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Meet Prakash Jha who is making a documentary on plight of Pakistani Hindus

An interview taken by Pragya Jha

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Prakash Jha and Anuradha Mishra interviewed by Pragya Jha
Prakash Jha and Anuradha Mishra interviewed by Pragya Jha

Prakash Jha and Anuradha Mishra are trying to do something which will not typically attract attention and support from many because it is neither an election issue nor a vote grabbing matter. Yes, who will like to talk about the plight of displaced Hindus from Pakistan! Well, Prakash Jha and his team have decided to make a movie on this issue. NewsGram’s team member Pragya caught up with them to listen to their ideas and deeds! Here we go:

  1. Tell us about yourself and your production house?                                                 We (Prakash Jha and Anuradha Mishra) are trained from India Today Media Institute in the past, and now own a start up production house P2P Productions and a charitable trust Samvedana.
  1. What inspired you to make this documentary?                                                         We accidentally came to know about these  Pakistani Hindus residing in Delhi while we were making clips on slum of Delhi about 9 months ago. When we first saw the condition of these people in refugee camps, there was a curiosity which kept on increasing to know why they left their motherland and now struggling with basic needs in India. We wanted to know about their life in Pakistan and the difference which came in their lives after coming to India. From a child to the eldest one in the refugee camp, everyone can recount their sufferings for being a Hindu, a religious minority in Pakistan. Basically, they are going through “silent” religious persecution in Pakistan which not many know about and nothing has been ever done to help these people. Since we are trained in audio- visual communications and it’s one of the most powerful media to raise awareness, we have decided to help them through this way.
  1. What is the aim of this documentary?                                                                       The aim of this documentary is to raise awareness globally about the religious persecution of Pakistani Hindus, the reason they are running away to India. We want to use this documentary as a pitching tool for different organisations and authorities which in turn will help in their resettlement who are migrating to India and struggling for basic needs in refugee camps.We are sure the documentary will help them getting many helping hands and things will change in fast pace.
  1. What are the challenges that you are now facing with the documentary?             The biggest challenge that we are facing currently is financial support.  And for that, we are doing crowd-funding , which has garnered a good amount of attention in media. Our aim is not to just make a simple documentary but to market it well in order to get these displaced people some sort of support. We also want to cover as many parts as possible in India where these displaced Pakistani Hindus have taken refuge.                                                                                                                                                                    Related Article: What is my Identity-An Indian or Pakistani5
  2. How are you overcoming these challenges?                                                               As mentioned, we are doing crowd-funding and trying to bring different people along with us to support this cause. We are also talking to different Human Rights Organisations who can support us in this endeavour. We have created a facebook page and a website with a name-”Who am I- Pakistani or Indian” a few months ago to connect with people who want to help these people somehow.
  1. Which are the organizations that are helping you?                                                 Organisations like Hindu Human Rights, London and Global Human Rights Defence are helping us in this endeavor.
  1. How many team members are currently working on this documentary?              There are 2 core team members that are us- Prakash Jha and Anuradha Mishra, and we are completely involved in this project. Besides this, we have 4 other  efficient team members who are involved in some way or the other.
  1. We wish that your documentary reaches a global platform if this documentary comes to be a great success than how it would change the life of the Hindus Pakistani?                                                                                                                     The documentary aims not be a documentary only. It aims to deliver the story with the perspective of these displaced Hindus. The documentary will reach out globally and will be a tool to pitch different human rights organisations, who have ignored these people since forever and we wish to see the change in the positive direction and expect them to help in their resettlement, plus it will surely divert the world’s attention towards the atrocities they face daily in Pakistan and a different kind struggle which goes on after coming to India. Global awareness could end half of their problems. The readers may follow the links for more details: a)  Crowd-funding at Ketto: https://www.ketto.org/whoamifilm               b) Website: http://whoami.p2pproductions.in/ c)  Facebook  page: https://www.facebook.com/whoamip2p/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Akanksha Sharma

    Nice job! Pragya

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Hinduism: The Nine Basic Beliefs that you need to know

Hinduism- the oldest religion in the world is based on certain established beliefs. Read more to find out what these beliefs are.

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justice and Injustice factor of Hinduism
Hinduism of Hindus when compared between justice and injustice

Hinduism being the world’s oldest religion does not have any proper beginning story like the other monotheistic religions like Christianity and Islam do. It has no human founder. Therefore it leads us to the question that if there was no human who started Hinduism then how did its teaching come to being. Well, there is no definitive way to answer this question. What we can answer though are the nine beliefs of Hinduism. Hinduism is a religion which believes that if a person realizes the Truth within himself then only he can reach a point where the consciousness of man and god are one.

