The Narrative is Churning Away from Pseudo Secularism

This article was co-authored with Rajneesh. An unfortunate Indian got lynched at Dadri recently. However,…

This article was co-authored with Rajneesh.

An unfortunate Indian got lynched at Dadri recently.

However, more unfortunately for the nation, the media embarked on a lynching of its own making, and it does not seem to be settling any time soon.

So let us examine the larger picture regarding individual rights, liberty and freedom with respect to India. India, which is characterized by having more ethnic and religious groups than most other countries of the world, has 2000-odd castes, eight major religions, 20-odd languages spoken in various dialects and has a substantial number of tribes and sects.

Background

While there has been historical tension between different religious groups, one of the most sustained religious conflicts has been between Hindus and Muslims for centuries. This struggle has raged since Islam spread into the Indian Peninsula in the early 700s.

In the 20th century, this tension played a vital role in partitioning the country. While Pakistan was declared to be a Muslim state, India kept its intrinsic core intact and remained a secular state.

Partition of India

Pakistan today is the most turbulent state in the world despite industrial-level persecution of other religious communities. In India all communities have coexisted in peace. However, since 1947, the ongoing demographic change suggests that the other communities are growing faster than the majority Hindus. These facts cannot be ignored if we intend to analyze the situation rationally.

Our Value System

The three famous ideals that inspired the French Revolution i.e. Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity, have subsequently found a place in almost all the democratic constitutions of the world including ours.

Both ‘liberty’ and ‘equality’ are the ideals that can be achieved through constitutional means. But for achieving ‘fraternity’ we need something more than constitutional means.

The magnanimous Indic culture and value system always advocated ‘acceptance of all differences.’ India strives on the principal concept that originates in the Vedic scripture Maha Upanishad (Chapter 6, Verse 71):

अयं बन्धुरयं नेति गणना लघुचेतसाम्।
उदारचरितानां तु वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्॥
महोपनिषत् ६-७१

(Only small men discriminate saying: One is a relative; the other is a stranger. For those who live magnanimously the entire world constitutes but a family.)

Our three common words in public parlance are समता (Samata), समानता (Samaanta) and समरसता (Samarasata). Samata is equality of thoughts and Samaanta is equality in law. But for achieving Samarasata (social harmony), which is equality of emotions and feelings, the fraternity is an essential requirement.

Fraternity unlike institutional reality like Liberty and Equality, has an emotional quotient, a sense of brotherhood and oneness.

From time immemorial, India has championed the model ideal of the oneness of the universe. The world’s ancient-most literature, the Vedas, categorically reject the notion of inequality and insist upon oneness at the emotional level.

अज्येष्ठासो अकनिष्ठास एते सं भ्रातरो वावृधुः सौभगाय ।

(No one is superior or inferior; all are brothers; all should strive for the interest of all and progress collectively.)

समानी व आकूति: समाना हृदयानि व:|
समानमस्तु वो मनो यथा व: सुसहासति ||

(Let there be oneness in your resolutions, hearts and minds; let the determination to live with cooperation be firm with you all.)

The Problem

The problem exists in the narrative. The feeling of fraternity can never happen without understanding and respecting other’s feelings and emotions. Constitutional rights are at times relinquished to achieve fraternity.

Having a good sleep is an individual’s right. But people residing around a mosque have reconciled and do not complain of morning ‘azaans’ on loud speakers. Similarly, people do face little traffic problems during ‘Shravan’ when (devotees) move on road with ‘kanvar’, but do not complain.

Cow slaughter is one such thing. Mind you, ‘beef’ and ‘cow-slaughter’ are two entirely different things. A glimpse of any village how sacred people regard cows as. I have personally talked to many ‘cheeks’ (butchers, all Muslims) in Bihar. Even they treat cows as sacred, and won’t slaughter a cow, even if given any money, considering it as one of the worst sins.It’s just inculcated in their cultural consciousness and value systems through our old literatures that are filled with descriptions that the cow has been the most valuable friend since time immemorial.

