Author Archives: François Gautier

What do you think of #China going down, Mr Narendra Modi​?

I am celebrating too – but not for the same reasons. China is an a-dharmic country, that has evil intentions on India. It gave Pakistan the know-how to manufacture its nuclear bombs, it has encircled India in an iron grip from Burma to Nepal, it is claiming an entire state, that of Arunachal Pradesh, it humiliated India in 1962 and kept a huge chunk of Indian territory and it is India’s main economic competitor in Asia. hHen #China goes down, #India automatically comes-up. What do you think, Mr Narendra Modi​?


The first leaders of pre-independent India took some disastrous decisions, and the worst of them was to allow the division of their own country on religious lines. And today, the consequences of this partition are still felt : Kashmir is the most visible of them; but you also have Ayodhya, Kargil, the nuclear bomb, the Bombay or Udhampur attacks – and above all, the self-negation of a nation which is not whole, which has lost some of its most precious limbs in 1947. Yes, it is true, the British used to the hilt the existing divide between Hindus and Muslims; yes, the Congress was weak : it accepted what was forced down its throat by Jinnah and Mountbatten, even though many of its leaders, and a few moderate Muslims, disagreed with the principle of partition; it was also Gandhi’s policy of non-violence and gratifying the fanatical Muslim minority, in the hope that it would see the light, which did tremendous harm to India and encouraged Jinnah to harden his demands. But ultimately, one has to go back to the roots, to the beginning of it all, in order to understand Partition. One has to travel back in history to get a clear overall picture. This is why memory is essential, this is why Holocausts should never be forgotten.
For Jinnah was only the vehicle, the instrument, the avatar, the latest reincarnation of the medieval Muslims coming down to rape and loot and plunder the land of Bharat. He was the true son of Mahmud Ghaznavi, of Muhammed Ghasi, of Aurangzeb. He took up again the work left unfinished by the last Mughal two centuries earlier: ‘Dar-ul-Islam’, the House of Islam. The Hindu-Muslim question is an old one – but is it really a Muslim-Hindu question, or just plainly a Muslim obsession, their hatred of the Hindu pagans, their contempt for this polytheist religion? This obsession, this hate, is as old as the first invasion of India by the Arabs in 650. After independence, nothing has changed: the sword of Allah is still as much ready to strike the Kafirs, the idolaters of many Gods. The Muslims invaded this country, conquered it, looted it, razed its temples, humiliated its Hindu leaders, killed its Brahmins, converted its weaker sections. True, it was all done in the name of Allah and many of its chiefs were sincere in thinking they were doing their duty by hunting down the Infidel. So how could they accept on 15th August 1947 to share power on an equal basis with those who were their subjects for thirteen centuries? “Either the sole power for ourselves, and our rule over the Hindus as it is our sovereign right, we the adorers of the one and only true God – Or we quit India and establish our own nation, a Muslim nation, of the true faith, where we will live amongst ourselves”.
Thus there is no place for idolaters in this country, this great nation of Pakistan; they can at best be ‘tolerated’ as second-class citizens. Hence the near total exodus of Hindus from Pakistan, whereas more than half the Muslim population in India, chose to stay, knowing full well that they would get the freedom to be and to practice their own religion. In passing, the Muslims took their pound of flesh from the Hindus – once more – by indulging in terrible massacres, which were followed by retaliations from Sikhs and hard core Hindus, the ultimate horror. Partition triggered one of the most terrible exodus in the history of humanity. And this exodus has not ended: they still come by hundreds of thousand every year from Bangladesh, fleeing poverty, flooding India with problems, when the country has already so many of her own.
For French historian Alain Danielou, the division of India was on the human level as well as on the political one, a great mistake : “It added to the Middle East an unstable state, Pakistan, and burdened India which already had serious problems”. And he adds: “India whose ancient borders stretched until Afghanistan, lost with the country of seven rivers (the Indus Valley), the historical centre of her civilisation. At a time when the Muslim invaders seemed to have lost some of their extremism and were ready to assimilate themselves to other populations of India, the European conquerors, before returning home, surrendered once more the cradle of Hindu civilisation to Muslim fanaticism.” (Histoire de l’Inde, p.355)
Pakistanis will argue, as Pakistan National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz may have, before cancelling the talks with @AjitDoval, that the valley of Kashmir, which has a Muslim majority, should have gone to Pakistan – and in the mad logic of partition they are not totally wrong. It is because Nehru and Gandhi accepted this logic, which was tremendously stupid, that India is suffering so much today. Of course, we cannot go back, History has been made : Pakistan has become an independent country and it is a “fait accompli”. But if you go to Pakistan today, you will notice that its Punjabis look exactly the same as Indian Punjabis : they have the same mannerisms, eat the same food, dress similarly, speak the same language… Everything unites them, except religion. And this is what Sri Aurobindo kept saying in 1947 : ” India is free, but she has not achieved unity, only a fissured and broken freedom…The whole communal division into Hindu and Muslim seems to have hardened into the figure of a permanent political division of the country. It is to be hoped that the Congress and the Nation will not accept the settled fact as for ever settled, or as anything more than a temporary expedient. For if it lasts, India may be seriously weakened, even crippled; civil strife may remain always possible, possible even a new invasion and foreign conquest. The partition of the country must go…For without it the destiny of India might be seriously impaired and frustrated. That must not be.” (Message of Sri Aurobindo on the 15th of August 1947).
It is only when the subcontinent will be whole again and the scars on both sides have been healed, that a Greater India will regain some of the self-pride gone with Partition.

