Ten Things Hindus Expect from Modi Sarkar in 2016

Unless the Hindu community is given equal human rights it will not be able to withstand the combined onslaught of Wahhabism and Evangelism.

It is over eighteen months since a BJP-led NDA government came to power. Whilst the secularists believe that scams were responsible for BJP’s victory it was also UPA’s disdain for the Indian Civilization that contributed greatly to its loss.

The NDA has symbolically reversed the trend for example, through the celebration of International Yoga Day but is yet to effect legislative change to provide Hindus with equal human rights.

 

Here is what NDA can do for the Hindu community in 2016.

 

1. Define Secularism to mean ‘equal treatment of all irrespective of religion’.

The founders of the Constitution deemed it appropriate to use the concept of secularism without spelling out its meaning. The word ‘secular’ was made part of the preamble of the Indian Constitution during the Emergency (1975-77). However, the word was left undefined.

When the Janata Party came to power in 1977 an attempt was made to define ‘secular republic’ to mean a ‘republic’ in which there is equal respect for all religions’. The Janata government had a majority in the Lok Sabha but a minority in the Rajya Sabha where it was voted down by the Congress.

When accepted this would ensure that every Government scheme is equally available to all Indian citizens for e.g. a program to provide cycles to only poor Muslim girls would violate the Constitution.

2. Temples to be freed of Government control.

templeIn most Southern states offerings made by devotees in temples become part of the State Treasury with only a fraction being used on temple upkeep and direct benefit of the Hindu community. Elsewhere the Government effectively controls temple administration.

According to TR Ramesh, President, Temple Worshippers Society Chennai “in Tamil Nadu temples have over 478,000 plus acres of land, 2.44 cr sq feet of property for which the TN HR & CE department gets only Rs 58 crs p.a. In reality income from all temples, mutts would, on a conservative basis generate Rs 6,000 crs p.a.” The four devaswom boards in Kerala have revenues in excess of Rs 1,000 crs p.a. Ditto for other Southern states.

Hindus should be allowed to manage their temples and use its income to preserve their culture, language, script, pay adequate salaries to priests, propagate Dharma, maintain places of worship of all communities covered by The Hindu Marriage Act (i.e. Hindus, Buddhist, Jains and Sikhs) the last three of whom were not considered as minorities when the constitution was adopted in 1950. Only a member of these four communities can be on the Temple Management Board. However, Hindu charitable hospitals and schools would be open to all.

Temples to follow the same rules and regulations that apply to mosques and churches. Hindus seek only Equality before Law as provided for under Article 14 and freedom to manage their own affairs in religion, establish institutions, acquire and administer such properties.

3. Allow Hindus to establish and administer educational institutions like other Indians.

Article 30 of the Constitution gives linguistic and religious minorities the right to establish and run their own educational institutions. The institution must promote the interest of the minority community by promoting its religious tenets, philosophy, culture, language and literature and a considerable section of the minority must be benefited by the institution.

“Whilst strictest supervision can be imposed on majority institutions, the same cannot be done for minority ones. It stands to reason whether such a result was envisaged by the frame of the Constitution”. Indian Constitutional Law by M P Jain pg 659

Hindus must be given an equal opportunity to establish and administer educational institutions like others. There should be no discrimination on the basis of religion.

It is a different matter that the Indian Constitution does not define the word ‘Minority’.

The Congress would not like to lose Hindu votes and can be expected to support the proposed legislative changes in the Rajya Sabha.

4. The word Hindu must be replaced with Sanatana Dharma.

The word Hindu came into existence to distinguish Muslim invaders from residents of India i.e. followers of Dharma. During British rule Hindu became Hinduism.

“The word Hinduism is not representative of the original word ‘Sanatana Dharma’ which means ‘the Eternal or Universal Dharma’. Dharma means universal law, the fundamental principles behind this marvelous universe like the Law of Karma. Sanatana means perennial, referring to eternal truths that manifests in ever-new names and forms.” Thus the word Hinduism is properly the Sanatana Dharma.

