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Why Don’t Hindus Stand Up Against Anti-Hindu, Anti-Bharat Agenda?

Although Bharat and Hindus were attacked for centuries, Bharat maintained a peaceful environment and communal harmony, to a great extent. Bharat is the second most populated country in the world with 1.34 billion people, in essence, four times the population of the U.S. on less-than-one-third of U.S land. You can certainly imagine the complexity Bharat faces as a country. In comparison, the issues are managed brilliantly, and balance is restored quickly oftentimes. The recent past has been particularly difficult for the Hindus, Hindu Dharma, and Bharat; as we have witnessed left-liberal media’s effort to defame, divide and weaken Bharat. These questions have been bothering me for a while –

1.  Is there one Hindu (or a group) who stood up against blatant bias, negative narratives, defamation, and anti-Hindu and anti-Bharat propaganda?

2. Why would U.S. Democrats, like Bernie Sanders, an ultra-leftist communist, be influenced to propagate such sick anti-Bharat, anti-Hindu statements, directly inciting violence against Hindus worldwide?

3. How many Bharatiya Muslims were driven out of Bharat?

4. Why are the western media relentlessly pushing an one-sided narrative of victimhood, painting the Modi government as fascist, murderous, genocidal, xenophobic and anti-Muslim?

Rep Tulsi Gabbard, US Presidential candidate and a Hindu, expresses her feelings about Hinduphobia

Let’s start with some facts about Bharat

First, Bharat is the only country with the largest Muslim population outside Muslim-majority countries

Second, Bharat holds a third of world’s Muslim population (10.9%), slightly behind Pakistan (11.1%) and Indonesia (12.7%) [Note, just a few years ago, Bharat was at the second place over Pakistan]

Third, Bharat has over 200 million Muslims – can one neighboring Islamic state provide such statistics of minorities?

Fourth, Bharat remains a secular country. Yet, the neighboring Islamic State nations (Pakistan & Bangladesh) cannot say the same

Fifth, there are 41 Christian, 30 Islamic, 6 Buddhist, 1 Jewish, and 0 Hindu countries out of 199 countries in the world.

Sixth, Bharat is a Hindu majority country with 79% Hindus and 21% minority. Percentage of Hindus has dropped from 84.1% after the 1947 Bharat-Pakistan division. Nepal was a Hindu nation at the time of monarchs, but not anymore – it was declared as a secular state in 2007 after abolition of it’s monarchy

Seventh, Pakistan’s Hindu population dropped from ~27% pre-1947 to <2% now, and numbers fell from ~23% in 1951 to 9% in Bangladesh (earlier East Pakistan) today

Eighth, The sophisticated ancient Hindu civilization by the Indus river is at least 10,000 years old and people of the region are known as Hindus. Hindu Dharma (aka ‘Hinduism’) is much more than just a religion, it encompasses various philosophies and civilizational aspects.

Finally, Hindus and Hindu Dharma cannot be separated from Hindustan (Bharat).

Recent Events

Search on ‘anti-CAA protest’ turned ‘Delhi Riots’ that was perfectly aligned with the timing of President Trump’s Bharat visit will give you plenty of anti-Bharat, anti-Hindu coverage. It is increasingly becoming clear that the massive protest was highly organized, funded, pre-planned and executed with thousands of outsiders that were brought in from elsewhere (& very quickly disappeared), primarily organized during President Trump’s visit to make a strong international wave against Bharat.

What I will bring here is what the media didn’t tell you. Gravely critical information was kept out of mainstream media coverage – deliberate? For instance, a Hindu IB (Intelligence Bureau) officer’s body was found in a drain. He was stabbed over a dozen times, according to the autopsy. A Muslim political leader was booked and arrested for the IB officer’s murder and for gathering a rioting mob at his 3-storey house – rocks, stones, petrol, temporary slings were found on his roof-top (still an open investigation). Islamic group PFI has been charged for money laundering to fund the rioters.

A Hindu policeman was murdered during a mob lynching and heavy stone-pelting. A shooter with a gun in hand pointing at police force was identified as a Muslim, and had gone missing. Images of burqa-covered women stone-pelting in action were seen. Muslim rioters bore a drill machine into a 19-year Hindu boy. These are just a few examples.

