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Discrimination against Hindus is destroying Hindu civilization

 

Discrimination against Hindus is destroying Hindu civilization

 

By J.G. Arora

— Author is a commentator on national issues..

( the views expressed are of the author only and do not represent any editoral approval – editor )

Before the Parliamentary elections of 2014, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) used to condemn the Indian National Congress Party’s pseudo-secular, minority-appeasing and discriminatory policies, and had also campaigned inter alia for “justice to all, and appeasement of none”, abrogation of Article 370, rehabilitation of Kashmiri Hindus in Kashmir, uniform civil code etc. etc. However, after getting power in 2014, BJP has become self-alienated, and has ardently continued (and even expanded) all the pseudo-secular, discriminatory and minority-appeasing policies implemented by Congress-led UPA government during 2004 to 2014. Besides, it has forgotten its promises regarding Article 370, rehabilitation of Kashmiri Hindus in Kashmir, uniform civil code etc. etc.

Pseudo-secular and discriminatory policies

Though genuine “secularism” implies one nation and one law, equal rights to all citizens, and non-discrimination on grounds of religion; and though Indian Constitution does not define the terms ‘majority’ and ‘minority’, and treats all citizens as equal before law, and prohibits discrimination against any citizen on the basis of religion; pseudo-‘secularism’ practised in India gives special rights for minorities (non-Hindus), but makes Hindus the victims of discrimination.

And to escape the discrimination which Hindus are subjected to, some Hindu sects proclaim that they are minorities, and they are not Hindu. While earlier, Ramakrishna Mission, a prominent Hindu organization, had claimed to be a non-Hindu religious minority, now a section of Lingayats in Karnataka is claiming to be a non-Hindu minority.

Thus, discrimination against Hindus is fragmenting Hindu society; and destroying Hindu religion and Hindu civilization.

Some of the discriminatory policies are described as follows:

i. Special benefits for minorities

Though Indian Constitution does not define the terms majority and minority, and though its Article 15(1) prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion, vide the “National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992”, the nation was divided into majority and minority; and Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Zoroastrians were notified as minority communities in October 1993, and Jains in January 2014.

Congress-led UPA government constituted Sachar Committee; and also started the Ministry of Minority Affairs in 2006.

Sachar Committee’s Report, 2006 had recommended scholarships, loans, financial incentives, benefits, concessions and special schemes only for minorities; and excluded Hindus from said benefits. These recommendations were implemented by Congress party-led governments during 2004 to 2014.

  While BJP was in opposition, it had condemned the Sachar Committee’s recommendations and Congress Party’s policies as communal, divisive and “appeasement” of Minorities. But after getting power in 2014, BJP-led government is fervently implementing the same policies; and has also launched many new such schemes (for minorities) named in Hindi as “Nai Manzil”, “Nai Udaan”, “Naya Savera”, “Nai Roshni”, “Shaadi Shagun”, “Padho Pardesh” etc. etc. Besides, BJP-led government has been allocating thousands of crores of rupees for Minorities every year.

Apart from being discriminatory and dividing the nation into majority and minority, such divisive schemes violate the principles of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity enshrined in the Preamble of Indian Constitution.

            ii. Right to Education Act, 2009

Congress-led UPA government is remembered also for its discriminatory “Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009”.

This Act provides for government’s ruthless control over Hindu-run schools while the Minority-run schools are exempt from this Act.

This Act requires Hindu-run schools to provide free education (with negligible compensation from government) to at least 25 per cent students from weaker sections, and also stipulates numerous stiff conditions for Hindu-run schools.

Since this Act is not applicable to minority-run schools, it has made the cost of running schools by Hindus prohibitive resulting in closure of thousands of Hindu-run schools all over the country thereby defeating the noble purpose of compulsory education.

On February 24, 2016, National Independent Schools Alliance protested at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi against this Act and appealed for its repeal or suitable amendment.

Though education is crucial for survival of any civilization; and despite the havoc caused by this Act to Hindu-run schools, BJP-led government is implementing this Act; and has done nothing to ensure that  all schools, whether run by majority or by minority community, are either covered by this Act, or are free from this Act.

iii. Rights under Articles 29 & 30

Articles 29 and 30 of Indian Constitution deal with cultural and educational rights of Minorities.

Article 30 entitles minorities, whether based on religion or language, to establish educational institutions of their choice.

Though Articles 29 and 30 were meant to ensure equality between majority and minority communities, in actual practice, Hindus have been deprived of freedom to run their educational institutions while minorities have been given full freedom in this regard.

