The Media finds it easy to say #arrestTogadia, but always keep quiet when mollahs preach secession or during the killings of Kashmiri pandits in the Srinagar valley and the subsequent exodus of  350.000 of them, who became refugees in their own country, a first in the world. Here an article which I wrote for Indian Express some years ago


When Benazir Bhutto died  in December 2007, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described her as “one of the outstanding leaders of our sub-continent, who always looked for reconciliation between India and Pakistan.” Most magazines did cover stories on her and Benazir Bhutto became a “ finds it easy to go after Mr Togadia, but when martyr of democracy”.

It is a sad that a mother of three children was so brutally killed and we all mourned her terrible death. Nevertheless, truth must be told. For, as usual, what the press says is not exactly what happened. Firstly, under Bhutto, anti-Indian terrorism in the Kashmir region was fostered and increased. Benazir was also directly responsible for the ethnic cleansing of Hindus in Kashmir. “She was instrumental in sponsoring jihad, openly inciting militants to intensify terrorism in India,” says Ajai Sahni, the executive director of the New Delhi-based Institute for Conflict Management. “I find it very difficult to discover a single element with her relationship to India that is positive and for the betterment of her country or the region”, he adds. Remember how she was shouting her slogans of azaadi, and exhorting the people of Kashmir to cut Jagmohan, then governor of the state, into pieces, as in “jag-jag, mo-mo, han-han”. She would say this while making chopping motions with her right hand as it moved from her left wrist to the elbow, leaving nobody in any doubt as to what she meant.
Secondly, under Benazir Bhutto, the Taliban formed and, helped by Pakistan’s intelligence service, swept across Afghanistan and later hosted Osama bin Laden. It is a bit of an irony that she may have been killed by the very people she helped foster if at all she was murdered.
Thirdly, she deliberately increased tension levels and then threatened India with a pre-emptive nuclear strike. The tension peaked when Benazir repeated her late father’s immortal boast of waging a thousand-year war against India and even Rajiv Gandhi was forced to mock her in Parliament, asking if those who talked of a thousand-year war could last even a thousand hours.

And fourthly, in her last speech before she died, she alluded to India as one of the threats Pakistan had to face, implying that if she was elected she would deal firmly with it. Then why is it that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called her a friend of India and that Indians still remember
affectionately ?

I interviewed Benazir Bhutto twice, the last one as she was campaigning to be re-elected for a second term.
The first question I asked, was about Kashmir, as she was the one who had called for ‘Azad Kashmir’, a Kashmir free from India, which had triggered the ethnic cleansing of most Hindus of the Valley of Kashmir, 400.000 of them having to flee their ancestral land.
-    - You know, she answered, you have to understand the Pakistani point of view on Kashmir. If one goes by the logic of Partition, then at least the Kashmir valley, which is in great majority Muslim – and it should be emphasised that for long the Hindus Pandits in Kashmir exploited and dominated the Muslims, who are getting back at them today – should have reverted to Pakistan. But let us say that officially we want to help grant Kashmiris their right to self-determination
-    - That’s the only reason, I continued ?
-    - No, answered Benazir, it should be clear also that Pakistan never forgot the humiliating loss of Bangladesh at the hands of India, although India claims it only helped Bangladesh to gain its freedom in the face of what the Bangladeshis say was Pakistani genocide. Zia’s emergence was a result of that humiliation.
-    - But Zia hanged your father, I interrupted…
-    - Yes and I hate him, and God the Almighty already punished him for that, said Benazir (alluding to Zia’s death in a plane crash). But Zia did one thing right, he started the whole policy of proxy war by supporting the separatist movements in Punjab and Kashmir, as a way of getting back at India.
-    - What about Pakistan’ nuclear bomb, I asked?
-    -That’s my father’s work she said proudly. He realized, after having lost the 1965 and 1971wars with India, that both numerically and strategically, we can never beat India in a conventional conflict. Thus he initiated the programme by saying that “we will get the nuclear bomb, even if we have to eat grass”.
-    - But is it not a dangerous weapon if it falls in the hands of the fundamentalists of your country, I asked?
-    No such danger, Benazir answered. Anyway, it is not only a deterrent against India’s military conventional superiority and an answer to India’s own nuclear capability, but also the ultimate weapon to reassert Islam’s moral superiority.
-    - We in Europe have united in a Common Market, why don’t Pakistan and India forget their differences and form some kind of confederation with other South Asia countries, instead of killing each other?
-    - Pakistan and India were never one country, answered the imperious lady. They were only kept together by force, whether by Mauryan, Moghul or British rule. Hindus have recognised the reality of Islam, and we needed our own country to feel free.

