G V Chelvapilla Analysis Of Al Jazeera’s Article “India’s Hindu Fundamentalists”
Al Jazeera is a front organization for Moslem brotherhood. Moslem brotherhood is banned even in its birth place Egypt. Some journalists connected with it are in prison in Egypt. It has wide presence in several nations and well funded possibly from oil rich Sheiks some of whom are its sponsors.
This anti-Hindu propaganda coming from such source need not be unexpected. It is cleverly using complaints or statistics of Christian rights group to further its smear against Hindu organizations, Government of India in particular against Narendra Modi. Its love for Christians does not extend to Sunni Islamic States. In Egypt Coptic Christians are routinely persecuted by both moderate Moslems and radical ISIS. Hardly their torment is ever seen on TV screens of Al Jazeera channels.
So called ‘Hindu fundamentalism’ is an oxymoron. If there is any thing fundamentalist in Hinduism it is to be more tolerant, more accepting and more respecting of other faiths. That is why because of such Hindu majority India remains democracy and second largest Muslim populated country . Christians and their institutions are patronized and supported largely by Hindus. Despite insurrections fueled by Christian bigots, persecution of them exist only in minds of the anti-Hindu and anti-India elements but not in reality. For instance when some stones were thrown into a Church in Delhi, due to such virulent propaganda we saw below in enclosed item, the incident became known world wide and all the things said against Hindu organizations below were broadcast. Yet when truth came out that vandalism was the work of Moslem youth whose advances were spurned by a Christian girl, the truth never aired in Al Jazeera or other Christian outfits that went viral against India and Hindus. So it was in case of molestation of a nun in Jahuba, Madhya Pradesh. Hindus were immediately blamed but when truth came out the act was done by fellow Christian tribals, again even loud mouthed secular media remained mute.
Actually it is good to see young Hindu girls and boys receiving self defense training given long history of persecution of Hindus in India, their forced conversions and torment , which are still continuing in areas like Kashmir or Nagaland as well as even in Tamil Nadu or Kerala,Kerala has become according to some statistics a Hindu minority state already soon possibly will become an integral part a la Kashmir if the process is not checked. It is imperative for India to survive as a democracy not degenerate into a theocracy that its majority, Hindu should be strong and powerful. A nation cannot be prosperous with a majority that is weak and compromising . Strength comes from higher spiritual values that prevail in Hindu Dharma. These values in fact form the foundation of any thing spiritual any where in the world , among any people of the world.
Smear tactics against Hinduism went on for centuries, yet truth triumphed, Hindus did not become extinct in India despite such declared goal . Hence we should support both RSS and Durga Vahini, regardless what detractors say they are neither extremist , nor fundamentalist as these terms now a days understood from practices of many Islamist outfits.
Truth will always triumph. Satyameva Jayethe.
India’s Hindu Fundamentalists
People & Power investigates India’s Hindu fundamentalists and their influence on the country’s government.
Since Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist and leader of the right-wing BJP party, became prime minister of India in May 2014, groups of radical Hindu nationalists have been terrorising religious minorities across the country.
According to a leading Christian rights group, at least 600 such attacks took place between Modi’s election and August of this year. One hundred and forty-nine of these assaults were against Christians; the rest were targeted at the country’s Muslim community.
The attacks, say critics, are being orchestrated by radical groups affiliated to Hindu nationalist and political pressure group: the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS.
Prime Minister Modi is a lifelong member of the RSS and the backing of its members was crucial in helping his BJP party win the 2014 election. Since then, emboldened by the result, Modi’s most extreme nationalist supporters have routinely taken to the streets, using violence and intimidation to press their claim for a purely Hindu India.
Muslims have been forced to convert to Hinduism, homes burnt down and people even murdered for allegedly consuming beef; cows having special status in the Hindu faith.
|Hindu nationalist summer camps for girls take place across India, all operated by an organisation called the Durga Vahini [Al Jazeera]|
Meanwhile, Hindu nationalists have been rewriting school textbooks in some states and holding training camps for teenage boys and girls in an apparent attempt to inculcate children into their cause.
