HINDU POWER PART VIII

(Corruption & Black Money)

After @NarendraModi’s brilliant stroke against Black Money & Corruption, during his first term – & 4 years later – it’s worthwhile to ask this question: are Hindus more corrupt than others?

We will look only at Hindus &l leave aside Muslims, as they were the masters of India for so long, that they needed not be corrupt. The same is true of the British, who made their riches out of India and did not have to cheat their own Government – and hence the class of Anglo-Indians they had fashioned to be the go between them and the ‘natives’ was not corrupt either. India’s 3% present Christian minority is thus excluded from this study. We will be also be looking at statistics and facts over the last ten centuries, as it will give a more complete overall picture.

I have defended Hindus enough – lately through these series of articles on Hindu Power for, that I may allowed to criticize them: Hindus of today – and yesterday – are indeed corrupt, deal a great deal in black money, cheat their Government, whether it is Congress or others, and they will be the main target of the @BJP4India Govt drive… But let me first excuse them.

First of all, Hindus have been so heavily traumatized by ten centuries of savage Islamic invasions, that cheating, breaking the lines, finding the loophole, hiding, became a matter of sheer survival. Hindus were killed, their women and girls taken as slaves, raped, their temples razed, they were forbidden to ride horses or palanquins, and more than anything, they had to pay a heavy & humiliating tax , the Jyzia… Naturally cheating and hoarding happened – and it became a habit – even after it was not needed anymore.

Secondly, at Independence, Nehru, who was a great admirer of the British socialist system, chose to tax the rich for empowering the poor. Industries and individuals were levied up to 90% of their revenues for decades and of course they cheated. Once more it was more the Hindus, as Muslims were often in the less fortunate categories and Christians a tiny minority. It can also be added that the poor, under successive @INCIndia Govts, never really benefited from whatever amounts the taxmen got from the rich, as bureaucrats took their cut on the way down (pity that Mr Modi’s last budget seems to have taken a leaf from this habit of taxing the rich to benefit the poor).

Thirdly, contrary to Christianity, there is no concept of guilt in Hinduism. Thus there is no moral brake to corruption and black money, as there is in the West, and I have often observed that Hindus from the poor to the rich, do not feel they are doing something wrong when they are defrauding their own Government. I will never forget in Almora, seeing a village woman cutting a young tree sapling for firewood, in an already dwindling forest, and when we pointed it out to her, she said: “so what, it belongs to the Sarkar”…-

The paradox is that in my 45 years in India, I have come across so many honest Hindu Collectors, police officers, bureaucrats and I have never been asked for a bribe, maybe because of my white skin. Yet living in Delhi, I know for a fact that my fellow foreign correspondents fellows pay extravagant prices for renting their flats in Jorbagh, Golf Links or Defense Colony – at least 40% of which are in cash or on foreign accounts, most of them owned by Hindus. As I said in an earlier article, I remember how horrified a colleague from @LeMonde newspaper was, when she asked the owner of a Sujan Singh Park flat in Delhi (a part owner of the Imperial, New Delhi), where were the bathroom for the servants – and he told her nonchalantly that they could go to the public toilets of Khan Market ! This dreadful attitude can even be seen at airports today, where there are no toilets for the staff, even in Delhi’s T3, and they crowd the passengers’ toilets. I know also that builders in India are the most corrupt and the ones who hoard the maximum black money. Anybody knows that to buy a flat, you need to pay 40% in cash. Again, most of these contractors are Hindus.

Hindu politicians are also exteremely guilty. How will they buy the one laptop per student, or the one TV per household, that they dispense by millions like lollipops, at the time of elections? How will all the Mulayam Singhs, Stalins, Mayawatis, Mamta Banerjees, deal with this huge cash problem? How will the Hindu leaders of the Congress – yes, 97% of Congressmen and women are Hindus – get the cash to buy votes, or MP’s, as shown by the cash for votes scam, exposed by Suddhendra Kulkarni? Unfortunately, we did not see a great transformation in Hindu politics, thanks to the 500 & 1000 Rs notes ban. Economically too, has this been a great game changer and at last will we witness an India capable of catching-up China, its deadly enemy? Does not seem so….

In conclusion, it is the system that triggers the temptation to corruption. Hindus, because of tremendous colonial and invasional traumas, have made of cheating a habit. Nehru prolonged it, by severely taxing the rich and not so rich. Mr. Modi had opened a channel to reverse this trend – but seems to have partially gone back on it. It is first in their minds, that Hindus must lose the habit of cheating. Then will it happen on the ground.

A true Hindu power has to be honest, Chanakya and so many others great Hindu kings, the last one being Krishna Deva Raja of the mighty empire of Vijaynagar, have shown that true Hindu power is Dharmic in spirit, that is honest, hard working and generous to all, irrespective of their ethnic origin or religion. One must congratulate the BJP Govt for having initiated what in 70 years plus of power since Independence, the Congress did not dare to do.

