Friday, July 3, 2009

Gandhian swaraj, diminishing the kshatriya -

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    • Gandhian swaraj, diminishing the kshatriya
    • Radha Rajan
    • It established tangentially that Gandhi’s encounter with the British Empire in South Africa was not intended to bring the Empire down by ending Apartheid colonial rule in South Africa, but merely to persuade the British government to look favourably upon the migrant Indian community there and enhance their social and political status above that of native Africans, through amendment or repeal of some discriminatory laws.
    • We hope to establish that when Gandhi returned to India, his political career was consistent with his sojourn in South Africa, with no difference in objectives, and with disastrous consequences for Hindus and their motherland. Gandhi rendered Hindus politically impotent and fathered modern India’s politics of minority-ism. It is our contention that:

      - The so-called freedom movement was never a freedom movement.

      - Until 1942, the INC under Gandhi’s leadership and under his explicit injunction, never contemplated ending colonial rule.

    • - The call for ‘swaraj’ at the 1920 Nagpur Congress and for ‘purna swaraj’ at the 1928 Lahore Congress was a mockery of the Tilak/Aurobindo war-cry that galvanized the entire nation in the two decades between 1890-1910 on one hand, and on the other hand deceived ordinary Indians about the content and meaning of Gandhian swaraj which was never intended to be complete political independence entailing the exit of the Empire.
    • - It was only in 1942 when world events weakened the Empire and made continued occupation of India increasingly untenable that the INC issued the utterly redundant notice to ‘Quit India.’
    • - When the Empire finally decided to quit, it did so only on its terms with an ascendant Islam vivisecting the Hindu nation, with Nehru firmly positioned to inherit the mantle of leadership from Gandhi, with Jammu & Kashmir twisted into a permanent thorn in the nation’s flesh by Nehru and Mountbatten, with Hindus decisively disempowered politically, and the basis of nationhood of the new nation-state floundering in rampant confusion.
    • Aurobindo’s incisive intelligence perceived the nascent trend in the INC to de-Hinduise itself; but even he failed to develop the thought further. In 1906, the move to dilute the Hinduness of the prominent leaders of the INC could only have been either to please the powerful Parsee community or the Imperial and Indian British governments because courting the Muslims was still in the future.
    • Aurobindo accurately diagnosed the condition of educated Indians as being steeped in tamas – a state of languor which did not perceive its enslavement and therefore felt no desire to end it.
    • Excerpted from
      Eclipse of the Hindu Nation: Gandhi and his freedom struggle
      Radha Rajan
      New Age Publishers (P) Ltd., Delhi, 2009
      Price: Rs 495/-
      ISBN 81- 7819 - 068- 0
      The book may be ordered from the publishers at
      or at 011-2649 3326/ 27/ 28 

      The author is editor,

* VivekaJyoti *: Must We Marry Within Our Religion? -- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

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    • Tradition requires that the wife adopt the religion and lifestyle of her husband. Thus, Hindu women wanting to continue their family culture and religion will, in wisdom, marry a spouse of the same sect and lineage.
    • Tradition requires that the wife adopt the religion and lifestyle of her husband. Thus, Hindu women wanting to continue their family culture and religion will, in wisdom, marry a spouse of the same sect and lineage.
    • Tradition requires that the wife adopt the religion and lifestyle of her husband. Thus, Hindu women wanting to continue their family culture and religion will, in wisdom, marry a spouse of the same sect and lineage.
    • For marriage to serve its spiritual purpose to the highest, husband and wife should hold the same beliefs and share the same religious practices. Their harmony of minds will be reflected in the children.
    • A man's choice of spouse is a simple decision, because his wife is bound to follow him. For a woman, it is a far more important decision, because her choice determines the future of her religious and social life.

