OPINION
NATIONALISM VS SECULARISM
Hindus and Indians: Why this conflict?
- Harcharan Bains
Hindus and Indians: Why this conflict?



FORGET ABOUT ALL Indians being Hindus, not even all Hindus are Indians.
 
There are over 3.3 million Hindus in Pakistan who are as loyal to their country as the Muslims there. They have have had Hindus as legislators, MPs, even federal ministers who are as vocal against India as the Muslim leaders in India like Owaisi are against Pakistan.

Incidentally, Asaduddin Owaisi has repeatedly told the Pak government and their media intellectuals to shut up on the issues of Indian Muslims, telling them that the Indian Muslims may have problems in India but they deem themselves far superior to the Pak Muslims in social and economic status. Owaisi never forgets to tell Pak establishment that they should mind their own business.
 
Owaisi is not the only Muslim who has differences with the Government of India but takes a firm stand on his patriotic credentials while addressing Pak allegations against India on the Muslim issue. india's best defense and the most befitting response against all such allegations by Pakistan is always given by Owaisi and other Indian Muslim leaders. For some reason, this fact is seldom highlighted by several sections of the Indian media.

Talking about all Hindus not being Indians, the only Hindu nation/country in the world is Nepal and Nepal often enjoys better ties with China than with India while Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE have often stood strongly by India even in conflicts with Pak, including on the Kashmir issue.
 
Only three Muslim countries, Malaysia, Turkey and Iran criticised the recent Indian move on Art 370. In fact, Iran confined itself to the human rights aspect of the problem.
 
As for the non-Indian Hindus, even Sri Lankan Tamilian Hindus have often not preferred India over Pakistan in their diplomatic dealings.

As for the RSS view on every Indian being a Hindu, if this definition is indeed accepted by the BJP, then it may find it difficult to distinguish between the Hindus and the Muslims from the erstwhile India - - Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan - for the purpose of CAA.

Honestly, I don't know how those Muslims would be treated differently from the Hindus and kept out of the ambit of the CAA.

Thus, to me at least, the RSS view does not seem to favour the BJP stand on keeping Muslims from those three countries out of the scope of the CAA, because, going by the RSS definition, even these Muslims will have to be regarded as Hindus.

Will someone please enlighten on me this?

Let me reiterate that generally speaking, the Hindus are instinctively among the most secular people under the sun, and massive doses of propaganda and indoctrination is required to communalise them. One of the many pieces of evidence for this is the Constitution of India which the entire world recognsies as genuinely secular.
 
At the time the Constitution was adoptd 80% of India was Hindu and yet they opted for making India a secular country, rather than a Hindu nation.

Not that there aren't any rabid communal voices among the Hindus and not that there has not been a massive campaign to communalsie the Hindu population in the recent past, but it is my firm belief that the spirit of this country favours moderation and secularism. This has been proved over and over again, despite temporary aberrations in the past - both distant and recent.The basic and historical Hindu mindset and view of life have a lot to do with this.
 

 

*(The author, a freelance journalist, has served as Advisor on National Affairs to former CM, Parkash Singh Badal. Needless to say, the views expressed herein are personal.)

 

 



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