#Pakistan, whose bluff was called off by Narendra Modi​, is again doing its usual nuclear blackmail to the USA and Europe.

#Pakistan, whose bluff was called off by Narendra Modi​, is again doing its usual nuclear blackmail to the USA and Europe. And it might just well work again, triggering Barack Obama​’s or François Hollande​ to put pressure on India to reopen the doors of negotiation with Islamabad a propos #kashmir. But this is what I have to say:

« There is nothing wrong about war”, once said Sri Aurobindo. And it is true that throughout the ages, war has been an essential part of man’s life on this planet and there have been very few periods in modern history which have not seen strife. The French fought three bloody wars against the Germans in the last 125 years, India has battled five wars in nearly 70 years, four against Pakistan, if you count Kargil, and one against the Chinese.

Of course the horrors of war, the devastation it creates, have been documented enough so that there is no need to delve upon them. In the olden times, it was accepted as a fact of life and very few people protested. Actually, of all the nations in the world, India is the one who handled best the business of war, as Sri Aurobindo points out: “Vedic India allowed for men’s inclination to war, but made sure that it never went beyond a certain stage, for only professional armies fought and the majority of the population remained untouched”. Indeed, at no time in ancient India, were there great fratricidal wars, like those between the British and the French, or even the Protestants and the Catholics within France itself.

But today, as there is a new awareness of the value of life, both human, animal and vegetal, man often recoils from the terrors of conflicts and its consequences on the human being and its environment. Naturally also, humanity aspires to a more harmonious life, where not only will it not be necessary to kill each other to survive, but also where all human beings would love and respect each other, regardless of their colour, religion and nationality. Thus, particularly in the United States during the Vietnam war, there manifested amongst the youth this longing for “no war, but peace”, as symbolized by the famous photo of a young American girl sticking a flower in the barrel of the gun of a national Guard. This antiwar pressure was so great that it took out the wind of the Unites States to fight this bloody conflict in a faraway country. and ultimately it surrendered meekly Vietnam to the Vietcongs. Since then, although there is no more such antiwar movement in the United States, American soldiers seem to have lost their valour and now their wars are fought from the safety of supersonic planes, or though drones and when they are fought on the ground, as in Aghanistan, as soon as a few American soldiers are killed, the will to fight goes, because of intense media and public pressure on Governments. This is why hijackers and kidnappers have such a field day now: they kill one or two people and whole governments surrender, as seen during the hijack of the Kathmandu-Delhi flight in December 1999. It takes Israelis soldiers to keep on fighting with their own public, press and government behind them, when suicide after suicide bombers kill scores of innocent people every month.