Civilians and policemen were beaten, lynched, shot, stabbed and killed. Public properties, homes, schools were destroyed. How does one explain such violence? Over 50 died in this horrifying clash. Were Muslims the only ones who got impacted? But the media largely didn’t tell you that. Violent protests in the liberal universities occurred just before the Delhi riot.

Man with a gun identified as Shahrukh fled Delhi and missing since the riot

You might find it astonishing that, foreigners such as a Polish and a Bangladeshi student studying in Vishva Bharti University had been ordered to leave the country for engaging in anti-Bharat protests. Do you know Poland has refrained from taking a single immigrant refugee? What do you make out of this?

Recent 77-day ‘Shaheen Bagh anti-CAA’ protest at the nation’s capital, Delhi, was primarily attended by Muslim women and children. They finally dispersed only after the Covid19 pandemic broke out. Where did they come from? Who funded them? How did they manage to occupy the area for these many days without steady organization or enormous source of funding?

As per Bharat’s democracy, peaceful protests are welcome, however, this massive gathering was blocking roads causing inconvenience for people for months. They pressured the Modi government to take back CAA decision, while Modi stood firm. You might ask, what did they accomplish? What was their goal?

In the United States, an Ivy League university student group named ‘Students Against Hindutva’ created by South Asian Indian-American student from Yale University, attacked Hindu by celebrating a protest named ‘Holi Against Hindutva’. Interestingly, College Democrats of 20 plus universities were involved. Coincidence? Would an organized effort such as these against Eid, Ramadan, Christmas, Hanukah ever be tolerated? 

‘Students Against Hindutva’ group started by Yale university South Asian Students targeted a Hindu festival ‘Holi’

‘Interconnected’ talking points propagated by U.S. Democrats and organizations are highlighted below. Many of whom also pushed anti-Bharat rhetoric during Kashmir’s cleanup and integration.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib: ‘This week, Trump visited India but the real story should be the communal violence targeting Muslims in Delhi right now. We cannot be silent as this tide of anti-Muslim violence continues across India.’

Rep. Alan Lowenthal:  ‘This is a tragic failure of moral leadership. We must speak out in the face of threats to human rights in India.’

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: ‘This deadly surge of religious intolerance in India is horrifying. Democracies should not tolerate division and discrimination, or promote laws that undermine religious freedom. The world is watching.’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: ‘It’s important to strengthen relationships with democratic partners like India. But we must be able to speak truthfully about our values, including religious freedom and freedom of expression—and violence against peaceful protestors is never acceptable.’

Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘Over 200 million Muslims call India home. Widespread anti-Muslim mob violence has killed at least 27 and injured many more. Trump responds by saying, “That’s up to India.” This is a failure of leadership on human rights.’ In another tweet, he said: ‘When Donald Trump stays silent in the face of religious persecution, repression and brutality, the dangerous message this sends to autocratic leaders around the world is: “Go ahead, you can get away with it.’

College Democrats across United States joined hands against Hindu festival ‘Holi Against Hindutva’

House Foreign Affairs Committee: ‘Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel: Deeply troubled by the deaths from the communal violence in India over the past couple of days. The right to protest is a key aspect in democracy, but they must remain peaceful and police must ensure the safety of all.’ The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHRC) has filed an unprecedented plea with India’s Supreme Court, asking to be made a party in the case against the CAA.  “The High Commissioner seeks to intervene as amicus curie (a third party) in this case, by virtue of her mandate to inter alia protect and promote all human rights and to conduct necessary advocacy,” according to the petition filed with the court by Michelle Bachelet.  Furthermore, Iran and Turkey didn’t leave the opportunity to point fingers at India and called to “Confront extremist Hindus, stop massacre of Muslims” said  Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei on Delhi riots.

Today, the media, encroached by the leftists’ propaganda, wants you to believe that ‘extremist Hindus are committing genocide in Bharat’, and are tirelessly pushing this agenda to shape narratives.  Will you let them?

Recent Policies

The Modi government has taken stricter measures around border security, illegal immigration, terrorism, extremism, and corruption; and essentially, came down hard with pro-Bharat ‘nationalist’ policies. Universities, opposition political parties, Muslim groups and media continued to challenge these measures. Intellects from Oxford to Harvard and media gurus have portrayed this as anti-Muslim. Why? Because Bharat is finally taking strong measures that are pro-Bharat, for safety and security of the citizens of the country.