The problem exists in fraudster opinion industry and their political patrons. With political patronage, these fraudsters and sycophants masquerading as opinion makers dictate the perception market. These so called intellectuals, design and propagate communal clashes in the country, all for self-promotion and reward.

In May 2014, the political patronage of these crooks has been uprooted. Since then, the debate on selective intolerance is growing in India.

The following are the three prime hate mongering methods:

1) Be selective, infuse disproportion and make sweeping generalizations:

The horrific incidence of this ‘crowd justice for beef eating’ is indeed the most insensitive, inhuman and utterly criminal act. Surprisingly no secular journo or media house has questioned the UP Govt. on why they failed in maintaining law & order.

A crime is a crime, and the state should deal with it. If the State arrested, tried and convicted the guilty of crimes without fear, favor and discrimination, then there won’t be a need to conflate such issues. But the secular brigade paints an entire nation by giving a political spin to it and dilutes the real issue of Law & Order.

Who is this Sadhvi Prachi and why are her views important and why not that of otherssimilar folks? No media will ask the likes of John Dayal for views on the ban of anti-Catholic ‘Agnes of God.’

Nor will they any Mullah to ask his views on a father killing his four-year-old daughter for not covering the head. Because that will further embarrass the secularists. But every other Sadhvi will be picked up and baited actively for radical views to show her as a representative of all Hindus.

For self-styled secular liberal intellectuals, Hindutva and indeed anybody espousing Hindu causes is equal to right wing fringe. It suits their narrative of fear mongering among minorities.

A lot more people are dying all around the country. The hate mongering media could not see the streak of intolerance when UP saw 247 full-blown communal riots in 2013. What exactly is the secular narrative about the mass exodus, murders, and rapes of Kashmiri Pandits? Do they give any such data? Here is one.

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In the era of social media, this selective and pointed outrage is creating a strong sense of discrimination and insecurity among Hindus. Seculars need to learn a simple truth: that every life has equal value.

Those secular-Lutyens intellectuals that asked “why is Modi silent on Dadri” fell silent on Prasanth Poojary, an animal-rights activist, lynched for resisting cow-killing. Musthafa, Haneef, Ibrahim, Rashid and Mohammad Illiyas have been arrested for killing Poojary in Moodbidri, Karnataka.

Reporting the murder was the media’s job but the real story is in their selective silences.Selective outrage over some murders and complete silence over mass murders has created self-defeating secularism.

Why can’t they honestly report all such incidences as just a crime without giving it any religious flavour?

The unfortunate truth is that Indian media can’t survive without riots.

2) Bash Hindutva:

The very first method of secular bigotry starts with Hindutva-bashing by distorting the very concept of Hindutva.

There isn’t a greater example of distortion of history by ideological radicals than in the case of Veer Savarkar. While undergoing his jail term in Kalapani, he coined and defined the term “Hindutva”.

Savarkar baiters have often accused him of “divisive ideology” but the manifesto of Savarkar’s Hindu Rashtra reads otherwise:

Religious minorities will have all the right to practice their religion in a Hindu Rashtra, and the state will ensure that, but the Hindu Rashra won’t allow the creation of a nation within a nation in the name of religious minorityism.”

One can call it a Hindu Rashtra, Bharata, India or Hindustan, but his conception of a nation is anything but divisive.

But for the secularists, the issue is not striving for a strong nation and peace for all, but their pathological hatred against the word ‘Hindu’ and the fruits that it offers in electorate politics.

Guru Golwalkar: “Hindu means people who live in Hindustan irrespective of their way of worship. He cannot be a son of this soil at all who is intolerant of other faiths. All that is expected of our co-citizens is the shedding of the notions of their being religious minorities and merging themselves in the common national stream of this soil. As far as the national tradition of this land is concerned, even if one change in the method of worship, an individual remains and should remain an Indian first, Indian last and nothing else but Indian.”

Veer Savarkar

But the detractors of the RSS have tried to create great confusion in the minds of people, especially the minorities about the concept of Hindu Rashtra. When diehard opponents of the RSS heard of Narendra Modi’s victory in the recent Lok Sabha elections, the reactions ranged from shock to disbelief to madness.

