Is India under the shadow of a threatening catastrophe?
by S. N. Tikku
is unfortunate that an attitude of disdain has been betrayed towards the
indispensable intrinsic values of the Indian civilisation right from 1947.
After the results of the elections to the 11th Lok Sabha this attitude
turned more pronounced and aggressive according to some political analysts.
For any student
of history the splendours of Egypt, Babylon and Greece have vanished and
only Indian civilisation - the oldest of them all, remains. Has India not
a personality of her own, an individuality that marks her out as something
that has no equal in the annals of the world?
It is India
and India alone where aggressive and illogical idea of a single religion
for all mankind was never advocated from earliest times. Here one set of
dogma, one cult, one system of worship and one Scriptural injunction which
all minds must accept on peril of persecution by men and spiritual rejection
or 'Eternal damnation' by God was never preached. Is there a more unifying
way other than this available to mankind?
The man is
not a machine but a god in making, born to blossom forth to the best of
God is to see Him in all and all in Him. This is the key to oneness of
all creation as beautifully explained in the Bhagavad Gita.
There is a
belief that the threads of cause and effect (Karma) in humanity's affairs
are tied by invisible forces in such a way that an inescapable justice,
an equalising readjustment, is for- ever at work. Whatever a man does towards
another is ultimately reflected back to him from some sources or the other.
Universal benevolence is therefore the wisest and the most suitable behaviour
according to Hindus of yore.
Those who are
engaged in loot of public exchequer at the level of politicians and bureaucrats
and in adulteration of food, medicine and whatever else can be adulterated
at the level of common men, in vain, seek the favours of God by touching
the feet of the so-called holy men and in performing many a useless rituals
which have no place in spirituality
the concept of India as a separate entity? It is Hinduism, the one strand
which binds Aryan and Dravidian, North and South, East and West, said Frank
other religion can match the catholicity, the nobility, the loftiness and
the depth of Hinduism as found in its scriptures and philosophical texts
wrote Jaya Prakash Narayan.
disappears at any time, the inhabitants of India will cease to have any
distinctive identity according to Nirad Chauduri and according to Daily
Time, London 31-1-1948 no country, but India, and no religion, but Hinduism,
could have given birth to Gandhi.
K.M . Munshi, India, (Aryavrata) is not a mere geographical expression,
not a mere political entity.. India is the Motherland of those who see
and follow Dharma (righteousness).
To Dr. Annie
Besant India and Hinduism are one; without Hinduism India has no future.
Why denigrate Hindutva?
Government policy was the theory of divide ant rule, The alien rule destroyed
Hindu traditional caste role based on occupations. Lord Rama and Lord Krishna
were not Brahmans. There are many instances of Kshtriya Kings excelling
in spiritual knowledge. Many of the Upanishads were written by them. Vishvamitra's
attaining Brahmanhood is not certainly a solitary instance. Even Shudras
have become kings and found their dynastics (Mauryas). The Satavahnas who
ruled Andhra Desa were Brahmins. Shivaji was not a Kshtriya by birth but
managed to acquire a Kshtriya status. Why divide Hindus on - caste basis?
If one looks
into the reasons of the fall of ancient Roman empire one is led to trace
the following causes.
1. The mounting
craze for pleasure, power and plenty.
of moral values as a result of decay in religion.
instability, growing crime rate and licentiousness.
India after 50
long years of partial liberation from the British yoke and earlier Muslim
rule is still bleeding. It has now earned the title of "Gutala desh" -
a country of scams and scandals. Who in the world does not know about rampant
corruption, nepotism and dishonesty in the government and political circles,
particularly at top levels in India?
We are just
an aimlessly drifting nation without any set goals or directions. We are
one of the most indebted, bribable over populated and poverty striken countries
in the. world.