Let me give you a few examples.

Kashmir Conflict: 70-year-old saga in Kashmir created during 1947 Bharat-Pakistan division has seen many Prime Ministers of Bharat over the years; yet, no one solved it. Note that, Bharat was ruled by the socialist, ‘secular’ Congress party for 5 decades after independence.

Late 2019, this border issue has been resolved in a single stroke to ensure Kashmir is fully integrated with Bharat finally as part of one country, one policy, without any special privileges for Kashmir. During that time, Bharatiya Muslims and Muslims all over the world, United Nations, along with many Democrat elected officials of the United States condemned Bharat and blamed its government for all kinds of Human Rights issues.

The world has seen a flood of anti-Bharat narratives over Bharat’s strong decision on Kashmir. However, no entity dared to ask, what was the primary issue? The world had ignored Kashmiri Hindu genocide of the 1990s when Kashmiri Hindus were burnt alive, raped, slaughtered, killed, murdered, thrown out of Kashmir forcing them to flee the region and turning them into refugees within their own country.  Did Kashmiri Hindu lives mean anything?

Mid-August last year, as I was preparing for the 7th annual IndiaFest in Milwaukee, I got a phone call from a local interfaith group. The leader of the group asked me to hold a ‘solidarity prayer for Kashmiri Muslims’. I respectfully declined the offer and clarified that  “India is the most diverse, peaceful and inclusive country in the world, even with the barbaric, tormenting and a heinous past. Essence and message of India and IndiaFest will not change. We stand for everyone, including Kashmiri Hindus”. 

Hindus must not be forgotten. Unimpressed, he then informed me that some people would protest against IndiaFest and Bharat. I cordially concluded with, if they must, they certainly can (in this country), and law enforcement authorities will be notified.

We now see news of Pakistan hiring lobbiyists worldwide to push the Kashmir agenda.

Ayodhya Babri Masjid: An age-old dispute on Babri Masjid (known as the Mosque of Babur built in the name of 1st Mughal emperor Babur, on a holy site of the birthplace of Hindu deity Lord Ram in 1528). It has been comprehensively proven by archaeological diggings that the Mosque was built after destroying a Hindu temple. Under the Modi government, finally, the issue saw a verdict in favor of Hindu Temple (Ram Mandir). Bharat saw a massive amount of violence and riots due to the escalation of hostilities after large scale protests by Muslims in reaction to Babri Masjid demolition since early 90s.

Citizenship Amendment Act -CAA: Recently supreme court ruling in favor of CAA created another unrest in the country. In a very simpler term, it allows persecuted religious minorities, i.e. Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, Christian who fled from the three neighboring Muslim majority Islamic countries (namely, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan) due to “religious persecution or fear of religious persecution” and entered Bharat before Dec 2014 are given expedited Indian citizenship.

Delhi police caught on mob violence

It is strictly welcoming the religiously persecuted minorities – why wouldn’t anyone be against such a ‘humanitarian act’ after all? This issue also being combined with NRC (National Register of Citizens) – an official listing of all citizens of the country; and NPR (National Population Registrer – a listing of all people in Bharat whether citizen or not. Generally speaking, every country counts its population every 10 years, commonly known as Census. Based on it, the government determines parliamentary (political) seats, government programs or welfare schemes. Now, you must ask, How is this anti-Muslim? Are the current Bharatiya Muslims being impacted by this act? If so, how?  If they are citizens of Bharat, why do they have any fear of being thrown out of Bharat?  Bharat has the largest illegal immigrant population in the entire world, a serious burden on a developing country – is it not its duty to identify and act on these illegal immigrants?

Delhi burning in anti-CAA protest swiftly turned into massive riots

It is absolutely mind-boggling to see the widespread net of propaganda, massive funding, media support, organization skills they have. When the New Zealand mosque shooting occurred in the early part of 2019, the entire world felt a shock wave of narratives that white supremacists inspired by President Trump caused the anti-Muslim shooting which killed about 50 people. A massive hysteria was created that Muslims are unsafe in the west. We all watched as the world mourned for months with solidarity, prayers, candlelight vigils – an experience like nothing.

