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What Is Hindutva?


What is Hindutva? The Literal Meaning of The Oft-Spoken Word Today is the ‘Hindu Way of Living in keeping  with the beliefs in Hindu gods and goddesses, and the precepts of Hindu religion, I.e. Hinduism.’ However,  the Interpretations and Observation of the same vary vastly from one Social Group, Caste or Sect of Hinduism to another, especially between the Upper and Lower Castes of Hindu society, as the principles and values differ a lot between them . 

Of late, some of the practices of staunch Hindus like Cow Vigilantism have drawn a lot of public ire because of the increasing incidence of cases of Mob Lynching of persons found or suspected  of abducting Cows for Sale to Slaughter Houses, or for Beef eating, mostly of Muslims, which has strained  the relations between Hindus and Muslims more than ever before. Another allegation against Hindu Society is the discrimination and ill treatment of Dalits (who are the untouchables and the lowest caste of the Hindu Society), like exploiting their labour and women, as well as denying them the use of basic facilities like getting Water from Public Wells and other sources. They are also refused entry to temples frequented  by the  Upper caste Hindus, which is an obstacle to Unity among the Upper and Lower castes of Hindus, and has been instrumental in inducing many Lower Caste people to get converted, to Christianity, Islam    and Buddhism.

Coming to the different sections of Hindus,                                                              The followers of the ARYA SAMAJ subscribe to Rigvedic worship of the Five Main Elements of the Universe, the 33 main Gods and the Cow, but   Do Not Perform Idol Worship.                                                                                The DRAVIDIAN Castes, and now practically all the Hindus, including Brahmins and the other Upper castes of Aryan origin, are sworn Worshippers of Idols, and are devotees of Shiva Parivar(family) including Shiva, Devi(Parvati), Ganesh, Kartikeya,the 10 main (but actually 24) incarnations ofVishnu, besides the 33 classes of subsidiary gods,and Brahma,according to some authors. Most of them worship the Cow, but it is only the radical Hindus who resort to violence in the name of CowVigilantism and Sites for construction of Temples like RamMandir at Ayodhya.

Still different are the religious customs of the Adivasi or Aboriginal tribes of India like the NATH PANTH/Sect of GORAKHNATH and Aghoris. The Nath Panth are said to do Tantra-Mantra, that is, Magical Orgies accompanied by chanting of related hymns to cure people of ‘possession’ by ghosts or evil spirits. They do not however perform the offensive carnal and sexual rituals that are indulged in by the Aghoris. They are the devotees of Lord Dattatreya, whom they consider as an incarnation of Lord Shiva (unlike the upper Hindu castes who regard Dattatreya as the joint incarnation of  Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh/Shiva, but particularly Vishnu). The

The  AGHORIS (meaning Fearless) are a related sect residing in the forests,( from whom the Nath Panth is said to have been separated by Gorakhnath with shedding of their evil customs). They are supposed to be Shaivite, Ash-smeared Naga(Nude)Sadhus, who leave their hair loose in tangled knots. They also worship the Mother Goddess Kaali, and Shiva as ‘Kaal Bhairav’, the Mother’s Consort.  However, they have certain customs or rituals which are horrendous and obnoxious to the other Hindus, like Human Sacrifice, Cannibalism, Sexual Orgies with Corpses, and Sorcery or Exorcism. 

  1. These AGHORIS ARE the Tribes and their rituals NOTICED BY tourists from OTHER NATIONS    of the World FIRST, AND ARE SCANDALISING TO THEM, and THEREFORE REPORTED MORE PROMINENTLY than anything else, as if those rituals are an important part of Hindutva.         The Upper Caste Traditional Hindus, namely, the SANATANI Hindus, become indignant and PROTEST vehemently AT THIS EMPHATIC PUBLICISATION OF THE AGHORI RITUALS AS IF  they are a significant or MAIN part of HINDUTVA, and deny that their backward and repulsive practices are a common feature of Hindutva. YET, the Hindu Society, which incorporated these tribal sects as a section of it in ancient times, continues to tag them to itself, notwithstanding the fact that their above mentioned beliefs and rituals of Human Sacrifice and Cannibalism etc. are in direct or diagonal contrast and violation to those of the other Hindu Castes and communities, which abhor and condemn even Cow slaughter, leave alone Human Sacrifice for appeasement of any god/goddess!