Also read Hindu, Hindustan and Hindi http://www.rediff.com/news/column/of-hindu-hindustan-hindi/20140911.htm

5. Benefits to Scheduled Tribes should not continue after conversion to Christianity.

Under the Constitution scheduled castes who convert to Christianity cannot avail of benefits available to SC. However, this is not the case for Scheduled Tribes. As a result ST’s have been converted in large numbers in Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and states in the Hindi heartland with high tribal population.

This anomaly needs to be removed.

6. Removal of Missionary Visa category.  

Senior journalist Sandhya Jain wrote, “The UPA Government has quietly relaxed restrictions on the entry and stay of foreign missionaries coming to the country. These restrictions were enforced on the recommendations of the Niyogi Commission, appointed to investigate the activities of missionaries in Madhya Pradesh, which submitted its report to the Union Government in 1956. The missionary visa is issued to those going to India “for a religious purpose”. The creation of a special category of visa for missionaries may legitimately be considered as official patronage for Christian conversions in India.”

Status pre 2012 needs to be restored.

7. Instruct State Governments to follow 2005 Supreme Court Order on use of Loudspeakers. http://www.esamskriti.com/essay-chapters/Noise-pollution,-restrictions-on-use-of-Loudpspeakers-1.aspx

The judgement clearly lays down that no loudspeakers shall be used between 10 pm and 6 am. Further it specifies decibel levels when loud speaker or public address system is used.

Anyone living close to a mosque will know that loudspeaker volumes during Azaan starting about 5.30am violate the 2005 Supreme Court order five times a day. It disturbs the neighbourhood, increases noise pollution and has contributed to worsening Hindu / Muslim relations.

State Governments must promote communal harmony by ensuring 2005 SC order is followed in letter and spirit.

8. Only Non-Resident Indians should be allowed to donate to Indian NGO’s under the automatic route.

 A perusal of top fifteen donors to NGO’s under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act show that the largest donors are consistently Church organizations from U.S. and Europe. http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/foreign-funding-of-indian-ngos/.

Has the Government of India formally invited them to invest in India OR do they see the West as the sole custodian of poverty alleviation, education and health?

By their inherent nature Indian religious, unlike Christianity and Islam, do not have a ‘exclusivist belief system’. These donors are part of an ‘international institutional conversion war machine’, MNCs of the Religious variety as articulated by ex IITian Sankrant Sanu. http://www.rediff.com/news/column/commercial-mncs-are-checked-so-why-not-religious-mncs/20141219.htm

Thus, India needs the equivalent of a Foreign Investment Promotion Board i.e.  Religious/Charity Investment Board that evaluates proposals by foreign religious and charitable organizations whatever and however good the cause is.   

9. Get State Government of Jammu & Kashmir to issue Permanent Resident Certificates to over 2.5 lakh refugees.

These refugees from West Pakistan (mostly Hindus and Sikhs belonging to Schedules Castes) who crossed over to J&K after 1944 but before 1954 were denied Permanent Resident Certificates. They cannot apply for jobs and their children can’t get higher education in the State.

kashmirThose in Kashmir Valley who oppose this humanitarian deed on the premise it would change demographics should be told of how the Valley has, since the 1950’s, manipulated the number of assembly seats and population numbers to ensure control over the State.

Also read Making sense of the Jammu and Kashmir 2011 Census numbers  http://www.esamskriti.com/essay-chapters/Making-Sense-Of-Jammu-ad-Kashmir-Census-2011-Numbers-1.aspx

10. Infiltration from Bangladesh must be controlled

India was partitioned in 1947 because a section of India’s Muslim population wanted a separate homeland.

Since the 1980’s first North-East and now all of India is grappling with Bangladeshi infiltration. This has changed demographics significantly in Assam, West Bengal and is doing so in other parts of the country. Public Interest Litigation filed in the Supreme Court has proved ineffective.  

Increase in India’s Muslim population due to presence of Bangladeshis (estimated illegal immigrants atleast 1.5 crs) has caused disquiet amongst the followers of Dharma. The government must stop infiltration on a war footing and find ways to identify /  disfranchise existing immigrants.