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    • Gandhi's success in South Africa
    • Radha Rajan
    • Even as the British government in India was removing Tilak and Aurobindo from the INC and from the political arena in 1909, the Imperial Government in London was shaping Gandhi’s political career in such a way that would make him the unchallenged leader of the INC in India in the not-too-distant future; crafting him to occupy the political space created by them with foresight and flawless planning.
    • Very little is known about this Satyagraha, also known as the Natal Indian Strike or Miners’ Strike, Gandhi’s last campaign before finally departing from South Africa in July 1914 [1].  By this time the opposition to Gandhi was growing among the Indian community; one section began to get both disillusioned and dissatisfied with his Satyagraha and his refusal to even consider more effective methods of resistance and protest; this resulted in a split in the Natal Indian Congress. The timing of the last South African Satyagraha is significant. 
    • Gandhi had to repair the image of his infallibility among the community for the sake of his political career in the immediate future in India; the British Empire had a stake in that mission because if Gandhi had to take over the leadership of the Congress and steer it away from armed resistance and political independence, towards passive acceptance of self-rule within the Empire, then Gandhi had to return to India with the image of being not only infallible but also morally superior to others in the INC. The British Empire could not afford to have Gandhi’s authority eroded nor have Indians perceive him as impotent.
    • - The South African government, for no tangible political reason and knowing that it would cause grave unrest within the Indian community, almost as if eager to present Gandhi with an explosive issue guaranteed to inflame passions and enable him to bring people to the streets, decided to de-recognize all marriages not conducted according to Christian rites and/or not registered with the Registrar of Marriages. In one stroke, it rendered illegal the unions of Indian Muslims and Hindus married according to their respective religious customs.
    • The satyagraha coincided with a general and paralyzing railway strike, and Gandhi was in a position to push the government into a corner, demanding immediate repeal of discriminatory laws in return for ending the non-cooperation movement. 
    • In this instance, Gandhi called off the strike at a time when it had gained optimum momentum and reached its peak, because he allegedly did not want to add to the troubles of the South African government which had already been brought to its knees by the general railway strike. So as a loyal citizen of the Empire, having demonstrated his ability to inflame passions and get people killed by repressive State power, he withdrew the strike and rendered the sacrifice of ordinary Indians completely futile.
    • The timing of his departure is significant. Though tensions had been building up in Europe, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Crown Prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 proved to be the spark that finally triggered off World War I. G.K. Gokhale was already dying and Britain would have worried about Tilak and the other nationalists.

      Excerpted from

      Eclipse of the Hindu Nation: Gandhi and his freedom struggle
      Radha Rajan
      New Age Publishers (P) Ltd., Delhi, 2009
      Price: Rs 495/-
      ISBN 81- 7819 - 068- 0
      The book may be ordered from the publishers at or at 011-2649 3326/ 27/ 28

      The author is editor,

Mangalorean.Com- Serving Mangaloreans Around The World!

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    • Below the surface there are indications that the latest violence was fuelled by frustrations in the minority community over police action against them in April, as well as anger among Hindus over alleged temple desecrations during the same period, compounded by a dispute over the construction of the new mosque. Most importantly, there has been a struggle for political space between the Congress, perceived to be losing ground, and the ruling BJP. [link]
    • A swine carcass mysteriously appearing near a Madrassa in the early hours (clashes started at 8:30 AM) raises suspicions. This sort of events have been engineered before. Also, the newspapers did not immediately jump up to blame the usual catchment of blame when such things happen.

Congress proposes, Deoband disposes - It does not stop at 49.5 percent

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    • After remaining on the fence for several months, the powerful Deoband seminary finally came out with their opinion on the issue
    • That pretty much sealed the deal on the issue. After this, assorted UPA ministers and spokespersons were seen furiously backpedalling. Suddenly they were all consensus seeking friendly debators who would never push an issue without consultation with all sections of the society:
    • So, why did the secular party raise the bogey in the first place?
    • The answer is quite simple - this manoeuvre alone can create a sizable vote bank for the party. - Deconstructing Gandhian Satyagraha

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    • Deconstructing Gandhian Satyagraha 
    • Radha Rajan
    • The non-truth of Satyagraha 