François Gautier

HINDU POWER VII: THE GREAT INDIAN BRAIN DRAIN

Did you know that the greatest brain drain in the world is – and has been – that of Indians?

What started as a migration of coolies or indented labour from India towards Mauritius, Fiji or Madagascar, turned into the Great Brain Drain from the 60‘s onwards. Scientist, engineers, doctors, all looking for better salaries or opportunities, started immigrating to the US, UK, Canada and others countries, when it was still easy to obtain visas and eventually citizenship. In turn, in the 70’s till now, Indian students applied for scholarships from great American and British universities – and often got them – as Indians are good students, capable of memorizing pages and pages of study materials (see how they always win the Spell Bees competitions). It therefore became a fashion to study in foreign universities for children of upper class and even middle class families.

Today, though India is doing much better economically, this trend is still going on and the best brains of India are still deserting their country. Did you know that 75% of British doctors are of Indian origin – and that the whole system would collapse if they would leave? 60 % of the engineers of the famous Silicon Valley are Indians, and in the last 10 years, the migration of Indian engineers and scientists to the United States has increased by a whopping 85 %!

In 2019, under Narendra Modi’s rule, when you meet any official in Delhi, bureaucrats or politicians, even from the BJP or RSS, and you ask where are their children, the answer will be: “Harvard, or Cambridge, or even McGill University in Canada.” The sad thing is that these children and their children and their grand-children will never come back to India and are a loss not only to India, but even to the US or the UK, as they quickly lose their Indian-ness and bring nothing novel to their country of adoption.

They often do not have even gratitude towards India, who gave them education, most of the time free, and become more Americans than the Americans, more British than the English, sometimes even ashamed to be Indians. This Great Brain Drain MUST BE stopped. Indians, who have succeeded abroad, MUST be coaxed back to their native country and contribute to its present development, economical, political and even cultural.

How to do it? Well first, there is the negative indirect consequence of this tightening of visas in the US and elsewhere, because of the refugees problem. This is unfortunate but the consequences can be seen as positive, as it lessens the Brain Drain. Good too the fact that westerners, Americans, particularly, are sometimes not able to differentiate between Arab refugees and harmless Indians. It will help Indians in the US to start thinking about immigrating back to India, even if it is out of fear.

On the positive side, Mr Modi should facilitate the coming back of NRI’s. What he has done so far: the OCI, tax rebates, liberalising the economy, is good, but not enough. Indian Scientists in the NASA, for instance, researchers in American universities, teachers, doctors, which India needs so badly, should be offered more incentives to come back home: on par salaries and perks, affordable homes, and other facilities.

What the Chinese have also shown is that nationalism and the PRIDE to be Chinese, is the biggest incentive to come back. Thus, in the same way, the Indian Government should induce a feeling of duty and nationalism in NRI’s: “Come back to your own country, help to make it a great nation, India is the future super power of Asia – of the world even…”

As a westerner, when I see those long queues in Delhi in front of the American embassy, I find that it is demeaning to this great nation that is India. And I dream that one day westerners will also queue to apply for working visas in front of Indian High Commissions into their own countries, because India will have become a land of opportunities. Thus the Great Brain Drain will be not only stopped, but also reversed.

François Gautier

 

HINDU POWER . PART VI

(Geostrategic)

One rarely hears about India in the western Media, whether newspapers or TV channels, except when there are catastrophes, big elections, or some side stories that often show India in a poor light. Forget about Hindus – most westerners people, although they have sympathy for India, often mistake the word ‘Indians’ with the name ‘Hindus’ & sometimes, the old confrontation between Christian monotheism and so-called Hindu polytheism crops up in conversations, when it comes to gurus, for instance, whom the French often accuse of creating ‘sects’.

Yet, as we saw in the four previous articles, a true Hindu power, holding a series of successive Governments in India, would be secular in nature, as Hinduism has a universal outlook and recognizes the diversity of One Divine Being who incarnates Himself or Herself at different times, using different names and different Scriptures. Hinduism is also the only religion that never sought to impose its creed by force, as Islam did with its armies, or even by conversions, as Christianity and Buddhism attempted. Hindu kings & queens, such as Shivaji Maharaj, Maharana Pratap, Ahiliabai Holkar, or Krishna Deva Raya of Vijaynagar, were equally secular, never imposing Hinduism as the state religion and respecting the wives and daughters of their enemies. Finally Hindus have given refuge to all the persecuted minorities in the world, whereas Hindus have been, without doubt, the most persecuted creed in the world.

Soon, the West is going to begin to recognize India’s growing economic clout. It’s already happening a bit, as the Indian GDP has overtaken that of the Chinese, though much remains to be done and the Chinese are still doing far better than Indian in most aspects, including infrastructures, electronic hardware, scientific research and manufacturing. Indeed, the West is growing wary of the buying spree of Chinese firms and its government, of French companies, hotels and castles…. There are an increasing number of Chinese tourists in London, New York, Berlin, Paris and they can be seen nowadays in luxury shops, such as Hermes or Dior, where formerly only the Japanese and the Americans bought.

