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The Confused Hindu : Victim Of Macaulayism By Sita Ram Goel

The Confused Hindu

The term derives from Thomas Babington Macaulay, a member of the Governor General’s Council in the 1830s. Earlier, the British Government of India had completed a survey of the indigenous system of education in the Presidencies of Bengal, Bombay and Madras. A debate was going on whether the indigenous system should be retained or a new system introduced. Macaulay was the chief advocate of a new system. This, he, expected, will produce a class of Indians brown of skin but English in taste and temperament. The expectation has been more than fulfilled.

There is a widerspread impression among “educated” classes in India that this country had no worthwhile system of education before the advent of the British. The great universities like those at Takshashilã, Nãlandã, Vikramashîla and Udantapurî had disappeared during Muslim invasions and rule. What remained, we are told, were some pãthashãlãs in which a rudimentary instruction in arithmetic, and reading and writing was imparted by semi-educated teachers, mostly to the children of the upper castes, particularly the Brahmins. But the impression is not supported by known and verifiable facts.

Speaking before a select audience at Chatham House, London, on October 20, 1931, Mahatma Gandhi had said: “I say without fear of my figures being successfully challenged that India today is more illiterate than it was before a fifty or hundred years ago, and so is Burma, because the British administrators when they came to India, instead of taking hold of things as they were, began to root them out. They scratched the soil and began to look at the root and left the root like that and the beautiful tree perished.”

What the Mahatma had stated negatively, that is, in terms of illiteracy was documented positively, that is, in terms of literacy by a number of Indian scholars, notably Sri Daulat Ram, in the debate which followed the Mahatma’s statement, with Sir Philip Hartog, an eminent British educationist, on the other side. Now Shri Dharampal who compiled Indian Science and Technology in the Eighteenth Century: Some Contemporary European Accounts in 1971 has completed a book on the state of indigenous education in India on the eve of the British conquest.

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Congress was never National

 Congress was never

The Congress party that was founded by an Englishman may be ended by an Italian woman. It has always looked to foreigners and foreign sources for inspiration. Recent election results show that this ploy of projecting foreign faced exhibits in the name of ‘charisma’ may no longer be working.

By any rational measure, the performance of the Congress party in recent elections was dismal. This was not denied even by its matriarch Sonia Gandhi. What she did deny was the blame for the debacle: the party organization, wrong candidates— in short everything and everyone except herself and her family. (Who selected the candidates and set up the party organization?) It was a surreal experience to see family members from Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka, later joined by her husband Robert Vadra coming to the aid of the beleaguered Rahul, before and after the election. This means for all practical (and theoretical) purposes, the Congress begins and ends with Sonia and her family (including her mother and sisters though the media does not want to mention it).

This raises a fundamental question: what makes a great political party that claims to have fought hard and long to end European colonial rule present a European-born woman with no record of achievement or service to the nation as the one best fitted to lead the country? The answer is to be found in the fact that the history of modern India as found in textbooks is the version written by the successful side— the Congress party that has held power for the better part of 60 years. As President Harry Truman once said, history is always written by the winners.

Looking Beyond the BordersThis monopoly gave it ample opportunity to impose a version of history that showed the Congress and its leaders in the most favorable light.

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Congress Launches Jihad To Loot Hindu Temples

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One of the distinctive features of the protracted Muslim rule in medieval India was the manner in which it impoverished Hindus spiritually, morally, culturally, and economically. This impoverishment wasn’t an accident. It was by design, and it was pretty much faithful to the tenets of Islamic statecraft and polity, which mandated zimmi(or dhimmi)status to non-Muslims living under Islamic rule. The zimmi status among other things meant that Hindus had absolutely no rights: they couldn’t practise their faith openly, couldn’t build or renovate temples, had to pay all sorts of extortionate taxes, had no legal redress even if they were wronged, and their women were fair game for a sufficiently powerful Muslim man.

Something similar is happening today in an ostensibly Hindu majority India, which professes a curious brand of secularism, which is practiced at the expense of Hindus.

Hindu-Baiting Legislations

Almost every major legislation in independent India has resulted in a successive weakening of the Hindu society.

