Being a Hindu in Bharat

Sir,-I am a Hindu and have been a Hindu since my birth. As I call myself a Hindu, the Indian Government will look on me as a communalist. A Hindu in India is expected to be ashamed of his religion and not talk about it in public. He must proclaim that he is secular. He must be tolerant when Hindus are attacked and Hinduism is ridiculed. Hindu believe that all religions lead to the same truth. Some other religions proclaim their uniqueness and feel that there can be salvation only through their religion. They want us to embrace their religion out of concern for the pagan Hindus. Hindus accept the right to convert others. Some ridicule Hindu Gods and Goddesses at street-corner meetings and Hindus do not protest. Hindus accept others right to propagate their faith by fair or foul means.

Governments manage Hindu temples. They do not interfere in the administration of the religious places of other religions as they belong to minority religious group. Governments enact laws governing the life of Hindus but minority groups are given freedom to do what they want to. Sri Rama’s birthday and Sri Krishna’s birthday are not national holidays. The Prophet’s birthday is a national holiday. The Hindus do not mind as they are a tolerant people. They recite “ Iswar Allah tere nam” and no one else does. Ambedkar ridiculed and abused Hindus and Hinduism. As tolerant Hindus, we love him, adore him. Alladi Krishnaswami Iyer, B.N. Rao, and others also contributed a great deal towards the drafting of the Indian Constitution. We have forgotten them as they were foolish enough not to criticize Hindus and Hinduism. Hindus adore Max Mueller for his translation of Hindu religious works into English. Some call him a Rishi. We forgive him for his views on Hindus and Hinduism. He translated Hindu religious works to prove that Christianity is superior to Hinduism. In 1886, Max Mueller wrote to his wife: “I hope I shall finish the work, and I feel convinced though I shall not live to see it, yet this edition of mine and the translation of the Veda will hereafter tell to a great extent on the fate of India and on the growth of millions of souls in that country. It is the root of their religion and to show them what that root is, I feel sure, is the only way of uprooting all that has sprung from it during the last three thousand years.” He wrote to the Secretary of State for India that “ the ancient religion of India is doomed and if Christianity does not step in, whose fault will it be?” As true Hindus, we forget his motives and value him for his work. I am distressed at the way Hindus are treated by every government. Our governments are more interested in the minorities than in the majority community. Hindus are taken for granted. Their tolerance is mistaken for weakness. In the name of secularism, governments trample on the feelings of Hindus. The present tensions in the country are due to the one-sided policy of the governments. Governments are united in dividing people on the basis of their religion. The British divided and ruled. The British have left us, their legacy remains.


Jitendra Singh

Very true article and rightly said by keeping the secular fabric

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