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How mind-washing of Hindu kids works in schools

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In history textbooks, history is depicted as a series of Hindu defeats. From the conquest of Sindh by the Arabs in 712 CE to the arrival of the Mughals in 1526 CE, the narrative is of Hindu kingdoms being easily conquered by Islamic invaders.

If you are a nationalistic child, the defining feelings are frustration and anger. How could Hindu kingdoms fail to check foreign invaders? Why were Hindus so disunited? Why did Prithiviraj Chauhan let go Mohammed Ghori after defeating the Muslim army and capturing Ghori?

The Vedic period is shown as an era of destruction of indigenous cities by invading Aryans. In high school I got praised for an essay about “the lack of ancient Indian cities” because they were “razed by invading pastoral Aryans who hated urban life”. The lies they taught us.

Since the indigenous Bharatiyas were pushed to the south by the Aryans, I being from the south was by default an indigenous Bharatiya. One of my classmates Rakesh Tandon used to joke: “Aap South Indians iss desh ke sachche hakdaar ho.” (You South Indians are real owners of India!)

I remember this line from my Class VI textbook: “The Aryans were tall and fair and the Dravidians were dark and short.” Debashish Das, a Kolkata born guy in my class, used to call the handful of South Indians in our school “Dravidians”.

That confused me. Das was black while I was among the fairest boys in my class. If I was Dravidian yet fair, and Das was Aryan yet black, wasn’t this contrary to our books? In fact, none of the white Punjabi kids claimed they were Aryan. Only Das did. Really confusing.

Plus, there was confusion at home. My dad was black and my mother was white. For a 10 year old, this can be discombobulating. I hate long words but it best describes my situation.

For a thinking, nationalist child who is proud of Hindu history, what they teach at school can be confusing. My self-esteem would dive in history class because that was the time when I was a Dravidian – a label that I didn’t want. Strangely, I started taking pride in it.

For instance, if I was called a Dravidian, my reply would be based on their skin colour. If I fair guy called me that, I would say, “We were city builders, you were barbarians.” To the darker guys I would say, “Okay I’m Dravidian, but why do you look like an Aborigine?”

Luckily, the Amar Chitra Katha comics and Chandamama I read kept me balanced. Plus, we had a Malayalam history teacher named Valsamma (ironically, a Kerala Christian) who would often call out the lies in the books.

Miss Valsamma would qualify the sweeping statements in our history textbooks with logic-based opinions of her own. For instance, about Chinese traveler (during Harshvardana’s reign) Hsuan Tsang’s statement that there were more Buddhist stupas than Hindu temples. She said the Chinese traveller was exaggerating because he was Buddhist. According to her, since Hindus constituted the vast majority of Bharat, there was no way stupas could outnumber temples. It made sense.

She also cast doubts on the Aryan Invasion Theory by saying that the large number of dark people in northern, eastern and western Bharat indicated that climatic condition is a more likely reason for the presence of darker people in these areas.

She also said, the settlement of Greeks in northwestern Bharat could be a reason for the presence of fairer people in these regions.

The mindwashing at school was happening in sync with communist propaganda at home where my father was abusing the RSS day and night and forcing me to read Lenin’s autobiography.

Then came the role of media. I remember an India Today cover with faces of angry Hindus demanding Ayodhya back. Reading such propaganda has an impact. I remember telling my math tutor Rajinder Bakshi, “Why are they making it such an issue? Just it give to the Muslims and end this problem?”

Bakshi ji was a guy in his mid 20s and he quickly cured me of my nascent librandu-ism. He said: “Kyun dede? Mandir hamara hai.” (Why should we give it? The temple is ours.) And he proceeded to give me a short history of Ayodhya temple and how a mosque was built over it.

Bigger irony was Bakshi ji was hired by my dad. It was, therefore, delightful poetic justice that my Urban Naxal, Brahmin-hating, former CPM cadre father hired a Punjabi Brahmin RSS karyakarta who turned me irresistibly towards Ram Mandir movement.

It was later in high school that I finally was able to read off-curriculum history books and was able to read actual history. Finally I was able to read about the stirring heroism of Hindu kings who kept fighting ferocious wars to push back and ultimately defeat the Muslims.

Islam had swept through Asia and converted nearly 100% of countries such as Iran, Turkey and Iraq, but in the Indian subcontinent, Islam could only convert 25% of the population in 1,300 years. An astounding feat of survival and triumph.

So why was fake history peddled? Who whitewashed Hindu resistance and revival from the history books? The answer is Muslim Education Ministers of the Congress party in cahoots with the Communist Party of India. Both had the same agenda.

The Muslim elites wanted to keep up the British era lies that the Hindu elites were Aryan invaders and they were just as guilty of destroying Bharat as the Muslims.

The Muslims became paranoid that once the Hindus became the rulers of Bharat, they would demand answers for the over 1,300 years of iconoclasm, forcible conversion and slave trade of Hindus.

If these could be hidden from the coming generation of Hindus, it suited the Muslims. It was killing two birds with one stone. They could not only claim they ruled Bharat for 1,000 years, but also avoid having to answer for the Hindu temples destroyed by the Islamic invaders.

For the Communist Party of India, it was purely about preventing a Hindu revival because communism can only grow if religion dies. If Hindu Dharma can be killed off, communism would grow in Bharat. The result was a trade off between the Congress Party and the communists.

The communists got to control academia in return for supporting the Congress, and the Gandhi family appointed communist-vetted Education Ministers. Of independent Bharat’s first 5 Education Ministers, 4 were Muslim. A classic and shocking case of conflict of interests.