Yet, there is one aspect that western diplomats and governments never think off, it is that an India with a Hindu power would be of immense geostrategic interest to the West. Why? Firstly because a Hindu India would be an island of democracy, religious freedom and strength, in an Asia which is racked by Muslim fundamentalism. It is not only Pakistan that exports Islamic terrorism, towards Indian Kashmir & for that matter all over the world, but Afghanistan too, which, as soon as the Americans fully leave, will go back to is old Taliban way and become again a danger to India, Russia and even China. To the East, Indonesia, with the largest Muslim population in the world, can always fall prey to a radical Islamic government, the way Turkey has. A tough Hindu government in Delhi would act as a deterrent to these nations, in Bali for instance, where Hindus are slowly being squeezed out by Muslim colons from Java or mainland Indonesia.

Asia is also the prey of an immense Chinese thirst for military hegemony and gluttony for more territories. China took Tibet, then Honk-Kong, today wants Taiwan, claims that Arunachal Pradesh is its own, is digging deep sea ports in Gadar, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, and India finds itself surrounded, from Nepal, where there is a strong Chinese influence, to Pakistan, which Beijing has propped-up financially, militarily and even nuclear-wise. This is worrying western powers, who are falling prey to the nuclear blackmail that Pakistan and China are doing unto them (“if you do not put pressure on India to negotiate Kashmir, the Pakistanis regularly tell the Americans & Europeans, there will be a nuclear war between us and India, with grave environmental consequences for this Planet” – Trump just fell for it). The Chinese have also brought a railroad near the Indian border and built the highest landing strip in the world in Tibet, so that their planes can swoop down on India.

Thus, America has indirectly started using India to counter China’s aggressive hold in the Chinese sea and Indian Ocean, particularly regarding the Spratly islands, which China has colonized and where it has built a port and an airstrip where its war planes can land, though, it is also claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia. The West is concerned that the Spratly islands will be used by the Chinese to control the sea-lanes, whereas there should be a free flow of goods and oil for all. India, which has a more powerful navy than Vietnam, Malaysia, or even Japan, is therefore the natural counterweight to China’s greediness.

We saw how the Indian Congress never could deal in a forceful manner with Chinese duplicity and greed. A strong Hindu Government – stronger than the BJP one at present – would therefore be the perfect buffer for the West to counter Chinese 21st century colonialism. In fact, Mr Modi has already shown this, by recently allowing the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, a state, as we saw, that the Chinese claim as its own. And Mr Modi’s visit to Chamoli in Uttarakhand to celebrate Diwali with the troops of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, is also sending the right tough signals to Beijing, something that Washington is bound to appreciate. A bolder move would be for India to support a free Tibet movement, which would hurt the Chinese badly, while the Dalai Lama is alive – but Mr @narendramodi may not be ready to do that yet.

In conclusion, the sooner the West will realize that a Hindu India is not only the natural economic alternative to an undemocratic China, but also its natural geostrategic ally in Asia, the better for a stable Asia and the future of the world (to be continued).

 

François Gautier

 

 

HINDU POWER V & (HINDU) RESISTANCE TO CHANGE

One expected resistance to @narendramodi’s reforms – economic, social and judicial – from the Christian & Muslim communities, as well as the Marxists. No surprise here: same as during the time of the Vajpayee Govt, Christians have been busy at portraying themselves victims of “Hindu fanaticism”, so as to get India a bad image abroad, even though Mr Modi went out of his way in his first term – & even at the beginning of the 2d, to make them feel safe.

Kashmir has festered since the @BJP4India came to power, a sure sign that the Muslim community in India is not that cooperative. Again we see that the Prime Minister made a lot of efforts to woo the Muslims, receiving the likes of @aamirkhan, meeting mollahs, etc. But many of us know that 95% of Indian Muslims never voted for the BJP in the previous and present elections. It is unfortunate that still today, most of the Indian Media and Intelligentsia, look at their own country through Marxist eyes, with a westernized outlook, that does not use Indian parameters – & as a consequence of their three centuries of colonization, their judgment springs from an inferiority complex that finds everything wrong – specially if it is Hindu.

But nobody expected resistance from the Hindus themselves, who stand to benefit most from a Hindu majority Govt, for which they voted in overwhelming majority in 2014 & 2019, from the Brahmin to the Dalit. This resistance takes three forms. It’s firstly that cheating and corruption has become so ingrained in Hindus’ DNA, that it will take a long time to erase it. We believed that the Prime Minister’s demonization, Aadhar move and drive for transparency, would effect a change. But I see around me that Hindus continue cheating without blinking and any sense of guilt at all – I am not talking here about Christian guilt, but about a sentiment, as dim as it may be, that they are harming their country’s well being. It was all right to cheat when the socialist policies of Indira Gandhi taxed the so-called rich 90% – but today, Indians are not taxed anymore than in any democratic European country.

