Secularism in India – Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi and Jaipur

Following the recent display of secularism in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi and Jaipur, some thoughts come to mind.

Contrary to popular opinion, the marUnmatta-s are abject cowards. This is apparent in the behavior of TSP. This should also be apparent in the recent events in Delhi and Jaipur.

Ms quietly mobilize and launch sudden attack. Then, when Hs start counter mobilization, they call for peace. We saw this with the parliament attacks in 2001, with Pulwama/Balakot and now in Delhi and Jaipur. Even in the dark days of Khilji, Aurangzeb, etc., M attacks were driven by the comfort of greater armed numbers, and lack of coordination among the Hs.

Ms are outright incapable of a straight, fair fight. Plain and simple. Currently in India, they are at best rioters launching attacks on the unarmed, women and children using the strength of numbers and the element of surprise, safe in the knowledge that media and the intellectual class have their back.

Local administration is only too aware of the ability of Ms for quiet and quick mobilization, thanks largely due to the weekly congregational nature of their polity offering regular feeds of loud othering of the non-believers and violent proclamations of superiority. Administration is also very aware of the bias favoring Ms in the media and intellectual class. So, in order to present a semblance of doing their jobs, they go for the lowest hanging fruit – Hs. There is a psychological driver behind this behavior, at both the micro individual and the macro social levels, but that warrants a discussion for another time.

Administration knows that M violence will be whitewashed and legitimized by media and intelligentsia, so if they are to keep up with the facade of doing their jobs they have to make sure Hs stay quiet and accept M dominance. This in itself is a manifestation of secular India. Which is why Ms get away with destroying public property, rioting and arson, assaulting Hs and even assaulting the police themselves. While the police happily fire upon Hs, like the followers of Dera, etc.

Hs are further disadvantaged by the fact that the Gandhi-Nehru complex has utterly emasculated H society.

So, what is the solution?

Regular mass-mobilization and parallel militarization. I do not imply forming private armed militia, but I certainly advocate for regular mass-mobilization. Rest will automatically follow. I believe Tilak recognized rightly this back in his day.

In parallel, Hs have to force their political leaders to shift the Overton window in media and intellectual class away from its current outright pro-M bias to a pro-H stance.

The first step towards this is for the H political class to rid themselves from the virus of statesmanitis. H politicians have to raise their voice in assemblies and parliaments, loudly talking about pro-Hindu issues. H politicians have to be pressured to formulate laws that make it incumbent upon the police to fire upon rioters. Laws have to create an unacceptable cost for the Ms if they run amok – life imprisonment with hard labor for those rioters not shot, government takeover of property belonging to any rioter, etc. Furthermore, Hs have to organize at a national scale to completely economically boycott Ms, except if they do Ghar Wapasi; obviously this needs to have political backing.

The second, parallel ,and perhaps the more important step is to decimate the Jihadi-Jaichand brigade from Indian humanities academia and thus from the media and intellectual class.

The first step is easier, if there is will. The second step is much harder, but most definitely doable over time, if there is political will.

Additionally, with long-term civilizational goals in mind, organizations such as Arya Samaj need to be revived and strongly patronized so that Ghar Wapasi can be arranged at an industrial scale. Otherwise, with demographic changes, irrespective of all else, it is only a matter of time before Hs join our Indo-European civilizational brethren in museums and history books as relics of the past.

Hindu-Muslim composite culture on display in Pakistan

Hindus in Pakistan continue to be given lessons in Hindu-Muslim composite culture, secular syncretism and South Asian “brown” identity:

They came after dusk and chanted into the night sky “Kill the Hindus, kill the children of the Hindus,” as they smashed religious icons, ripped golden bangles off women’s arms and flashed pistols. It wasn’t the first time that the Hindu temple on the outskirts of Pakistan’s largest city was attacked, and residents here fear it will not be the last.

A Hindu girl goes missing and then resurfaces days or weeks later married to a Muslim boy. During court hearings to determine whether the conversion was voluntary, students from nearby Islamic schools called madrassas often flood the room, trying to intimidate the judges by chanting demands that the conversion be confirmed.

