By: Narain Kataria
April 19, 2005
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The Indian American Intellectual Forum, a New York based group, organized
a seminar titled “India Under Siege” on March 5, 2005 in which more than
100 intellectuals from tri-state area participated and discussed various
problems with which Indian society has been confronted.
Dr. Narinder Kukar, who has served Association of Indians in America as
its National Chairman and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, in a
hard-hitting speech said that the educated intelligentsia and affluent
Hindus have failed India. He suggested that theocratic countries should be
debarred from the membership of United Nations because they freely, and
sometime even openly, indulge in minority persecution.
Dr. Kukkar vehemently opposed the forced conversions of Hindus in India to
other religions. He further recommended that Hindus should devise some
ways and means to encourage “homecoming” of our brothers who, during the
alien rule in India, were converted to the non-Indian religions.
Dr. Rajesh Shukla, a senior member of Overseas Friends of BJP, said that
after the First World War Syria and Lebanon were carved out of the
erstwhile Ottoman Empire. Lebanon was especially created by European
powers to have a Christian-majority state in the Mid-East. At the time of
its creation, Christians were 60% and Moslems were 40% of the total
population of Lebanon. By 1970, however, Moslems became the majority due
to their high population growth rate and infiltration from neighboring
If the Muslim population rise continues unabated in India too, in a very
short period of only another twenty-five years from now, Lebanon-like
situation could most likely erupt in our country also, unless some drastic
preventive measures are taken right away, Shukla warned.
Mr. Niranjan Shah, a retired engineer, educationist, and a columnist for
India Tribune said that in the olden days Veer Savarkar and Subhash
Chandra Bose carried on freedom struggle from foreign countries. Now, it
becomes the duty of 22 million non-resident Indians, who are resourceful
and holding high positions in the countries of their residence, to come to
the rescue of our Motherland and protect her from the onslaught of our
In 1947, the British India was divided on the basis of two-nation theory.
What is left of our country is already under siege because 85% of its
Muslim population that voted for the creation of Pakistan, did not leave
for Pakistan but stayed put in India. Had the ‘transfer of population’
suggestion between India and Pakistan, as advocated by the architect of
our Constitution Dr. Ambedkar, been implemented Indian would have been in
a better shape from the security point of view.
Dr. Babu Suseelan, a professor in Clinical Psychology and the Director of
Addiction Research Institute, Pennsylvania, said that during the 800 years
of foreign rule in India, Hindus were physically attacked, economically
exploited, and psychologically deprived. This has inflicted great damage
on our spiritual traditions, temples, social fabric, and Hindu psyche. Not
only that. Even after 58 years of country’s independence, Hindus are still
under siege in their own country.
If Hindus want to live with dignity and peace, they need to establish a
political power structure at district, state, regional and national level.
In order to achieve that, it is absolutely essential that Hindus establish
the ‘Hindu vote-bank’ in order to be able to influence the decision-making
process of political parties.
India is being attacked from within and without. China’s stockpiling of
nuclear arsenals in Tibet, Pakistan’s ambitious acquisition of nuclear
weapons and missiles and support of Islamic terrorism in India, is a great
threat to India’s integrity. Peoples’ War Group, including the violent
Naxalite movement has endangered India’s security.
Earlier, welcoming the audience, Mr. Narain Kataria, Founder/Secretary of
the Forum struck the keynote of the seminar when he observed that the
Hindus had been pushed to the wall in India. It was a matter of great
regret that Hindus were being persecuted even in India. “Minorities are
taking undue advantage of the system.” “Time has come that we should
devise strategy to capture political power in India,” Kataria urged.
Others who spoke on the occasion were: Dr. Uma Mysorekar, President of
Hindu Society of North America, Anand Ahuja, Esq., Pabitra Chowdhury,
Vice-President of the Forum, Prof. Indrajit Singh Saluja, Managing Editor
of English Weekly South Asian Insider, Mr. A.V. Raghunath of Kanchi
Kamkoti Peetham, Mr. Udayabhanu Panickar, Ashok Vyas, Director Hindi News,
ITV, Dr. Sudhakar Reddy, Prof. M.G. Prasad and Ravi Karmarkar. Mr. Venkat
Sarma proposed a vote of thanks and Mr. Arish Sahani coordinated the
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