The other form of resistance is cleanliness. There may be some pockets where the Swaach Bharat is working – for a show to the PM, but I tell you, as I travel extensively throughout India, the country has even become dirtier since Mr Modi started his movement. Just go to the Old Delhi station and see the huge garbage on the track and people throwing without a second thought all kind of empty packages through the windows of their compartments. As the train starts its journey through UP, everywhere it’s an endless sight of plastic, garbage, mud and dirt. You think Delhi is better? You should have seen Lodhi Garden last Sunday: by 6PM it was littered with thrash and nobody even gave it a thought. It’s as if people go at it with a vengeance.

The third resistance of Hindus is indiscipline. Nothing symbolizes it more than the way Indians drive. I recently crossed Uttrakhand from Delhi – it’s crazy: people overtake you from the right or the left, on the highway innumerable cars drive confidently on the wrong side, coming at you with blazing headlights. If there is a jam, everybody will try to cheat by inching forward, creating even more confusion. This too is cheating and is deep-seated in Hindus. I also went to Haridwar with my mother in law’s ashes. I saw coke bottles floating in the Ganges, plastic bags, trash.. On the banks, not only Pandits keep asking for money and loot shamelessly the family of the dead, repeating mechanically mantras without any heart, but also I noticed that some of their lackeys dive in the water, to retrieve the gold or the coins the dear ones have thrown. Nobody here can blame the Muslims or Christians – and it plays in the hands of Marxists who say that Hinduism is a devious religion – so sad. The Dalit community too, is falling prey to this indiscipline: it is being used again by the @INCIndia and is being split, so that a chunk votes for the Congress. It’s unfortunate and they should read again their guru, Ambedkar, who was a true nationalist and did not mince his words

People will say that all this cheating, tamas, indiscipline, is karma or fate, or indifference. But those who are in the spiritual life know that there are occult forces behind the scenes, that move men and make them do things without them being conscious of it. These asuric powers are against evolution, against change, and they are very active at the moment, particularly against Mr Modi and his endeavour to change of India. Anybody who has tried to transform himself or herself, will have experienced this inherent unwillingness to change in human nature, this resistance to the Divine.

Finally is Mr Modi himself unconsciously resisting change? That’s a good question. Nobody can doubt his sincerity and his drive, working 18 hours a day and keeping on initiating new projects to improve the life of Indians and inject more dynamism in its economy and foreign affairs. But in Delhi, a huge bubble, far away from the rest of India, he seemed to have softened and lost the ear he had on the ground when he was CM of Gujarat. Many of his Hindu hard-core supporters who voted him to power twice, are disappointed, as he has not implemented any of the pledges he made, be it Article 370, the Ram temple, a common Civil Code etc. Also he seems to be a victim of the bureaucracy, both the high one, who keeps advising him to be prudent and moderate, as well as the middle one and lower one, who resist his changes as their power will diminish. We were witness to this bureaucratic phenomenon when our Shivaji Maharaj Museum of Indian got a grant, from the CM of Maharashtra, Mr Fadvanis, who was very impressed by our presentation. 7 months later, his bureaucrats are sitting on the money and finding all kinds of reasons not disburse it (The Maharashtra secretary of the Indian Archaeological Survey, one of the most corrupt bodies of Indian who are sitting for 80 years on so much evidence of mosques being built on ancient Hindu, Buddhist or Jain temples, is the one raising most objections to my Museum!!!).

And this raises the question: are Hindus, the most tolerant religion ever in the world, who gave refuge to every persecuted religious minority in the world, from the Syrian Christians to the Parsis, from the Jews to the Tibetans today, going to miss on the great Renaissance Narendra Modi is trying to bring, because of their resistance to change? Are they going to put in jeopardy the survival of the last great Knowledge that can save the world – who am I, what happens when I die, what is karma, what is dharma, why God manifest Himself or Herself at different times of our history, using different names and different scriptures – because of their tamas?

The solution would be that Mr Modi will realize at some point that he is a prisoner of a system created by the Congress – the VVIP culture, that the BJP seems to have adopted so smoothly, the corruption in politics, and the immense power the bureaucrats have on India – and that he will try to break from all these shackles & bypass the bureaucracy to go directly to the people. So NOW is the time to take hard decisions, Mr Prime Minister, when you have both majority in Lok & Raja Sabha. Know Sir, that the resistance to the Renaissance you want to initiate, also comes from Hindus, who still constitute nearly 80% of India and whose support is crucial. We wish to see again the fiery no nonsense Modi, who, in the true spirit of the Bhagavad Gita, will become the fearless warrior who fights – ruthlessly if needed – not only against India’s external enemies, the Chinese and the Pakistanis, but against the internal enemies, those Hindus at all levels – the poor who litter, the rich who cheat, the high bureaucracy, which always advises restraint ,and the lower corrupt bureaucracy which clings to its petty and corrupt power.

Francois Gautier

The author (francoisgautier.com) is the editor in chief of the Paris-based Revue de l’Inde (revuedelinde.com), the only magazine in the French-speaking world totally dedicated to India.

