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As an Indian committed to building a cohesive India, where no Indian has to live in fear of the other, I was alarmed at the following posting at DallasIndians@yahoogroups.com, by a member of the GHHF (Global Hindu Heritage Foundation), it was shocking to see it coming from Indians living in America, and most of them are M.D.'s and PhD's.
Individuals are the source of all problems as well as goodness. No matter how extreme an organization is, a majority of them do not subscribe to the extremes, only a few hard core among them do, and if they know how disturbing their ideology is, or if they are aware of their extremism, most of them will peddle out of it.
I have consistently questioned the extreme ideology espoused by a few in Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism. All claim to be religions of peace and justice - did they not get their religion right? Unless more and more of us question it, they assume we have given them the permission to project their respective religion as it suits them.
Now, the Hindu majority needs to consider if they have given permission or would approve of the GHHF letter, as a representation of Hinduism?
The letter has a few good points that need to be addressed; one of them is for Government of India to relinquish management of the Hindu Temples to the local Hindus.
Most Indians will endorse their appeal, "No mention of any religion in any legislation, appropriations, and reservations. Amend the Constitution to include Spiritual with no preference to any religion and caste." They need to know, that Muslims, Christians and other minorities don't need any handouts, subsidies or bloody appeasement, to be fact-full, they never had any. All they want is to be equal citizens with equal access, opportunity and justice in employment, housing and governance" The signatories of appended document are all Americans by citizenship, and I am sure they do not want to be reduced to 2nd class citizens in America.
Minority protection and quota should continue with a reduced percentage. The blatant bias of signatories against Muslims and Christians is obvious; neither group wants any handouts but just equal opportunities. However, the OBS, SC and ST need to be lifted up; we have done wrong to them for centuries and we have been disrespectful towards them, and GHHP's call to deny them their right is downright shameful, and it is coming from Indians living in America with all the privileges and equal rights.
Anti-conversion laws go against the freedom of an individual and the very idea of Vasudhaiva Kutumbukum and freedom of speech - these phrases were used in the letter without a rudimentary understanding of its meaning. No damn government should tell you, me or anyone what you can eat, drink, wear or believe in the pursuit of your happiness, as long as you do not rob others food, space and hurt the loved ones. Can it be as simple as this?
Our (India’s) model of governance should be a model for others to follow. Unfortunately, almost all the nations that are labeled religious, be it Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist or others have nothing but problems. The most troubled nations in the world are the ones carved out based on religion; Pakistan and Israel.
Most of the signatories on this Memorandum are Indian Americans, and I would like them to think what if America declares itself a Christian Nation, as they are demanding India to declare itself a Hindu Rashtra? 80% of this nation is Christian, and they can do it, just a 80% of Indians are Hindus with moderate majorities, but neither will do it, because it goes against the decency of being human, none of us want to be like Saudi Arabia or Iran. Why are these guys wanting India to go backwards? Let us be the models others love to emulate.
If America goes into the hands of right wing Christians, they will ban building Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and other religious places of worship. Remember, it has happened – right here in Murphy, Texas, they refused to give a permit to build a Hindu temple, indeed, when another Temple was being built in Frisco about seven years ago, I had called the then Mayor Mike Simpson to not let anyone come in the way and get the permit to build the temple.
You can take it, if America were to become a Christian Nation, not only Hindus, but all others will have difficulty – we all will be compelled to say Christian Prayers against our will…. our kids will be praying Christian prayers... this is a thoughtless letter, and is a can of worms.
I am trying to understand the mind set of Indians (a few) in America to think in those terms as written up in the letter from Global Hindu Heritage forum.
This is what the fanatics and extremist will do, if we let a nation defined by its religion.
We don’t want bigots like Senator Williams -http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ghouse/senator-williams-offend-hindus_b_1075392.html
or Russian Bigotry - http://theghousediary.blogspot.com/2011/12/bigotry-against-hinduism-in-russia.html
or Against Yoga http://theghousediary.blogspot.com/2010/11/texas-faith-should-christians-and-other.html
Or Robert Jeffress http://theghousediary.blogspot.com/2011/10/pastor-robert-jeffress-and-his-bigotry.html
There is a whole lot at: http://standingupforothers.blogspot.com/2012/04/standing-with-hindus.html
All I see in this note from Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is hatred for Muslims and Christians. For the first time in 67 years, we have a man who claims to believe in Vasudhaiva Kutumbukum, and looking for sab ka sath, sab ka Vikas, why can't you guys think like that? We need to build our lives first. Modi will not buy into this letter.
