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I do believe that @NarendraModi is some sort of vibhuti, a divine instrument that comes from epoch to epoch, to do in a decade what would take hundreds of years. Nevertheless…

I do believe that Narendra Modi is some sort of vibhuti, a divine instrument that comes from epoch to epoch, to do in a decade what would take hundreds of years. Nevertheless, even vibhutis are human and since coming to power in this big arrogant bubble that is Delhi, far away from the rest of India, the PM has imperceptibly veered away from his core HIndu-dharmic duty and shed away important reforms, such as Article 35A, the Ram Mandir, the Govt take over of Hindu temples (see what is happening now in Tirupati the most sacred of Hindu temples), the return of Kashmiri Pandits (which will remain a dream), the ABSOLUTELY essential rewriting of school curriculums and history books, etc. Also there is an aura now of an emperor like infallibility, and a certain arrogance, which is not yogic in its essence, around Mr Modi . Like Vajpayee, does he wants to be seen as a reasonable center right leader, who is inclusive of so called minorities, (who have persecuted Hindus for centuries and still continue to bully them), and not be seen as favouring Hindus, who nevertheless remain his core voters? This is a crucial question.
No doubt, as the first month of the second term has shown, Mr Modi will do FANTASTIC work, specially on the economic, social and foreign policy front. This is indispensable, if India is to become a genuine superpower on par with China, the US and Europe and be respected by these (which is not yet the case). But in the Dharmic parlance, in the spirit of the Bhagavad Gita, what is also needed, is a WARRIOR, even ruthless-like approach towards the enemies of Hindus, who are the bearers of the LAST spiritual Knowledge in this world, a consolidation and unification of  Hindus, both in India and in the world, beyond castes and social barriers, so that Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo’s vision of that Knowledge which the Hindus are holding – ‘what is karma, what is dharma, what happens when I die, why am I reborn, what are the tools to lead a better life, etc’ – spreads openly unto the world and saves it from the certain doom that it is going unfailingly towards.
My feeling is that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Narendra Modi, even with @AmitShah as its number two, (who already castigated the Rajasthan BJP chief, when he rightly objected putting Maharana Pratap, a hero of the Hindus, and Akbar, a foreign invader and killer of Hindus (however better he was compared to Aurangzeb), on the same platform),  will shy away from these bold and absolutely NECESSARY steps in the next five years and will keep at arm length those who are seen as too pro -Hindu, such as Dr. Subramanian Swamy or myself (who offered countless times to constitute an Advisory Board that will give Mr Modi genuine feedback on how his visionary reforms percolate – or not – to the ground, as he hears only praise from his core group of high bureaucrats and is a bit cut off from hearing the people’s voice by the 7 rings of security surrounding him and also the sycophancy that any Indian PM experiences).
This said, I remain a staunch supporter of Mr Narendra Modi as he is the best for India and the Indian National Congress  alternative would set back Bharat for centuries.
But maybe I am wrong. What do YOU think?

NOSTRADAMUS’ 2019 ELECTIONS PREDICTIONS

Michel de Nostredame, also known as Nostradamus, was a French physician and astrologer who lived in the 16th century. He made many predictions, some of which came true. Amongst them – the recent burning of Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral (“when the great cathedral glows red, so will begin the descent of man”). A few years ago an old wooden chest was found in an attic in Lyon, and some of the ancient parchments had predictions concerning India – particularly the present general elections.

 “Bharata Janatus adrogantiam ducibus determinatum est ad”. ‘There grew a certain arrogance in the BJP leadership, which is talking with absolute confidence about another ‘Modi wave’ that will see his party, touch alone the 300 seats mark’. But : “sed multo minus eam faciet”. ‘Yet, it could very well be that the BJP will do much less -240 seats at the most – and may even less, and end-up in a coalition Govt, which will tie down Mr Modi and not allow him to realize his grand vision of India’.