Hindu Power IV

(The downside)

Did @NarendraModi’s #LightningStrike of Balakot against Kashmiri terrorists in Pakistan-held Kashmir break the jinx, which, for nearly ten centuries has undermined Hindu Power?

 I have been praising and defending Hindus so much in the last thirty years, through my articles, books and conferences, that I may be allowed to criticize them too: Hindus are the worst enemies of Hindus. Indeed, we always point the finger at Pakistan, but let me tell you, for having covered Kashmir extensively, that it is the Kashmiri Muslims themselves, from the retired High Court judge, to the Shikara boatman, who want to separate from Hindu India, and that in the name of Islam. Pakistan is only using this discontent for its own selfish purpose, mostly because it wants revenge for the breakup of East Pakistan into Bangladesh, for which it holds India responsible. The same is true of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks: nobody ever bothered to find out who were the local Muslim scouts and suppliers of information, as it’s too embarrassing for a Hindu majority Government to admit that it is its own Muslim community which may want and trigger such attacks – witness the thousands who attended in Mumbai the burial of Yakub Memon after he was hanged.

There is also no way that foreigners could have invaded India without Hindus having betrayed each other, from Alexander the Great, who allied himself with the Hindu king of Taxila (Ambhi) against Porus, also a Hindu, to the sack of Vijaynagar, the last great Hindu empire, which was betrayed by the Lingayats. Today, Hindus still undercut Hindus – the community of exiled Kashmiri Pandits is so divided that you hardly ever hear their voices; Hindu associations in the USA vie with each other for a photo opp with a Congressman, instead of coming under one united umbrella, to have the kind of lobbying power that the Jewish community for instance possesses; even the RSS, which is called the HSS there, often snubs other Hindu organizations. The most lethal enemies of Hindus in modern India are Hindu intellectuals, whom you find in every newspaper, every think tank, every American or British university, always ready to brilliantly denigrate their own culture. I have defended the BJP from the beginning, when MM Joshi went to plant the Indian flag in Srinagar, which I found rater patriotic, though the entire Media made fun of him; and when LK Advani did his Rath Yatra. But I soon discovered that Advani and Joshi could not stand each other and that Vajpayee made sure that Advani never became PM. Today we see Arvind Kejriwal, a Hindu, question the veracity of the strikes against POK of Narendra Modi, another Hindu.

I have criticized Islam a lot in the last thirty years, through my articles, books and conferences, but here I will praise them. There is a universal brotherhood amongst Islam: when I drove from Paris to Delhi, in a caravan of five cars, my best friend was a French Moroccan Muslim, named Ahmed Mzali (he has unfortunately died since then). In every Muslim country, we crossed – Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan – he would say ‘Salaam Alaikum’, and people would smile, open their doors, feed us, shelter us… Try to say ‘Om Namah Shiva’ to a Hindu in New York, London or Delhi: either he or she will look nonplussed, or most likely give you a dirty look ! Indeed, Muslims all over the world are proud of their religion and flash it without any self-doubt. But look at Hindus: many of them are ashamed to be Hindus, to the point that sometimes they wallow in self-denial. Islam has established some moral boundaries which attract new converts to them: no alcohol or smoking for instance. Whereas alcohol is a huge problem in Hindu India, from the villagers who spend their salaries on cheap arrack, beat up their wives and spoil their health, to rich kids who think it’s hep to down a bottle of Black & White whisky in one evening.

We know now that Muslims will die for their beliefs – in fact they will go on murderous sprees if they think their God has been insulted, even as a joke – see what happened in the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris, an attack that has been silently endorsed by millions of Muslims in the world. But look at Hindus, you can insult their Gods and Goddesses as much as you want – and nothing will happen to you. The painter M.F. Husain knew that very well and that’s why he painted Goddess Laxmi, naked, or Sita being sodomized by Hanuman. He should have asked himself what would have happened to him if he had been a Hindu insulting Islamic beliefs in such a crude and disrespectful manner! Though Muslim countries have their own agenda, they stand by each other – and this is why Pakistan gets so much support in the UN. Every Muslim in the world feels for Palestine, Chechnya or Kashmir. But a billion Hindus in India and worldwide did not give a damn about 350.000 of their own becoming refugees in their own country, for no other fault than being Hindus. If you are a Muslim, you are likely get help anywhere in the world. But Hindus must be the most selfish and individualistic people on this planet. They rarely care about their brothers and sisters in need and those of lower castes. This is why a Mother Teresa was able to come here and do the work that Hindus should have performed themselves, thereby bring to India the worst image possible, that of a country that leaves its old people die on the pavements and abandons children.

