Hindus more sinned against than sinning?
By U. Narayana Das
For nearly two thousand years the Abrahamic
faiths have been seeking to extend the hegemony - odd as it
may sound, of their respective philosophies - by proselytizing
people for love or for money and quite often by the sword. They
have been vying for space in Europe and West Asia, which was
the cause for intense strife known in the past as crusades.
Their onslaughts in Africa and the rest of the world have often
resulted in bloody demographic decimation and genocide of the
The persecution of Jews in various countries
of Europe including in non-religious communist nations ironically
by those who profess to be followers of the prince of peace
has been well documented. The creation of Israel as a culmination
of their persecution by one of the crusading faiths has only
extrapolated into the twentieth century the strife between them;
the other bitterly complaining it as a sleight-of-the-hand awarding
of land belonging it.
Their campaigning for hegemony in South Asia
has been equally bloody. Hitler’s genocide of six million Jews
in six years appears minuscule compared to the genocide of eight
hundred million Hindus by Islamic invaders in five centuries
between the tenth and the fourteenth.
The approach of Christians in India has been
much more subtle although proselytizing campaigns with the Bible
in one hand and the sword in the other have not been unknown.
The campaigns of Francis Xavier (Sainted later) in Goa and Robert
Clive in the rest of India may be cited as examples of this
Health, education and exploitation of the weaknesses
of the Hindu faith such as the caste system are subtle vehicles
that the clever Christian proselytizers have employed to achieve
their objectives. The naïve under-privileged or the tribal populations
in the far reaches of India have never been told that there
are as many distinctions, denominations and hierarchical rungs
and under-privileged in the Christian world, only they had a
The two principal objectives of corporate management
are growth and profits. The organizational structure of the
Church is often cited as a typical management case study, the
other universal application being the armed forces. Just as
in corporate management, the harvesting of souls is run like
a business with the twin objectives of growth and profits, each
feeding the other. The dwindling numbers of Church-goers in
the West following secularization of societies is naturally
a cause for concern for the top management. (The word
secularization has an altogether different connotation
in contemporary India which simply means adopting an anti-Hindu
intellectual stance!) The remedial strategy adopted by the top
management ironically is akin to Hitler’s Lebensraum
concept but by more subtle means.
current strife in context!
As is their wont the secular exponents found in the
recent Hindu-Christian violence in Orissa and Karnataka grist
to their anti-Hindu mill. The violence in Orissa followed the
brutal murder of a revered Hindu pontiff Swami Lakshmananda
Saraswathi who happened to be the state vice president of the
Viswa Hindu Parishat. He was murdered along with four other
inmates of his Ashram including a woman devotee.
In the zeitgeist of Indian secular ethos Hindus are
expendable. Swamijis and office bearers of Hindu organizations
like the Bajrang Dal, the RSS and the VHP are even more
equal - in being expendable! The Hindus should shrug off
violence against them so that exponents of the Indian brand
of secularism can praise the resilience of Indian secularism
This was the norm till the Bombay train blasts of July 11, 2006
in which two hundred and thirteen people were killed and more
than 700 injured.
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The city reportedly went about its business the next day in
cynical disregard for the dead, and the secular exponents
were all praise for Bombayites’ resilience in the face
of grave danger. The first lead in a secular newspaper
the next day was that the serial bomb blasts were the handiwork
of Hindu organizations!
The refrain of - the resilience of Indian secularism
- continued till Delhi was bombed in 2008. The bombings of Jaipur,
Bengaluru and Ahmedabad were explained away as an expression
of Muslim anger against the BJP as these states were ruled by
the party. The secular alibis for the mass murders
included social alienation, exclusion from main stream society,
poverty, poor representation in government jobs and anger against
Ayodhya and Gujarat riots that followed the savage burning of
fifty nine Karsevaks in February 2002.
With its eyes firmly locked on secular vote banks,
the congress government did its bit to fuel disinformation by
constituting the Justice Rajinder Sachar committee to prepare
a report, ostensibly on the social, economic and educational
status of the Muslim community in India. The other members of
the committee include Mr. Sayyid Hamid, Dr. T.K. Ooman, Mr.
