Is there such thing as ‘Hindu terrorism’ ? We know today that Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Kasab was to die as Bengaluru’s Samir Chaudhari. Luckily a courageous policeman shot him and he survived so that his true identity could be proved.

Well, I guess I was asked to write this column because I am one of this rare species of foreign correspondents: a lover of Hindus! A born Frenchman, Catholic-educated, non-Hindu, I do hope I will be given some credit for my opinions, garnered after 25 years of reporting in South Asia (for Le Journal de Genève and Le Figaro) – which are not the product of my parents’ ideas, my education or my atavism.

In the early eighties, when I started freelancing in the South , doing photo features on Kalaripayat, the Ayappa festival, or the Ayanars, I slowly realized, on the ground, that the genius of this country lies in its Hindu ethos, or rather in the true spirituality behind Hinduism. The average Hindu that you meet in a million villages, possesses this simple, innate spirituality in his or her genes and accepts your diversity, whether you are Christian, Muslim, or Jain, Arab, French or Chinese. It is this ‘Hindu-ness’ (which cannot be experienced if you sit in Delhi most of the time) that makes most Indian Christians different, from say a French Christian, or an Indian Muslim unlike a Saudi Muslim. I also learnt that Hindus not only believed that the Divine could manifest at different times, under different names, using different Scriptures, the wonderful avatar concept, the perfect answer to 21st century religious strife, but that they had given refuge to all persecuted minorities of the world, whether the Syrian Christians, the Parsis, the Jews (India is the only country in the world where Jews were not persecuted), the Armenians, or today the Tibetans. In 3500 years of known existence, Hindus have also never military invaded another country, never tried to impose their religion upon others, by force or even by induced conversions.

Thus for me, you cannot find less fundamentalist than a Hindu in this world and it saddens me when I see that the Indian and western Press always try to equate terrorists, such as ISIS, who blow up innocent civilians, to angry ordinary Hindus who burn churches without killing anybody. We know that most of these communal incidents often involve persons of the same caste, Dalits and tribals, some of them converted to Christianity and others not. Then, however reprehensible was the destruction of the Babri Masjid, no Muslim was killed in the process; compare this with the ‘vengeance’ bombings of 1993 in Mumbai, which wiped-out hundreds of innocent, mostly Hindus. Yet, the Babri Masjid destruction is often described by journalists as the most horrible act of the two. We also saw how the Indian Media

I have never been politically correct, but have always written – not what is the prevalent trend – but what I have discovered while reporting . Let me then be straightforward about this so-called Hindu terror. Hindus, since the first Arab invasions, have been at the receiving end of terrorism, whether it was by Teimur, who killed 100.000 Hindus in one day in 1399, or by the Portuguese Inquisition which crucified Brahmins in Goa. Today they are still being targeted: there were one million Hindus in the valley of Kashmir in 1900 – but only a few hundred today, the rest having been made to flee through terror. Blasts after blasts have killed hundreds of innocent Hindus all over India in the last four years; Hindus, the overwhelming majority community of this country, are being made fun of, are despised, are deprived of the most basic facilities for one of their most sacred pilgrimages in Armanath, when their Government heavily sponsors the Haj; they are witnessing their brothers and sisters converted to Christianity by financials traps, seeing a 84 year old harmless swami and his Mataji brutally murdered, reading of blasphemy about their Gods…

So, sometimes, Enough is Enough. At some point, after years or even centuries of submitting like sheep to slaughter, Hindus, those that the Mahatma Gandhi once called gently ‘cowards’, erupt in uncontrolled fury. And it hurts badly. It happened in Gujarat. It happened in Jammu, then in Khandamal, in Mangalore, and in Malgeaon. And it will happen again elsewhere. What should be understood is that this is a spontaneous revolution on the ground, by ordinary Hindus, without any preplanning from the political leadership. Therefore, the BJP, instead of acting embarrassed, should not disown its brothers and sisters who choose other means to let their anguished voices be heard.

Today there are about a billion Hindus, one in every six persons of this planet, one of the most successful, law abiding and integrated communities in the world. Can you call them terrorists?

Francois Gautier


6 responses to “HINDU TERRORISM

  1. Chatur Tahiliani

    This is brilliant message to World that Hindu civilization is oldest in World…. N believe in peace n harmony for every one in this planet 🙏

  2. Excellent ji, my Pranams to you for talking the truth. Unless otherwise we share this to the next-generation through Education. This great culture which is need of the hour will not the entire world. Im very much confident that no body can eliminate this culture. But to get maximum benefit out of it. We need to share the truth to make it flower. -Pranams-Ramji

  3. This is how I see it too. Why is it so hard for everyone else, apart from Mr Gautier, to understand this? We don’t do ‘terror’. We have become aware of what can happen to our children and grandchildren if we don’t protect our way of life. The UK is trying to protect the British/English way of life, hence Brexit, right?

  4. Rakesh Kumar Sharma

    Good work. Thanks

  5. Vinod kumar gulati

    Excellent! It is true that the term “Hindu Terrorism” has been coined by those who wish to lure non-Hindu votes against the majority Hindu population. It is also true that by nature a true Hindu believes in the principle, “Live and let other live joyfully without any emphasis over the caste or lifestyle.” Even after the religion based partition in 1947, the majority in India did not behave with the Muslims like Pakistan did with Hindu minorities. But now we see that with a long period of appeasement, some Muslim families have got addicted to have every thing free or out of turn and some political parties prefer to do it which is not found tolerable by the Hindu youngsters who feel deprived of their genuine rights. Here, they oppose the appeasement, it is not terrorism but that is genuine demand and should be met with as per the norms of justice. The State Governments/GoI must look into the matter as early as possible.

  6. Ranjit Patel

    The genius of your writings never fails to amaze me. You are a hero among men, Mr. Gautier, for the simple act of choosing to speak the truth and to call the Emperor’s bluff. It is very reassuring to know that people like you still exist in today’s world – the way they quash us is to make us feel as if we are alone.

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