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वंदेमातरम और जन गण मन का इतिहास: सच्‍चाई, सोच और साजिश

वदमतरम और जन गण मन

1905 में तत्‍कालीन वायसराय लॉर्ड कर्जन ने हिंदू-मुसलमान जनसंख्‍या को आधार बनाकर बंगाल का विभाजन कर दिया। पूर्वी बंगाल मुस्लिम बहुल और पश्चिम बंगाल हिंदू बहुल। इतिहास में इसे बंग-भंग के नाम से जाना जाता है। यह अंग्रेजों की 'फूट डालो और राज करो' की नीति का पहला क्रियान्‍वयन था। अत: इसके विरोध में सम्पूर्ण देश में 'बंग-भंग' आन्दोलन शुरु हो गया, जिसके लिए प्रेरणा बना 'वंदेमामरत'। इस आंदोलन को बंकिमचंद्र चटर्जी के गीत 'वंदे मातरम्' ने वह ऊंचाई प्रदान की कि अंग्रेज घबरा कर अपना फैसला वापस लेने को विवश हो उठे। राष्‍ट्रभक्‍तों ने कामागाटामारू नामक जहाज के झंडे पर 'वन्दे मातरम्' अंकित कर दिया था। तब से लेकर 1947 तक स्वतंत्रता सेनानियों का सबसे प्रेरक और प्रिय नारा 'वन्दे मातरम्' ही रहा।

जॉर्ज पंचम के सम्‍मान में लिखा गया था जन-गण-मन
बंग-भंग आंदोलन से घबरा कर अंग्रेजों ने भारत की राजधानी को कोलकाता से दिल्‍ली लाने के लिए 1911 में दिल्‍ली दरबार का आयोजन किया गया था, जिसका शिलान्‍यास तत्‍कालीन ब्रिटिश शासक जॉर्ज पंचम ने किया था। अंग्रेजों ने जॉर्ज पंचम की स्‍तुति में गाना लिखने के लिए रविंद्रनाथ टैगोर से कहा और उन्‍होंने जन-गण-मन की रचना की।

जन-गण-मन राष्ट्रगान को लेकर विवाद की शुरुआत 27 दिसंबर 1911 को हुई और उसी दिन देश की जनता को यह पता चला कि रविंद्र नाथ टैगोर ने यह गीत अंग्रेज शासक जॉर्ज पंचम को खुश करने के लिए लिखा था।


Never Again. 31st December 1999 Was One Of The Darkest Days In Indian History.

never again

Never again. 31st December 1999 was one of the darkest days in Indian History. It showed again how Hindus, once the greatest warriors in the world – and the most noble – as shown in the Ramanaya and in Lord Kirshna’s discourse to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, have become emasculated and feeble in the name of an imaginary and convenient Gandhian philosophy. Let us hope that Mr Modi and Mr Doval will artuflly play the carrot and the stick when it comes to Pakistan’s duplicity and never be Vajpayee and NK Singh. Here is what I had written on that somber day:

Poor India ! What a way to start the millennium… For ten centuries, this sacred land has been raped and plundered by Muslim invaders who came from Afghanistan and beyond. For ten centuries, Indians have been converted by force to Islam, their women raped, their children taken away as slaves, their men slaughtered… And India always took it meekly, as a lamb goes to the slaughter house – except for a lone Shivaji or two.

And when the Muslims invaders were spent, then came the European colonisers – and they too took India for a penny, which surrendered itself like a humble servant to its arrogant master,


What Is This Knowledge That Is Still Alive In This Wonderful Country Which We Call India ?

What is this Knowledge

Firstly and foremost: “I accept you; I accept that you may be White or Black, Red or Yellow, Christian, Buddhist, or Muslim. I accept that God may manifest at different times, under different names, using different scriptures. Thus God is Krishna, but also Jesus Christ, Buddha or Mohamed. This an extraordinary statement and a marvellous instrument towards world peace, at a time where terrorism is striking everywhere in the world in the name of One God.

It is also a Knowledge that only the body dies, but not the soul, which is born and reborn again till it achieves perfection. A Knowledge that whatever you do bears consequences in this life or another. A Knowledge that all human beings are made out of Love, even beneath the hate and the killings”…

And also: “I have inherited from my ancestors the tools to become a better person, whatever my religion, ethnicity and profession: a better Christian, a better Hindu, a better Muslim”. What are these tools ? Hata-yoga, India’s gift to the world, which has been copied and imitated everywhere. Meditation, this extraordinary technique of coming back to one’s Self, of settling the mind and the body, which is today practiced by millions around the world – another bequest of India to humanity.


