Friday, January 21, 2005

Cry, my beloved India -- Francois Gautier

Francois Gautier highlights the victimization of Hinduism in its land of birth under the rule of a Christian fundamentalist with a nefarious conversion agenda, Antonia Maino, also known as Sonia Gandhi in India.

Francois Gautier writes on Rediff:
Cry, my beloved India

January 21, 2005

I am a Westerner and a born Christian, but even I am ashamed at what is happening in India since Sonia Gandhi, a Westerner and Christian, became the de facto ruler of this ancient and extraordinary country of 850 million Hindus and 125 million Muslims.

Something terrible is happening here. On the one hand, you have the shankaracharya, one of the most respected Hindu leaders, arrested like a criminal on one of Hinduism's most sacred days, even as politicians who have more corruption cases against them than anybody else and others who may even have blood on their hands are made ministers and strut around with security guards in tow.

The tarnishing of the Kanchi mutt's image is nearly complete. Will it ever be able to recover its sanctity, even if the shankacharya is found not guilty?

On the other hand you see a quack like Benny Hinn, who has no standing even in the United States, come openly to India, a country with an overwhelming Hindu majority, to deride idol worship and paganism and convert the poor and the gullible. We see ministers, ex-prime ministers even -- many of them Hindus at that -- coming to the Benny Hinn show, with heads bowed and hands folded like beggars asking for the white man's grace. We see the entire state machinery of Karnataka put at the evangelist's service and laws subverted so he can conduct his fake show.

We see how when 36 innocent women and children were burnt alive in the most horrible manner in Godhra, for no reason other than being Hindus, there is no respect for their memory even, for the truth is now twisted for political purposes with the help of India's Marxists who want Hinduism's death. What a shame!

Hindus are always accused of all the ills and intolerance, but where in the world will you find a Christian supreme leader in a country where there are only 3 per cent Christians, a Sikh prime minister where there are only 2 per cent Sikhs and a Muslim President with only 10 per cent Muslims? Poor Hindus.

This is an insult to India's culture, greatness and intelligence What is even more saddening is the passivity of Indians in the face of what is happening. Only a few voices have been raised in these moments of insanity. India's curse is the disunity among Hindus, their infighting. One is surprised at the lack of reaction even from India's top Hindu spiritual leaders Satya Sai Baba, Mata Amritanandamayi and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Together they hold sway over at least 400 million Hindus. Why don't they form a Supreme Spiritual Conclave along with the shankaracharya? They only have to utter the word and it will be done. But there is disunity even among them.

We are not ashamed of the Christian culture in France; even the American president is sworn in on the Bible. Nor, certainly, is the Congress, which is incapable of finding a worthy Indian leader among its own members, many of whom are intelligent and sincere. By stooping to Sonia Gandhi, they repeated the same old story of India's princes and maharajas betraying each other and bowing before a foreign ruler, be it Aurangzeb or His Majesty's Viceroy. Who betrayed the mighty Vijayanagar empire, the last great Hindu kingdom, to the Muslims? Who betrayed India to the British? Who is betraying India today?

But at least the Congress is true to its ideals. The biggest culprit must be Mr A B Vajpayee who in five years of power did nothing but project a Gandhian image, rather than having India's interests at heart. He and his advisers should stand trial when history is written.

The beauty of it all is that Sonia Gandhi does not have to say or do anything. She does not have to instruct the Tamil Nadu police to arrest the shankaracharya or tell Chief Minister Dharam Singh of Karnataka to attend Benny Hinn's show. Just being where she is, at the top of India's political hierarchy, is enough to ensure that her silent wishes are fulfilled. Everybody is bending over backwards to please her, even anticipating her wishes!

The Benny Hinn show points to not only a renewed effort at Christianisation of India -- something which even the British and the Portuguese could not do -- and a targeting of Hindu spiritual leaders, but also the westernisation of the subcontinent.

It would mean the loss of India's ancient culture, the loss of its unique identity, with India becoming just another nation cloning the West. Even the Muslims and Christians of India, who are like no other Christians and Muslims in the world, would lose something.

Today I feel sad, sad for India, sad for the world. For India is in mortal danger, its eternal Sanatana Dharma is under threat. And if India dies spiritually, the world will also die.

Cry O my beloved India, look what thy children have done to thee.

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Thursday, January 13, 2005

What's going on in Kanchi ? -- T V R Shenoy

Hinduism was dealt an insult in its land of birth when Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha had the Shankaracharya arrested for murder without any evidence.