He then lists several factors that cost Mr Modi votes: GST. “Erat enim multum necessaria age paenitentiam et Modicus ‘Quisque et dixeritis visionem”. ‘The GST was a much needed reform, and only Mr Modi had the guts to implement it on a vast scale. But it has created chaos because of its complexity and made life difficult for the small people of India, who cannot afford an accountant’.

Demonetization. Rursus et vanis audetModdicus est”, ‘Again a very bold and visionary move by Mr Modi’. However: “fallere volunt ad Indos”, ‘but cheating has become a way of life for Indians and they continue to do so. This has considerably blunted this important reform’.

Swachh Bharat movement. Aussi praeclarum dictum est affectus CIRCUMDUCTIO”. ‘ Corruption also affected this remarkable project:contractors paid by the Government to gather trash, go and dump it at night – in Auroville for instance, near Pondichery, or on the Bangalore Kanakapura road leading to Sri Sri’s ashram. The only exception is Benares and sanitized places where Mr Modi is dutifully taken’.

The youth. “A tempore quo non extat memoria, quae est ad sinistram-incumbens adolescentia”; ‘From time immemorial, youth has been left leaning. It is in the orders of things’. “Magnus proventus est quomodo XC decies novum suffragii mittent balllot”. ‘Thus, there is a big question on how the 90 million new young voters will cast their ballot.’ 

Banking Somnum exterreri solebat bankus aedificantes hic factus est in India”. ‘ Banking has been become a nightmare in India, as banks – private mainly – have used the KYC (Know Your Customer) new rule of the Modi Govt to make the life of ordinary people miserable. If you are a foreigner, even with a valid one-year visa, you can’t even open a Savings AC. The first motto of bankers today is ‘distrust the customer’ and many of Mr Modi’s 2014 voters are frustrated with these new banking rules’.

NRI’s. “Indianus Etrangus multi conati sunt, qui venerunt ad Indian scriptor, tandem rediit ad Americanus”; ‘Many NRI’s who have tried to come back to Indian, ultimately returned to the US or the UK, as they found that Red Tape is still very much there and banking restrictions made it impossible for them to function efficiently. Mr Modi will also lose some of their votes’.

Visas “Dui eu eget, quam in peius sunt Congressgùs”; ‘Visas are worse than under the Congress. Many good people in Pondicherry, who are even married to Indians have been expelled or forbidden in India. The visa rules, in spite of Evisas are even more stringent and visas are given grudgingly and sparingly. This will affect tourism and investment in India’.

Kashmir. “Plenum est, et, lobortis a Bharatus Janatus typis fuerit clade”.‘The Kashmir policies of the BJP Govt have been a disaster. Situation in the Valley is much worse than under the Congress’ . “Sed si narendrus modicus movissent de filio Articleus triginta quinqueineunte”; ‘Yet if Narendra Modi had removed  Article 35A at the beginning of his term, the army could have contained riots and situation in Valley would not be worse than now’. 

Loss of the United Hindu vote. “In MMXIV, a Prohibeo est Brahmanus, vidi in Modicus campionus”, ‘In 2014, Hindus, from the Dalit to the Brahmin, saw in Narendra Modi their champion and thus voted for him across caste lines. But today, many Hindus, while recognizing that Narendra Modi did extraordinary work economically and in the foreign policy front, feel that he has neglected his vote bank. “Nihil est, quod dictum est de Ramus templum, ayyappus controversia est, Clementine_Vulgate civile”. ‘ ‘Nothing has been done about the Ram Mandir, Ayyappa controversy, a Common Civil code, or the Govt control of temples (whereas churches and mosques are free of this control)’ “Non Musulmanus, qui Christiana et Sikh etiam ad suffragium pro”; ‘No Muslim, Christian and even Sikh is going to vote for Mr Modi, however much he went out of his way to woo them’.
Soft Hindutva. “Rahulus, Gilonitem consiliarium _him_ multa etiam, quod tamen catholicam baptizatam”, ‘Rahul Gandhi’s advisers persuaded him, although he is a baptized catholic, to go for the Hindu votes, by attending pujas in Hindu temples’. Hindus, particularly rural Hindus, are very innocent and this will surely cost Mr Modi several million votes’