I was flabbergasted: here was a lady educated in Oxford and Harvard, who mouthed such irrational statements. She spoke good English, was pretty, articulate and appealed to the Press. But when in power, she had to resort to anti -Indianism to please her voters, her husband, now President of Pakistan, was known as Mr 10%, and she was hounded out of power twice for incompetence and corruption. Is she then a martyr of democracy ? History will tell. But today we see that her niece, Fatima Bhutto, as pretty as Benazir was, is the toast of the Indian Media, every time she comes to the Literary Festival of Jaipur, to sell her books! If one day Fatima becomes PM, as Pakistan have also their favorite dynasty, for sure, she will tread in her aunt’s footprints, for the only way to please the Pakistani voters, is to called for Azad Kashmir…

François Gautier



After Azam Khan said that ” Those, who defended Kargil, were not Hindus; they were Muslims.”, I thought it would be interesting to publish the list of those Indian soldiers who died in Kargil. My heart goes out to them; for it was the death of heroes in the face of impossible challenges, giving their lives for Mother India, which so many Indian intellectuals, journalists and politicians have so little love for. Fgautier

Officers ( Indian Army)

Lt. Col. Vishwanathan
Lt. Col. Vijayaraghavan
Lt. Col. Sachin Kumar
Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia
Major Kamlesh Pathak
Major Padmapani Acharya
Major Marriapan Sarvanan
Major Rajesh Singh Adhikari
Major Harminder Pal Singh
Major Manoj Talwar
Major Vivek Gupta
Major Sonam Wangchuk
Major Ajay Kumar
Captain Amol Kalia
Captain Kieshing Clifford Mongrum
Captain Sumeet Roy
Captain Amit Verma
Captain Pannikot Visvanath Vikram
Captain Anuj Nayyar
Captain Vikram Batra
Dy. Commandant Joy Lal ( BSF)
Captain Jintu Gogoi
Lt. Vijayant Thapar
Lt. N Kenguruse
Lt. Hanif-U-Din
Lt. Saurav Kalia
Lt. Amit Bhardwaj
Lt. Balwant Singh
Lt. Manor Kumar Pandey

Officers ( Indian Air Force )

Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja
Squadron Leader Rajiv Pundir
Flt. Lt. S. Muhilan
Flt. Lt. Nachiketa Rao
Seargent PVNR Prasad
Seargent Raj Kishore Sahu

Junior / Non-Commissioned Officers ( Indian Army )

Naik Chaman Singh
Nair R. Kamraj
Naik Kuldeep Singh
Naik Birendra Singh Lamba
Naik Jasvir Singh
Naik Surendra Pal
Naik Rajkumar Punia
Naik S N Malik
Naik Surjeet Singh
Naik Jugal Kishore
Naik Suchha Singh
Naik Sumer Singh Rathod
Naik Surendra Singh
Naik Kishen Lal
Naik Rampal Singh
Naik Ganesh Yadav
Havaldar Major Yashvir Singh
Lance Naik Ahmed Ali
Lance Naik Gulam Mohammed Khan
Lance Naik M.R. Sahu
Lance Naik Satpal Singh
Lance Naik Shatrughan Singh
Lance Naik Shyam Singh
Lance Naik Vijay Singh
Naik Degendar Kumar
Havaldar Baldev Raj
Havaldar Jai Prakash Singh
Havaldar Mahavir Singh
Havaldar Mani Ram
Havaldar Rajbir Singh
Havaldar Satbir Singh
Havaldar Abdul Karim
Havaldar Daler Singh Bahu
Subhedar Bhanwar Singh Rathod
Rifleman Linkon Pradhan
Rifleman Bachhan Singh
Rifleman Satbir Singh
Rifleman Jagmal Singh
Rifleman Rattan Chand
Rifleman Mohammed Farid
Rifleman Mohamad Aslm
Rifleman Yogendra Singh
Rifleman Sanjay Kumar


Genadier Manohar Singh
Gunner Uddabh Das
Sepoy Amardeep Singh
Sepoy Vijay Pal Singh
Sepoy Virendra Kumar
Sepoy Yashwant Singh
Sepoy Santokh Singh
Sepoy Dinesh Bhai
Sepoy Harendragiri Goswami
Sepoy Amrish Pal Bangi
Constable Surjan Bhan ( BSF)
Sepoy Lakhbir Singh
Sepoy Bajindra Singh
Sepoy Deep Chand
Sepoy Dondibha Desai
Sepoy Keolanand Dwivedi
Sepoy Harjindra Singh
Sepoy Jaswant Singh
Sepoy Jaswinder Singh
Sepoy Lal Singh
Sepoy Rakesh Kumar ( RAJ)
Sepoy Rakesh Kumar ( Dogra)
Sepoy Raswinder Singh
Sepoy Bir Singh
Sepoy Ashok Kumar Tomar
Sepoy R. Selvakumar


As most of the British correspondents in India, whether, the Guardian, the Economist, or the Telegraph, seem to be giving lessons to India in democracy, while writing intensely hostile articles on Narendra Modi, I thought it would be timely to publish another extract of my forthcoming book “A History of India as it happened, not as it has been written” (Har Anand, New Delhi):


The British were certainly not the Muslims, whose ruthlessness and atrocities have never been equaled in India’s history. Nevertheless, they did their fair share of harm to India, which has not yet really recovered from two centuries of Raj. Their brutality, whether the hangings of Indian nationalists, or the incredible ferocity which followed the great Indian Mutiny, or the massacre of Jalianwala Bagh, are today part of history. They ruled for two centuries with the unshakeable conviction of their own racial superiority which made Fitzjames Stephen, the philosopher of the Indian Civil Service say: “Ours is essentially an absolute government, which has for base not the consent of the Indians, but their conquest. It does not want to represent the concept of the indigenous population of life and government and can never do, because then it would represent idolatry and barbarism. It represents a belligerent civilisation and nothing could be more dangerous than to have in one’s administration, at the head of a government founded on conquest-implying in all points the superiority of the conquering race, its institution, its principles, that men who hesitate to impose themselves openly”. One of the most important aspects of British India was the development of the British system of education and of the English language as the sole base of university teaching. Only the British diplomas were recognised and permitted to obtain a job. The ancient centres of Hindu culture got gradually bypassed and only the Brahmins kept the knowledge of Sanskrit alive.

