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  I Am a Proud American Hindu - Dare not Call Me “South Asian”  


By: Narain Kataria
May 06, 2005
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(The author is former Organizing Secretary of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, New York State; Governing Council Member of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Founder/Secretary of Indian American Intellectuals Forum)

Some anti-Hindu and anti-Indian groups in USA have coined a funny phrase “South Asian” for the people from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, etc.  A large majority of the members of these groups that  use the meaningless phrase “South Asian” are Hindus from India.  They were born as Hindus.  Many of them were educated in missionary schools or in the KGB funded schools in India or elsewhere and consider themselves to be intellectuals. But, somehow they have developed a sense of inferiority for the word Hindu. They are ashamed of their parentage, ancestry, heritage and civilization. 

Many of these so called intellectuals are endowed with a deep sense of ignorance about the chivalry, gallantry, sacrifices, courage and magnanimity of their great Hindu ancestors.  So, they like to identify a massive block of one-billion people as “South Asians” in place of their accurate description as “Hindus.” Shorn of antiquity and splendor of the Hindu civilization, shunned by their parents and society, these people with Hindu-sounding names have become a culturally rootless and a confused lot.  Cut asunder from their roots, these nomadics have been grabbed by their adroit masters of deception who use, misuse and manipulate them against their own people.  Their masters, of course, pay them according to the amount of ridicule these ‘intellectuals’ pour on their own people!

A massive block of one-billion people with no distinct identity of their own? How come?

In order to conceal their real agenda, these cunning fellows operate under different jargons.  Sometimes, they are touted as “Human Rights Activists” and at the other times as NGOs.  In order to gain credibility, they organize seminars under fancy names in prestigious universities. They often hobnob with anti-Hindu groups and work in tandem with them. But the main aim of all their activities is to create disaffection, drive a wedge between the Hindu people, demonize and demoralize the Hindu organizations, and ultimately try to obliterate our cultural mainstay Hinduism from the Indian soil.

As a matter of tactics, these pseudos have retained their Hindu-sounding names as a subterfuge to lull gullible Hindus into believing that they are one of them.   In fact, the persons operating these shady organizations are wolves in sheep’s clothing.  It is  incumbent on us  to challenge them, expose them and socially boycott them.  Mr. K.S. Sudarshan, Chief of RSS has aptly described them as “Macaulay-putras” and “Marx-putras”.  I would also like to add one more adjective to them – “Arab-putra.”  As the Hindi proverb goes:  they are like “Dhobi ka kutta, na ghar ka, na ghaat ka”.

The greatest and the oldest civilization in the world, and identified by a meaningless name as the South Asians. What a disgrace?

Let us not forget that we Hindus are the worthy descendants of great Rishis and Munis, the countless brilliant minds ever produced by human kind. The word “Hindu” for us, therefore, has become a magical word, creating a tremendously unifying and uplifting force within us.  When I say “I am a Hindu,” I instantly connect myself with one of the brightest and the mightiest groups of one billion Hindus around the globe. 

Calling myself Hindu – and not South Asian – immediately reminds me of my glorious past.  It tells me about the innumerable contributions of my people to the world civilization.  My people possess brilliant brains that invented the mathematical concepts of Zero and Decimal System. We first conceived the Law of Gravity and the Law of Relativity. The Pythagorean Theorem was our gift to the humanity and the value of the mathematical constant was first computed by us. My ancestors determined the value of the mathematical constant “Pi.”

Calling myself by my real identity immediately reminds me of my glorious past

My great ancestors, the Hindus, developed the Geometry and Algebra, the measurement of Time, the Astronomy, the Astrology. It was the Hindu people who founded the world’s first university around 2,700 years ago near Takshashila. The Hindu Rishis (scientists) originally conceived the concepts of Atom and Molecule (Anu and Parmanu) 600 BCE.  Hindus even knew a lot about the science of plastic surgery 2600 years ago.  Shipbuilding and Navigation in Ancient India was also known to our forefathers.  Iron pillar at Delhi, located near Kutub Minar – a marvelous feat in metallurgy – is estimated to have been cast in the Gupta period about 1500 years ago.

Let us understand one thing very clearly.  Anyone describing Hindus as the South Asians is actuated by an ignoble intent and motivated by a malicious design to deprive Hindus of their pride and dignity. They want to divest Hindus of their glorious Hindu identity. They want Hindus to become rootless so as to misguide and mislead them into an abyss where they are doomed to suffer for the rest of their lives.