All this confusion and resultant humiliation on account of the ghastly and repulsive customs of these backward and ignorant sects of Hindu Society before people of the Western Nations and Culture, is because of the educated Hindus not trying to enlighten and reform the Aghoris and other backward castes to shed their bloody and perverse rituals due to Superstition.                    As long as educated and ENLIGHTENED HINDUS do not lead the way to INSTIL HOMOGENEOUS IMPROVED CONCEPTS/PRECEPTS in keeping with modern times, IN ENTIRE HINDU SOCIETY, by weeding out the practice of undesirable, harmful and outdated customs and rituals ( including Jallikattu in Soutth India,which harasses Bulls and Cow Vigillantism) from all the castes/sects that are acknowledged as Hindus, the exact NATURE and understanding OF ”HINDUTVA’  WILL always REMAIN VAGUE and open to Misapprehension and Harsh Criticism! AT LEAST, the learned and evolved sections of Hindu Society should make it clear to the World that they are not in agreement or unison with those abiding with the dubious, superstitious and outdated practices of the BlackYajurveda! Can They, or shouldn’t They?

In my opinion,the Best type of Hindutva is that propounded by Swami Vivekananda and         the Ramakrishna Paramhansa Mission, whose members practice Love for Humanity and  acceptance of Life as well as Tolerance of other people ‘s nature as it is, and Meditation as a way of communicating and achieving communion with the Supreme Spirit. No religious text    of any religion has appealed to me or inspired me as much as the writings and personal biographies of Vivekananda and his Guru, Ramakrishna Paramhansa. I felt an immense sense of Peace during my visit to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial at the Southernmost tip of India,   in the midst of the Indian Ocean, and swept by the waves of the ocean, which I have not experienced anywhere else. There is No rush or jostling one another (भगदड़) of the devotees or pilgrims just for a momentary glimpse of the idol, or accidents as at other temples, and hardly any tedious ceremonial rituals. Just Meditation and Heavenly Peace in the Natural Oceanic Background!

