COMMON GROUND FOR A HINDU RASHTRA and STORM CLOUDS FROM THE PSEUDO SECULARISTS
Dr. Babu Suseelan
DIRECTOR, INDIAN AMERICAN INTELLECTUALS FORUM
Since I have written an article “Why we should declare India as a HinduRashtra”, I have received several emails,letters and comments both positive and negative from our friends and foes. It was expected.Some of the comments are violent, virulent, vicious, vacuous, deceptive and diabolical. Some made predatory and genocidal comments and threats. These phony secularists offer only lip service to our Vedic ideals. Suffering Hindus mean nothing to them. Truth, real facts,honesty, integrity and creative ideas make no more sense to them.Let us examine several erroneous flaws (points) held by several secular Hindus.
A liberal secular Hindu from Bangalore wrote; “Who will declare India as a Hindu Rashtra?” Many people, Christians, Marxists,and secularists, Muslims live in Bharat. As a Hindu, we should support and respect their opinions no matter how poorly they declare and conceal their intentions.Rejoinder: Respect does not mean that an opinion is right. More importantly the right to hold an opinion or blind faith does not guarantee its truth, or that is as valid as our opinions. In India, people have the right to have their own opinions, and all ideas are subject to critical examination.
A secular lady from Mumbai wrote that “your thoughts and ideas are often just against Muslims and Christians. I have so many Muslim and Christian friends”
Rejoinder: You may have Muslims and Christians and Marxists as your friend. There may be truth to this claim. However, the spirit of critical thinking has the impetus to explore such issues. They usually come up with slick, simplistic massages that proclaim some unfounded truth,and get fertile ground for many prejudices that promote distorted thinking including terrorism and coercive religious conversion.
Another Hindu from New Delhi wrote “can you solve all the problemsof corruption, power shortage food scarcity, unemployment bydeclaring India as a Hindu Rashtra?” What do we do with converted
Christians and Muslims in the country? Hindus are faced with severe problems and many Hindus have a special style of their own. They encompass fallacies, behavior that detracts from critical thinking and fall prey to such traps.One lady who claims to be devoted to Sai Baba claimed to be a real Hindu who believes in Truth Is One and many call it by different names”. She accused me that I am not a real Hindu.
Few phony liberal Hindus are over committed to pseudo secular ideology. There are times when such over commitment can become both limiting and all consuming. Excessive commitment to pseudo secularism can be seen among some Marxist Hindus, phony liberals,atheists and few secular Swamis. Their excessive commitment to pseudo secularism does not allow new ideas to enter their minds. They perceive everything through their lens of pseudo secularism(attribution Creep) rather than objective lens.Once over commitment and confirmation to pseudo secularism are established, zealousness is not far behind. Under this spell, individual Hindus either refuse to listen to counter arguments (A closed mind) or simply cannot understand or accept alternative explanations… Either way, nothing that contradicts their false belief system is allowed in their minds. They rely on one liners and catch phrases and their stance has extraordinarily dangerous implications for our Hindu Rashtra.
Our friends and foes know that India’s plagues and polarization can take time to cure. Declaring India as a Hindu Rashtra is the first step to end the toxic thinking patterns and polarization created by pseudo secularists. We can have a great Indian nation if all Hindus take the concept of Hindu Rashtra seriously and create a positive environment we want o live in and desire our children and grand children to inhabit.Indians have notoriously suffered from escapism and tolerance.Escapism and irrational tolerance rob us of psychological and political maturity and our wisdom. It is in dealing with reality that one develops the wisdom that begets understanding and it is clear-correct and critical understanding that citizens can mature enough to deal problems on along term basis with reality. Escapism, irrational tolerance of intolerant people and toxic ideology, and head in the sand approach will lead us into more ignorance and political immaturity.By declaring India as a Hindu Rashtra, Hindus can practice spiritual Dharma without interference or fear. We can continue our critical thinking, spirit of curiosity, and we can critically examine what is right