In an election speech, Rahul Gandhi even declared that if Modi wins 22,000 people will be killed the next day. As we know, no such thing happened.

Organizations like those formed by the Communists and Naxalites, who openly advocate violence, hatred, and rebellion, are ever hounded by the secularists with such vehement criticism. With the catapulting of RSS Pracharak Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of the country, the RSS has to bear many more punches.

3) Rant against Modi:

Innuendoes about the Prime Minister’s motives are just another form of bigotry. Why is the present Prime Minister held to a different standard?

Of course, the country did elect him as the PM to do better than his predecessors. But I cannot recall any other Prime Minister being subjected to such non-stop, and intense scrutiny and malignant criticism.

Apparently, the government is not being allowed to function as it would like to.Several BJP leaders need to rein in their impulse to indulge in impulsive, loose talk and not distract the Prime Minister from his twin objectives of economic development and building a strong India.

Appeasement must end

At the root of this problem is the game of appeasement played by the media on behalf of their political masters.

In my opinion, this problem has never been that of the minorities per se but that of their leadership. All of them, all the time encouraging the Muslims to maintain their separate identity just because they want their bloc vote. Is this the way to make Indians out of them?

It is true that many Indian Muslims are yet to identify themselves fully with India, its people, and its culture. Even to this day, there are Muslims, who shout ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in India when Pakistan wins a Cricket match and refuse to sing ‘Vande Mataram.’

The media’s bigotry of India becoming, a Hindu Pakistan, is the worst damage they’ve inflicted on the public discourse yet.

There are twenty Crore Indian Muslims here with us, and media thinks they will be persecuted, moved out or converted? It is their home and each one of them must own the country and its ancient culture as theirs.

Conclusion

The misfortune that India has undergone after its independence lies in its flawed definition of secularism and national ideal. This flawed definition ruled the roost and kept the majority marginalized.

The Congress, since 1947 has created a version of secularism that is based on bashing the majority, aided by a crooked media and later with other so-called secular political parties.

Obviously this has had its impact on the narratives found in the media, writers, elites, and so-called thought leaders.

Now, India is in the process of defining a new ‘center’ for itself, in political, societal and cultural discourses as well as in policies. Being such a vast country, it has taken several decades for this shift to happen. But this shift is here to stay, and rightfully so.

This has made the past opinion makers very nervous, and is the reason they are indulging in all sorts of gimmicks to try and salvage, if not wrest lost ground.

This is what you see on TV channels. The churning is occurring as we speak, and it is very healthy for the future of India. It’s best to let them all come out in the open and realize how marginalized they have become.

The pulse that I get from social media is that we are in a process of redefining ourselves. Beyond the fog of lopsided narratives presented by our media, be it Dadri or Akademi Awards, I strongly sense that the nation is finally finding its central narrative and national identity.

  • Badal

    As per the laws of the ” Thermo dynamics ” any thing in its unnatural state remains unstable and there is a constant internal process of moving towards the state of equilibrium which is its natural state . ( Till then there is a constant churning – the entropy is the scientific word for it )

    What we have been witnessing over the years is a reflection of such a process . The secular character , as was decided by the privileged group during the partition phase through independence was thrust
    upon the population , continues to remain as most unnatural principle ; especially when the very partition was done on religious lines . The subsequent distortionsin the secularism that have crept in due
    to blatant appeasement policies of vote bank politics , has further consolidated the unnaturalness of the secular character being practiced by the vested interest group .

    It is but natural that laws of natural forces come in to play . The Hindu identity up surge is much as a result of such phenomenon . The media and the Mafia from the Nehruvian school of intellectuals always preferred a weak and meek govt to further their parasitic feeding .It is no wonder that they are desperate now having failed in their grand design to halt Modi March . The 2014 election results clearly indicated
    to them that they are no more the opinion makers and their clan is just a miniscule in comparison to the resurgent mass movement for restoring equilibrium in place of the skewed secularism . However still they continue in their old ways not learning any lessons there off much like the congress which still deludes itself of its importance even after being reduced to 44 in parliament and practically routed out in all states .

