ रही तीन सीरियलो के नाम, शहर के एक सिनेमा होल का पता और अभी वहां चल रही मूवी का नाम बताइये?

उसने उन सभी प्रश्नों के जवाब आसान होने से फटाफट दो मिनट में लिख दिये।

प्रश्न नंबर ४ :- एक किलो आलू और भिन्डी के अभी हाल की कीमत क्या है? एक किलो गेहूं, चावल और तेल की कीमत बताइये? और जहाँ पर घर का गेहूं पिसाने जाते हो उस चक्की का पता दीजिये।

मोहनभाई को इस सवाल का जवाब नहीं आया। उसे समझ में आया कि उसकी दैनिक आवश्यक जरुरतों की चीजों के बारे में तो उसे लेशमात्र भी ज्ञान नहीं है। मम्मी जब भी कोई काम बताती थी तो मना कर देता था। आज उसे ज्ञान हुआ कि अनावश्यक चीजें मोबाइल रिचार्ज, मूवी का ज्ञान इतना उपयोगी नहीं है। उसे लगा कि अपने घर के काम की जवाबदेही लेने और हाथ बटोर कर साथ देने से वह कतराता रहा है।

प्रश्न नंबर ५ :- आप अपने घर में भोजन को लेकर कभी तकरार या गुस्सा करते हो?

जवाबः हां, मुझे आलू के सिवा कोई भी सब्जी पसंद नहीं है। यदि मम्मी और कोई सब्जी बनायें तो मेरे घर में झगड़ा होता है। कभी मैं बगैर खाना खायें उठ खडा हो जाता हूँ।

इतना लिखते ही मोहन को याद आया कि आलू की सब्जी से मम्मी को गैस की तकलीफ होती हैं। पेट में दर्द होता है, अपनी सब्जी में एक बडी चम्मच वो अजवाइन डालकर खाती हैं। एक दिन गलती से मैंने मम्मी की सब्जी खा ली, और फिर मैंने थूंक दिया था और फिर पूछा था कि मम्मी तुम ऐसा क्यों खाती हो? तब दीदी ने बताया था कि हमारे घर की स्थिति ऐसी अच्छी नहीं है कि हम दो सब्जी बनाकर खायें। तुम्हारी जीद्द के कारण मम्मी बेचारी क्या करें?

मोहन ने अपनी यादों से बाहर आकर अगले प्रश्न को पढा:

प्रश्न नंबर ६ :- आपने अपने घर में की हुई आखरी जीद्द के बारे में लिखिये।

मोहन ने जवाब लिखना शुरू किया। मेरी बोर्ड की परीक्षा पूर्ण होने के बाद दूसरे ही दिन बाइक के लिये जीद्द की थी। पापा ने कोई जवाब नहीं दिया था। मम्मी ने समझाया कि घर में पैसे नहीं है। लेकिन मैं नहीं माना। मैंने दो दिन से घर में खाना खाना भी छोड़ दिया है। जब तक बाइक नहीं लेकर दोगे मैं खाना नहीं खाऊंगा और आज तो मैं वापस घर भी नहीं जाऊंगा, कहके निकला हूँ।

अपनी जीद्द का प्रामाणिकता से मोहन ने जवाब लिखा।

प्रश्न नंबर ७ :- आपको अपने घर से मिल रही पोकेट मनी का आप क्या करते हो? आपके भाई-बहन कैसे खर्च करते हैं?

जवाब: हर महीने पापा मुझे सौ रुपये देते हैं। उसमें से मैं मनपसंद पर्फ्यूम, गोगल्स लेता हूं, या अपने दोस्तों की छोटी मोटी पार्टियों में खर्च करता हूँ। मेरी दीदी को भी पापा सौ रुपये देते हैं। वो खुद कमाती हैं और पगार के पैसे से मम्मी को आर्थिक मदद करती हैं। हां, उसको दिये गये पोकेट मनी को वो गल्ले में डालकर बचत करती हैं। उसे कोई मौज का शौक नहीं है, क्योंकि वो कंजूस भी हैं।

प्रश्न नंबर ८ :- क्या आप अपनी खुद की पारिवारिक भूमिका को समझते हो?

प्रश्न अटपटा था। जटिल होने के बाद भी मोहन ने जवाब लिखा।

परिवार के साथ जुड़े रहना, एकदूसरे के प्रति समझदारी से व्यवहार करना एवं मददरूप होना चाहिये। और ऐसे अपनी जवाब देही निभानी चाहिये।

लेकिन यह लिखते लिखते ही अंतरात्मा से आवाज आयी कि अरे मोहन! क्या तुम खुद अपनी पारिवारिक भूमिका को योग्य रूप से निभा रहे हो? और अंतरात्मा से जवाब आया कि नही, बिल्कुल नहीं !!

प्रश्न नंबर ९ :- आपके परिणाम से आपके माता-पिता खुश हैं? क्या वह अच्छे परिणाम के लिये आपसे जीद्द करते हैं? आपको डांटते रहते हैं?

इस प्रश्न का जवाब लिखने से पहले हुए मोहन की आंखें भर आयी। अब वह परिवार के प्रति अपनी भूमिका बराबर समझ चुका था। उसने लिखने की शुरुआत की:

वैसे तो मैं कभी भी मेरे माता-पिता को आज तक संतोष जनक परिणाम नहीं दे पाया हूँ। लेकिन इसके लिये उन्होंने कभी भी जीद्द नहीं की है। मैंने बहुत बार अच्छे रिजल्ट के प्रोमिस तोडे हैं। फिर भी हल्की सी डांट के बाद वही प्रेम और वात्सल्य बना रहता था।

प्रश्न नंबर १० :- पारिवारिक जीवन में असरदार भूमिका निभाने के लिये इस वेकेशन में आप कैसे परिवार के लिये मददगार होंगें?