      Gandhi’s Satyagraha has no precedent in Hindu tradition or history as a weapon in any war to re-establish dharma. We have to agree with Gandhi that Satyagraha is not for the weak; but it was a method which only individuals or small, homogenous groups could practice when confronting a more powerful enemy. What is more, this method of shaming the adversary may be effective in battle only and only if the cultural or religious symbolism of Satyagraha finds resonance with the enemy’s own moral universe, and thus compels him to concede, back down, or retreat. Gandhi’s Satyagraha must therefore be analyzed as a tool of engagement from two angles – Gandhi in South Africa, and Gandhi in India against the British government. 
    • ‘Satyagraha’ is best translated as ‘force of truth.’ Gandhi made the unconvincing but unchallenged leap of equating ‘force of truth’ with ‘ahimsa’ [1] whereas in Hindu dharma and in Hinduism’s classical texts and Bhashyas, truth (satya) and ahimsa (non-injury) are two distinct concepts.
    • Gandhi’s equating of satya with ahimsa was unjustified, and equating both with God, un-Hindu; equating force with violence and ahimsa with love or soul-force was doubly flawed thinking. 
    • Contrast Gandhi’s un-Hindu rejection of the use of force with Aurobindo:
      Justice and righteousness are the atmosphere of political morality; but the justice and righteousness of a fighter, not of the priest. Aggression is unjust only when unprovoked; violence, unrighteous when used wantonly for unrighteous ends.
    • The sword of the warrior is as necessary to the fulfillment of justice and righteousness as the holiness of the saint. Ramdas is not complete without Shivaji.
    • Aurobindo’s advocacy of force and articulation of kshatriya dharma is in line with Hindu tradition of statecraft as exemplified by Kautilya’s Arthasastra.
    • Gandhi’s choice of English words and an alien idiom must be placed in the context of the education he received and the fact that he was not a scholar of Hindu texts with knowledge of precise words to be used for specific concepts.
    • Excerpted from
      Eclipse of the Hindu Nation: Gandhi and his freedom struggle
      Radha Rajan
      New Age Publishers (P) Ltd., Delhi, 2009
      Price: Rs 495/-
      ISBN 81- 7819 - 068- 0
      The book may be ordered from the publishers at
      or at 011-2649 3326/ 27/ 28 

      The author is editor,

* VivekaJyoti *:

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    • MUMBAI
    • Maharashtra’s criminal investigation department (CID) meant to probe high-profile cases will now investigate love affairs that have resulted in marriages between Hindu girls and Muslim boys.
    • Participating in a calling attention notice, Eknath Khadse and Devendra Fadnavis had said young Muslim boys in rural areas were wooing Hindu college girls and then marrying them. According to them, this was part of a ‘conspiracy’ to increase the population of the community. Khadse even alleged that some Hindu girls had been sent to Gulf.
    • Refuting the allegations made by Malik and Khan, Fadnavis said, ‘‘Had we wanted to politicise the issue, we would have carried out morcha and protest, instead we demanded CID inquiry that shows that our intention was not to gain political mileage of the issue.’’

* VivekaJyoti *: Haj pilgrims' passports won't require police verification

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    • "The police verification for Haj pilgrims has been waived off. The decision was taken keeping in mind the difficulties in issuance of passports to pilgrims in a short span of two months," said Mohd Owais, the Chief Executive Officer of Haj Committee of India, in the national capital.
      The issue of Haj passport for Saudi Arabia will be valid for eight months only and this will not be renewed.
    • "If there is no adverse reports, pilgrims will get their passports," Owais said, adding the Haj Committee has received around 3.57 lakh applications this year from devotees who want to perform Haj this year.

      "The Haj Committee has a quota of 1.04 lakh while the private sector has a quota of 45,000. The rest is that of government quota," Owais said.

      The decision to issue passports came in the backdrop of Saudi Arabia insisting that the pilgrims should carry international passports.

* VivekaJyoti *: Akbar, The Great — A Tyrannical Monarch

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    • Akbar's Ancestors


      Akbar's ancestors were barbarous and vicious, and so were his descendants like Aurangzeb and others' down the line. Akbar was born and brought up in a illiterate and foul atmosphere characterized by excessive drinking, womanizing and drug addiction.

    • the demoniac pleasure which Babur used to derive by raising towers of heads of people he used to slaughter,
    • Akbar seems to have preserved this "great" legacy of erecting minarets as is obvious from the accounts of battles he fought.
    • Having brought up in the company and under the guidance of a lineage of drug addicts, drunkards and sadists, it is rather anamalous that Akbar held such a gentle and noble character. Even assuming that he fancied nobility, it is amazing that Akbar let his comtemporaries and Generals, like Peer Mohammad, loot and rape the helpless citizenry that he was ruling!

    • Akbar's (Immoral) Character and Nature


      Akbar possessed a inordinate lust for women, just like his ancestors and predecessors. One of Akbar's motives during his wars of aggression against various rulers was to appropriate their women, daughters and sisters. The Rajput women of Chittor prefered "Jauhar" (immolation) than to be captured and disrespectfully treated as servants and prostitutes in Akbar's harem.