We asked Indian filmmaker and journalist Mandakini Gahlot, herself a Hindu, to go in search of those who want a purely Hindu nation and find out what their resurgence means for the future of the world’s most populous secular democracy.
By Mandakini Gahlot
On September 28th, just a few days after we completed filming this documentary, a 52-year-old Muslim man, Mohammaded Akhlaq, was lynched by a Hindu mob on suspicion of slaughtering cows and consuming beef.
His 22-year-old son also suffered severe injuries in the attack. He was hit over the head with a sewing machine and remains in hospital recovering from two major brain surgery procedures.
The cow is considered a sacred animal in Hinduism and worshipped widely across the country. Various states have legislation in place to control the level of cattle slaughter. But more recently, Hindu nationalists have been demanding the law be more stringently applied and even calling for a blanket ban on beef. In March, the local government in the Indian state of Maharashtra, where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in power, did just that, introducing a wide-ranging ban on the sale and consumption of beef.
At street level, emboldened mobs of Hindu nationalists appear unwilling to wait for such laws to be passed in other states. Across the country, they have been taking matters into their own hands over the last year. Ajju Chouhan, leader of the radical group Bajrang Dal who consider themselves foot soldiers in the Hindu nationalist movement, agreed to let us film his followers on just such a patrol. We joined the group as they walked the city roads inspecting vehicles and seeking out anyone transporting cows for slaughter. Chouhan was quite open about what would happen to anyone caught; they might not be killed, but they would be “badly beaten.”
What appears to drive Chouhan and others like him is the belief that Hindus are somehow being ousted and replaced in their homeland. “The time has come for us to take back what’s ours, to claim Hindustan for Hindus,” he told us time and again.
In fact, the figures on religious affiliation tell a very different story to Chouhan’s proclamations. As things currently stand, Hindus are by far and away the majority religious group in India, constituting 79.8% of the population. The second largest religious group in the country are Muslims at 14.28%.
|We filmed at Ishak Numberdar’s village in May after it was attacked by a mob of radical Hindus [Al Jazeera]|
I have been tracking the activities of most radical Hindu groups for several years now, but the last 18 months has brought ever more unreasonable, intolerant and sometimes violent displays of aggression towards anyone deemed to be diverting from their vision of a pure “Hindustan.” A leading Christian rights group documented 600 attacks on minority communities by Hindu extremists between Prime Minister Modi coming to power in May 2014 and August of this year. One hundred and forty-nine of these assaults were against Christians, the rest were targeted at the country’s Muslim community.
The attack on the Akhlaqs, the father and son accused of slaughtering and consuming beef, occurred in the village of Bisara, which sits barely 100 kilometres from the capital New Delhi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh where much of this documentary was shot.
Local reports quote state police sources as saying that eight of the eleven men who have since been arrested on suspicion of murdering Mohammad Akhlaq are direct relations of a local BJP campaigner, Sanjay Rana – one of them is his son.
Yet despite apparently compelling evidence that a hate crime was committed in such close proximity to the centre of government, calls for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address it and take action appear to have fallen on deaf ears. He has so far remained silent on the issue despite a large public outcry.
Other members of his BJP party are more vocal on the subject. MP Sakshi Maharaj, who features in the documentary, openly says he is willing to kill and be killed to protect the cow.
Hinduism is, and continues to be, one of the great religions of the world. It’s polytheistic nature means that Hindus worship a wide range of Gods – often within the same family – thereby allowing greater tolerance for differing views. This tolerance has been the hallmark of Hinduism for generations.
But the Hindu nationalist movement is attempting to hijack our religious identity to serve its own vision, ignoring, and often attacking, any opposing viewpoint.
India is the world’s most populous secular democracy. The Indian constitution is supposed to guarantee minority groups the freedom to practise their religion without fear. But today there are worrying signs everywhere suggesting that intrinsic right to freedom of expression and affiliation is under threat.
While attacks against minorities, and indeed writers and intellectuals have occurred in India before, some groups within this new wave of resurgent Hindu nationalism may be more brazen and potentially dangerous than anything we have seen before. Against this backdrop, Prime Minister Modi’s silence on the subject appears all the more ominous.
Source: Al Jazeera