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Islamic terrorism has no religion, but Hinduism is Wahhabi Hinduism!

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By Nithin Sridhar

First it was ‘Fascist Sanghi’, then it was ‘Hindu Taliban’ and ‘Saffron terror’, and now finally we have ‘Wahhabi Hinduism’. The left-liberal brigade appears to be getting bolder and bolder or maybe they are simply executing a pre-conceived agenda considering how well they are in setting agendas and creating narratives.

Whatever may be the intention, the recent statements made by Amit Chaudhuri, author and academician, is significant in many senses. While speaking at the Times LitFest, Delhi on Monday, Chaudhuri said: “The BJP with its slow development of Wahhabi Hinduism is decimating the pluralism of the religion”.

Whether BJP is developing any kind of Hinduism or not, the fact that the criticism of BJP ended up in branding Hinduism as Wahhabi is not only incorrect and objectionable but it also clearly exposes the liberal hypocrisy.

Let us first understand what ‘Wahhabism’ actually means. Wahhabism which is also sometimes equated with ‘Salafism’ was basically an Islamic movement within the Sunni Islam that started in the 18th century and whose central call was for Muslims to return to their original practices. In other words, the Wahhabism believes in the literal and historical understanding of its scriptures and intends to implement them.

It is this literal interpretation and a call for original practices that has led to Wahhabi movement sponsoring various activities of violence and terrorism, the latest example being the Islamic State (ISIS). The Islamic Caliphate derives its legitimacy from the tenets of Islam and it strictly adheres to the Salafist or Wahhabi interpretation of Islamic texts. Thus, it justifies all its violence, mass murdering, practice of slavery, and other inhuman actions through Islamic texts itself.

The case is not very different from various Islamic terror organizations, including those that are active in India. Yet, the left-liberal propaganda wants people to believe that terrorism has no religion whenever the act of terror has been committed by an Islamist. They will find various reasons and explanations for the Islamists who inflicts violence ranging from poverty to brainwashing but turn a blind eye towards the fact that Islamic terrorism is rooted in Islamic theology.

But, the same liberals have created narratives of ‘Saffron terrorism’ just because a single act of bombing has been suspected to be committed by a group of Hindus. They sympathize with Yakub Menon, who was convicted by the courts for his acts of terror, but demonize Sadhvi Pragya whose trial is yet to reach any conclusion!

It appears that the liberal brigade has realized that they no longer can continue to whitewash the atrocities of Islamists the way they have whitewashed the atrocities committed by Islamic rulers in the past. So, now they are trying to superimpose the atrocities, religious fundamentalism, and intolerance that is inherent in Islam on Hinduism.

Though, this is not a new strategy, the strategy appears to have reached near its final form. From the usage of terms like Saffron terror, Hindu Taliban, Hindutva is the problem and not Hinduism, now finally they have made the declaration about the arrival of ‘Wahhabi Hinduism’.

The fact is, the term ‘Wahhabi’ makes no sense in the case of Hinduism. Hinduism is not a monolith structure. Though it exists on the firm foundation of Dharma (righteousness), it is not confined to a particular belief system or a scripture. True, Vedas are ultimate Pramana. But, Pramana means ‘valid means to Knowledge’. Vedas are indeed ultimate means to the highest knowledge and not set of monotheistic injunctions that cannot be crossed. True, Hinduism does have injunctions and prohibitions, but unlike monotheistic religions, Hinduism has no external authority calls for the implementation of those injunctions or face death. Instead, here each Individual is his own authority whether he wants to implement those injunctions and prohibitions.

But, most importantly, no Hindu scripture, howsoever one may interpret them, calls Hindus to kill or enslave people of other religions. There is no concept of dividing the world into believers and non-believers of a particular theology and calling for the execution of the non-believers. These tenets are present in the Wahhabi Islam, but not in Hinduism. Instead, India is the only country where Jews, Parsis, and even Muslims are not persecuted. So, what sense does it make to call Hinduism as Wahhabi?

