Is Religious Loyalty Greater than Patriotism?

Note: This is a translation of Pratap Simha’s column titled, Deshapremakkinta doddade dharmaprema? which appeared in Kannada Prabha on August 18, 2012. The picture used in this piece is taken from the original. Comments and criticism are welcome as always.

imageAugust 8, in the Indian Parliament:

“I warn the Central Government; I warn the honourable Members over here… If proper rehabilitation [Of Bangladeshi Muslims] does not take place, you be ready for a third wave of radicalisation among Muslim youth.” The person who said this wasn’t some Mullah but the MP of Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen, Asaduddin Owaisi.

 

August 11, in the Azad Maidan, Mumbai:

What happened in Mumbai’s Azad Maidan just three days after Owaisi made this anti-national and inflammatory speech in the Parliament? The Amar Jawan Jyoti Memorial erected in the sacred memory of the soldiers who perished fighting in the First War of Indian Independence in 1857 was desecrated by the crowd of Muslims who had thronged at Azad Maidan for a “protest” meeting. The Muslim youth who had gathered there beat the Memorial with sticks, kicked, and urinated on it. About 58 police personnel were injured in this incident. Whatever our grouses against them, Indians still hold the police in great respect because they are responsible for maintaining law and order and internal security. But then, a certain Salim Chaukia snatched a policeman’s rifle in Azad Maidan and threatened to shoot the cop with it.

What mindset, what alarming portents do these episodes demonstrate?

Just a few days before the Mumbai incident, an SMS emanated from various Mosques: “Where next after Burma, Assam, Gujarat and Kashmir? A rally has been organized at Azad Maidan to protest against the mistreatment of Burmese Muslims. The government and media made a big fuss over the five Sikhs who were killed in America. Is there no value to the lives of lakhs of Muslims? Make sure that this SMS reaches all the media and ministers in India before Sunday.”

What goal was sought to be achieved by sending such a message? Why should Mumbai’s Muslims get angry over clashes between the native Bodos and Bangladeshi illegal Muslim immigrants? Indeed, what was the necessity even, to hold a protest of this sort? ­Rohingya Muslims might be subject to atrocities in Burma. But why should that inflame the Muslims in India?

Indeed, this mindset hasn’t developed of late.

When we open the pages of history, we see the Khilafat movement. When the whole of India was fighting for Independence, the Indian Muslim leadership, in 1919 rallied the community to mount pressure on the British government to save the Caliph in faraway Turkey! Around the same time, in 1920, Mahatma Gandhi began the non-cooperation movement. In a bid to enlist the support of Muslims for his movement, Gandhi offered his unasked-for support to the Khilafat movement. His intentions were unquestionably noble. But then, it is incredible that he missed a crucial point of reasoning: the fact that the Khilafat movement was launched in India to save the Caliph in a country thousands of miles of away from India showed that what united them was not the love of the motherland but the love of their religion. But what happened after that? Much before the Khilafat and the non-cooperation movements ended, Congress leaders and the Muslim leadership fought with each other and parted ways. This fight also marked, and intensified the demand for a separate Pakistan. In this connection, is it possible to forget the Malabar or Moplah Rebellion?

If you are with us, we will be with you,
If you aren’t, we’ll go without you,
If you stand in our way, we’ll step over you
And win Independence

Didn’t Gandhi have the courage of V.D. Savarkar who said these lines to the Muslim community? The fact that he didn’t resulted in the Moplah Rebellion. The British government’s violent suppression of the Khilafat movement gave birth to the Moplah Rebellion. In 1921, thousands of Muslims fell upon Hindus in Kerala. About 10,000 Hindus were massacred in Kerala and more than a lakh Hindus were rendered homeless. They were raped, and forcibly converted.

Gandhi is called the Person of the Century. Equally, he was also responsible for making the Blunder of the Century. The recently-concluded poll for nominating the “Greatest Indian of the Century after Gandhi” showed Ambedkar occupying the top slot. This selfsame Ambedkar in his Thoughts on Pakistan, written years before India attained Independence says thus: “It has been proved by time that Hindus and Muslims cannot live together. If Partition becomes inevitable, we must opt for an exchange of population. In fact, the brotherhood of Muslims is not a universal brotherhood. It is restricted only to Muslims.” [Ed—not verbatim]. Neither Gandhi nor Nehru or any other Congressman understood this.

