Speech of Barry Nirmal at Hindu Memorial Day on August 16, 2014 in Houston
On behalf of all the readers of the website at www.myads.org , I wish to pay homage to the countless Hindus who have perished at the hands of those oppressors who sought to convert , humiliate or insult them. The most recent tragedy that has befallen the Hindus is the uprooting of Kashmiri Hindus who had to abandon their homes and became refugees in their own country. This is mainly due to the policy of the Congress Party to appease the Muslim minority, and to ignore national interest for the sake of lining their own pockets through corrupt means.
During the division of India in 1947, engineered by the British rulers, hundreds of thousands of Hindus living in West and East Pakistan lost their lives. Many who survived had to leave all their property behind and came to India as destitutes. Hindus were among almost a million people who died during the rioting and other violence associated with the partition.
The Bengal Famine of 1943-44 must rank as the greatest disaster in the subcontinent in the 20th century. Nearly 4 million Indians died because of an artificial famine created by the British government, and yet it gets little more than a passing mention in Indian history books. Australian biochemist Dr Gideon Polya has called the Bengal Famine a ‘manmade holocaust’ because Churchill’s policies were directly responsible for the disaster. Bengal had a bountiful harvest in 1942, but the British started diverting vast quantities of food grain from India to Britain, contributing to a massive food shortage in the areas comprising present-day West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Bangladesh.
Last year I read a book on history and I observed that throughout history there have been continuous conflicts between nations, peoples and religions. And those who were strong always won over the weak. Conflict never stops and continues even today with the same voracity as in the past. And just as in the past even today the strong triumphs over the weak. In India this principle is called
Jiski Lathi Uski Bhains
Which says that one who possesses the laathi i.e. club gets to keep the bhains i.e. buffalo.
After the second world war, the powerful countries have enacted some rules so as to manage the conflicts according to laws based on justice. Thus we have the United Nations that tries to mediate conflict between nations and we have Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Court of Justice and so on.
But despite these institutions and pious declarations, the strong nations continue to violate the rights of the weaker nations. They invade weak nations on one pretext or another and subjugate them and occupy them and the world just watches. So the principle of ‘Jiski Laathi Uski Bhains’ continues to rule international relations even today and will do so in the future also.
I have also observed that we Hindus possess very few Bhains because we tend not to use the laathi very much. In 1951, Hindus constituted 22% of the Pakistani population (including present-day Bangladesh). Today, the Hindu minority amounts to 1.7 percent of Pakistan’s population.
Hindus once were plentiful in Bangladesh and its predecessor state, East Pakistan. Prior to the 1971 war, Hindus comprised almost one-third i.e. 30 percent of the population. They now account for only about 9 percent of Bangladesh’s citizens. Hindu minorities living under the influence of the Taliban in Swat, Pakistan, were forced to wear red headgear such as turbans as a symbol of dhimmi. Muslims consider dhimmi as someone who is belongs to a non-Islamic religion, and lives in a Islamic country as second class citizen.
During the war for the creation of Bangladesh, Hindus suffered huge losses. Time magazine reported that “The Hindus, who account for three-fourths of the refugees and a majority of the dead, have borne the brunt of the Muslim military’s hatred.”
The Hindus in India have not been able to help their brothers and sisters in Pakistan or Bangladesh because India has been ruled by the Gandhi-Nehru family for most of its history since independence. Mahatma Gandhi’s passive and defeatist ideology made the Hindus passive and inert. The secularism of the Congress party has weakened the Hindus so much that Hindus get attacked violently by the Islamists when they go on pilgrimage in Kashmir as it happened recently.
Culture is a very important aspect of a nation’s life. Cultural and media organizations play an important role in shaping the mind of the people. But in India, instead of instilling in the youth of India, pride in their ancient religion and culture and a desire to serve Hindus and Hinduism, the so-called secularists who dominate the film industry in India make films that copy the worst elements of Western culture including nudity and hedonism, and instill in the youth the ideas of looking after oneself, running after material things and money, belittling their own Hindu heroes and running after name and fame. So, the solution to our problems lies in political work. The Hindus in USA must become politically active. Rather than volunteer for the organizations that build huge temples, we should volunteer for organizations like the Hindu Maha Sabha that works in the political field.
We must remember that while beautiful Hindu temples with dazzling art work are being built in the USA, the same situation existed in India before Mughal invasion. At that time we had built the most beautiful temples in Ayodhya , Mathura and Benares. These temples were full of gold and jewels. But when the Mughals invaded India, they burnt these temples down with fire and acid. They looted the gold and other jewels from these temples. They butchered Hindus, raped Hindu women and converted large numbers of Hindus to Islamic faith with sword.
I will only give a few examples of the Mughal atrocities against the Hindus as time is limited.
The Kesava Deo temple in Mathura, marked the place that Hindus believe was the birthplace of Shri Krishna. In 1661 Aurangzeb ordered the demolition of the temple, and constructed the Katra Masjid mosque. Traces of the ancient Hindu temple can be seen from the back of the mosque. Aurangzeb also destroyed what was the most famous temple in Varanasi- the Vishwanath Temple. Aurangzeb ordered its demolition in 1669 and constructed a mosque on the site, whose minarets stand 71 metres above the Ganges. Traces of the old temple can be seen behind the mosque. Aurangzeb also destroyed the Somnath temple in 1706.
So, just as we suffered at the hands of the Mughals, if we do not gain political power in the U.S. a day will come when these huge, glamorous and artistic Hindu temples in USA that are being built today will also be destroyed by our enemies. Only political power can save us.
In USA and Canada some Hindus continue to abandon Hinduism. I met one Christian doctor in Houston who married a Hindu woman. He admitted to me that the reason his children are Christians is for better opportunities. My neighbor in Houston was a Muslim man from Tamilnadu who married a Hindu woman and his children are all Muslims. His wife was showing me her mangal-sutra as proof of her Hinduness. But the sad part is that his children are all Muslims. In Toronto, my neighbor was a Muslim family from West Indies. Their son had married a Hindu woman and she had been converted to Islam. The father told me that initially they allowed her to visit Hindu temples also but later to avoid confusion, she stopped going to Hindu temples.
Women easily get converted. This is why in Islamic countries, a Muslim man can marry a non-Islamic woman but a Muslim woman is forbidden to marry a non-Islamic man. All these rules some of which are very violent have been made by the Islamic authorities to stop conversion of Muslims.
So, the key for Hindus is to gain political power first and foremost. The Hindus who are brave and nationalist must be helped to become senators and congressmen. The Hindus must use our financial power to help political organizations like the Hindu Mahasabha to achieve political power for Hindus.
We Hindus also must unite. We must oppose those that try to divide us along caste lines or along linguistic lines. One of the reasons China is so strong is that they have few linguistic or ethnic diversities. While our linguistic differences and caste system are products of our history, we must do our utmost to unite all Hindus and oppose sectarianism, regionalism, caste consciousness and linguistic quarrels.
Long live Sanatan Dharm. Long live the memory of Veer Savarkar and other Hindu heroes.
Source: Barry Nirmal Via. WHN Publisher