Is Pakistan Embracing Its Indic Roots?

India also needs to understand that this wisdom and education, disowned and neglected in its own homeland for far too long, has to be taught within and without.

Since its formation Pakistan has been working hard to separate itself from its Indic roots. Some recent events augur a small beginning towards a new trend, Pakistan returning to the idea of Vasudaiva Kutumbhakam and finding peace with its past. While it is too early to draw a conclusion, it is the only real way forward.

March 2016 will be remembered for a long time. First, there were the horrific bomb attacks in Brussels, carried out by ISIS, and then there was the Easter Sunday slaughter in the Pakistani city of Lahore, where the intended target was the Christian community, as CNN reports. This attack was carried out by the Pakistani Taliban outfit, Jamat-ul-Ahrar. These two incidents once again demonstrated to a shocked world the nature and the goals of Islamic fundamentalism.

blast in easterFor lovers of peace, culture, and civilized living on the other hand, the month of March 2016 will also go down in history for two other very special reasons. First, the mammoth World Culture Festival held in New Delhi proved to the world that there is a large chunk of the world’s population today that buys into the idea that the entire planet Earth and its teeming humanity – comprising people of different nationalities, races, languages, ethnicities, religions, languages, and cultures – is one human family.

The second reason why March 2016 will go down in history is because of a small but significant development that took place in Pakistan where, in a historic move, the province of Sindh declared Holi, the ancient pre-Islamic spring festival of colors, a public holiday for all. All of these four events may be an augury of what lies in the future as world changes accelerate in this century.

The World Culture Festival that took place 11-13 March 2016 was of tremendous global significance. It brought together 3.75 million people of all races, religions, nationalities, languages, and cultures from 155 countries to New Delhi who assembled in one place to meditate together and celebrate diversity, peace, music, dance, human values, and the unity and brotherhood of all religions and races.

The theme of the festival was Vasudha iva kutumbakam or Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, an ancient Sanskrit phrase from the Upanishads which literally means the entire world is truly just one family. (“The world is a family/One is a relative, the other a stranger/Say the small minded/The entire world is a family/Live the magnanimous,” goes the original verse.) Showcasing the planet’s rich cultural and human diversity, WCF 2016 emphasized the unity of all of humanity as one human family.

The main venue on the banks of the Yamuna had a 7 acre stage on which over 37,000 artists from all over the world gave live performances. Besides the over 3.75 million people representing 155 countries who attended the event, groups and individuals at 767,436 locations in 188 countries viewed the webcast according to the report of the webcast partner, Livestream.

Social media partners reported 1.4 billion impressions on Twitter and 30 million engagements on Facebook during the event. Just one of the many TV channels televising the proceedings reported a viewership of 16 million for itself.

The initiative was a spiritual and cultural extravaganza unlike any other witnessed before in history. The three day festival was marked by the convergence of artistes and performers, spiritual leaders, politicians, business leaders, and peacemakers from across the world who joined each other on a common platform to celebrate the uniqueness as well as the unity and commonality of all the cultures of the world and foster a deeper understanding between people of different faiths, races, nationalities, and backgrounds.

It is a testament to the great work of the Art of Living in Pakistan, carried out mostly by Pakistani volunteers, that Pakistan was represented by some notable delegates like Senator Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s youngest Member of Parliament Uzair Khan, and Shahnaz Minallah, a teacher of Sudarshan Kriya yoga and meditation.

On the final day of the global cultural extravaganza, the Pakistani dance contingent performed a high octane routine which they named Punk Sufi. The dance was set to the tunes of Arif Lohar’s “Jugni ji,” touted as the most viewed Pakistani song on YouTube. The routine comprised performers dressed in white and green waving the Pakistani flag on stage, while others moved to the tunes of “Sufi trance” which was interspersed with poetry that talked about “harmony and oneness, love and peace,” as the Indian Express reports.

While the tune and the song were catchy, the Punk Sufi dance itself basically consisted of seven dancers in colored robes who furiously jiggled and twirled, with the rest of the dancers either standing still, wildly flailing Pakistani flags, or running helter-skelter with the flags in their hands. The front rows at the WCF in particular seem to have loved it.