Most Muslims pray 5 times a day, wherever they are in the world. I would say that maybe 6% of Hindus in the United States or the UK perform pujas or go to temples regularly. The rest have thrown their religion in the dustbin. It’s not a question of religiosity, but of using tools and checks that you help your life move in a meaningful and straight direction. As there is no concept of sin in Hinduism, but only of karma, Hindus must be amongst the biggest tax cheaters in the world, they mix ashes in cement, methanol in alcohol for drinking, and have no respect for their environment, littering their country with millions of plastic bags polluting their rivers, and devastating their forests. All our Muslim friends, rich or poor, make sure that their children learn the Koran at a young age – but Hindu kids have no clue about their great scriptures, the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana or Mahabharata. Thus modern Hindu adolescents grow into adults with no respect for their temples and deities. Muslims have reverence for their ancient language, Urdu (formerly Persian), whereas Sanskrit, probably the most scientific language in the world, has fallen in disuse and no Hindu kids want to learn it. Muslims still worship their historical heroes – even Aurangzeb for instance, revered in Pakistan (and in most Indian and western history books), through he was a murderer, not only towards Hindus, but with his own family (he beheaded his brother, poisoned his father Shah Jahan and imprisoned his son). Hindus have no clue about their heroes and heroines: Shivaji Maharaj, India’s Napoleon, is described as a small chieftain and plunderer in most history books; as for Maharana Pratap, the only Rajput who actually fought the Moghols and held Akbar at bay, he is only known in northern India and he too is undercut in history books. Muslims have finally a sense of collectivity and tend to live together in towns and villages, so as to preserve their identities and customs. Hindus in contrast, want to merge wherever they live, in the US for instance, and often become more American than the Americans, thereby forgetting all about their roots.

Thus Mr. Narendra Modi has a huge task in front of him during his 2d term, if he wants to truly rekindle a sense of brotherhood and civic senses amongst Hindus, that would in turn generate true and dharmic Hindu Power. Therefore the need of the hour for Hindus is: UNITE, UNITE, UNITE and the first sign of this collective will, was a Hindu united vote, from the Dalit to the Brahmin, carried back Narendra Modi to power in 2019, so that he may finish his work and break the Hindu jinx of betrayal and fear. But will he? That remains a mystery… (To be continued)

François Gautier

Will Islam Convert itself

The recent attacks on Hindus in India, under a Govt mostly elected by Hindus, have once again thrown up the same question: Is it possible to dialogue with today’s Islam ? Does it listen to reason ? Does plain logic work ? Will it ever stop killing innocent people in the name of God ?

We keep hearing that what happens in the Valley of Kashmir, or the Mumbai attacks, are the work of the ISI of Pakistan or Bangladeshi extremists. But what they don’t say is that it would be impossible for these people to function unless they have a lot of ground sympathy amongst local Indian Muslims. And the question has to be asked again: why should Indian Muslims go against their own Government, which has done so much for them since Independence ? Why should Indian Muslims target India, a country where they have more freedom than in say Pakistan, or Saudi Arabia ?

Every time also, the Government comes out with the same litany: “these acts are meant to create communal violence, be peaceful, don’t react”. Which basically means, “ You Hindus (who are targeted), keep quiet and get killed. Who cares anyway”. And a few months later, another blast takes the lives of a few more innocent Hindus. But how long will the Hindus keep quiet? This is the question that the Indian Government has to ask itself. Gujarat has paved the way: However reprehensible these acts of mass vengeance were, they have shown that Hindus keep quiet for a long time: they get riled at, they are made fun of, they are despised, their women raped, men killed, children burnt in trains and one day they blow up – and blow up badly. Riots don’t erupt in a few days: they are the fruit of decades, of generations even, of suppressed anger, of frustration, of a silent majority which sees itself more and more marginalized and taken for granted.

Yes, we do occasionally come across wonderful Muslims, open, friendly, who have somehow preserved the knowledge that all religions are the same, that Islam in India owes a lot to the tolerance of Indians, that Hinduism, yoga, meditation and pranayama, are India’s gifts to the world and can be practiced by Muslims, Christians and Hindus alike. I have personally met quite a few of them, within the Art Of Living Family, for example. But they are such rarities. And even those educated Muslims, whom you can talk to, will not go as far as criticizing the Koran. Look at Javed Akhtar’s poetic tearjerker on the Bombay blasts (“As a human being, I shudder to think how can my fellow humans do something so heinous? Are these terrorists made of flesh and blood? Do they laugh and cry like us”?). Not once Akhtar, who has made a favourite pastime of deriding Hindu Gurus, said that all these crimes are committed in the name of Islam and the Koran, “his” religion and “his” Scriptures…

So will Islam ultimately convert itself? Because the problem is not with Muslims, but with the Koran. Will it, instead of feeling totally paranoiac, thinking that it is under attack everywhere, whether it is Palestine, Chechnya, Kashmir, or France, realize that it is actually Islam which is the aggressor all over the world, that Muslims who have settled in France or India, or the UK, and which these countries have sincerely accepted, giving them citizenship and the same rights as any French, Indian or German citizens, are actually biting the hand that fed them ? Will the mullahs of Islam accept to sit down and reform the Koran, which is a perfectly acceptable scripture for the Middle ages, when mentalities were very different, but which today still propagates an aggressive, exclusive, and dangerous zeal in its children?