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Christmas Enthusiasm Among Hindus

christian Enthusiasm

On December 24th, right after breakfast, one of my old time college friends Amit (name changed) called and started laughing in his peculiar way, as I picked up the phone. Obviously I asked “What happened?”

Another college friend of ours, Sumit  (name changed), typical nice Desi boy, who came  to America about 15 years ago had a sent a picture of himself dressed as Santa Claus to his mailing list. A common Christian friend, who received the over-enthusiastic Christmas wishes, called Amit to understand why would Sumit do so, when he’s not Christian? She could not figure out, how a non-Christian is so enthusiastic about the festival. She was honestly CONFUSED.

Our conversation swung between inside jokes of friends and extracting humor out of people’s silly behavior in cross-culture interactions. Later, I thought to do an experiment on Facebook to see how people would react if I say that “Hindus wishing Merry Christmas to each other is a silly behavior” and I spiced it up with some straight shooting words “stupid behavior, colonized mindset.”  Just so happened, my wife (who’s out of town right now) posted a similar note on her Facebook profile.  The interactions with our friends, gave very good insights into minds of a variety of folks from close friends to casual acquaintances... which is pretty good representation of mainstream Hindu mindset, at least the urban Hindu mindset. I called a couple of friends in India to check on how’s the Christmas celebrations there, and brainstormed on Hindus’ enthusiasm for Christmas. As I was thinking through this seemingly mundane Facebook social experiment, insights into current Hindu mindset were not pleasing – hence this article.  I hope to trigger some introspection among some “thinking Hindus.” While the analysis started with the topic Christmas Enthusiasm among Hindus and it ended up being a survey report on current state of mainstream urban Hindu mindset. Enjoy, critique and expand on it for your own good.

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25 years since the exodus of the Pandits. Do you know the real history of Kashmir ?

25 years since the exodus of the Pandits. Do you know the real history of Kashmir

Do you know the real history of Kashmir ?
Even as it is 25 years now that the #Hindus were chased out of the Valley of Kashmir by the #Muslims, there is a lot of misconception in people’s mind, both Indian and western, that Kashmir did not always belong to India, or that it is a “disputed area”. This is why FACT (Forum Against Continuing Terrorism) chose to do an exhibition, which was shown with a great success all over the world, including to the US Congress in 2006 (http://refugees-in-their-own-country.blogspot.in/). Here are some of the facts we highlighted.

For two thousand years, the Himalayan valley of Kashmir in Northern India has been the home of Learning and Wisdom. From this small valley have issued masterpieces of history, poetry, romance, fable, and philosophy and many of the greatest Sanskrit scholars and poets were born and wrote in the valley. Kashmir flourished under some of India’s greatest rulers, such as Mauryan emperor Ashoka, who reigned between 273 and 233 BC and is recorded to have founded the old city of Srinagar. Under his sovereignty, many Buddhist scholars, missionaries, and intellectuals permanently settled in the valley. Or the great Hindu King Harsha (1089 to 1101 A. D) who was versed in many languages, a good poet, lover of music and art, making his court a centre of luxury, learning and splendour.

Unfortunately In the beginning of 14th century, a ferocious Mongol warlord, Dulucha, invaded the valley through its northern side Zojila Pass, with an army of 60,000 men.

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Why Bhagavad Gita should be compulsorily taught in Schools in India

Why Bhagavad Gita should be compulsorily
Should Bhagavad Gita be compulsorily taught in Schools in India?

The Bhagavad Gita has been inadvertently brought into the ambit of public discourse in the past few months. The question that has deeply divided opinions among various religious scholars, government and political parties is a very simple one. Should Bhagavad Gita be taught compulsorily to children in schools? This seemingly simple and innocuous suggestion has been made the subject of fiercely fought debates those who studies and learned Bhagavad Gita but not on national news channels. The media coverage around this issue has taken an inexplicable turn as it has been seen with conjunction to the idea of secularism. For the purpose of being objective and unbiased, let’s try to answer the question in a purely logical way.

