Ms.Sagrika Ghose advises Hindus to "Look beyond Politics"(The Hindustan Times August 13, 2013) and she has serious objection to the term Hindu Nationalists.
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As per her (secular?) standards, a “Nationalist” can only be:
(a) Who is a self acclaimed atheist and engaged in making mockery of Hindu thoughts by claiming himself as civil and progressive?
(b) Who is five times Namazi trying to enforce shariat in a democratic country with its duly drafted constitution and judiciary system?
(c) Who is devout Christian busy in converting poor Hindus by hook or crook?
(d) but a Hindu does not fall into the category of a nationalist - who tries to defend his belief without any support from the government chosen majorly by his own votes, without any subsidies in his pilgrimage yatras, without any support of foreign funds, without any support from the so called progressive or Civil society.
I just want to ask Ms. Ghose that as to why she never writes in support of Hindus of Kashmir who are refuges in their own Homeland, Hindus of Pakistan and Bangladesh facing large scale radical Islam, Hindus of almost all Indian states who are victims of rising Muslim fundamentalism leading to spurt of riots?
Most interesting, it seems Ms.Ghose is disturbed by those Hindus who try to defend Hinduism and expose the offenders as intolerant and political.
We know that it is democratic right of any Indian citizen to propagate his or her belief or views. Likewise, Indian constitution also provides a citizen of his democratic right to defend his or her religious beliefs.
Now we will explain why Hindus have to defend and call them as Hindu Nationalists in order to counter the terrorism of the so called intellectuals.
Wendy Doniger wrote books on Hinduism in order to frame Hinduism as a collection of archaic thoughts full of superstitions and ignorance. Her hidden motive seems to have been to shatter the confidence of vulnerable Hindu masses in order to make them atheists or to hate their own religion and indirectly tempting them to non Hindu ideas.
Ms. Ghose cleverly compared resistance to such ill intended attempts as opposition to reformist ideas in Hinduism but I will like to say that this is not opposition to reformism but its support to reformism as reformism is acceptance of truth and rejection of untruth and Hindu nationalist are exactly doing the same.
Ms Ghose questioned on Pilgrimage by Hindus. She never commented on subsidy given on Hajj pilgrimage of Muslims. Hundreds of crores of rupees granted by Indian Government on Hajj could have been used in improvement of health facilities, education, roads and other infrastructure of poor villages of this country.
A foolish question has been asked by Ms. Ghose that does festivals centred exclusively on male relatives? We would like to know from Ms Ghose as to why she never questioned Islamic practices of polygamy, status of women in Islam who have been turned into baby producing machines. Vedas hold women in very high esteem and I can challenge Ms.Sagrika if she can show me any other religious text of the whole world which bestows such a high status and profound position to woman as provided in the Vedas. Ms Ghose should also feel proud of such high level of thinking and intellect in The Vedas.
Ms. Ghose questions about Purush Sukta of Vedas are baseless and irrelevant. It seems she has no idea about the symbolic and meaning of meaning of Purush Sukta.
The Yajurveda 31/11 hymn of the Purush Sukta relating to Purusha (supreme reality) is not to be literally translated to mean that the Brahmin originated from the mouth of the Purusha, the Kshatriyas from the arms, and the Vaishyas from the abdomen and the Shudras from the feet.
Purusha Sukta is an analogy between four limbs of the body (head, arms, thighs & feet identified symbolically with society) and the four Varnas, i.e., Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishyas and Shudra who as providers of knowledge, protection, wealth and service are respectively required to eliminate ignorance, injustice, inadequacy and indolence, the four social ills of the society and serve mankind as per their functional values and natural propensities. These four Varnas are based on qualities not on basis of Birth. And most important is that they are practically being used in society. Son of a MBBS doctor is called Doctor only after graduating from medical college not merely on basis of being son to a medical doctor. Practical side effects of non implementation of varn vyastha is clearly visible in cases of new generation politicians who have earned tag of MP/MLA being sons/daughters of politicians not by hard and laborious work.
Ms Ghose asked good question on meaning of Castism. She will be thrilled to know that whole mankind has only one caste and that is human or Manav in Hindi. We all differ not by caste but by qualities and that have decided our Varnas. An intellectual person who is fit to guide the society is called as learned or Brahman, a strong person fit to protect our country and has leadership capabilities is called as Kshatriya, a person fit to support society by trade/business is called as Vaishyas and a person unfit for all these jobs but is fit to provide physical support to above three categories in their respective tasks is called as Shudra. These are not birth based but quality based divisions. So long as Varna Vyavastha (Right job to Right Person) was followed in our society, our country was progressive and great. It is only after hereditary caste system (presently practiced) has replaced or overtaken the Vedic Varn Vyastha, degeneration started in this great land and downfall of society began. Reservation driven by politics is also a form of Castism which makes way for unfit persons, devoid of merit to run the Govt.machinery.