Industrially, the British suffocated India, gradually strangling Indian industries, whose finished products, textiles in particular, were of a quality unique in the world, which had made them famous over the centuries. Instead, they oriented Indian industry towards jute, cotton, tea, oil seeds, which they needed as raw materials for their home industries. They employed cheap labour for their enterprises, while traditional artisanat were perishing. India, which used to be a land of plenty, « where milk and honey flowed », started slowly dying. According to British records, One million Indians died of famine between 1800 and 1825; 4 million between 1825 and 1850; 5 million between 1850 and 1875; and 15 million between 1875 and 1900. Thus, 25 million Indians died in one hundred years ! The British may be proud of their bloody record. It is probably more honourable and straightforward to kill in the name of Allah, than under the guise of petty commercial interest and total disregard for the ways of a 5000 year civilisation. Thus, by the turn of the century, India was bled dry and had no resources left. Fortunately, visionaries, like Jemshadji Tata, started important industries so that there would be a structure at independence, but in the face of so much resistance by the British. In textiles for example, they imposed the free entry of Lancashire products and slapped a heavy tax on export of Indian textiles. Is it necessary to remind too, how the English “exported” Indian labour all over the world in their colonies, whether to Sri Lanka for the tea plantations, to Fiji, to South Africa, or to the West Indies?

Culturally, there is no need to recall the rape of India. The thousands of art treasures, the diamonds, the priceless statues, stolen, which now adorn the houses of the rich in England, or the Queen’s private collections. That the British still do not feel the need to hand back these treasures to India is a shame. The ecological rape of India is also a fact: the tens of thousands of tigers needlessly shot, the great massacre of trees and forests for the voracious railways and the razing of old forts and houses.

Finally, the history of the British would be incomplete without mentioning the positive side. The unification of India by a single language, although it is hoped that it will be eventually replaced by India’s true language of the future, acceptable to all. The vast railway system, which more than anything else unified India. The remarkable Postal system, whose structures have survived till today. The roads network of India. But all these were not really meant for the welfare of India, but for a better administration of their own colony.
And ultimately, the question should be asked: “did the British leave India with any understanding, any inkling of the greatness of the country they had lived with for two centuries”? Except for a few souls like Annie Besant or Sister Nivedita, the answer seems to be: NO. And today’s British Prime Minister probably does not understand one bit more about India than Lord Mountbatten did. But then Mountabatten ought to have known better.