Noble Book Rich of Excellent Examples

As we all know, Bhagavad Gita is a Hindu scripture with 700 verses which forms a small part of the epic Mahabharata. Written in a narrative tone, the scripture is essentially an insightful and profound conversation between Lord Krishna and the Pandava prince, Arjuna. The text contains the counsel of Lord Krishna as he helps Arjuna to address a moral dilemma. It encompasses the answers to some of the most common trials and spiritual questions that a man faces throughout his life such as fulfillment of his/her duties, attainment of liberation and many more. How can then a profound scripture addressing the most innate issues of human life be harmful to school going children. Consider this verse from the book for instance.

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हिन्दू धर्म : एक जीवन दर्शन, ना कि एक विचारधारा

हनद धरम एक जवन

भारतीय परम्परा और संस्कृति में शाश्वत जीवन मूल्यों को हीं 'सनातन धर्म' कहते हैं। कालान्तर में  टिप्पणीकारों न इसे हीं 'हिन्दू धर्म एवं दर्शन' के नाम से संबोधित किया। आधुनिक काल में विचारधाराओं पर आधारित लिखित इतिहास में 'हिन्दू' एवं 'धर्म' के बारे में जनमानस में विकृत सोच पैदा की गयी। यदपि भारतीय चिंतन में धर्म, विचारधारा (Ideology) का नहीं अपितु जीवन दर्शन (Life Philosophy) का विषय है फिर भी जनमानस में इसे विचारधारा  के रूप में हीं प्रस्तुत और प्रसारित किया गया। सभ्यता के इतिहास में शायद हीं किसी शब्द के साथ इतना छेड़-छाड़ किया गया हो जितना की "हिन्दू और धर्म" के साथ किया गया है। परिणामतः लोगों में अपनी हीं संस्कृति के प्रति भ्रम पैदा हुआ। कहना न होगा, यहीं भारतीय वैदिक समाज में हींन भावना पैदा करने, एवम विघटन का एक प्रमुख कारण रहा।                                               

पुनः आधुनिक इतिहास साक्षी है कि कालक्रम में बाहरी आक्रान्ताओं के द्वारा भारतवर्ष का लूटपाट,धन का दोहन, तथा इस्लामिक एवं यवन सत्ता तंत्र ने भारतवर्ष का जितना नुकशान नहीं पहुँचाया उससे कहीं अधिक नुकशान विचारधाराओं पर आधारित  विद्यालयों एवम् विश्वविद्यालयों में पढ़ाया जाने वाला पाठ्यक्रम और उससे बनने  वाली मनोदशा  ने पहुंचाया।         

विचारधारा का हीं दुष्परिणाम है-आज पश्चिम बंगाल में आतंकवाद का मोड्यूल। एक समय राष्ट्रवाद, संस्कृति, कला तथा साहित्य के क्षेत्र में देश का गौरव बढ़ाने वाला राज्य हिंसा,लूट-पाट, तथा कुव्यवस्था का प्रतीक है। करीब -करीब यहीं हाल पुरे देश का है। सत्ता लोलुप दलों एवं नेतावों ने इसे पुरे देश में फैलाया। कहना न होगा कि गाँधी जी द्वारा खिलाफत आन्दोलन के विचारधारा को समर्थन देने से यह रोग स्थायी हो गया और साथ हीं राजनीति में तुष्टिकरण की भी शुरुवात हुई। देखते-हीं-देखते नेतावों के द्वारा इसका उपयोग जाति-वर्ग में भी किया जाने लगा।

पुनः,आधुनिक कालखंड में भारतीयता को 'तोड़-मरोड़' कर प्रस्तुत करने के उत्तर्दायित्व जिस 'विचारधारा' ने किया उसे  सम्मिलित रूप से "वामपंथ" या साम्यवाद और मार्क्सवाद कहते हैं। जैसे-जैसे  वामपंथ नामक यह महामारी देश में फैलना शुरू हुआ,नाक्सलवाद,माओवाद,आतंकवाद,समाज एवं परिवार का विघटन तथा धर्मांतरण आदि जोरों से शुरू हो गया। वर्तमान NDA सरकार के स्वच्छ भारत अभियान का एक हिस्सा इस गन्दगी की सफाई भी होनी चाहिए।

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