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Narendra Modi after many years expressed his feelings about Gujarat riots of 2002 in his blog. The blog came as reaction to the court verdict which upheld the SIT report which exonerated him. In his blog, Narendra Modi was seen quite defensive, but it is natural. He called the Gujarat riots of 2002 a mindless violence. You can read the full blog yourself on his website, but what touched me was this line “However, as if all the suffering was not enough, I was also accused of the death and misery of my own loved ones, my Gujarati brothers and sisters. Can you imagine the inner turmoil and shock of being blamed for the very events that have shattered you!
To those who feed their brains with the biscuits Indian media throws at them, it will not be surprising that they see this blog-post in connection with 2014 polls. But those who has not yet sold their brains to media propaganda, here are some facts which you can read here. In his interview to Prabhu Chawla, then in Aaj Tak, Narendra Modi said “ The communal riots in Gujarat were unfortunate and we are sad they took place.” When asked about Muslims he said “ I don’t like to think of minority or majority communities. As far as Gujarat is concerned, its five crore population should unite to take the state forward. You should not categorise society into Hindus and Muslims but into the rich and poor in order to ascertain the level of development.” Modi had also told Shekar Gupta, then in ndtv, during his walk the talk program, that loss of life during riots were unfortunate.
Rivals of Narendra Modi has come up with two theories about this blog post. One is that this blog post is not apologetic enough . Another theory is that this near apology is because he wants to somehow win 2014. It is not very surprising to see contradicting theories coming from people who are pathetically desperate to stop Narendra Modi somehow. It is true that blog by Narendra Modi is not apologetic, in fact it should not be. Narendra Modi has said umpteen times to various news channels that if he was found guilty for 2002, he should be hanged. Modi has offered himself to judicial system of this country. It is for Indian judiciary to see whether he is guilty. In fact, the SIT appointed by the apex court found that he is not. About the second theory, Narendra Modi knows better than his rivals that if he tried muslim appeasement, it will boomerang upon him. In fact he said nothing new, but the same things which he said since the days of those unfortunate riots. Rivals of Modi has a queer Idea about justice to 2002 riot victims. Narendra Modi was elected as Chief minister for the third time by the people which includes the people which his rivals claim to speak for. The Gujarat Chief Minister was found not guilty, by the SIT and it is very likely that the appellate courts will also accept this report. The way they speak against him, the way some leaders throw the filth of hatred against him, is very dangerous for a democracy like ours. Finally, I would like to suggest something to Gujarat Chief Minister and my choice as India’s next prime minister.
- Never ever try to get more apologetic- we know that you had done the very best to stop riots at that time.
- Please think of starting some legal cell, which will check filthy and wild imputations against you and your Government.
- Do not speak what you did for Muslims and Hindus, we like the same old Narendra Modi who always spoke for Indians.
- Continue your march ignoring the ugly noises that your rivals make.
- We need you as Prime Minister. Please ensure us the you will indeed be.
Today as I was going through a book written by Sukumar Azhikode, I came across these mantras of Upanishads which amazed me. The Mantras and the meaning is given below.
सत्यं वद । धर्मं चर |
सत्यान्न प्रमदितव्यम् ।
धर्मान्न प्रमदितव्यम् ।
कुशलान्न प्रमदितव्यम् ।
भूत्यै न प्रमदितव्यम् ।
स्वाध्यायप्रवचनाभ्यां न प्रमदितव्यम्। देवपितृ कार्याभ्यां न प्रमदितव्यम्।
मातृ देवो भव । पितृ देवो भव । आचार्य देवो भव। अतिथि देवो भव ।
यान्यनवद्यानि कर्माणि तानि सेवितव्यानि । नो इतराणि ।
यान्यस्माकं सुचरितानि तानि तवयोपास्यानि ! नो इतराणि !!
Speak the truth. Practise Dharma.
Do not swerve from the truth.
Do not swerve from dharma.
Do not neglect personal welfare.
Do not neglect prosperity.
Do not neglect the study of the Vedas.
Do not neglect your duties to the gods and the Manes
Treat your mother and father as God.
Treat your teacher and guest as God.
Whatever deeds are faultless, these are to be performed-not others.
Whatever good works have been performed by us, those should be performed by you-not others
Many of the Upanishad Shanthi Mantras transcend beyond religious barriers.
