The expression, ‘Hindu khatre mein hai’ is not just an emotion pushed by politicians to woo Hindu votes. History of Bharat Varsha stands as testimony to the hostility on the most patient, vulnerable and tolerant group of people – the Hindus. The lack of unity among Hindus helped Islamists make inroads into this land; the degeneracy in the character of a handful of Hindus, their attraction for the West and shame in their own culture led to the British raj making a colony out of a vast civilization.
Though the exploitation of Hindus is a centuries long saga, the last seven decades have seen institutionalized attacks on Hindu Dharma by the rulers from this land, who have been chosen by people of this land, to serve this land, and protect its heritage and culture. Quite the irony, isn’t it?
The first attack on Hindu Dharma – not just the Hindus – was the partition of Hindu land giving a major portion of it in the name of Islam, thereby eventually forming two nations exclusively for Muslims, where Hindus were openly treated as second-class citizens by law & brutally persecuted in routine life.
The remaining bit of Bharat was never pronounced a Hindu land officially, but it was perceived as a place for the Hindus, a piece of land where Hindu Dharma could flourish – or, so we thought. In 1975, the then PM, Indira Gandhi, imposed an emergency on Bharat and added the word ‘secular’ to the constitution. This was the biggest dagger to stab Hindu Dharma from behind. Making Bharat a secular country, while allowing the ever-exploding ‘minority’ to propagate their exclusivist & intolerant beliefs, was an act of deceit. But the Hindus were dormant in the matters of religion, which furthered the devious motive of our “secular” institutions.
The secular institutions that choose to stay at bay and not interfere in matters of religion, have enjoyed their rights to nullify Hindu traditions time and again. Back in September this year, Tripura High Court ordered a total ban on animal sacrifices at Hindu Temples. This order conflicted with the 500-year-old tradition of offering a sacrificial goat at the renowned ‘shakti peeth’ at Mata Tripureswari temple. This in a country that has its roads turn red with animal blood on bakr-i-eid year on year.
The systematic attack on Diwali by banning fire-crackers every year is nothing new. All kinds of mutton biryani enjoying actresses wake up to animal welfare, and their concern for street dog gets activated only around Diwali. Those who smoke cigarettes at getaways with their family, succumb to asthma just when Hindus gear up for their biggest festival. While most of us laughed off this issue, the situation picked intensity and led to the arrest of over 160 men in Delhi for bursting fire-crackers allegedly for bursting crackers outside the two hours window allowed by our honourable courts.
But these are not mere bits and pieces of legal action that co-incidentally collided with the interest of Hindu Dharma. The court that buries its head in the sand when primitive traditions outside Hindu Dharma are challenged, discovers new enthusiasm when it comes to shattering Hindu beliefs, be it placing a height and age cap on the dahi-handi of Janmashtami, to restricting hours of merriment during Navratri.
But if safety is the actual concern, why not put a cap on the age of children allowed to flagellate or be flagellated during Muharram mourning? In 2014, Faisal Banaraswala sought a total ban on participation of children inflicting themselves in Muharram procession, but the Bombay High court found itself unable to interfere. Unnerved, the court bowed down to community leaders and requested the police to ensure the safety of these children – no ban how-so-ever.
SC ruling that women of all ages can enter the Sabrimala Temple, and perform the darshan of Bhagwan Ayyappa, a celibate deity who wilfully distanced himself from women of a certain age group, was the greatest war on the Hindu culture called by the apex institution of this Hindu majority country.
The same Supreme Court considered paramount by the citizens of Bharat, after allowing women of reproductive age into the abode of the celibate god, dismisses the plea of allowing Muslim women to enter a mosque. The ‘right to pray’, which was evoked to desecrate the tradition of Sabarimala, was shoved under the rug when it came to Muslim culture. Or is it that the lordships feared ‘direct action’ by fanatics of the minority community?
Educational institutions too are ever ready to tread the anti-Hindu path. Teachers in Delhi schools teach students to go eco-friendly on Diwali. But, does any school dare to preach to its wards that they need to go animal-friendly on Eid? St. Stephen’s School had proudly participated in a ‘Go Green This Diwali’ programme in 2013. Did St. Stephen’s School mandate a tree-friendly Christmas and discourage its student from buying decorative Christmas trees made from felled trees? We are guessing, ‘No’.
We can go on for hours to account the attacks on Hindu faith. But let’s leave you with this food for thought. The communist state of Kerala, after becoming the setting of hundreds of love jihad cases, has a department that provides special privileges to those who quit Hindu Dharma and convert to Christianity. How is that for secularism?
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