A few stray acts of violence do not qualify as terrorism. More importantly, those stray acts of violence committed by a section of Hindu groups do not have scriptural justification, and hence no question of Hindu terrorism. Yet, the liberal brigade continues to claim ‘Islamic terrorism has no religion, but Hinduism is Wahhabism.’

The liberal strategy is becoming clearer by the day. By branding Hinduism as being Wahhabi and portraying themselves as ‘liberal Hindus’ who have abandoned what they consider as regressive aspects of Hinduism, the liberal brigade, it appears, wants to create confusion and hijack the Dharmic narrative of Hinduism. They hope that by hijacking the Dharmic narrative they will finally be able to dismantle the very foundation of Hinduism.

It is high time, the liberal hypocrisy and anti-Hinduism attitude that drives their agenda is realized and exposed.

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Puja for The Spiritualism, Not for Vulgar Entertainment

The westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures" and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those "holy books" only in the drawers of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods' idols !!!

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he westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures"

By Salil Gewali

Any auspicious days in Hinduism are expected to be observed with a complete purity of action and thought. The same holds true for other religions too. As per the Hindu scriptures, the believers are required to stay away from any kind of sense gratifications, particularly when the specific days are dedicated to Gods and Goddess such as Navratri, Laxmi Puja, Krishna Janmashtami, Shivaratri, to name a few. The pathway to devotion and spiritualism should not be “desecrated” by the blot of the brazen entertainment. The scriptures logically explain why it is antithetical, and its adverse consequences.

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Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.

 But, what a huge irony, rather a blasphemy that many people these days have started to choose the auspicious days of Gods to satisfy their base senses. Without a wee bit of regret, a certain class of people holds almost every auspicious day as the most “unmissable” occasion to booze with the friends, and what not, and stagger back home, lol! Such bizarre practices are fast catching now than ever.  Sadly, hardly any conscious people and spiritual organizations stand up and take the right measures to check such godless deviations.

What is quite unpleasant is that such a kind of unholy practices are often being facilitated by certain “Hindu intuitions” as well. On this past Laxmi Puja, the “propitious time” to perform the ritual had fallen between 6 PM to 7:53 PM. Yours truly decided to use that span of time for meditation. But hell broke loose. Apart from fireworks around, the Bollywood songs in high decibel burst forth from a certain Hindu institution quite frustrated the mission.

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Sadhu Sanga Retreat, 2016

 One senior citizen laments – “Nothing could be irreligious than the fact that a favorable time for “puja” is also being used for the wrongful purposes. We rather expect the “Hindu institutions” to teach our children Bhajan, Kirtan, and other spiritual activities, not the loud and feverish parties and disturb others.”

Another college student adds “Having been much disturbed by the noise pollution, I have persuaded my parents to shift our place of residence to elsewhere, not at least near holy places with an unholy mission. I have started to see such institutions with the eyes of suspicion these says.” Is it that our institutions are unable to use their “discretion”, and as a result, they fail to differentiate between right and wrong?  One is deeply apprehensive that Bollywood songs and vulgar dances might as well be included as a part of the “puja ritual” as we have long accepted the fun of fireworks bursting as an integral part of Laxmi Puja which in fact is just an entrenched “misconception”.

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Hinduism is expected to be observed with a complete purity of action

Needless to say, our roar for consumerism has almost drowned the whisper of inherent spiritualism. We are only just sending out the wrong messages. I’m afraid, the whole culture itself might be looked down with derision by other faiths. It might just become a subject of ridicule! It is no exaggeration, such negative notions against the “wrong practices” are all what we often read these days in several newspapers and social media. Do we want others to demean our profound spiritual heritage thus?  I believe it calls for a serious soul-searching.

Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.  It warns in the strongest terms that mankind should absolutely be careful not to fall under the influence of any short-lived sense gratifications. Or else, our endeavor to “practice and preserve” the sanctity of a religion/spiritualism will be a futile exercise.

However, on the other hand, the westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our “scriptures” and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those “holy books” only in a drawer of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods’ idols !!!

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’.

Twitter:@SGewali.