It is not Hinduism, Islam or Christianity, it is a few people who want chaos for the claps they get, or encouragement or some other gains they will have. We have nearly 100,000 Indians in Dallas/ Fort worth, I can bet, no more than 1000 will subscribe to this - that is about 1/10th of 1% - that statistics is prevalent in all groups - the other 99.99% have to speak up.
The following letter is really anti-Hindu ideals, in the name of Hinduism.
I understand, most of you who have signed this may not really have read it, certainly, RK Panditi will not subscribe to this kind of thinking, and if he does, that is his choice. We are all free to believe in whatever we want.
I hope a few responsible individuals speak up and not give the impression that all sane Hindus endorse this.
Global Hindu Heritage Foundation, Frisco, TX 75035 USA.
February 28, 2012
The following Memorandum was sent in February 2014 to Sri Narendra Modi, the then PM Candidate and Dr. Subramanian Swamy for their consideration. Now the country has elected the Prime Minister with such overwhelming majority, we hope that these items listed in the Memorandum will be considered, adopted and implemented for the preservation of Sanatana Dharma that has sustained the Bharath for thousands and thousands of years. Let us all work with determination and passion to restore the glory, grandeur and richness of Hindu dharma that embraced the philosophy of inclusiveness and adopted the ideology of vasudhaika kutumbam.
Honorable Sri Narendra Modi
BJP Candidate for Prime Minister; New Delhi, India
Dear Sri Modi:
After a study of some forty years and more of the great religions of the world, I find none so perfect, none so scientific, none so philosophical and no so spiritual that the great religion known by the name of Hinduism. Make no mistake; without Hinduism, India has no future. Hinduism is the soil in to which India's roots are stuck and torn out of that she will inevitably wither as a tree torn out from its place. And if Hindus do not maintain Hinduism, who shall save it? If India's own children do not cling to her faith, who shall guard it? India alone can save India and India and Hinduism are one. ~~~Annie Besant
It is the obligation of all Hindus to take the responsibility of preserving, maintain and protecting the Hindu edifice – that is being attacked by all sides. Hindus have to lit the Hindu torch to dispel the ignorance and spread the light and freedom Hinduism has enjoyed for centuries not only for them and for the entire humanity if it has to live in peace and happiness rather than terror and chaos. Irrespective of one’s political affiliation, all the political leaders, religious leaders and spiritual leaders have to work tirelessly to nourish the roots, protect the Hindu ethics, embrace the Hindutva in Bharat. principle and restore the grandeur of Sanatana dharma that is the hall and beacon of peaceful coexistence. All Hindus must support, endorse and adopt the following agenda to restore pride among Hindus, root out terrorism, and create Hindu mindset to establish
Global Hindu Heritage Foundation [GHHF] is submitting these concerns to you and the leadership of BJP requesting you to act to revive the richness and grandeur of Sanatana dharma in Bharat. These are some of the concerns that are affecting Bharath. Unless all these issues are addressed, Bharath Mata will suffer unforeseen consequences. We may not see her the way we see today.
Declare India as Hindu Rashtra
Need to change the constitution to declare India as Bharat / Hindu Rashtra and make it into a Hindu Nation. Hindus need a Hindu Nation. Muslims have about 58 countries in their belt and vowed to make India an Islamic Country. Christians have all of Europe, Americas and other countries. Jews have Israel. Why Hindus cannot have a Hindu Nation?
Hindu Religious and Endowment Act
Repeal Hindu Religious and Endowment Act giving the religious freedom enshrined in the article 26 of the Indian Constitution.
All Hindu Temples should be given back to Hindus to manage their affairs the way the Christians and Muslims are allowed.
An Apex Committee consisting of Hindu spiritual and religious leaders should prepare white paper on the proper management of Hindu Temples with definite time lines.
All the Temple lands that were sold or auctioned should be recovered the respective Temples.
Religious leaders must be consulted on all major issues facing the Hindu Temples.
All the encroached Temple lands must be recovered.
All 2000 Hindu Temples that were converted to Mosques must be returned to Hindus.
Sri Ram Temple in Ayodhya must be completed without any further delay.
Priest salaries must be set depending on the qualifications, training and experience.
Priests who abuse and cheat the system and bhaktas must be removed and prosecuted.