 Resistance of bureaucracy. “Animi, monstrante infra medium per quod sensit imminere Narendrus Quisque correctiones”, ‘Instinctively, the middle and lower bureaucracy have felt threatened by Narendra Modi’s reforms, that aim for more transparency and less intermediaries. Hence the bureaucrats have applied brakes on these reforms and twisted some of the rules such as the ones against missionaries and hostile NGO’s, by applying them to all foreigners’.

Congress shackles. “Sumptibus Bharatus et ad nullam habet regulae in structuram creata LXX annos Congresso”; ‘The BJP Govt has had to function in a structure created by 70 years of Congress rule, whether it is the VVIP syndrome, the Security system, the bureaucracy, the judicial setup. We witnessed Mr Modi trying to rise above it, but in the end, he and his ministers accepted them (some of them even enjoyed it), and it has slowed down – and sometime even nullified some of Mr Modi’s remarkable reforms’. 

Living in the Golden jail that is Delhi. “Superbus est Dellium urbem procul recedam a reliquis ex Indiaum”; ’Delhi is an arrogant city, faraway from the rest of India, where journalists, diplomats, intellectuals rehash the same clichés, the same untruths. When he was chief minister of Gujarat, Mr Modi had an ear to the ground, but now, because of a 7 ring of security around him, a six tier of bureaucrats, he lost somehow touch with the grassroots of India. It’s true however than Delhi is a Golden jail with the PM’s beautiful residence of Race Course, the majestic offices of South Block overlooking India Gate…

Then Nostradamus makes the next prophecy: “Omnes jus, Domine Quisque est iens ut refecti in ilia minor cum majorite”. ‘All right, Mr Modi is going to be re-elected, albeit with a smaller majority and it may be a wake-up call for him that he needs. What can he do to break these shackles and bypass the bureaucracy which is applying brakes on his reforms’? “Quisque magna uis hominum ex uisionibus XL M ‘shoulds et adsumens iterum potest esse quod in fervore, qui erat princeps Chanakyus”;‘ As the modern Chinese are using war philosopher Sun Tzu’s techniques in politics and economy, Mr Modi should take his inspiration from the great Chanakya and become again be the fiery leader he was as Gujarat Minister. He should be cunning and not forgive India’s enemies. He should stop trying to please the Media, the foreign journalists and the intellectuals – who will never love him however much he tries’.

But how to bypass the bureaucracy? Michel de Nostredame has an answer. “Modius Govermentus decantralus est”. ‘Mr Modi needs to decentralize the Govt; a first step would be to move his Government periodically to different parts of India, for a week or so at a time, so he gets the feel of his people. And ultimately shift the entire capital to a more central place of India, Mumbai, Indore, or Pune, for instance. This is will ensure that the backbone of the bureaucracy will be broken’.

What else, Mr Nostradamus? “Quisque shoulds-M ‘habere Cœtus præsidialis ex amica, non consilii, politica”; ‘Narendra should have an Advisory Board from friendly, but non political, non BJP journalists, businessmen and intellectuals, who will give him another sound bite that the one he receives from his surrounding bureaucrats. This Advisory Board should meet at least once a month in the presence of the Prime Minister and his Cabinet. If it had been done in this term, Mr Modi could have prevented the loss of part of his 2014 vote bank’.