In India too, there has risen a strong, coherent antiwar lobby. Intellectuals such as Arundhadi Roy, have brilliantly pleaded for a peaceful and restrained India, powerful but benevolent, who learns not to retaliate, to be merciful and generous towards her smaller neighbours. The spectre of a nuclear war has of course come as a strong argument for the antiwar lobby in India and we have seen during the last Hiroshima wakes, how both Japanese (who committed untold atrocities during the second world war) and Indian leftits intellectuals, have used the available data on the horrendous consequences of a nuclear war to put pressure on the Government to back out from a conflict with Pakistan.

At any rate, Indian Governments have not been exceptionally bold militarily. Two factors appear to have inhibited the Indian courage to face adversity when faced with threats: the first is Buddhism, which made out of non-violence a rigid creed; and the second is the Mahatma Gandhi’s equally unbending theorem of non-violence, which may have precipitated India’s partition. And this is why maybe, under the guise of non-violence and peace, so many Indian intellectuals and politicians have shied away from war since independence, witness Nehru’s refusal to heed warnings about China’s hostility, which triggered the humiliation of the Indian army in 1962.

But will there be a nuclear war? Islamabad, whatever his obsession about Kashmir, which is basically a revenge for the loss of Eastern Pakistan, now Bangladesh, thanks to India’s support, knows that if it does manage to drop one nuclear bomb on Delhi or Bombay, there will no more Pakistan worth the name, as all major Pakistani cities will be wiped off the face of the earth. Islam, who has made of the use of violence a near religious practice, understands the language of violence: see how it kept quiet when America showed its muscle after the 11th September attack, or when the Allies invaded Iraq. Thus Pakistan is doing a nuclear blackmail on the world… which is unfortunately working, as every time so much pressure is brought upon on India by the US and the EC to negotiate again with the Pakistanis.

If there is a war between Pakistan and India, whatever the politicians say, it will be a war between two brothers, for except for their religion, everything unite Indians and Pakistanis: their colour, ethnic origin, food habits, language… In fact, some Indian Muslim soldiers might have to shoot on some Pakistani cousins, or uncles. Will they pull the trigger when their commander says so? Will not their conscience tell them that it is wrong to shoot on one’s brothers? Does not that remind you of something? Did not Arjuna face the same dilemma five thousand years ago in Kurukshetra? Did he not throw his bow on the ground and tell Krishna: “no I will not fight, because war is such a horrible thing and I refuse to kill my bothers”.

But what does Krishna tell him: “not only you are not killing the soul, but merely the material body; but also sometimes, when all other means have failed and it is necessary to protect one’s borders, wives, children and culture, war can become dharma. And that brings in the final question: is a war against Pakistan justified? Would it be dharma? Well you have to decide for yourself: for nearly twenty years Pakistan has waged a proxy war against India in Punjab, in Kashmir and now more and more in the North-East; it has killed thousands of innocent people, raped women dismembered children, mutilated Indian soldiers in the most horrible manner… Several Indian Prime Ministers have made one-sided attempts at peace, without getting reciprocity from Islamabad.

Indeed, a war between Pakistan and India might be the Kurukshestra of the 21st century, the ultimate war which will set right fifteen hundred years of Islamic terror and both redeem the Hindus’ karma of cowardice, as well as the Muslims’ karma of bloodshed. This war, if it ever happens, will also pave the way for the reunification of India and Pakistan, by force or by natural means. For the two brothers can fight for a time, but ultimately they have to embrace each other anew, as they are basically one, beyond time and body, as Krishna once told Arjuna.

