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  • The Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP) whose leader describes it as a “white nationalist” group, had a permit for an afternoon rally near the state Capitol
  • It was unclear how many TWP members participated, but they were clearly outnumbered.
  • The TYN was believed to be a small group established in 2013

Ten persons were stabbed outside the state capitol in Sacramento, California, after violence broke out between a white supremacist group and counter-protesters, authorities said.

Two of the injured had critical stab wounds, Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Chris Harvey said.

The nine men and one woman were between 19 and 58, the fire department said, adding all had multiple stab and laceration wounds, CNN reported.

The Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP) whose leader describes it as a “white nationalist” group, had a permit for an afternoon rally near the state Capitol, said Officer George Granada, California Highway Patrol public information officer with the Capitol Protection Division.

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Another group showed up “to stop them from carrying on their permit”, he said.

“They (counter-protesters) showed up ahead of time in a large group, probably 300 or more,” Granada said.

“They were positioned around the Capitol to stop them (TWP demonstrators) from carrying on their permit.”

Anti-fascist counter-protestors parade through Sacramento after multiple people were stabbed during a clash between neo-Nazis holding a permitted rally and counter-protestors on Sunday at the state capitol in Sacramento, California, United States, June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Max Whittaker
Anti-fascist counter-protestors parade through Sacramento Image Credits: REUTERS/Max Whittaker

Around 11.45 a.m. PT, TWP members and supporters came out to a location south of the Capitol building, he said. It was unclear how many TWP members participated, but they were clearly outnumbered.

Video showed people running and being pursued by others with sticks. Some of the people hid their faces with scarves and masks.

However, the identities of the victims remain unknown.

The TWP called off its rally and a group of counter-protesters remained on the scene for about an hour. So far, nobody has been arrested, authorities said.

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The TWP claims to be “America’s first political party created by and for working families” and states on its website that “European-American identity is under constant attack by members of American institutions such as the state, education, culture and even churches.”

The Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC), a non-profit organisation that combats hate, intolerance and discrimination in the US, reveals that the TWP was formed in January of this year as the political wing of the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), an umbrella group that aims to indoctrinate high school and college students into white nationalism.

The TYN was believed to be a small group established in 2013. (Source: IANS)

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    This is really insensitive. Ten people were stabbed in rally and no one came to their rescue.

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Dark Connection: Nationalism and Nazi Spooning

Magazines like Ostara, had become wildly popular, calibrating a rising sentiment of nationalism

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Nationalism, Nazi Spooning, Legacy
Many emigrate or take great pains in touring this country, ending up in one or the other camp of some Himalayan guru, holed up in India’s northern mountains, deliberating over yoga lessons, and interpretation of India’s sacred Hindu texts. Pixabay
Ms Tania Bhattacharya
Ms Tania Bhattacharya.

By Tania Bhattacharya

The legacy of anti-colonial freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s activities in Berlin, with Heinrich Himmler by his side, resonated deeply with Indian nationalists back home; especially the ones, who were interested in an armed resistance, much unlike Mahatma Gandhi’s pacifist non-violent struggle. After India achieved independence in 1947, and with the subsequent strange disappearance of Netaji in a supposed aircraft disaster (denied by the government of Taiwan, later), the interest of Indians in the Nazi ideology and mode of functioning, should have died a natural death. Instead, as time has passed, India’s fascination with wartime Germany has irrepressibly bloomed into mirth, freely expressed by obsequious Right Wing Sanghis, and armchair anti-intellectuals, alike. “Only a dictator like Hitler can save the day!” “Iron rule, Nazi style, is what the country needs!” are not uncommonly dished out opinions. This starry-eyed reverence of ours, with a foreign administration that nearly destroyed half of the world, needs a deeper examination. 

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Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose with Adolf Hitler.
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The legacy of anti-colonial freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s activities.