The segment can be viewed on YouTube here (5:03:05 in the recording). Sri Sri Ravi Shankar took the microphone as soon as the Pakistani performance ended. Speaking in Hindi, he first congratulated the performers and then exhorted them to take this very message of peace back to Pakistan: “Yahi sandesh le ke jaeeye ap vahan par, aur shanti-aman ka sandesh le ke jaeeye yahan se.” The second irony, equally obvious to the keen observer, was that the Pakistani dance delegation was perhaps the only one, out of all the countries, that felt compelled to integrate the act of brandishing Pakistani flags into its dance routine.

One wonders if this was done because they cannot be seen abandoning the core ideology of Pakistan back home. At any rate, the Pakistani contingent was showered with tremendous love and appreciation. According to Shahnaz Minallah, “We were greeted with a standing ovation and many of us had tears in our eyes. It was surreal.”

Pakistan’s participation in the World Culture Festival is heartening in and of itself because it shows that there is a constituency within Pakistan, however small and voiceless it may seem right now, that responds to the call of vasudhaiva kutumbakam. It is also reasonable to suppose that at least some of the Pakistani youth, artists, and leaders who came to celebrate universal brotherhood on a global stage and discovered an international audience that openly acknowledges the concept that all of humanity is one family will likely take the idea back to their circles of influence with renewed vigor.

The second significant reason why March 2016 will go down as a special month for lovers of cultural fiestas is because of a new development that took place in Pakistan, where the province of Sindh, in a historic and contextually brave and progressive move declared the ancient spring festival of colors – the festival of Holi – a public holiday for all the people in the province, in spite of the demand from some quarters that the holiday be limited to the Hindu community only.

A fresh provincial government notification was reissued and confirmed that the declaration of a public holiday for the whole of Sindh stood valid despite the opposition from various Islamist quarters and the earlier confusion.

It is interesting that while Pakistani Punjab has banned Basant, another Hindu/native pre-Islamic festival that till a few years ago used to be observed with great gusto in Lahore, Sindh has actually reinstated Holi on its ancient soil by instituting it as an official state holiday. This is a miracle in itself and it confirms once again that there is a constituency within Pakistan that is beginning to open up to its own pre-Islamic roots.

Out of all festivals, Holi is the expression of vasudhaiva kutumbakam par excellence. Though associated with Hinduism and endowed with various symbolic meanings and levels of interpretations, Holi is basically an expression of “the spirit of universal brotherhood that transcends color, creed, caste or social status,” as Dr. Ilmana Fasih, an Indian Muslim married to a Pakistani, states in her brilliant article titledYou can play Holi too, even if you are Muslim.

In it she explores the importance that Holi and its deeper symbolisms were accorded by Muslim Sufi masters and poets like Amir Khusrow, Bulle Shah, and Shah Niyaz, as well as Mughals like Akbar, Jahangir, and Bahadur Shah Zafar, who appreciated and incorporated the festival and idiom of Holi in art, poetry, music, governance, and even spiritual quest.

Jahangir, the romantic art connoisseur is documented to have played Holi with his queen, Nur Jahan, in his palace and called it Eid-e-Gulabi,” as Dr. Fasih explains. Emphasizing that these celebrations of culture are all about love and have no place for hate and discrimination,” Dr. Fasih’s article encourages the people of Pakistan to celebrate Holi “with an open mind, and more importantly, an open heart!”

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the moving force behind the World Culture Festival, explains the significance of Holi thus:

Holi is the festival of colors. This is one festival that from centuries has been uniting people of all classes, castes, age-groups and generations. Everyone comes together and celebrates the oneness of humanity, and that is the message of Holi. If you leave a group of kids in a room from all different backgrounds (rich, poor, intelligent, not-so-intelligent), do you know how they’ll play? They will play without finding any distinction between themselves. They will play together.

Holi is a festival which unites people of diverse backgrounds and professions. Society divides people, sometimes on the basis of profession, sometimes on the basis of gender, sometimes based on age-group. If there is a Chamber of Commerce meeting, only business people go. For the Lions club meeting, only people from the Lion club will go, Rotarians won’t go. So like this, the society has different sections. Holi is a time where we break all the barriers of gender, nationality, race, religion; from the elderly to the young, you hug everybody, and put colors on them. It’s a unifying festival, a unifying celebration.

