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Universal Hindutva: Dismantling Hinduphobia

Pankaj Jayaswal

Pankaj JayaswalSep 11, 2021, 04:32 PM IST

Universal Hindutva: Dismantling Hinduphobia
Swami Vivekananda at Chicago in the World’s Parliament of Religions, 1893

It’s time to Revisit Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago address in correlation with Hinduphobic ‘Dismantling Global Hindutva’ conference 

 

A group will be organising a conference on September 9, 10 and 11 in over 40 universities of USA. The theme says “Dismantling Global Hindutva” and the promotional depicts that Hindutva needs to be rooted out by any means. Since the last day of conference is also coinciding with Swami Vivekananda’s great speech in Chicago in the conference of “Parliament of world religions”, it is in the fitness of things to highlight his aphorism. 

Swami Vivekananda says: “I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation, which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions, and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion, which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings: ‘As the different streams having their sources in different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee’.”

The organisers of the conference this year needs to study Hindutva to the core and change their perception towards Hindutva as narrated by Swami, which holds true even today. The current regime in India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who happens to be a RSS volunteer before entering politics. Since the inception of his government in year 2014, more than 80,000 people have been rescued from different parts of the world which was not an easy task and that too without looking into religion of any person, not only people from different religions of India but also citizens of 26 countries from war affected zone including USA. One more example of following principles of Hinduism, during the Corona pandemic Phase 1 and 2, the Modi Government had given necessary medicines to all the countries requested for without selfish motive. Vaccinations helptoo many countries forgetting criticism at home shows how deep principlesof Hinduism are imbibed and followed.

Hinduism not only just believes in Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam (The whole world is my family) and Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu (All living beings be  in peace, happy and in harmony) but also imbibes  in reality.

I would like to ask professionals from different parts of the world, many Indian spiritual and social organisations are working across the globe, could they highlight some incidents wherein any person were forced to convert to Hindu Dharma. These organisations are just following the principles of Hindutva and working there to promote good will, to bring harmony and to better physical, mental and social health of everyone on planet earth. Then why some people or few organisations want to dismantle Hindutva? India has never attacked any country to grab power, land and resources rather Pakistan and China captured India’s territories in past.

Many Indian spiritual and social organisations are working across the globe. These organisations are following the principles of HINDutva and working there to promote goodwill, to bring harmony and to better physical, mental and social health of everyone on planet earth. No person is forced to convert to Hindu Dharma. Then why some people or few organisations want to dismantle Hindutva? 

The populous growth of other religions in India is increasing day by day; the simple fact is that Hinduism has accepted everyone so this freedom is helping other religions to grow without any fear however what is happening in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, what happened to the minority population (Hindu, Christian, Parasi, Buddh, Sikh and Jain) in those countries, why there population declined in last 75 years? Can any university in America put effort to study and make the report public?

The New York Herald written after Swamiji’s speech: “Vivekananda is undoubtedly the greatest figure in the Parliament of Religions. After hearing him we feel how foolish it is to send missionaries to this learned nation.” I would request universities to come forward and study what exactly many missionaries are doing in India? Are they respecting other religious practices and what teachings they are giving to poor people in India?

Swami Vivekananda further says, “If the Parliament of Religions has shown anything to the world, it is this: It has proved to the world that holiness, purity and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any church in the world, and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character. In the face of this evidence, if anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of the others, I pity him from the bottom of my heart, and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written in spite of resistance: “Help and not fight,” “Assimilation and not Destruction,” “Harmony and Peace and not Dissension.”

India’s rich heritage never disowned anyone even if someone had bad intentions towards it. India has faced many adversities owing to its goodwill and harmonious gesture, more than 200 invasions, no country has faced such adversities, still this great heritage of Hinduism is preserved and working for the good of every living being on the planet earth. Hindutva not only believes in goodwill of human beings but also works for nurturing environment. Therefore, neither the Hindutva  will be rooted out nor it will allow anything good to be destroyed on planet earth.

Regarding Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), they never worked or believed in destroying other religions rather it wants every citizen of this nation to work in unison for the upliftment and make our country great again, socially, economically and spiritually. If someone is thinking that RSS is against any religion then why RSS is working for Akhand Bharat (United India) which includes Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan as well.They wholeheartedly served everyone without seeing their religion during any natural calamity or Corona phase 1 and 2. Is it wrong to speak and work for own religion that too for enhancing the living of everyone and uniting society and bring back glory to the nation? So the fake theory created around RSS by propagandaorganisations needs to be studied and analysed, universities in America and rest of the world should visit India, spend time with the volunteers of RSS, see the activities rather than believing blindly against RSS or Hindutva. 

It is the time for experts from the different universities to come forward and study Vedas and Bhagavad Gita to know Hindutva and how can we all make this world better and respect every religion. 

I would like to suggest aconference on “Connecting and Uniting the World using Philosophy of Hindutva” rather than “Dismantling the Hindutva”. 

 

 

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