This is what we are all hoping for. This is what most Western leaders secretly crave for, when they go out of their way to praise and favour the moderate Muslims of their country. This is what spiritual leaders like His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar are attempting, with a certain amount of success, by speaking to Muslim leaders, fostering ties in Muslim countries such as Iraq or Afghanistan, or reforming Kashmiri terrorists through meditation.

Unfortunately, time is running out. Muslims in India and elsewhere in the world do not understand is that we are slowly losing our innocence. At the moment, Islam still benefits from the sympathy of the media, which constantly negates Islamic fundamentalism, making a hero for instance of the Chechen warlord Shamil Bassayev, recently killed, who organized the gruesome massacre of hundreds of children in Beslan and a villain of Vladimir Putin (or a hero of Sadddam Hussain and a monster of Bush) but it is slowly losing that sympathy. Sooner or later nearly the entire world will wage a war against Islam, from Europe to China, from the Ural to Pakistan.

There will also come a time, which is not very far, where everybody will become wary of anything Islamic. Anyone looking slightly Muslim, in a plane, in a train, in a shopping mall, will be looked upon suspiciously. Anybody with a Muslim name will have problems entering any country. Those who have Muslim friends will quietly stop seeing them or find some excuses not to meet them. It is already happening. Muslims will cry themselves hoarse and speak of persecution. But they will have only themselves to blame: they did not speak up as a community when innocents all over the world were killed in the name of their religion .

And this may be the way Islam will slowly disappear. Muslims with a little common sense, or just maybe with a sense of survival, will start changing their names quietly, they will stop going to the Mosque, they will send their children to Christian or Hindu schools. Governments will clamp down so hard on their own Muslims, there will be so many restrictions on them, that entire families, will move out of the Muslim enclaves you find all over the world, to resettle elsewhere. Jehadis facing certain death even if they are not suicide bombers, will melt back in civilian life. Muslims will slowly lose faith in the righteousness and the power of their own religion, become atheists, or even embrace back Hinduism, as 90% of Muslims in India are Hindu converts. It may take a few decades, a hundred years even, But Islam will surely disappear in the alleys of history and what look now like menacing, dangerous, foreboding force will be looked upon as just another religion that came and passed away..

Unless Islam converts itself…

Francois Gautier

Francois is the South Asia correspondent of the French magazine Valeurs Actuelles (valeursactuelles.fr), as well as the editor in chief of the Paris-based La Revue de l’Inde, published by Harmattan.fr. He is also the author of “A History of India as it Happened” (Har Anand, Delhi). He is has built a museum in Pune, Lohegaon.

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WHAT IS IT TO BE AN INDIAN AMERICAN TODAY ?

What is it to be an Indian today? What is meant by Indian-ness ? What is it to be an Indian abroad – in the United States, for instance ? How much of yourself do you give to your American identity – and how much space do you preserve for your Indian-ness? These are the questions that Indian expatriates should ask themselves today. For we see many of the children of Indians who settled in the US twenty or thirty years ago, merge themselves totally in the American way of life, speak with an American accent, eat Mac Donald, think American… and in the process forget all about their wonderful Indian culture…

I love America and I think, contrary to many Europeans who have demonized the USA, that America always stood fearlessly for freedom, saved Europe twice during the two world wars and today is the only nation willing to face and fight Islamic terrorism. This said, what is it in the American way of life, which fascinates so much Indians ? The fast life ? Right: fast is exciting; but Americans live so fast, eating their breakfast in their cars on the way to work, gulping down these huge amounts of meat and French fries at lunch or dinner, always on the move, that not only they often grow immensely fat, but also catch ulcers and get heart attacks by the time they reach sixty five. What else dazzles Indians in the American way of life ? The lights? True, New York is a fascinating city, with its illuminated skyscrapers, its million of pulsating lights, its giant electronic billboards, its fancy bars, that one feels a kind of throbbing vitality entering oneself as one walks the streets by night. But what a waste of energy, when the world is fast losing its sources of energies; and is isn’t this a kind of artificial vitality, that fades away when one wakes-up in the morning, with a hangover and one has to face the reality of life ? What else ? America’s Nature ? No doubt, the United States boasts some wonderful pieces of nature and Americans have shown us what it means to plant trees and live in a green environment: even Washington is densely wooded. But Nature can also be an illusion here: a highway is never very far from the forest, with its thousands of cars pouring out millions of cubic feet of carbon dioxide, which annihilates natures bounty, as the Los Angeles smog amply demonstrates. Besides, America is an unending suburban concrete jungle, with its boring repetition of mega stores, parking lots, and KFC’s. And when you have seen a city, you have seen them all. What else? The “quality” of American life: barbecue parties, beaches, tattoos, fun and frolic? Yes, except that one out of three American couples divorce within three years, one out of four Americans consults a psychiatrist for depression, bulimia, schizophrenia or plain boredom, and American children regularly indulge in shooting other children, just because they are exposed to so much violence…