The practices of the pandas / priests in Gaya, Mathura, Allahabad, Kashi and other Northern states must be streamlined, and controlled. The Hindu leaders should speak out and take corrective actions.
Thorough discussion must take place about abuse of dakshina system and playing with the sentiments of bhaktas.
All Endowed lands must be recovered or assessed at the present market value and put it in a separate Budget to promote Hinduism; and repair, rebuild and restore the dilapidated historical Temples.
Vakula Mata Temple should be built immediately without any delay.
Islamic University near Tirupathi must be demolished and the land should be preserved by TTD.
A separate List of Concerns about Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams (TTD) is prepared for your immediate consideration.
Uniform civil Code should be passed and enforced where all citizens irrespective of their religion would adhere. No nation can afford to have one law for each religion. In all non-Muslim countries, the Muslim follow the norms of the country and adopt monogamous relationship. Why India should have a different laws for Muslims?
ONE FAMILY, ONE CHILD.
Family planning should be strictly enforced. No nation can afford to have unlimited number of children for religious reasons, lest natural resources will be depleted. No nation can afford to ignore the threats of Christians and Muslims who have vowed to make India a Christian and Islamic Country respectively.
Replace Secular with Spiritual.
The word “Secular” has not been defined in the constitution even though it is being followed in the country. It is pitted against Hindus favoring Muslims and Christians. There must be clear separation of religion and state. No mention of any religion in any legislation, appropriations, and reservations.
Amend the Constitution to include Spiritual with no preference to any religion and caste.
Remove special privileges to Muslims and Christians
Prosecute any one who denigrates other religions, destroys religious institutions, abuses the idols, and denigrates the religious practices.
No reservations for Christians and Muslims based on religion in the colleges, medical schools, and employment.
Prosecute the media who allow their channels to demean other religions.
Stop Hajj Subsidy to Muslims to go to Mecca and subsidy to Christians to go to Jerusalem, Vatican and other places. No subsidy to any religions for pilgrimages. Enforce strict separation of religion and politics/government.
All Hajj Houses must be converted to the use of all the citizens irrespective of their religion.
The equivalent money spent on Hajj subsidy for Muslims and travel grants to Christians must be used for establishing Hindu studies in various universities.
Bangladeshi infiltration must be curtailed and send back the illegal immigrants or occupy portion of Bangladesh to accommodate the illegals. But that occupied land should not be made part of India.
Minority Quotas must be eliminated. Meritocracy must be promoted. Bharat should not be a heaven for less qualified and least educated.
All the Departments specially aiming at a particular religion or minorities based on religion should be abolished.
The government should not fund educational Institutions, based on religion.
All the Minority institutions must be audited to make sure that the funds are not used for conversion.
Revise School Curriculum
Courses on Gita should be introduced in all educational institutions from lowest level to the highest level.
Suryanamaskaras, Yoga and Meditation should be introduced at all levels of educational institutions.
Repeal of Discriminatory Acts
Repeal Atrocities Act, which is giving license to the minorities to abuse the act. Minorities are abusing the system to the extent that innocent people are jailed without having an iota of evidence produced by the minorities.
Repeal Indian Penal Code 498A dealing with Dowry as a criminal law (not a civil law): “Whoever, being the husband or the relative of the husband of a woman, subjects such woman to cruelty shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine. The offence is Cognizable, non-compoundable and non-bailable.” It is cruel and offensive law against the husband and his relatives. Last 30 years of history shows that only 2 percent of the cases were convicted. That means 98 percent of the husband and their relatives were subjected to humiliation, harassment and mental torture.
Community Violence Bill should be defeated where a Hindu is always at fault for the atrocities Muslims and Christians commit against them.
Anti Conversion Law must be passed banning the conversion through deceit, deception, allurement, inducements and enticements.
All educational institutions started by Christians must be investigated for high percentage of Hindus converting to Christianity.
All Hindu organizations and Hindu Religious leaders must engage in reconversion of Hindu converts.
The government must investigate and take appropriate action against those who convert Hindus through deception, allurement and inducements.
Noise pollution laws must be enforced strictly; Minarets that emit loud prayers must be banned. Supreme Court judgment to enforce the decibels must be enforced by the Central government and the States.
Illegal use of houses as Churches must be stopped and strict penalties imposed against the violators of the law. The houses being used as Churches must be demolished.