    • Sodomy was a precious service of Akbar's own family. Babur, Akbar's grandfather, has given a lengthy description of this sodomic infatuation for a male sweetheart. Humayun was no different. Though perhaps Akbar did not engage in sodomy, he "allowed" it to be practiced by his servants, courtiers and sycophats.
    • That Akbar remained monogamous throughout his life is indeed history falsified myth. Again quoting V.Smith (pp.47),".. Akbar, throughout his life, allowed himself ample latitude in the matter of wives and concubines!" and further, " Akbar had introduced a whole host of Hindu the daughters of eminent Hindu Rajah's into his harem." (pp.212).
    • It should also be observed that adimittance into Akbar's harem was available mainly to virgins and others' were "disqualified".
    • Whole of
      was reduced to a brothel during the Moghal rule and Akbar, one of the Emperors, is being glorified as one of the patrons of the vast brothel.
    • Akbar's Barbarites
    • At an tender age of 14, Akbar slashed the neck of his Hindu adversary Hemu brought before him unconcious and bleeding. After the fateful battle of Panipat, the unconcious Hemu was brought before Akbar who smote Hemu on his neck with his scimitar, and in Akbar's presence, the bystanders also plunged their swords into the bleeding corpse. Hemu's head was sent to
      and his trunk was gibbeted at one of the gates of
    • The 8000 strong Rajput garrison having been zealously helped during the seige by 40,000 peasants, the emperor ordered a general massacre which resulted in the death of of 30,000 (even thought the struggle was over). Many were made prisoners." Such terrible was his humanitarian outlook as towards his defeated adverseries.
    • At one time, enraged on seeing a hapless lamplighter coiled up near his couch, Akbar order that the servant be shreded into thousand pieces! What else can one expect the barbaric and unscrupulous Akbar?
    • The Sanyasins assembled at the holy tank were divided into two parties, called the Kurs and Puris. The leader of the latter complained to the King that that the Kurs had unjustly occupied the accustomed sitting place of the Puris who were thus debarred from collecting the pilgrims' alms." They were asked to decide the issue by mortal combat.
    • In this fight between the two Hindu sanyasin sects Akbar saw to it that both were ultimately annihilated by his own fierce soilders. The chronicler unctuously adds that Akbar was highly delighted with this sport.
    • The kings grief for the death of his son increased his desire for the conquering the
      , as a means of diverting the mind.
    • Akbar's cruelty towards the Hindu women kidnapped and shut up in his harem were stagerring and his much vaunted marraiges said to have been contracted for communal integration and harmony were nothing but outrageous kidnappings brought about with the force of arms. This is apparent from Akbar's marriage to Raja Bharmal's daughter that occured at Deosa "when people Deosa and other places on Akbar's route fled away on his approach." (Shrivastava, pp.63). Why would the people flee in terror if at all Akbar was "visiting" Raja Bharmal and that the marraige was congenial and in consent with the bride's party?
    • Far from abolishing the practice of Sati, Akbar invited the Jesuit priests to watch the "considerble fun" and supporting it by his weighty judgement and explicit approbation.
    • Akbar's Fanaticism
    • Time and time again different people had approached seeking exemption from Jiziya. Everytime the exemption was ostensibly issued, but never was actually implemented.
    • Akbar posed " as a Prophet, wishing it to be understood that he works miracles through healing the sick by means of the water in which he washed the feet." Badauni says that this [the above] special type of humiliation was reserved by Akbar only for Hindus. Says Badayuni, "... if other than Hindus came, and wished to become disciples at any sacrifice, His Majesty reproved them."
    • Akbar had filled both his hands with 50 gold coins when Badayuni expressed his strong desire to take part in a "holy war" (massacring Hindus)
    • he [Husayn Khan, Akbar's governer at Lahore] ordered the Hindus as unbelievers to wear a patch (Tukra) near the shoulders, and thus got the nick name of Tukriya (patcher).
    • The patch was obviously to mark the "unbelievers" out as pariahs for providing special degrading treatment.
    • The holy Hindu cities of Prayag and
      , writes Vincent Smith (p.58), were plundered by Akbar because their residents were rash enough to close their gates! No wonder Prayag of today has no ancient monuments -- whatever remain are a rubble!
    • Not only did the muslims destroy the idols, but usurped the existing temples and converted them into tombs of insignificant people.

