No other civilization has suffered such severe body blows as the Hindu civilization. The fear of sudden and repeated massacres of Hindus no longer exists but is replaced by something far deadlier. The rot is now from within. An openly-hostile media, academia, and other public institutions, several of them funded and supported by Hindus have contributed to an unprecedented, multi-pronged, and multi-directional attack on the oldest surviving civilization.
The agitation over the Amarnath land revocation is the latest gory chapter in the history of Hnduism, which began with the Mohammadean conquest of India, and continued with vigour after Nehru institutionalized anti-Hinduism by camouflaging it in secularism. In many ways, it is inexplicable that a “majority” community faces a struggle for survival in the land of its birth.
The UPA government, which was both the progenitor and supporter of the Gujjar controversy is in this case a disinterested observer as Hindus die in Jammu . It shows neither the aggressiveness nor the self-righteousness it did during the Gujjar agitation. The Gujjar ploy was another attempt to fragment the Hindu society, so that the next year around, we have that many less Hindus. Which is entirely in keeping with the politics of the Congress party. It seems to derive a sadistic pleasure in toying with the sentiments of Hindus till they’re pushed to the wall. The politics leading up to the demolition of Babri Masjid comes to mind. Given the vile credentials of the ruling bunch, it is impossible to expect that they would have learned anything from history.
If anything, they have learned just the opposite. The UPA has spectacularly beaten the Congress party’s record of about five decades of Muslim appeasement. For the first time in India’s democracy, we have an agglomeration of the worst of who’s who of the practitioners of secular fundamentalism. Under no other earlier dispensation has anti-Hinduism grown and spread this swiftly. From injecting the poison of state-blessed conversion to attempts to destroy the Ram Sethu and now, the Amarnath agitation, the UPA has beaten decades of the Congress party’s record in just four years.
The UPA’s complicit silence as Hindus suffer in Jammu is in many ways, the politics of calculated polarization. A polarised, “Hindu” Jammu versus “Muslim ” Kashmir will be a rich source of Muslim votes to be divided between Congress and Omar Abdullah and his band. As the poll date draws closer, this combine can unleash a media onslaught, blaming the “communal forces” for inciting violence in Jammu. The dry run has already begun in the form of Mr. Omar Abdullah, who
… pretending shock at the allegation that Kashmiri Muslims want to stop the Amarnath Yatra, raged against himself for staying put in the NDA Government during the Gujarat riots — a pure drama scripted for a communal constituency in the coming State Assembly election. This pandering to a communal vote-bank was completed with the astonishing question: “Why does the land need to be transferred (for Amarnath pilgrim facilities)?”
Omar Abdullah is today enjoying the fruits of decades of ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the followers of the same religion he follows. As Sandhya Jain notes in the same article,
….Kashmir was an ancient Hindu kingdom with a living Hindu civilisation, until centuries of religious persecution and systematic ethnic cleansing reduced it to a cultural wasteland where politicians can shamelessly ask why Hindus should be given a toehold in land so carefully purged of their presence. It is irrelevant that ordinary Muslims en route serve the pilgrims and make a living out of this service. What is relevant is the political ethos of a State that declares Hindu pilgrims to be ‘guests’, not citizens equally at home in another part of the same country!
And also notes the media’s complicity by suppressing uncomfortable news as long as possible. What astonishes me is the fact that NDTV is covering the agitation “as it happens.” Check the screenshot below, taken from NDTV’s website.
The solidarity of the Hindus is heartening. They’ve been fighting for weeks and show no signs of giving up, which is a sad commentary on the plight of Hindus, as well as a blot on a shameless state whose response to genuine grievance is pure violence. Strangely, we don’t see any angry editorials trouncing the government for using force. Not long ago, the media used to at least pay lip service if Hindus were killed, as in the case when 30 Amarnath yatra pilgrims were gunned down by terrorists. The current media fashion is to brazen it out and blame the victims for inviting it: we need to understand the psyche of the terrorists, they have undergone severe trauma as they’re constantly victimized on account of their being Muslims etcetra. It is the fault of VHP/Bajrang Dal/RSS.
The show of Hindu unity in this agitation has greater significance because unlike Ayodhya, it has not stemmed from the political stream . We can just hope that it stays that way by prohibiting politics of any colour from despoiling it.
The group that began the protests in Jammu, the Amarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti has gone from being a political movement led by BJP and Sena activists to something that ordinary people in Jammu are now supporting in a big way. On Monday doctors in Jammu joined the agitation.
But today it’s the Amarnath land that has roused doctors and medical personnel. They’ve all taken casual leave for a day to show their support for the Amarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti.
“The Emergency services have not been stopped and it’s our profession to take care of the patients, but we are the residents of Jammu, and are with the Sangarsh Samiti, we support them and that’s why we have come out on the roads,” said Sister Kaushal.
Dr S S Samiyal who is Sister Kaushal’s son had never participated in a protest before.But the Amarnath issue has gone from being a political fight to a social one.
These people deserve our gratitude for their role in defending yet another vile attack on one of the holiest Hindu shrines perpetrated by the secular government of India. It is simply beyond the capacity of the Italian boss-woman or her spoilt brat or the chair-warmer to come up with a decent response, much less return the land.
Postscript: It is obvious that accurate news of the actual situation is not reported, and/or in some cases, not reported at all. It’d be interesting to read such news reports and then compare and do a reality check of the real depths our media has plumbed. I humbly offer this as an example of what I mean.