Francois Gautier

TO: Narendra Modi​ PMO India​ & Ajit Doval​

Dear Narendra Modi​ PMO India​ & Ajit Doval​, now that you have humbled #Pakistan, is it not time to deal with Sonia Gandhi (Soniya Gandhi)​? With only 44 MP’s the Indian National Congress​ lowest tally in 125 years, she wrecked an entire Parliament session and sabotaged your Land Bill, which is indispensable for India if it wants to move forward & become a superpower. For the infrastructures of your country are pathetic. You need land to build highways, fast railways tracks, airports, factories & you can’t do it with the Nehruvian system. FG

As the #NSAtalks hang in balance, #Pakistan has played its usual game of bullying #India

As the #NSAtalks hang in balance & while #Pakistan has played its usual game of bullying Delhi by shelling on the Line of Control, it’s unsettling to see on the Social Media how much support Islamabad is getting from the Indian Kashmiri Muslims.


Sri Aurobindo wrote in 1940: “in Kashmir, the Hindus had all the monopoly. Now if the Muslim demands are acceded to, the Hindus will be wiped out again.” (India’s Rebirth, p. 220) How prophetic ! Today, if a Hindu wants to undertake a pilgrimage to one of the most ancient shrines in the history of Hinduism, Amarnath, he must do it under heavy police and army protection, and at the risk of his life. It is as if, not only he is going to a foreign country, but also to a hostile foreign country.

The frightening thing is that the writ of the Central Government is gone in Kashmir; all the national newspapers and television channels only employ Kashmiri Muslim correspondents, as no Hindu journalist is willing to go an risk his or her life in Srinagar. Thus, always beware when you read a newspaper report or see a television news broadcast from the Valley of Kashmir, for it is bound to be a distorted picture. Nowadays, every TV footage shows crowds waving Pakistani or even ISIS flags and nobody objects. Do you know that Kashmir is the most subsidized state in India? That every time a PM goes there, whether from the Congress, or the BJP, thousands of crores of subsidies are announced? Since 1989, all government officials in the Valley of Kashmir, while they hardly work in the year because of strikes and curfews, get their pay checks? It makes no difference to the fact that if a referendum was conducted, at least 85% of the Valley of Kashmir would opt to be attached to Pakistan.

When I was covering Kashmir in the 90’s, the army was already living in fortified camps in the valley of Kashmir and would never go out unless it was in heavily armed convoys. I remember flying by helicopter from the famed army camp in Srinagar with the then commanding general in JK, to the Chrar-e-Sharif, the last sufi mosque in the valley of Kashmir, which was beautifully carved of wood and burnt down to the ground, by militants, we ascended straight up from the camp in small circles, so as not to be hit by enemy fire- and landed the same way in an army camp near Chrar-e-Sharif. The truth is that India is slowly losing its grip on Kashmir and that – at least under Sonia Gandhi, the ground was being slowly prepared for an agreement brokered by the US, which would give de facto independence to the Valley of Kashmir, under the guise of ‘autonomy’… Unfortunately, in Delhi amongst journalists and intellectual, you will find many who will say: “so what? India is a big country, we can do without Kashmir”.

This is why @narendraModi must have carefully thought on why is it important that India retains Kashmir:
The most obvious reason is that Kashmir is of extreme strategic importance to India. If Kashmir would fall out of India’s hands, New Delhi would be surrounded by three hostile nations who strategically could swoop down from a height: Tibet, which was once the peace buffer between India & China; Nepal, which is de facto fallen in hostile hands: and Kashmir, the gateway between the Middle East and Asia.

Secondly if India allow Kashmir to go, why not Manipur, why not Tripura, or even Tamil Nadu, which has Dravidian aspirations? Many countries in the world face separatism problems, whether France with Corsica, or even Britain with the Falklands, which are thousand of miles away. Why should India let go of Kashmir, which has been culturally, and physically part of its body for at least 5000 years?

Finally, Kashmir is the cradle of Shivaism, thousands of yogis, gurus, sannyasins, have prayed meditated, performed tapasaya in this holy land and for that reason only, it should be sacred to India.