Our beliefs determine our thought process and attitude toward life which lead us to our actions. It is said that we create our destiny from our actions. Beliefs regarding matters such as God, soul, and cosmos often shape our perceptions towards life. Hindus believe in a variety of concepts but there are few critical ones which shape the basic belief of Hinduism. The following are the nine beliefs which not exactly very comprehensive but they form the base of the spirituality of Hinduism.

Are you familiar with the various gods and goddesses of Hinduism? Pixabay

All Pervasive Divine Power

  • Hindus believe in a one, all-pervasive Supreme Being who is both immanent and transcendent, both Creator and Unmanifest Reality.
Rig Veda – Wikipedia Commons

Divinity of the Sacred Scriptures

  • Hindus believe in the divinity of the four Vedas, the world’s most ancient scripture, and venerate the Agamas as equally revealed. These primordial hymns are God’s word and the bedrock of Sanatana Dharma, the eternal religion.
Hinduism – Pixabay

Creation Cycle

  • Hindus believe that the universe undergoes endless cycles of creation, preservation, and dissolution.
Hindu Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi, Wikimedia

Belief in Karma

  • Hindus believe in karma, the law of cause and effect by which each individual creates his own destiny by his thoughts, words, and deeds.

Reincarnation and Liberation

  • Hindus believe that the soul reincarnates, evolving through many births until all karmas have been resolved, and moksha, liberation from the cycle of rebirth, is attained. Not a single soul will be deprived of this destiny.
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Belur, Chennakeshava Temple, Gajasurasamhara, Shiva slaying the demon Gajasura. Wikimedia

Worship in Temples

  • Hindus believe that divine beings exist in unseen worlds and that temple worship, rituals, sacraments and personal devotionals create a communion with these devas and Gods.
Hindu dharma
Hindu Sadhguru –  Pixabay

Belief in an Enlightened Satguru

  • Hindus believe that an enlightened master, or satguru, is essential to know the Transcendent Absolute, as are personal discipline, good conduct, purification, pilgrimage, self-inquiry, meditation, and surrender in God.
Hinduism, Hindu temple, Krishna idol
Krishna idol. Pixabay

Propagation of Non-Violence and Compassion towards living things

  • Hindus believe that all life is sacred, to be loved and revered and therefore practice ahimsa, non-injury, in thought, word and deed.
The symbol has been adopted by various religions and cultures across the world.
The swastika is a Hindu symbol of spiritual principles and values. Wikimedia Commons.

Respect and Tolerance for other faiths

  • Hindus believe that no religion teaches the only way to salvation above all others, but that all genuine paths are facets of God’s Light, deserving tolerance, and understanding.

Prepared by Saloni Hindocha (@siatipton)

One response to “Hinduism: The Nine Basic Beliefs that you need to know”

  1. Please use proper words for our culture. There are no ‘beliefs’ in Hinduism. There are only ‘hypotheses’ of Hinduism. Belief is something a person is required to adhere to, even in the face of disproving evidence. It demands a suspension of rational thought which goes against the basic nature of Hinduism. Please do not explain Hinduism using the same terminology used by Abrahamic religions. Or more appropriately, call Hinduism and other non-Abrahamic religions as ‘dharma’ to distinguish their inherent nature. Even religious Shinto-Buddhist Japanese say they have no religion when asked. Also, I do not know how you came up with these nine basic so-called ‘beliefs’. I am a Hindu and have never heard of some of them. Please call them ‘some’ of the hypotheses of Hinduism that ‘some’ Hindus agree with. Disagree with ‘tolerance for other faiths’, respect for other dharma – yes, tolerance – not applicable. This word ‘tolerance’ is required by Abrahamic religions which are intrinsically supremacist. Hence they need tolerance to be able to live in a diverse civil society without the tendency to occasionally commit violence for their religion. A dharma like Hinduism has nothing to ‘tolerate’. A Hindu/Jain/Buddhist/Shinto/Taoist/etc. does not care about the religious ‘labels’ and will easily exchange gods/practices/hypotheses with each other if they make sense or are harmless but satisfy some need. Of course, things that are bad deserve criticism and no tolerance (except for basic human respect). How can anyone attempt to define a culture that has always been and will always be in flux as human knowledge increases? It’s time we restored our so-called ‘religion’ to what it always has been i.e. ancient science.