ॐ सहनाववतु । सह नौ भुनक्तु । सह वीर्यं करवावहै । तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु । मा विद्विषावहै ॥ ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
OM! May that Brahman protect us both;
May that Brahman nourish us both;
May we work in harmony with great vigor;
May our study be illuminating and fruitful;
May we not hate each other.
The last line struck some chords with me. “Whatever Good works have been performed by us, those should only be performed by you, not others”. Here the reader is cautioned against following anything blind. The Rishi of Upanishad exhorts the reader not to follow any badness, even if it is there in what the reader considers sacred. That is gem of a thought. You can see similar open minded thoughts in other Hindu scriptures also.
In Bhagavad Gita too, Sri Krishna, after explaining the Highest Knowledge of Atma Vidya, says to Arjuna ” “Do whatever is proper according to your opinion.”. The exact shloka is reproduced below.
इति ते ज्ञानमाख्यातं गुह्याद्गुह्यतरं मया विमृश्यैतदशेषेण यथेछसि तथा कुरु || (18:63)
I have explained to you the most secret knowledge, Rationally analyse these thoughts and do what you wish to do.
Similarly Sri Krishna does not, unlike other Gods of Abrahamic religion, curse or threaten “Non Believers” to hell , but rather he says.
ये अपि अन्यदेवताभक्ताः यजन्ते श्रद्धया अन्वितःते अपि माम् एव कौन्तेय यजन्ति अविधिपूर्वकम् (9:2
Whatever a man may sacrifice to other gods is really meant for Me alone, but it is offered without true understanding.
When compared to the Abrahamic God who sees enemies in his non-believers, Sri Krishna says
समोऽहं सर्वभूतेषु न मे द्वेष्योऽस्ति न प्रियः । (9:29)
I envy no one, nor am I partial to anyone.
Sri Krishna also says, you can worship anyone or anything. I grant you what you have prayed for.
यो यो यां यां तनुं भक्तः श्रद्धायार्चितुमिच्छति ।
तस्य तस्याचलां श्रद्धां तामेव विदधाम्यहम् ॥ २१ ॥
Whatsoever form any devotee desires to worship with faith – that (same) faith of his I make (firm and) unflinching. (B.G 7.21)
The Vedas are foundations of Sanathana Dharam (Hinduism). We can also see such open mindedness in Vedas too as in the following mantras.
एकं सत् विप्राः बहुधा वदन्ति ॥
Truth is one, learned men express it differently.
आ नो भद्राः क्रतवो यन्तु विश्वतः ||
Let noble thoughts come to us from every sides.
Infact Rigveda concludes with a message of Unity, Read the following Manthra.
सं-समिद युवसे वर्षन्नग्ने विश्वान्यर्य आ |
इळस पदेसमिध्यसे स नो वसून्या भर ||
सं गछध्वं सं वदध्वं सं वो मनांसि जानताम |
देवा भागं यथा पूर्वे संजानाना उपासते ||
समानो मन्त्रः समितिः समानी समानं मनः सह चित्तमेषाम |
समानं मन्त्रमभि मण्त्रये वः समानेन वोहविषा जुहोमि ||
समानी व आकूतिः समाना हर्दयानि वः |
समानमस्तु वोमनो यथा वः सुसहासति ||
Come together , speak together: let your minds be all of one accord,
As ancient Gods unanimous sit down to their appointed share.
The place is common, common the assembly, common the mind, so be their thought united.
A common purpose do I lay before you, and worship with your general oblation.
One and the same be your resolve, and be your minds of one accord.
United be the thoughts of all that all may happily agree.
You can see such liberal thoughts in almost all the Hindu scriptures – be it Mahabharata or Ramayana- Purana or even the later Bhakti era works by Tulsi Das.
It is really wonderful that this message of tolerance did not remain struck in these scriptures. Most of the Hindus may not be learned about these mantras and scriptures, but they are quite aware of these verses
आकाशात् पतितं तोयं यथा गच्छति सागरम् । सर्वदेवनमस्कारः केशवं प्रतिगच्छति ॥
Rain from the skies reach the ocean ultimately, worship to any God reach One.
स्वस्तिप्रजाभ्यः परिपालयन्तां न्यायेन मार्गेण महीं महीशाः ।
गोब्राह्मणेभ्यः शुभमस्तु नित्यं लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु. ||
May the well-being of all people be protected by the powerful and mighty leaders be with law and justice. May good success be with all cows (divinity) and scholars. May all (samastah) the worlds (lokha) become (bhavantu) happy (sukhino).