Example of Ramakrishna Mission, a leading Hindu organization which apprehended the government’s takeover of its educational institutions is given here. Though its pioneers like Swami Vivekanand were glorious Hindus, to save its institutions under Article 30, Ramakrishna Mission unsuccessfully claimed before the Supreme Court that it was a (non-Hindu) religious minority.

Articles 29 and 30 must be amended to extend the rights stipulated therein to every community, whether majority or minority. No one can oppose the said amendment since it would just extend the said rights to Hindus without depriving minorities of the same.

iv. Kashmiri Hindus and Article 370

During 1980s and 1990, Pakistan-sponsored terrorists killed several Hindus in Kashmir forcing lakhs of Hindus to flee from Kashmir. Driven out from their ancestral homes, and deprived of their roots and rights, Kashmiri Hindus are leading a miserable life in cramped camps in Jammu, Delhi and other places.

Though Article 370 has all along been encouraging separatism and terrorism, and is responsible for genocide and eviction of Hindus from Kashmir, and though BJP’s Election Manifesto issued before Parliamentary elections in 2014 stated that “BJP remains committed to the abrogation of Article 370”, BJP-led government has done nothing to delete Article 370 so as to treat the State of Jammu & Kashmir like all other States, or to ensure the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Hindus in Kashmir whose eviction from Kashmir is a glaring disgrace.

v. Government’s control over Hindu temples

All prominent Hindu temples all over India are under government’s control though no mosque or church is controlled by government. A large number of temples having assets worth thousands of crores of rupees have been taken over by the government.

Government’s control of Hindu temples and their estates is depriving Hindus of their right to religious freedom guaranteed under Articles 25 and 26 of Indian Constitution; and is also depriving Hindus of the self-supporting infrastructure of their places of worship.

Hindu temples must have the same freedom from government control as enjoyed by mosques and churches. Appropriate laws should be passed to restore Hindu temples to Hindu community.

vi. “Uniform Civil Code”

BJP’s Election Manifesto for Parliamentary elections of 2014 had promised implementation of Uniform Civil Code.

Though Uniform civil code will make India a really secular country; though Supreme Court has suggested its enactment in a number of judgements; and though Article 44 of Indian Constitution stipulates that, “The State shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India”, BJP-led government has done nothing in this regard.

It is shocking that though India claims to be a secular country, it does not have the uniform civil code though it has the uniform criminal code.

The only solution

Discrimination against Hindus will continue till the victims of discrimination stand up against it.

Solution lies in liberating India from the slavery of pseudo-secularism, and ensuring same laws and same rights for all Indian citizens irrespective of their religion.

Ideally, to liberate India from the slavery of pseudo-secularism, India must have a new strong nationalist political party which would give justice to every citizen, and would not discriminate against any citizen, whether belonging to majority or to minority community. However, till such a political party materializes, nationalists must assert themselves and launch a very strong, peaceful, constitutional and lawful movement, and demand that the government must take necessary steps to abolish the nation’s division into majority and minority; to remove the above-mentioned flagrant discrimination against Hindus; and to give the same rights to all communities, whether majority or minority.

This demand does not imply any special right for Hindus. This is the demand for same and equal rights for every Indian citizen regardless of his or her religion.

This is an achievable, a lawful and an indispensable goal. And this goal has to be accomplished if Hindu religion and Hindu civilization are to survive.

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10 Responses to “Discrimination against Hindus is destroying Hindu civilization”

  1. Sushri
    April 9, 2018 at 5:32 pm #

    Since genuine ‘secularism’ means same rights to all, and no discrimination against any national on the basis of religion, it is shocking that there is such blatant discrimination against Hindus.

  2. Sushri
    April 9, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

    The facts elaborated in this article deserve to be widely propagated throughout the country. Moreover, the government must be requested to ensure justice to every Indian citizen, whatever be his or her religion.

  3. April 10, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

    Points raised may be correct but learned author has no clue about complexities of governance. Anti-Hinduism is deeply entrenched and it is a long journey ahead. So many miles have already been covered and so many yet to be. As the wise author has failed to mention what all has been achieved / accomplished so far before abusing the Government for shortfalls, the article is one-sided and self-defeating because learned author does not know, not only he is demoralising Hindus with such negativism but also encouraging anti-Hindu forces within and overseas.
    He should refrain from writing such one sided tale.