In a world where we see entire societies riven by prejudice, fanaticism, violence, divisions and disunity, it is human unity, harmony in diversity, and celebration of culture that we need more of. Holi is therefore a perfect choice for Pakistan. While ancient traditions like Holi – the festival of colors, and Diwali – the festival of lights, were erased from the Pakistani national and public space after Partition, they are nevertheless native to the soil of Pakistan and are a part of the native genetic memory and ethos.

holiThe making of Holi as a public Sindhi holiday is thus an extremely positive step and the province and people of Sindh deserve to be mightily congratulated and praised for this welcome step, this revolutionary inclusion. The roster of public holidays and festivals of a multicultural Pakistan will nevertheless be incomplete if Easter and two other holidays, namely Diwali and Guru Nanak Jayanti, both of which are native to the land, are still missing from the list.

Interestingly, the news that Sindh, a Pakistani province, has made Holi a public holiday for all the people of the province, comes in the immediate aftermath of the World Culture Festival. This may just be a coincidence. One hopes however that the reverberations of the World Culture Festival will inspire more and more people across the world to transcend narrow, artificial boundaries and identities which prevent humans from experiencing who they truly are as humans. As HRH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development of the United Arab Emirates, an attendee at the World Culture Festival said-

Today, my colleagues and I are proud to be a part of you and the One World Family. Like you, I hope that one day our family will also embrace the entire population of the world, and the One world family will be truly complete when everyone everywhere finally understands the moral necessity of a culture of knowledge, understanding, kindness and respect.

It is clear that even in the Middle East there is a realization happening in some quarters at the highest levels about the idea of vasudhaiva kutumbakam and “the moral necessity of a culture of knowledge, understanding, kindness and respect” for the entire population of the world, as the WCF message of His Royal Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan indicates.

Many observers feel that Pakistan, born out of India, is unlikely to last long in its present form. Some analysts like Syed Ata Hasnain believe that Pakistan is headed towards implosion and that international support – financial, military, and ideological – from countries China, USA and Saudi Arabia, for example, is what is keeping Pakistan together. Similarly, Tarek Fatah, a renowned Canadian journalist and an expert on Pakistani politics and history who has recently drawn urgent attention to Pakistan’s ongoing Baloch genocide, also considers Pakistan to be a failed state and expects it to balkanize in our own lifetime.

If this happens, it is certain that Sindh, where the Islamization of India began in 711 A.D., will become an independent country and will refuse to remain yoked to Muslim West Punjab. It can be expected that there will be many people who will want to return to their original ancestral roots, just like the Kurds of northern Iraq who are now returning to Zoroastrianism in significant numbers.

One of the reasons why India has faced constant jihad and has constantly gotten diminished in size and psyche since 711 A.D. – the year of the Arab conquest of Sindh by Mohammad Bin Qasim – is because Indian civilization did little to take the knowledge of dharma and philosophical and cultural concepts like vasudhaiva kutumbakam westwards after the Mauryan period. Similarly, the eastward communication of Indic philosophy and civilizational values which had been so effectively carried out, stopped after the Chola period as large parts of Hindu South East Asia yielded to Islam. Indic civilizational space has constantly shrunk since 711 A.D., and today what remains, i.e. present day India, is just a moth-eaten central core.

Meanwhile, with jihad going global and all apocalyptic, and rapid demographic changes in border regions underway, present-day India, just like Europe, has never been as vulnerable to jihad internally as it is now as. What the world needs now is once again for India to become a powerful emitter of its message of wisdom and dharma rather than a passive receiver of failed, aggressive, external civilizational influences. India, home to one-sixth of humanity, needs to become an equal dialogue partner and an equal influencer in the shaping of the culture and the destiny of a globalized humanity. Doing so, it will also protect itself. Dharmo rakshati rakshitah!

As the World Culture Festival and the spirit behind Holi reveal, India, with its rich cultural heritage, philosophy, and wisdom has so much to offer to the world. It is also true that while Indian civilization has been the time capsule that has preserved the most ancient and uplifting knowledge of sanatan dharma, the wisdom, ideas, and ideals that radiate therefrom are universal and belong to all of humanity.

Spreading the message and wisdom of vasudhaiva kutumbakam and other principles radiating from sanatan dharma is a need too important to be just left to volunteers at a time when the entire world faces the prospect of devastation from jihad. It is now the duty of the Government of India to make sure that an understanding of the knowledge and the possibility of sanatan dharma reaches each and every place on Earth, including Pakistan and the rest of the Muslim world.

Moreover, India also needs to understand that this wisdom and education, disowned and neglected in its own homeland for far too long, has to be taught within and without. It has to be taught both at home and abroad. The Home Ministry, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of External Affairs should all look into this. The sharing of the treasures contained in sanatan dharma can only make the world a better place for everybody.