In some cases there are 4-5 churches in the same street because of denominational differences. No loud speakers in these houses should be allowed.
Repeal of Article 370
Kashmiri Pandits – Repeal article 370 and make sure all the Kashmiri Pandits are returned to their property rights restored. Allow Hindus to own property.
Terrorism and Non-Patriotic Acts
Terrorism – India is being targeted to create havoc by the Islamic terrorists. Separate independent agency should be created to monitor and prosecute the terrorists. This agency should be in a position to take necessary action against any group that profess or engage in preemptive strikes regardless of the sources of terrorism.
The verses in Quran and Bible that advocate terrorism, killing, destruction of Idols, imposition of Jizya tax, and denial of freedom of speech must be expunged.
Prosecute people who engage in no-patriotic activities such as hoisting the flag of Pakistan on Independence day, burning the Indian flag, insulting the Indian constitution, etc.
Any body that declares Fatwa on any Indian citizen must be prosecuted and severe punishment imposed.
Nation must be cognizant of the fact that Muslims have vowed to break up India into three Muslim countries with the names – Mughalisthan, Dalitisthan, and Dravidisthan. Steps must be taken to prosecute anti-nationals and unpatriotic individuals.
Cow Protection – The laws banning the slaughter of cows must be enforced strictly.
People who illegally transport cows to other states and break any law in transportation of cows must be prosecuted as per law.
Slaughter Houses must be shut down immediately. Operators of slaughterhouses must be brought to justice.
Beef imports must be stopped; violators must be prosecuted with severe penalties.
Corruption and Black Money
Corruption – this thousand-headed demon must be vanquished at all levels – political, economic, religious, educational, and government. It is threatening the very fabric of the Bharat.
Black money stashed in foreign banks should recovered and declare it as a national treasure to be used for the welfare of the nation.
Work toward Greater Cause – Bharata Mata
BJP, RSS, VHP, Janata Party, Acharya Sabhas, Hindu Mahasabha and other Hindu organizations must work together for the greater cause of the preservation and protection of Hindu cause. They must select the most qualified candidate to lead the country rather than the established candidates that may have served the party many years. Welfare of the Hindu Country should be given top priority.
All religious and spiritual leaders should get united and speak with one voice and encourage their followers to work for the preservation and protection of the Sanatana dharma. Make them a viable and a powerful force to reckon with by all politicians. Otherwise, Hindus have to face the possibility of their existence.
Government should never forget the massive destruction of Hindu Temples and Hindu culture, Goa Inquisition, displacements of Kashmiri Pandits, Bangladeshi infiltration, extinction of Hindu population from nearly 20 percent to near zero in Pakistan, depletion of Hindus from 26 percent to 7 percent in Bangladesh, forced conversion of Hindus, constant terrorist attacks on Bharat, etc.
Law and Order
The law enforcement agencies have to be made accountable for the enforcement of the law. At present Police Department is failing to protect the citizens, especially Hindus, from the terrorist activities, and illegal occupation of their property. Hindu Temples are asked to stop their worship services instead of taking action against the Muslims who threaten the closure of the Temples in certain areas.
Any body, who issue Fatwa threatening the life of a citizen, and insulting the Hindu culture and practices, national flag, national prayer should be adequately punished as per the law. Department officials have to be made personally and professionally responsible for their indifference or their failure in discharging their responsibility.
Government officials, who do not discharge their responsibilities, fail to maintain neutrality in fulfilling their responsibilities, engage in nonprofessional activities or act in a partisan manner should be individually liable for prosecution.
Police, who charge the citizens with false accusations, must face strict law.
Police who refuse to register FIR must face disciplinary actions such as, imposition of fines, removal from the office, and imprisonment.
Time limitations must be developed to responds to the queries of the citizens.
Legal cases must be adjudicated within a specified time. It should not outwit the life of a plaint.
All Hindu organizations, religious leaders, and cultural organizations should heed the words of Arnold Toynbee who said Indian belief in Ahimsa – nonviolence – should be embraced by the humanity if it wants to avoid the destruction and annihilation of human race. Hindus should not remain silent spectator to the spectacle of terrorism and the demolition of Hindu edifice. They should be assertive participants to restore the glory and grandeur of the richest culture that ever existed in the human history.
Prakasarao V Velagapudi, PhD;
President, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation
Prakasarao V Velagapudi, PhD;
President, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation
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