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Why are Hindu’s feeling insecure in India?

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Since 2014, we have come across a term called “Hindu Khatre Mein Hain” (Hindu Lives are in danger), this can be a political stunt to unite Hindu voters against all other secular entities but still, this insecurity needs to be analyzed. Hindus are liberal but not zealots about Hinduism. This is exploited by some “Ultra Secularists” to pamper minority religions at the cost of Hinduism. There is a split in Hindus. Some Hindus themselves are doing harm to other Hindus. Internal enemies are always more dangerous than external enemies. Foreign funding is also playing havoc in religious conversions in India.

Love Jihad is the latest extension to religious conversions by force. Anyone who claims “Vasudeva Kodambakkam” has automatically voted for India being a Hindu Dharma Rashtra. Homeland of Hindus and Dharmic traditions since time immemorial.

I recollect Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s explanation on Hinduism, he says the term and concept of Hinduism was coined only in recent times. Otherwise, there was really no such thing. The word “Hindu” essentially comes from the word Sindhu. Anyone who is born in the land of Sindhu is a Hindu. It is a cultural and geographic identity. It is like saying “I am an Indian” but it is a more ancient identity than being an Indian. “Indian” is only about seventy years old.

Well, we need to think beyond Sadguru, these days things are different. Poking fun and lashing at Hindu customs and traditions have become more like a trend. A bunch of so-called secular intellectuals consider it a sign of progressive thinking to criticize Hindus. It’s very unfortunate that most of them are Hindus themselves. The open and liberal structure of Hinduism which should have been its strength has become its biggest weakness. Instead of being united, Hindus are scattered and diversified. Most of them are not sensitized enough to realize the greatness of their religion.

They fear backlash from their communities on who they are dependent on, for whatever reason, from criticism. Many of them assume pseudonyms on social media platforms like Twitter and react as they want to, but would never speak in public. They fear losing jobs because others are picking their social media platforms and making them public declaring them as communal, as they would be seen as communal because wearing your religion up your sleeve is considered communal if you are not a minority in India.

Lack of support from close ones: Parents, friends, close acquaintances quickly give up on them if they speak up. Lack of sufficient core knowledge on dharma and incapacity to speak dispassionately. Lack of self-awareness among modern Indian youth. Many among the youth today dislike dharma because of the kind of education they have been imparted, the company they want to associate themselves with, they want to remain relevant among the cream of the society.

After Independence, India was divided into present-day India and Pakistan on the basis of religious differences. Areas with a Muslim majority went with Pakistan and Pakistan became an Islamic country. No one in the world can imagine India without Hinduism, its culture and contributions to the country. There are many Christian and Islamic countries but not a single Hindu country. Where will Hindu go if mistreated in their own country India?

Today India is a Secular & Peaceful country only because Hindus are in majority. Imagine what will happen if Hindus become a minority in India? (In some parts of India, Hindus are already a minority.) and we read every day about whatever is happening. Hindu Rashtra is an idea of a nation where Hindus and Hinduism will not be abused or ignored like it is done today. In Hindu Rashtra, Hindu/Indian culture will be promoted. Great philosophies of Hinduism/Ancient India would be followed.

Today, Hindus are mistreated in their own country because of the lack of unity in them. Today it has become a fashion for so-called Seculars (in fact Pseudo-Seculars) to mock Hinduism and Hindu deities as they know that Hindus are tolerant & divided (by different caste, cultures, regions and languages) so Hindus will never respond or oppose.

Hindus are ignored/discriminated against by almost all political parties because Hindus are not Vote-bank for them as Hindus have to lack unity. So, all so-called secular politicians have become anti-Hindu while appeasing united minorities to get votes.

A nation is usually defined by its uniqueness in culture and people who claim to be part of that particular nation take pride in following that culture. It can be expressed in any form like rituals, traditions, language etc. Any province which does not match this similarity is not considered to be part of their nation by those people. People of this nation living in any state follow the same tradition or culture or a similar culture that has the same roots in the Hindu culture.

This phenomenon remains unaltered irrespective of what name you give it. Those who understand what Hindu Rashtra actually means have no objections to calling it in the same way. Being a Hindu does not mean having a particular belief system. Basically, the whole culture was oriented towards realizing one’s full potential. Whatever you did in this culture was Hindu. There is no particular god or ideology that you can call the Hindu way of life. You can be a Hindu irrespective of whether you worship a man-God or a woman-God, whether you worship a cow or a tree. If you don’t worship anything you can still be a Hindu.

When Adiyogi was asked how many ways to enlightenment, he said only 112 if you are within the realm of your physical system, but if you transcend the physical, then every atom in the universe is a doorway. “Bharat”, as the nation has been known for many millennia, is a complex amalgamation of this variety of spiritual possibilities. If you happen to be at the Maha Kumbh, there was quite a display of this. The best compliment came from none other than Mark Twain, after his visit to India, he said, “So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked.”

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for the past 21 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. Vaidehi has three books in her name, "Sikhism vs Sickism", "Life Beyond Complications" and "Vedanti". She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs.
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