The first Education Minister was Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, a Hinduphobe and pan-Islamist who served 2 successive terms for a total of 11 years. Imagine, giving education portfolio to a Muslim minister just months after Partition during which Maulana showed his jehad agenda.

The second Education Minister was a Hindu. The 3rd Education Minister was Humayun Kabir. 4th MC Chagla. 5th Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed. 10th Nurul Hassan.

These Muslim ministers (backed by communists) not only glorified the Mughals but also downplayed Rana Pratap, Shivaji, the Marathas and Cholas. The mighty Vijayanagara Empire is dismissed in one fleeting para while multiple chapters are devoted to the Mughal period.

Roughly 80% of the real estate in school history textbooks is occupied by the Islamic period of 1192 CE to 1707 CE – a period of 500 years. The other 5,000 years are skimmed over in the remaining 20% of pages.

Almost like an afterthought, the Congress-Communist nexus seem to say: “Here you Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, take some crumbs.” In school I never read about Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Neither of the mighty empire of Emperor Lalitaditya of Kashmir.

Students like me were able to get through school without getting totally mind-screwed because: We had chance encounters with good tutors; We got hold of good off-curriculum and Dharmic books; We had an open, enquiring mind;Past life karma

But 90% of students don’t.

(This article has been compiled from the tweet thread of Rakesh Thiyyan @ByRakeshSimha)

Former CPM minister Mercykutty Amma praises China & the Taliban, belittles Bharat’s 100 crore vaccines achievement

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Former Kerala fisheries minister and CPM state committee member J. Mercykutty Amma has praised China and the Taliban. “China ranks first in the list of countries without hunger, while India ranks 111th,” she said. China tops the list of countries without hunger and accounts for 17% of the world economy, she added.

“While our PM Narendra Modi has been boasting for the past few days that India has distributed 100 crore vaccines, China has distributed 270 crore vaccines, ”said Mercikutty Amma. “China has given 76% of its population two doses of the vaccine,” she said.

Actually, China has delivered over 200 crore vaccines, not 270 crore, and has vaccinated 104.8 crore, or 75% of its population.

According to Mercykutty, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan ‘without any bloodshed’ after defeating the United States. Her remarks came at the inaugural address of the CPM Kundara local conference in Kollam.

Such Taliban lovers should be asked to explain why, if there is no bloodshed involved in the Taliban’s storming to power, are we seeing dead bodies being hung in public squares in a grim reminder of the 1990s? With legislators and ministers like these, is it any wonder that the public at large is unaware of the negative cascading effect the Pakistan-backed Taliban’s rise to power has had on the security situation in Kashmir? Do the likes of Mercykutty even care that 9 soldiers have lost their lives in recent days, and Hindus have been driven out of the valley in droves?

At a time when Bharat celebrates the historic achievement of 100 crore vaccinations, her words drew sharp criticisms from different sections of the society. But then again to expect anything better from the communists is foolish. 

Sardar Udham doesn’t make the Oscar cut, jury member says it projects ‘hatred’ towards British

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Sardar Udham is one of those rare Bollywood offerings that has dared to narrate the story of Bharatiya freedom struggle’s unsung hero Sardar Udham Singh. The film not making the cut as Bharat’s official entry to the Oscars and the reasoning given by one of the jury members speaks volumes about the continued mental slavery and colonized minds of some of the Bharatiyas in general and HINOs (Hindus in name only) in particular.

Sardar Udham won’t be sent to the Oscars

The jury to decide Bharat’s official entry to Oscars was chaired by director Shaji N. Karun. Other members were Ananya Chatterjee, Indraadip Dasgupta, Arghyakamal Mitra, Ruma Sengupta, Sumit Basu, Pampally, AVM K Shanmugam, P Sukumar, Naganna, G Bhageeradha, Vipul Mehta, Ravindra Jadhav, Umamaheshwar Rao and Navaniat Singh.

Tamil film Koozhangal has been chosen over Sardar Udham and 12 other films. While that in itself is not problematic, Indraadip Dasgupta reasoning that Sardar Udham was rejected not because of any cinematographic shortfalls but because it projects ‘hatred’ of British is outright appalling. For good measure, Dasgupta added that the Tamil film has no ‘agenda’ thereby indirectly insinuating that Sardar Udham has some ‘agenda’.

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TOI quotes Dasgupta as saying “Sardar Udham is a well-made production with brilliant cinematography that lives up to international standards. “But it is a little lengthy and harps on the Jallianwala Bagh incident. It is an honest effort to make a lavish film on an unsung hero of the Indian freedom struggle. But in the process, it again projects our hatred towards the British. In this era of globalization, it is not fair to hold on to this hatred. Koozhangal, in contrast, is a truly Indian film with a global appeal. It has no agenda attached to it. It is the most honest film among all the contenders”.

The HINO mentality

There has generally been a marked shift in the attitude of Bharatiyas post-2014 with nationalism and appreciation of nationalist heroes seeing an upward graph. Yet, there is a section, aptly termed HINOs, that still believes in pandering to the west in typical Macaulayputra style. It is this brown sepoy attitude that is making jury members like Dasgupta interpret historical facts as ‘hatred’.

Small yet definite steps towards decolonizing are now being taken such as the much-needed revision of the history syllabus. However, HINOs would rather continue with their brushing the truth under the carpet routine than accept the fact that the majority of the country is ready to shed the colonial baggage.