POINT FOR THOUGHT:- IS IT POSSIBLE TO DIVIDE THE JAMMU-KASHMIR STATE INTO SEPERATE JAMMU, LADAKH+KASHMIR Without ABOLITION OF ARTICLE 370/35-A OF THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION, FOR QUELLING THE FIGHT FOR POWER OVER THE TOTAL JAMMU-KASHMIR STATE,   with separate Chief Ministers, just as for the different Union Territories under the Indian Union?                                                           In view of the constant clashes and bloodshed between  the Indian Defense Forces,viz. the Army/ CRPF Jawans, and       the Separatists accompanied by Pak terrorists that has disturbed the atmosphere and jeopardised the security of the other citizens and sections of the Jammu-Kashmir State, it needs serious consideration, WHETHER PROVIN- CIAL DIVISIOÑ OF JAMMU/KASHMIR State –                   into(1)The HINDU majority JAMMU province (and if feasible,the Ganderbal district housing the Kheer Bhavani Temple and Manasbal Lake, as also Pahalgam tehsil, the site of the Holy Amarnath Shrine, plus Anantnag tehsil of the Anantnag district with Mattan,the place of the Martand Sun Temple, of the Kashmir Valley, as the right or share of the Kashmiri Pandits, as one Unit) WITHOUT the Rohingya and Bangladeshi Muslims in their midst,       (2)The remaining (Muslim)Dominated Kashmir Valley, and     (3)Ladakh-at least Leh of Ladakh, alone or jointly  with Jammu,              WITH- or if not feasible – WITHOUT ABOLITION OF ARTICLE 370 and 35-A in any of the Three provinces (BUT, with an independent Hindu Chief Minister/Deputy Chief Minister with independent charge for at least Jammu Province) –  is likely to enable easier and effective Law and Order Control in the Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Ladakh!                                                     NOT removing Art.370 and Art. 35A may be GOOD in a way, as it cannot be said whether the removal of the Article will lead to influx of more Muslims like the Afghani Sunni Pathans /Talibans who crept into the Kashmir valley since 1986 and started separatism and terrorism by instiga- ting the local Muslims, or the Rohingya/ Bangladeshi Muslims from outside India, whom we have not been able to evict till today, as also from within India, OR enough Hindus from other states to keep the demographic balance! For then, there cannot be a discrimination policy, that only Dogras and Kashmiri Pandits or only Hindus can come and settle in the J+K state, and that Muslims, Christians, Sikhs – that is, Indians of other religions, or ethnically different communities- are forbidden!         However, if the Article has to be retained, some way should be found to resettle the Rohingya+ Bangladeshi Muslim refugees, who are not the natives of Jammu, elsewhere in India,e.g, in the Northeastern states where the population is ethnically closer to the Rohingyas (many of  whom are Indo-Mongoloid), and the Art.370 does not exist, instead of Jammu; OR, in Ladakh, which is also populated by Mongoloid people, and would be the easiest place to shift them to, if it is not possible to drive them out from India, nor settle them in Kashmir Valley, or in the NE, since our Government has much sympathy for them.     In that case, Ladakh which anyway is ethnically and religionwise different and separate from Jammu, and an annexed territory, may remain with the Kashmir Valley(with which it is connected through the Bandipora district of the Valley), under the Muftis and Abdullahs as part of the State of Kashmir and Kargil-Ladakh for the time being. Kargil can be separated subsequently.               The bi-/trifurcation will also facilitate the local Hindus and Buddhists of Jammu+ Ladakh respectively to exercise their regional majority rights, and to vote a Hindu or Buddhist Chief Minister to power in Jammu and Ladakh!                                                                                             The PROBLEM is,”WHO Will Bell The Muftis and Abdullahs to make them acquiesce to this type of Amendment for Bifurcation of J+K for Administrative Convenience, and HOW, even if there may not be any Constitutional Contra- indication to it?       This Objective can’t be achieved by imposition of the President’s Rule, for the forthcoming Prez and the present Governor Vohra are more likely to support the Central Govt., and as a corollary, the J + K Govt. (It is not known if some staunch and powerful Hindu like Jagmohan is there now who can be appointed as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir). Therefore, the People of Jammu will have to adopt some other strategy, like ‘Munh Khulwaneke liye Naak Dabaana’! This can perhaps be induced by making it understood to ‘Whomever It May Concern’ that ignoring or taking unduly for granted the allegience of people of Jammu, Kashmiri Pandits and the people of Ladakh, will cost Central Govt the votes of the People of Jammu and Ladakh besides the Kashmiri Pandits who have been appealing for ‘Panun Kashmir’ since three decades, in the future! If utterly necessary, the support of the entire lobby of the Hindu allies of BJP viz. RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, Shiv Sena and VHP, may have to be roped in to bring pressure on the topmost concerned BJP leaders in the Govt, like Home minister, Party President, BJP National Secretary etc. and on the local Muslim leaders,             for agreeing in the parliament to separate Jammu from Kashmir soon to protect the culture of the Dogras,as they were the Original Rulers of Jammu-Kashmir till independ- ence from the British and dissolution of the PrincelyState,on which Kashmir was bestowed by the British, Not vice versa. So the Hindu  Dogras should not be allowed to be reduced to a minority and crushed by the Muslim Chief Ministers of the state- Mufti/ Abdullah, and if such a situation has come to happen due to the linking of J+K as one state, which leads to the whole state becoming a Muslim majority state,  with the consequence of only Muslims succeeding in being elected as the Chief Ministers, and the Muslim separatists of the Kashmir valley forming the JK -Liberation Front, thinking the Whole State of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh belongs to them, that is a sinister develop- ment and is a strong ground for early dissociation of the Hindu majority Jammu province from the Kashmir Valley, before its majority status is wiped out by infil-tration of outsiders like the Rohingya and Bangladeshi Muslims, with the connivance of J+K Chief Ministers! After all, Jammu was the original kingdom of  the Dogras, while Kashmir was a land ‘sold’ to the Maharajah of Jammu by British, not the other way round. So now if the buyer state Jammu wishes to free itself from diminution by the residents of the purchased land, and become a separate province, independent of Kashmir, but under Article 370, has it no legal or moral right to do so?                           Point for Thought!