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September 27, 2008

What India needs…

Filed under: India, politics, social change — neosurya @ 08:25

This post is related to an email exchange with a classmate from Engineering College.
The full post is here:
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=df2d7wp6_0cz8qhngm

I have reproduced my reply here:

Hi XYZ,
This attitude is self-destructive. The divisive shit in our country is more an attempt by external “friends” to destabilize the nation, than by a situation that developed in-house. Unfortunately, our people are falling for it hook line and sinker. We are ourselves pushing each community into its own corner. There are divisive people everywhere in the political scenario, both among Hindus, Muslims, and other religious communities. It is they who benefit from divisions, not the common man.

In addition, this is not simply a question of one community. It is a question of how India as a Govt treats its many castes, sub-castes, religions, and cultural differences. What is happening to one community in Gujarat is being played out to others in North East, to someone else (Pandits) in Kashmir, to Gorkhas in Darjeeling.

India proactively needs to to straighten its law, get rid of caste, religion and un-necessary weight from its governance, and take care of the Indian citizen. It is imperative to not divide citizens into North East, article 370, upper caste, lower caste, section *.* etc…. We need Patels, Tilaks and Azads as examples at this time, not a Nehru, not a Gandhi, and definitely not a Modi or a Geelani.

There are deep reasons for the last paragraph, and to learn more, please check out:
http://freedomteam.in/. BTW, I am taking the liberty to send this to some of our friends. I am +ve you must have sent the earlier email to some of our folks from school, and it would be nice for them to hear both sides of the coin.

– SP

PS:
Let the Christian-dominated nations say something about Hindus, and our so-called “Nationalistic Hindus” will realize how it feels. Hindu mainstream had been a target of popular Western Govts in the past, though it is mellowed down in the current time and age. If that happens again, the danger of leaders like John Howard will become evident. If you read our religious history, this was primarily why Vivekandanda was worked up during his time. His approx words in a talk: If every Hindu would take a handful of mud and throw it at the west, it is less than the collective mud you have thrown on our civilization.

Hindu bashing is not something that is not happening. Look at the school books scandal in California. http://www.capeem.org/aboutmore.php

http://buffalo.aidindia.org
http://freedomteam.in/

BTW, before anyone gets bright ideas – I have the utmost respect for all our leaders. Especially Mahatma Gandhi. I just think that the current era needs someone like Patel more than Gandhi. I am also skeptical of finding a Gandhi. If our generation creates a Gandhi, I would be surprised, but very pleasently surprised. Waise, आजकल दुनिया में आत्माओं की कमी है, महात्मा कहाँ से मिलेंगे; There is a dearth of souls in this world, from where will we find a “great” soul.

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1 Comment »

  1. I read your email exchange with your friend from engineering college. It reminds me of what Albert Einstein said…” A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

    Comment by Kay — September 28, 2008 @ 01:43


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