    The anti Modi and anti Hindutva pursuits have long crossed the diminishing return phase and has entered the negative return phase .The more they try to corner BJP and embarrass Modi , the resurgent movement towards demolishing pseudo secularism is gaining more Ground and authenticity .

  • Badal

    As per the laws of the ” Thermo dynamics ” any thing in its unnatural state remains unstable and there is a constant internal process of moving towards the state of equilibrium which is its natural state . ( Till then there is a constant churning – the entropy is the scientific word for it )

    What we have been witnessing over the years is a reflection of such a process . The secular character , as was decided by the privileged group during the partition phase through independence was thrust
    upon the population , continues to remain as most unnatural principle ; especially when the very partition was done on religious lines . The subsequent distortionsin the secularism that have crept in due
    to blatant appeasement policies of vote bank politics , has further consolidated the unnaturalness of the secular character being practiced by the vested interest group .

    It is but natural that laws of natural forces come in to play . The Hindu identity up surge is much as a result of such phenomenon . The media and the Mafia from the Nehruvian school of intellectuals always preferred a weak and meek govt to further their parasitic feeding .It is no wonder that they are desperate now having failed in their grand design to halt Modi March . The 2014 election results clearly indicated
    to them that they are no more the opinion makers and their clan is just a miniscule in comparison to the resurgent mass movement for restoring equilibrium in place of the skewed secularism . However still they continue in their old ways not learning any lessons there off much like the congress which still deludes itself of its importance even after being reduced to 44 in parliament and practically routed out in all states .

    The anti Modi and anti Hindutva pursuits have long crossed the diminishing return phase and has entered the negative return phase .The more they try to corner BJP and embarrass Modi , the resurgent movement towards demolishing pseudo secularism is gaining more Ground and authenticity .

  • Dr. MS

    Not only must BJP and PM Modi ji must denounce these idiots, and retards, pretending to be Hindu experts..saying and suggesting things that are not only embarrassing and backward, but are used by old colonial, colonized or colonizing mindsets to paint Hinduism with generalities taken from some of these saffron clad idiots. At the same time there no reason to allow some debate on issues that some in the minority crowd might not understand or approve. Hindus cannot please and placate non-Hindus, including non-Hindu agnostics or atheists (as there are Hindu atheists and agnostics) , at every turn and at every itch. That is absurd too. Nobody is, or should be, calling for attacks or invasions or conversion from the Hindu side. That is a “no-no”. But at the same time HIndus cannot passively stand by and allow themselves to be attacked by lies, exaggerations, distortions, HInduphobia or antagonism towards Hindus (including Hindu agnostics and atheists)…just because some wear saffron and speak their minds (in a democracy). Minorities should not have to a grow “extra thick skin”…but they do need to grow “a fair mind” and see objectively some of their own hypocrisies and double speak.

  • importingtrash

    Hindu hating media

  • NARAYAN RAO

    Lie #1 : However, since 1947, the ongoing demographic change suggests that the other communities are growing faster than the majority Hindus.

    Read the following and see if you can understand it ; after you have understood it , see if you can digest it , since the truth is always unpleasant.

    http://scroll.in/article/694975/with-current-trends-it-will-take-220-years-for-indias-muslim-population-to-equal-hindu-numbers

    Lie #2 : Constitutional rights are at times relinquished to achieve fraternity.

    Why ? A constitutional right is one where there cannot be any objection , otherwise it is not a constitutional right. The problem comes when Hindu sentiments are offended ! Because these sentiments are obviously offended even when constitutional rights are exercised , and Hindu sentiments are very easily offended.

    The author gives the following example :

    Having a good sleep is an individual’s right. But people residing around a mosque have reconciled and do not complain of morning ‘azaans’ on loud speakers. Similarly, people do face little traffic problems during ‘Shravan’ when (devotees) move on road with ‘kanvar’, but do not complain.

    People living around a temple are also reconciled , but the author is careful not to mention that.

