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.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

The eternal values of Hinduism will withstand the challenges of today -- K.S. Sudarshan

By Pramod Kumar

"An invisible and silent attack is being waged against Hindu society to weaken it from inside just in the same way as termites make a tree shallow. We need to identify those attacks and defeat them unitedly,” said RSS Sarsangha-chalak Shri K.S. Sudarshan. He was releasing a book Hindus Under Siege: The Way Out, authored by former Union Minister and Janata Party President Dr Subramanian Swamy at India International Centre Auditorium in New Delhi on September 18. Kanchi Shankara-charya Swami Jayendra Saraswati was also present on the occasion.

The book has been published by Har Ananad Publication. Former Union Minister Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Shri Arun Shourie, former Governor of Sikkim Shri Kidarnath Sahani, Justice (retd.) Dr Rama Jois, Former Union Minister Smt Maneka Gandhi and hundreds of other distinguished people were present on the occasion.

Describing religious conversion as the real threat in India, Shri Sudarshan appealed to the participants to raise their voice against it. He said since the Mughal and British era the country has gone into a comma and it has lost its objective and identity. “It is the duty of every countrymen to recognise himself and should know how glorious their past had been. We have a great wealth of knowledge, which must be passed on to the new generation,” he added.

Talking about the concerns raised by Dr Swamy in his book the Sarsanghachalak said, the Sangh work began in 1925 for this purpose only and today it has become a big tree with work in almost every walk of life. Stressing the need to intensify the work, he called upon the intellectual and distinguished people of the society to extend a helping hand for this work. “Whatever atmosphere is seen in the country is an indication of change. A big change is going to take place by the year 2011 when Bharat will dominate the whole world. But the anti-India forces have accelerated their attack. We also have to counter them,” he said.

The caste system, he said, prevented the disintegration of the society during the Mughal and British periods. He said under this system the profession and role of everybody was safe and predetermined and nobody feared of insecurity. He said despite repeated attacks on India by Muslims for 570 years and then their rule for 500 years they could hardly convert 12 per cent Hindus into Islam and most of those who were converted belong to upper castes. He said what the Prophet had said in the 7th century cannot be implemented in toto now. “Therefore, it is for the Muslims to decide what they should follow and what they should leave out from those teachings,” he added.

Talking about diversity in the country, he said even after all types of diversity, there is unity in our country. “Muslims want to convert the whole world into Islam and the Christians want to see the whole world as the follower of Christ. Why do they not think that only one God has made all of us? This is the reason the Hindu way of life says all are ours and only one God exists among all,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Kanchi Shankara-charya His Holiness Swami Jayendra Saraswati said the political parties should adopt the agenda unveiled by Dr Subramanain Swamy. He said the book illustrates the challenges posed to the Hindu society. The best way out is Hindu consolidation and untied action in defence of Hinduism. He praised the Sangh and its associated organisations for the work they are doing for unity and consolidation of Hindus. He said the Hindu culture is eternal and it would not be ruined just by conversion of several people. He said though India is known for welcoming guests, it also knows how to show the door to the guests who cross their limit. He called upon the people not to just protect the dharma but also eliminate adharma. He said if Hinduism remains protected the whole world would stay in peace.

Introducing the book, Dr Swamy said Hindus are under siege because they are being targeted in four different ways—clandestine defamation of Hindu icons and symbols, demographic restructuring of Indian society, terrorist activities directed against the Hindu community and systematic and continuing distortion of India’s history. He said if Hindus want to find a way out, they must develop a Hindu mindset. It is not enough to be individually good pious Hindu. He stated that in addition to observing Hindu festivals, going to temples regularly or doing pujas at home everyday, the Hindus need a collective mindset and corporate identity. This is what Acharya Chanakya had centuries ago termed as the concept of Chakravati. He prescribed five fundamentals for defining this concept in the modern context. First, an Indian’s national identity is Hindustani. Second, every Hindustani must commit either to learn or ensuring the future generations compulsorily learn Sanskrit. Third, Hindustan’s democracy should be secular but that which is enlightened. Fourth, all citizens of the country must strive to make India a global economic power. And fifth, Hindustan should integrate.

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