While we read, study and Practice Hinduism, we must keep in mind at least the above gentle messages by our Rishis. Be open to Good thoughts, It can come from anywhere. Reject badness, even if it comes from what we consider sacred.
Today(11th November) is Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad’s Birth Anniversary. He was a scholar and a senior political leader of the Indian independence movement. Following India’s independence, he became the first Minister of Education in the Indian government. In 1992 he was posthumously awarded India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna. This blog post is about his views and narratives about Sardar Patel, Gandhi and Nehru which he has expressed in his autobiography named “India Wins Freedom”.
What inspired me to go through his autobiography, frankly I must admit, is not because I love or adore him, but because of some recent controversies in Indian politics. Not many days ago, Narendra Modi and Man Mohan Singh shared dais on the occasion of commemorating Sardar Patel’s Birth Anniversary. Narendra Modi spoke about how visionary Sardar Patel was and also said ““Had Sardar Vallabbhai Patel been the country’s first prime minister, India’s fortunes would have been completely different from what it is now.” Manmohan Singh read a prepared speech, but it was interpreted as a retort to Modi’s speech, he said “Sardar Patel was secular. People of all religions were his friends. Sardar Patel was a deputy prime minister in Nehru’s cabinet. They might have differences but they used to respect each other a lot. ” “Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad taught us to respect all people even if their ideologies were different. Today there is dearth of these thoughts and I believe everyone present on this dais will do a self-assessment about it,” the prime minister said. “Sardar Patel always dreamed of an united India with a secular outlook. Patel has inspired us with his works,” (source: firstpost) Today, may be due to their fear of Narendra Modi and BJP hijacking another congress leader, Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, UPA has launched a website on him.
While on twitter, some Narendra Modi fans were circulating some screenshot from Azad’s autobiography saying that he too was Anti Nehru and supportive of Sardar Patel. Following are those screenshots :
1. MAK Azad, like Modi, wished Had he not made the mistake of choosing Nehru over Patel as his successor , history would have been different.
2. MAK Azad also thought that it was Lady Mountbatten who influenzed Nehru to change his stance on Partition
The above are two instances in the book by Azad, where he seems to be quite critical about Nehru. But that does not however, suggest that, he was an admirer of Sardar Patel. As far as I read the book, it is more about criticism of Sardar Patel than anything else. I will post more screen grabs from the books to prove it.
1. Sardar Patel had communal demands
2.Sardar Patel was founder of Indian Partition
3. Patel believed that Hindus and Muslims can not be united into one nation. Hence he thought partition is the best solution to communal problems.
4. Sardar Patel influenced Gandhi to agree on Partition.
5. Sardar Patel believed that partition is the only true solution to then existing circumstances of India
6. Sardar Patel,according to MAK Azad, would not have been sorry if Muslims who followed Muslim League suffered.
7. Sardar Patel did not pay any attention to complaints by Muslims
8. Sardar Patel prejudices about muslims ?
9. Heated conversation between Sardar and Gandhi on the issue of atrocities against muslims
10. Sardar Patel said to MAK Azad that Gandhiji seemed to be determined to blacken the names of Hindus before the whole world.
11. Many congress leaders accused Sardar Patel for not providing enough security to Gandhi which resulted in his death
12. Sardar Patel’s reaction to his critics on Gandhi assassination
13. Sardar felt deeply shocked and humiliated after Gandhi Assasination : It affected his health also.
I started reading the book hoping for some anti Nehru stuff, but ended up in getting some anti Sardar stuff from Maulana Azad’s autobiography. Although I adore Sardar Patel, it was very interesting to read how other leaders in congress saw him. I fear it is Narendra Modi who occupies the political space of Sardar Patel today.
Just go through the allegations against Sardar Patel, be it his autocratic nature, be it the “communal” mindset, be it his indifference to muslims, we can see the same set of allegations being hurled against the Gujarat chief minister and the Prime ministerial candidate of BJP. It is not coincidence that Modi saw a hero in Sardar, i guess it is because he saw his own life in him.
For UPA, my humble advice is not to secularize Sardar Patel much, he did not practice the secularism of Nehru and Gandhi and Azad, but much the no nonsense secularism of Modi.
