Prof. G.C.ASNANI, MSc., Ph.D. (United Nations Service, Rtd.)
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News and Views 26th November 2002
1. Hindus of Jammu-Kashmir State! Now Beware, Danger ahead!
2. India Development and Relief Fund Says They Aren't Funding Hate Campaigns.
3. Helicopter Service for Vaishno Devi Pilgrims.
4. Our Hindus should know a little more of official Christianity than they do now. Some quotations from Bertrand Russel's Book: "Why I am not a Christian?".
Item1: - Hindus of Jammu-Kashmir State! Now Beware, Danger ahead!
1. I am a Hindu refugee from Sindh from the time of Partition of India in 1947-48. At that time, I was 25 years old. As such, I am making statements based on adult experience; conditions for Hindus of Jammu-Kashmir State are now similar to those of Sindh in 1947-48. News media of those times and of today will tell you @#%$-and-bull stories, but please be careful before trusting them. The same is true of politicians of those times and politicians of today, with one difference: Politicians of those times were a shade better than politicians of today in respect of honesty and integrity.
2. As the agitation by Muslims practically all over the united India was gaining strength for Partition of India in late 1930's and 1940's , the Hindus were feeling very uncomfortable and frightened. But Hindu politicians (Congress was the dominant political force at that time; as such Hindu Politicians means Congress politicians at that time) were assuring and swearing that they shall not accept Partition of India; Hindus need not worry; Partition would take place only on their dead bodies, etc. The Hindus trusted their then political leaders.
3. Islam and Secularism cannot exist together; only one of the two can exist, the other has to exit. Under force of Islam, in general, secularism shall exit; if the secularists are Hindus, then all the more certain that Hindus shall run out.
4. This running out of Hindus can be in an orderly manner, with some sort of exchange of population on the basis of religion; but Hindu politicians are so obstinate and theoretical (so long as their theory does not harm their personal interests) that they will not accept defeat of their wrong theoretical assumptions. Those assumptions are based on total ignorance, almost sinful ignorance, coming as it does from people in power in a democratic set-up.
5. Gullible Hindus in Sindh trusted the Hindu politicians who finally agreed to Partition, and that too without exchange of population. Official Partition took place on 14th - 15th August 1947, exactly one year after late Mr. Jinnah, the leader of Indian Muslim League, launched "Direct Action" on 14th August 1946, which direct action meant un-leashing of terror by Muslims on Hindus in the form of murder, loot, rape, riot, burning of property and people, - the usual things.
6. Hindu Congress leaders and political activists could see what was coming; they saw it before and after 15th August 1947. They started making preparations to leave Sindh, renting or buying property outside Sindh on this side of India; I met some of them at Ahmedabad airport while on official duty at Ahmedabad airport. I asked one of my acquaintances about the purpose of his visit to Ahmedabad. He was honest enough to admit that it was in anticipation of Hindus leaving Sindh; they cannot live in Pakistan. I was shocked and pleased also. These Congress politicians were telling gullible Sindhi Hindus that we shall live in Pakistan as Hindu-Muslim Bhai Bhais and they were quietly preparing to leave Sindh; what will happen to the rest of the gullible Hindus? That worried me. I was happy that at least some Hindus could see the logic of Partition and were preparing to leave Pakistan.
7. Before 15th August 1947, but more particularly after 15th August 1947, Hindus of Sindh were very uncomfortable, not knowing when the disaster earlier witnessed on Mr. Jinnah's Direct Action Day will descend on them; the politicians kept on consoling them, which consolation later proved to be totally dubious.
On 6th January 1948, the disaster descended on Hindus in Karachi. Muslims with army of empty trucks invaded the houses of Hindus of Karachi. They started looting of the Hindu houses, taking away even their cooking utensils. Men and women all got frightened, they were prepared to see the loot of their houses but their lives should be saved, in particular the honor of Hindu women folk should not be touched… They closed the doors of their houses and hid themselves on the terraces with doors bolted from inside. The Muslim looters broke open the houses and looted Hindu houses to their hearts' content; resistance from Hindus was threatened with loss of life and honor; the looted material was loaded in the trucks and went off, to be replaced by another set of empty trucks. I myself later talked to those of my relatives who had gone through that experience in Karachi on 6th January 1948.From 7th January 1948, large-scale exodus of Hindus started from Karachi and from the rest of Sindh, including Baluchistan (I had some acquaintances in Quetta of Baluchistan) who started running out.
The Muslim Police of Pakistan started making hay while the sun was shining; money or golden ornaments were taken from Hindus to ensure their safe exit from the border of Pakistan to the new border of truncated India. A few Hindus lost their life, including one of my relatives who had been thrown out from the running train. It was a pathetic situation for the common Hindus who had trusted the politicains' high-sounding talk. In plain language, that talk was just an act of treachery. Quite a few Hindus carried poison in their pockets to be taken by the women if they were kidnapped on the way. My relatives arrived at my place in Ahmedabad along with that poison in their possession!
