The Candid Eye

January 16, 2010

Quote of the week – Can’t change anti-India sentiment: Sheikh Hasina

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Courtesy : NDTV with my emphasis.

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has admitted that there is a strong anti-India sentiment in her country and she can do little to change it.

Sheikh Hasina, the Bangladesh PM

For the second consecutive day on her visit in New Delhi, she stressed that India should be “more generous in dealing with neighbours.”

What else India can do for Bangladesh  Mrs.Hasina? You are there today because of India.Crores of Bangladeshi Muslims have illegally migrated to India.Indira Gandhi even brought an unconstitutional law to make it happen.They have been given citizenship,Voter’s id, Haj Subsidy and all other freebies meant for Indian Muslims.All these things are provided to you at the expense of Indian citizens.In contrast, thousands of Hindus and moderate Muslims in Bangladesh are being persucuted, killed, driven out by your own people.

You are aware of all these things and yet remain calm and doing nothing about this.You have been given the Indira Gandhi peace award, not by India, but by Congress as they depend heavily on the illegally migrated Bangladeshis and you played a major role in bringing these crores of Bangaladeshis illegally into India.

Good drama perfectly orchestrated by you and Congress!

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August 26, 2009

It is a special privilege to be born a Hindu: Francois Gautier

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NEW YORK: Noted French journalist and writer Francois Gautier who has made India his home and propagation of Hinduism his cause and mission for over three decades, is currently traveling across the US to raise funds through his foundation, FACT-India, for the setting up of an Indian history museum in Pune, India.

Gautier, perhaps one of the very few Westerners to have unconditionally adopted a Hindu way of life, feels the widely prevalent distorted image of Indian history as propagated by the British, Christian missionaries, communists and the western world in general for over two centuries, has necessitated the museum to portray Hindu civilization in the right light.
In an interview with India Post during his visit to New York last week, Gautier spoke about his ambitious museum project, the many threats to Hinduism in today’s world and how Hindus can gain the respect of the world.

IP: Can you tell us about the Museum of Indian History?
Gautier:
I have been donated some land in Pune by a private trust where I want to build the museum to be called the Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum of Indian History.
I see in India there are no museums of Indian history worth the name. So the idea is to start from the Vedas, go on to talk about the greatness of the whole of India and the entire drama of the invasions through history, the Hindu holocaust, and then portray India of today and tomorrow.

IP: What kind of funds do you need and how long will it take to complete the museum?
Gautier:
It’s a huge project but definitely it will happen. It’s about $40m dollars, and I don’t know how long it will take — perhaps 10-20 years, because I don’t have the money right away. But I am ready to start, once I start, the donations will come and people will understand the importance of this museum.

IP: Why is it important to have such a museum?
Gautier:
As a journalist and writer, when I started documenting for my book, I realized that most history books on India are based upon very old theories considered defunct or debatable such as the Aryan invasion theory, which evidence shows has never taken place.

Both British historians and later Nehruvian historians have toned down the considerable impact on Indian culture of the invasions starting from Alexander the Great to the Arabs, the Muslim invaders and the British — that entire part of the history has been swept under the carpet. And even later, the history of India’s Independence is very unfairly portrayed.
The need of the museum is very important so we can look at India’s history in a very scientific manner, which is what my organization FACT India is doing.

IP: Will the museum focus only on the Hindu history of India?
Gautier:
The museum will also broach upon many of India’s dark periods in its history like the inquisition in Goa by the Portuguese, the Sufi persecution, the Ahmedi Muslim persecution in Bangladesh, how the Buddhist history was wiped out and how some of the early Syrian Christians of Kerala were persecuted. And of course the Hindu holocaust right from Hindu Kush (massacre of Hindus) to the current terrorist activities against them.
I want school children to come to the museum and learn of their own culture and be proud. Kids in Indian schools are learning about Shakespeare and Milton, not about their Hindu or Indian culture. In my country we are taught about great French people like our poets, social reformers, artists etc… so I grew up proud of my culture, but Indian kids do not grow up learning about or feeling proud of their culture.

IP: Do you see any kind of opposition to your project from either the government or any section of the Indian society?
Gautier:
Of course there’s bound to be some opposition, you can’t make everybody happy. But one has to go by the truth. Whatever one’s limitations, if backed by truth, even if it is opposed, there will be some kind of direction and protection.

In fact, there are three reasons for setting up the museum in Pune: One– of course the land donated is in Pune; second– since I work in Pune, I found that people of Pune, irrespective of their political affiliations, are quite nationalistic in nature. I feel my museum will be more protected in Pune than anywhere else in India; thirdly– Pune is Shivaji’s birth place. There is no museum of Shivaji anywhere in Maharashtra though he is a true hero. So naming it after Shivaji will be a protection for this museum.

IP: Over the many years of your career, how successful have you been in changing western perceptions of Hinduism?
Gautier:
It’s a very difficult task, because unfortunately the image of Hinduism is not that good. But, there is more ignorance than hostility. Westerners do not know that it is a monotheistic religion. Secondly, Hindus, especially Brahmins have been at the receiving end of many like the British, the missionaries, the Islamic invaders all of who created a very negative image of Hinduism — particularly the missionaries emphasized only the negative sides of Hinduism and amplified them a thousand times. Today we still find that even after 200 years, these negative images have survived even in the minds of Hindus in India.

Unfortunately it is a great handicap for journalists like me who like Hinduism and want to defend it. I can’t say I have been very successful, but at least now westerners are open to going to India and understanding Hindus.

There are so many good things to be said for Hinduism, but unfortunately there is no will among Hindus to try to explain to westerners. Hindus are just content to come to the West and melt into local cultures or at best keep their spirituality and religion to themselves.

IP: What do you think of the role of the Indian intellectual elite and media in projecting the image of Hindus?
Gautier:
The British have left such a mark on the minds of much of Indian intelligentsia and elite, right from the erstwhile Maharajas who have copied the British way of life that it has left a deep impression on generations after that. Today Indians think that everything that comes from the West is good. It’s very stupid, because many things in the West have failed like family values etc.

This generation of Indian intelligentsia is aping Marxism so brilliantly, which is dead even in Russia, and is probably only left in Cuba, but I don’t see why Indians should copy Cuba (laughs).

Look at the Chinese, they are so proud of their culture; nobody dares to fiddle with them, even America will not dare to interfere with their affairs.

IP: Many Hindus fear the very survival of Hinduism in the face of Islamic fundamentalism. How real are their fears?
Gautier:
The fear is very real. I see there are five or six enemies that may be covertly or overtly attacking Hinduism. In the past there was any one threat at a time like the Greek, British or Muslim invasions. But today, there are the threats of Muslim fundamentalism, Christian conversions, Marxist onslaught, Westernization and so on which are eroding the Indian culture all at the same time. However, there are many great gurus today like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and others who are repackaging the Hindu tenets like spirituality. pranayama, yoga, ayurveda etc for everyone’s easy consumption while not associating them with Hinduism. Though I do not agree with that, it’s an important movement today and helping to preserve that culture.

It’s true that Hinduism is under attack and it looks frightening at times. That’s why the museum is so important.

IP: Have you ever felt conflicted about the culture you were born into and the one you adopted?
Gautier:
Personally I have never felt conflicted, but people of my country often do not understand why I defend the Hindus– that has been a bit of a problem. Though my country is sympathetic to India, when you touch the intellectual layer – people who are fed on the Nehruvian history and the downgrading of Hindu culture, I have come into conflict sometimes with these people. But for me living in India is a protection; people often appreciate the work I do. Some of my friends do not understand why I poke the dangerous Islamic fundamentalism by defending Hindus. I started speaking about it (Islamic fundamentalism) 20-25 years ago when it was not at all politically correct to speak about it. Even those friends who like me sometimes do not really understand me. I have faced a lot of hostility also.

IP: What can Hindus living in America do to preserve their culture?
Gautier:
For Hindus living in the US, whether fist or second generation, it is important that they carry their Hinduness. It is a special privilege to be born a Hindu, because you inherit the knowledge which is very ancient and very practical. Also the many Hindu groups which are scattered should unite to become a lobby like the Jews. They should teach their children to be proud of being Hindu while being faithful to their Americanness. They should create a lobby in the US to be able to influence South Asia policy at the administration level and see that it does not cap India’s nuclear policy.

IP: Is there something that really frustrates you?
Gautier:
Hindus don’t think big. Most Hindu movements in the US have mostly people without a vision, they don’t unite; it’s very frustrating. When I last visited the US in 2002, the Hindu community was more vibrant, today I find many of the Hindu leaders of that time burnt out or taken a back seat or gone back into mainstream life; that is saddening. If only Hindus knew their own power — there are one billion in the world — Islam is conscious of its might and its numbers; Christianity though on the decline, is conscious of its greatness in terms of technology and power. Hindus, who are not all that small in number, have to use more muscle. Meekness and submissiveness will not take them far, they have to show muscle power. That’s the way to get respect in the world.

