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Is India’s national anthem secular? – Koenraad Elst

Is Indias national anthem

India’s national anthem merely expresses love for the nation through all its variegated landscapes and experiences—plus a veneration for the divine Guru. – Dr Koenraad Elst

India’s anthem, written by Rabindranath Tagore, opens by addressing the Jana Gana Mana Adhinayak or “commander of the people’s minds”, the Bharata Bhagya Vidhata or “dispenser of India’s destiny”. Who is this?

Before focusing on the Indian anthem and wondering to whom it is directed, I want to remind my readers of some fairly well-known facts concerning the anthems of a few other countries, and the unexpected overlaps between them.  This will lay out a framework within which we can evaluate India’s anthem.

God Save the Queen

Indians will probably know, if only from historical movies about the colonial age, Britain’s anthem, the oldest anthem in the world. The writer is unknown, but the attribution to John Bull ca. 1618 is common. It is addressed to God, but otherwise, it is all about the monarch:

God save our gracious Queen [c.q. King], God save our noble Queen, God save the Queen. Lead her victorious, happy and glorious, ever to reign over us, God save the Queen.

As you will notice, the focus is not at all on the people but entirely upon the monarch, in whom the ideals of victory, prosperity and good governance are embodied. This is the traditional monarchical scheme: the ruler as the embodiment of the nation.

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Sanatana-Dharma/Hinduism in a Nutshell

Sanatana Dharma Hinduism

Some people think that Hinduism or Vedic philosophy is difficult to understand, and, thus, hard to explain. But if you look at it succinctly, it is not very difficult at all. All you have to do is know what to say. So this little article presents the essential principles in a concise way that everyone can learn and repeat when necessary. Hinduism is also more correctly called by its Sanskrit name: Sanatana-Dharma. This, essentially, means to follow one’s eternal duty, which is to search for and understand our spiritual identity, and then to learn to live according to those eternal and spiritual characteristics, especially by one’s own spiritual realizations. This is also the purpose and mission of the Vedic philosophy and culture, and our ultimate duty in human life.

The Vedic philosophy, or that which is based on the ancient Vedas and its supporting literature of India, is to help humanity understand who we really are, and the purpose of life. It is like the manual you get when you buy an appliance and need to understand exactly how it works. The Vedic literature is there to help all of us.

The essence of it comes down to 10 basic principles. These are the ones most accepted by the majority of people who follow Sanatana-dharma, and are also referenced in the Vedic texts. Beyond these, there are various schools of thought, which have further developments in their own outlook and philosophy, such as the Shaivites, Vaishnavas, Shaktas, Brahmanandis, Tantrics, and so on. These we can discuss at another time or you can read more about them in my books for further information.

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Jihadis Being Sheltered In Bengal, Says Intel Report; “Scare Mongering”, Says Mamata Govt

Jihadis Being Sheltered In Bengal

Why are the governments of Tripura and Bengal not taking issues of national security seriously?

front-page report in Tuesday's Kolkata edition of The Times Of India ought be be cause for deep alarm. The report said that there has been a three-fold increase in the number of terrorists belonging to the Harkat-ul Jihad al-(HuJI) and the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) entering Bengal, Assam and Tripura in 2016 as compared to 2015. The report, quoting central intelligence sources, said an estimated 2010 HuJI and JMB terrorists have infiltrated into these three states in just one year (2016).

The newspaper report also stated that the Union Home Ministry had written to the governments of the three states asking them to step up vigil along the international border and trace out the terrorists. The varying responses of the three states serve as an eye-opener and also provide the reason why such infiltration has occurred and why Islamic terrorists have found shelter in these states.

Top state officials in Bengal and Tripura, ruled respectively by the Trinamool Congress and CPI(M), dismissed the intelligence report and indicated that the MHA alert was nothing but scare-mongering. They also said that there was no need to launch any hunt against HuJI and JMB terrorists since none existed in the two states!