The Supreme Court orderer him released.

How long will these assaults on Hinduism continue in the name of "secularism" ? When will Hindus wake up and take notice of what is happening ?

Wake up Hindus ! Fight for your Rights ! Fight for Justice ! Say no to Dhimmmitude !

News articles related to the Shankaracharya's arrest are available here.

T V R Shenoy writes on Rediff:

What's going on in Kanchi?

January 13, 2005

When you have the law on your side, hammer away at the law,' the veteran attorney told his junior, 'When you have the facts on your side, hammer away at the facts.'

'Yes, but what does one do if one has neither the facts nor the law to support one's case?'

'Hammer away at the table!'

When Jayendra Saraswati was arrested on the morning of November 12 I thought the Tamil Nadu police must have gathered enough evidence to make a prima facie case, perhaps not enough to get him convicted but sufficient to say that he should be taken into custody.

The first doubts began to emerge when the police began to make its case, and the unspoken thought turned into actual suspicion when K T S Tulsi began trying to revive the ghost of supposed Brahminical prejudice. When a lawyer of his experience speaks of casteism rather than cite hard evidence you know he is hammering on the table.

The Supreme Court put the stamp of its disapproval on the arrest when it chose to grant bail to Jayendra Saraswati. Murder, the deliberate decision to take the life of another human being, is one of the gravest charges in the book, and it should not be granted under normal circumstances to the prime accused in a case. In throwing out all the arguments put forward by Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court has, in effect, raised a doubt over the validity of the case from beginning to end. Using some of the strongest language I have ever heard from the apex court, their Lordships stated in plain words that there isn't even a prima facie case against Jayendra Saraswati.

But it is an open question if such a botched-up job will ever reach the trial stage. On November 11, the Tamil Nadu police said it sought custody of the Shankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham because it wanted to interrogate him with a view to filing the chargesheet. Sixty days later, when Tamil Nadu was forced to release him on the Supreme Court's order, there was still no chargesheet -- nor any indication of when one might be filed. Instead, we see the spectacle of a Tamil Nadu administration teetering between vindictiveness and panic.

The first emotion became apparent when the Tamil Nadu police decided to take Vijayendra Saraswati, the junior Shankaracharya, into custody. The timing is significant, it came mere hours after the order to release Jayendra Saraswati. Vijayendra Saraswati had already been questioned once or twice in the dramatic days following his guru's arrest.

In fact, the Tamil Nadu police themselves had stated that the investigation was complete -- which, ironically, came two days before Vijayendra Saraswati's arrest. Having assured the chief minister that there was 'clinching evidence' of Jayendra Saraswati's complicity -- a claim which she repeated in the Tamil Nadu assembly -- the investigators must now turn around and convince people that it was the hitherto unsuspected junior pontiff who was at fault.

Round Two of the investigation began as badly as Round One. Many people were upset that Jayendra Saraswati had been arrested in the wee hours of Deepavali. His disciple, it turns out, was taken into custody while he was actually performing puja in the Kanchi Mutt. The excuse given in the first instance was that the senior Shankaracharya was getting ready to flee to Nepal in a helicopter. Was there, perhaps, a Star Trek-type teleporter in Kanchi which led to the haste to drag Vijayendra Saraswati away?

The latest move by the government of Tamil Nadu is an appeal to the Supreme Court that Jayendra Saraswati should be kept as far away as possible. Its representative has filed a plea asking that he should be asked to stay away not just from the Kamakoti Peetham, nor even from Tamil Nadu, but from all of South India. In other words, having moved heaven and earth to keep him behind bars the government of Tamil Nadu now thinks it can breathe easier only when the Vindhyas stand between him and them!

What on earth is going on? I used to think that this could be part of an elaborate plan to embroil the DMK courtesy of Appu. To be honest, I didn't take it very seriously upon hearing allegations that the Tamil Nadu authorities were trying to usurp the wealth of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham. But with Vijayendra Saraswati behind bars and the attempt to push Jayendra Saraswati out of southern India altogether, I really don't know what to believe.

To my mind, there is, however, an even graver question than the motives of the Jayalalithaa regime -- the unsolved murder of Sankararaman. I know that Jayendra Saraswati's devotees might be so happy at his release that they might forget the actual victim.

But a crime was committed -- sacrilege in fact, since it took place inside the Varadaraja Perumal shrine. Until his murderers are brought to book there can be no full-stop to this case. May one hope that the Tamil Nadu police display somewhat greater efficiency and honesty of purpose henceforward?
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