It may be recalled that brown sepoys were seen applauding ‘comedian’ Kunal Kamra who wanted the Britishers to come back. They wanted the Britishers back since there seems to be no alternative to Modi. Their hatred for the PM is so deep-rooted that they are totally blinded by it.

It is probably an apt time to remind those cheering the colonial Raj that the brutal British colonial rule had killed at least 35 million of our countrymen just through 31 man-made famines over 120 years of British raj (compared with 17 famines in the 2,000 years before British rule) &  siphoned out $45 trillion from Bharat, leaving us a beggar state at the time of independence. US historian Will Durant wrote in 1930 “I was filled with astonishment and indignation at the apparently conscious and deliberate bleeding of Bharat by England throughout a hundred and fifty years. I began to feel that I had come upon the greatest crime in all history”.

Despite the British colonial rule having destroyed Bharat, jury members like Dasgupta are concerned about ‘hatred’ for the British. It isn’t the hatred for the British but the love and appreciation for the nation and national heroes that drives some of the Bollywood filmmakers to come out with films like Uri and Sardar Udham.

Bharat is changing and that appears to be unacceptable to HINOs. Bharat no longer wants to be tied down by anglophones but rather wants to reassert self-pride and tell stories that need to be told – Oscar or no Oscar and without the burden of having to please the erstwhile colonizers.

(Featured Image Source: The Indian Express)

Md. Azad Khan murders wife Kirti within days of court marriage: Delhi

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A newly married 19-year-old named Kirti was killed by her husband Mohammed Azad Khan within days of their ‘love marriage’. The gruesome incident was reported from Kamal Pur near Burari in Delhi. The victim died after Mohammed stabbed her multiple times in the stomach and chest. 

Originally from Etah in UP, Kirti married the 21-year-old Mohammed who is a gramin seva tempo driver against her family’s wishes on October 14 in a court marriage. They then moved to a relative’s place in Burari. It is likely that Mohammed started grooming the victim, who worked in a private company, when she was a minor.

On Friday night Mohammed became aggressive after an argument and in a fit of rage, he stabbed Kirti and absconded. On Saturday morning her brother Bhola was informed about the unfortunate incident and he rushed to the house where the couple was living. He found his sister lying in a pool of blood.

Bhola informed the police who arrived, took the body and started an investigation. Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Sagar Singh Kalsi said that teams were formed to trace the killer. He was apprehended the same day with the help of technical and human intelligence.

After killing Kirti, Mohammed hid the knife used in the crime on the terrace of the house where they lived. Police have recovered the knife. During interrogation, Mohammed revealed that ‘issues had begun’ as soon as they were wedded. They had fought the very next day that they got married following an argument. 

Multiple cases are coming up following ‘incompatibility issues’ between Muslim men marrying Hindu girls. Grooming jihad invariably ends in the Hindu woman getting killed, or exploited and abandoned. 

Nothing new in persecution of Hindus in Bangladesh: This time we are talking about it openly and firmly

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The anti-Hindu pogrom and the desecration of Ma Durga images and vandalism in pandals throughout Bangladesh have brought the problems of Hindus in that country once again to focus. Right now there are no less than 1.3 crore Hindus, with a handful of Buddhists and Christians, living in that country, constituting about 8 per cent of the population; before Partition, they had constituted nearly 30 percent, according to the 1941 Census. Among them, a small number live in the cities and pursue professions like Law and Medicine, while the majority live in the countryside and are usually artisans, fishermen or peasants.

Durga Puja is the principal festival of Bengali Hindus. This year’s Puja has seen the wholesale desecration of Durga idols and vandalism in Durga Puja pandals across Bangladesh. The questions would naturally arise: Why? And can anything be done about it?

Communal violence in South Asia is a little bit like dysentery. It is either acute or chronic. The best example of acute communal violence is what happened in Punjab between 1946 and 1948 when there was a total exchange of population between Bharat’s Punjab and Pakistani Punjab, along with a lot of murder and mayhem on both sides. All Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistani Punjab came over to Bharat’s Punjab and practically all Muslims in Bharat’s Punjab migrated to Pakistani Punjab. The result was that since then our Punjab or Haryana have not seen any communal violence between Hindus and Muslims.

Serious communal violence in Bengal had, in fact, started even before Independence, in a little-known corner of the province in the district of Noakhali. Here, in October 1946, Muslim League mobs, led by one Golam Sarwar, attacked the 20 per cent Hindu minority and in a frenzy of bestial murder, rape, slaughter of cows, forcible feeding of beef to Hindus and forcible conversion, spread such a reign of terror that most Hindus migrated from the district.

Currently, the Hindu population in the district, divided into Noakhali, Lakshmipur and Feni districts, is 2-3 per cent. This district earned notoriety because Mahatma Gandhi camped here and spent a couple of months trying to spread the message of love in his own way. He toured the affected villages on foot, held his pet ‘prayer meetings’ and entreated the Hindus to come back to their half-burnt homes. The result of all these efforts was exactly zero. This very Noakhali has just seen, during the Durga Puja of 2021, a horrible bout of desecration, vandalism and murder. More about this later.

The communal violence that is chronic to Bangladesh is a result of a series of events that took place in 1947. We all know that Gandhi was not in New Delhi on August 15, 1947, but camping in Calcutta (now Kolkata) where he was accompanied by the infamous premier of undivided Bengal, Hussein Shaheed Suhrawardy. Suhrawardy had been the driving force behind the Great Calcutta Killings of August 16-19, 1946, just a year back.