Also read India only home for the Followers of Dharma http://www.rediff.com/news/column/india-only-home-for-followers-of-dharma/20150914.htm

Unless the Hindu community is given equal human rights it will not be able to withstand the combined onslaught of Wahhabism and Evangelism. As a consequence Bharatcould become the next battleground between two powerful and violent religions just like Sudan, Nigeria, Yugoslavia or Malaku islands of Indonesia did.

The author is an independent columnist, founder www.esamskriti.com and a Chartered Accountant by education.
  • #MIMAAP

    Though all 10 wishes may not be fulfilled by Modi Gov given their weakground in Rajyasabha but the following can be done as it doesnt ‘disturb’ other religions

    1. Freedom for Hindus to administer their temples, temple funds to promote their religion, traditions, tenets.
    2. Freedom for Hindus to establish, run Education Institutions just like Minorities. Hence, No excessive Govt control.
    2)A) Remove RTE binding on Hindu institutions while Minority ones let go, let RTE be applied only to Govt run/aided schools
    3) Now that LBA is in place, fence Bangladesh borders, institute same level of security thats with Pakistan.
    4) After Nepal amends its constitution and turns peaceful, fence the Nepal border also. Open borders done lots of damage to India than help.
    5) Yes, remove Visa category for missionaries who are conversion mafias.

    I hope all the above doesn’t need major fights in Rajyasabha and if any party opposes, People will know for sure they are anti Hindus. Modi Gov to show will and do the above.

  • Sadanand Bhat

    My opinion – BJP doesn’t have the guts to do any one of the above. They only use the Hindu word to get votes as they did with Ayodhya and won and forgot. for e.g. item 2 – They have / had power in state goverments and have done Nil / ZERO effort on removing the temples from the government control (in Karnataka they had a chance to do) if they were genuine supporters of Hinduism they could have done it. Either they are not capable or blinded by power and become secular men when in power I can’t say, but they find their hindu roots when they are out of power for sure.

  • Mowgli

    I agree with every single point apart from 1 and 4.

    1 – because secularism is irrelevant to India when it really means separating the church and the state.India has never had that experience as what took place in Europe with its christian wars between each other -cathoilc VS protestant which is why after the french revolution the idea of secularism idea came forward .

    So whats is have to do with India ? nothing.Best to get rid of the idea of secularism all together which in india no one even knows what it means apart from wrongly thinking it means anti Hinduism or respect for all religions .India doesnt even have Uniform civil code so that ends its dream of being secular right there even in the present day scenario

    4-This is where taking the ‘Hindu’ identity ( which came with the Persians/Greeks) away falls right into the trap of anti hindu forces who also want the ‘Hindu’ label to vanish because for now its a common identity among all followers of different sects and beliefs among Hindus otherwise tomorrow hindus will become more disunited with labels of vaishnavas shaivates , shaktas ect once they dont have a common identity..

    Hinduism for now is perfect as its synonymous with Sanantan Dharma .Already marxists and many other anti hindus also are saying there is no such thing as Hinduism because it suits their agenda and not for the benefit of Hindus..

    Sita Ram Goel defines it better in the following from his book ‘Hinduism: Manipulation of Meanings” by Sita Ram Goel:

    ‘The Somalpuram Grant of the Vijayanagara king Virupaksa is dated Saka samvat 1389 (AD 1467). It describes the king (“in the glowing fire of whose valour, the Turushkas were scorched up”) as “elevated by the titles such as hinduraya-suratrana”. In the Hempe inscription of Krishnadevaraya, dated Saka samvat 1430 (AD 1508), the hinduraya-suratrana is described as the “destroyer of rogue tigers.” The
    hint is more than clear: rogue tigers are the Muslim invaders.

    The same description of him is found in his Udayambakam Grant dated Saka samvat 1450 (AD 1528), two years before he died.