Please remember very well that I am a proud American Hindu, never, ever dare call me “South Asian”.

“Hindu” word sends an electric current through my spine and immediately links me to the sacred rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Godawari, Kaveri, Brahmputra, Sarasvati.  It reminds me of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva, Guru Nanak, Lord Ganesha, Lord Mahavir and Buddha.  We Hindus adore Durga Devi, Lakshmi Devi, Sarasvati Devi, Ambika and Uma with equal devotion and vehemence.  When I ponder over the extraordinary feats of bravery of Rani Lakshmi of Jhansi, Durgavati, Keladai Chennamma, my head bows down in utmost reverence.  The word “Hindu” transports me mentally to Ayodhya, Mathura, Amritsar, Maya, Kashi, Kanchi, Haridwar, Avantika, Dwarka, Puri, Madurai, Badrinath and Kanyakumari. 

Talking in terms of South Asia, we unwittingly associate and identify ourselves with the people who extol the virtues of hatred and violence

I feel supremely fulfilled when I think about the great Hindu centers of power in ancient times – like the Empires of Chola and Pandya Dynasties, the Pataliputra of Chandragupta, Ujjain of Vikramaditya, Pratishthan of Shalivahan, Devagiri of Yadavas and Vijaynagar of Harihar and Bukka.  When I read the stories of gallantry, valor and heroism of Guru Gobind Singh ji, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Maharana Pratap Singh, Veer Durgadas, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Banda Bahadur, Veer Savarkar and innumerable known and unknown Hindu warriors and heroes, my joy knows no bounds. 

Contrary to what we Hindus stand for as I have briefly stated above, when we talk in terms of South Asia, we unwittingly associate and identify ourselves with the people who extol the virtues of hatred and violence.  They believe in terrorism and Jihad.  Anwar Shaikh, a renowned Muslim religious scholar from London in his book “This is Jehad” has said that “Thus, for a mujahid or jehadi, it is not only required to slaughter the unbelievers, even a peaceful unbeliever, [but also] kidnap and rape his women, enslave his children, all for the only reason of his unbelief.”  

In South Asia, Afghanistan was the outpost of terrorism and Pakistan has been the breeding ground of terrorism for a very long time.  Bangladesh is fast becoming another epicenter for jehadis.  Pakistan has already ethnically cleansed the “Kafirs” (non-Muslims) from its soil by converting or driving out all the Hindu and Sikh population.  In 1947, there were about 23% Hindu-Sikh living in Pakistan, now there is only 1% Hindu population.  Bangladesh has systematically reduced Hindu population from 30% in 1947 to 9% at this time.  Islamic militants have driven out about 500,000 Hindus and Sikhs from the Kashmir valley. South Asia includes all such monstrous and rogue elements.

Why are Hindus being lumped together with so many of the uncivilized brutes?

As against those, Hindus are civilized and peaceful people.  They have their special identity and noble character.  It is incomprehensible for me to fathom as to why Hindus are being lumped together with so many of the uncivilized brutes.  There is nothing common between them and us.  They trace their ancestry to Babar, Gazni and Gori, the worst of pirates and plunderers that world has seen.  They laid waste Hindland and committed unprecedented brutalities on our people.  By bundling the peaceful and noble Hindus with Arab-zadas (the children of Arabs) and by describing them all as “South Asians,” an attempt is being made to cover the Islamic misdeeds and legitimize their beastly behavior.

Politically conscious Hindus are able to see through your insidious attempt to give respectability to those who believe in murder and mayhem.  How dare you club the civilized Hindu people with that monstrous mentality that has heaped untold humiliation on the hapless Hindus? 

Don’t you know that these barbarians bricked alive two sons of our Tenth Guru Govind Singh Ji?  Do not you know that in year 1,399, that Muslim barbarian Taimur killed 100,000 Hindus in a single day?  Prof. K.S. Lal, in his “Growth of Muslim Population in India” writes that according to his calculations, the Hindu population was brought down by 80 million between the years 1,000 and 1,525 triggering probably the biggest holocaust in world history.” This is quoted by Francois Gautier, a prominent French journalist.  Are you not aware that these marauders sawed alive our saintly souls and killed our forefathers limb by limb? 

So, remember very well that I am a proud Hindu. Never, ever dare call me “South Asian”.

Narain Kataria

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