SRIREKHA  N. CHAKRAVARTY
India Post News Service

Original Article.

August 13, 2009

China should break up India: Chinese strategist

from Rediff:

Almost coinciding with the 13th round of Sino-Indian border talks (New Delhi, August 7-8, 2009), an article (in the Chinese language) has appeared in China captioned ‘If China takes a little action, the so-called Great Indian Federation can be broken up’ (Zhong Guo Zhan Lue Gang, http://www.iiss.org, Chinese, August 8, 2009).
Interestingly, it has been reproduced in several other strategic and military Web sites of the country and by all means, targets the domestic audience. The authoritative host site is located in Beijing  and is the new edition of one, which so far represented the China International Institute for Strategic Studies (www.chinaiiss.org).
Claiming that Beijing’s ‘China-Centric’ Asian strategy, provides for splitting India, the writer of the article, Zhan Lue (strategy), has found that New Delhi’s corresponding ‘India-Centric’ policy in Asia, is in reality a ‘Hindustan centric’ one. Stating that on the other hand ‘local centres’ exist in several of the country’s provinces (excepting for the UP and certain northern regions), Zhan Lue has felt that in the face of such local characteristics, the ‘so-called’ Indian nation cannot be considered as one having existed in history.
According to the article, if India today relies on any thing for unity, it is the Hindu religion. The partition of the country was based on religion. Stating that today nation states are the main current in the world, it has said that India could only be termed now as a ‘Hindu religious state’. Adding that Hinduism is a decadent religion as it allows caste exploitation and is unhelpful to the country’s modernisation, it described the Indian government as one in a dilemma with regard to eradication of the caste system as it realises that the process to do away with castes may shake the foundation of the consciousness of the Indian nation.
The writer has argued that in view of the above, China in its own interest and the progress of Asia, should join forces with different nationalities like the Assamese, Tamils, and Kashmiris and support the latter in establishing independent nation-States of their own, out of India. In particular, the ULFA (United Liberation Front of Asom) in Assam, a territory neighboring China, can be helped by China so that Assam realises its national independence.

The article has also felt that for Bangladesh, the biggest threat is from India, which wants to develop a great Indian Federation extending from Afghanistan to Myanmar. India is also targeting China with support to Vietnam’s efforts to occupy Nansha (Spratly) group of islands in South China Sea.
Hence the need for China’s consolidation of its alliance with Bangladesh, a country with which the US and Japan are also improving their relations to counter China.
It has pointed out that China can give political support to Bangladesh enabling the latter to encourage ethnic Bengalis in India to get rid of Indian control and unite with Bangladesh as one Bengali nation; if the same is not possible, creation of at least another free Bengali nation state as a friendly neighbour of Bangladesh, would be desirable, for the purpose of weakening India’s expansion and threat aimed at forming a ‘unified South Asia’.
The punch line in the article has been that to split India, China can bring into its fold countries like Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan, support ULFA in attaining its goal for Assam’s independence, back aspirations of Indian nationalities like the Tamils and Nagas, encourage Bangladesh to give a push to the independence of West Bengal and lastly recover the 90,000 sq km territory in southern Tibet.
Wishing for India’s break-up into 20 to 30 nation-States like in Europe, the article has concluded by saying that if the consciousness of nationalities in India could be aroused, social reforms in South Asia can be achieved, the caste system can be eradicated and the region can march along the road of prosperity.
The Chinese article in question will certainly outrage readers in India. Its suggestion that China can follow a strategy to dismember India, a country always with a tradition of unity in diversity, is atrocious, to say the least. The write-up could not have been published without the permission of the Chinese authorities, but it is sure that Beijing will wash its hands out of this if the matter is taken up with it by New Delhi.

It has generally been seen that China is speaking in two voices — its diplomatic interlocutors have always shown understanding during their dealings with their Indian counterparts, but its selected media is pouring venom on India in their reporting. Which one to believe is a question confronting the public opinion and even policy makers in India.
In any case, an approach of panic towards such outbursts will be a mistake, but also ignoring them will prove to be costly for India.
D S Rajan, is Director, Chennai Centre for China Studies.