जवाब में मोहन की कलम चले इससे पहले उनकी आंखों से आंसू बहने लगे और जवाब लिखने से पहले ही कलम रुक गई। बेंच के नीचे मुंह रखकर रोने लगा। फिर से कलम उठायी लेकिन तब भी वह कुछ न लिख पाया। अनुत्तर दसवां प्रश्न छोड़कर पेपर सबमिट कर दिया।

स्कूल के दरवाजे पर दीदी को देखकर उसकी ओर दौड़ पडा।

“भैया! ये ले आठ हजार रुपये, मम्मी ने कहा है कि बाइक लेकर ही घर आना।”

दीदी ने मोहन के सामने पैसे रख दिये।

“कहाँ से लायी हो ये पैसे?” मोहन ने पूछा।

दीदी ने बताया: “मैंने अपने औफिस से एक महीने की सेलेरी एडवांस मांग ली। मम्मी भी जहां काम करती हैं वहीं से उधार ले लिया और अपनी पोकेटमनी की बचत से निकाल लिये। ऐसा करके तुम्हारी बाइक के पैसे की व्यवस्था हो गई हैं।”

मोहन की दृष्टि पैसे पर स्थिर हो गई।

दीदी फिर बोली ” भाई, तुम मम्मी को बोलकर निकले थे कि पैसे नहीं दोगे तो मैं घर पर नहीं आऊंगा! अब तुम्हें समझना चाहिये कि तुम्हारी भी घर के प्रति जिम्मेदारी है। मुझे भी बहुत से शौक हैं, लेकिन अपने शौक से कहीं अधिक मैं अपने परिवार को महत्व देती हूं। तुम हमारे परिवार के सबसे लाडले हो, पापा को पैर की तकलीफ हैं फिर भी तेरी बाइक के लिये पैसे कमाने और तुम्हें दिये प्रोमिस को पूरा करने अपने फ्रेक्चर वाले पैर होने के बावजूद काम किये जा रहे हैं, तेरी बाइक के लिये। यदि तुम समझ सको तो अच्छा है, कल रात को अपने प्रोमिस को पूरा नहीं कर सकने के कारण बहुत दुःखी थे। और इसके पीछे उनकी मजबूरी है। बाकी तुमने तो अनेकों बार अपने प्रोमिस तोडे ही है न?”

मेरे हाथ में पैसे थमाकर दीदी घर की ओर चल निकली।

उसी समय उसका दोस्त वहां अपनी बाइक लेकर आ गया। उसे वह अच्छे से चमका कर लाया था।

“ले, मोहन आज से यह बाइक तुम्हारी, सब बारह हजार दे रहे हैं, मगर यह तुम्हारे लिये आठ हजार में ।”

मोहन बाइक की ओर टकर टकर देख रहा था और थोड़ी देर के बाद बोला:

“दोस्त तुम अपनी बाइक उस बारह हजार वाले को ही दे देना! मेरे पास पैसे की व्यवस्था नहीं हो पायी है और होने की हाल मे संभावना भी नहीं है।”

और वह सीधा भागवत सर की केबिन में जा पहूंचा।

“अरे मोहन! कैसा लिखा है पेपर में?” भागवत सर ने मोहन की ओर देख कर पूछा।

“सर ! यह कोई पेपर नहीं था, ये तो मेरे जीवन के लिये दिशानिर्देश था। मैंने एक प्रश्न का जवाब छोड़ दिया है। किन्तु यह जवाब मै लिखकर नहीं, अपने जीवन की जवाब देही निभाकर दूंगा।”

और वह भागवत सर को चरणस्पर्श कर अपने घर की ओर निकल पडा। घर पहुंचते ही, मम्मी पापा दीदी सब उसकी राह देखते हुए खडे थे।

“बेटा! बाइक कहाँ हैं?” मम्मी ने पूछा।

मोहन ने दीदी के हाथों में पैसे थमा दिये और कहा कि सोरी! मुझे बाइक नहीं चाहिये। और पापा मुझे ओटो की
चाभी दो, आज से मैं पूरे वेकेशन तक ओटो चलाऊंगा और आप थोड़े दिन आराम करेंगे, और मम्मी आज मैं अपनी पहली कमाई शुरू करूंगा। इसलिये तुम अपनी पसंद की मैथी की भाजी और बैगन ले आना, रात को हम सब साथ मिलकर के खाना खायेंगे।

मोहन के स्वभाव में आये इस परिवर्तन को देखकर मम्मी ने उसको गले लगा लिया और कहा कि “बेटा! सुबह जो कहकर तुम गये थे वह बात मैंने तुम्हारे पापा को बतायी थी और इसलिये वो दुःखी हो गये, काम छोड़ कर वापस घर आ गये। भले ही मुझे पेट में दर्द होता हो लेकिन आज तो मैं तेरी पसंद की ही सब्जी बनाऊंगी।”

मोहन ने कहा, “नहीं मम्मी! अब मेरी समझ गया हूँ कि मेरे घर परिवार में मेरी भूमिका क्या है? मैं रात को बैंगन मैथी की सब्जी ही खाऊंगा, परीक्षा में मैंने आखरी जवाब नहीं लिखा हैं, वह प्रेक्टिकल करके ही दिखाना है। और हाँ मम्मी हम गेहूं को पिसाने कहां जाते हैं, उस चक्की का नाम और पता भी मुझे दे दो”

और उसी समय भागवत सर ने घर में प्रवेश किया और बोले “वाह! मोहन, जो जवाब तुमनें लिखकर नहीं दिये वे प्रेक्टिकल जीवन जीकर कर दोगे !!

“सर! आप और यहाँ?” मोहन भागवत सर को देख कर आश्चर्य चकित हो गया।

“मुझसे मिलकर तुम चले गये, उसके बाद मैंने तुम्हारा पेपर पढा इसलिये तुम्हारे घर की ओर निकल पडा। मैं बहुत देर से तुम्हारे अंदर आये परिवर्तन को सुन रहा था। मेरी अनोखी परीक्षा पूर्णत: सफल रही है ! और इस परीक्षा में तुमने पहला नंबर पाया है।”

ऐसा बोलकर भागवत सर ने मोहन के सर पर हाथ रख दिया। मोहन ने तुरंत ही भागवत सर के पैर छुएँ और ओटोरिक्षा चलाने के लिये निकल पडा।

CAA: Why Question Saving of Pakistani and Bangladeshi Dalits?

Parmanand Pandey, Advocate, Supreme Court (Secretary General IPC)
   Those who are opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and shedding crocodile tears for the Dalits appear to be unaware of the horrible facts that the worst sufferers of the partition of India have been Dalits. Those who were left back in west Pakistan or in present Bangladesh were mostly Dalits. The sufferings which they had undergone and are still undergoing shudders and shocks to the core of human conscience. One has to read the letter of Shri Joginder Nath Mandal, who was the first Law Minister of Pakistan, which he wrote to Liaquat Ali Khan (the frist Prime Minister of Pakistan), to have some idea of the persecution of Dalits. In one of his letters, he has said Pakistani Army stationed in east Pakistan was using the women of his community as a source of recreation. They were raped, molested day in and day out with gay abandon and were converted to Islam. If any resistance were made, then the male members were mercilessly beaten or beheaded without any compunction or remorse.
    Dr B.R. Ambedkar was very clear about the misbehaviour of Muslims towards Dalits and this was the reason that he outrightly refused to convert to Islam despite the offer of Nizam Hyderabad to give him Rs. two hundred crores to become a Muslim. Perhaps this was one of the reasons that in his book ‘Pakistan or the Partition of India’, he had advocated for population exchange in case of the vivisection of India. He had said that Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan should come to India and Muslims from India must go to Pakistan. He further said that ‘the transfer of minorities is the only lasting remedy for communal peace is beyond doubt. The only way to make Hindustan homogeneous is to arrange for exchange of population. Until that is done, it must be admitted that even with the creation of Pakistan, the problem of majority versus minority will remain in Hindustan as before and will continue to produce disharmony in the body politic of Hindustan.’
    Dr Ambedkar was very critical of the hypocrisy of Mahatma Gandhi and he had observed that ‘Mr. Gandhi never protested the murders of Hindus in Pakistan. He never called up the leading Muslims to condemn the killings of Hindus by the Muslims wherever they are in the majority. As a matter of fact, Gandhi ji was more anxious to preserve Hindu-Muslim unity and so he did not mind the murders of a few Hindus if it could be achieved by sacrificing their lives. This attitude to excuse the Muslims any wrong, lest it should injure the cause of unity is well illustrated by what Mr Gandhi had to say in the matter of Mopla riots. The blood-curdling atrocities committed by the Moplas in Malabar against the Hindus were indescribable. What was more horrifying was that Mr Gandhi had joined the rabidly communal Khilafat Movement, whose leaders were so misguided as to pass a resolution of congratulations to the Moplas on the brave fight they were conducting for the sake of their religion’.
   Dr Ambedkar further said that ‘any person could have said that this was too heavy a price for Hindu Muslim unity. But not Mr Gandhi, who was so much obsessed with the necessity of establishing Hindu Muslim unity that he was prepared to make light of the doings of the Moplas and the Khilafats, who were congratulating them’. The shock of the shocks was that Mahatma spoke of the Moplas ‘as the brave and God-fearing, who were fighting for what they consider as religion and in a manner which they consider as religious.’
    It will be insanity to ask Muslims to go out of India, but they can certainly be asked, convinced and if the need arises, be coerced to fall in line with the Constitution of India. They must raise their voice for the Uniform Civil Code and also for the introduction of the policy for the population control, which should be applicable to all, regardless of caste, creed and religion. They must try to amalgamate with the rest of the population because there cannot be any space for insulation and separate treatment for them.
    The Muslims, therefore, must welcome and congratulate Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for bringing about the Citizenship Amendment Act, which will facilitate the conferring of citizenship to persecuted minorities of the Islamic states of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Those, who want the infiltrators to be given all facilities in India at the cost of its citizens cannot be the friends of the country. And here comes the responsibility of the administration to identify such persons and give them the stern punishment for damaging the interests of the country.
    One can only laugh at the falsity and deception of the persons like Owaisi and Azam Khan, who say that their forefathers stayed back in India by choice because they had a love for this country. The fact is that Rajakars, who were the forefathers of the ilk of Owaisi, had fought pitched battle against the Indian Army and they wanted to be the part of Pakistan; and forefathers of persons like Azam Khan had fought for Pakistan because they were not sure of their future in India. This is an irony that Mohd. Azam Khan has constructed a University in Rampur in the name of a person, who was so rabidly communal that he did not even like to be buried in India because he was one of those who had conceived for Pakistan.
Therefore, the Government of India should not be apologetic about the National Register of Citizens so as to give full protection to its citizens by driving out the infiltrators from the country. As far as Hindus are concerned, they have never been united and this was the reason that they have been subjugated at will by any determined force, howsoever, the small their numbers might have been.  It will not be far from the truth that Hindus are the biggest enemies of Hindus because they are always prepared to give any absurd logic to appease the Muslims.

“Hindu Pakistan” Can Never be Like Pakistan

Today in India there is a whole hoard of so-called eminent persons – writers, artiests, cinema celebrities etc – who criticize the present government led by Modi by flinging an accusation that India is on the way to become a “Hindu Pakistan”. They have become particularly more ferocious and vocal in this accusation, while they support the agitation cooked by opposition political parties against the CAA – Citizens Amendment Act, a law that grants right to the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Jains of Pakistan who were persecuted there to obtain Indian citizenship. These “eminent” persons try to make it believed that they “do not like” what Pakistan is and what that country stands for. No body can peep into their hearts to find out what in fact is stored there about Pakistan. Their hearts – like the heart of anybody else – are their private chambers holding there their private secrets about their love or hate for that country.

But it is very strange on their part that they have never spoken a single word protesting against the persecution of these minority communities of Pakistan.

It is rightly said, acts of a person speak louder than his words. Do they hold these communities are not persecuted in Pakistan? They cannot be supposed to be that ignorant or innocent in this age of internet, when the YouTube, Twitter, Blogs etc are full of real time details of the heart wrenching facts of murders, rapes and inhuman treatment of these communities in Pakistan – simply on the ground that they are “Kafirs” in the eyes of Muslims of Pakistan. Do persons like Javed Akhtar not watch YouTube? Nobody can believe that. Does YouTube not have real stories narrated and uploaded on YouTube in Pakistan by the persecuted people of these communities? Today anybody having a smart phone can shoot and upload on internet the events of his life. Any doubt? YouTube is full of these stories and nobody – except the one who loves Pakistan and wishes to gloss over these crimes of Pakistan – can doubt their authenticity. Why Pakistan is full of such inhuman crimes against their minority communities? Pakistan was created and founded on a thinking – the Islamic pure land. What is this “Islamic pure land” like? Here we are re-producing the material bearing on this aspect. If India ever becomes a “Hindu Pakistan”, it can not become like Pakistan. “Hindu Pakistan” can never be like Pakistan. Why it is so? Here we are again re-producing an article having a bearing on this fact. There are two parts of this article. The first part deals about the mentality of Pakistan. And the second part deals with “Hindu Pakistan”, that is, India dominated by the Hindu thinking.


Historically the concept of secularism is confined to those countries only where the majority of people follow Christian religion. It is conspicuously absent in the Islamic world. Islamic world – since the origin of Islam in Arab in 622 AD – did neither believe in this principle of the separation of state from the religious institutions nor follow it in any country where Islam is in power. Why is it so? The reason is that Islam did not experience the mental awakening till now, which could evoke scientific queries and produce discoveries. Islam prohibits such queries if they go against its holy book and punishes them under blasphemy law. It has no space for people to freely speak their mind. Why Islam is unable to follow secularism? It is so because, while Christianity had abolished long ago the law of blasphemy, Islam has been unable to do so till today. While the non-Muslim world is moving at breakneck speed to uncover the scientific secrets of Nature, the Muslim world is mired in blasphemy, terrorism and violent Jihad.

The inner and outer structure of Islam and Christianity, both, is such that they cannot survive without preying upon other religions, which are incompatible with them. They say they are the only true ones and the final words of God (strangely, they both claim an exclusive God and His final word in their holy books, but do not agree with each other on that God and His words). Being the exclusive claimants for (their) God, they cannot allow a rival similar claim and, as of necessity, must devour any rival claimants, and assimilate their body within their own self. To translate the words of their God into reality, Islam integrated religion with state and vested this dual authority in its Caliph. It teaches in its holy book that this world an open field for waging a war to establish its rule. It is a war to establish the world wide empire of Islam and its rule. In this imperial war Islam in its holy book commands its  followers to practice a morality of telling intentional lies (Taqia) to their enemies – to deceive them – in the style of “a smile on your face and hate in the heart when you are weak and when you are in power not to relent at all until your enemy has surrendered to you in terror.” It is a religious morality of breaking your solemn promises and terrorism. The build of their thinking and their organization is solely directed at killing all those who are foreign to them in thinking. They feed on their corpse. These two religions cannot coexist with other religions. With the invasion of India by Islam under Mohammad bin Kasim in 718 AD, for the first time a very strange situation arose in India. India had not witnessed such a situation during its long past. The Islamic State, which was integrated with that religion, disallowed Indians any kind of religious dissent. Even an attempted dissent of any kind against Islam was labeled as blasphemy and this blasphemy was declared a crime. This crime was punishable with death by the Islamic State. The medieval Indian history of Islamic rule is soaked with the blood of Indian people who were following faiths different from Islam – like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and many more like them. These hapless Indian people were declared by Islam as living in the ‘Age of Ignorance’ (Jahilya) and forced to convert to Islam under the threat of murder. Those who refused or resisted, were put to death mercilessly and their women and children were enslaved for sex (Gilmas). Their property was looted as war booty (Mal-e-Ganimat). Those of them who somehow escaped death and still survived, were imposed an exorbitant heretic tax named Zazia. A vast collection of their books – the treasure of precious knowledge – kept in libraries were burnt. In one such unfortunate incident of burning of books kept in the library of Nalanda University, a Muslim religious zealot named Bakhtiar Khilj gave an astonishing logic in justification of his act (of burning). He said, “If these books in library say what Koran has said, they are superfluous and deserve to be burnt. If they say against Koran, they are dangerous and deserve to be burnt. They say either what Koran has said or against Koran. In both cases, they need to be destroyed.” Millions of people following Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and their other sects and sub-sects were killed by Muslims simply because they believed in something that was not Islam and they refused to convert to Islam. It is estimated by some scholars that Islam committed in India the greatest genocide in the human history. This crime was committed against the Indian people because of their religious dissent.

The first attempt to carry the victorious banner of Islam into India was made by Mohammad bin Kasim in 718 AD, who came to Sindh and assaulted there the reigning Hindu king Dahir Deshpati. In the contest after numerous conflicts king Dahir was defeated by Kasim and killed, his wife was converted to Islam and given away to some soldier of Muslim army, and his two daughters sent away as gift to Caliph Omar II (13th Caliph) in Baghdad.  It was a new and unexpected experience for Hindu India. Still, it was only a probing exercise and Sindh was again attacked around 775 AD during the reign of Caliph Al Mansoor (21st Caliph) and finally conquered, and the name of the Shindh capital ‘Arore’ was changed  into ‘Mansoora’. An attack was made around 833 AD on Chittore by one Mahmood, where the Chittore’s Hindu king Khomman defeated him and made prisoner. But nothing more was done by India to safeguard itself against the future Islamic incursions into this country. For twenty years or so this India did not see any serious attempt of its violation by Islam, until 975 AD when Soobektegin of Gazni accompanied by his son Mahmood Gazni made incessant military incursions into India (some say, 16 times in number) to destroy alleged ‘Kufr’ (Hinduism) convert people to Islam and was defeated in his attempts every time. But still nothing was done by India to safeguard its future. This Mahmood Gazni, the son of Soobektegin, continued the legacy of his father, attacked the Hindu king of Delhi Prithvi Raj Chauhan in 1192 AD but was defeated and made prisoner by Prithvi Raj. On his making a promise never to attack India again and praying for saving his life, he was granted clemency by Prithvi Raj and allowed to go back to Gazani. But true to his fanatic religious belief, this Mahmood Gazni broke his solemn promise, attacked Prithvi Raj in 1193 AD (called the Second War of Tarain), defeated him, carried him as prisoner to Gazani and killed him there.

