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Modi not welcome in London: Are ‘Breaking India’ forces at work in UK?

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A section of British Indians on Sunday projected the words ‘Modi not welcome’ along with a symbol of ‘OM’ fashioned after Nazi Swastika, onto the Houses of Parliament building in the United Kingdom (UK).

The projection was part of a protest that is being headed by the ‘Awaaz Network’ against Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to the UK on November 12.

The Awaaz Network, which calls itself a ‘UK-based secular network of individuals and organizations committed to monitoring and combating religious hatred in South Asia and in the UK’, has been running a sustained propaganda campaign against Narendra Modi for the past decade.

In a press-release by Awaaz Network states: ‘He wants to sell the idea of a ‘Digital India’, a ‘clean India’ (swachh bharat) and a developed and self-sufficient India (‘make in India’). The reality is the unleashing of a violent authoritarian agenda that seeks to undermine India’s democratic and secular fabric.’ Further, a flyer released by the group states that Modi ‘incited and presided over systematic, planned, and brutal mass pogrom’ against Muslims in 2002 in Gujarat. It also portrays India as being unsafe for Dalits, minorities, LGBTs and others due to ‘routine’ attacks on them.

The question to be asked is, why is a ‘secular’ organization running a propaganda campaign against the visiting Prime Minister of its own native country?

Is Awaaz Network a Breaking India force?

Though, Awaaz Network claims itself to be a ‘secular organization’, a look at its collaborators reveals that it is closely associated with various Dalit, Islamic and Sikh organizations. Why would a secular network associate itself with Islamic or Sikh organizations?

He is not visiting the UK as a representative of BJP or RSS whom Awaaz Network equates with fascism. Modi is visiting the UK as a representative of India. Hence, an opposition to Modi is an opposition to India and its very identity.

A look at the past campaigns run by the organizations reveals that their secularism and concerns for combating hatred is exclusively limited to running campaigns against Modi and other Hindu organizations like Sewa International, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, etc. It brands all these organizations as communal and sectarian but has nothing to speak about rising Islamic terrorism, Naxalism, or Christian evangelism.

The organization had protested and had successfully prevented Modi’s entry into the UK in 2005 as well. The fact that despite the highest courts in India exonerating Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots, the organization still speaks about Modi inciting and presiding over the violence, clearly exposes their subversive agenda.

What else will explain their current opposition to the visit of Prime Minister of India? Modi is not visiting the UK on a personal basis. He is not visiting the UK as a representative of BJP or RSS whom Awaaz Network equates with fascism. Modi is visiting the UK as a representative of India. Hence, an opposition to Modi is an opposition to India and its very identity.

Jay Jina, in his 2004 article ‘The “awaaz” of empty pots’ published in Asian Voice, writes: “Awaaz stands for peaceful, democratic and co-operative resolution of disputes”. Really? Why then, in a packed website dedicated to this goal, is there no mention of the carnage of tens of thousands and the violent displacement of half a million Hindus and Sikhs at the hands of Islamic fundamentalists in Jammu and Kashmir?…… Awaaz opposes discrimination based on religious belief, caste, class, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, language, nationality and other factors”. Except when it comes to Hindus, apparently! So much so that the building of temples dedicated to Hindu Goddesses within India is considered discriminatory.”

Jay Jina, further continues: “Awaaz opposes the raising of funds in the UK for activities related to religious intolerance, whether in the UK or abroad”. That is so sweet! So much so that channeling of Christian funds to spread hatred, violence, family fissures, cultural displacement and secession in parts of India go unreported? Or that Awaaz has nothing to say on the well-established connection between UK funding and the export of Jihadi terrorism?

This clearly shows that Awaaz Network is simply a breaking India (a term popularized by Rajiv Malhotra) force with an anti-India, anti-Hindu agenda.

Modi represents revival of Bharat rooted in Dharma

This anti-India agenda has manifested in the form of sustained anti-Modi propaganda because Modi represents an idea of Bharat rooted in the Dharma as against an idea of India that calls for imitation of the west. Modi is attacked because he is not apologizing for being a Hindu. He recognizes that the history, culture, and identity of India is rooted in Dharma. This is similar to the idea of Bharat propagated by the likes of Sri Aurobindo and Swami Vivekananda.

But, this idea of Bharat is opposed to those who consider India should discard all its cultural and spiritual roots, and adopt western morality and secularism. In other words, the campaign against Modi is simply a campaign to remove India from its Dharmic roots.

Sanatana Dharma, not Hindutva is the real target

The real target of the sustained campaign against Modi, against Hindu organizations, and Hindutva is actually Sanatana Dharma. The use of symbol OM that has been fashioned to resemble Nazi Swastika in their campaign against Modi clearly establishes this. Hindutva is merely an excuse. Whenever the anti-Hinduism bias of breaking India forces is exposed, they try to cover it by claiming they are only against Hindutva, and not Hinduism.