    • Akbar's (mal) Administration

    • he considered himself to be heir of all his subjects, and ruthlessly seized the property of every deceased whose family had to make a fresh start ... Akbar was a hard headed man of business, not a sentimental philanthropist,
    • Akbar's lawless and rapacious rule also led to horrible famines
    • the famine was not caused by drought or the failure of seasonal rains, but was due to the destruction wrought by prolonged wars and rebellions
    • epidemics and inundiation often marred Akbar's reign, and at the time of such distress, writes Badayuni (Blochmann, p.391), parents were allowed to sell their children.
    • The (usurped) Buildings

    • With constant famines, wars and revolts occuring the Akbar's era, where then did he get the time and money to construct buildings of magnificence and grandeur,
    • However, as seen earlier, Akbar simply renamed pre-existing townships of Hindu origin and claimed to have been built by himself.
    • One such unfortunate township is that of Fatehpur Sikri. It has a massive defensive wall around it, enclosing redstone gateways and a majestic palace complex, explicitly in the Rajput style. It is the creation of these buildings and gateways that are accredited to Akbar.
    • These 15th century references will, for now, suffice to prove the existence of Fatehpur Sikri before even Akbar was born, and that the beautiful buildings were not built by Akbar.
    • The Red Fort of Agra, also originally of Rajput design and construction, was usurped by Akbar.
    • Similarly, the palaces and mansions in
      , Manoharpur and other townships were simply usurped by Akbar. He never ordered engineers and architects to build to build magnificent buildings. Testifying to this, Monserrate in his Commentarius (p.16) remarks, ".. musalmans whose nature is indeed that of barbarians, take no interest in such things (erecting massive and ornate buildings and townships).
    • Summary

Child Abuse: NCERT Style at Seriously Sandeep

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    • it’s all about dates and years and wars, who the fuck wants to know what Aurangzeb did, who cares what Indus Valley civilization was all about. The end of 10th standard exams meant freedom from history.

      Reading Eminent Historians made me–and thousands others–realize that at least two generations of Indians were victims of child abuse thanks mainly to NCERT.

    • it’s all about dates and years and wars, who the fuck wants to know what Aurangzeb did, who cares what Indus Valley civilization was all about. The end of 10th standard exams meant freedom from history.

      Reading Eminent Historians made me–and thousands others–realize that at least two generations of Indians were victims of child abuse thanks mainly to NCERT.

      But reading about the historical misdeeds committed by these eminent historians is one thing and reading the actual “history” these worthies propagated is entirely another things. The former is akin to reading a crime report/FIR while the latter is like being present at the actual scene of crime.

    • Our Pasts - II, the Class VII history text book
    • Why were Temples Destroyed? The answer quoted verbatim: “Because kings built temples to demonstrate their devotion to God and their power and wealth, it is not surprising that when they attacked one another’s kingdoms they often targeted these buildings.
    • And then Mahmud of Ghazni gets ICU-level care compared to these vile (Hindu) kings. Reproduced verbatim: “During his campaigns…he also attacked the temples of defeated kings and looted their wealth and idols. Sultan Mahumud was not a very important ruler at that time. But by destroying temples…the one at Somnath…he tried to win credit as a great hero of Islam. In the political culture of the Middle Ages, most rulers displayed their political might…by attacking and looting the places of worship of defeated rulers.
    • Example 3:

      Next, the section on Sikhism is robbed similarly of context. Nothing about Guru Nanak’s (and most other Sikh Gurus) explicit proclamation of Sikhism as a movement to counter Islam’s barbarity is mentioned. Barring a stray mention of Jahangir’s clampdown of Sikhs fearing their revolt, the section completely emasculates the warrior spirit of this amazing race of people. The Sikhs were among the strongest forces who helped check the almost wholesale Islamization of the entire North India.

Government to redraft act to stop cow slaughter

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    • The state government proposes to redraft the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964, to effectively enforce a ban on slaughter of cows, according to Home Minister V S Acharya. He announced the decision after a meeting with Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar and Animal Husbandry Minister Revu Naik Belamagi on Thursday.
    • Dr Acharya contended that redrafting the Act was necessary to avoid group and communal clashes.


      “Whenever action is initiated against those illegally transporting cows to slaughter houses, clashes take place,” he said.


      Asked whether the slaughterhouses would be closed following amendment to the Act, Dr Acharya replied in the negative.


      “They will continue to operate, but only slaughter of animals like goats, sheep etc would be allowed,” he added.

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