And the last prophecy: “Opus enim Prohibeo, Domine Quisque non sunt de scientia Last speciale derogat generali magna”; ‘ Work for the Hindus, Mr Modi, they are the last holders of a great Knowledge that once roamed the world: – Who am I, what happens when I die, why am I reborn, what is karma, what is dharma, what are the yogic tools to lead a better life’…. Amen

(aka François Gautier)

 

VIJAYANAGAR, A BATTLE TWICE LOST

It was once called the “Royal Avenue”, running from the great Virupaksha temple complex, to the majestic Nandi at the bottom of Matanga Hill. An avenue of exquisite and mighty proportions, where, during King Krishna Devaraya’s reign, such pomp and festivities happened, that Portuguese traveller Domingo Paes, said that “Vijayanagar is the best provided city in the world”.
 
But today, the royal avenue presents a sad sight to the many western tourists: ramshackle shacks, dubbing themselves “restorents” have been erected all along, in clear violation of the UNESCO rule (which granted Hampi the status of World Heritage); trash is lying everywhere alongside with brackish water, breeding millions of mosquitoes; every second man is a beggar and you are constantly hassled by children asking you for pens, touts and hordes of postcard sellers. Welcome to Hampi the most beautiful and priceless archaeological site of India !
 
Then, there is the Archaeological Survey of India. (which, for 70 years, has been busy covering up the fact that most mosques in India, including the erstwhile Babri Masjid, were built on ancient Hindu temples) : their idea of improvement seems to put strands of barbed wire here and there (no tree planting) and propping up a few temples with stones walls (whereas they could use India’s craftsmen to reproduce some of the pillars in ancient style). Many of the exquisite temples are unattended, their statues half broken or lying on the ground. Indeed, the Japanese, who had given crores of rupees for the upliftment of Hampi witdrew in disgust and the Unesco has threatened to do the same, unless the very ugly bridge being built on the Anegondi side is stopped (it has been, for the moment) and illegal construction near the sites halted (it has not).
 
Yet, the Hampi ruins are without doubt the most extensive, the most beautiful, the best-preserved pieces of temple architecture in India. Very few here know that Vijayanagar, the greatest Hindu empire ever, was, in the words of French historian Alain Daniélou, “like an island of civilization, chivalry, and beauty, in the midst of a shattered and bleeding India after nearly seven centuries of Muslim invasions”. Numerous travelers, from Italian Nicolo di Conti, to Persian Abdul Razzak or the Portuguese Fernando Nuniz, have marveled at Vijayanagar’s incredible richness, its fabulous refinement, or the amazing water canals devised by its kings, which still work today and make of the Hampi region one of the most prosperous rice belts of India. Nearly five centuries later, you stumble in the middle of nowhere upon an extraordinary Ganesh sculpted in the rock, or a reclining Vishnu abandoned in a lonely temple. What a stupendous civilization and culture, which poured so much love and devotion on hard rock, whose mottos of beauty and respect to Gods and Nature, can still be witnessed today, in spite of the murderous hand of the Muslim invaders.
 
For when King Ramaraya was betrayed (by the Lingayats?) on January the 26th 1565 (today nothing had changed: Hindus still betray Hindus) and his head cut, it was a holocaust: “during nearly five months, writes Danielou, the soldiers of Husain Nizam Shah set themselves to the task of destroying everything and the scenes of terror and massacre were unparalleled and mightier than the imagination can ever fathom. The victors grabbed so much richness, that there was not a single plain soldier who did not depart a rich man and the most beautiful and prosperous city of that time lay in smoking ruins”. Today, at every corner of Hampi, you can witness the mark of the Muslim’s deep hatred for anything Hindu: most of the noses, breasts, arms, legs, elephants trumps of the statues, have been broken by the soldiers of Nizam Shah, as well as the houses and the royal palace; and it is only because the temples had been built in such a solid (definitely quake-proof) fashion, that they have survived till today for our own wonderment.
 
Yet one finds that Indians themselves seem to have little regard for this extraordinary inheritance. The guides talk loud, know little and are just interested in fleecing the westerners; and the local people, even though many of them are making a good living out of these very ruins, show no respect for their own patrimony : Hampi is a vast excremental dump: there is dung from the thousands of bony, famished looking cows and goats everywhere; and as there are no public toilets, people are relieving themselves near and even inside the temples, or on the rocks leading to the ghats; and even the Indian tourists coming by noisy busloads, seem to have little empathy for these wonders.
 