Vedanta Sees Clash Of Values , Not Civilizations

Vedanta sees

A striking feature of European and now American society is the conflict between new knowledge and old beliefs. This is often the case when scientific advances are seen to threaten long held beliefs. Galileo’s persecution by the Church and the hostility toDarwin’s Theory of Evolution are only two examples. That this is not just a thing of the past is clear from the fact that there are fundamentalist groups in the U.S. that want to stop the teaching of evolution in school. Several states have passed laws requiring the so-called ‘Creation Science’ based on the Bible to be taught along withDarwin’s theory.

Rational and spiritual thought

Such a conflict between the rational and the spiritual (or belief) never arose in India, except as part of debate. This is because Hinduism and its offshoots like Buddhism are not based on dogmas but exploration of the mind and spirit. “Accept nothing on my authority,” said the Buddha. “Think, and be a lamp unto yourself.” The Gayatri mantra, the greatest of all Vedic prayers says: dhiyoyo nah pracodayat, meaning “inspire our intellect.”


Indian Army Living Up To Its Motto – “Service Before Self”

Indian Army Living Up To

The land-based branch of the Indian Armed Forces is called the Indian Army, also known as Bhartiya Thal Sena. Along with its service to the nation of protecting from threats and at times of war, it maintains peace and unity through participation in various UN peacekeeping missions.

1. Founded on April 1, 1895, it grew out from the armies of East India Company during the Colonial Government. The then called “British Indian Army” post independence was named as “Indian Army.”

2. Even though before Independence it was just an associate to the British, it played a key role in the Indian Independence Movement and helped them attain free India.

3. Participating in the Indo-Pakistan War in the year of independence, the Indian Army blew Pakistan brutally. It was successful in stopping the Pakistani soldiers at a point which is now called the Line of Control (LOC).

4. Acted as a peace-maker during the Korean War in 1950 that lasted for three years, not only did it send aid for the UN troops but Indian Army soldiers were even sent to Korea to for peace-keeping.

5. The infamous “Operation Vijay” on December 12, 1961 was a success that involved Indian soldiers killing over 30 Portuguese and around 3,000 captured. This was done when they were reluctant to vacate their colonial possessions from Goa, Daman and Diu after repeated attempts of negotiation by the Indian Army.


Richard the Troll

Richard the Troll

Richard Fox Young has written an article titled “Time for a “Diagnostic Test” on Rajiv Malhotra’s Books” essentially repeating the same old points in all the previous articles. The arrogance is revealed in the very title of his article positioning himself as a doctor meant to diagnose a disease. This attitude will become more evident as we shall see.

Young begins his article with an analogy of how cars are tested for road worthiness in Princeton with stickers slapped on them “certifying” them and how cars without the sticker get pulled over. He wishes to perform a similar diagnostic test on Malhotra. This shows the crude arrogance of Young as mentioned above. One must note the implications of such a view. It lays emphasis on power structures of who has adhikara to question and set the discourse. Ones without the stickers slapped on them by so called “diagnostic experts” will be ridiculed and brushed away. This kind of sticker slapping attitude is what excludes the practising Hindu acharyas and yogis out of debate and unworthy of acknowledgement. Prof. Rambachan who says he had read intensely under Swami Dayananda Saraswati, has polished English and presentation skills and thus gets the sticker, while Swami Dayananda Saraswati himself would not qualify for the sticker! This kind of huge asymmetry in power where all the norms and conditions for dialogue are set by outsiders of the tradition is what gradually leads to cultural genocide. This is an irrational situation to be in and those that are enforcing such a system call themselves academics! This has exactly been what Malhotra is fighting and wants insiders of the tradition to get a seat at the table of discussion.


Statement by Professor Alok Kumar, Department of Physics, State University of New York, Oswego

Statement by Professor Alok Kumar Department of Physics

To Whom It May Concern

I received an e-mail in middle of July, 2015 from a fellow historian of science, asking me to take an urgent action to assist Rajiv Malhotra. I had little interaction with Rajiv for several years and was clueless about the issues he was facing. I had no idea that an organized and concerted effort to stop his upcoming book from publication was going on. And, Rajiv is also accused by an author of plagiarism although this person’s work was cited 30 times following proper academic norms in his book, Indra’s Net. I was dismayed since the Rajiv Malhotra I know would not commit such errors.

I have known Rajiv for about two decades as a fellow researcher in Indic studies and I have exchanged a variety of ideas with him over the years. These were the early years of the Infinity Foundation, an organization founded by Rajiv to mobilize scholarship in Indic Studies. He funded various projects in prestigious universities, including Harvard University, Rutgers University, etc. I am also a recipient of a small grant from the Infinity Foundation that I received in 1999, amounting less than 0.5 percent of what I have received over my career. I always found Rajiv to be professional, to the point, straight forward, creative, and scholarly.

Rajiv Malhotra studied in prestigious St. Stephen’s College in Delhi and Syracuse University. With his hard work and talent, he succeeded in his business ventures and achieved what most of us can only dream of. He earned enough money