I’m used to abuse from BJP trolls. But they appeared particularly abusive after I wrote final week that the brand new Ram temple being launched at Ayodhya would finally grow to be a minor occasion with few political penalties. I stated India already had lakhs of temples and yet one more in Ayodhya would make a bit distinction. The trolls castigated this because the delirious maundering of a “sickular” “atheist” “libtard” who knew nothing of Hinduism.
In response, let me current my mom. She spent the final twenty years of her life on the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh and have become a sanyasin. She was a religious Hindu. But would she have accredited of the mob that destroyed the Babri Masjid in 1992? No, she would have referred to as them thugs, a shame to all that was good and nice in Hinduism.
The media has tom-tomed the bhoomi pujan of the Ram temple as a serious occasion for all Hindus. Sorry, however it’s an occasion for Hindutva, not Hinduism. My mom would have questioned the mega publicity given to the brand new Ayodhya temple. For the overwhelming majority of Hindus, the brand new temple will matter a lot lower than native temples, and can’t compete with nice Hindu centres of worship resembling Tirupati, Varanasi, Thanjavur, Badrinath, Puri, Vaishno Devi or Shirdi.
My mom would have referred to as temple constructing a commendable Hindu act that communities did in each village. My father constructed a Ganesh temple in New Delhi. Did this have something to do with politics or politicians, or placing down one other faith? Absolutely not. During the Partition riots of 1947, our household was in Shimla. A Muslim household got here operating into our home chased by a Hindu mob. My mom rapidly locked the Muslims within the attic and let the Hindu mob rampage in useless by means of the home. Who represented the religious Hindu, my mom or the Hindu mob?
My mom would have most popular me to be deeply non secular, but smiled indulgently at my atheism, and stated there have been atheist traditions just like the Charvaka college of philosophy inside Hinduism. The Hindutva trolls appear blissfully unaware of this. Anyway, they fear much less about atheists, who’re small in quantity, than secularists, and always declare that secularism is anti-Hindu or entails wanting down on Hinduism. That is pure tripe.
Mahatma Gandhi was with out query a religious Hindu. He was additionally a basic secularist and noticed completely no contradiction between the 2. He stated folks referred to as God by many names and so claimed to have totally different religions, however all prayed to the identical Holy One. This was the muse of his secularism and perception that every one religions needs to be handled with equal respect. Secularism was not lack of respect for Hinduism however respect for all.
Gandhiji was additionally a believer in inalienable particular person rights, and the obligation to respect beliefs of others and never power one’s views on them. Hence, he supported cow slaughter by non-Hindus. Despite being a religious Hindu who held a day by day prayer assembly, he was shot by Nathuram Godse for being too secular. His final phrases have been “Hey Ram.” Was he a sickular libtard?
Today the Hindutva crowd claims it alone represents true Hinduism. It can not stand Gandhiji’s secularism and adores Godse. BJP Member of Parliament Pragya Thakur, underneath trial for killing 10 folks within the 2008 Malegaon bomb blasts, has lauded Godse as an amazing patriot. She was criticised and disciplined for this by Modi. Yet the Hindutva crowd has been emboldened to erect many statues of Godse and has made him a deity in a Hindu temple in Gwalior. Yogi Adityanath has proposed altering the title of Meerut to Godse metropolis.
I simply seemed up Wikipedia’s record of Indian atheists. I used to be amused to search out that the record included each me and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, the founding father of Hindutva! Savarkar strongly opposed conventional Hindu beliefs and considered Hindutva as a politico-cultural slightly than non secular challenge. He hated Muslims. In some speeches he referred to as himself an atheist, although extra appropriately he rejected the outdated Sanatan Dharma and sought a serious modernisation of Hinduism. He stated there was nothing sacred about cows and suggested Hindus to surrender vegetarianism. Savarkar’s biographer, Dhananjay Keer, factors out that when his spouse died, regardless of entreaties by his followers, he refused to permit any Hindu rituals. I want the Hindutva trolls would spotlight this.
What ought to the trolls be taught from the three examples of my mom, Gandhiji and Savarkar? First that religious Hindus will be people who save Muslims from Hindu mobs. Second, that probably the most religious Hindus will be the staunchest secularists. Third, Hindutva promotes not non secular Hinduism however Hindu majoritarianism.
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