URL - http://foundationforpluralism.blogspot.com/2014/06/tearing-india-apart-mindset-of-hindu.html
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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
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.
Honorable Sri Narendra Modi
Prakasarao V Velagapudi, PhD;
President, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation