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  Forefathers of Indian Muslims Were Hindus  
 

 

By: Narain Kataria
September 23, 2005
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To commemorate the memory of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the mighty and visionary Hindu ruler, who demolished the Islamic domination in India and founded the Hindu Empire in 1674, the Eleventh Hindu Sangathan Divas (Hindu Unity Day) was celebrated with a great fanfare and enthusiasm in New York on July 24 by the representatives of fifty Hindu organizations (including temples). More than 700 Hindus from the different states of India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Caribbean Islands, mingled together with great joy in the spirit of brotherhood, keeping aside their differences of caste, color and nationality.

The spectacle was seen to be believed. The enthusiastic gathering debunked the fallacious theories advanced by the prophets of doom that Hindus can never be brought together on one single platform. This year’s Hindu Sangathan Divas was dedicated to the memory of Mausiji Smt. Laxmibai Kelker who laid the foundation of Rashtriya Sevika Samiti in Bharat.

In his scathing attack on those whose commitment to the motherland is ambivalent or ad hoc or who feel no kinship to Hindus, Chief Guest at the Eleventh Hindu Sangathan Divas, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, former Union Law Minister of India said that they should acknowledge the Hindu foundation of India, that their forefathers were Hindus, that they did not come from Persia. “India is only for those who swear that Bharat or Hindustan is their matru-bhoomi and karma-bhoom,” thundred Dr. Swamy.

“Hindus are under a state of siege in India and they do not even realize it,” exclaimed Dr. Subramanian Swamy. The forces which want to undermine the Hindu faith and Hindu spirit in India are clandestine and deceptive. It is a matter of great regret that Hindus themselves are being used as pawns in this sinister conspiracy directed by foreigners who have no love for India. Urging audience to visit his website www.indiaright.org, Dr. Swamy said that undiluted unity of Hindus based and fostered on the fundamentals of renaissance is the need of the hour.

Listing the injustices perpetrated and sacrileges heaped on Hindus and their age-old institutions with impunity, and with the sophistication of constitutional instruments of law, Dr. Subramanian Swamy said that the arrest and imprisonment of 2500 year old Kanchi Mutt Shankaracharya, patronizing of Christian evangelist Benny Hill by Karnataka Chief Minister and Central Government ministers, attack on Ram Temple in Ayodhya by foreign terrorists, taking over the Hindu-temple land by Congress governments in Andhra Pradesh, smack of a deep rooted conspiracy to hold Hindus under siege in Bharat.

We Hindus are the descendants of brave and victorious kings like Chhatrapati Shivaji and the Vijayanagaram Kings. Hence, Hindus should develop a mindset to retaliate in the face of unprovoked attacks. Our retaliation must be massive enough to deter any future attacks. There was a spontaneous uproarious applause of approval from the audience when Dr. Swamy said that if terrorists come from the training camps in Pakistan, those training camps, no matter what the consequences, must be carpet bombed.

Swamy Aksharanand ji, the Keynote Speaker, who holds a Ph.D. degree in Hindu Studies from the University of Madison, Wisconsin (USA) deplored that it was unbecoming on the part of leaders of one billion strong Hindus to look at the United States and complain about the cross border terrorism (from Pakistan) and cry like babies.

He spoke extensively regarding the falsity of the “equality of religions” propagated by none other than Swami Vivekananda and Gandhi not to mention the modern day gurus and saints. The concept that “All religions are one” as propagated by Gandhi incessantly is the most destructive concept that is affecting us all. It is not only silly but dangerous fallacy to propagate the idea that all religions are one. Some of these gurus and sanyasis from India come here at the United Nations and invoke Allah and Jesus Christ. In fact, what are they saying to us Hindus, who are under severe attacks every day by the same forces of Allah and Christ. Hinduism and other religions can’t be equated and called same because “religions” of the world have been born in the environment of hostility. Tracing the origin of Abrahamic religions, Swami Aksharananda said that when Christianity came on the scene, it had to develop an antagonistic philosophy to deal with Judaism. When Islam came on the scene, it had to develop an antagonistic philosophy in order to deal with both Christianity and Judaism. He stressed on the point that Islam and Christianity in their very genesis are hostile and antagonistic creeds

Three prominent Hindu journalists, Dr. Prakash Swamy, Prem N. Chopra and Brahm Kanchibothla and Dr. Uma Mysorekar, President of Hindu Temple Society of North America, were honored and recognized for their meritorious contributions to the Hindu society in North America. Vijay Nahata, an Indian American businessman, presented certificates of achievements to them.

Dr. D. Bhattacharaya, Prof. at Columbia University, described the tragic condition of Hindus and other minorities in Bangladesh. Dr. Babu Suseelan, Professor in Clinical Psychology and Director of Addiction Research Institute, Pennsylvania, spoke about the “Psychological Warfare Against Hindus.” Dr. Chirag Patel, a scholar at The Vedic Foundation at Austin, Texas spoke about “Reclaiming the Greatness of Hindu Dharma.” Venkat Sarma, President of Kerala Hindus of North America, spoke on “Hindu Unity in the Land of Sankara.” Rajyalaxmi, a disciple of Barfani Baba, spoke about the “Muslim Problem in Nepal.”

Srichand Sidhwani, a senior Sangh karyakarta, vividly explained the differences between “Religion and Dharma,” equating religions to Adharma. Rene Lobo, Community News Director at ITV, urged the audience to get involved in local politics. Swami Jyotirmayananda read an inspiring passage “I am Proud to Call Myself Hindu” from his book “Vivekananda, His Gospel of Man-making.” Dr. Ved Chaudhary gave the information about “Dharma Summit 2005” to be held in month of August in NJ. The program was closely coordinated by Arish Sahani. Ram Dular Singh emceed the program and Kishore Advani proposed the vote of thanks.

Earlier, welcoming the Hindu public and community leaders, Narain Kataria, organizer of the event said that the word “Hindu” had a very powerful and magical spell. The word Hindu had the power to touch the deep nerve in Hindu psyche. The word “Hindu” had the incredible capability to transcend the barriers of caste, creed, color, province or nationality. The word Hindu had the potential to bind one billion Hindus together. India was the only country in the world that was being ruled by the minorities. He, however, did not subscribe to the prevailing notion that Sikhs were the minority in India. “Hindus are the only people in the world who are being tortured, killed and murdered and nobody even takes note of it,” Kataria lamented.

Narain Kataria

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