HINDUTVA: SECULARISM OR COMMUNALISM

NewsBharati    08-Sep-2018   


 

As 2019 approaches, Nehruvians and Left-liberals are ganging up to engage the educated mind in unproductive debates of islamophobia, Hindu militancy and to the extent of seeding young minds with fear of a imaginary Hindu Pakistan in the making at the behest of RSS and BJP. But, let us take this accusation of Hindu Pakistan further and for the sake of argument let us try to understand what this Hindu Pakistan would look like if anything of such kind ever could exist and before that let’s try to understand what this adjective “Hindu” really means. In contrast to popular understanding of Hindu as a religion, the true use of the word Hindu is that of a G.I or geographical Indicator, which later grew out to denominate the popular culture of this land. Now, a query would rise in the mind of a curious individual, what is this land mass that the G.I Hindu represents? Is it what our geographical textbooks teach as India? I beg to differ, what our geographical textbooks teach as the land mass of present India is actually an artificial line drawn by Cyril John Radcliffe at the behest of British government to artificially divide the nation which was Akhanda Bharat. Now, for a young mind influenced and moulded by the Marxist-colonial 

 

propaganda, the preposition of Akhanda Bharat is bound to unsettle some mainstream Marxist pre-notions about India I; e Bharat is a collage of multiple nations forced pasted on the chart paper by the British. So let us look at what counter arguments do we have against this notion? Let’s take a look at the ancient literature corpus of Bharat and for this case let us look into Vishnu Puran, which is one of the eighteen Mahapurana’s say about the geography of Bharat.

It is also important here to think of the Puran’s as a collective recorded memory of our Civilization, in Vishnu Puran it states the following about the geography of Bharat:

Uttaram yat samudrasya himaadraishchaiva dakshinam varsham tad Bhaaratam naama Bhaaratee yatra santatihi “which can be translated to as the land mass which lies from the oceans in the south to the Himalayas in the north and from the Himalayas in the north to the oceans in the south is Bharat Varsha and that its progeny is called Bharati and later the word Bharati metamorphosed into Bharatiya with span of time. Similarly, the Persians used to call the land mass from the Himalayas across the Sindhu as Hind (originating from Himalaya and Sindhu) and people from this part of the land were being addressed to as Hindu. Now, as the popular culture residing here was unique on its own way and was pluralistic yet identical, the outsiders started denominating the popular culture as the Hindu culture and when the Mughal followed by other colonial invaders, who were largely followers of a Monotheistic religion invaded Bharat, they clubbed the popular culture in accordance to their understanding of the religious worldview and hence the word Hindu became adjective of a religion and subsequently dharma became synonymous to religion in the later period of colonial era. To understand this better, let’s look into a very popular Shloka from the Bhagwat Geeta,

Yada yada hi dharmasya glanirbhavati bharata

Abhythanamadharmasya tadatmanam srijamyaham

Paritranaya sadhunang vinashay cha dushkritam

Dharmasangsthapanarthay sambhabami yuge yuge

Which can be understood as, whenever there will be a decline of Dharma and increase in Adharma, then I will take birth. For protecting the good from the evil and to re-establish Dharma, I am born in every Yuga again and again. Now taking this Shloka for instance, it reaffirms our previous argument that the notion of Bharat as a whole existed from atleast the time when battle Mahabharata occurred and that Dharma didn’t had the Hindu prefix. Dharma here can be understood from the phrase “Dharyati Eti Dharma” or to maintain is dharma, delving deep into this esoteric phrase we can arrive, at it, to be the divine duties that one has to maintain or uphold e.g.: duties of a son/daughter towards his/her parents as part of Putra-dharma. Similarly, duties as a father, daughter, wife, brother, son and as a human being to all the creation can be collectively called as Dharma, hence the universality of the Dharmic world view is beyond comprehension of a Macaulay educated and Marxist influenced mind. To put it in simple words, the word Hindu to a large extent signifies the popular culture or worldview of Bharat and those who believe, respect and practice it are in the true sense Bharatiya or Hindu. The words Bharatiya and Hindu are interchangeable and both can be used interchangeably without distorting the intent and sentiment attached with them.

Since, the meaning and intent of the words Bharat and Hindu has been established, now let’s try to understand the genesis of the Hindu Pakistan jibe that the Nehruvians and Marxists often take to give a communal and anti-minority colour to RSS and BJP. The legacy of hypocrisy and appeasement that is at the core of a political Hindu-phobia can be traced back to Nehru, who in an attempt to consolidate his power and authority within congress first demonized the RSS as an theocratic communal force and then whoever even minutely disagreed with his idea of Minoritism or his position in the congress, Nehru would simply delineated them as RSS sympathisers and any form of dissidence would be eliminated after maligning his loyalty in the party. This is a time tested formula of the Gandhis and whenever a threat to the succession of a Gandhi to the congress throne arises, so the debate of Hindu terror or Hindu Threat to secularism also arises. The record number of election debacles that Rahul Gandhi has secured for his political marksheet and likes of young Poonawala raising their voices against the legitimacy of Rahul Gandhi’s ascendance to the Congress throne, the Hindu terror debate and Hindu-Pakistan jibe is likely to find more space in the debates across the socio-political sphere fuelled by Gandhi family loyalists. As for the term Hindu Pakistan that congress is propagating in an attempt to malign the Hindu worldview is actually a boomerang to their attempts, for it will only give space for more debate on the essence of Hindu worldview I;e Hindutva and once it percolates throughout the spheres of this nation, people of Bharat, as well as cadres of RSS and BJP should actually accept this Jibe of Hindu-Pakistan as an compliment. Moreover even if Pakistan can ever reform itself to be on the lines of a Hindu worldview then it makes a strong case for all Indians to aspire for a Hindu Rastra, thus removing the narrow mentalities of Majority and Minority apparently prevalent in the nation at the behest of a Nehruvian legacy I; e discouraging certain sections of communities in India from assimilating into the continuous civilizational discourse that is being a Hindu above all binaries.