Shonu Nangia is an academic, linguist, and translator-interpreter by training and works as an Associate Professor of Foreign Languages at LSU-Alexandria (USA) where he teaches French and Spanish. His scholarly work has appeared in Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching, Michigan Academician, Folia Linguistica et Literaria, The Journal of College Writing, Louisiana Communication Journal, and a host of other places. He is also the author of the book Male-Female Relations in the Literary Maghreb: Poetics and Politics of Violence and Liberation in Francophone North African Literature by Tahar Ben Jelloun. He also enjoys organizing film festivals and yoga and meditation workshops.
  • Satireguru

    Until they reform “internally” on basic issue of intolerance towards other religions these “external” gestures do not signify anything, Pakistan is miles (infinitely…) away from the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbam until millions of communalists among them are won by meagre 1 or 2 hundered peace lovers

  • Barbaric Opinion

    This guy for real?
    And this stupid article on IndiaFacts?
    What is the editor doing passing this nonsense?


    First lets burst the bubble of “vasudhaiva kutumbakam” by quoting Mr.Rajiv Malhotra on Moronsmriti

    Question: Do people ever criticize your work emphasizing differences when Dharmic cosmological viewpoint is calling one to realize Oneness? Are Oneness and Difference mutually contradictory?

    Response: Previously mentioned misinterpretation of the nature of multiplicity has led many dharma scholars to criticize my notion of difference. They think that emphasizing difference is a bad idea because it takes us away from unity.

    Shouldn’t we be discussing only Oneness, they ask? My response is that asserting differences is not a negation of Oneness. It is the right insight into the richness of Oneness that Oneness includes all differences as aspects within itself. Therefore, the dharma/Christian difference is as real for our lives as the dharma/adharma or deva/asura or the tamas/sattva differences.

    One’s experience of difference depends upon where one stands in terms of state of consciousness. If you are the rishi rooted in unity consciousness as your state (not mere shlokas one can parrot), then by all means you should act in the world in spontaneity – the One leads your actions amidst all the diversity. But if you are not there yet, you must make a conscious effort to understand right from wrong, what is what in the world – while at the same time reminding yourself that this relative level of multiplicity is a manifestation of the unity. A related argument often given is the slogan “vasudhaiva kutumbakam” which means “the world is one family”. This is used to claim that therefore there are no differences. But members of a family differ. The kauravas and pandavs in Mahabharata are one family and yet at war. Devas and asuras are one family and yet they were in mutual tension. Not only humans but all life including animals, plants, bacteria, etc. comprises the family; yet we apply viveka (discrimination) to differentiate and do not treat them interchangeably
    “Sufi trance” & Sufi masters and poets like Amir Khusrow

    “Islamic sense, pantheism is a sacrilegious doctrine—professing self-absorption, self-effacement, selfannihilation—which allegedly leads to confluence of the individual with God. At this stage of development,they do not require a guide (i.e., a prophet) or law-book (i.e., the Quran). They give up almost all rituals required in orthodox Islam and the Sharia: fasting, prayers, Hajj pilgrimage and so on. In Islamic society, they became identified as bisharia—i.e. outside the Sharia or Islam.”

    The deviant beshariyah Sufis often suffered brutal persecution and even death. For example, Sultan Firoz Shah Tughlaq (d. 1388), an austere orthodox believer,records in his memoir that he had put Sufi Shaykh Ruknuddin of Delhi, who called himself a Mahdi (messiah)and ‘led people astray into mystic practices and perverted ideas by maintaining that he was Ruknuddin, the prophet of God.’ People killed Ruknuddin and some of his followers; they ‘tore him into pieces and broke his bones into fragments,’ records the Sultan.”

    Moinuddin Chisti and Nizamuddin Auliya were the most unorthodox and liberal amongst India’s Sufis. Annoying the orthodox, they had adopted musical sessions (sama) and dancing (raqs) in their rituals.However, when it came to the real question of Islam, they never took a stand against classical orthodoxy; they always put the Ulema ahead of them in religious matters. To the question of whether dancing and playing of musical instruments, as had been adopted by Sufi dervishes, were permissible, Auliya said, ‘‘What is forbidden by Law (Sharia) is not acceptable.’’ On the question of whether the controversial Sufi devotional practices were permissible or not, he said, ‘‘Concerning this controversy at present, whatever the judge (orthodox Ulema) decrees will be upheld.’’