Is this the legacy you want to bequeath to your children, O Hindu brothers and sisters, who are longing so much for the American way of life ? For this great brain drain, this bleeding of India’s heart and lungs, which has been going for so long, does not affect only the ordinary middle and upper class “secular” Indian, but also many good Hindus, who put their children in the best US universities and accept the fact that these children will settle in the American way of life and will probably never go back to India. True, their kids get heftier pay checks in the US , better facilities, they escape the Indian bureaucracy, red tape, corruption, slowness… But what are they going to bequeath to their own children in the long run: insecurity, violence, divorce, depression and above all their offspring, unknowingly, will be afflicted by a loss of identity: they will not know, nor feel anymore in themselves, as their grandparents did, this natural space of Indian-ness, which automatically confers certain qualities. What is that Indian-ness?

Firstly and foremost: “I accept you; I accept that you may be White or Black, Red or Yellow, Christian, Buddhist, or Muslim”. Not only that, “but I am even ready to go and worship in a church or a mosque, besides my temple.” “I accept that my Gods are avatars, incarnations of the Divine, but so is Jesus Christ, and also Buddha and even Mohamed”. This an extraordinary statement and a marvelous instrument towards world peace, at a time when the two great monotheist religions of the world, Islam and Christianity still say: “there is only one true God in the world – mine- and if you worship any other god, you are an Infidel and a Pagan and it is my right to convert you by any means, or even to kill you”. The 11th September 2001 attacks are nothing but a result of that dangerous theorem. As a result, Indians adapt easily wherever they go, particularly in the West, as they are very open to western culture. Of course, Indians also go to the other extreme: “not only I accept you, but I am going to become exactly like you – no even Whiter than the White: I am going to denigrate my own culture, spit on my religion, belittle my countrymen”. This is why you come across so often in the US in negative articles on India written by Indians – nay by Hindus. The Gujurat massacres were actually a great opportunity for these Hindu haters, such as Pankaj Mishra, to come out full blast and prove to the world that India is a land of Hindu fundamentalists where nobody is safe, particularly the Muslims “who are regularly victims of pogroms”. P.Mishra conveniently forgot to mention that India is an extraordinary country of freedom, where all persecuted religious minorities in the world have found refuge over the centuries, whether the Jews, the Parsis, the Syrian Christians, or today the Tibetans.

What else ? “I have inherited from my ancestors the tools to become a better man, whatever my religion, ethnicity and profession: a better Christian, a better Hindu, a better Muslim, carpenter, or CEO, IT engineer, or sailor”. What are these tools ? Hata-yoga, India’s gift to the world, which has been copied and imitated everywhere (although Time magazine did a story on yoga without mentioning the name “India” once). What else ? Meditation, this extraordinary technique of coming back to one’s Self, of settling the mind and the body, which is today practiced by millions around the world – another bequest of India to humanity. Pranayama, the science of respiration, perfected by Indians for three millenniums. “Does the breath have any religion”, asks Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living movement, which has spread today in 150 countries?

What first generations Indians in the States should ask themselves today is “How can I repay my debt to India” ? After all not only they got a nearly free education in India which was good enough for them to obtain well paid jobs in the US, but did they not also inherit that certain Indian-ness, which has been a great help to adapt to the American way of life? As for second, or third, or even fourth generations Indian Americans, what they should tell themselves is “”what can I do for my country” ? “In what way can I contribute to this great nation which is India, which is so maligned and sidelined in the United States” ? And the first thing they can do is to counteract the highly unfair and biased press coverage which India gets in America by writing to editors, or challenging the shameful coverage of New York Times (which went all out against Mr Narendra Modi quite a few times), or canvassing their elected representatives.

Finally, Mr Trump has no understanding, no knowledge of India and Hindus in particular, as some of his statements have shown. He also thinks that the problem will be over once he fully withdraws his troops from Afghanistan. He makes a big mistake there: he should have given India a bigger say on the post Afghanistan scenario. By implicitly trusting Pakistan, who actually created the Taliban, he will leave chaos behind him. Aghanistan will be again the prey of the Taliban and jehadis will be free to fully direct their terror toards Kashmir and India – and eventually towards the US, which they bitterly hate. Is it not time for Hindus in the United States to exert infuence on the US Congress and convince them that India is the natural ally – pro-western, democrattic, liberal – in Asia, preyed by Islamic fundamentalism and hegemonic China? But for that, Hindu groups should start regrouping themselves under an “Hindu American” banner. They would thus become a powerful lobby, in the way the US Jewish   influence American politics…

François Gautier

Francois is the South Asia correspondent of the French magazine Valeurs Actuelles (valeursactuelles.fr), as well as the editor in chief of the Paris-based La Revue de l’Inde, published by Harmattan.fr. He is also the author of “A History of India as it Happened” (Har Anand, Delhi). He is has built a museum in Pune, Lohegaon.

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