That day you held my hand and we went to temple
I closed my eyes and prayed to the God there
” Please bless my boy, make him strong and able ;
Give him a long life, I pray to you dear”
As I opened my eyes and looked around,
I could not see you anywhere near
My heart stopped for a while, head swirled
“Where is my boy, Where are you dear”.
For Half an hour there I saw the hell on earth
But at last, I could see you standing there
It was very much like I died and got a re birth
You said : I want that red balloon, mother.
Today I came with you, holding your hand,
My prayers to The God were the same as then,
Then I Looked for you, but could not find
and Alas ! You were nowhere to be seen.
I saw the balloon shop, but you are not there
I searched for you around, but in vain
Asked an old lady there, she said: Dear
I am also in search of my dear Son.
Saw hundreds of ladies there taking rest.
I joined them there, but my dear
I know your sorrow when that balloon burst
Do you know the pain when heart breaks
My poem in response to this pathetic news of Children deserting their aged parents at Guruvayoor temple !!
Those who criticise my support to Narendra Modi are fanatics, said Retired Supreme Court Judge V R Krishna Iyer, after many including U R Ananthamurthy criticised his decision to support Narendra Modi as Prime minister of India. Mainly, people associated to Congress party, Communism and Islamism are the ones who spread hatred against Narendra Modi’s supporters. I have seen a Youth Congress sponsored Face Book page where they have put a poster of Narendra Modi being shot in the head with a gun. Interestingly the name of this page is “We hate CPI(M) ” and recently they have directed their hatred towards Narendra Modi. Another Facebook page has a similar photo-shopped picture of Modi eating a human corpse. Islamic pages call him names and explicit violence against him.
Narendra Modi might be getting support from Muslims of Gujarat, but Muslims of other states, especially where BJP has negligible presence(Kerala) hate him to core, thanks to communist and congress propaganda against him. But have these Modi hating Trio- Islamists, Congress and communists ever explored their violent past and present? They will not dare to, instead they bury their violent past and present with rants about unfortunate riots in Gujarat which happened a decade ago.
Congress Party governments have presided over numerous riots in various states. Who all got convicted for 1984 Sikh Genocide perpetrated by Congress party? Has Rajiv Gandhi ever apologised for the genocide? What is ironic is that in 2004 a Sikh Prime Minister was made to apologise for the genocide of Sikhs by congress party. What happened to Nellie Massacre report? Who perpetrated 1969 Gujarat riots and various riots under Indira Gandhi’s Prime ministership ? What happened to Assam riot? All these questions are silenced with the high decibel rants about Gujarat 2002; Thanks to a friendly media they have which cooks story about it.
Communists are known for bloody revolution, millions were killed during Mao-Stalin-Lenin dictatorship in China and Russia. Many party offices of Communist party in India carry the pictures of these prophets of communism. Communism in Russia under Stalin was said to be more cruel and violent than Nazi regime in Germany. In India, Naxalites kill our armed forced and innocent civilians in the name of communism. But their logic is that Marxists are not responsible for the violence of Maoists, but Narendra Modi is responsible for the acts of violent mobs. Few can beat communists in their shameless logic. Left also perpetrates political violence in various parts of the countries, for example Kannur, where many RSS and congress activists were killed. Does anyone know about Marichjhappi massacre perpetrated during leftist rule in Bengal ? By April, 1978, around 30,000 Bengali Hindu refugees had settled in the island of Marichjhapi in the Sundarbans. The Left Front government imposed economic sanctions on Marichjhapi and cordoned off the island with police. When the inhabitants tried to swim across to other islands, they were shot dead. Out of the 14,388 families that had settled in the island 4,128 died of starvation, exhaustion and police firing. Who in the left government was the mass murderer of these thousands of Hindus ? Questions are again crowded by rants about 2002, thanks to leftist hypocrites.
Less said about Islamists, more the safer. Problem with criticising Islamic violent history is that the very criticism invites violent reactions. What happened to majority religion in Persia(Iran) ? What is happening to minorities in our neighbourhood Islamic countries? The very basis of Islamic conquests and terrorism were and are hatred for other religious groups. Islamists say that Islam has nothing to do with Terrorism perpetrated across the globe by Muslims in the name of Islam, but they say Narendra Modi is responsible for riots in Gujarat. Islamists and Communists seems to be in a competition on who are greater hypocrites? Both bury their violent past with some victimhood propaganda. Islamists and Leftists are same side of the same coin. No wonder that their hatred for Narendra Modi match in style and substance.
