I have traveled to 60 countries and nowhere have I found the lack of pride that a citizen has on its country’s heritage, like in India.
Some of the countries I have traveled to are newly established yet the citizens have pride it its history no matter whether it is 70 years old or even younger.
Yet, in India, the so called old political parties and their intellectuals talk about the dangers of a Hindu Rashtra! Why, I ask myself. What is so bad to declare the only continuous civilisation that is as old as 5,000 years and perhaps even more a Hindu Rashtra?
Subramanium Swamy has said it was because our philosophy was Hindu and believed in the quest for Universal Truths we accepted everyone – Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, Chinese and just about anyone who landed on our shores. They had their religion and their beliefs, ours was so encompassing, that we we said we accept you, perhaps we can learn from you.
However, not every religion or culture wanted to integrate. They had one book and one almighty and they were not seekers like us they were indoctrinated believers. For them it was very much a part of their faith to challenge our beliefs and convert us either through sops or swords.
I wrote to a Pakistani friend who lives in India married to an Indian. She is well read and bright but kept sending me foreign newspaper articles on article 370 and 35A, where the worldwide media was talking about Hindu Nationalism.
I wrote back to her with a simple question: if Pakistan can be an Islamic Nation and there are 57 others, what is wrong for a 5000 year old civilisation to think of itself as Hindu? Is it wrong to be a proud Hindu?
This to me is the crux of the matter. There are proud Christian nations and Islamic nations and Chinese and Japanese, but we in India are supposed to tread softly, we cannot say we are Hindu as it would upset the others.
For the first time in a thousand years, we have leaders and historians and speakers who we can reach through You Tube and Internet and finally we the old and the young are learning, reading and hearing about out unique heritage.
As Tarek Fatah, said in the Toronto Sun regarding article 370 and 35A, “ a major shift took place in the Indian subcontinent, on Monday , when the government of India revoked the special status it had conferred on its only Muslim majority state— the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
In doing so, India demonstrated a spinal cord of steel, this coming after 1000 years of Arab, Turkic, Persian and Afghan Islamic invasions, followed by Portuguese, French and British colonisation,had reduced it to mere spaghetti.
India today stands as tall as the Himalayas and walks as gracefully as the Bengal Tiger.”
The naysayers in India should read these lines. I feel so helpless when I hear and read famous Indian journalists akin with their western counterparts dragging down Indians and the government by declaring that India will become a Hindu Rashtra as it is a bad word.
Don’t they have a spine or any recollection of their genes and heritage? What is wrong even if we become a proud Hindu Rashtra, welcoming as we were for 5000 years to diversity from abroad.
If America and Britain and Europe and Japan and China can say they are proud of their heritage what is wrong with our so called liberal intellectuals to say — yes we are a Hindu Rashtra, and proud of our Vedas and Puranas and the Bhagvan Gita , we have several sacred and philosophical books and we are ever seeking the Universal Truth that binds humanity.
We are seekers not believers and this alone makes us unique and different from the rest of humanities religious and cultural beliefs. We embrace all who believe in our common humanity. This is why I love my country. This is why I think that a Hindu Rashtra will be a uniter not a divider. This is why I feel that the so called liberal journalists and thinkers know nothing of their ancient heritage. This is why India can teach the world what Sanatam Dharma really means and humanity is one and if you have truth and goodness in your heart you can change the world.
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.