Europeans are taught right from school to revere Greek and Roman culture and a pilgrimage to Athens or the Coliseum is a must for everybody. As long as Indian children will not be told of the greatness of Vijayanagar and taught that the Muslim holocaust which took place there has been negated, we cannot expect an improvement of the situation. As for the Indian Government, it should relocate all the non-farmers elsewhere, make the whole Vijayanagara area a national park and allow shops and restaurants only on the outer boundaries. Only then will the wonder that is “the City of Victory”, be preserved for future generations.
 
FRANCOIS GAUTIER

THE DALITS AS BRAHMINS AND THE BRAHMINS AS DALITS

At a time where Twitter had Jack Dorsey on a trip to India,  photographed with a poster protesting the ‘so-called’ Brahmin dominance and what is referred as ‘caste apartheid’, nobody talks about the plight of the upper castes.

The public image of the Brahmins, for instance, is one of an affluent, pampered class. But is it so today ? Well, judge for yourself: There are 50 Sulabh Shauchalayas (public toilets) in Delhi; ALL are cleaned and looked after by Brahmins (this very welcome public institution was started by a Brahmin). There are 5 to 6 Brahmins manning each Shauchalaya. These Brahmins came to Delhi eight to ten years back looking for a source of income, as they were in minority in most of their villages, where Dalits are in majority (60 – 65%). In most villages in UP and Bihar, Dalits have a union which helps them to secure jobs in villages. Too bad for the Brahmins ! Did you know that you also find a number of Brahmins working as coolies in the Delhi railway station ? Kripa Shankar Sharma, one of them, says that his daughter is doing her Bachelors in Science but he is not sure if she will be able to secure a job. “Dalits have often five to six kids, he says, but they are confident of placing them easily and well. As a result, the Dalit population is increasing in villages”. He adds:“ Dalits are provided with housing even their pigs have spaces; whereas there is no provision for goshalas for the cows of the Brahmins”.

You also find Brahmins rickshaw pullers in Delhi. 50% of the richshaw pullers in Patel Nagar are Brahmins who like their other brethren have moved to the city looking for jobs. Even after toiling the whole day, Vijay Pratap and Sidharth Tiwari, two Brahmin rickshaw pullers, say they are hardly able to make both ends meet. Their rickshaws, which are on a daily rent of Rs.25 /-, get stolen very often. These men make about Rs.100/- to 150/- on an average every day from which Rs.500 /- to 600/- go towards the rent of their rooms, shared by 3 to 4 people or their families.

The rickshawpullers working in West Patel Nagar, most of them in their thirties, reside in the nearby areas like Baljeet Nagar and Shadipur gaun. All of them belong to Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh. Some of them are qualified like Arun Kumar Pandey, a 28 year old Brahmin, who has done high schooling. He says that he is working as a rickshawpuller because there are less employment opportunities in his village and the schooling is not up to the mark. He is living on rent in a room which is shared by four people and pays Rs.600 monthly. Did you also know that most of Benares’ rickshaws pullers are Brahmins ?

This reverse discrimination is also found in bureaucracy and politics. Most of the intellectual Brahmin Tamil class has emigrated outside Tamil Nadu. Only 5 seats out 600 in the combined UP and Bihar assembly are held by Brahmins – the rest are in the hands of the Yadavs. There last 400.000 Brahmins of the Kashmir valley, the once respected Kashmiri Pandits, now live as refugees in their own country, sometimes in refugees camps in Jammu and Delhi in appalling conditions. But who gives a damn about them ? Their vote bank is negligible.