भारतवर्ष की महारानी
लेखक : फ्रांकोइस गुतिअर
अनुवादक: रवि शंकर
सोनिया गाँधी की ही तरह मैं भी यूरोप से हूँ और उन्ही की तरह एक केथोलिक परिवार मैं मेरा जन्म और पालन-पोषण हुआ है | मेरे भलेमानस पिता बहुत ही मजबूत आस्था वाले केथोलिक ईसाई थे और मेरे चाचा जी जिनका मेरे ऊपर घनिष्ठ प्रेम और मेरे व्यक्तित्व पर बहुत प्रभाव रहा पेरिस (फ़्रांस) के मोंटमारट्रे चर्च जो पेरिस के सबसे सुन्दर और एतिहासिक स्थलों मैं से एक है के वाइसर (प्रबंधक) थे| सोनिया गाँधी की ही तरह मुझे भी भारत मैं ४० वर्ष से ज्यादा रहने और एक भारतीय से विवाह करने का सोभाग्य मिला है |
पर मेरा और सोनिया गाँधी की समानता यंही खत्म होजाती है | मैं ये स्वीकार करूँगा के जब मैं सबसे पहले भारत आया था तो अधिकाँश पश्चिमी पर्यटकों और यात्रियों की तरह एक सीमा तक भारत के प्रति कुछ पूर्वाग्रहों, मान्यताओं और भ्रांतियों से ग्रसित था | और अन्य पश्चिमी यात्रियों की तरह मेरी जानकारी भी कुछ किताबो और प्रचिलित मान्यताओं (जैसे टिनटिन, रुडयार्ड किपलिंग की जंगलबुक, सिटी ऑफ जोय [कलकत्ता पर लिखी प्रसिद्द किताब], और आजकल स्लमडोग मिलियनेयर फिल्म) पर आधारित थी और चूँकि मैं ईसाई पुजारियों/मिशनरियों के परिवार से आता हूँ मैं अपने युवावस्था के उत्साह मैं ईसाई मिसनरी बनने और भारतीय ‘पगानो’ (मूर्तिपूजकों / नास्तिकों) को ‘सच्चे इश्वर’ (इसा मसीह) के रास्ते पर लेजाने का सपना भी रखता था| पर जब मैं भारत भूमि पर पैर रखे तभी मुझे महसूस हुआ के मेरे पास भारत को देने को कुछ नहीं है पर ये भारतभूमि और इसकी संस्कृति है जो मुझ पर अपनी कृपा की बोछार कर रही है |
पिछले ४० वर्षों मैं भारतभूमि ने भावनात्मक, आध्यात्मिक और व्यावसायिक तौरपर मुझे बहुत कुछ प्रदान किया है | हालाँकि अधिकांश पश्चिमी जो भारत आते हैं अभी भी यही सोचते हैं के वो भारत का ‘उद्धार’ करने, इसे कुछ देने आये हैं जो अवश्य ही अनजाने मैं अपने ‘अवचेतन’ मन मैं मानते है के भारत उनकी मात्रभूमि से हीन है कमतर है और ये तथ्य जितना ब्रिटिश राज्य या मदर टेरेसा के लिए सत्य है उतना ही श्रीमती सोनिया गाँधी के लिए भी |
इस तथ्य से इंकार नहीं किया जा सकता के श्रीमती सोनिया गाँधी ने कांग्रेस पार्टी मैं अनुशाशन व्यवस्था स्थापित की है और पार्टी को जोड़े रखा है पर एक गेर-भारतीय और लोकसभा के ५४५ सांसदों मैं से एक के हाथों मैं सत्ता के सूत्र और इतनी शक्ति का होना एक भयावह स्थिति है हालात ये हैं के सोनिया के एक शब्द बोलने या नजर टेड़े करने पर कांग्रेसी कुनबा और भारत सरकार मैं उनके अनुयायी कुछ भी करने को तैयार हो जाते हैं इसका परिणाम ये हुआ है के भारतीय लोकतंत्र मैं कार्यपालिका कभी भी इतना विकृत और पथभ्रष्ट नहीं हुई जितना वर्तमान समय मैं हो गयी है |
इसी सत्ता के केंद्र के सोनिया गाँधी मैं निहित होने का परिणाम है के सीबीआई खुलेआम और बेशर्मी के साथ राजीव गाँधी के दोस्त इटालियन नागरिक ओक्ट्वियो कव्त्रोच्ची के खिलाफ सारे अदालती निषेध आदेश रद्द करवा देती है आरोप वापस लेती है और उसे उन अरबों रूपये ले के भाग जाने देती है जो उसने भारत से चुराए थे इतना सब होने के बाद भी भारतीय मीडिया अपनी पलक भी नहीं झपकता और इस सब से आंख मीच के नरेन्द्र मोदी के पीछे निर्ममता पूर्वक पड़ा है जो भारत की सबसे सक्षम, भ्रस्टाचार मुक्त राज्य सरकार गुजरात मैं चला रहे हैं जंहा २४ घंटे बिजली और पानी की अबाध सप्लाई है जबकि आधा भारत अभी भी अंधकार मैं जीता है और कई राज्यों मैं सूखे जैसी स्थिति है | मीडिया इस तथ्य से भी आँख मीचे रहता है के कांग्रेस पार्टी सोनिया गाँधी की कभी प्रत्यक्ष और कभी परोक्ष सहमति से गेर कांग्रेसी राज्य सरकारों को गिराने के लिए करोडों रूपये लगा विधानसभा सदस्यों की खरीद-फरोख्त करने मैं लगी रहती है और कांग्रेसी राज्यपाल राज्यों मैं बेशर्मी से कानूनों को तोड़ मरोड़ के लोकतंत्र को बंधक बनाये हुए हैं |
क्या भारतियों को इस बात का अनुमान भी है के उनका राष्ट्र लोकतान्त्रिक देश से अर्ध-तानाशाही मैं बदल गया है जंहा देश का हर महत्वपूर्ण निर्णय एक महिला द्वारा लिया जाता है जो सुरक्षा कर्मियों और कुनबे के घिरी १० जनपथ की अपनी कोठी मैं भारतवर्ष की महारानी की तरह रहती हैं??