“Narendra Modi has not regretted 2002 riots” is the smear campaign which these trios do against BJP. In fact Narendra Modi has regretted it the next day itself. Even in an NDTV program in 2004 he was on record saying that loss of human lives is unacceptable and regrettable. Supreme Court appointed SIT has given him a clean chit. But rants and propaganda are shriller than these reports and findings.
I am least concerned about what these trio think about Narendra Modi- they can have their own opinion about him. Everyone has the right to be a hypocrite. But what worries me is that even the supporters of Narendra Modi who support him for right reasons are also targeted by these fascist trio- one victim being Justice V R Krishna Iyer. People like U R Ananthamurthy who challenge Indian democracy with stupid threats of going abroad if Modi becomes prime minister are the real fanatics. Fanaticism is of two hues- religious and political. We are seeing a mixed fanaticism against BJP and Narendra Modi. As explained above, these fanatics hide their history of violence and hatred against other ideologies with rants against BJP and Narendra Modi.
I came across this verse in Bhagavad Gita a few days ago,.
यो यो यां यां तनुं भक्तः श्रद्धयार्चितुमिच्छति ।
तस्य तस्याचलां श्रद्धां तामेव विदधाम्यहम् ॥७- २१॥
स तया श्रद्धया युक्तस्तस्याराधनमीहते ।
लभते च ततः कामान्मयैव विहितान्हि तान
“I am in everyone’s heart as the Super soul. As soon as one desires to worship the demigods, I make his faith steady so that he can devote himself to some particular deity. Endowed with such a faith, he seeks favours of a particular demigod and obtains his desires. But in actuality these benefits are bestowed by me alone. “ (The above translation is lifted from ISKCON site deliberately. I consider ISKCON a Semitic version of Hinduism and often comparable to Christian fanaticism. But the above translation seems to be fair enough.)
About half of the population in this world are Christians and Muslims. Christians and Muslims have one God- Jehovah/Allah, who is also the only God of Judaism. Sunnis and Shias also believe in one single God. But most of the blood spilled in the name of religion is due to inter religious conflict between Christians and Muslims in Africa, Sunni-Shia conflict in Iran/Iraq/Afghan/Pak, Jewish-Muslim conflicts in Middle East. Why are these fools fighting in the name of same common God? It is a mystery. Contrast this with India/Hindus who are often accused of practicing “Polytheism” by the monotheists. Although Caste discrimination and sectarian violence happen at times, India is relatively much peaceful compared to Islamic/Christian/Jewish countries.
This verse explains why there is relative peace in India . Sri Krishna is considered as equal to Vishnu, Paramatma. Sri Krishna in Bhagavad Gita, the holy text of Hindus, even if people worship different Gods, all reach him (Paramamta). In other words, these words of Sri Krishna are the very basis of Indian/Hindu secularism. Thanks to this verse in Bhagavad Gita, Hindus do not play bloody games with “My God, Your God” and “Who is the True God”. Hindus are not polytheists in the sense the Semitic religions accuse us of being, but we are not obsessed with “monotheism”, because we know we are part of the same divine consciousness, which can be called in different names, assumed in different forms.
“Surely Allah does not forgive that anything should be associated with him, and forgives what is besides that to whomsoever He pleases, and whoever associates anything with Allah, he devises indeed a great sin.”
(Surah an-Nisā’ 4:48)
“And whoever associates anything with Allah, he devises indeed a great sin.”
(Surah an-Nisā’ 4:48)
A God who is obsessed about who associates who with him , that is the Semitic idea about God. While in India, God is not obsessed about people believing in him, nor is he concerned about who worships him in what form or name, nor does he promise heaven for his believers, nor does he curse non believers to hell. But whole of the Indian/Hindu literature is a beautiful thesis on Karma theory. God is Sakshi-Witness (It is one of the name of God in Vishnu Sahsranama) of our Karma, it is not He who punishes us for our evil deeds, but it is the Karma itself. God is the divinity which is in all of us, the super energy-consciousness (Bhootatma, Bhootabhavanah ,another name of God in Vishnu Sahasranama)