The points raised by Ms Ghose relating to rituals, temples, mantras and God are absurd.
I would like to ask her, has she ever seriously tried to learn in life the multi-dimension Vedic language and the true meanings of the Vedic mantras? I won't be wrong in my guess that even if she has read some of the mantras here and there, it must have been based on the distorted commentaries of Vedas by Western Indologists who had meager knowledge of Vedic Sanskrit who his favorite historian Ramchandra Guha describes as Macaulayputras. Vedas and rituals are not poems of shepherds as presented and projected by many of the imperialist scholars of the last two centuries. Vedas are repositories of knowledge which needs to be learnt, analyzed and practiced in daily life.
To know about the existence of God, Ms.Sagrika, pl. mark the words of eminent scientist -Albert Einstein, who said that there does exist, some unknown super power which is controlling this vast power and which still requires to be probed.
We calls that unknown super power as God because it’s not unknown for us. We are familiar with the God since ages and he was known by our sages whom your class of atheists describes as uncivilized and primitive.
Ms.Ghose points out about a dialogue between Yajnavalakya and Gargi. Is it not a perfect example of level of scholarship among females in the remote past of India? Ms.Ghose please ponder over it and tell others that our Vedic Rishikas were so learned that they could challenge the scholarship of distinguished scholars of their times.
Ms. Ghose has questioned the relevance of Shri Ram and Ramayan in the present age. In this context, I would say that had she read Ramayan properly in her life, she would not have asked this question. I can say with confidence that the Vedic message of Ramayan and life history of Lord Ram give such important messages that guide anyone in facing different challenges and in creating harmony in the life of an individual, family and community. All those persons who send their parents to old age homes should learn from Lord Ram who was an obedient son. Rejection of thrown of king, first by Ram than by Bharat gives message to all those who fight over property matters in courts for decades.
Rejection of proposal of Shurpnakha by Ram as well as by Lakshman speaks volumes about their high character as well as that of other sages of the epic age.
Killing of Rawan who was abductor of Sita has a great lesson that all those who try to molests women, insult women, physically harm women, abduct women or even plays with the chastity of women deserve severest punishment.
Crowning of Vibhishan - Rawan’s own brother, on the throne of Lanka, depicts Ram was neither an imperialist nor a dictator but a true well wisher of mankind.
Many Similar examples can be given to understand the distinguishing features of the pious and challenging life history of Lord Ram as given in the Ramayana. His life can inspire youth in leading a purposeful life with a noble cause. It is only a person with objective outlook who can find the gems of Vedic truth and pearls of our rich cultural heritage.
Why Ms.Ghose cannot comprehend such a simple and easily understandable messages from Ramayan? It indicates her lack of seriousness in the study of Hindu texts? I don’t know why she has never questioned all those who are glorifying Rawan (a women kidnapper) as Learned and Powerful king of Dravids killed and showing his own brother Vibhishan in poor light. It seems that after rejection of Aryan invasion/migration theory Macaulayputras are in search of new faces like Rawan as their role model.
Ms. Ghose considers the opposition of Ramanujam essay 'three hundred Ramayana' a scholarly work as denial to freedom to reinterpret and interrogate religion. I strongly feel that her views with regard to the book 'three hundred Ramayana' are based on her superficial reading of the above book which condemns the noble character of Lakshman accusing him of having a bad eye on his elder brother's wife Sita.
Hollowness of arguments of author of the above book is quite evident. In Kishkindha kand when Lakshman was asked by Rama to identify ornaments of Sita used by her on face, neck, etc., he replied he could only identify her ornaments which she wore around her ankle. Lakshman said that he had never seen the face of his Sita but only her feet while touching them every morning as a mark of respect for his sister-in-law. Ms.Sagrika, where do you find such high level of morality? Don't you think that the great story of Ramayana can be a great inspirational message to train today's youths of our country most of which is going astray, is driven by materialistic approach of western world in the name of progress. It is indeed unfortunate that elimination of evils of the society and eradication of the obnoxious practices not sanctioned by the ancient Vedic tradition are being hindered by the so called modern and progressive custodians of the society. Opposition of such dirt is considered as an attack on freedom of speech by the pretenders of the civilized society. This is nothing more than a cunning conspiracy of haters of our profound culture.
This article of mine exposes the so called sickular politics being played at different levels, different sections of our society with only and only one motive, i.e., to oppose and decry all sorts of practices, beliefs and question the intellectual wisdom of Hindus. Hinduism is denigrated, discredited and defamed so as to develop inferiority complex amongst Hindus. I want to clearly all such people that the Hindu mind is harbinger of rich Vedic knowledge which has no parallel throughout the World.
Dr Vivek Arya
By Profession- New Born and Child Specialist, Delhi
By Inspiration- Follower of Great scholar Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati
By Hobby- Student of Vedas