As we notice, the nation is steadily heading towards yet another round of Partition.

If America bombs Iraq and deposes Saddam Hussein, if George Bush bombs Afghanistan, if Burma perpetrates atrocities on Rohingya Muslims, why should Indian Muslims erupt in violence in India? Why should they kill Hindus in India? And in some cases, this violence erupts for no reason at all. In Sakaleshpur in Karnataka, two Muslim youths collided with a tanker and died on the spot. Immediately, a group of Muslims went on a rampage, destroying shops belonging to Hindus. In nearby Hassan, about 50 vehicles—cars and two-wheelers—belonging to Hindus were vandalized by 15 Muslim youths whom the police have arrested.

What do we call this mindset?

In a recent development, scores of Hindus have begun to flee from Pakistan seeking refuge in India. Rinkle Kumari, a Pakistani Hindu woman was abducted and converted to Islam. The Pakistan government has forcibly taken over the Gurudwaras of the Sikhs. During Eid last year, four Hindu doctors were murdered in Pakistan. These incidents certainly cause pain and anger to Hindus living in India. However, has any Hindu stoned a Mosque owing to this reason? In December 1999 when Islamic terrorists hijacked an Indian airline and took passengers hostage in Kandahar, did Hindus in India attack Muslims here? In 2000, when George Speight staged a coup and deposed the Hindu Prime Minister Mahendra Pal Chaudhuri, and threatened Fijian Hindus, did Indian Hindus attack Christians here? In 1969 Muslims attacked Hindus praying in Ahmedabad’s Jagannath temple because they heard news that the Al Aksa mosque was destroyed. Did Hindus or Buddhists in India attack Indian Muslims when the Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan Buddha statues in 2001 in Afghanistan?

Why then are Indian Muslims protesting against the atrocities on Rohingya Muslims in Burma? Why did they desecrate a national sacred monument, the Amar Jawan Jyoti? Indians accord the same respect to Ashfaq Khan and Hawaldar Hamid (who smashed Pakistani tankers) as they do to Subhash Bose, and Bhagat Singh. What does the fact that these violators kick and urinate on the hallowed memorial of our freedom fighters and soldiers show? What does it tell you where their loyalties lie? To the Indian nation, or to their religion? If their loyalty lies with their religion, what prevents them from migrating to Pakistan? How long should we bear such unpatriotic antics?

The medal-winning sportsmen in the recently-concluded Olympics visited the Amar Jawan Jyoti Memorial last Thursday and paid their respects at the shrine. What does this tell us? That every decent Indian retains this kind of worshipful respect for the soldiers who guard our nation and die for it if necessary. Those who wilfully defile such sacred national monuments are traitors, plain and simple. What would be the reaction if an RSS member or a BJP supporter did something similar to a Muslim place of worship?

Which political party or leader or media has the guts to call for the imprisonment of and strict punishment to everybody who indulged in vandalism at Mumbai? Who has the nerve to book them for treason? In fact, just the opposite has happened. The police have identified about 35-40 people who indulged in this vandalism using CCTV footage. Their response? “We will arrest them after the Eid festival is over.” Contrast this with Kanchi Shankaracharya, Jayendra Saraswati who was arrested in 2004 on the day of the Deepavali festival.

Columnist Sandeep Balakrishna has in a recent article, pointed to a noteworthy aspect. What is the record of all-Muslim nations or Muslim-majority nations in dealing with illegal Bangladeshi immigrants? In the 1990s when Myanmar was under military rule, about 250000 Rohingya Muslims fled to neighbouring Bangladesh only to be turned away. Those who stubbornly refused to do that were summarily shot and/or imprisoned. Even in the recent clashes between Rohingya Muslims and Burmese Buddhists, about 1500 Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh were turned back. Sometime in 1995-1996, the Malaysian government realized that their nation had some 100000 illegal Bangladeshi Muslim migrant workers. In February 1997, it expelled all of them. Malaysia is a nation where Islamism has been on the ascendancy for at least two decades now. What’s even more telling is the fact that the Malaysian government entered into a treaty with Bangladesh to accept 50,000 skilled workers into the country annually. However, when large numbers of Bangladeshis entered Malaysia illegally using this treaty as an excuse, Malaysia unilaterally cancelled this treaty. Interestingly, around the same timeframe, Saudi Arabia and Qatar expelled 50,000 illegal Bangladeshis. Both Saudi Arabia and Qatar are Muslim Absolute Monarchies. Did they spare a moment’s thought before expelling their Muslim brothers and sisters from Bangladesh?