It is high time that Indians, including those who are outside India, recognized the agenda and the workings of breaking India forces whose only goal is to stop the resurgence of Bharat rooted in Sanatana Dharma.

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  1. It’s an absolute disgrace that these anti modi protesters are using the oum sign to inflict hate.
    This is no work of a hindu. There is a clear anti hindu agenda here.
    Why is awaaz not highlighting the intolerance of other countries that are far worse?
    I’m sure pakistan, china, indonesia, malaysia, middle east etc are all tolerant countries?
    I’m sure hindus, sikhs, jains are treated fairly here? no?

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Demonetisation is what Richard Thaler had long supported. However, he remarked "Really? Damn," when he was informed about the introduction of Rs. 2,000 notes in place of the discontinued Rs. 500 and 1,000 notes thereby highlighting how his joy of seeing a step towards a cashless economy and reduction of corruption was momentary.

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Richard Thaler won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on 9th October.Wikimedia

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to scrape Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes last November, Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler supported demonetization describing it as a policy that he had long supported.

Dr. Richard Thaler, a Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Chicago won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on 9th October.

Did Richard Thaler really support demonetization in the way BJP took it? There is more to the story than what meets the eye.

As soon as Thaler was declared the Nobel Prize winner, members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) started sharing Thaler’s tweet regarding demonetization on social media affirming that the move which was severely criticised by the members of the opposition was actually supported by a Nobel Prize winner. The BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya retweeted the old tweet within a fraction of a second.

However, Richard Thaler remarked “Really? Damn,” when he was informed about the introduction of Rs. 2,000 notes in place of the discontinued Rs. 500 and 1,000 note thereby highlighting how his joy of seeing a step towards a cashless economy and reduction of corruption was momentary.

It was not only the BJP supporters but also a large number of BJP leaders who were flowed away with incomplete picture depicted by Malviya and tweeted about it.‬ This included Union Minister Giriraj Singh, former BJP IT Cell Head Arvind Gupta, and many others.

Soon after, twitterati realized that the full picture of Thaler’s statement on demonetization was rather hidden.

Prime Minister Modi declared that the motivation behind scrapping Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes was to promote cashless economy and reduce corruption. This decision was severely criticised by different sections of the society putting on Modi the ultimate responsibility for heralding economic deceleration. Demonetisation pulled down India’s GDP growth rate to a mere 6.1% in 2016-17.

Some highlighted that the introduction of Rs 2000 note was an ephemeral panacea for remonetization and that its printing has been terminated.

-Prepared by Mohima Haque of NewsGram, Twitter: mohimahaque26

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Modi pens foreword for Hema Malini’s biography

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New Delhi, Oct 13 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has penned a “short, crisp and sweet” foreword for “Beyond The Dreamgirl”, an authorised biography of actress and BJP MP Hema Malini.

The book, by former editor of Stardust and producer Ram Kamal Mukherjee, will be launched on October 16, when the “evergreen beauty” turns 69. Its launch also marks the celebration of Hema Malini’s glorious run of 50 years in Indian showbiz.

“Our PM has written very briefly in the book about his feelings for Hemaji. It’s short, crisp and sweet, not rubble and bubble. It’s an honour for me as an author and for Hemaji also that it is perhaps the first time that an active Prime Minister has written a foreword for a book on a Bollywood actor,” Mukherjee told IANS over the phone from Mumbai.

Having started her film career in 1968 with Raj Kapoor-starrer “Sapno Ka Saudagar”, she regaled movie buffs with roles in films like “Seeta Aur Geeta”, “Sholay”, “Dream Girl” and “Satte Pe Satta”. An accomplished classical dancer, Hema Malini earned the epithet of ‘Dreamgirl’ for her flawless beauty, and became a pioneering female superstar in an otherwise male-oriented film industry.

In 1999, Hema Malini campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate in the Lok Sabha elections in Gurdaspur, Punjab. She is now a BJP MP from Mathura constituency.

“I guess it’s all because of Hemaji’s credentials and contribution to art and cinema that Mr Modi agreed to pen the foreword. When I was interacting with his office, they were very happy that Hemaji did not just limit her talk in the book to Bollywood,” said Mukherjee, who had in 2005 released a coffee table book called “Hema Malini Diva Unveiled”.

“Beyond The Dreamgirl”, published by HarperCollins India, will give readers an in-depth look into her life.