M.A. Basith, Dr. Akhtar Majeed, Dr. Abu Saleh Shariff and Dr.
Rakesh Basant with Dr. Syed Zafar Mahmood, a civil servant,
appointed by the prime minister as Officer on Special Duty (OSD)
to assist the commission.
The committee’s job was all the more easier
as it was given the theories; it was only expected to go out
and find facts to fit into them! Lo and presto,
it did it and how? Try as you might, you can not accuse
the committee of objectivity or doing anything right either
by commission or omission. The committee’s report, to borrow
from information technology jargon, was doomed to be GIGO
(garbage in, garbage out) right from inception. The committee
set out with faulty assumptions, faulty data collection, faulty
analysis and of course ended up in arriving at faulty conclusions.
The following may be summed up as the report’s
errors of commission and omission. The report did not take into
account the bulk of educated employed Muslims that migrated
to Pakistan when the country was partitioned. It did not take
into account the numbers of Muslims engaged in trades and other
professions. It excluded the scheduled castes and scheduled
tribes from corresponding Hindu figures thus annulling any equity
in its comparisons. Last but not least it excluded educated
/ well off Muslims from comparisons.
The committee ignored the fact that the country
did provide fair and equitable opportunities to all and those
Muslims who availed of them did prosper - in filmdom, in industry,
in government / university jobs or in politics. If you go by
the findings of the report, Asghar Ali Enginner, A. G. Noorani,
Azim Premji, Syed Shabuddin, the Khan trio and other Muslim
celebrities of Bollywood and a host of other Muslims in high
places (Sayyid Hamid, T.K. Ooman, M.A. Basith, Akhtar Majeed,
Abu Saleh Shariff and Syed Zafar Mahmood included) - all need
reservations in government jobs!
The National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) has concluded
that the findings of the Sachar committee were manipulated.
For a detailed analysis of the issue see “The
Sachar report: A flawed number game” by Nitish Sengupta
(The Asian Age, 16.10.2008).
When it was found that highly educated and well-paid professionals
too took part in the terror attacks the groundswell of public
opinion forced the secular exponents to change their
refrain but only just. Forced on the back foot they had to a
do balancing act by finding villains in the majority religion
to appease their minority vote banks. Therefore the bogey of
the Bajrang Dal was raised with a pliant media orchestrating
it as the root cause of anarchy.
Returning to the main story, the strife between the Kandhas
a Scheduled Tribe (ST) and the Panas a Scheduled Caste
(SC) is not new. Under the Indian constitution, the STs can
enjoy reservation benefits even after conversion to Christianity,
whereas the SCs lose them if they convert. It is this legal
loophole that is a godsend for the proselytizers. The statistics
speak for themselves: the Christian population of Kandhamal
district in 1961 was 2%, 6% in 1971 and 27% in 2001.
The proselytizers were only trying to extend their successes
from the north eastern states: for example, in the last century
they were able to convert 100% of the Nagas (in Nagaland) and
80% of the Mizos (in Mizoram).
According to Francois
Gautier, “In Tripura, there were no Christians at the time of
independence. There are 1, 20,000 today, a 90 per cent increase
since 1991. The figures are even more striking in Arunachal
Pradesh, where there were only 1,710 Christians in 1961, but
1.2 million today, as well as 780 churches! In Andhra Pradesh,
churches are coming up every day in far-flung villages and there
was even an attempt to set up one near Tirupati.”
There were clashes between the converted Kandhas
and the unconverted Panas even as far back as 1992, when the
VHP did not exist in Orissa and the Bajrang Dal was yet to be
Swami Laksmananda a Vedic scholar has been
running schools and colleges, for the unconverted Panas. However
both the converted Kandhas and the unconverted Panas were thronging
to his satsangs and discourses in great numbers. This is the
fly in the proselytizers’ ointment. They wanted to do away with
him and according to a recent report of the region’s inspector
general of police – ‘a religious group’ - recruited the Maoists
to do the hatchet job. Is it difficult to imagine who the unnamed
religious group was? India’s secular media blotted out these
facts but went to town with the violence that followed the brutal
killings, painting it as the handiwork of Hindu organizations.