Gandhi’s presence in Calcutta was hailed by the whole world, principally by Lord Mountbatten who called him the “one-man boundary force”. But the principal achievement of that boundary force was that there was no exchange of population between the two Bengals around that time, and that is the genesis of the chronic nature of the communal problem in erstwhile East Pakistan and present-day Bangladesh.

Principally, as a result of Gandhi’s presence, there was no disturbance on August 15, 1947, in Calcutta. In fact, people from the two communities sprinkled rose water on each other. But East Pakistan was a slightly different story. As West Pakistanis arrived in East Pakistan they were surprised to see that all the principal areas involving intellectual pursuits were in the hands of Bengali Hindus.

The professions, such as doctors, lawyers, teachers, professors, and other callings, such as clerks, small shopkeepers and so on were all dominated by Hindus. The West Pakistani elite had no idea of East Bengal before. They also perceived that the intellectual space in the province was occupied by Hindu culture and it was urgently necessary to remove it. In order to do this, they first had recourse to Arabisation or Urdu-isation of the Bengali language, down to writing the language in Arabic script. However, this was opposed both by the Bengali Hindus and Bengali Muslim intelligentsia, small as it was at that time.

Also, around this time demands started rising from East Pakistan for making Bengali the national language of Pakistan, in spite of the fact that Mohammed Ali Jinnah had said in unequivocal language that the national language of Pakistan will be only Urdu and no one should have any doubt about the score.

As the demand for Bengali as a national language started gathering momentum, the West Pakistani rulers suspected Hindu hands in this. In fact, one of the very first people to demand this was Dhirendra Nath Datta, advocate and politician from Comilla. Dhirendra Nath Datta was horribly tortured and killed in the Mainamati Cantonment at Comilla in 1971 by the Pakistani Army during the liberation struggle of Bangladesh. But that is another story. In any case, the Hindu hands needed taking care of.

The expulsion of Hindus from the landmass known at different times as East Bengal, East Pakistan and Bangladesh is such a carefully hidden story that most people know very little about it. Whenever the topic of post-Partition migration comes up, people instinctively think of Punjab. The migration in Bengal was a different story altogether. Between 1947 and 1950 there was no major pogrom.

However, the East Pakistan government, which was run basically by West Pakistani bureaucrats, had undertaken a programme of disentitling Hindus who were possessed of large real estates. This was done by requisitioning properties at random and paying a pittance for them or fixing rental rates arbitrarily. In between, isolated cases of murder, rape and other crimes against Hindus went on, and the Hindus got no assistance from the police.

Hindus who could read the writing on the wall decided to leave for West Bengal right then and many of them managed to exchange property with West Bengali Muslims, though most often they got an unfair deal. The situation continued until 1950 during which Bharat’s Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his Pakistani counterpart Liaquat Ali Khan had signed two Inter-Dominion Agreements to the effect that the two countries would look after their minorities. While the attitude of Bhara, then overcome with the guilt of the assassination of Gandhi, was sincere in respect of adherence to the agreement, the attitude of Pakistan was one of total hypocrisy and the exodus continued.

Around the end of 1949, East Pakistani rulers decided that this was not enough to drive out Hindus. Therefore, they planned a well-thought-out scheme for a pogrom against Hindus which would result in their mass exodus. This process started in late January 1950 when Bharat was rejoicing its adoption of its Constitution and the formation of the Republic of India. Hindus were persecuted all over East Pakistan and they started fleeing the country. Meanwhile there were horrible massacres.

An article like this would not permit description of the magnitude and the horror of that pogrom, but one incident should suffice. There is a railway bridge, then known as the Anderson Bridge, about a kilometre long across the Meghna river between the stations of Ashugonj and Bhairab Bazar in East Pakistan.

On February 12, 1950, all trains which crossed the bridge were stopped in mid-river, and all Hindus in all the trains were knifed and in a dead or half-dead state thrown overboard into the river. I have this information from an eyewitness who was saved because he was wearing a pair of pyjamas instead of the Hindus’ customary dhoti, and was thus mistaken for a Muslim.

This could not have happened without the whole incident being carefully planned and orchestrated by the Pakistani government. Among the districts worst affected was Barisal. It is a district where there was not a single inch of railway, and all transportation was by river craft. A huge number of people who were stuck at the steamer wharves were subjected to murder and mayhem and the wharves ran red with Hindu blood. With this incident the intellectual class among the Hindus either left East Pakistan immediately or decided that they would leave very shortly; and, their exodus was complete by the mid-1950s.

Thereafter it was only a very small fraction of the middle class and the large body of manual labourers, artisans, fishermen and peasants who were left in East Pakistan among the Hindus. They had no employable skills with which they could sustain themselves in West Bengal, so they stayed back.

During this time Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee was a Cabinet minister in Jawaharlal Nehru’s first cabinet of independent Bharat. He pressed Nehru to bring about an exchange of population as had happened in Punjab or to demand land from East Pakistan to rehabilitate the Hindus who had already left or who were sure to leave East Pakistan in the near future. Nehru flatly refused to do either. In fact, Nehru did not have any clear idea of what he intended to do with this exodus.

Meanwhile a retaliatory pogrom had started in West Bengal against Muslims and this touched Nehru’s heart. Liaquat Ali Khan also offered to Nehru to sign a pact. Nehru clutched at this straw and immediately signed a pact, known as the Delhi Pact, on April 8, 1950. According to this pact, each country would look after its minorities.

