Thursday December 12, 2019
Home India India the Hol...

India the Holy Grail of South Asian jihadists

Magazine interviewed member of Islamist militant fraternity who dubbed Hinduism as a ‘filthy, cow-worshiping religion’.

1
//
Wikimedia Commons

Terrorists are not customarily rooting for a particular religion ( as they believe in a ‘civil uniform code’ of eliminating humans) as their current target, though this time they are. All this is mentioned with much pomp in Dabiq. So, you ask what does it stand for!

It is neither one of those lavish magazines which you can flip through while leisurely sipping your cosmopolitan nor among those which you tend to follow while sharpening the barrel of your AK-47 or Kalashnikov, well maybe. Dabiq, a magazine with its glossy pages and state-of-the-art printing may with some oblivion be presumed to be a replica of Forbes, but it aims for the Islamist religious fanatics and not for the industry bigwigs.

The magazine recently interviewed Shaykh Abu Ibrahim al-Hanif, one of the wings of the Islamist militant fraternity, whom they hail as ‘Khalifa’s (Caliphate) soldiers in Bengal’. The group operates on both the sides of Bengal (India and Bangladesh) and one of the members of the group has asserted on their antagonistic feelings for the Hindus whom they believe as having no respect for either the Islamic religion or for that matter toward the Muslims. The ‘soldier’ further adds that the Bengali Hindus has a more implicit way to show their animosity towards the Islamic community while the Hindus of India as a whole have relegated them openly.

Still, one cannot separate this one incident out as a single thing as back in 2015, the militants took the effort to release an e-book in which they have cited PM Modi as a ‘Hindu nationalist’ who is in the process of ‘preparing his people for a future war against their number one enemy – Muslims’. Above all, the Hinduism is described as a ‘filthy, cow-worshiping religion’.
To add more spice to the aggression that has been waging in, PTI came up with a document – ‘A Brief History of the Islamic State Caliphate, The Caliphate according to the Prophet’ last year, one that has been already translated by a Harvard scholar. And the translated version mentions in one place, rather prominently – “attacking in India is the Holy Grail of South Asian jihadists”.

Such instances will certainly instill fear in any rational mind and will expect their elective representatives to relieve the country from such atrocities. The solution to terrorism and religious extremism is rather complex – with the reasons being as varied and exhaustive as American Absolutism to unemployment and deeply entrenched social evils like Communalism and religious dogma.

Time can redeem the wounds and may as well subjugate such extremism, but ignorance and alienation of certain communities can very clearly stem the deep-rooted feelings of hostility once more. (Input from agencies)

 

  • Pashchiema Bhatia

    We talk about Unity in Diversity but with Incidents of religious bigotry coming up such as the Dadri incident, we can easily assume that yet some things are not right

Next Story

Fireworks Might Extinguish the Flame of Laxmi Puja

We can have various kind of festival enjoyments on Festivals but without ever causing problem to others and the environment

0
Fireworks
There is no mention in any corners of the voluminous scriptures of Fireworks blasting during a PUJAS that “upset” the harmony of peace and tranquility of others. Pixabay

BY SALIL GEWALI

If one wants to connect Hindu culture with the senseless bursting of crackers and boisterous fun then he is absolutely wrong. There is no mention in any corners of the voluminous scriptures of Fireworks blasting during a PUJAS that “upset” the harmony of peace and tranquility of others. To disturb others’ tranquility falls under the heading of vices. Preserving the sanctity of the environment, and more importantly, inner purity of mind and heart is the “prime doctrine” of SANATAN DHARMA which is popularly known as Hinduism. This Hindu culture now seemingly run the risk of having been defined by other communities with what is not very pleasant to hear.

Fireworks
It should not be misunderstood ever that Hinduism disapproves of all kinds of fun and frolic. No, it is never so.  We can have various kind of festival enjoyments but without ever causing problem to others and the environment without Using Fireworks.

I’ve overheard many toxic comments against this blatant desecration of auspicious “puja celebrations”. During Holi festival, many people fear to move out of their homes, particularly in certain the plane areas in India. You might be blasted with a bucketful of dirty water by pranksters from the 5th floor of the building. Is this sadism the part of the puja and holi celebration? One is afraid, with each passing year, this festival of color of joy, though having strong spiritual significance, has only painted the very face of Hindu culture with vulgarity and depravity.

Fireworks
If one wants to connect Hindu culture with the senseless bursting of crackers, Fireworks and boisterous fun then he is absolutely wrong.

Matter of fact, peace in one’s life and his efforts to help bring peace in others’ lives is essentially the fundamental basis of Hindu culture and festivals. Practically speaking, there is no devotion to God without “peace”.  Therefore, “Shanti” (peace) is one of the most paramount peace mantras in Sanskrit, not “Ashanti” which, of late, is the hallmark of such Hindu puja celebrations. The profound objective behind this peace mantra, as propounded in Upanishads, inspired even one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century – TS Eliot who underlined it with the purpose of life which he brought out in his epic poem – The Waste Land. That poem finally ends with the same peace mantra — Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

Fireworks
TS Eliot who underlined it with the purpose of life which he brought out in his epic poem – The Waste Land.

It should not be misunderstood ever that Hinduism disapproves of all kinds of fun and frolic. No, it is never so.  We can have various kind of festival enjoyments but without ever causing problem to others and the environment. There are sufficient mentions of fun and frolic, merrymaking even in the spiritual activities — like Krishna LilaRam Lila…; and there exist endless nritya shashtras for healthy recreation. But they all are within the “purview of Dharma”. Ancient sages in their meditation conceived and authored a number of treatises in which we find the elaborate approaches and procedures to evolve oneself spiritually through fun-filled dances and music. There are “ragas and layas” (musical modes and rhythm), which are meant to “recharge” the mind for the meditative concentrationThe objective behind being to climb up the ladders of realization of oneness and universal uniformity.

Fireworks
There are sufficient mentions of fun and frolic, merrymaking even in the spiritual activities — like Krishna Lila, Ram Lila…; and there exist endless nritya shashtras for healthy recreation and not Fireworks. But they all are within the “purview of Dharma”.

However, there is absolutely no scope or prescription for deriving pleasure or fun by causing pain and anxieties to others? How come bursting high decibel fireworks at 2 AM or 3 AM or 4 AM is puja? In fact, it is called “adharma” or irreligion leading to self-degeneration.

ALSO READ: How Automation Can Help Scale Continuous Testing in Agile?

Therefore, it is DIYA, as per Vedas, which symbolizes the LIGHT to dispel the darkness of ignorance, the darkness of vices, and bring forth the light of knowledge to awake the “inherent” divinity. Goddess Laxmi is the “flame” of feminine ENERGY in the infinite cosmic creation. So, indulging in earsplitting fireworks and causing continuous problem to HER creatures, and HER environment, is totally against the fundamental principle of the devotion in Hinduism. Very sadly, with the blasting of the fireworks in the name of Goddess Laxmi we have invariably set off the tank of vices alone.

Salil Gewali is a well-Known Writer and Author of ‘Great Minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali