Janata Party President Dr Subramanian Swamy talking to Kanchi Acharya Shri Jayendra Saraswathy and other Swamiji’s at a meeting of Dharma Raksha Manch in Mumbai on Wednesday.
the Nation and welfare of its members, and spread the glory of its national culture. In respect of India, the symbol of our national culture is Sanatana Dharma rooted in our timeless Vedic Heritage’.
According to Dr Subramanian Swamy the challenge confronting Hindus today is however much more difficult to meet than was earlier in history because the forces at work to erode and undermine Hindu faith, unlike before, are unseen, clandestine, pernicious, deceptive but most of all sophisticated and media-savvy. Tragically Hindus in larger numbers, more particularly the educated Hindus have been unwittingly co-opted in this sinister conspiracy directed by foreigners who have no love for India and who also see in the same way as Lord Macauley (1800-1859) did in the nineteenth century, that the hoary Hindu foundation of India is the chief stumbling block for the furtherance of their nefarious perfidious game in the field of politics and religion—in short Christianisation of India.
Adherence to Hinduism is also being sought to be diluted in the name of modernity and this dilution is made a norm of secularism. Religion, it is advocated, is personal. To be a good Hindu today is conceptually being reduced to just praying, piety, visiting temples, and celebrating religious festivals. The concept of a collective Hindu mindset is being ridiculed as chauvinist and retrograde, even fundamentalist. Christians and Muslims are given this special privilege but not the majority Hindus of India.
The concept of a corporate Hindu unity and identity however is that of a collective mindset that identifies us with a motherland from the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean and it’s glorious past, and the concomitant resolve of it’s representative leadership defined as ‘chakravartin’ earlier by Chanakya, to defend that vision. It is this concept and resolve that is being discarded or is just evaporating under the onslaught of the Nehruvian secularists.
Dr Subramanian Swamy beautifully puts it: ‘However pious a Hindu becomes, or how many millions come to Kumbh Mela, Sabarimala etc., however prosperous Hindu temples may become from doting on devotees’ offerings, when the nation is in danger it is this collective mindset of the people that matters, and not the piety of the individual or the cosmetic and superficial collective feelings without any national purpose or direction. Consequently, Hindu society today lacking a cohesive corporate identity, is thus in the process of becoming fragmented, and hence increasingly in disarray. This fission process is on simultaneously with the reality of millions of Hindus going to temples regularly. The Hindu consciousness that is needed today is that which encompasses the willingness and determination to collectively defend the faith from the erosion that is being induced by the disconnect with our glorious past’.
That glorious past was aptly summarised in the writings of Dr Ambedkar, and his oration in the Constituent Assembly for a strong united country. In his scholarly paper presented in a 1916 Columbia University seminar [and published in Indian Antiquary, vol. XLI, May 1917 p.81-95] Dr Ambedkar stated: ‘It is the unity of culture that is the basis of homogeneity. Taking this for granted, I venture to say that there is no country that can rival the Indian Peninsula with respect to the unity of its culture. It has not only a geographic unity, but it has over and above all a deeper and much more fundamental unity—the indubitable cultural unity that covers the land from end to end’. Ambedkar wrote several such brilliant books, but alas, Nehru and his cohorts so thoroughly frustrated him that in the end his inner bitterness drove him to Buddhism.
By a criminal failure to usher in a National Renaissance after 1947 India lost her glorious opportunity to cleanse the accumulated dirt and unwanted baggage of the past. The battering that the concept of Hindu unity and Indian identity has taken at the hands of Nehruvian secularists since 1947 has led to the present social malaise. Thus, even though Hindus are above 80 percent of the population in India, they have not been able to understand their roots in, and obligations to, the Hindustani nation in a pluralistic democracy. Thus, if this degeneration and disconnect are not rectified and repaired by a resolve to unite Hindustanis [Hindus and those others who proudly identify with India’s Hindu past], the Hindu civilization may go into a tail spin and ultimately fade away very much like other civilizations that have vanished in the past for much the same reason.
Today the sacrilege of Hindu concepts and hoary institutions, is being carried out not with the crude brutality of past invasions, but with the sophistication of the constitutional instruments of law. The UPA government under stranglehold of anti-Hindu Catholic Christian Sonia Gandhi, has perfected this technique! The desecration of Hindu icons, for example the Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt, is being made to look legal, thereby completely confusing the Hindu people, and thus making them unable to recognise the danger, or to realise that Hindus have to unite to defend against the threats to their legacy. Dr Swamy sums this up as: ‘We Hindus are under siege today; and we do not know it !! That is, what is truly alarming is that Hindu society could be dissembled today without much protest since we have been lulled into or lost the capacity to think and act collectively as Hindus’.
Hindus today are being systematically prepared for psychological enslavement and conceptual capture. Indians thus are being subtly brainwashed. Hindus are being lulled, while Muslims and Christians are being subject to relentless propaganda that they are different, and are citizens of India as would be a shareholder in a Company that runs for profit, and not as descendents of Hindus, and a product of conversion, fraud and force.
To resist this siege we first need Hindu unity. Numbers [of those claiming to be adherents to Hinduism] do not matter in today’s information society. It is the durability and clarity of the Hindu mindset of those who unite that matters in the forging of an instrument to fight this creeping danger. In a forest a thousands goats may assemble, but on sight of a sole tiger, these goats will scatter and run. Similarly, we witness five fully-grown lions obeying meekly a thin wiry ringmaster in a circus. It is all a question of strength and attitude of mind.
We Hindus cannot fight this unless we first clearly identify what we have to fight for. We cannot effectively respond unless we understand the nature and complexity of the challenge. What makes the task of defending Hinduism much more difficult today is that the oppressors are not obvious marauding entities as were Ghazni, Ghori, or Clive. The means of communication and the supply of funds in the hands of our enemies are multiples of that available in the past, for camouflaging their evil purposes like decimation of Hindu culture and destruction of Hindu religion and civilization.
Hindus are facing a four dimensional siege and this siege is pernicious, clandestine, deceptive and sophisticated. It requires an enlightened Hindu unity to combat the threats and get the siege lifted. We have to begin by first understanding the content and scope of the four-dimensional siege before we Hindus can unite to battle against it. These dimensions are:
 The clandestine defamation of Hindu symbols and institutions.
 Demographic restructuring of Indian society.
 The Rise of Terrorism Directed at Hindus.
 The Erosion of Moral Authority of Governance.
Dr Swamy has issued this appeal to all the Hindu Dharmacharyas of India: ‘In this time of creeping darkness in our society, there are still venerated souls who draw crowds of people who come on their own expense to hear such evolved souls and follow them. These are our dharmacharyas, and a part of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha convened by Swami Dayananda Sarasvati. This organisation represents the most extraordinary and historical event in Hindu history of at least 1000 years, and a dire need of the hour. All bouquets and praise to Swami Dayananda Sarasvati. Just as Rshi Vishwamitra picked his archers and hunters to put an end to asuras and rakshasas, the same way I urge and implore this Sabha to pick a political instrument to cleanse the body politic of the nation’.
In today’s democratic India, we can best do this by a HINDU AGENDA certified by the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha of Swami Dayanand Sarasvati and endorsed by the electorate in a General Election. It cannot be done without Hindu unity in our democracy, and hence formulating a code of ethics and moral principles is essential for creating a meaningful and purposeful Hindu unity. THE NATION THEREFORE LOOKS TO ACHARYA SABHA TODAY, FOR GUIDANCE IN THIS CRUCIAL HOUR OF NEED.
Swami Dayanand Saraswati
First and foremost there is an imperative National need for undiluted unity of Hindus, a unity based on a mindset that is nurtured and fostered on the fundamentals of a new Hindu Renaissance. Only then can Hindus meet the challenge of Christian mission-aries and Islamic fundamentalists. I can do no better here than quote the bracing words of SWAMI DAYANANDA SARASVATI: ‘Faced with militant missionaries. Hinduism has to show that its plurality and all-encompassing acceptance are not signs of disparateness or disunity. For that, a collective voice is needed. Hindu vote is sacred, and should not be wasted’.In conclusion I would say that Non-Hindus can join this Hindustani unity, but first they must agree to adhere to the minimum requirement: that they recognise and accept that their cultural legacy is Hindu, or that they revere their Hindu ancestry and that they are as equal before law as any other but no more, and that they will make sacrifices to defend their Hindu legacy just as any good Hindu would do to defend his own ancestry. In turn then the Hindu will defend such non-Hindus as they have done in the case of the Parsis and Jews, and embrace them as part of the Hindustani parivar.
(The writer is a retired IAS officer)
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