“It is divided into 23 chapters, covering her childhood, teens, Bollywood, rise as an actor, romance, colleagues, marriage, her second innings, launching Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Dil Aashna Hai’ — which she directed — her ballet, her political journey and spiritual journey. There are two chapters dedicated to her daughters Esha and Ahana.

“She has also spoken about her Agra accident and her singing career. We have summed it all up with a chapter called ‘Bliss’. This book will also have Hemaji’s family tree, which has not been published earlier, and there will be a lot of exclusive unseen photographs from her personal, professional and political spheres,” Mukherjee said.

The ageless talent has shared an insight into her life with Dharmendra as well as spoken on political figures like Modi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L.K. Advani and Sushma Swaraj.

How did Mukherjee get Modi to pen the foreword?

“It was not something thought of when I started writing the book two years ago. I started my research and wanted somebody else to do the foreword,” he said, without naming the film industry person whom he had approached.

“It was almost like a miracle to have Mr Modi write for us. When I discussed it with Hemaji, her first expression was, ‘I hope you know what you’re saying. I know you’re under pressure, but I think you’re losing your mind’.

“When I said there’s no harm in trying, she said, ‘You try and do whatever you want to do’. Then it was a process.”

The writer feels it’s the actress’ constant effort in promoting Indian classical music and dance through her ballets on Hindu mythological characters like Durga and Meera, which Modi appreciates.

“I think Mr Modi liked her inclination towards classical dance and music and how she promotes it at international platforms. I think this is a USP of Hema Maliniji, apart from she being Hema Malini. And I guess that’s also what justifies the title of the book.”(IANS)

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Are We Hindus If We Live in India? The Answer to Contentious Question is Here

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Hinduism. Pixabay

Oct 06, 2017: Have you ever wondered what being a Hindu means? Or who is actually fit to be called a Hindu? Over centuries, Hindus and Indians alike have asked this question to themselves or their elders at least once in their lifetime.

In the 1995 ruling of the case, “Bramchari Sidheswar Shai and others Versus State of West Bengal” the court identified seven defining characteristics of Hinduism but people are still confused to what exactly defines being a Hindu in the 21st century. It’s staggering how uninformed individuals can be about their own religion; according to a speech by Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya there are various common notions we carry about who a Hindu is:

  • Anyone born in India is automatically a Hindu
  • If your parents are Hindu, you’re are also inevitably a Hindu
  • If you believe in reincarnation, you’re a Hindu
  • If you follow any religion practiced in India, you’re a Hindu
  • And lastly, if you are born in a certain caste, you’re a Hindu

After answering these statements some fail to remove their doubts on who a Hindu is. The question arises when someone is unsure on how to portray themselves in the society, many people follow a set of notions which might/might not be the essence of Hinduism and upon asked why they perform a particular ritual they are clueless. The problem is that the teachings are passed on for generations and the source has been long forgotten, for the source is exactly where the answer lies.

Religion corresponds to scriptural texts

The world is home to many religions and each religion has its own uniqueness portrayed out of the scriptures and teachings which are universally accepted. So to simplify the dilemma one can say that determining whether someone belongs to a particular religion is directly related to whether he/she follows the religious scriptures of the particular religion, and also whether they abide to live by the authority of the scriptural texts.

Christianity emerges from the guidance of the Gospels and Islam from the Quran where Christians believe Jesus died for their sins and Muslims believe there is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his prophet. Similarly, Hinduism emerges from a set of scriptures known as the Vedas and a Hindu is one who lives according to Dharma which is implicated in the divine laws in the Vedic scriptures.By default, the person who follows these set of religious texts is a Hindu.

Also Read: Christianity and Islam don’t have room for a discourse. Hindus must Stop Pleasing their former Christian or Muslim masters, says Maria Wirth 

Vedas distinguishes Hindu from a Non-Hindu

Keeping this definition in mind, all the Hindu thinkers of the traditional schools of Hindu philosophy accept and also insist on accepting the Vedas as a scriptural authority for distinguishing Hindus from Non-Hindus. Further implying the acceptance of the following of Bhagwat Gita, Ramayana, Puranas etc as a determining factor by extension principle as well.

Bottom Line

So, concluding the debate on who is a Hindu we can say that a person who believes in the authority of the Vedas and lives by the Dharmic principles of the Vedas is a Hindu. Also implying that anyone regardless of their nationality i.e. American, French or even Indian can be called a Hindu if they accept the Vedas.

– Prepared by Tanya Kathuria of Newsgram                                                                

(the article was originally written by Shubhamoy Das and published by thoughtco)

One response to “Are We Hindus If We Live in India? The Answer to Contentious Question is Here”

  1. Hindu is a historical name for people living “behind the river Indus”. So, everyone living in India is a Hindu, eventhough he might have a different faith.

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