Sindhi Hindus who managed to save their life and reached the new truncated India did not know where they will live and earn their livelihood. They literally ran here and there; they had no money to pay even for their railway ticket fare.
8. Let it be clearly stated that conditions for Hindus in Jammu-Kashmir State now are now becoming similar to those for Hindus in Sindh in 1947-48. The moral stature and respectability of politicians now is considerably lower than that that of politicians in 1947-48; cheating by politicians is much more intense and widespread now compared to 1947-48.
9. The Hindu community continues to be nearly as muddle-headed as before. Foreign powers are, of course, interested in seeing India dis-integrated completely, if possible.
The Politicians will talk and talk endlessly but do nothing to save the lives and honor of Hindus in Jammu-Kashmir State. At the Centre, it is a coalition of two dozen parties who have two things in common: Loud talking on Secularism and non-action to save the Hindus from disaster.
Let us see how the situation develops.
But Hindus of Jammu-Kashmir State, beware! Hindus of the rest of India also! Your days of disastrous agony are also not far away. You must understand Islam as well as Hindu politicians who are now in the State Assemblies and in the Parliament. Assess their trust-worthiness from what they have been doing and not doing during the last many years.
Item 2: - India Development and Relief Fund Says They Aren't Funding Hate Campaigns
Courtesy: Hindu Press International, 23rd November 2002.
MARYLAND, U.S.A., November 22, 2002: The India Development and Relief Fund,
a Maryland-based charity, has denied allegations that it is raising millions of dollars from nonresident Indians and American corporations and using the money to fund a "hate campaign" in India. A group of Christians have released in New Delhi a report accusing IDRF of being a front organization for the Sangh Parivar and its numerous concerns and of funneling millions of dollars every year to be used by "violent, sectarian Hindu supremacist organizations." "IDRF dismisses the allegations made by the groups as pure
concoction, untruthful and self contradicting," the charity said in a statement on Friday. The report by Biju Mathew, a New York based professor, "is merely a string of allegations, manipulated skillfully by piecing together information available on the IDRF web site," IDRF stated. The statement by IDRF continues, "The allegations do not stand up to any rational scrutiny. Donors to IDRF are among most well-informed of the donors
to any South Asian nonprofit charitable organizations operating in the US. IDRF questions the credibility, motives and the political agenda of these splintered and virtually unknown groups that have launched the Hate Campaign against IDRF. IDRF does not subscribe to any religious, political or sectarian agendas. Furthermore, IDRF does not discriminate against any religion, sect or race in either the collection or distribution of funds."
Item 3: - Helicopter Service for Vaishno Devi Pilgrims
Courtesy: Hindu Press International, 23rd November 2002.
JAMMU, INDIA, November 18, 2002: For hundreds of ailing or aging pilgrims unable to make it to the Vaishno Devi shrine near Jammu because of the difficult terrain, a new helicopter service is a perfect alternative. The helicopter service will be available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., beginning November 19. The management says they hope to make a helicopter available every 15 minutes. The service will cost US$43 for a single journey and $86 for a round journey. "It was an enjoyable ride in the helicopter. All through we have had no problem. I am now planning to bring my mother who can't walk up to the shrine," said Anil Singh, the first passenger who used the new service. Many pilgrims prefer the traditional barefoot climb. But for those who would otherwise not make the pilgrimage, this is a welcome alternative.
Item 4: - Our Hindus should know a little more of official Christianity than they do now. Some quotations from Bertrand Russel's Book: "Why I am not a Christian"
Source: - "Why I am not a Christian" - By Bertrand Russel
Published in Great Britain
by George Allen and Unwin 1957
(Total No. of pages - 256)
Quotations from Bertrand Russel
1. "I think that there are a good many points upon which I agree with Christ a great deal more than the professing Christians do . I do not know that I could go with Him all the way but I could go with Him farther than most professing Christians can . You will remember that He said ' Resist not evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also'.
'Judge not lest ye be judged .'
'If you wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor.
Having granted the excellence of these maxims, I come to certain points in which I do not believe that one can grant either the superlative goodness of Christ as depicted in the Gospels ;....Historically it is quite doubtful whether Christ ever existed at all, and if he did we do not know anything about Him ....There is one very serious defect to my mind in Christ's moral character, and that is that He believed in hell. I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment . Christ certainly as depicted in the Gospels did believe in everlasting punishment, and one does find repeatedly a vindictive fury against those people who would not listen to His preaching - an attitude which is not uncommon with preachers but which does somewhat detract from superlative excellence . You do not, for instance, find that attitude in Socrates . You find him quite bland and urbance towards the people who would not listen to him ; and it is, to my mind, far more worthy of a sage to take that line than to take the line of indignation.
