WHY THE SANGH'S HINDU RASHTRA IS AGAINST INDIA'S AND INDIANS' INTEREST ?

The obsession of the BJP government to impose Hindi on non -Hindi speakers is the manifestation of the same mindset....

Prabhakar Sinha
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Every Indian born and brought up here has the same right and claim on the country and the attempt being made to discriminate against the minorities may be in the interest of the BJP, but it would be at the cost of India.We may learn from the Americans, who have welcomed immigrants from all over the world regardless of their colour, race, language and religion and given them equal status as citizens.

 

Prabhakar Sinha

In the Hindu Rashtra as envisaged by the RSS, the Muslims and Christian must either 'adopt Hindu culture and language must respect and revere Hindu religion' or suffer consequences.This is what the RSS and the BJP mean when they speak of 'cultural nationalism' which the minorities must adopt in India.

M.S. Golwarkar, the iconic RSS ideologue, clearly stated this in his book We or Our Nationhood Defined ( 1938 ) in the following words :

..The non -Hindu people in Hindustan must either adopt the Hindu culture and language, must respect and revere Hindu religion, must entertain no idea but the glorification of the Hindu nation i.e. they must not only give up their attitude of intolerance and gratitude towards this land and its age old traditions, but must also cultivate the positive attitude of love and devotion instead ; in one word, they must cease to be foreigners, or may stay in the country wholly subordinated to the Hindu nation claiming nothing, deserving no privileges, far less any preferential treatment not even citizen's right,".

He assumed without any basis that the minorities were foreigners though they were born and brought up in India and had no other country.Just because their religions were different, he denied them equal right on India and ordained that they had to live like second class citizens in India -the Hindu Rashtra.In spite of the demand of making India a Hindu Rashtra since 1920s ( Savarkar wrote Hindu Rashtra Darshan in 1924 ), the Muslims did not demand a separate nation till March,23,1940. So, when the Muslim League adopted the Lahore resolution demanding a separate  country for the Muslims, it was a natural corollary of the demand for a Hindu Rashtra in which the minorities were ordained to live like second class citizens.Had there been no RSS and the Hindu Mahasabha claiming India as a Hindu Rashtra, there would have been no partition, no Pakistan.The Congress leaders are blameworthy only for their failure to prevent the partition while the RSS and the Hindu Mahasabha are blameworthy for causing the demand for a separate nation for the Muslims -a Muslim Rashtra as a counterpart of Hindu Rashtra.

Almost a century later, the RSS and BJP are still refusing to acknowledge their mistake and move on and are dragging India backwards while the rest of the world is moving forward.Is it rational to demand that all Indians must adopt Hindu culture and language ? The obsession of the BJP government to impose Hindi on non -Hindi speakers is the manifestation of the same mindset.What happens if the USA, U.K, Australia and other countries begin to demand that the Indians, Chinese and their other citizens,who are not white,must adopt Christian culture or get out or remain as second class citizens ? The white supremacists have already raised their head in the U.S. causing unease and fear among the Indians settled there.Only a few days ago, there was a clash in Virginia in which one woman was killed .Trump was lukewarm in his condemnation of the white supremacists, but there is revolt against him even from his own party for his un American conduct.It is because the Americans know and believe that united they can conquer but divided they would be doomed.The same is true of India.

Every Indian born and brought up here has the same right and claim on the country and the attempt being made to discriminate against the minorities may be in the interest of the BJP, but it would be at the cost of India.We may learn from the Americans, who have welcomed immigrants from all over the world regardless of their colour, race, language and religion and given them equal status as citizens.

Many Americans of Indian origin have beaten white Americans in a direct election for the post of Governor or the membership of the Congress.President Obama's father was an African.Let us realise that the narrow-minded view of the RSS and the BJP dragging us into the Hindu- Muslim politics of 1920-40s, apart from being unprincipled and wrong, is going to doom India and its future generations.

 

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