  4. Sushri
    April 10, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

    1. This is my humble submission that instead of demoralising Hindus, this article awakens them to face the hard reality; and motivates them to do their utmost to save Hindu Dharma and Hindu civilization.
    2.Coming to the complexities of governance, it may be mentioned that It requires just a cabinet decision (and it does not require any legislation) to discontinue the Ministry of Minority Affairs and to stop the pro-minority appeasement and anti-Hindu policies being pursued through this ministry. However, the BJP-led government has not done even this.
    3. Besides, the BJP-led government has not repealed or amended any existing law to stop the discrimination against Hindus and to treat Hindus at par with other communities.
    4. As described in this write-up, because of discriminatory “Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009”, thousands of Hindu-run schools have been closed. However, this government has not done anything to either repeal it or amend it to give Hindus the level playing field.
    5. As mentioned in this article, solution lies in liberating India from the slavery of pseudo-secularism, and ensuring same laws and same rights for all Indian citizens irrespective of their religion.

  5. Sushri
    April 10, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

    1. This is my humble submission that instead of demoralising Hindus, this article awakens them to face the hard reality; and motivates them to do their utmost to save Hindu Dharma and Hindu civilization.
    2.Coming to the complexities of governance, it may be mentioned that It requires just a cabinet decision (and it does not require any legislation) to discontinue the Ministry of Minority Affairs and to stop the pro-minority appeasement and anti-Hindu policies being pursued through this ministry. However, the BJP-led government has not done even this.
    3. Besides, the BJP-led government has not repealed or amended any existing law to stop the discrimination against Hindus and to treat Hindus at par with other communities.
    4. As described in this write-up, because of discriminatory “Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009”, thousands of Hindu-run schools have been closed. However, this government has not done anything to either repeal it or amend it to give Hindus the level playing field.
    5. It is shocking that the present government has continued to implement Congress party’s divisive and discriminatory policies.

  6. ARISH SAHANI
    April 10, 2018 at 7:55 pm #

    LOOKS LIKE OUR RICH AND EDUCATION CLASSS ARE BUSY IN MONEY , OUR SPIRITUAL LEADERS ARE KEEPING BUSY ALL HINDUS IN RITUALS AND THEIR MIND AWAY FROM POLITICAL AND NATIONAL EVENTS.
    THESE GURU SHORT SIGHTED THEY WILL NOT EXIST IF THEIR CHELA DON’T EXIST .

  7. April 10, 2018 at 9:00 pm #

    I believe since Muslim communities demanded a separate nation for themselves claiming they cannot cohabitate with Hindu communities because of cultural differents and had their way getting a separate nation known as Pakistan via a partition of mother India in 1947 these Muslims living in India are actually illegals and shall have no right to participate in voting a government in India.They have effectively forfeited any right to be represented.
    As such the correct thing to do is to deport all these Muslims out of India to Pakistan.
    BJP has to do is to deregister all these Muslims from voter registration record and remove them from Bharat by force using the security personals.In plain language kick them out of Bharat a Vedic nation predominantly populated by Vedic Sanatana Dharam natives now known as Hindus.

  8. srinivas
    April 11, 2018 at 3:20 pm #

    sir,i appreciate your concern about Hindu religion.but since independence, present govt only working to the aspiration of Hindus. our Hindus problem is, we always blaming our own hard working people for not doing the things up-to our satisfaction. but we are not considering there dedication to country.as a human being no one is perfect,but compare previous govt this govt doing better,though it has no majority in upper house.we need year to alter a house,then how can we expect to change whole system in 4 years which has been addicted to people from decades.instead of teasing or blaming our own people why not we support them for bigger achievements.i bet no politician will work with dedication like modiji, if we loose such person we wont get such leader for another centuries.an AXE cannot cut down big tree without having wooden handle.i wish that we should not be the wooden handle to cut our own person.

  9. Kedar Gadgil
    April 15, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

    Excellent article highlighting all the pertinent points. It is very unfortunate that though people very enthusiastically dismantled a pseudo-secular govt, now they are stuck with a pseudo-nationalistic govt who have ONLY mastered the art of winning elections by fooling Hindus.

  10. Gopal
    April 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm #

    As mentioned in the article, before the Parliamentary elections of 2014, BJP used to criticise Congress party for its divisive, appeasement and pseudo-secular policies followed in Congress Party’s regime during 2004 to 2014. However, after getting power in 2014, BJP-led government has continued all the Congress party’s appeasement and pseudo-secular policies.
    It does not require any law to be passed by the Parliament to discontinue the discriminatory and appeasement policies being implemented through the Minority affairs Ministry. It just requires a Government Resolution / Cabinet Resolution to discontinue the Minority affairs Ministry and the discriminatory and appeasement policies being implemented through this Ministry. But the BJP-led government has not done so.

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