Do you think it is only in the North ? 75% of domestic help and cooks in Andhra Pradesh are Brahmlns. A study of the Brahmin community in a district inAndhra Pradesh (Brahmins of India by J.Radhakrishna, published by Chugh Publications) reveals that all purohits today live below the poverty line. Eighty per cent of those surveyed stated that their poverty and traditional style of dress and hair (tuft) had made them the butt of ridicule. Financial constraints coupled with the existing system of reservations for the “backward classes” prevented them from providing secular education to their children.

In fact according to this study there has been an overall decline in the number of Brahmin students. The average income of Brahmins being less than that of non-Brahmins, a high percentage of Brahmin students drop out at the intermediate level. In the 5-18 year age group, 44 per cent Brahmin students stopped education at the primary level and 36 per cent at the pre-matriculation level. The study also found that 55 per cent of all Brahmins lived below the poverty line that is below a per capita income of Rs.650 a month. Since 45 per cent of the total population of India is officially stated to be below the poverty line it follows that the percentage of destitute Brahmins is 10 per cent higher than the all-India figure. There is no reason to believe that the condition of Brahmins in other parts of the country is different. In this connection it would be revealing to quote the per capita income of various communities as stated by the Karnataka Finance Minister in the State Assembly: Christian Rs.1562, Vokkaligas Rs.914, Muslims Rs.794, Scheduled caste Rs.680, ScheduledTribes Rs.577 and Brahmins Rs.537.

 

Appalling poverty compels many Brahmins to migrate to towns leading to spatial dispersal and consequent decline in their local influence and institutions. Brahmins initially turned to government jobs and modern occupations such as law and medicine. But preferential policies for the non-Brahmins have forced the Brahmins to retreat in these spheres as well. According to the Andhra Pradesh study, the largest percentage of Brahmins today are employed as domestic servants. The unemployment rate among them is as high as 75 per cent.

What about this other myth of the rich and arrogant Brahmin priest ? Seventy percent of Brahmins are still relying on their hereditary vocation. There are hundreds of families that are surviving on just Rs. 500 per month as priests in various temples (Department of Endowments statistics)  Priests are under tremendous difficulty today, sometimes even forced to beg for alms for survival. There are innumerable instances in which Brahmin priests who spent a lifetime studying Vedas are being ridiculed and disrespected. At Tamil Nadu’s Ranganathaswamy Temple, a priest’s monthly salary is Rs.300 (Census Department studies) and a daily allowance of one measure of rice. The government staff at the same temples receive Rs.2500 plus per month. But these facts have not modified the priests’ reputation as “haves” and as “exploiters.” The destitution of Hindu priests has moved none, not even parties known for Hindu sympathy.

The tragedy of modern India is that the combined votes of Dalits/OBC and Muslims are enough for any government to be elected. The Congress quickly cashed on it after Independence, but probably no other party than the Congress of Sonia & Rahul Gandhi has have gone so far in shamelessly dividing Indian society for garnering votes. Her The last Congress Govt gave 1000 crores for salaries of imams in mosques and 200 crores as Haj subsidies. But no such help is available to Brahmins and upper castes.  The BJP present Govt, for fear of appearing non-secular, is not making much efforts either. As a result, not only the Brahmins, but also some of the other upper castes in the lower middle class are suffering in silence today, seeing slowly the minorities taking control of their majority. Anti-brahminism originated in, and still prospers in anti-Hindu circles. It is particularly welcome among Marxists, missionaries, Muslims, separatists and Christian-backed Dalit movements of different hues. When they attack brahmins, their target is unmistakably Hinduism. Twitter & FaceBook are no different as they have guidelines against Islamophobia, but seem to welcome Hinduphobia.

So the question has to be asked : are the Brahmins (and other upper castes) of yesterday becoming the Dalits of today ?