It is not ungodly to love those, that love us back. Perhaps Indian Hindus’ fixation with Germany, has arisen out of this symbiotic relationship. There are no dearth of German natives, who show an unusual interest in the ancient history and ethos of India. Many emigrate or take great pains in touring this country, ending up in one or the other camp of some Himalayan guru, holed up in India’s northern mountains, deliberating over yoga lessons, and interpretation of India’s sacred Hindu texts. But how can a seemingly innocent interest in India by the people holding a certain citizenship, harmonize with ideas of crude nationalism, that go so far as deifying one of the most hated figures of the last century? In the town of Nagpur, centrally located on the map of India, there stands a building with the brazen name of: Hitler’s Den. It has swastika graffiti all over the walls, and is festooned with symbols of Nazi glory. An Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, made the pertinent observation in 2017. The image is incongruous with this nation’s erstwhile role, as the leader of the NAM (Non-Aligned Movement), which had straddled the Cold War, and established peaceful co-existence as one of its founding principles. 

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The Hitler’s Den pool club at Nagpur.

MISSING LINKS

An indigenous movement, praising Germany’s classical past, and exhorting her people to assemble around the Volkisch, folk elements of her pre-Christian history, had taken root in the 19th century. Magazines like Ostara, had become wildly popular, calibrating a rising sentiment of nationalism, with notions of blood, land, identity, athleticism, and hygiene. None of this would have been odd, had it not drawn the attention of a young man, who was in the process of becoming a disgruntled, failed businessman of water colours and oil paintings. From his adolescent years, Hitler visited Volk festivals, and read more than a few copies of the Ostara. The harmless ideas, would fuel his later injunctions of insular patriotism. Disturbingly enough, that insular patriotism would superimpose pseudo scientific social Darwinism, over Germanic folklore and the tradition of magic. Nazi academic Alfred Rosenberg in his rambling account of history titled ‘The Myths Of The 20th Century’ (Mythus des 20. Jahrhunderts) detailed much of Nazi beliefs. 

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Himmler and former German Air Force pilot Hermann Goering, were practicing anti-Christian mystics, who placed their faith in astrology, numerology, and the teachings of eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism. On certain days of the week, Himmler refrained from eating meat, so he could honour the Hindu tradition of Ahimsa, or non-violence. It is interesting, that meat eating was prevalent in Hinduism, until the rise of Buddhism. Once the latter began to steal the flock of the Hindu order in the name of non-violence towards all living creatures, alarmed Brahmins invented the idea of a meat-free Hinduism, hoping to win back converts. Since then, the Sanaatan tradition of India’s ancient identity, has preserved the (borrowed) habit of preferring vegetarianism over omnivorism.

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Cover of the German magazine Ostara. It dealt with Aryanism and German Occultism.

Himmler’s fascination with ancient India and Hinduism; in concurrence with Hitler’s decades old interest in Pagan German occultism; made for a macabre order; where racialist ideas were embellished over legitimate polytheistic beliefs, to create an odd medley, that would satisfy the Nazi party’s need for a new religion. It was to be a religion that instead of worshipping a Palestinian deity, Christ; would instead focus on the rooted divinities of Germanic peoples. 

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Germans attending an early 20th century Volk/Folk gathering.

As an artist of postcards, the young Adolf would wander the back alleys of Vienna, spending the money he had earned from his paintings, eating cream pastries – a favourite of his – visiting the occasional brothel (from where he contracted lifelong syphilis), and practicing yoga in his spare time. As Peter Watson points out in ‘An Intellectual History Of The 20th Century’. For years afterwards, the budding dictator would take great pains in explaining to his audience, how he drew spiritual inspiration from the Indo-Aryan sages of Hindu India, along with the classical philosophers of the Greco-Roman Age.

Nationalism, Nazi Spooning, Legacy
After India achieved independence in 1947, and with the subsequent strange disappearance of Netaji in a supposed aircraft disaster (denied by the government of Taiwan, later), the interest of Indians in the Nazi ideology and mode of functioning, should have died a natural death.

Hitler’s tithe paying Catholicism was a political gimmick, just as Constantine the Great’s had been. He dreamed of dismantling Christianity as soon as the Nazis had Europe in the palm of their hands. He was hoping to replace Christianity, with his party’s pastiche of pro-pagan beliefs.