    Sikandar Butshikan levied both zakat and jizyah upon Hindus, which obviously multiplied the economic miseries manifold. And scumbag aka SUFI AMIR KHUSRAU writes about jizya being a hatch for the dhimmis: “Did the Dhimmis not enjoy the concession of the Shariah, all trace of the Hindus would vanish root and branch.”
    -Courtesy ╭∩╮(*︿* )╭∩╮

    Mir Saiyid Ali Hamadani (founder of Kubrawiyya Sufi order of Kashmir) emphasized a covenant to sultan of Kashmir on his relation with Hindus. Covenant is as follows:

    1. They (the hindus) will not bid new idol temples.

    2. They will not rebuild any existing temple which may have fallen into disrepair.

    3. Muslim travelers will not be prevented from staying in temples.

    4. Muslim travelers will be provided hospitality by Zimmis in their own houses for three days.

    5. Zimmis will neither act as spies nor give spies shelter in their houses.

    6. If any relation of a Zimmi is inclined towards Islam, he should not be prevented from doing so.

    7. Zimmis will respect Muslims.

    8. Zimmis will courteously receive a Muslim wishing to attend their meetings.

    9. Zimmis will not dress like Muslims.

    10. They will not take Muslim names.

    11. They will not ride horses with saddle and bridle.

    12. They will not possess swords, bows or arrows.

    13. They will not wear signet rings.

    14. They will not openly sell or drink intoxicating liquor.

    15. They will not abandon their traditional dress, which is a sign of their ignorance, in order that they may be distinguished from Muslims.

    16. They will not openly practice their traditional customs amongst Muslims.

    17. They will not build their houses in the neighbourhood of Muslims.

    18. They will not carry or bury their dead near Muslim graveyards.

    19. They will not mourn their dead loudly.

    20. They will not buy Muslim slaves.

    (Ref. Zakhiratul-muluk, pp. 117-118)

    (Saiyid Ali considered Hindus as Zimmis)

    And as far as Holi or Deepwali are concerned as long as they dont give up on the concept of No God but Allah and Muhammad was his last prophet they can easily appropriate Hindu festivals.Appropriation and Digestion should not make us jubilant.

    Jai Mata Di

    • prashants5 .

      Not only that. Learning the differences gives you an opportunity to appreciate the depth and the ability to understand better one’s own Culture and Philosophy. Many times we understand a subject better by comparing with another different examples and/or counter-analogy. Difference doesn’t say Good or Better or Bad. But knowing the differences between two different philosophy, the person gets an opportunity to take the decision whether something is “Good” or “Better” with respect to his/her own stand and background ( or say state of consciousness).

      Hence, “Being Different” is about understanding the differences and yet a call for Unity as it deem fits with respect to sthAna, kAla, pAtra. Learning of “Difference” is equally important and required as learning of “Oneness”.

  • Time Is Up

    Only time will tell, too early to judge. For anyone or anything to change minimum 2 features are required – consistently & reliability and . If Pakistan consistently demonstrates protecting minorities in an reliable way, then there is some hope. Nawaz may be a good guy, but really is Pakistani Army worth trusting?
    No Islamic nation has ever promoted non-Muslims beyond certain level. We may have some examples from Malaysia and UAE due to business reasons.
    For Pakistan to change, let us see if they make a non-Muslim (Ahmediyya or Christain, or Hindu) a Governor or CM of one of the states/provinces, what I mean is allow them to rise and share power with Sunni/Shias, if that happens, then I will believe that Pakistan is changing for better. Till then, all we will hear is news of more extermination of minorities.

  • Srivi

    it comes from mahopanishad where it is one of the characteristics listed for brahma sthiti, highest level of spiritual progress. Nothing wrong in following it and making it our code. What do you achieve by hate other than destruction?

    • VarunaPraghasa

      Well that needs to be told to Pakistan. And anyway the Mahopanishad does not belong to any recognized extant Vedic Shaka. Such indiscriminate acceptance of anything as a upanishad, only dilutes the source of pramana called “Shruti Pramana”. Who knows? there can be a Allopanishad and Yesuopanishad out there 🙂 🙂

      • Slasher

        Nobody has heard of this Mahopanishad until the White Invader came to India and cooked up tons of Upanishads with Kashmiri Pandits over whiskey and cigars.

        Don’t believe me?

        Please read this to get your eyes wide open about the damage inflicted on Hinduism by the White Invader.