क्या भारतियों को मालूम है के सोनिया गाँधी आयकर दाताओं के दसियों अरब रुपयों पर अपना नियंत्रण रखती हैं जिसका प्रयोग वह अपनी पार्टी को सत्ता मैं बनाये रखने के लिए करती हैं? क्या वो जानते हैं देश मैं हुए बड़े बड़े घोटालों जैसे २जी, राष्ट्रमंडल खेल और आदर्श सोसाइटी आदि के पैसे का बड़ा हिस्सा काग्रेस पार्टी कि तिजोरी मैं गया है जिसका प्रयोग वो अगले लोकसभा चुनावों मैं अपने पुत्र राहुल को देश के सत्ताशीर्ष पर स्थापित करने मैं करेंगी?? भगवान का शुक्र है के न्यायपालिका अभी भी किसी हद तक स्वंतंत्र है ..
ऐसा लगता है कोई इस बात पर ध्यान नहीं दे रहा है कैसे सोनिया गाँधी के शासन मैं बहुत से वामपंथी बुद्धिजीवियों को खुलेआम देश मैं अलगाववाद फेलाने दिया जा रहा है और सरकार भारतीय सेना को कमजोर करने का निरंतर प्रयास कांग्रेस सरकार द्वारा किया जा रहा है | भारतीय सेना जो भारतीय सत्ता प्रतिष्ठान की एकमात्र ऐसी संस्था है जो अभी भी हजारों सालो की साहस, सम्मान और मात्रभूमि के प्रति निष्ठा की क्षत्रिय परम्परा का पालन कर रही है और सच्चे अर्थो मैं धर्मं निरपेक्ष है जिसमें हिंदू या मुस्लिम के आधार पर सेनिकों मैं कभी भेदभाव नहीं किए जाता और जो नाममात्र कि तनखाह पर देश के लिए अपनी सेवाएं और प्राण तक देते हैं ऐसे संस्था को हिंदू मुस्लिम जनगड़ना करा कर विभाजित करना और कश्मीर एवं लद्दाख मैं सेना कि उपस्थिति को कम करने जैसे कमजोर करने के प्रयास किये जा रहे हैं जिससे केवल पाकिस्तान और चीन को ही फायदा होगा |
अक्सर उन लोगों द्वारा जो सोनिया गाँधी को नजदीक से जानने का दावा करते हैं द्वारा उनकी व्यक्तिगत इमानदारी, सदाशयता और अपने निकट के लोगों का ख्याल करने की विशेषताओं कि बातें की जाती हैं पर सच्चाई ये है के ये असम्भव है के फ्रांस मैं किसी गेर-इसाई को फर्ज कीजिये किसी हिंदू को जो कि ना तो देश का राष्ट्रपति हो ना प्रधानमंत्री को परदे के पीछे से सर्वोच्च सत्ता का संचालन करने दिया जाए और उसकी सत्ता देश के चुने हुए प्रधानमंत्री से भी ऊपर हो, क्या कांग्रेस मैं कोई भी योग्य व्यक्ति नहीं जो ये जिम्मेदारी उठा सके?
क्या 1.2 अरब भारतीय अपने बीच से कोई व्यक्ति अपना देश चलाने के लिए नहीं चुन सकते जो भारत की जटिलताओं और यंहा के जीवन कि गूढ्ताओं को समझता हो और भारतीय भी हो ?? पर केवल ये ही नहीं सोनिया गाँधी कि भारतीय सत्ता शीर्ष पर उपस्थिति कई तरह कि द्रश्य और अद्रश्य शक्तियों को काम करने का मौका देती हैं हो भारत के लिए हानिकारक हैं |
वैसे मैं यह स्पष्ट कर देना चाहता हूँ के पश्चिम के श्रेष्ठ मूल्यों को अपनाने की कोशिश करने मैं कोई हर्ज नहीं है जैसे – लोकतंत्र, तकनिकी उन्नति और उच्च जीवनस्तर आदि पर अंधानुकरण सही नहीं होगा क्यूंकि पश्चिम मैं बहुत से सामाजिक संस्थान और परम्पराएँ टूट और बिखर रही हैं जैसे – हर तीन मैं से २ शादियों का अंत तलाक मैं होता है, बच्चों मैं अति-हिंसा कि प्रवृत्ति, बुढ़ापे मैं आर्थिक एवं पारिवारिक सहारे का अभाव, यूवाओं के बड़े वर्ग मैं डिप्रेसन जैसी मानसिक समस्याएं आदि और पश्चिम इन समस्याओं का जबाब अन्य संस्कृतियों समाजों मैं खोजने कि कोशिश कर रहा है खासकर भारतीय संस्कृति मै |
अक्सर भारतीय खासकर युवा इस बात कि गंभीरता को नहीं समझ पाते कि कैसे हर कीमत पर उतावली मैं भारत के अंधे पश्चिमीकरण का प्रयास इस शासन मैं किया जा रहा है | सोनिया गाँधी और उनके सिपहसालारों को इस बात को समझने कि जरुरत है भारत मैं 85 करोड़ और पूरी दुनिया मैं 1 अरब हिंदू अभी भी हैं और पिछले १००० साल के विदेशी आक्रमणों से जो कुछ अच्छी बातें संस्कृति मैं शामिल भी हुई हैं पर ये हिंदू संस्कृति और आध्यात्म दर्शन ही हैं जो भारत को विशिष्ट बनाते हैं और यही सांस्कृतिक विशिष्टता ही भारतीय इसाइयों को यूरोपीय और अमेरिकेन इसाइयों और भारतीय मुस्लिमों को अरब के मुसलमानों से अलग करते हैं |
भारत का दुर्भाग्य है के ये लंबे समय तक गुलामी कि जंजीरों मैं जकड़ा रहा और चीन से अलग ये आज भी अपनी समस्याओं का समाधान पश्चिम मैं ढूंडने का कोशिश करता है और सोनिया गाँधी का सत्ताशीर्ष पर होना आधुनिक भारत की उसी मानसिक दासता का परिणाम है और इसलिए वो लोकतान्त्रिक छद्म वेशभूषा मैं भारत कि मलिका है|
* (लेखक पेरिस से छपने वाले ला नोउवेल्ले डेल’ इन्डे के प्रमुख संपादक हैं एवं कई किताबों के लेखक हैं जिनमें श्री श्री रविशंकर पर लिखी गयी द गुरु ऑफ जोय [हे हाउस पब्लिकेशन – 1,25,000 से ज्यादा प्रतियाँ 7 देशों मैं] प्रमुख हैं)