Maharaj says he’s tried to intervene in roughly 100 cases of forced conversions but has only succeeded in returning a girl safely back to her family once. If a girl decides to renounce Islam and return to Hinduism, she could be signing a death warrant for herself and her family…

Now why would anyone even complain about this? Why should Hindus feel bad that their deities are smashed, the women in their families are molested, kidnapped, raped and forcibly converted? After all, these fortunate women are being liberated from their oppressive patriarchal traditions and given a fulfilling role as mediums for cultivating more secular South Asians. Without a doubt, only the crass communal and fascist will find any reason to complain. They need to be taught that this is all about secular syncretism and composite culture. This about secularism in South Asia.” Or so, the professional secularists would have us believe. Make no mistake, given current demographic and political trends this is waiting to happen in our own backyard in India.

Ajmer Dargah chief, Zakir Naik and Digvijay Singh on Narendra Modi

The Ajmer Sharif Dargah chief Syed Sarwar Chishti recently made a statement saying that if Narendra Modi becomes the Prime Minister it would not be “surprising if all Muslims become terrorists.” We have had the Islamist televangelist Zakir Naik proudly proclaim that “Every Muslim should be a terrorist”. The professional secularist and Congress party henchman  Digvijay Singh has already endorsed Zakir Naik for the greater good of secularism in India [sic].

All that remains is for Syed Sarwar Chishti, Zakir Naik and Digvijay Singh to get together and publicly proclaim their unequivocal support for Narendra Modi as the future Prime Minister of India.

Churmuri suffering from Romnesia?

It is pathetic to see Churmuri’s contrived analogies between American and Indian politics, in what can only be described as a sorry attempt to cover for the most corrupt, farce of a government, in post-1947 India, “led” by a spineless man who continues to lie about his home address to get into parliament. For at least one good reason, Obama’s successful re-election should be welcomed by the nationalist spectrum. GOP coming to power would have meant a blatant US government supported thrust to convert heathens in India, as we saw during the Bush years. Of course that still goes on even when the democrats are in power, under the cover of “secularism”, but it is not as brash.

Well wishers of Hinduism would do well to realize that be it democrats or republicans, both are unquestionably on the side of the American religious majority and their geo-political interests. Unlike in India, being “liberal” in the US doesn’t imply the need to spew bile on and work against the interests of the religious majority. To those unaware it may be revealing to know that a well known American politician who calls herself liberal has publicly spoken in favor of her Christian faith. This same liberal politician also sent letter of support to a farcical conference in the US by fanatical neo-converts where ludicrous theories such as “Hinduism is derived from Christianity” were spouted. Liberalism in the US is more to do with race and economic policies. That both so-called Indian right wingers and “liberal” establishment stooges draw comical false analogies between American and Indian politics, out of touch with ground realities, only goes to show their shallow understanding and how Western paradigms as one-size-fits-all are inaccurate.

It is pertinent to mention that the editor/contributor of Churmuri, Krishna Prasad, is also the editor of a (Delhi-Sultanate leaning?) magazine that not too long ago (in a tit-for-tat most likely on being nudged by the powers that be of the Sultanate?), brought out a feature calling Obama the “underachiever” who uses “lofty rhetoric” and whose “sheen is gone”. But now that Obama has been re-elected, Mr. Editor can’t stop singing paeans to him. Looks like Churmuri is suffering from an advanced case of Romnesia.

Hindutva as a euphemism

It is common for not only Hindus themselves but even those opposing Hindus and Hinduism to conflate Hindutva with Hinduism. While in the former case it is more born out of ignorance, the latter is almost always born out of the need for a euphemism to clumsily mask a motivated hatred for all things Hindu. For instance to give just one example, one person in this comments thread gives the example of Paul Courtright and in a blanket statement paints all those who raised their voices against his fraudulent scholarship as Hindutva. To my knowledge, those that I know of, who raised their voices against Courtright did so in a very erudite manner. Indeed one only needs to look at Vishal Agarwal and Kalavai Venkat’s elaborate expose in Invading the Sacred of Courtright’s outright mistranslations, manipulations and even blatant concoctions to force fit into his perverse fantasies and diabolical agenda. Instead of a civilized reply to the scholarly takedown, all we got was the boogey of Hindutva. And we still do. But of course, we shouldn’t be surprised to see those dedicated to suppressing the survival and revival of Hinduism, dedicated to criminalizing Hinduism, be it a Courtright, Kumar or Karim, use the euphemism of Hindutva to further their agendas when in fact, more often than not, it is Hinduism itself that they target.