D S Rajan

August 8, 2009

Bangladesh, a portrait of convert genocide – 4.

On Thursday, August 17,2005, a banned Islamist militant group simultaneously blasted at least 459 time bombs in 63 of 64 districts across the Bangladesh country. Here is the report.

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 Bangladesh is one of the largest Islamic countries in the world. 

Considering the atrocities on minorities in Bangladesh, a Human Rights Congress for Bangladeshi Minorities has been formed. 

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August 7, 2009

Bangladesh, a portrait of convert genocide – 3

Atrocities on Bangladeshi minorities have been documented here. This monthly archive shows, that almost every month there have been 30-50 reported cases of atrocities.

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August 6, 2009

Bangladesh, a portrait of convert genocide – 2

Continued…

The main clash between Islam and Hindu religions is on the practice of Idol worship. While Islam prohibits idol worship, Hindus practice it. Even an atheist has a place in Hinduism, and idol worship is not compulsory. However, like some propagators of Islamic fundamentalism say, practice, propagation and worship places of any non-islam religion in a islamic state is prohibited. These kind of inflammatory statements by religious heads in Islam are resulting in lots of atrocities over the non-islam population, wherever it falls in minority.

Temple Destruction, breaking of Idols

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August 5, 2009

Bangladesh, a portrait of convert genocide – 1

Background

All kinds of people of the erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) irrespective of caste, creed, religion or sex stood up conjointly from the inception of exploitation and oppression of the self-seeking ruling class of Pakistan which was established on the basis of the Two Nation Theory. The very harmful effect of the so-called Two Nation Theory was-division, disunity, malice, communalism and fanaticism. Bengali nationalism slowly and rapidly emerged against this reactionary stream. From the historic language movement of 1952 till the war of liberation of 1971 the united struggle of Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christian gave rise to the unconquerable ideal of Bengal nationalism and ultimately out of the sacrifice of the lives of the 3 million people, Independent Sovereign Bangladesh was born. The basic consciousness of the liberation struggle manifested itself in the four fundamental principals of the state, namely, Nationalism, Secularism, Democracy and Socialism as laid down in the Constitution of 1972. The entire nation came to realise through the liberation struggle that is only the secular Bengali nationalism which could establish the national unity by binding the different religious communities with the bond of fraternity. Through the vicissitudes of the history, the reactionary clique comprising the anti-liberation forces has captured the state power and destroyed the ideals of the War of Liberation, the four state principles. Not only that, the communal, fanatic and fundamentalist forces, who were defeated and rejected in the liberation war, have been rehabilitated.
At last the ruling class of 1988 has illegally and unconstitutionally made ‘Islam’ the state religion by enacting the so-called 8th Amendment of the Constitution with a view to perpetuating its autocratic rule by using religion as a political weapon just like the Pakistan regime. By means of this sort of divisive activities, vicious move has been made to destroy the secular-Bengali nationalism, the basis of the Independent and Sovereign Bangladesh and also the various rights and the very existence of the religious minorities have jeopardised. The 20 percent people of the country, that is, two and a half crores of religious minorities have been driven towards an uncertain future. In all spheres of life including job opportunities, the religious minorities are facing intense discrimination and great deprivation. The tribal people have been deprived of their legitimate rights. As a result, all of them have been subjected to great sufferings leading to complete frustration in life.
On the other hand, under the cover of the 8th Amendment of the Constitution the communal, fanatic and the fundamentalist forces and the anti-social elements have created a chaotic situation in the different parts of the country by inflicting various kinds of oppression and torture upon the members of the minority communities, such as, snatching away their landed properties on the false plea of enemies (vested) property or by creating forged and fraudulent deeds, or setting fire to their houses or giving them threats for leaving the country. In different areas of the country inhabited by the minorities in substantial number, innumerable people have become the victim of harassment and thereby they have become very panicky.
It is, however, a matter of hope that the heroic Bengali nation, as in the past is again building up resistance against communalism, fundamentalism, fanaticism, oppression and tyranny. The intelligentsia as well as the conscious citizens of all classes of the entire country have already given a call to launch an united movement of active resistance against this anti-nation step of the autocratic Government.
FACT India has put up an exhibition on the  genocide of minorities in Bangladesh.

Political changes, Becoming of a Muslim Nation and Decrease in population of minorities:-

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To be continued.

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