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.
How many proponents of “South Asian (brown) identity” have raised their voice against the rampant kidnappings, rapes and forced conversions of Hindu girls in Pakistan? How many petitions or rallies have these eminences taken out to protest the atrocities against Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan? No doubt, the convenient connivance of these eminences goes well with their screaming-from-the-rooftop propounding of a contrived bonhomie among “South Asians”. Now if we were to subscribe to this purported bonhomie, we might feel that surely, Hindu girls being kidnapped, raped and forcibly converted can only be for the greater good of secularism, liberalism, and of course, a South Asian brown identity. We might further feel that surely, these girls are only being liberated from the fascistic clutches of Brahminical, chauvinist, obscurantist, bourgeois, communal, Aryan Hindus (we of course mean only Hindutvavaadis [sic]), and have been given an equal opportunity by the secular-liberal South Asians (rAkShasa-s) for cultivating South Asian brown identity. But we do not subscribe to the politically and ideologically loaded South Asian “screw-Hindus” identity. The inane and forced South Asian identity is a means for sundry ideologues to advance mindless appeasement of the rAkShasamata. It is a means for sepoys-in-training to impress the senior sepoys in sundry South Asian organizations, earn secular-liberal credentials and advance their career. It is a means for the Gunga Dins to earn their keep by serving the geo-political and soul-harvesting aspirations of the pretamata through undermining the natural Hindu identity. It is a means to tie down and make dhArmika-s lower their defenses by diluting the natural Hindu/dhArmika identity. Each and every dharmAbhimukha should seek to discard and destroy even the very idea of this dangerous, despicable South Asian identity. Otherwise, what is now happening to Hindu and Sikh girls in the land-of-the-pure might some day very well happen in your own neighborhood, to someone from your own family. Make no mistake, then, as now, the dasyu-s expounding South Asian “screw-Hindus” identity will maintain a convenient connivance with the marUnmatta and pretachArin asura-s for the greater good of their perfidious agendas. [Further reading: The making of identities by the mahAnubhAva of mAnasa-taraMgiNI.]