This pact did not make any sense at all, because it could not have been unknown to Nehru that the pogroms that had so far taken place were engineered by the Pakistan government itself. The two inter-dominion agreements that he had signed had also failed.

So with whom was he signing a pact, and from whom was he seeking an assurance that Hindus in Pakistan would be looked after? But then, that was Nehru’s mind. He liked to live in a make-believe world of his own and refused to see reality. This has been commented by the eminent journalist Durga Das in his book, India From Curzon To Nehru And After. This has also been commented upon in a book that I had authored, My People Uprooted: The Exodus of Hindus from East Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee resigned from the Cabinet in protest against this pact and eventually went on to found the Bharatiya Jana Sangh which later on metamorphosed itself into the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) of today. With Dr Mookerjee, K.C. Niyogi, another Bengali minister, also resigned from the Cabinet. But these did not deter Nehru who sat contented in his belief that his signing of the pact had finally put a stop to the migration of Bengali Hindu refugees from East Pakistan. Of course the migration did not stop, nor did the pogroms stop in East Pakistan. But Nehru once again chose to ignore them.

Similar pogroms had been engineered by the East Pakistan government in 1964, and of course in 1971. The 1964 pogrom was caused by the disappearance of the hair of Prophet Mohammad from the Hazratbal mosque of Srinagar in Kashmir, with which the East Pakistani Hindus had nothing whatever to do. The hair was also found shortly thereafter. But the disappearance of the hair, though contrived, and at any rate temporary, had raised jihadi anger and there was no better place to vent that anger than upon the helpless Hindus of East Bengal.

And finally there was the grand pogrom of 1971 during the liberation struggle of Bangladesh, in which the West Pakistani rulers had concluded that the Hindus were principally responsible for this secessionist movement. And they killed Hindus with impunity. It ought to be said that quite a few Bengali Muslims were also killed, but reliable estimates put the proportion of Hindus at around 80 per cent among those killed. Just one example will suffice.

We all know about the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919. How many people were killed at Jallianwala Bagh? About 1,500, perhaps? In a small town called Chuknagar, in the district of Khulna, in the Upazila of Dumuria, an estimated 10,000 unarmed, helpless Hindus, half of them women and children, were slaughtered by a contingent of Pakistani Army and their collaborators, called Razakars, on May 20, 1971. These poor Hindus were trying to escape to Bharat because they knew that they would be butchered by the Pakistanis.

Then the country was liberated from Pakistani yoke and Bangladesh came into being. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who had been incarcerated in West Pakistan, was also repatriated and became the premier of the new country. The good times for the Hindus in that country lasted till 1975. Then on August 15, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated. Prominent leaders of the liberation struggle, who were also friendly towards Hindus, such as Tajuddin Ahmad, Syed Nazrul Islam and Kamruzzaman were jailed and killed in the jail by a military regime, in a carnage known in Bangladesh as Jail-Hatya. Thereafter ensued a period of varying torture and persecution of Hindus.

This period was rather like the squeezing out of toothpaste from a tube, with occasional spurts; for instance, in 1988 when the Chief Martial Law Administrator General Ershad declared Islam to be the national religion of Bangladesh, which hitherto had been a secular state. There was a spurt of anti-Hindu violence and pogrom in 1992 when the disputed structure in Ayodhya was demolished. The great rebel feminist Taslima Nasrin has written about the 1971 carnage in her novel Lajja (Shame).

Then came in 2001 the rule of Khaleda Zia, and another period of Hindu baiting and pogroms. Strangely, Bharat had a hand in this. Brajesh Mishra, as emissary of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, saw Khaleda, and in a piece of extremely ill-advised communication reportedly assured her that “India has no favourites in Bangladesh”. Khaleda took this to mean that no matter what she did inside her country was no business of Bharat, and this let loose another bout of anti-Hindu pogroms.

This has been documented very carefully and extensively by a team led by the eminent journalist Shahryar Kabir, as a result of which he had to do time in jail. The documentation is contained in a White Paper describing 1,500 days of persecution of minorities in the country.

Sheikh Hasina came back to power in 2009 and thereafter there was a period of relative calm for Hindus. The word ‘relative’ is very important, because there were occasional spurts of anti-Hindu violence which the government ignored. Thereafter in the latter half of the second decade of the century the ugly head of anti-Hindu pogrom was raised again, this time in the district of Brahmanbaria, which is the native district of this author (both his parents were born in this district).

In a village known as Nasirnagar, a young Hindu fisherman by the name of Rasaraj Das was accused of abusing the Prophet on Facebook. In fact, Das was educated only up to Class IV, and had no idea what Facebook is. But the fundamentalists spread this rumour, as a result of this some 300 Hindu houses were torched. I had a long discussion with the local MP, RAM Ubaydul Muktadir Chowdhury on this subject. This district was right next to Tripura where I was Governor from 2015 to 2018.

What we have just now seen during the Durga Puja of 2021 from October 13 onwards is almost a repetition of the Nasirnagar pogrom. Here again somebody accused that a copy of the Quran had been placed at the foot of the Ma Durga idol, thereby Islam has been insulted, and naturally this calls for a pogrom. So a pogrom started in Comilla, very close to Tripura’s capital Agartala, and the news travelled with lightning speed to the adjoining areas of Noakhali, which was the scene of the 1946 carnage, and also to Chittagong.