Assam, where a new BJP-led government is now in power, has taken the alert and advice with the required alacrity. Assam's Additional Director General of Police in charge of the state's Special Branch, Pallab Bhattacharya, admitted that there had been a spike in these terrorists entering Assam last year. The police officer said that 54 JMB terrorists have been arrested in Assam over the past few months.

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वामपंथी इतिहासकारों ने भारत के रक्तरंजित इतिहास को अपनी स्याह स्याही से ढक दिया!

वमपथ इतहसकर न भरत क रकतरजत

भारत उसकी संस्कृति और अकूत धन सम्पदा ने वर्षों से विदेशी आक्रांतों को भारत में आक्रमण के लिए प्रेरित किया। यूनान, तुर्क, अरब से आये विदेशी हमलावरों ने न केवल भारत की संस्कृति, वैभव और सम्पदा को लूटा बल्कि करोड़ों लोगों का नरसंहार भी किया। भारत की धरती को रक्तरंजित करने और गौरवशाली इतिहास को जितना तहस नहस मुस्लिम आक्रमणकारियों और मुग़ल साम्राज्य ने किया उतना शायद किसी ने नहीं किया! लेकिन भारत का दुर्भाग्य मानिये कि यहाँ के वामपंथी इतिहासकारोंऔर बुद्धिजीवियों ने भारत के रक्तरंजित इतिहास में आक्रांताओं और मुगलों की रक्तलोलुपता को अपनी स्याह स्याही से ढक दिया!

जानिये किस किस के आक्रमण और शासन काल में भारत में कितना रक्तपात हुआ :

महमूदग़ज़नवी:-वर्ष 997 से 1030 तक बीस लाख लोगों को महमूद ग़ज़नवी ने क़त्ल किया और सात लाख पचास हज़ार लोगों को गुलाम बनाकर भारत से ले गया था, भारतीय इतिहास में सबसे ज्यादा(१७) बार भारत में आक्रमण के दौरान जिन्होंने भी इस्लाम कबूल कर लिया उन्हें शूद्र बना कर इस्लाम में शामिल कर लिया गया, इनमे ब्राह्मण, क्षत्रिय, वैश्य और शूद्र तो थे ही!

कुतुबुद्दीनऐबक:-(वर्ष 1206 से 1210 ) सिर्फ चार साल में बीस हजार भारतीय गुलाम राजा भीम से लिए और पचास हजार गुलाम कालिंजर के राजा से लिए थे जिन्होंने उनकी दासता स्वीकर नहीं की उनकी बस्तियों की बस्तियां उजाड़ दीं। गुलामों की अधिकता का यह आलम था की कि “गरीब से गरीब मुसलमान के पास भी सैंकड़ों हिन्दू गुलाम हुआ करते थे।”

इल्तुतमिश:-(वर्ष 1211-1236) इल्तुतमिश को जो भी मिलता था उसे गुलाम बना कर, उस पर इस्लाम थोप देता।

बलबन:-(1250-1260) ने राजाज्ञा निकाल दी थी कि 8 वर्ष से ऊपर का कोई भी आदमी मिले उसे मौत के घाट उतार दो। महिलाओं और लड़कियों वो गुलाम बना लिया करता था,बलबन ने भी शहर के शहर खाली कर दिए। 

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Islamic State Assault on India and Indian Islam

Islamic State Assault on

The unravelling of the Islamic State (IS) module in Lucknow following the operations by the Uttar Pradesh ATS is the tip of the iceberg. Amongst other incriminating material recovered from the encounter site, there was the railway network map of India. The operations were launched in wake of Bhopal-Ujjain train bomb-blast. Ominously, there was sufficient intelligence about the jihadis targeting the Indian Railway network across the length and breadth of India. 

…the police forces have become an unwitting tool of Pakistan military-intelligence establishment in furtherance of its political designs in India. Politicians using look-alike of Osama bin Laden is surely an invitation to Jihadi forces. It gets votes and that is the horrible truth.

