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Despite The Country’s Hijacking By The Hindutva Gang,
India Cannot Be Called A Hindu Country

KARAN THAPAR

 

 

 

 

 

The argument that we’re all Hindus because purportedly, once upon a time Hinduism was the original and only religion of the subcontinent doesn’t cut much ice with me. Because if you really want to dig back in time and find a common feature that unites all of us, the truth is before everything else we were all monkeys, chimpanzees, orangutans or whatever Charles Darwin would have had us to be. In fact, push back further and, no doubt, we all started off as protozoa. Indeed, even further back and we all emerged from the same big bang.

But so what?

What matters is not how or where we originated but what we have become, what we believe ourselves to be and what we hold dear as our identity. This is, after all, how we describe ourselves. Indeed, it could even be the centre point of our curriculum vitae.

So, if today we’re Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, animists or atheists then that’s precisely what we are and it’s fatuous, mistaken and even offensive to insist that, actually, we’re Hindu because that may have been the ancient link that once connected us. It’s not. As I have just pointed out, the anthropological bond goes far further back and way beyond religion or, possibly, even human existence.

Which brings me to the Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. I’m not sure he is aware how hurtful is his claim that all Indians are Hindus. Even if he hasn’t realised it, this assertion refutes and denies the individuality of those who think and feel differently.

For them it’s more than a snub. It’s an insult.

Consider carefully what he said last week in Meerut. First: “Every Hindu is my brother.” But what about those Indians who are not Hindus? Does brotherhood for the Sarsanghchalak stop at the borders of religion?

What, then, are the rest? Not enemies, I hope.

Next: “In India, one may follow a different eating habit, way of worshipping gods, philosophy, language and culture. But all are Hindus.” And then he added: “There are many who are Hindus but they are not aware of it.” This is particularly offensive for it suggests that those who identify as non-Hindus are, in fact, Hindus whether they like it or not. It’s a case of force majeure. Second, if they think carefully they’ll realise the Sarsanghchalak is right and they’re wrong. Which, of course, denies them the right to think and decide for themselves.

However, it’s the last bit of the Sarsanghchalak’s statement that’s particularly disturbing because he has the gall to narrowly define who is or isn’t a Hindu. “Only those who consider Bharatmata his own mother are true Hindus.”

Now, I consider India my motherland but not my mother. No one is going to replace mummy. So where does that leave me? Am I not a true Hindu? Frankly, if the Sarsanghchalak is, so am I!

Perhaps the Sarsanghchalak doesn’t realise there’s a difference between mother and motherland? The former implies an inseparable and undeniable biological connection. The latter is simply your native country. Of course, feelings of patriotism bind you to it, but love of mummy is an altogether different thing.

Finally, Indian Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, animists or atheists look upon this land as their mother country. Yet they’re not Hindus and they don’t need to be. But they are Indian and that’s all that matters. If only the Sarsangchalak could appreciate that.


[Courtesy: Hindustan Times. Edited for sikhchic.com]
March 9, 2018
 

Conversation about this article

1: Kanwarjeet Singh (United States), March 11, 2018, 7:44 PM.

Ah! The monkeys have woken up now that their tails are on fire. Where were you India-loving jokers when Sikhi and Sikhs were being systematically slaughtered? Oh, wait! Don't answer that! Let me think ... weren't you the ones who enjoyed the murders from the sidelines and even rejoiced with the 1984 Diwali. Well, dear Karan Thapar, the country is now reaping the fruits of the seeds it sowed over the last four decades. And don't blame this on just the Congress, you all took part in the sowing - either directly or indirectly. Now please enjoy the fruit! Can I hear a 'Vande Mataram'?

2: Arjan Singh (USA), March 12, 2018, 1:34 AM.

#1 Kanwarjeet ji: These people forgot 1947 and the violence. greed and power corrupted their minds and they have ow turned against the very community which stands out because of its hard work, leadership, integrity and honesty. Your comment is spot on. Hope to read from you.

3: Mohan Singh Ahluwalia (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), April 08, 2018, 5:16 PM.

India was repeatedly invaded by Greek, Turk, Afghans, Pathans, Mughals, Aryans, Portuguese, French, English and more, and was enslaved for centuries at each go. The sub-continent today is populated by a variety of religions: Jains, Buddhists, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Dalits,and so on. No one community has ownership of the land.

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