François Gautier

THE @NARENDRAMODI @BJP4INDIA GOVT NEEDS A PROPER MEDIA CELL

The BJP has the habit of either keeping quiet under attack, or of overreacting with statements that are immediately seized upon by the Media and termed as intolerant, saffron, right wing etc. For instance, at the moment, the Narendra Modi Govt is under fire for the arrest of 5 Urban Naxals. Yet, if the MP’s, MLA’s, spokespersons were groomed in workshops to speak in a cold, logical, statistical manner, their arguments could not be refuted and would not evoke these ‘intolerant’, OR ‘saffron’ accusations. Here is a sample of what the BJP MP’s, MLA’s, spokespersons, could be groomed into.

URBAN NAXALS. Marxism has gone out of fashion the world over and Marxists leaders such as Mao Tse Tung or Stalin, are known now to have killed millions of ehir own in their megamomania. But in India, Marxism is still very much in, it rules the mind not only of most of the Media, but of its intelligentsia, of plitical parties and even more it has led some intellectuals to actuallt support terrorism against the Govt, state and central. This would not be accepted by any Govt in the world and rightly so, Narendra Modi takes action against such people.

BEEF
. When questioned about the ban on beef, instead of being on the defensive or quoting some vague Vedic scriptures, use environmental arguments, which today are politically correct. For instance, tell your detractors that cows must consume 16 kilos of vegetation in order to convert them into 1 kilo of meat. Raising beef for food consumes more than half of all water used in the U.S. It takes 2,500 liters of water to produce a kilo of beef but only 25 liters to produce a kilo of wheat. Producing just one beefsteak uses enough fossil fuel to drive a small car 32 kilometers. Of all raw materials and fossil fuels used in the U.S., more than one-third is devoted to raising animals for food.

MINORITIES. When the Opposition or the Media says that minorities are persecuted in India, remind them that the first Christian community, that of the Syrians, settled in Kerala in the first century and have practiced their faith freely ever since; or that the Jews came to India, mostly in Cochin and Mumbai in the 6th century, after the sack of the temple of Jerusalem and that India is the ONLY country in the world where Jews were NEVER persecuted; talk also about the Parsis, who were welcomed in India after they fled Iran under Muslim persecution, and integrated beautifully in this country, producing stalwarts, such as JRD Tata; you can finish by saying that today Tibetan culture is mostly defunct at the hand of the Chinese in Tibet – but very much alive in India (Dharamsala), where the Dalai Lama and his followers were given refuge.

INTOLERANCE. When accusations of intolerance are thrown at you, just remind your interlocutor that a Hindu, still today, recognizes the fact that God manifests Himself or Herself at different times, under different names, using different scriptures. This concept allows Hindus from the villagers to the upper castes, to enter a church or even a Mosque with respect and devotion. Indeed, today Hindus still go to Darghas, such as one in Ajmer, and worship there. Point out to your detractors that the reverse is not true and that a Muslim or even an Indian Christian, may think that they are committing a sin by entering in a Hindu temple.

GUJARAT RIOTS. When Mr Narendra Modi is again violently targeted in relation to the 2002 Gujarat anti-Muslim riots, instead of being on the defensive, point out firstly that they were triggered by the horrible burning in the Sabarmati train of 59 innocents Hindus coming back from Ayodhya, 36 of them women and children, by a Muslim mob. You can add, that instead of always accusing Mr Modi, they should put on trial the tens of thousands of Gujaratis, from Dalits to upper middle class, who went down in the streets in fury. Add that Gujarat is one of the most ancient and noble states of India that gave Mahatma Gandhi to the world. And today, Gujaratis shine everywhere they go by their hard work and family values.

RSS. One of the most common ploys of anti-Hindu intellectuals is to always equate the RSS with the Taliban or the ISIS. Instead of being flustered, ask your accusers to provide you statistics – of say the last ten years – of how many innocent people the ISIS, the Taliban, the Lakshar-e-Taiba and others have been killed – and how many the RSS and various Hindu groups have. You will see that they will come-up with no numbers for the RSS, as even the Malegaon train blast have not been proved. You can also add the RSS is mostly a group of old fuddy daddies with their funny kaki shorts (trousers are coming now, smile at them!) and lathi sticks, and that most of them who would not harm a fly.