For a detailed analysis of the issue see “Kandhamal
and Bengaluru” by S. Gurumurthy (The New Indian Express,
The happenings in Mangalore Karnataka were again true to form:
a neo-convert pastor in Andhra Pradesh wanted to be lauded for
being more loyal than the King. His pamphlet, the product of
a prostituted, putrefied and suppurating mind portrayed Hindu
gods and goddesses in the most obnoxious manner possible accusing
them of incest, debauchery and worse.
A Kannada translation of this rag entitled “Satya Darshini”
was published by the Newlife Church and disseminated
in Karnataka. Here are a few excerpts from it:
“Urvashi - the daughter of Lord Vishnu
- is a prostitute. Vashistha is the son of this prostitute.
He in turn married his own Mother. Such a degraded person is
the Guru of the Hindu God Rama.” (p. 48).
“When Krishna himself
is wallowing in darkness of hell, how can he enlighten others?
Since Krishna himself is a shady character, there is a need
for us to liberate his misled followers.” (p. 50).
“It was Brahma himself
who kidnapped Sita.” (p. 39)
“Since Brahma, Vishnu
and Shiva were themselves victims of lust, it is a sin to consider
them as Gods.” (p. 39)
“When the Trinity of Hinduism (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) are
consumed by lust and anger, how can they liberate others? The
projection of them as Gods is nothing but a joke.” (p. 39)
“God, please liberate the sinful people of India who are worshipping
False Gods.” (p. 39)
This was the background for the Bajrang Dal activists’ protests
in Mangalore. They were protesting mainly against Newlife
prayer houses but as they could not distinguish one denomination
from the other, it appears, they protested against a catholic
For a detailed analysis of the issue see “What made
Hindus angry in Karnataka” by Francois Gautier
(The New Indian Express, 06.10.2008).
More sinned against
While the print and electronic media aired exaggerated reports
of these incidents the violence unleashed by the Christian groups
against the police during their demonstrations were airbrushed.
The Archbishop of Bangalore chose to berate the Chief Minister
of the state in the full glare of media cameras, when the CM
sought to meet with him and commiserate with him for the violent
protests. The secular exponents did not utter a word
of reproof against such a blatant insult meted out to the democratically
elected leader of a state.
Consider the secular exponents’ quiescence vis-à-vis
Muslim protests against the cartoons that appeared in a Danish
newspaper and the furore against granting political asylum to
Consider also the secular exponents’ quiescence when
Christian groups protested against the screening of the movie
Da Vinci Code eventually forcing some secular state
governments to ban it, even though it was freely exhibited in
many Christian nations including Italy, next door to the Vatican.
For the record, this article does not support either the
Danish cartoonist or the Bangladeshi writer or the American
novelist inasmuch as they hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims
The quintessence of Indian secularism as it is in vogue
appears to be not in separating the state and religion as the
word originally connoted but in opposing Hinduism,
its philosophy and social mores. On the other hand a pilgrimage
to Azamgarh to commiserate with the families of those arrested
for acts of war on the Indian nation and seeking a ban of the
Bajrang Dal was seen as an avowal of their secular
credentials by some!
The mantra of Indian secular exponents
who would rather wear secularism on their sleeve is
to oppose any opposition of Hindu organisations - which
for them come under the collective moniker of the Sangh Parivar.
Therefore if Hindu organisations protest against aggressive
efforts to proselytize, then the secular exponents
must rush to the defence of the proselytizers. Indian secular
exponents dotingly refer to members of the Sangh
Parivar as goons. For them, there are no goons in other
religions and that is a fact. Every time there is a reference
to religious fundamentalism in other religions the spectre of
Hindu fundamentalism had to be invoked, in the name
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