Thus, when Muslim nations themselves don’t allow Bangladeshis in, why should India get defensive about chucking out these illegal Muslim immigrants who have snatched the land and livelihood of native Assamese?

The need of the hour is for Hindus to discard the inertia they’ve grown accustomed to and face the real problem of Muslim separatism with courage.

Indeed, it is insufficient to simply parrot the hoary Sanskrit verse, dharmo rakshati rakshitah (Dharma will protect those who protect it).

Beware!

41 comments for “Is Religious Loyalty Greater than Patriotism?

  1. Shanti
    March 22, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Ninnalliroodu deshapremavalla pratap…badaluparadharma dvesha….Dveshisi ninna manasu hucchagbidutte

  2. February 24, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Without going in to details of a specific religion this is an interesting topic to be debated. I have covered the same in my article “What are you? A Religious first or a Patriotic first?” 90% of people who responded to that question said “I am patriotic first” I for one found myself debating when asked another fundamental question… “How easily would I change my religion/citizenship?” ..more at http://indiaarriving.blogspot.in/2014/02/what-are-you-religious-first-or.html

  3. October 5, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    According to **** religion Allah always comes first, than to country. Well fine. But, this philosophy and theory only for INDIA. But not for Saudi, Pakisthan why why?

  4. Akanshka Alex Bandari
    September 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Where has the sickularism gotten the Europeans?

  5. September 11, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Are we a democratic country or a nation for the minority commission, when anything happens to a muslim like in assam where 90% are not even Indians, the government comes out and says so sad dont we need to give them shelter, etc, but anything happens to a soldier who put his life on the line for the nation the media is not even allowed to release such news as it may harm the minority community, please see the picture where the illegal immigrant from some country has the f.,king guts to kick the Amar Jawan Jyoti. In such an instance was the Army sleeping. They should have shot the person for destroying national war memorials, and if somebody urinates on it his d..k should be put on flames so that nobody would ever dare to do so but our spineless ans eunuch government would have slept on it as it effects their vote bank. People be Indians first and then a Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or a Christian.

  6. Pralay Kumar Bal
    September 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Nationalism is alien to Islam if an alim ( a religious scholar in Islam, singular, plural- ulema) strictly adheres to its scriptures like Koran and Hadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammed), though unknown and unacceptable to gullible ‘you’ and ‘me’ Muslims. In my previous letter I quoted Rabindranath Tagore mentioning Mohammed Ali (younger of Ali brothers of Khilafat movement of ‘20s of the last century) declaring “that under no circumstances is it permissible for any Mohammedan, whatever be his country, to stand against any Mohammedan “. It disproves nationalism without any compunction. Now I give one more example. On 3-1-1993 The Hindustan Times quoted Syed Abdullah Bukhari, then Shahi Imam of Delhi Jama Masjid, as saying, “ We have given this country a civilization, a culture, a language. We have taught this country manners and etiquette, but what have we got in return? “. And source of this mindset is Islam. Thirteen generations ago, ancestors of this man came from Bukhara in Iraq. And we demand singing of ‘ Vande Mataram ‘ from this tribe.

  7. Pralay Kumar Bal
    September 6, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Answer is a big “YES”, as long as Islam is concerned. Nationalism is a call from the days of Jahiliyya (pre Islamic days of ignorance or darkness) and as such, has to be rejected without any consideration. There are many textual evidences which forbids characteristics, manners,ethics, school of thoughts etc.from the days of Jahiliyya i.e, before Islam was established.
    There is a hadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammad ) of Abu Dawud which narrates Prophet Muhammad saying, “He is not one of us who calls for ‘asabiyyah’ (partisanship or nationalism) or who fights for ‘asabiyyah’ or who dies for asabiyyah”.Sahih Muslim narrated Prophet Muhammad as saying,”Muslims are like a body; if one part of the body hurts, rest of the body will also suffer”. It means Muslims of the whole world. It does not matter which country one Muslim belongs to. Now let us see what Allah said, “The believers are nothing else than brothers (in Islamic religion)”(Koran 49:10). Again, Koran 9:71, Allah said, “The believers, men and women, are Auliya (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another”. So Indian Muslims are duty bound to support illegal Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh or Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar or from any other country.
    Now I quote Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore: “A very important factor which is making it almost impossible for Hindu-Muslim unity to become an accomplished fact is that the Muslims cannot confine their patriotism to any one country. I had frankly asked (the Muslims) whether in the event of any Mohammedan power invading India, they (Muslims) would stand side by side with their Hindu neighbours to defend their common land. I was not satisfied with the reply I got from them….. even such a man as Mr. Mohammed Ali (one of the famous Ali brothers, the leaders of the Khilafat Movement) has declared that under no circumstances is it permissible for any Mohammedan, whatever be his country, to stand against any Mohammedan.” (Interview of Rabindranath in ‘Times of India’, 18-04-1924 in the column, ‘Through Indian Eyes on the Post Khilafat Hindu Muslim Riots). At that point of time there was rumor that Afgan ruler might attack India.
    Well, now I leave it to readers to take stand.