One major question: Where are the Hindus (worldwide) protesting against false narratives and lies?

Shaheen Bagh anti-CAA protest

Hindus, Hindu Dharma and Bharat

Hindu way of life is extremely simplistic. Hindus were focused on spirituality (higher dimension of life), knowledge, peace, and truth. So, asking questions is not viewed as criticism of Hindu Dharma but encouraged for exploring higher dimensions beyond the physical body. 

Long before world knew science, Bharat performed cataract surgery, and practiced plants and nature-based Ayurveda medicine that are known for cure without side effects and complexity.

Discoveries and advanced mathematics – can you imagine modern STEM without Bharatiya invention of algebra, trigonometry or number zero? History reveals their intelligence (astrology, precise engineering, architectural marvels). Hindus find the presence of ‘God’ in everything and worship murtis (ignorantly called idol worship’) and even sacred animals; it’s a process that helps to conceptualize the vast complexity of the universe to a much-more relatable ideal for human minds through symbolism.

Ancient artifacts and architecture reveal a superior level of ingenuity, knowledge and skills. Oldest universities of the world, Takshashila (founded in 700 BC) and Nalanda (5th century), which were important centers of learning were destroyed and ruined by the superior invaders, currently are UNESCO world heritage sites proudly depicts our history.

However, in the current time, we Hindus are not brought up with education of scriptures, Vedas,  Upanishads or Puranas. Our education system has changed, much westernized. We study in English rather than the oldest scriptures of the world – Sanskrit.

We may have a ‘Hindu’ life, but we are not really educated in such a way that we know our history or our civilization well. Most of the Hindus do not read the Gita’ one of the holiest books of Hindu Dharma (I am guilty as well), unlike most of the Muslims who read the Quran’ or Christians who read the Bible’ in their childhood.

In conclusion

Everyone who spoke about human rights, religious persecution and discrimination against Muslims in Bharat, did they ever issue any statement about the actual occurrences in Pakistan, China, Bangladesh? WHY?

In general, people of Bharat are usually quieter, individualistic and self-focused. I think peace is in our DNA. Individualistic characteristics, keep your head down, say nothing, do nothing and a mentality to keep the peace no matter what is also in our DNA. Hindus of today appear to be weak and selfish. We Hindus don’t have much organization skills, funding, and prefer to stay totally silent on issues (until it hits home). By then, no one listens to their cry. Why don’t Hindus bother about protests, prayers, candlelight vigils against anti-Hindu and anti-Bharat forces?

Does anyone possibly think, these issues are isolated to Bharat? And perhaps think, the United States is immune to them? Do you remember, President Trump has been labeled as ‘anti-Muslim’ because of the travel ban he issued specifically against some countries? Intellectuals have argued that this act was anti-Muslim and was unfairly targeting one religion. See the pattern? 

I am not against any religion, but I am strongly against extremism, terrorism and establishment of superiority. As a Hindu, I constantly question this blatant bias and propaganda against Hindus. You cannot separate Hindus from Bharat or Hindu Dharma from Bharat- as ancient Bharat is the birthplace of Hindus, Hindu Dharma and modern Bharat.

Hindus are everywhere, in every country, in every sector – have we ever seen a global alliance for protecting minority Hindu rights and even the interest of Hindus? Do Bharat & the United States have a supreme leader like Iran? These are for your thoughts – so you can ponder upon what is at stake. Clearly, in the United States, the ‘Democrat’ elected officials have sided with biased anti-Hindu, anti-Bharat forces.

Will you the Hindus of the world do anything now? I urge the Hindus of the world, how long this must go on? How long will you keep mum and let the world persecute you?

(This article was first published on the author’s blog on 11 March, 2020 and is being reproduced with edits)

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Purnima Nath
Purnima Nath
A Hindu Indian-American entrepreneur and a community leader. She is an Engineer, strategy and management consultant and she obtained her MBA from Northwestern University. She is the founder of Spindle India, Inc., and creator of IndiaFest Milwaukee in State of Wisconsin. Purnima writes on various topics including management, global topics, social issues, politics, policies, philosophy @PurnimaNath www.NathPurnima.com www.PurnimaNath.com


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