Nationalism, Nazi Spooning, Legacy
As time has passed, India’s fascination with wartime Germany has irrepressibly bloomed into mirth.

But Hitler’s relationship with India was far more complex as we shall soon see. It was ultimately, a victim of his own racial policies.

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MADNESS IN THE METHOD

Germanic-Scandinavian Polytheism is a vibrant system of beliefs, that unlike its fellow European counterparts, never fully made a departure. The rural populations of Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands, along with those in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland, have essentially maintained intact, large portions of their pre-Christian rituals. Donar’s Oak, the sacred tree which influenced Christianity’s Christmas Tree; and which was ultimately mutilated and destroyed by the Christian fundamentalist monk Boniface; the Poetic Edda, religious ceremonies known as ‘Blots’ (pronounced as BLOW+T); and the mysterious Runic script which remains one of the most fascinating patterns of writing known to archaeologists, have always been close to the souls of the simple masses of western and northern Europe.

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A modern practitioner of Asatru/Germanic-Scandinavian Polytheism, with the tattoo of Yggdrasil, the magical tree.

It were these benign symbols of ancestral faith that the Third Reich sought to exploit, manifold. Modern Germanic-Scandinavian Heathenism goes by the name of ‘Asatru’, but no right-thinking (pun unintended) practitioner, would want to conflate it with the twisted thought process of the Third Reich. 

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Artwork depicting the destruction of the sacred Donar’s Oak/Thor’s Oak by Boniface, in the 8th century, as Scandinavian Pagans protest in vain.

Hitler and his inner circle were not only consumed and infatuated with the Indo-Aryan roots of Hinduism, they looked upon the two holiest fixtures of Norse and Icelandic Paganism, the Sacred ‘Yggdrasil’ tree and the Runic script, as items with magical powers. Insane efforts were made to wring out the same using dark occultist practices, which were then harvested for gains to the Third Reich. In his well-researched book ‘Hitler’s Religion: The Twisted Beliefs That Drove The Third Reich’, author Richard Weikart exposes the Nazi Party for what it really was constituted of; Superstitious itinerants, with a penchant for the irrational. In their hands, Norse-Germanic Heathenism was turned into a mockery of itself, and Hinduism’s Swastika, came to be forever intertwined with the spectre of dehumanization and injustice. This is certainly not what the ancients would have foreseen.

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS

For many modern Hindus, irrespective of ideology, Fascism has come to rest as a desirable method of administration. The love story between Germany’s esoteric existentialists like Frederick Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Arthur Schopenhauer, and the German-American J. Robert Oppenheimer among many others, and Classical Hinduism, which was essentially an Indo-Aryan way of life, is always worth retelling. But such a convenient relationship, cannot be without its riders.

It is a little known fact, that Hitler had a personal meeting with the Palestinian Muslim leader Amin Al-Husseini, who had pledged the support of the Islamic world, to ‘The Final Solution’ which was scripted to force millions of Jews to meet their death. Under the watchful eyes of SS leaders like Heinrich Himmler, Bosnian Muslims had been inducted into the German Fascist Army and indoctrinated for the subsequent pogroms on Jews, East Europeans, Homosexuals, and the Roma (Gypsies).

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Amin Al-Husseini meets with the Fuhrer.

Gypsies are of North and North-West Indian descent. Around the tenth century, they had made their way across the caravan routes of West Asia, to Eastern Europe. Through the centuries due to inter-marriage with local Europeans, the South Asian DNA may have been diluted, but it is present nevertheless. How do Nazi loving Indians hope to circumnavigate the difficult topic of their revered figures, putting to death thousands of Roma in gas chambers, remains to be seen. If these Indians happen to be those that bear an unreasonable hatred of our minority Muslims, how will they explain Hitler’s fond association with Amin Al-Husseini? What do they have to say about the admiration of Indo-Aryan liturgy, by a group of people, who have come to embody the evils of genocide?

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Bosnian Muslim troops of the