The most critical rather providential lead originated from the Bihar-Nepal border. This was again, in the wake of the derailment of Indore-Patna express near Kanpur on 20-November -2016, which killed 150 people. The sabotage angle was palpable. Given the election season in the state, the timing was suspicious. For many years now, the Pakistan military-intelligence establishment has been trying to influence the politics of India by means of terror and violence.

The Bhopal-Ujjain train bomb blast could have averted if the our police machinery was politically not subverted and had the professional education to see the Jihadi and Islamic State threat in global and regional perspective. The country will have to bear unacceptable consequences for the restricted, compartmentalized and politicized mindset of police forces of respective states in dealing with internal security threats. The Jihadis and the Maoists suffer from no such constraints and operate on pan-India basis. Probably, the police forces have become an unwitting tool of Pakistan military-intelligence establishment in furtherance of its political designs in India. Politicians using look-alike of Osama bin Laden is surely an invitation to Jihadi forces. It gets votes and that is the horrible truth.

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Major Gaurav Arya Explains Why He Joined Arnab’s ‘Republic’

Major Gaurav Arya Explains

Major Gaurav Arya will soon join Arnab Goswami’s ‘Republic’. He describes his journey to it here in his blog.

A narrow road divides St. Stephens’ and Hindu College. It is not more than 16 steps across, but speak to the students of either college, and they will have you believe that you were crossing a chasm to a different philosophy. All this is hogwash, of course. But there is a romance to college life, much of it in the heads of those who go to college.

It was 1991 and I crossed that road everyday. I did not have friends in Hindu. All my friends were in Hansraj, where I spent countless evenings. I have fond memories of Sanjeev (also a school buddy) who is now the MD & CEO of an upcoming cosmetic surgery brand, Arvind who is now a senior HR professional with the Taj Group, Anand who is remembered for loudly singing “we didn’t start the fire” when everyone believed that he obviously did, and Anurag who now directs violent movies. Anurag was not a friend but he was visible around the friends who I sat with, and with whom I wasted away much of my graduation years. Anthony, who ran the Hansraj canteen, believed that I was a student. I think I still owe Anthony thirteen rupees; if memory serves, I think it was a Thums Up and twosamosas.

I had to cross Hindu College to get to Hansraj, and would sometimes run into this tall and academic looking young man. We never spoke. A smile and raised eyebrows were acceptable greetings. And once, we did speak. He spoke English with a precise accent, was aggressive yet polite in speech and his diction and pronunciation were spot on. When he spoke Hindi, it was with a very slight accent. Was it Bengali or Assamese? No clue.

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Dear Prime Minister, Please Turn Your Attention Towards Kerala

Every passing week there’s a new attack on the lives and properties of BJP and RSS members in Kerala.

What does the BJP party high command intend to do about it?

With due applause for the historic win for the Bhartiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh, I’d like to know what exactly the party intends to do with this famous victory.

Yes, I am glad that this has given BJP a runway to the 2019 general election, and that it has at least partially recovered from its missteps in Bihar and Delhi. And yes, I am also glad that last year’s demonetisation has not hurt the party or the economy. I am delighted, but to mix metaphors wildly, I’d like to ask, “Hey, where’s the beef?”

That’s perhaps a slightly inappropriate quote from an iconic 1990’s advertisement where a little old American lady complains about how her hamburger has too little meat. But I’d like to know, as Americans might ask with refreshing candour, “What have you done for me lately?”

I have been following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speeches, and I am yet to see anything (maybe I missed it) about protecting the lives and limbs of the citizens in Kerala, who have been under murderous attacks by Communists ever since they came to power last year.

A dozen activists of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and BJP were brutally hacked to death; virtually every week there’s a new attack on the property of the BJP and RSS and their members. And these are members of the PM’s own party. The very same people who worked hard last year to get the very first BJP MLA into the Kerala Assembly: a historic feat in its own right, along with a 10% vote share.

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