The fallacies of politics around Hindutva and Hinduphobia
“Dismantling of World Hinduism” was a conspicuously prodigious effort by its organizers to create contempt for Hinduism, but the inescapable propaganda drew condemnation. In a nutshell, it was an attempt to create misinterpretations, misrepresentations, and malicious use of false facts to stigmatize Hinduism. For an unsuspecting mass, this choice of self-invented notions can instill a vile vision of a civilization that has cherished human potential beyond the realms of any segregation, be it nations or religions. Thus, it becomes imperative to set the record straight and empower the world community to see the big picture, in order to have a realistic understanding of the whole landscape.
We all remember the case of 22-year-old Indian college student Rashmi Samant, the incident that raised more questions than we could discuss during a conversation about ‘Global Hinduphobia’. She was the first woman to become president of the Oxford University Students Union (OUSU) of Indian and Hindu descent, but she was forced to resign a little too soon. There are many plausible explanations surrounding the forced resignation, one of them being his old tweets labeled “racist” and “callous”, ironic as it sounds, and which would have drawn criticism. However, the young woman attributed to ‘Hinduphobia’ the reason for her resignation just five days after being elected to this post on February 11, 2021. This has of course been denied by the Oxford companies, but it is not. is not an isolated case. Case.
When we look at the series of events around the world, there is a blatant coverage exercise that engulfs such incidents. Shubh Patel, a 12-year-old boy of Hindu origin, was refused to play football in Australia because he refused to remove his “Tulsi Mala”. It wasn’t the first time he wore the ‘Mala’ during the match, but that didn’t stop the referee from ousting the toddler. Canada recently witnessed a similar trend against the Indian Hindu diaspora, with the incident of two teenagers mistreating and throwing stones at a middle-aged Hindu man in Streetsville Park, Mississauga City, recently making the one of the international newspapers. The 44-year-old man was performing a religious ceremony with his family on the evening of September 11 when the disbelievers forced them to leave while assaulting the man, his wife and their two children. Pratima Roy, the now famous NASA intern, has drawn the wrath of many Internet users because she posted a photo of her office with “Hindu deities”.
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While one cannot simply deny the fact that these incidents are grounded in Hindouphobia and that it is a terrible reality that must be accepted with a sense of maturity, one must also undo what has messed up. and vilified world minds against “Hindutva”. We must ruminate on the factors that instill “hatred” in such a turn of events. If we dig deeper, this unpleasant course of hate crimes has its roots in apathy. Apathy towards the full understanding of a concept before reaching a serious conclusion where whole faith is denied its right to exist, the one faith and way of life that believes in coexistence rather than conflict! Well, let’s put it this way: “Dismantling the Global Hindutva” is one of those “failed, despicable, desperate and evil” attempts to torment the Hindutva.
Hindutva is defined as a political movement advocating Hindu nationalism and the creation of a Hindu state or ideology or movement seeking to establish the hegemony of Hindus and Hinduism in India, so to speak. It’s with a Western prism and a point of view, of course. In reality, “Tatva” refers to “the essence of a principle”, while “ism” represents a closed book of thought or a set of dogmas or a blind belief system. Therefore, Hindutva is not a religion, but a way of life.
It evokes the indigenous philosophy, spirituality and belief system of India, i.e. Bharat. Hindutva does not lead to God either! He does not give primacy to a particular script or to a path. A Hindu is free to question, accept or reject the very authority of the Vedas like the Jains, while still remaining a proud Hindu. Hindutva is inclusive and imbued with tolerance, freedom of thought, choice and expression. It is not an “Only-ist” belief or faith system, but a philosophy that endorses “Also-ism”. With the utmost confidence, it can be said that no faith or ideology that denies or restricts one’s freedom or individual rights can be part of the Hindutva. To quote J. Nandakumar, a distinguished scholar and author, “The only dogma Hindutva admits is that which does not allow dogma.
Even an author of the caliber of Tom Holland claimed that Hindus had no idea they belonged to something called “Hinduism” until the West enlightened them on the same. It was a pun on a serious note! This “we made it all up” is the narrative to blame for both intentional and unintentional contributions to Hinduphobia. King Harihara of the Vijayanagara Empire had a Hindu Raya (Suratrana), ie a Hindu emperor, in 1352, 150 years before Vasco da Gama claimed to “discover” India. It seems semantically plausible, although logically incorrect: India existed long before Vasco Da Gama was born, and will continue to exist long after he rests in peace. The use of the word “discovery” in itself defeats the supremacist ideology which has evolved into a feeling of political feudalism where one must align oneself with Hinduphobia in order to be accepted by part of the elites when discusses Hindutva.
The West simply does not have the vocabulary and perception to grasp the ideas India has to offer. For example, Hinduism is classified as a “religion” like Judaism, Islam, Christianity and others, but this is completely wrong. Hinduism, which should be called Hindutva, is called “Dharma” in the subcontinent, and there is not a word in English that could sum up the whole meaning of Dharma. In fact, to flow is the Dharma of water, and to protect is the Dharma of a soldier. This is the right context to discuss Dharma, unlike weighing it against religions.
If we were to explain to you the meaning of Dharma, it could be described as “the mechanics of existence which governs natural tendencies”. It is the glue that holds family, society, the nation-state and therefore the universe together. It has nothing to do with the idea of religion, which effectively focuses on rules, regulations and practices bestowed on mankind by God. This is only the tip of the iceberg, for all the understanding of putative “Hinduism” available to the world is only a cursory projection through Abrahamic schools of thought.
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When we take note in retrospect of what this culture has achieved, be it Yoga or Ayurveda, one can only admit that this culture has achieved all that humanity can achieve for the welfare of the world. humanity and beyond. If one deliberates on the teachings of the Hindutva, one will understand the deep wisdom that he must share. To name a few:
Ekam sitting viprabahudhavadanti
“He who exists is one, the wise men call him differently”
(Rig Veda Samhita, 1.164.46)
“Everyone should be happy”
(Garuḍa Purāṇa, 35.51)
“The whole world is a family”
(Maha Upanishad 6,71-75)
Let’s make the world a noble place.
(Rig Veda Samhita, 9.63.5)
Hindus have always been open to criticism, to learning, to evolution since it is at the heart of Hindutva. They have come under intense scrutiny from individuals who do not even have the proper vocabulary to understand Hindutva, the ability to perceive one’s ideas and, most importantly, the willingness to admit that they cannot stand. not themselves a truce with their own truths.
It is now that you may have realized that the whole narrative of both pro and con of Hindutva spreading without any far-flung realization of its depth is at the heart of the matter. Until these false statements are corrected, there is not even a slight chance of price correction. Once the people of this subcontinent have a good understanding of the terminologies of this culture, its history and its perspectives, they will be able to communicate it to the rest of the world.
The “Dismantling of the Global Hindutva” conference was nothing but a blatant demonstration of how mistakes mistaken for ploy can in cold blood murder thousands of years of progress and undo a civilization. But this is not the first time such atrocities have been suffered by this civilization and certainly not the last time either. However, such events will prove to be catalysts in the process of recognition of Hinduphobia as they awaken internet-savvy Hindus to release the truth for the benefit of all mankind.
Yuvraj Pokharna is an educator and social activist from Surat. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent the position of this publication.