It shocked Hindus: a conference on ‘Dismantling Global Hindutva’, supported by 38 US universities. Speakers are the usual leftists mainly with Hindu names. And of all dates, it was scheduled from 10-12. September.
The title is brazen or is it just truthful? Do they say now openly what has been the plan since over 1000 years? The plan to rid the world of ancient pagan cultures? Inka, Maya, Egypt, Greece, Babylon… all are gone. Yet Hindus still exist. Hindus still chant Vedas in their mandirs, still celebrate festivals, still revere great personalities from past ages and even now take more pride in being Hindu thanks to the realization that Hindu Dharma is most profound and the best of all options.
This must be painful for the enemies of Hindus. Christianity, Islam, Communism and their faithful followers may have felt that a clear sign is needed: Hindutva must be dismantled globally.
No difference between Hinduism and Hindutva
To obfuscate the issue, a distinction is being made between Hindutva (= Hinduness) and Hinduism. Hinduism is okay, but Hindutva is bad, as bad as ISIS as it also uses terror to achieve a Hindu Rashtra where minorities have no place, so it is claimed.
It’s a lie. But media and the leftist academia rely on the ignorance of people and that a lie becomes truth if it is repeated often enough.
There is no difference between Islam and Islamism, and there is no difference between Hinduism and Hindutva, except that the fundamentals of Hinduism are inclusive and beneficial, whereas the fundamentals of Islam clearly divide humanity between good believers and bad unbelievers.
The media onslaught in recent years against Hindutva was unrelenting. RSS was compared with ISIS and Arundhati Roy hinted on Deutsche Welle in Februar 2020 that the genocide of Muslims by the Hindu-nationalist Modi government has already started. A research scholar from Italy asked me to reply to heavily loaded questions on RSS, for example “Why does RSS draw inspiration from Hitler?”
What can Hindus do against Christianity, Islam and the Left, all of whom drive the false narrative of Hindus being dangerous, and who have a military-style strategy to achieve their goal of dismantling the most benign faith and culture?
Hindus usually rely on ‘Satyameva Jayate’…. Truth will triumph. But this doesn’t mean that we should sit idle and not help truth coming to light.
Not wanting to be controversial…
Unfortunately, Hindus seem to have one trait which their compatriots in the left and the converts to the Abrahamic religions don’t share. It is the desire not to be controversial and to be nice to others, even if those others are not nice to them.
This trait developed due to their painful history when Hindus had to lie low in the face of brutal Muslim and Christian oppressors. Yet this trait continued after 1947 and this does not help India.
It’s time to be clear and truthful, and we must not be afraid to call out the basic faults of Christianity and Islam in a proactive manner.
What are the basic faults?
The most prominent fault is that they got the nature of ‘’the one true God’ or Creator very, very wrong.
Hindus, Christians and Muslims, all agree that there is one true ‘God’ or cause for this universe. In fact, Hindus claimed this long before Christianity and Islam. It can be assumed that this Vedic knowledge about the one Brahman was copied/ stolen by Christianity and Islam.
This claim of one God is the positive aspect of the Abrahamic religions. They also tell their people, like Hindus do, to have faith and trust in a great God who looks after them if they are “good”. This makes sense and would give children an anchor, if the clergy of those two religions had not made a huge error.
Their texts claim that the one true God is jealous, that he loves only their own group and hates Hindus and other Kafirs. And being ‘good’ means to believe in their book and to be nice to people from their own religion. Others are seen as inferior who will be rejected by God.
For Muslims being good also means to do Jihad and make the whole world for Allah (Q 9.29, 8.39) and for Christians it means to try by hook or crook to convert ‘heathens’ to save them from eternal hellfire.
Christianity is not any longer as blunt as Islam, but the same mindset drives them, too, like “We alone have the truth. God loves us. Unless ‘they’ accept our true religion, ‘they’ won’t be saved. So let’s help them and finish off their demonic pagan culture…”
This is unacceptable and of course not the Will of ‘the one true God’ whom Hindus call Brahman.
The Human Rights Charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of many countries do not allow to demean anyone on the basis of religion. Yet Christianity and Islam demean all Hindus and others as Kafirs and pagans/ heathens and predict a terrible fate for them in future. Such attitude makes genocide possible.
Driving the narrative instead of being driven
Can Hindus for a change DRIVE the narrative, instead of being driven and of only reacting and defending?
Can we demand that Christianity and Islam drop untrue divisive dogmas and that these dogmas must NOT be allowed to be taught to children? For example, Hindu representatives could submit a petition to the UN or to the International Court of Justice demanding this.
Can we, including well-known Gurus, support courageous people like Waseem Rizvi that many ayats in the Quran are indeed hateful? Or do we still have doubts if they are hateful? If so, please get a copy in a language you understand.
Or do we feel “Let Muslims sort it out among themselves”? Such attitude is in all likelihood cowardice and not some virtue.
Can the Hindu panelists call a spade a spade in TV debates and can we also, in talks with friends from different communities, dare to be controversial if truth requires it?
Those who support this conference need to realize that it doesn’t pay to attack Hindus.
And Hindus need to realize that we are alone in this. But we have a great advantage: we have truth on our side. The ‘true God’ is not a despot who wants to roast us in hell.
If only there were genuine debates, like in ancient times … Like between Adi Shankara and Mandana Misra. The Christian and Muslim representatives would have no other option but to accept Hindu Dharma, and the dark shadows of the Kali Yug would end.
Someday it will happen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maria Wirth is a German and came to India for a holiday after finishing her psychology studies at Hamburg University. She visited the Ardha Kumbha Mela in Haridwar in April 1980 where she met Sri Anandamayi Ma and Devaraha Baba, two renowned saints. With their blessing she continued to live in India and dived into India’s spiritual tradition, sharing her insights with German readers through articles and books. For long, she was convinced that every Indian knows and treasures his great heritage. However, when in recent years, she noticed that there seemed to be a concerted effort to prevent Indians (and the world) from knowing how valuable this ancient Indian heritage is, she started to point out the unique value of Indian tradition.
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