        “Friday, December 16, 2011


        • VarunaPraghasa

          Precisely what i said slasher. Read carefully,

          “And anyway the Mahopanishad does not belong to any recognized extant Vedic Shaka. Such indiscriminate acceptance of anything as a upanishad, only dilutes the source of pramana called “Shruti Pramana”. ”

          Does this sound like i am saying the Mahopanishad is a valid one?

          • Srivi

            Even agreeing that mahopanishad may not be a valid one, (I do not know) what is the harm in accepting and taking ownership of the quote. It is beautiful right

  • Ashish

    wishful thinking

  • sandipanfool

    A half-dead pakistan in the present form is more disease inducing to the world at large and especially to india. The goal is to completely dismember pakistan and remove the terrorist “core” from the artificial nation called Pakistan. Not to mouth platitudes of their non-existent liberalism. What you see is either al-taquiyya or at worst micro minority liberals who have no influence in Pakistan but sent by ISI (with their nod) to show their seemingly non-existent tolerance of us.

    PS: Oh, by the way, please stop writing this nonsense as we are not readers of first post , we are serious readers and can judge the sceneario quiet perfectly. The Paki JIT has not only denied the attacks on pathankot originated from pakistan but accused India of actually fostering it.

  • PV

    Is the blogger hallucinating? Sri Sri telling Porki gangs to spread Shanti and Aman sandesh is laughable.

  • m p

    Sau chuhe khake billi haj ko chali
    Sindh declaring Holi, but not Diwali, as Public holiday is too little, too late and half hearted. No amount of Holi colour is going to hide the genocide of Sindhi Hindus in Sindh.

    How is this going to help non-existent Sindhi Hindus? Perhaps Sindh should follow USA example of explicitly seeking forgiveness of Sindhi Hindus, provide them with special land rights, & tax free zones, to operate what ever business Sindhi Hindus deem fit.

  • Dipanjan

    “Are they really Embracing their Indic Roots?”

    1 or 2 such incidents are not enough to say ” they have now turned GOOD”

    What if tommorow HAFIZ SAEED does “SHIRSASAN” ?

    Will we say that that he has turned DHARMIC

  • prashants5 .

    The author is grossly wrong saying “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” is from Upanishad. The phrase is actually from Hitopadesa. Everyone can remember the story of Clever Jackle who trying to create a place for himself in the home of Naive Deer says “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” in his appeal to the Deer, so that he can win the Trust of the Naive Deer. And finally it tries to kill the Deer.

    There is another Sanskrit Phrase which compliments the above situation. “AjNata Kulasilasya Vasa Na Dayo”. It means without knowing well someone’s background ( Kula), Origin etc. don’t entartain or give a place in your home. Similarly in Panchatantra, in another story, the man who utters “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” has been described as “Murkha”.

    A typical Sicular way of interpreting Sanskrit Phrases and broadcasting it, to keep the Indians/Hindus Naive forever.

    • Slasher

      Exactly agreed. I have asked Swarajya mag to issue a correction.

      Everyone please write to Jaggi asking for a retraction or a correction of this very wrong attribution.


    • So right (link). Kudos.

  • VarunaPraghasa

    This “vasudhaiva kudumbakam” crap is again hocus pocus.This phrase is never found in the Veda or upanishads(Any of them). Mr Shonu please check your facts. It comes from the Hitopadesha. Please please don’t spread wrong info by attributing anything and everything to the Veda/ Upanishads. I was confused in my younger classes when i was reading the Hitopadesha text, but was silenced by my teachers when i pointed out the stupid usage of this phrase in the sense it is now used wrongly, even by PM Modi himself. Please check

    India would do better to take this phrase in the sense originally intended in the Hitopadesha when dealing with Pakistan, Holi or no Holi

    • nairps

      Well said.

    • Slasher

      Agreed. It is time to show Intolerance to the Intolerant. Waiting for Pakistan to reform is like waiting for Godot. Unreasonable and ineffectual.

      You also pointed out another huge hole in our so called Hindu leaders. Many of them have not opened a Veda or Vedanta book to save their lives. All of their knowledge of Hinduism seems to come from reading Amar Chitra Katha. I think it’s time we shamed them and named them.

      I request Swarajya mag editors to correct the article and point out to readers that this was an editorial error on their part that they did not “fact check” the article.

      Jaggi: can you please take care of this in order to maintain the editorial integrity of this magazine?