The Neem trees (Azdirachta Indica) have started to flower all over India. Small delicate white flowers that irradiate a subtle and beautiful scent. The Mother of Pondichery, who had given names to all the flowers, had called the flowers of the Neem tree, “Spiritual atmosphere””, for not only if you sit under a neem tree, insects are kept away by its natural repellent properties, but the soft fragrance of its flowers and the thick green umbrella of its leaves, produce an atmosphere that induces to peace and meditation.

 Since American firms such as WR Grace et Agridyne, have tried to patent Neem, the Indian Govt may have started realising that they may be sitting on a pile of gold. Or have they? Every third shop today in India is an allopathic medical store. Neem is one of the most neglected, underused, overlooked trees in India. Yet its properties are unique: its bark is wonderful against malaria and sometimes even early cancer; its oil extracted from its seeds and fruits is an excellent natural pesticide that has been used effectively to protect cashew nut flowers against insects (instead of the deadly pesticides that Tamil Nadu & Kerala farmers indiscriminately spray repeatedly). Its leaves, its seeds, its small branches, have unique medical properties that used to be known in India millenniums ago. “Neem is Shakti”, says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, for it discriminates. An antibiotic kills the good and bad microbes, whereas neem only eliminates the bad and spares the good”.

 I have used neem for decades and it kept me healthy. Here a few simple easy to do yourself recipes:

1)    Pick up about 20 young neem leaves early morning, wash them under the tap and put them in a blender with a glass of fresh (or mineral) water. Blend for 3 or 4 minutes. Strain it and drink that wonderful deep green juice before breakfast (for those who find it too bitter, add some liquid jagry). It keeps away worms and amoebas, clears your blood and is good for the liver.

2)    Enema has become a dirty word today, but it’s a highly effective way of cleaning one’s intestines and getting rid of the poison that accumulates there, specially for the non-veg people. Pick up in the evening 2 or three whole young branches of neem. Wash them under the tap and boil them whole for an hour. Keep it covered for the whole night so it soaks well. You can administer yourself the enema in the morning in your own bathroom with a simple device that is cheap and easy to find in pharmacies. I recommend at least 3 repeats, 2 days in a row, four or five times a year.

3)    Pick up the seeds of the neem tree, dry them in the sun and put them in a blender with one or two block of rock salt. The brown powder that comes out is an excellent toothpaste, that is not only good for the teeth because of its antiseptic properties, but rubbed gently on the gums, protect & strengthen them, something that modern toothpastes do not do.

 Every time I see these adds on Indian TV, promoting some rubbish toothpaste or some miracle whitener (why do Indian girls crave for whiteness, when brown is so sexy and westerners spend billions in creams to get brown on their beaches?), it makes me mad. India has so much ancient medical knowledge still alive in Ayurveda and simple rural remedies such as neem, tulsi, oe Aloe Vera. We do hope that the craze for westernization that was also part of the Congress and Sonia Gandhi’s brief, will metamorphose in a return to the ancient roots with Mr Modi, while adopting all that is good in the West.

 Finally, in our Shivaji Maharaj Museum of Indian History, we have planted many neems and I a planning to have one station, while ascending to the main Museum (for the moment the seven buildings are on the lower side), where around a neem tree, its properties will be extolled in posters and films, in Marathi, Hindi and English. This will be my gratitude to the neem.

Meanwhile, once more, I appeal to your generosity : our Museum is a wonderful and unique project, which faces many difficulties, one of them being that most industrialists and rich individuals donate to education or hospitals, but are instantly wary of a private Museum, built by a French man (!), on Indian history, this most sensitive subject that has been falsified by the British and then kept under wraps (and Hindus vilified) by successive Congress Govts and by the historians associated by JNU, such as Romila Thapar and their correspondents in the West, like Wendy Doniger, Michael Witzel or Christophe Jaffrelot in France.

 I need five lakhs at the moment to finish the Ahilyabhai building and obtain permissions for the main structure. We have tax exemption. Those who wish to donate can do so electronically to the trust account below or send me a mail at For our substantial donors, we will give one or two reproductions of our original paintings (which can be seen at, all exhibited in our Museum in Pune, which is open from 9AM to 6PM every day. Please ask your friends in Pune to visit it. We have aarti every morning in our Mata Bhavani shrine at 9.30AM. the address is: Shivaji Maharaj Museum of Indian History, ahead of Marathwada Engineering College, Shinde road, Wadgaon, Pune 47. Namaste. Francois Gautier

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As the sting operation by investigative website Cobrapost on the 1992 Babri Mosque demolition at Ayodhya, is released, I thought I could share this article on Ayodhya which I wrote in 1992 for the Mumbai newspaper Blitz


 How many of those who have lambasted so many times the “Hindu fundamentalists” and lamented the destruction of the Babri Masjid mosque as the “death of secularism in India”, have been to Ayodhya? (not Faizabad, mind you, which is Ayodhya’s twin Muslim city). When one arrived in Ayodhya before the destruction of the mosque, one was struck by the fact that it was a Hindu town “par excellence”. More than Benares even, it is dotted everywhere with innumerable temples; it has all these old Hindus houses and this lovely river with its ghats which runs through the lower town. And then, forlorn on the top, there was this lone mosque with its two ugly domes, which looked so out of place and unused, that any one with a right sense -and that includes the Muslims- should see that it was not worth making an issue of. The destruction of the Babri Masjid still evokes such fiery reactions, that the importance of Ayodhya has been totally overlooked: Ayodhya is a symbol, through which two India’s are facing each other. And the outcome of their confrontation will shape the future of this country for generations to come.