Who says we
are an independent, self respecting and a proud nation. Such nations do
not tolerate terrorists, do not allow infiltration of spies and accept
Hawala money to break their countries and initiate political process in disturbed
areas at the directives of super powers.
who had to relinquish the post of the Prime Minister mainly on account
of his advocacy of 'Hindutva' rightly expressed his bewilderment on total
absence of "accountability" in Congress led governmental circles by saying
in a most pathetic mood and in utter grief and anguish. "After all, how
much money does an average man require for himself and his family?
of an English daily in Jammu writing about the monetary embezzlements of
one of the erstwhile Congress leader- cum-minister said "What more does
one hoard money for after having secured all the choicest amenities raging
from motor cars to air conditioned bungalows and after having saved enough
for future liabilities and rainy days, if any? He names the politician
who is universally accused of having raised his status nefariously from
a clerk to a multi-crore owner of Star Hotels, huge business establishments,
orchards and palatial buildings. He is not the only corrupt leader. There
are many many others who have robbed the public exchequer even more mercilessly.
In the name
of the cheap slogans of parliamentary democracy and secularism common people
are left high and dry except for a solitary political right to vote which
too they are not free to use under the oppressive economic conditions.
There are reports that votes are purchased from illiterate and poor masses.
The Lincon definition of "Democracy'' as the Government of the people,
by the people, for the people has since changed. If some of our leaders
have secured safe coffers in foreign lands and send their surplus money
there. Are we not on the brink of real disaster ?
of some elected representative to State Assemblies and Parliament is reportedly
lamentable. Politics is becoming a career for self-aggrandizement. Goons
and goondas, terrorists and criminals are alleged to have entered public
Going by that
criterion we discover that we now have the largest ever number of people
living in abject uncivilised misery- people living in conditions not different
what was prevailing some two hundred years ago.
is not blind patriotism and aggressive Chauvinism. While the Hindu adores
Mother India he also revers the Mother Earth. Harmony among our parts of
nature is emphasized in the Upanishads as a basic necessity in spiritual
life. The world is a manifestation of the Eternal- the self existent spirit.
Do you get such a unifying vision anywhere else? What a shame vested interests
are keen to plunge India into intense regional whirlpools.
India has been
visioned as beating heart of the world, the creative centre from which
the message ofthe unity of all existence goes forth silently. The greatness
of the landmass India lies in the fact that it has been the repository
of values which can really civilise the aggressive instincts of the brute
If Hindus at
no point of time forced Indian thought upon the people with mass murder,
misery and massacre as was the case with the Marxists, Leninists, Stalinists,
Maoists and Socialists. If there was nothing like inquisition and Jihad
in India to force age-old Indian ideology upon the people how are Hindus
dangerous for non-Hindu minorities today?
money in billions is dumped in India to create glamour for foreign ideologies
and foreign political interests who is to be blamed? Only the politician who is mad for power and plenty.
It is alleged
that some politicians have ISI links, CAI links, Arab links, Russian and
Chinese links. It is alleged that the demand for autonomy for Kashmir is
a conspiracy and treason. It is also rumoured that some politicians have
transferred their surplus money in billions to foreign countries. May be
some top ranking businessmen and top ranking civil servants have also done
What is most
unfortunate that corruption has percolated even into the minds of petty
officials both in public and private sectors, religious and charatable
trusts, hospitals and educational institutions with a few honourable exceptions.
At some places people in authority are very honest but they do not know
the rules of plugging the leaks. Maintaining a pontifical air they are
seldom prepared to listen to those who would sincerely help them to put
some halt to miss appropriation of funds.
If these and
other allegations are true and if slavish imitation of foreign ideologies
goes on like this where will India go? Great will be her fall. If gold
rusts what will iron do? Constant abuse of lndian thought will be suicidal
for the future of mankind.
picture of present day India as drawn above be true then India is really
under the shadow of a threatening catastrophe. Let all of us think how
to save this ancient civilisation of the world from further humiliation
and future extinction.
a silver lining if you look hard enough. Even though Judiciary which we
have inherited from the British has made justice very expensive, complicated
and inaccessible to the poor and illiterate masses nevertheless the recent
'Judicial activism' represents a colossal reprieve for the entire nation.
The role of
the present Chief Election Commissioner has been highly praise worthy.
is decried only by a small group of politicians allegedly tainted with
scams and scandals as also by those with wealth, assets and estates disproportionate
to their legal sources of income. There are demands to make CBI an Independent
body. This is a healthy sign. Pinning of our hopes on judiciary and CBI
always is, however, not part of wisdom. If they too get bogged down in
red tape, corruption, controversial areas and into political and other
considerations what is the last resort? It is nothing but a very strong
national opposition well organised, ever vigilant and active.