Since that time of Islamic victory in 1193 AD, Hindu India has undergone untold miseries, which cannot be fathomed by those who are unaware of its history of Islamic rule. Hindu India is the only country – the single country – in the entire world that did not surrender to Islam and convert to Muslim religion. Iran, Afghanistan and many more countries in Europe, Africa and Asia completely surrendered to this religion and today are Islamic countries with misconceived pride. But this Hindu India relentlessly fought the ferocious wars against the long chain of India’s Islamic rulers. This India was never – ever – completely under the sovereignty of Islam. There were relentless pitched battles in dreaded wars by Hindu kings against the enemy of their faith. It was a routine feature of these dreaded wars that the entire Hindu population to the last of their able-bodied person had gone to the battle field – while knowing fully well that they would not return back alive from that war – to fight the enemy of their faith and that their women prepared funeral pyre and jumped into the fire to perish, so that their female chastity  was not violated by the victorious Islam. No country in the world had such courage, conviction and determination in the face of a dreaded enemy like Islam. In 1533 AD in the so called “Second Saka or Jauhar” (self immolation by females) alone 13, 000 Hindu women of Chittore jumped into fire and perished. It is said that there were seven similar Hindu “Sakas” in Rajasthan alone. It is only because of such courage and dedication of Hindus of India to their faith that, while none of the countries that was invaded by the sword of Islam could retain its native faith, India is still 80% Hindu today.

This unflinching courage of Hindus amid the moments of great calamity that had befallen on their ancestors, their steadfastness in keeping to their native faith in the face of such barbarism and the fact that this India is still a Hindu country, should be a matter of pride for all those who are Hindus today and whose ancestors were once Hindus. It is most humane and justified for all those who are converted Muslims today but whose ancestors were once Hindus to feel pity for their ancestors for all that pain which they had undergone and and honor them. There are millions and millions of Muslims – in India and in Pakistan both – who still bear the Hindu surnames – like Rana, Chauhan, Bajwa, Khokhar, Tomar, Sindhu etc. – with their personal names as medals. It is a matter of pride, and it should be a matter of pride, to them. It shows their Hindu roots and it should not be a matter of shame. Hindus are as good as any other religious group of people and Hindu religion is not an ignorance. The persecution of Hindus by Islam was wrong. The medieval history of India is the dark history of religious persecution of Hindus by its Islamic rulers.

Since the times of Mohammad bin Kasim (718 AD) the pathetic conditions of the religious persecution  of Hindus continued till the British took over the rule of India. The intolerance of Hindu religious ideas by the Islamic religion, which was integrated with its State and vested in its religious head called Caliph, continued till 1858 AD, when the British took over the State power from the last Indian Islamic ruler, king Bahadur Shah Jafar. With the British in command, the relation of State in India with religion(s) followed their peculiar imperialist strategy, of which legacy the free India’s secularism is still following without putting any thought into it. The British imperialist policy in dealing with Muslims and Hindus both was, “We are Christians. You are Hindus; and you are Muslims. Each one of you are free to do what your respective religion teaches you. But we are the State and as ruler have the power to arbitrate in disputes between both of you”. During the Indian freedom struggle, for the sake of Hindu-Muslim unity against the British imperialism, it was propagated by the Indian political leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru that the imperialists adopted a policy to “divide Hindus and Muslims and rule over them”. This statement was factually wrong. Hindus and Muslims were already divided for centuries when the British came to India. This painful fact is testified by the occurrence of Hindu-Muslim riots on almost regular basis in united India from 1858 to 1947.  What the British imperialists did was only to utilize this communal chasm between them to their advantage. They nurtured this divide further by taking sides, when and which way it suited them. By this strategy they often sided with the weak and vanquished the strong. It was only because of this strategy that they were able to rule this vast country despite having at their disposal in India a very small contingent of English military force.

This British policy continued till 1947 when India was partitioned on religious lines into two countries – one part called Pakistan for Muslims, where they were free to lead their life according to Islam; and another remaining part of the once united India for Hindus, where they were free to lead their life according to Hinduism or whatever they liked. The British rulers partitioned India and made Hindus and Muslims both free and choose their own path and future. The first part – Pakistan – chose Islam, which was well in accord with the Islamic philosophy as advocated by its founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah and sung by famed Islamic poet Mohd. Iqbal. Both of them – the leader and the poet – had a mindset of the bygone era of Mohd. bin Kasim. In fact, Pakistan was the fulfillment of what Muslims had sought to achieve in united India since 718 AD but could not achieve. Once they got their feet on the ground of their own country – Pakistan – they immediately engaged with more vigor with their incomplete Islamic agenda of destroying Hindu-India. For Muslims of Pakistan, from the day one, India was a Hindu-India, whether it professed secularism or not. In their heart of hearts, they cared a hoot for secularism of India. This is the reason why the left-over part of this new India – or supposedly a Hindu-India – did not see from the day Pakistan was created a moment of peace. And this India is not likely to have that peace any day soon.

Now, what did the remaining part of this once united India do in choosing its path and future? The first thing it did was to declare in its Constitution that India is not a Hindu country; that it equally belongs to Muslims; that it will be a secular country; that Hindus and Muslims (and all other religions) will have equal right to carry on the objectives – aims – of their respective religions; that they all will have the constitutional right to not only practice but also propagate what their respective religion teaches them. It was not an ordinary legal right but a fundamental right, which was guaranteed to them and could not be taken away even by the Parliament of India till eternity. The great leaders of free India who drafted the Indian Constitution did not realize the serious dangers to the very existence of this remaining India, which were inherent in such a constitutional approach.