 The first India wants to be secular and unite together through an egalitarian, democratic spirit all the minorities, ethnic groups, religions and people of the country. But the question is: what would be the binding element of this kind of India? Secularism, says the first side. But secularism has a different meaning for each one. For the British, it was a convenient way to divide and rule, by treating each Indian community on par, although some were in minority and others in majority, thereby planting the seeds of separatisms. For the Congress Party, it has always meant giving in to the Muslims’ demands, because its leaders never could really make out if the allegiance of Indian Muslims first want to India and then to Islam – or vice-versa. And for India’s intelligentsia, its writers, journalists, top bureaucrats, the majority of whom are Hindus, it means, apart from belittling its own religion and brothers, an India which would be a faithful copy of the West: liberal, modern, atheist, industrialized, intellectual and western-oriented.

 Moreover, what makes India unique? Certainly not its small elite which apes the West; there are millions of these western clones in the developing world who wear a tie, read the New York Times and swear by liberalism and secularism to save their countries from doom. Nor its modern youth, whom you meet in Delhi’s swank parties, who are full of the MTV culture, wear the latest Klein jeans and Lacoste T Shirts, and who in general are useless, fat, rich parasites, in a country which has so many talented youngsters who live in poverty. Not even its political, bureaucratic and judicial system; it’s a copy of the British set up, which is not fully adapted to India’s unique character and conditions. What then?

 The second India which is confronting the other through the Ayodhya issue is, of course, the India of the Hindus. When Imam Bhukari states that “we (the Mughals) gave everything to this country, its culture, its manners, its arts, and the Hindus by destroying the Babri Masjid showed how little gratitude they have”, apart from making a pompous declaration, he proclaims exactly the opposite of the reality. Because the truth is that not only Hinduism is what makes India unique, so different from all the other nations of the world, but it is the single most important influence in Indian history. In the words of Sri Aurobindo, India’s Great Sage and Modern Age Avatar: “The inner principle of Hinduism, the most tolerant and receptive of all religious systems, is not sharply exclusive like the religious spirit of Christianity or Islam…it is the fulfillment of the highest tendencies of human civilisation and it will include in its sweep the most vital impulses of modern life..”

 And indeed, if you look at India today, you find that Hinduism has permeated, influenced, shaped, every part of this country, every religion, every culture. Be it the Christians who are like no other Catholics of the world, or Indian Muslims, who whatever they may say, are utterly different from their brothers in Saudi Arabia. But Hinduism is too narrow a word, it’s a corruption of the original word “Indu”, for true Hinduism is Dharma, India’s infinite and eternal spiritual knowledge, which took shape into so many varied expressions throughout the ages, be it the Vedantas, Buddhism, or the Arya Samaj and which is today still very much alive in India, particularly in its rural masses, which after all constitute 80% of its population. And the words of the great Sage still echo in our ears: “Each nation is a shakti or power of the evolving spirit in humanity and lives by the principle it embodies. India is the Bharata Shakti, the living energy of a great spiritual conception- and fidelity to it is the very principle of her existence…But we must have a firm faith that India must rise and be great and that everything that happened, every difficulty, every reverse must help and further the end…”

 What one has to grasp is that the issue of Ayodhya only makes sense when the immense harm the Muslims did to India is not negated, as indeed it has been and still is today in the official History books in the West – and sadly in India also. The Muslim jehad against Hindus, alas, continues even today, whether in Kashmir, where the last Hindus were made to flee in terror, or in Bangladesh and Pakistan, where the crowds still regularly go on rampage against Hindus and their temples (as told by a Bangladeshi Muslim herself, Talisma Nasreen). It is in this light, that it becomes extraordinary for an impartial observer to see today that when for once, the Hindus wanted to displace, not even to destroy, ONE mosque and rebuild the “temple”, which they believe was built in this particular place, for one of their most cherished Gods, the one which is loved universally by all, men, women, children, THEY were treated as rabid fundamentalists. The great Mughals must be laughing all the way down their graves! What a reversal of situation! What a turnabout of history! And when the mosque was destroyed, it evoked such fiery reactions, such pompous, overblown, sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, atrocious, ridiculous, sly and totally undeserved outrage, both within India and in the Western world (who should be the last one to give lessons to India), that the importance of Ayodhya as a symbol has been totally overlooked.

 The obvious trap is to think that the demolition of the mosque in Ayodhya is something to gloat about and that it is the duty of all good Hindus to see that other important mosques at Mathura, Vanarasi, or elsewhere, be also razed to the ground; or that all cities with a Muslim name be renamed with a Hindu one. This is not true Hinduism, which has always shown its tolerance and accepted in its fold other creeds and faiths. Indeed a true “Indu” India will be secular in the correct sense of the term: it will give freedom to each religion, each culture, so that it develops itself in the bosom of a Greater India, of which dharma, true spirituality, will be the cementing factor.

Nevertheless, the destruction of the Babri Masjid, however unfortunate, has made its point: the occult Mughal hold over Hindu India has been broken and centuries of Hindu submission erased. Hindus have proved that they too can fight.


 * The author, is the correspondent in South Asia of Le Figaro, France’s largest circulation newspaper.



As Sonia Gandhi has filed her nomination for the 2014 elections, from Rae Barely, which will probably reelect her, I thought it would be appropriate to republish this article of mine. ..