Jihad-crazed Muslim mobs destroyed and vandalised a large number of Hindu temples and Puja pandals and zeroed in on the celebrations organised by the International Society of Krishna-Consciousness (ISKCON, often called Hare-Krishna) and the Ramakrishna Mission. This has been extensively video-graphed and is available on social media. They also killed quite a few Hindus.

Meanwhile a radical, militant, Islamist, fundamentalist, fringe had been quietly growing in the country. I got wind of this from very reliable quarters who also told me that it is alarming that the government of Sheikh Hasina was doing nothing about it. It is these fundamentalists who had started this pogrom in Comilla. Sheikh Hasina has raised her voice against it and has stated that she will make all possible efforts to apprehend the culprits and bring them to justice. That is all very good, but it happened quite a bit after the pogrom started. Not only so, but her statements so far have not been backed by adequate action.

Having said that, there is no other politician of national standing in Bangladesh who can be relied upon to restore any sense of security to Hindus. Therefore, she has got to be supported. A lot of brickbats have been thrown at her from both Bangladesh and Bharat, but no one so far has been able to suggest an alternative leader or an alternative strategy.

Why do these radicals do these to the Hindus who had done them no wrong, who are a helpless, beleaguered, tiny minority? One reason is obvious: Because they are helpless, they are fair game. This had been done by the Nazis against the Jews, by Whites against Africans or people of African descent in South Africa and the US South, by the Muslim Turks against Christian Armenians.

Next, there is the jihadi craze. This is an Islamic country, and kafirs, Hindus, idol-worshippers (the Bangladeshi pejorative term is malaun) will not be allowed to live here — let them go to Hindustan, or else we’ll kill them! The tormentors also know that the political ethos of Bharat is such that there will never be any retaliation of these against Bharatiya Muslims. And third, the Hindus are still possessed of considerable real estate. If the Hindus go away all that property will be theirs. In fact, huge chunks of real property originally belonging to Hindus have already been expropriated by Muslims. A team led by scholar Abul Barkat has documented quite a bit of it.

So, is there a solution to this? There is indeed, theoretically speaking. How far this can be put to practice is a different matter. The solution lies in Bengali Hindus of West Bengal becoming conscious of the state of Hindus in Bangladesh and creating pressure on the Central government to do something about it. Unless this is done, the politicians at the Centre would not be bothered about the state of Hindus in Bangladesh; because it would be reasoned, that if their very first cousins, namely the Hindus of West Bengal, are not worried about it, why should Gujaratis, Punjabis, Maharashtrians, Odias or Tamils be? And such reasoning would not be unjustified!

Whether this can be done at all or not is not clear, but there are rays of hope. Because this time the kind of activity and the furore that has been generated in West Bengal has never been seen before. As a matter of fact, even the Communist Party of India (Marxist) which had so far tried very hard to obfuscate the persecution and killing of Hindus has raised a thin voice against the happenings in Bangladesh. Expatriate Bengali Hindus both from Bharat and Bangladesh have also spoken in a loud voice. Now the future is for us to watch.

(This article was published on firstpost.com and has been reproduced here in full with minor edits to conform to HinduPost style-guide.)

UP Congress leader Allu Miyan, close to Nehru-Gandhi family, held for land fraud, extortion

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A Congress leader, known for his proximity to Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, has been arrested on charges of land fraud, extortion and issuing death threats to a builder in Uttar Pradesh’s Wazirganj.

The accused, Mohammed Rafiq a.k.a Allu Miyan of Gosainganj, is a native of Sultanpur district.

He was on the run for the past few months after an FIR was lodged against him.

He was arrested on Sunday after the court issued a non-bailable warrant, said police.

In a statement, the Congress, however, alleged that Allu Miyan was being framed by the police at the behest of the state government.

Additional DCP, west zone, Chiranjeev Sinha said, “Rafiq used to introduce himself as an active member of the Congress party. He used to extort money from builders and was also involved in the purchase of land which was stuck in the legal dispute.”

Vaibhav Srivastava of Kaiserbagh had lodged a case on May 8, against Mohammed Rafiq, his wife Mehrunnisa and their son Mohammed Adil Rasheed, accusing them of forgery, extortion and tampering with government documents.

Vaibhav said he worked as a builder in partnership with Mohammed Mazin Khan of Chowk.

“Vaibhav and his partner got land registered in their names and started work in Khargapur. However, Rafiq and his son showed them a fake registry of land (number 154 signed in 1990) in the name of Meharunnisa. The registry was done by Mamta Sahkari Grih Nirman Ltd, Khurram Nagar. Vaibhav came to know that Mamta Sahkari Grih Nirman Ltd had plot number 152, 155 and 156 only and the papers being shown by Rafiq and son were fake,” Sinha said.

Meanwhile, state Congress spokesman Anshu Awasthi said, “Allu Miyan is a Congress leader and is being framed by police at the behest of the state government. He has a financial and property dispute with a builder. It is a civil matter and not a criminal case,” he explained.

(The story has been published via a syndicated feed with a modified headline.)

Indonesia’s first president’s daughter Sukmawati Sukarnoputri to convert to Hindu Dharma from Islam

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The daughter of Indonesia’s first president and the founder of the Indonesian National Party (Patai Nasional Indonesia-PNI) Sukmawati Sukarnoputri has decided to embrace Hindu Dharma through a formal ceremony that is scheduled to be held on October 26.

Sukarnoputri, the daughter of Indonesia’s founding president Sukarno and third wife Fatmawati, is also sister to Megawati Sukarnoputri, the 5th President of Indonesia. She was once married to Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Adipati Arya Mangkunegara IX, but the couple divorced in 1984.