Firstly, they did not realize that if it was possible for Muslims to carry forward their religious objectives in the united India, there was no need at all for them to demand and create their own country separate from the Hindus. Secondly, they did not realize that it was wrong to think that all those Muslims who were religiously bigots and wanted to live in their own separate country according to Islamic religion had migrated to Pakistan; and that other remaining Muslims who chose to stay back in India were not so religious bigots as to once again demand second Pakistan like their their brothers going to Pakistan had done. Moreover, there was no reason for these Indian leaders to suppose that the future generations of these Indian Muslims would always find it suitable to live along with Hindus of this remaining India. Such supposition – or expectation – of these Indian leaders was unreasonable; it was like hoping that the Indian Muslims would be unlike their forefathers who had gone to Pakistan; it was hoping that that these left-over Indian Muslims would never demand their separate country once again. Such supposition, expectation or hope was against reason and without any foundation. Generations of people succeed generations and each new generation of people think as it best suits them in their times and circumstances. There is no justification to suppose that once a generation of Muslims had demanded the creation of Pakistan out of India, another succeeding generations of Indian Muslims would not so demand again. This rational conclusion is testified by the fact that since 1947 nothing drastic has changed on their religious front in India that may give this India a hope in the change of their attitude. This assumption or expectation of those Indian leaders was vain is proved beyond any shadow of doubt by the fact that in ‘India of 2019’ an Owaisi, an Azam Khan and many more like them can openly threaten Hindus in India with violence against the established Indian law. It is also proved by the fact that sectarian Muslim organizations like Indian Muslim League and similar other organizations (which openly uphold Islamic agenda and once had spearheaded the creation of Pakistan) are still popular among Indian Muslims. Such people still harbor the sentiments of their forefathers who had once demanded the creation of Pakistan. It is not a secret and anyone with open mind and eyes can see this reality of the remaining India.


India had historical conditions that were totally different from conditions of England. Even in 326 BC when Alexander the great invaded India, he found that in India Hindu Yogis and Buddhist Shramans were living in austerity in meadows near a river. They were living naked but were revered by the king and the common people alike. They did not hold any political authority over the king of Taxila kingdom. Thereafter we find, a Yavan (Greek) king named Maharajadhiraj Milind (Greek name Minendra) who was ruling from Mathura (in India) to Bactria (in modern day Iran). This Bactria was conquered by Alexander and on his death was first inherited by his successor king Seleucus Nikator (who was bound in friendship with India under a treaty concluded between him and Chandragupt Maurya) and after Seleucus Nikator by king Milind. Milind’s coins have been found in India, on one side of which is written in Sanskrit ‘Maharajadhiraj Milind and on the other side in Greek ‘Maharajadhiraj Minandrau’. This king Milind came with a royal retinue of soldiers to an Indian Buddhist Yogi Nagasena to learn from him the teachings of Buddha. Here too, we find that the political power of State did not vest in the religious authorities.

It was for the first time in India that the emperor Asoka the great declared Buddhism a State religion (268 BC) and the State power vested in religion. Still, Asoka too, in accordance with the Buddhist tenets, did not outlaw the religious dissent or punish those who held a contrary views on religion or secular matter. Far from persecution of his opponents, he forbade his citizens to kill any human and even animals. Buddhist religion, even when it had the State power in its hand, did not forbid any person to believe in a religion or ideas that were contrary to Buddhism. We find that in India this harmonious relation of state with the multitude of religions passed through ages and continued till the times of King Harshvardhan, who ruled Kannauj in 628 AD. We find that in India there was never a communal clash between competing religious beliefs or between religion and new ideas. India has encouraged free thinking and competition of dissenting philosophies, be they religious or secular ones in nature. This mindset was not deviated in India throughout its long history, irrespective of the fact whether the State power was vested in the hands of religion or not.

For Indian faiths – like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Shikhism etc. – secularism has been an alien concept. None of them had history of clash between their beliefs and new ideas, which challanged those beliefs. On the contrary, India had a history where the State power – ruling kings and monarchs – encouraged and sponsored public debates between the rival claimants of truth. Intellectual contest between Adi Shankaracharya and Mandan Mishra is well known in Indian history. The visit of king Milind (Minendra) to the Buddhist master Nagasena to learn new knowledge at his feet is also well known. Huen Tsiang – the Chinese traveler to India in 628 AD – writes that in India there is a tradition of holding of intellectual debates between renowned rival men of knowledge; that such intellectual contests were patronized by kings and society alike; and that the one who was defeated in the contest used to leave the company of society in ignominy and depart to forests, away from human presence. With such a background of amicable intellectual atmosphere, there was no scope in India for the germination of an idea of the separation of religion from the State authority. India historically had nothing to do with the concept of secularism. Thus, India had a reason why – despite having a long history of fertile imagination of its people – did not have an inkling of the idea of secularism or separation of State from religion.  It did not have its utility in India.

Indic faiths are such that they can live in harmony with all other religions. Indian secularism creates an environment in polity where it is not only made possible for these two religions – Islam and Christianity – to infect the State with their poisonous virus but also its process is made smooth. In Indian secularism they are guaranteed a freedom to carry on their preying and devouring activities. In India this secularism, instead of fulfilling its historical aim of isolating the State from the short-sighted religious institutions and shielding it against their unwanted interference, infests the State with the virus of these predatory religions and, thus, serves the cause of an indirect take-over of the State by them. The secularism of India is a sick secularism.

The idea of secularism is strange in Indian conditions and an ill-fitting constitutional device for a forward-looking India. It drives a wedge into her social cohesiveness and is a poison for its social fabric. It ruffles social poise and equilibrium and disturbs its peace. It destroys its communal harmony. It is strange because it is not needed in a country where overwhelming majority of people do not believe in presecuting and killing those who do not agree with their beliefs. It is ill-fitting constitutional device because the majority population of this country do not take offence to ideas that are new or against their own; they do not seek to convert those who hold ideas contrary to their own.