    In an inscription found at the holy city of Gaya in Bihar , the Vijayanagara king Acyutadevaraya is
    eulogised as “hinduraya-suratrana, the firm establisher of the Hindu kingdom.” His Unamanjeri Plate issued in Saka samvat 1462 (AD 1540) calls him not only hinduraya-suratrana but also induvamsa-sikhamani (the jewel in the crown of the lunar dynasty). The same applause is reserved
    for Sadasivaraya in his Kanuma Grant dated Saka samvat 1478 (AD 1556).’

    ‘Thus by the middle of the fourteenth century, the word “Hindu” had dropped the derogatory associations imposed on it by the Iranians and the Islamic invaders, and acquired a lot of lustre in the eyes of our
    countrymen. Native heroes such as Maharana Kumbhakarna and Krishnadevraya, who defeated the Islamic onslaught, were hailed as the Hindu heroes in subsequent centuries.

    Padmanabha uses the word “Hindu” for glorification of the Chauhana heroes of Jalor in his epic
    poem, Kanhadade-prabandha, which he composed in AD 1455. It will not be long before Maharana Pratapa Simha of Mewar becomes renowned as hindu-kula-kamala-divakara, that is, the Sun which brings bloom to the lotus that is the Hindu nation.

    Chhatrapati Shivaji, who turned back the tide of Islamic invasion and inaugurated the war of liberation from Islamic imperialism, will be hailed all over Bharatavarsa as the saviour of Hindu Dharma and the protector of its significant symbols – gau-brahmana, sikha-sutra, devamurti-devalaya, ,
    the same with Maharaja Chhatrasal.’

    ‘And the word “Hindu” stood sanctified when Sanatana Dharma became known as Hindu Dharma. Numerous saint-poets arose in all parts of Bharatavarsa who sang hymns in praise
    of Hindu Dharma, and who reminded their countrymen that they were
    inheritors of a great and vast spiritual vision.’

  • NK Sarma

    Most are excellent suggestions. Remaining hindu to sanathan dharma is a rhetoric, doesn’t add any value. Even sanathan dharma is not the correct name, vaidica dharma is the correct name. But it is not a pressing issue for 2016. Also, point 7 about loudspeaker is not a big matter for 2016. If you think mosques are against SC order, just have a lawyer file a PIL in SC, it doesn’t need modi govt. Case 9 is not in hands of modi sarkar, its a matter in control of JK govt as per their constitution. So, barring 5, 7, 9, everything is excellent. But if they can do just the point 2 about freeing temples, I consider that alone as a biggest achievement of entire 5years of rule. Freeing south indian temples will bring us on par with minorities in terms of political unity.

  • Sharda Ratankumar

    I agree these are mostly easily done jobs that will have out of proportion impact. But, one major point (apart from some minor cribs) is renaming Hinduism as Sanatan Dharma.
    1. It is not in the hands of any person to rename a thought like Hinduism in any other word. We may keep lobbying for a better word than Hinduism. Some could claim Vedic civilization etc.
    2. Hindus are being abused, violated etc in name of Hinduism for same Sanatan Dharma. By changing name we will be only showing our readiness to vacate the battle field for an easier path (if assuming it happens). So, we loose war of perception across the world specially academics that future will read as presented by Christian lobby and their academics.

  • RookRinger

    Excellent! Much applause!

  • Audit Uscirf

    Excellent article highlighting need for equality:-
    1) Allow Hindus to establish and administer educational institutions like other Indians.
    2) Temples to be freed of Government control.

    Hindus derive no direct benefit from Uniform civil code and other sundry items. Instead of wasting political capital on such issues, Hindus should concentrate all energy, & capital, in demanding equality #1 and #2. It’s time to collect IOU from Modi govt and all other political parties.

    India’s history, like S. Africa, provides no justification for pro-minority policy. Article 29 and 30 of constitutions discriminates against Hinduism on grounds of religion. They allow government to confiscate hindu temples, spend 1% of budget on minority scholarship, provide subsidy to Hajjis and bullets to kar-sevaks. Hindus should demand that article 29 & 30 is made inclusive, Hindu temple ownership is transferred from govt to Hindus, and end to all discrimination on basis of religion