  8. Pralay Kumar Bal
    September 3, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar has been nominated as “Greatest Indian of the Century after Gandhi”. Now leaving aside his disparaging opinions about Hinduism, I would like to draw to a little known fact of his remarkable life. Babasaheb neither participated in any freedom movement activities nor attended a single meeting with any national leader against British. On the contrary, he joined several meetings with Jinnha in support of Pakistan.
    Politically correct ?

  9. anonymous
    September 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    In 1921, thousands of Muslims fell upon Hindus in Kerala. About 10,000 Hindus were massacred in Kerala and more than a lakh Hindus were rendered homeless. They were raped, and forcibly converted.
    Read this book

    http://archive.org/details/gandhianarchy00sankuoft
    You can download as pdf . Sankaran Nair, C. (Chettur), Sir, 1857-1934 s on Gandhi and Moplah rebellion

  10. ravi
    September 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    JUST LOOK WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND THE WORLD:
    List of ELEVEN processes all over the world intend to create sectarian hatred, ethnic divisions, racism, and religious wars by US and its allies (when tribal, ethnic, confessional, and religious animosity is ignited in one country, it will spill over into other countries) The Arabs, Iran, and Turkey are being lined up for a major conflict, because the US is losing its superpower status. All that remains of Washington’s superpower status is its military power.:
    (1) During its civil war LEBANON not formally breaking up. Lebonization, a soft form of balkanization.
    What is worth noting is that just a few weeks earlier officials in Tel Aviv were threatening to attack Lebanon again, saying that they would totally destroy LEBANON in a third Israeli-Lebanese war.
    (2) It has already taken place in IRAQ under federalism. Western Europe, Israel, and Turkey – begins to act more and more as if Northern Iraq or Iraqi Kurdistan is a separate country from the rest of Iraq.
    Lebonization, as mentioned earlier, has also taken root in IRAQ as the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) with foreign support – specifically foreign support from the US.
    Turkey, which maintains close ties to the KRG, has also been encouraging this behavior and has even treated the KRG like a national government by having diplomatic contacts without consulting the Iraqi government in Baghdad. The leaders of the KRG are also allowing their country to be used as a Mossad operation base against Syria and Iran.
    FRAGILE IRAQ IS ALSO BEGINNING TO PULSE AS A REGIONAL GEO-POLITICAL VOLCANO SIMMERS.
    (3)Dividing the Syrian Arab Republic is the end goal of Washington in SYRIA. Britain’s Maplecroft, which specializes in consulting on strategic risk, has said that we are witnessing the balkanization of the Syrian state: “Kurds in the north, Druze in the southern hills, Alawites in the coastal northwestern mountainous region and the Sunni majority elsewhere.” which means that SYRIA will be divided along violent sectarian fault lines and face political deadlock.
    (4) LIBIYA has been neutralized and divided by various groups .
    (5)The problems in Libya have spilled into NIGER and CHAD and the problems in Syria are spilling over into TURKEY and LEBANON.
    (6)EGYPT is the venue of revolutionary and counter-revolutionary currents that have kept the largest Arab power busy with its attention on domestic politics. While EGYPT is facing domestic upheaval, the US is attempting to play the country’s military and the Muslim Brotherhood against one another.
    (7)Before the upheavals SUDAN was formally balkanized by Tel Aviv and Washington through the manipulation of identity politics, which led to the secession of South Sudan.
    (8)Washington seems to be dreaming of this scenario: Kurdish revolts taking place in SYRIA, TURKEY, IRAQ, and IRAN; sectarian civil wars consuming IRAQ, LEBANON, SYRIA, TURKEY, and YEMEN in fire; instability and fighting bleeding ALGERIA, EGYPT, LIBYA, PAKISTAN, and SUDAN; Berbers and Arabs fighting one another across NORTH AFRICA; insecurity and political uncertainty spreading in CENTRAL ASIA ; a war in the South Caucasus consuming GEORGIA, ARMANIA, and the Republic of AZERBAIJAN; revolts igniting amongst the Balkars, Chechens, Circassians, Dagestanis, Ingush, and other local Caucasian peoples against Russia in the North Caucasus; the PERSIAN GULF being a zone of instability; and RUSSIA at loggerheads with the EUROPIAN UNION and TURKEY. Such a conflagration is steadily being buoyed by Washington.

    (9)The events in the Middle East and North Africa are seeing the animation of mass movements against local tyrants, like in BAHRAIN, JORDAN, MOROCCO, and SAUDI AREBIA, but there is also a vicious script from Israel’s Yinon Plan and its offshoots.
    The Yinon Plan and similar schemes want a contrived Shiite-Sunni war amongst the Muslims as the central piece of the SECTARIAN DIVISION – or fitna in Arabic – that are to include CHRISTIAN -MUSLIM, ARAB-BARBARS, ARAB-IRANIANS, ARAB-TURKISH, and IRANIAN-TURKISH animosity.
    (10)Abrahamic elder brother aka evangelical christians are giving Islam sleepless nights. EAST TIMOR was carved for christians by piercing Islamic INDONESIA and the christian evangelical organisations in the garb of UN are on the prowl for slicing many muslim nations to carve out christian nations. US and NATO is serious about slicing BALOCHISTAN from the already pierced PAKISTAN .
    (11) “Aryan –Dravidian conflict” in INDIA by the fake ideology of “Dravidian Christianity” breaking INDIA into mutual hostile camps is in its early process.

  11. Vivek Raghavendra
    September 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Very good article. Please keep up the work

  12. Vijayendra
    August 30, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    @Ashish & All,
    Yes, terrorist are planned to kill some Kannada journlist and some Hindu people. In their list Pratap Simha also included who was original author of the above article. Please go through the below link.
    http://kannada.oneindia.in/news/2012/08/30/districts-terrorists-sketch-to-kill-vishweshwar-bhat-pratap-simha-067691.html

  13. Ashish
    August 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    @Sandeep

    The story says the arrests were made as they were planning to kill a prominent columnist with a Kannada newspaper. Is it Pratap Simha?

    http://ibnlive.in.com/news/bangalore-police-arrest-11-for-terror-links/286875-62-132.html

  14. Gurudatta
    August 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Great analysis and much faithful translation…!!!… Keep it up Sandeep…!!

  15. Anshuman
    August 27, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    You write so well. Do you need to translate! Can’t you write your own even about these issues?

  16. Pratap
    August 25, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Wonderful Analysis Sandeep. See the Australian Prime Minister’s Stand on this :- http://dancingredfeather.hubpages.com/hub/AUSTRALIAN-PRIME-MINISTER-TELL-MUSLIMSTAKE-IT-OR-LEAVE. Why cant our Leaders have a strong stand on this.

  17. Rashmi
    August 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    sandeep ,
    i agree with for all what have you written. Infact ambedkars pakistan book book is worth reading. This man was intelligent and used brains.
    So to avoid future partitioning of india spread the truth of indian history and greatness of indian culture, thats the only option violence causes violence only, however to protect country sometimes violence is required.

  18. August 24, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    I reached here after seeing your website in the hitlist by the Govt. Wow, what a website you have. Excellent thoughts and wonderful analysis. The truth always hurts. And your words are hurting the sinners. This write up is wonderful and I can’t stop myself form agreeing to what you are saying. Keep writing sandeep. Also please join this link – my little effort for better India- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Changemakerofindia/339403659487847

  19. Apara
    August 23, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Sandeep,

    Wonderful article and the translation is just as wonderful. I read it in Kannada too, if I may respectfully say, you could have translated both the words ‘khyata ankanakara’ as noted columnist instead of just ‘columnist’ in your translation. Pratap Simha was only stating the obvious. :)

    This whole process of you translating his articles from Kannada to a wider audience and his effective and seamless interweaving of your thoughts in his articles, to his wide reader base, is a great joy. I hope this continues for a long time to come.