India has been home to vast number of people who follow numerous Indic faiths, like Hinduism, Buddhism Jainism, Sikhism and their many branches for thousands of years. This India had followed a principle where religion tamed and mollified the arrogant authority of State. Religion showed the path of compassion to State; Asoka the great who was an emperor was called by his people ‘Prya-Darshi’ or ‘the loved one’. This India never had the need or utility of an idea of secularism – the idea of separation of religion from State. This ideas was for the first time incorporated in its constitution after its liberation from the British colonial power.

Suppose for a moment, there is no noticeable presence of the followers of Islam and Christianity in India? What would be the fate of secularism in India? It would then be redundant and irrelevant here. It is so because there would be no occasion for Hindus in India to suppress any new ideas – religious or others in nature – on the ground that they were against Hinduism. Then, there would be no need of secularism, that is, need to separate State power from the religious institutions. Because of the tolerating nature of Hinduism, there would never be its antagonism to any new ideas; because of this lack of antagonism, there would be no need to separate State from religious institutions of Hindus. But it is only a supposition because there is a substantial number of people in India who are governed by the teachings of Islam and Christianity, which teachings are extremely intolerant in their thoughts and predatory in their actions.

Secularism is a poison for Indian social fabric because it provides state protection to those activities of religions that are predatory. It prevents state from taking action against those who believe in converting and killing those who hold beliefs contrary to their own. It directs state to give protection to those whose beliefs cast a duty on them to prey upon, convert or even kill those who hold contrary beliefs. It is a reality of secular India. It is a dangerous reality.    Though the context of secularism is absent in India, it has become here a virtuous political cult and a smoke screen for its defenders. It has  become a fashionable political correctness for them. In the face of the preying and predatory nature of these two religions – Islam and Christianity – the adoptition of secularism as a constitutional guiding principle is suicidal one for India. No amount of lies can hide this truth. No strategy can succeed in camouflaging this truth today in this age of information revolution

Secularism in its working here has been destructive to India. It has brought about a situation where this ancient nation with a spiritually enlightened culture, which produced Buddha, Mahavira, Guru Nanak, Mira Bai, Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo and thousands like them, has been reduced to an artificial “idea of India”. This secularism in the western democracies has played a positive role by separating State from a fundamentalist religion and thus protected people from the onslaught of the brute power of a religion that was against common-sense. There it put in place this device of secularism and isolated the State from that religion and protected people against its illogical dictates. In India secularism has  played a negative role. It has generated here an antagonism – that would not have been here otherwise – between people following Islam and Christianity on the one side and those following Hinduism on the other. The net effect of this secularism has been of polarizing people along communal lines. While Islam and Christianity have been left free to practice conversion and propagate eternal hellfire for Hindus, Hindus have been made a sitting duck for these hunters.

Though Islam and Christianity claim that their God – to the exclusion of each other’s God – is the only true God and that God’s words are the final truth, which two Gods and their words do not agree with each other, this secularism has made them strange bed-fellows in India. They for the time being have kept aside their differences – and deadly clash to the bitter end of one of the two – to be decided between them at some later day and have united as one force today to destroy their common enemy – Hinduism. Secularism in India has become deaf to hear their warring words against each other and blind to see their unholy union to destroy Hinduism in India.

Secularism calls upon Indian State to protect the right of the hunters against any objection of their victim and protect their right to kill their prey. In the exercise of this right, these hunters have been guaranteed the State protection, which is reinforced with the powers of judicial courts, police, military and legislation by Parliament. One can see a strange anomaly of law present in India wherein, on the one hand, the right of Islam to propagate the Koranic mandate of converting or killing the Kafirs is guaranteed under Constitution and, on the other hand, India’s Penal Code forbids the propagation of human killing, which is called murder. When dealing with a fundamental issue like the implication of secularism in India, one cannot side step this truth – preaching, inciting and committing murders – that this holy book teaches as a matter of constitutional right. This is one out of many anomalies created by secularism in India.

Indian faiths (like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism etc.) do not propagate and practice conversion but Islam and Christianity both propagate and practice conversion. In fact, their entire effort is focused on conversion (leaving aside for the time being the issue of their employing of the unfair means like deception, luring, threat and violence for conversion). This religious conversion is the command of their holy books and their this right to convert is guaranteed by the Indian Constitution. This right is protected by the power of state. It is so because the State is mandated by the Constitution to be secular. The State in India has nothing to do with religion but it leaves these two religions free to convert and carry their mission. This is Indian version of secularism.

In such a situation, where Indian faiths are not inclined to convert others, Muslims and Christians do everything to convert. This secularism is a confirmed death warrant of the Indian faiths in India. This death warrant has been imposed in India none other but by Indian themselves. They have invited this calamity to their religions by thoughtlessly  copying a clone – a sick – secularism in India where they still constitute 80% of the population and rule by the democratic majority. Certainly Hindus in India are slowly walking towards their extinction only because of this secularism. The danger to its life in India emanates from this Indian version of secularism. For its survival in the face of competition from rival religions, like Islam or Christianity, Hinduism does not need any mission for its propagation. It is a rational religion and appeals to human intellect. It may look strange but is true that Hindus in India do not need any fundamental right to propagate their religion but they need a fundamental right of their protection against the religious propagation by Islam and Christianity – and their conversion by these religions. It is their human right to be so protected. They need this constitutional protection to save their religious identity. Grant of such protection is their right in India and this is the true meaning of secularism in Indian context.

Conscience: Let it Be Beacon to Humanity in 2020

By: Shreepal Singh

(Message to humanity for New year 2020)

Do we know what is brain? Of course yes; and it is located in our head. Do we know our mind? Not sure; perhaps it is a property – or an output – of our brain. But we are well aware of our mind; we have mind. Do we know our thoughts? Yes, we are well aware of our thoughts too. Where are they located in our body? Perhaps, they are the output of our mind; and in turn, they are an output of our brain. But thoughts are there; there is no doubt that we have our thoughts. Our science – the dominant branch of our knowledge – is nothing but a bundle of our thoughts – complex thoughts. All scientific laws, principles and hypothesis are our thoughts, which we have found – or are trying to find – this Nature always follows. Does this Nature know these thoughts? Of course not; Nature is not living; it is dead; there is no possibility of Nature having any thoughts, which we call this Nature’s laws (like  laws of gravity, electro-magnetic force etc.). This is our knowledge. This is the limit of our knowledge of Nature today. These are nothing but thoughts. We have thoughts and we are conscious of them.