CASTES & DALITS. When pounced upon about Dalits being persecuted under the BJP rule, like recently after the suicide of Rohit Vemula in Hyderabad, point out that even though there are still intolerable castes abuses, mostly in deep rural areas such as UP or Bihar, and mostly between low castes (often between converted Dalits or Tribals and non converted ones-. Highlight the fact that throughout Indian history Dalits have risen to the highest levels. VALMIKI – composer of Mahabharata, which also contains the Bhagavad Gita, was a fisherman (initially a highway robber). The composer of the Ramayana. Maharshi VED VYAS , was too the son of a fisherwoman. Chandragupta Maurya and the Maurya Dyanasty, were all from the Muria tribe which used to collect Peacock (Mor) feathers. Queen Ahiliabai of Indore, one of the most enlightened rulers of Middle Ages India (she had an army of women), was adopted from a lower class by the king…

Say also that today there are many dalit chief ministers, such as Mayavati, or Presidents of India (Kocheril Raman Narayanan) and one of India’s most revered saints, Amrita Anandamayi, comes from the lowest caste possible, that of the fishermen of Kerala. Yet, she is worshiped by millions of Indians, many of them from upper castes who prostrate themselves at her feet. Many of the brilliant minds in the west, professors, doctors, scientists, have helped her, build the most modern hospitals in India, or top class universities, such as one in Coimbatore. ‘see below a more complete list of famous dalits)

BHARAT MATA KI JAI. When intellectuals or the Media object to the chanting of Bharat Mata ki Jai or Vande Mataram, just quietly point out that the West has no qualms about being a Christian civilization. Barack Obama, for instance, though, partly of African Muslim origin, swore twice on the Bible to become President of the United States. Many European countries have deep Christian roots and schools offer compulsory classes on the Bible, France although a secular state, has 80% Catholics who attend mass and put their children in Christian schools. Yet, we see in India, a country with 80% Hindu majority, where freedom of worship has always been the rule, that anything Hindu is frowned upon. This is totally wrong and it is a leftover of three centuries of British colonization. Point out, that Hinduism is the only religion in the world that never used its armies, like Islam and Christianity did, to convert others. It never even sent missionaries like the Buddhists, but instead Hinduism peacefully spread abroad, to the East, witness the grandeur of Angkor Vat, or the West, where yoga and meditation, Hindu practices, are today prevalent.

AYODHYA. Another constant argument of Marxists and enemies of India is that the razing of the Babri Masjid was a black day for secular India. Just calmly point out, that even if it was reprehensible, nobody was killed in the process, but that the retaliation of Muslims, with the support of Pakistan, killed 1000 Hindus in Mumbai. You can also add that there is archeological evidence that the Babri Masjid was built on a very ancient and sacred temple dedicated to Lord Rama.

MAHATMA GANDHI. One of the most common attacks against Hindus is to say that a Hindu fanatic, a RSS one, killed the great Mahatma Gandhi. If you want to throw your attacker off, just nod and say ‘yes, I agree – and I condemn it’. This will close the conversation. You can l also point out that he was judged and hanged. No need to go into the harm that Gandhi did to the nation by always pandering to the Muslim fanatic voices.

GURUS. Since the Independence, the Indian Media has been regularly attacking Gurus from Osho, Sai Baba, or even today Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, as it happened recently during the Word Cultural Festival of March 2016. Point out skillfully that guru-ship is a very ancient Indian tradition, that even pervades in the arts. Dancers for instance, have teachers that they revere as gurus, touching their feet or bowing down to them before starting their practice. Even great Muslim musicians have adopted and accepted this tradition. Instead of going after gurus, tell your confronters, they should target the millions of disciples that these masters have all over the world. The combined number of disciples of the great gurus alive today must be reaching a hundred million. If the Media or the intellectuals had any courage and common sense they would go after these –which they can’t, so that will silence them…

François Gautier