Part of the blame for the present apathy of Indians for the deteriorating situation in Kashmir, must fall on the Press, particularly the western media, which has always maintained that Kashmir was a “disputed” territory. Many of us journalists know that since the mid-eighties Pakistan encouraged, financed, trained and armed Kashmiri separatism. But Mark Tully, for instance, who is revered in India for his ‘fair’ reporting always made it a point to say: “India accuses Pakistan to foster separatism in Kashmir”; or :”elections are being held in Indian- held Kashmir”; or “Kashmir militants ” have attacked an army post, instead of “terrorists”. All the other foreign journalists, yesterday and today have followed the BBC’s benchmarks.

It is not he only the 400.000 Hindus from Kashmir who had to flee their own homeland, who are under threat. It is not only the pilgrims of Amarnath, today every Hindu who goes to Kashmir in search of its famed beauty, which is much overrated, does it at the risk of his or her own life


The story of the nawab of Arcot, named by Aurangzeb

Let me tell you a story, boys and girls:

The title of nawabs of Arcot was established in 1692 by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, the ‘Hitler’ of India, so beloved by Marxist and historians, as well as western writers such as William Dalrymple, as a reward for their victory over the Marathas.

Once upon a time, the nawabs of Arcot controlled a vast territory south of the Krishna river. But after the advent of the British, the nawabs had to surrender most of their territory to the East India Company.
In exchange, Queen Victoria, gave the nawabs a tax free-pension in perpetuity, allowed them to retain their palace in the midst of Chennai and granted them a high hierarchical ranking. Incredibly, the Government of India continues to honor this privilege. The current Prince of Arcot, Abdul Ali, is ranked third in Tamil Nadu after the Governor and the Chief Minister and is present at every official occasion.

Zoom to today: in March 2008, I showed in Chennai’s Lalit Kala Academi our exhibition on Aurangzeb “as he was according to his own records” (, which we had presented without any problems in Delhi and Bangalore. This unique painting exhibition is based on the original firmans of Aurangzeb, still preserved in the Bikaner and Hyderabad archives, and we were careful not to add any comments of our own.
The newspaper the Hindu wrote a review and the present nawab of Arcot came to see the exhibition. He was incensed by our painting depicting the razing of the Somnath temple (that was broken SEVEN times by Muslims), which is historically undeniable, as alongside, we had posted the scan of Aurangzeb’s order, with the emperor’s seal.
The nawab of arcot called immediately the son of the then chief Minister, Stalin and organized a demonstration by a few Muslims from the nearby mosque.
Stalin sent one his high ranking police officers, then Assistant Commissioner of Police K N Murali.
Mr Murali quickly swung into action: he came to the Lalit Kala Academi with a full posse of policement (photos) he terrorised the harmless ladies guarding the exhibition calling them ” stooges of a white dog,” threw two paintings on the ground and ordered his policemen to remove the rest. Then he arrested four volunteers (Mrs. Srarswathi, Mrs. Vijayalakshmi, Mrs.
Malathi and Mr. B.R. Haran) and took them to the Thousand Lights police station. There the ACP termed me as a “Foreign Terrorist” and threatened to book the volunteers “for helping and assisting him to incite communal violence in the otherwise peaceful Tamil Nadu.”
I was in Delhi and immediately flew to Chennai, got my four volunteers released, but it took me six months to get the paintings back. Half of them were broken. I had them restored and the exhibition in now permanently hosted in our Shivaji Maharaj Museum Pune (

But the story does not end up there. The so-called ‘prince’ of Arcot, whose ‘Amir palace’ is in Royapettah, the heart of Chennai, wants more land:
Don’t you think that in democratic India, under the rule of @Narendra Modi, this kind of privileges should be revoked, specially as his ancestors were enemies of India? FG

@NarendraModi, @AjitDoval, please offer your help to @Thailand to catch these terrorists

My first intuition was Thai Muslims, but the Time UK, says Chinese Muslims. At any rate, once more, a Hindu place of worship is targeted. Narendra Modi​ & Ajit Doval – For NSA​ should make some kind os statement, offering collaboration to catch the terrorists. Once more, let me reiterate that nothing, not even a Scripture, can justify the killing of innocent people. FG