Do we know our heart? Yes, it is located in our body in our chest. What is love or hate? Where are they located in our body? Not sure, they may be an output of our organic heart. We cannot see or located our emotions like love and hate. But we are sure love and hate exist; we are well aware of them. When we feel emotions like love, hate, anger, fear, empathy etc. there are some signature tunes in our body – then there are secretions of some specific chemicals in our body, which are associated with those emotions and testify to the existence of love, hate, anger etc.

We are not aware today of the fact that such love and hate too, just like thoughts, are integral parts of this Nature, albeit in altogether a different form. It is difficult to believe such claim at the stage of our today’s knowledge of Nature. There are many things in Nature, which we do not believe – we cannot believe. It is not the fault of Nature; it is our fault.

Is it possible for us to combine together our particular thought, like say humanism, with our particular emotion, say love? It is not easy; but sometimes we find them combined together – overlapping each other. If we go back to the organic foundation of these two diverse things – thought and love – we reach brain and heart. It is not always easy to bring thoughts and emotions in harmony. Most often, we find our emotions are illogical and our reason stands against our emotions. This is where we find our civilization is standing at present. Our civilization finds mind and emotions contradictory to each other. This civilization has to give precedence to one over another. And, our civilization has given the precedence to mind over the other one.

We say, we are humans only because we are reasonable. We push emotions to lower grade; we declare them belonging to fools – almost like children. We are better because we are not children.

What is conscience? Do we have conscience? We say, it is nonsense! We push its status even below emotions. We are wrong in dismissing – or even degrading – it; we are completely wrong. We have a faint – a very faint – feeling of the existence of our conscience. We do not know where it is located in our body but sometime this conscience becomes so loud to make itself heard by us and paid attention to that we cannot but have to hear its voice. Have you ever heard of persons who had committed some serious crime like murder, but were not caught by the authorities, to have come forward, confess to the crime and beg to the police to be punished for that crime? This is one example of hearing the voice of conscience. There are many – innumerable – such instances; and they happen in all countries and among all kinds of people – religions, ideologies, way of life etc.

Such persons know what is conscience. To them, it is crystal clear like a day light. They have no doubt. No amount of logic, reason or arguments is able to dislodge their belief in the voice of their conscience. To them, at such critical moment in their life, their conscience becomes more vocal than the logic of their mind and all its arsenal.

Our conscience lies buried deep under the weight of our limitless thoughts, emotions and prejudices. We are oblivious of its existence and deaf to its voice. We have been taught since our childhood to ignore its beacon, if it still comes to the surface of our consciousness, then to suppress it. Our civilization is founded on the principle of the suppression of its existence and its voice. Though of and on we – each one of us – become aware of its existence and its powerful – in fact, overriding – voice but our society, our civilization, does not encourage us to pay attention to its voice – to even recognize its existence.

Conscience does exist as a hard fact, as hard as our thoughts; it twinkles like a distant star – far away from us – deep within our existence. It beacons us to listen to it but in vain. It is not in a hurry to be heard; it patiently awaits its hour to be recognized, much like our thoughts and emotions. It awaits the time when it would be given by our society a place above our mind and mind’s indecisive thoughts, which remain in perpetual doubts and confusion and a place above our emotions, which much distort the benevolent light of this conscience.

Conscience twinkles within us like a distant star. It is more accurate and advantageous in its yield to us than our mind and this mind’s thoughts. It never fails in its judgment. It is the fountainhead of morality – the morality of a theist and an atheist both. It never fails in righteousness.

How can one become aware of its existence in one’s daily routine life? What is its utility in one’s private life? What is its place in our society? Look at a star in the sky;  it twinkles – though faintly – up above in the sky, as we are told in the well known children’s jingle; it is just like that. How do we find that twinkling star? We look at it; we try to locate it; we concentrate on it.

Our conscience is like the twinkling light deep within us – at a very distant location, a very deep location within us. It is difficult to locate it but it is not very difficult to trace its twinkling light. It is a light – as clear as our thoughts. It is there in everybody. It is your true guide. It is you. It has a voice. It speaks. It speaks to you. The only difficulty is that we do not like to hear its voice – a faint voice, a distant voice – because it looks to us absurd in its suggestions. It is not very difficult to locate, because it is you – you yourself. In the tranquility of your mind – in the leisure of your time, when there is nobody between you and its voice – the voice of your conscience speaks to you. If you pay a little attention to it, it calls you; its voice becomes louder to be clear to you and unmistakable in its bidding. Then, there is nothing strong enough to challenge its authority – your religion, your faith, your ideas, your precious concerns of this life. Then, nothing stands as an obstacle between you and this voice. It guides you to the best way – out of all the possible ways – in the given circumstances for you, though that way may look an absurd one to you at that moment. But if you obey it, later on it comes out to be the best one for you. If you obey its voice and call, it does so always and unfailingly. This voice becomes you yourself. If you hear it and obey its commands as a habit, then you are not an ordinary human being; you are much above ordinary people – and without an inflated ego. You come out of this psychological exercise back to this world as a totally transformed – different – person. Then, people around you would find that you have become a model of morality, which should be an ideal for humanity. Then, people would find in you, in your words and your conduct qualities that are nothing less than miracles to ordinary people. This is the power of conscience. Conscience is better and higher than mind and emotions, both.

The world is moving in the direction of making this element of conscience as the foundation of our civilization. Universal respect for humans rights and protection of animals’ rights are some of the outer signs of the reflection of this inner conscience. It is an unfolding of a better civilization. Let us all – humanity at large – look inside us, hear our conscience and craft a better civilization for all of us and for our posterity. Let this be the message from a feeble voice from India to the world for the new year 2020.

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