Like Sonia Gandhi, I am a Westerner and a brought-up catholic. My father, a very good man, was a staunch Christian; my uncle, whom I doted upon, was the vicar of the Montmartre Church, one of the most picturesque landmarks of Paris. Like Sonia Gandhi, I have lived in India for more than 40 years, and I have had the good fortune to be married to an Indian.
But the comparison stops there. I did land in India with a certain amount of prejudices, clichés and false ideas, that most Westerners pick-up here and there (Tintin, Kipling, the City of Joy, Slumdog Millionaire, today) and I did think in the enthusiasm of my youth to become a missionary to bring back Indian ‘pagans’ to the ‘true God’. But the moment I stepped in India I felt that not only I had nothing much that I could give to India, but rather, that it was India which was bestowing me.

In fact, in 40 years, India has given me so much, professionally, spiritually, sentimentally. Most Westerners, who come here, still think they are here to ‘give’ something to a country, which, unconsciously of course, they think is lesser than theirs. It was true of the British, it was true of Mother Teresa, it is true of Mrs Sonia Gandhi.

It is a fact that Sonia brought discipline, order and cohesion into the Congress party. But the amount of power, that she, a non-Indian, a simple elected MP, like hundreds of others, possesses, should frighten her: a word, nay a glance of her is sufficient to trigger action by her entourage, using any means. Thus, the instruments of power have never been so perverted in India. The CBI blatantly and shamelessly quashed all injunctions against Quattrochi and even allowed him to get away with billions of rupees which he had stolen from India. Yet, without batting an eyelid, and with the Indian Media turning a blind eye, it went ruthlessly after Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of the most efficiently run state, the most corruption free, where there is electricity 24 hours, when half of India is in darkness, where there is unlimited water supply whereas a drought-like situation is evolving in many states. Now that Mr Modi, is the BJP’s Prime ministerial candidate, he has of course acquired some shine in the Indian Media, though the western Media continues to bash him ruthlessly and untruthfully, as recently Gardiner Harris did in the New York Times.

Are Indians aware that their country has been for the last few years in a state of semi-autocracy, where every important decision comes to a single individual, residing in her fortress of Janpath, surrounded by dozens of security men, an empress of India. Are they aware that she controls tens of billions of rupees of the taxpayer’s money, which she uses to keep her party in power? Do they know that the huge amounts of the scams, whether the 2G, the CWG, or the Adarsh one, did not go into politicians pockets (only a fraction), but to the coffers of the Congress for these general elections, and more than anything to please Sonia, who is trying to install her son on the throne of India? The Congress, with Sonia’s overt or silent consent, has paid during two tenures hundreds thousands of crores of rupees to buy MP’s to topple non-Congress governments. Her governors shamelessly hijacked democracy by twisting the laws. Thank God, the Judiciary here still holds some independence!

Nobody seems to notice what happened under the reign of Sonia Gandhi. That many leftist intellectuals, such as Teesta Seltawad, or Manu Joseph, were allowed to preach secession in India, whereas on the other hand the Congress Government has been going after the army, the last body in India to uphold the time ancient values of the Kshatriya –courage, honour, devotion to the Motherland, they who alone today practice true secularism, never differentiating between a Muslim or Hindu soldier, and who, for a pittance, give daily their lives to their country. First it was the attempt of a caste census, a divide and rule ploy if there is one; then there are the many signs that the Government was thinking about thinning down the presence of the Indian army in the Kashmir Valley, which will suit Pakistan perfectly.

One hears from persons who know her well, of Sonia’s’ qualities of honesty, courtesy, or personal care. But would be impossible, in France for example, to have a non-Christian, say an Hindu for instance, who is a non-elected president or PM, to be the absolute ruler of the country behind the scenes, superseding even the PM. There are many capable people in the Congress. Why can’t a billion Indians find one of their own, who will understand the complexity and subtlety of India, to govern themselves? Not only that, but her very presence at the top has unleashed forces, visible and invisible that are detrimental to the country. There is nothing wrong in espousing the best of the values of the West – democracy, technological perfection, higher standards of living – but many of the institutions are crumbling in the West: two out of three marriages end in divorce, kids shoot each other, parents are not cared for in their old age, depression is rampant and westerners are actually looking for answers elsewhere, in India notably.

One does not understand this craze at the moment to westernize India at all costs, while discarding its ancient values. Mrs Gandhi should have remembered while in power that there still are 850 million Hindus in India, 1,2 billion worldwide and that whatever good inputs were brought by different invasions, it is the ancient values of the spirituality behind Hinduism, which have made India so special and which gives her today her unique qualities, making an Indian Christian different from an American Christian, or an Indian Muslim different from a Saudi one.

Every opinion poll says the Congress will suffer debacle in these elections, but if you talk to many of the simple countryside people, whether in UP or Tamil Nadu, they say that they are going to vote for Congress ‘because my husband tells me’, or because ‘Rahul is related to the Mahatma Gandhi’…
The tragedy of India is that it was colonized for too long. And unlike China, it always looks to the West for a solution to its problems. Sonia Gandhi, whatever her qualities, is just an incarnation of that hangover, an Empress of India in new clothes.

Francois Gautier

 The author is editor in chief of the Paris based La Nouvelle Revue de l’Inde ( and the author of many books, amongst them The Guru of Joy (Hay House, 125.000 copies in seven countries)