Recent spate of controversial statements and actions by various ‘Sangh parivar’ outifts have produced a reaction, that is by now becoming all too familiar. Under the guise of protecting ‘secular fabric’ of the society, the loud mouth secular brigade, mostly from the hardcore Marxist/Maoist camp, are turning it into a witch hunt against anyone propagating the Hindu faith.
- First, there is no need to make a big fuss because there are enough laws to criminalise ‘forced’ conversions. Hence it should be possible to prosecute the alleged perpetrators of such acts without making a hue and cry and stalling Parliament. Interestingly the alleged event occurred in UP, ruled by ‘secular’ Samajwadi Party not the BJP.
- Instead what is being done is to brand every conversion from Hinduism to any other religion as “freedom of choice” and the reverse as “forced conversion”. This clearly is aimed at taking away the right to propagate faith granted to everyone under the constitution.
- No one from our liberal secular ranks protested when American evangelists spend millions, plaster the city’s wall with posters, hold huge rallies, promising miracles and cancer cures and instant cure for blindness etc. Instead they are treated as state guests and offered use of public spaces like the Bangalore airfield under Congress regime.
- It should also be remembered that Hindus are the target of not just well funded evangelist groups but also the so-called rational propagandists, who mainly if not exclusively target Hindus, often using unprintable and vulgar abuse against Hindu deities and practices. Yet they go around unhindered, even masquerading as progressive.
Pogrom in the name of ‘secularism’
- This article by Ms. Kavita Krishnan, a politburo member of CPM(ML) a ultra left fringe group presents the classic leftist arguments often repeated all over mainstream media. That is to assume that anyone converting to Hinduism is doing so out of fear or for inducement. Strangely she appears to be fine with other religions doing the same thing.
- Even if the one recent incident in UP is assumed to be a case of ‘forced’ conversion, it by no means can be extended to every attempts at proselytism by Hindu groups.
- Yet we have even non-Marxist commentators like Karan Thapar here, automatically linking targets with forced conversions, that too only for Hindu groups. Christian evangelists brazenly talk about ‘harvesting souls’ which doesn’t seem to bother our secular warriors too much!
- It should be obvious to any neutral observer, the left brigade wants to turn this opportunity into a full fledged anti-Hindu pogrom. Since Narendra Modi is in powr in the center, it is a great chance to incite anti-Hindu hatred, attract global media headlines, and paint every Hindu group as a bunch of wild fanatics. This can hopefully put a complete stop to Hindu religious propagation, even as conversions to other religions funded by billions of dollars of overseas funds continues unhindered.
- Having tried and failed repeatedly to capture power through the bullet as well as the ballot, the left fringe has lost hope even on riding the coattails of Congress to “power without responsibility”.
- The only route open now is to denigrate, destroy Hindu faith so that in the chaos and destruction that ensures, their own murderous ideologies can be brought to power.
Modi’s balancing act
- Narendra Modi has a careful balancing act to follow here. Given the Marxist stranglehold over mainstream media, the shrill anti-Hindu propaganda dressed up as liberal secular outrage can be expected to continue.
- However he has to work with the minorities to educate them on the real agenda of the left even as he reins in the rightist fringe and takes strong action whenever the law is broken.
- After all, unlike the Marxists the ordinary Muslim or Christian has no hatred for HIndus or their faith and this is the constituency Modi has to court and hopefully satisfy if he can take on the leftist camp.
- Clearly Hindu groups as well as all other groups have to be, if necessary by force, compelled to spread their faith without demeaning or insulting others’.
- Once this is ensured, in an environment free of bias and shrill anti-Hindu hate campaign or anti-minority hysteria, Government can put in place reasonable code of conduct such as do’s and don’t that can be useful in practice instead of vaguely written laws and rules. Examples of what is allowed and not allowed can be worked out by consulting every religious group.
- Hindu groups are somewhat unused to this marketing game perfected into a fine art by others. They are hence often caught making remarks that are self defeating and serve no useful purpose. Others have used words like ‘pagans’, ‘heathens’ and other derogatory language, even discussing conversion quotas, marketing budgets and talk of “rescuing” Hindus from “darkness”, but that was before Twitter, Facebook and the World Wide Web. Clearly some ‘coaching’ is needed here on what to say and what not to say.