  20. Jooske
    August 23, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    To Rediscover India you need to know Indian history.

    Sandeep could you please have a heading Indian History.( to the 6 you have already)

    A midnight turned nightmare could go into it?

  21. munish
    August 22, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Logical and to the point.

  22. Pralay Kumar Bal
    August 22, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    In the same book ‘Thoughts On Pakistan’, Babasaheb Ambedkar warned Congress Party that if exchange of population of Hindu-Muslim between India and Pakistan does not take place, India would face the Islamic jehad after 50 years. How prophetic he was! As far as Islamic scriptures is concerned, in comparison to Ambedkar, Mohanda Karamchand Gandhi was a “pygmy”. I am using the word for this man because he himself used the same cunningly and very much unethically against Raja Rammohan Roy, ‘Maker of modern India’ and Indian Renaissance.

    Again to Ambedkar. We are greatly indebted to him on two counts. Firstly, he along with his band of supporters, did convert to Buddhism. Though he was offered huge monetary gain, if he converted to Islam or Christianity, he preferred Buddhism, a part of Sanatan Dharma. Secondly, by suggesting exchange of Hindu-Muslim population he, wittingly or unwittingly, included his own cast, Dalit, into Hindu fold.

  23. Vineet
    August 22, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    In response to one of the posts in Times of India, I had mentioned that for Muslims in India, Islam comes first and country later and thanks to “sickularism” this tendancy has grown.

    Very good post. To the point.

    Gandhi made hell lot of blunders for us to bear.

  24. Vijayendra
    August 22, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Anish Pasha from Bangalore sent more than 20000 threat SMS and MMS. Shame on our secular media for not highliting these cases.
    http://kannada.oneindia.in/news/2012/08/22/districts-man-held-sent-20000-hatred-sms-assam-exodus-067497.html

  25. Ravindra Padalkar
    August 22, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    I LIKE THAT. VERY IMPROTANT.

  26. Jooske
    August 22, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Yes even in America!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwVD5-DeKe4

    Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan called himself ‘Soldier of Allah’ not a soldier of USA.

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/robert-spencer-see-no-jihad-us-still-treating-fort-hood-jihadis-as-criminals.html

  27. Nitin
    August 22, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Pratap Simha’s articles are very simple, logical and effective. Please keep on translating them.

  28. August 22, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    And your specific recommendation is to do…what?

  29. CC
    August 22, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    Superb article Mr. Simha and excellent translation Sandeep!

  30. Roberto
    August 22, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Wonderful and hard-hitting article!

    Roberto

  31. Dharmapremi
    August 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    This is just a comment on the usage of the term dharmaprema. Please be careful with words, especially Sanskrit words. Dharma is NOT Religion – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rajiv-malhotra/dharma-religion_b_875314.html. Dharmaprema is absolutely required. Religion, not so.

  32. asha
    August 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Surprisingly B K Hariprasad’s brother B K Shivaram was very efficient Police Officer and is known for putting down rowdyism in Bangalore with a iron hand….however, he forgot to put down one of the biggest rowdies of all times B K Hariprasad, his own brother…

  33. Sunny
    August 21, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Great article! The question is – is BJP ready to use these pictures through the social media to polarise the country before elections and reap rich dividends? If chanakya neeti is not used then no use crying over this.

  34. Vijayendra
    August 21, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    please read loose talk of BK Hariprasad General secretary Congress. Please read comments as well as, all readers hit back badly
    http://kannada.oneindia.in/news/2012/08/21/districts-hariprasad-criticized-bjp-rss-in-tv9-programme-067461.html

  35. Nandan Shah
    August 21, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    The Hindus didn’t react because we and the parties that supposedly champion the cause of Hinduism or Hindutva including the idea of Greater India are spineless!

  36. August 21, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Great to read.
    Convincing presentation.
    Do continue to translate Pratap Simha’s articles for us in future too.

  37. Guruprasad
    August 21, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Well written…

  38. Shree kar
    August 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Powerful arguments!

    The communal votebank has got to be nullified.

  39. Akhilesh
    August 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Great Analysis..!!!

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