Sukarnoputri’s present faith is Islam that she will leave by converting to Hindu Dharma. The Sudhi Wadani, a ritualistic Hindu ceremony recognising Sukmawati’s conversion to Hindu Dharma will be held at the Bali Agung Singaraja, a monument of her late father Sukarno, at the Buleleng Regency situated in Singaraja city of Bali, which is also the ancestral land of the family.

The monument is placed near Sukarnoputri’s grandmother’s residence in North Bali. It was her late paternal grandmother Ida Ayu Nyoman Rai Srimben (1881–1958), who largely influenced Sukarnoputri’s decision to embrace Hindu Dharma. 

Sukarnoputri’s conversion to Hindu Dharma, interestingly, is taking place on her 70th birthday. Witaryono Rejsoprojo, the lawyer of Sukarnoputri, had earlier informed that his client is adept in Hindu theology. “Yes, (her grandmother’s religion is the reason). The mother of ‘Bung Karno’ was Ida Nyoman, a Balinese noble person (bangsawan),” she said. 

Reportedly, Arya Wedakarna, who is the head of the Sukarno Center in Bali, has been entrusted by Sukmawati for the successful conclusion of the event in Bali. However, we are yet to determine if she will have decided to settle permanently in Bali. The island of Bali, which is majority Hindu (90%) although Hindus constitute just 2% of Indonesia’s total population, observes and celebrates Hindu all religious festivals; Sukmawati has attended these rituals in Bali whenever she had visited the region.

“Everything has been decorated,” said Jro Made Arsana, a refugee of Bale Agung informing about the preparations which are underway for the grand conversion ceremony. He added that Sukmawati Sukarnoputri will take the oath to embrace Hindu Dharma in the presence of Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia (PHDI) management. He also appeared elated describing how the daughter of Indonesia’s first President is preparing to come to Bale Agung joined by her siblings.

Sukmawati Sukarnoputri had held several talks with religious leaders on Hindu Dharma in Indonesia. Her decision to return to Hindu Dharma, the eternal Dharma, has been supported by her brothers, Guruh Sukarnoputra and Guntur Sukarnoputra, and her sister Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Her children, namely, Prince Haryo Paundrajarna Sumautra Jiwanegara, Muhammad Putra Perwira Utama, and Gusti Raden Ayu Putri Siniwati have also welcomed her decision. Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population in the world.

Some media houses in Indonesia had published an invitation card inviting masses to attend the Sudhi Wadani function and the same had been circulating on social media. However, the family of Sukarnoputri has confirmed that following the Covid-19 protocol, they have decided to hold a small private ceremony, which will only be attended by close relatives.

“The Sudhi Wadani ceremony is a special internal ceremony for the Dadia Pasek Baleagung Buleleng extended family,” said a family member. He further confirmed that conscious of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and thus avoiding huge gatherings during the ceremony, the Baleagung Family has not issued an invitation to the public for attending Sukarnoputri’s conversion to Hindu Dharma. 

The Majapahit Hindu empire of Indonesia started declining in the 15th century due to rise of the Malacca Sultanate and presence of Muslim Chinese, Arab and Malay communities in northern ports of Java. In 1478 when King Brawijaya V converted to Islam, Sabdapalon, a priest in the king’s court cursed him and vowed to return after 500 years when the world will be suffering from natural disasters and political corruption.

“I am the servant of the Queen and all of the Dang Hyang (devas and spirits) in the land of Java. Starting from the first ancestor of your majesty, the Wiku Manumanasa, Sakutrem and Bambang Sakri, from generation to generation until today, a servant of the Javanese kings. For 2,000 years until now, nothing had changed in their religion. I was here to serve the descendants of the Javanese kings. This is where we part. I am returning to my origins. However, please our king be reminded, that after 500 years I will restore the Buda (Shiva-Buddhagama) religion to all of Java,” vowed Sabdapalon, as per blogger Kalpavriksha.

“When Mount Merapi erupts and its lava and ashes fall to the South-West with a terrible smell, that is the signal that I will be coming soon,” he added. 

Mt. Semeru has been in a state of eruption since 1967. Notably, in 1978, modern Hindu temples were built in the island nation and several Muslims reconverted to Hindu Dharma, too. The Hindus in the region believe that the prophecies of Sabdapalon are turning true and the conversion of Sukarnoputri to Hindu Dharma is just another chapter in the prophecy turning true. 

Virtual Conference: Hindu Dharma, Hindutva and Hindudvesha

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The second set of panels of the “Hindu Dharma, Hindutva and Hindudvesha” conference series will be held on the weekend, in coordination with and in celebration of Hindu Heritage Month. Four sessions held over the weekend will focus on issues like Colonialism and Hinduism and challenges faced by Hindus in the Islamic world. 

The virtual conference will showcase the diversity of views within the Hindu world, feature friends of the Hindu community, and address a troubling trend of anti-Hindu sentiment (Hindudvesha or Hinduphobia) which has more recently plagued the Hindu diaspora in the United States, Canada and other parts of the world.

The Hindudvesha conference is jointly organized by American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD), an initiative of the World Hindu Council of America (VHPA), and Dharma Civilization Foundation. 

The conference will begin on Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 11AM-1PM. The first session, “Coloniality and the Hindutva Movement,” will delve deeper into understanding the Hindutva movement within the context of Coloniality, while the second session, “The Post-Colonial Hindu Hangover,” will discuss how Colonialism has impacted the Hindu intellectual condition.