    There are absolutely no problems during Hindu temple processions , during Ganesh Chathurthi idol immersions ,…

    There are dozens of other lies like this throughout the article , but since this article is directed towards the brainwashed , it does not really serve any purpose highlighting all of them.

  • Sandeep Barve

    The curious fact is that it is not Muslims, but Adarsh Liberal Sickular Hindus and Presstitutes who are making noise about this whole beef business! As you pointed out, Indian Muslims, from whatever my experience is, won’t slaughter a cow if left to themselves.

  • IndiannotAmused

    The strategy of fighting fire with water and sand is a defensive one.They will keep on putting new fires and we will keep on screaming and dousing those fires.The way to go is to fight fire with fire. The Christian Jihadi network has to be taught a good lesson on why and how it is a bad idea to sabotage Dharmic lands.Yes it is a bad idea even if British and American newspapers will back you and fit your victimhood narrative.There has to be a counter-threat.Otherwise this endless slander against Dharmic lands will not stop.Who knows when that counter-pressure will happen?

  • Indian

    The fact is that these Leftist Loons are the worst intolerant bastards. Have you ever heard the Barbaric evil communist Loon, even tolerates slight disagreement. Did the Bloodthirsty Monsters worshippers allow any digression in Kerala or Bengal. These Draculas simply murder people who they find in disagreement. Until Hindus learn to have Zero Tolerance to this Commie-Christie-Italian Demons instead of trying to be more liberal nothing will change. We are 80 crores and faceless, while the REAL GUTTER BORN BASTSRDS TO SLUTS like Vineet Jain, Aroon Purie ARE FEW e can watch them 24 by 7 and they need to be lucky always, we need to be lucky only once.

  • Shubhangi Raykar

    If you say wrong things several times people begin to think they are true .So this narrative is to be challenged over and over again publicly. Counter attack has to be effective and Hindus and hindutva should not be treated as words with negative meaning. We want pluralism but Hindu bashing has to stop.

  • Zen

    Started off with facts and then drifted into rubbish, I wonder why people keep on writing the same stuff. If the present media is continuously writing the wrong stuff, why do you waste yours and our time writing the same stuff. Nothing will happen to India or Hindus in India irrespective of media or anyone else. Write different, write better !!

  • P. B. Josh

    Recently in an interview, Bangladeshi author Taslima hit the nail on its head. She said that India’s secular (it should be pseudo secular) are anti-Hindus and pro-Muslims and all authors returning awards are suffering from a double standard (in another words they are hypocrites).

  • subodh1945

    times are changing ,media and psudo secs must realise , if and when majority gets into victim mentality , the results for appeased minority can be disastrous , and its happening , patience of even most liberals running out now at too much minority appeasement ,

  • Dharma Youdha

    The writer here is correct in saying that the a change is coming and we are redefining ourselves.
    But still I feel that the saffron brigade must avoid making irresponsible statements.
    Modi comes to power in 2014, and everyone goes crazy, including many Hindutva organizations. They start saying things like, “Yeah Modi won ” “Time for Hindu Rashtra” ” Muslims leave the country ” and all that bullshit. BJP should get rid of these Sadhvi Prachi, Sakshi Maharaj and all.
    They are not only irresponsible and because of them the entire Hindutva Movement gets a bad name. Even that cultural minister. Why not give important ministries like HRD to intelligent people like Dr Subramanyam Swami who not only put up very effective arguments but can also trash his secular opponents. And the BJP-RSS needs to invest heavily on intellectuals, authors etc.
    Because even with all their bigotry and pseudo-secular stances, the fact is that the liberals are much well prepared, and defeat any arguments owing to their superior journalistic skills . Plus they are huge in sheer numbers too.
    Its high time the BJP-RSS grew up for on their rise or fall depends not only the future of Bharat but our civilization itself.

  • Vijay Singh

    This narrative has to be explained to every hindu. And that too in a style and language in which the common man understand thoroughly. Rejig the narrative upside down and cite the example of Europe. Indian pseudo seculars will f**k this country and flee and we all would have to suffer the consequences.