Hindu dharma is implicitly at odds with monotheistic intolerance. What is happening in India is a new historical awakening... Indian intellectuals, who want to be secure in their liberal beliefs, may not understand what is going on. But every other Indian knows precisely what is happening: deep down he knows that a larger response is emerging even if at times this response appears in his eyes to be threatening.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Introspect and act

There is nothing more disgusting to see the helplessness of Hindus in India, which we proudly call ‘our own country’. Christians and Muslims are free to convert Hindu population to their faith. They can abet infiltration of illegal migrants from neighboring countries to change the demographic profile of voters, but if Hindus ask Hindus to remain Hindus, it is termed as a communal act. Instead of healing the wounds of Hindu migrants from Pakistan, Gandhiji and Nehru applied communal yardsticks to appease the minorities, and demonstrated ‘secularism’ by bartering the interests of majority population. Hoping that minorities would develop a secular outlook towards the basic culture of India, minority leaders were appointed on higher positions. But has any ‘secular’ Muslim leader ever condemned the historical atrocities of their Muslim ancestors? The minorities have not adopted secularism to live peacefully with majority community. They continue to indulge in conversion of Hindu population to their fold to change the demographic profile of the country. Aiming to create independent states along the borders through religious conversions, they are aiding infiltration of refugees from Bangladesh and Pakistan, and in certain cases, sheltering militancy. Secularism has come to be misused not only as a tool to erode the culture and traditions of Hindus, but it is posing a threat to national security. Indians attained independence to preserve Indian culture and govern their homeland, and not to accommodate fundamentalists threatening country’s unity. Today they are acting as king-makers and soon they would be ruling this country by strength of their increased numbers. Hindus must unite themselves politically and bargain their rights as Hindu vote-bank. The politicians will not care for them otherwise.

—Chand K. Sharma, Canalview Apartments, Flat No 18, Sector 15, Rohini, Delhi

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