The second day of the conference will take place on Sunday, October 24, between 11AM-1PM and will focus on the impact of Islam on the Hindu culture and psyche. 

The entire conference will take place on every consecutive Saturday and Sunday over the course of four weeks.

In a joint statement, Kalyan Viswanathan, President of the Hindu University of America and VHPA Vice President Dr. Jai Bansal said: “Hindus are a deeply spiritual and peace-loving community. At one billion strong globally and roughly four million in the US, they represent a growing immigrant minority community in the United States. Historically, Hindus have never invaded, conquered, or enslaved others nor confiscated land or property. On the contrary, Hindus have repeatedly been victims of colonization and invasions. Perhaps their greatest characteristic is that they live and let live.

At the core of Hinduism is a certain foundational embrace of plurality which honors diversity and fosters co-existence. Unfortunately, as they are being repeatedly and increasingly maligned in unprecedented ways, it is important that

Hindus speak up to set the record straight to contest the lies and misinformation circulated by those seeking to undermine them.”

VHVA President Dr. Ajay Shah said, “it is high time to educate the world about the essence of Sanatana Vedic Dharma and it’s positive contributions to civil society, at all levels, and the world.”

To register for the conference, visit Hindu Dvesha – HHMConference

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Guard me from ‘legal action’, NCB’s Wankede appeals to Mumbai top cop

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Apparently rattled by the revelations of a witness in the raid on a cruise ship rave party, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede on Sunday sought police help to protect him from possible “legal action”.

In a letter to the Mumbai Commissioner of Police (Hemant Nagrale), Wankhede claimed that he has learnt of “some precipitate legal action” for framing him falsely, is being planned by some unknown persons concerning the raid on the cruiser on October 2.

Indirectly referring to a statement by Nationalist Congress Party national Spokesperson and Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik last week, the NCB chief wrote: “It is also brought to your notice that threat of jail and dismissal have been issued against the undersigned on public media by highly respectable public functionaries.”

In what is viewed as a pre-emptive move, the IRS officer also asked the Mumbai Police chief to “ensure that no such precipitate legal action” is carried out to frame and falsely implicate him with ulterior motives.

Wankhede – who had earlier complained to the city and state police alleging threats to life – reminded Nagrale that NCB Deputy Director-General, South West Region, Mutha Ashok Jain, has already referred the latest matter (the witness’ sensational revelations) to the NCB headquarters for necessary action.

NCB witness Prabhakar Sail’s statements have triggered a major political war with the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi allies Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress slamming the central agency and Wankhede.

The MVA partners have demanded a suo moto investigation by the Mumbai Police, setting up of a Special Investigation Team to probe the NCB affairs, intervention of the Supreme Court, etc.

(The story has been published via a syndicated feed.)

VHP writes to UN to stop Hindu Genocide in Bangladesh

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Your excellency, you will be aware of the current spate of the genocide of the indigenous minority Hindus in Bangladesh, which continues unabated! The brutal killings of innocents, in more than 22 districts over the past 10-12 days, violate any notion of humanity. The radical Islamists caused despair and terror among devotees by forcibly entering places of worship during the sacred Durga Puja and jubilantly vandalizing and breaking icons of deities and destroying shrines.

A dozen Hindus were slaughtered, a thousand injured. Horrifyingly, Hindu women and small girls were raped in front of family members and homes and businesses were looted and burnt as well. The police and law enforcement authorities were mute spectators, intervening too late to prevent the atrocities.

Your excellency, the fate of Hindu and other minorities has been grim in the region for over a century and evidently, a final chapter of their destruction is occurring in full view of the world. During the partition of India in 1947, an estimated 2 million Hindus in the eastern half of Bengal were killed and countless millions fled to India. These horrors continued, with one million Hindus killed again in 1950 and another five million fleeing to safety in India. with thousands slaughtered in 1964, prompting another surge of fleeing refugees. The events of 1971, the murder of 2-3 million and rape camps imprisoning over 400,000 women and girls in rape camps by the Pakistani army need no recounting.

Unfortunately, the persecution of minorities continued in independent Bangladesh and the current episode is only the latest of numerous recorded by the UN itself and governments abroad, like the US. It is, therefore, no surprise that the population of the mainly Hindu minority in Bangladesh, which was almost a third at partition in 1947, has declined to approximately 8% and respected Bangladeshi demographers predict it will fall to zero by 2050. The tragedy of the Hindus of Bangladesh is equalled by the Jewish holocaust of WWII and much worse than the Rwandan genocide.

Your excellency, in view of this horrific inhuman genocide, we request you to: –  

(1) Set up an International Enquiry Commission and send a fact-finding mission to Bangladesh to inquire into the continuing genocide of Hindus in Bangladesh contemplate additional measures to protect the indigenous Hindu minorities from genocide being committed by radical Islamists.

(2) Pressurize the Government of Bangladesh to ensure physical security and justice for the victims and compensate for their loss of life, property, places of worship, house, business, etc. Give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of the crimes.

(3) The UNSC to take action to proscribe criminal organisations engaged in Jihadi violence and challenging the legitimacy of the elected government of Bangladesh.

(3) Urge the government of Bangladesh to repeal the Vested Property Act – 2013, which is the critical underlying incitement to violence since property abandoned by the fleeing can be legally seized by their own neighbours.

Thanking you in anticipation,                                                                                

For Vishva Hindu Parishad 

Swami Vigyananand (Joint General Secretary)

(Similar letters were sent to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Switzerland and President of European Commission in Belgium)