There is, of course, the familiar text about the sin against the Holy Ghost; 'Whatsoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven him neither in this world nor in the world to come .' That text has caused an unspeakable amount of misery in the world, for all sorts of people have imagined that they have committed that sin against the Holy Ghost, and thought that it would not be forgiven them either in this world or in the world to come.
You remember what happened about the fig-tree . 'He was hungry and seeing a fig-tree afar off having leaves, He came if haply He might find anything thereon; and when came to it He found nothing but leaves, for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it : 'No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever,'....This is a very curious story, because it was not the right time of year for figs, and you really could not blame the tree . I cannot myself feel that either in the matter of wisdom or in the matter of virtue Christ stands quite as high as some other people known to history . I think I should put Buddha and Socrates above him in those respects. ( pp 20-24 )
2. "That is the idea - that we should all be wicked if we did not hold to the Christian religion . It seems to me that the people who have held to it have been for the most part extremely wicked....In the so-called ages of faith, when men really did believe the Christian religion in all its completeness, there was the Inquisition with its tutors ; there were millions of unfortunate women burnt as witches ; and there was every kind of cruelty practised upon all sorts of people in the name of religion....You find as you look around the world that every single beat of progress in humane feeling, every improvement in the criminal law, every step towards the diminution of war, every step towards better treatment of the coloured races, or every mitigation of slavery, every moral progress that there has been in the world, has been consistently opposed by the organised Churches of the world . I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organised in its Churches, has been and still is the principle enemy of moral progress in the world.." ( pp 24 - 25 ).
3. "....the teaching of Christ, as it appears in the Gospels, has had extra-ordinary little to do with the ethics of Christian . Franciscans, it is true, attempted to teach doctrine of apostolic poverty, but the Pope condemned them, and their doctrine was declared heretical....The Church opposed Galileo and Darwin ; in our own day it opposed Freud . In the days of its greatest power it went further in its opposition to the intellectual life....The Churches, as everyone knows, opposed the abolition of slavery as long as they dared, and with a few well-advertised exceptions they oppose at the present day every movement towards economic justice.. We sometimes hear talk to the effect that Christianity improved the status of women . This is one of the grossest perversions of history that it is possible to make.." ( pp 27-30 ).
4 . "The Church treats the Mother of Christ with reverence but He Himself showed little of this attitude . 'Women, what have I to do with thee ? (John ii 4) is His way of speaking to her . He says also that He has come to set a man at variance against His father, the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and that he that loveth father and mother, more than Him is not worthy of Him (Matt.X. 35 - 7 ) . All this means the break-up of the biological family tie for the sake of creed and attitude which had a great deal to do with the intolerance that came into the world with the spread of Christianity...The intolerance that spread over the world with the advent of Christianity is one of its most curious features, due, I think, to the Jewish belief in righteousness and in the exclusive reality of the Jewish God....The Church has made much of the persecution of Christians by the Roman state before the time of Constantine . This persecution, however, was slight and intermittent and wholly political . At all times, from the age of Constantine to the end of the seventeenth century, Christians were far more fiercely persecuted by other Christians than they ever by the Roman Emperors. Before the rise of Christianity this persecuting attitude was unknown to the ancient world except among the Jews...Nobody nowadays believes that the world was created in 4004 B.C. ; but not so very long ago sceptism on this point was thought an abominable crime. My great-great-grandfather, after observing the depth of the lava on the slopes of Etna, came to the conclusion that the world must be older than the orthodox supposed, and published this opinion in a book . For this offence he was cut by the country and ostracised from society . Had he been a man in humbler circumstances, his punishment would doubtless have been more severe..." (pp 34-36 ).
5. "To the Protestants the exceptionally good man is one who opposes the authorities and the received doctrines, like Luther at the Diet of Worms . The Protestant conception of goodness is of something individual and isolated . I was myself educated as a Protestant, and one of the texts most impressed upon my youthful mind was 'Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil . I am conscious that to this day this text influences me in my most serious actions . The Catholic has quite a different conception of virtue : to him there is in all virtue an element of submission, not only to the voice of God as revealed in conscience, but also to the authority of the Church as the respiratory Revelation "
( p 82 ).
6. "The evils of Communism are the same as those that existed in Christianity during the Ages of Faith . The ogpu differs only quantitatively from the Inquisition . Its cruelties are of the same sort, and the damage that it does to the intellectual and moral life of Russians is of the same sort as that which was done by the inquisitors whenever they prevailed . The communists falsify history, and the Church did the same until the Renaissance....It is the similarities between Christianity and Communism that makes them incompatible with each other ." ( p 157 ).
7. "That the world is in a bad state is undeniable, but there is not the faintest reason in history to suppose that Christianity offers a way out ." ( p 161 ).
8. "The first World War was wholly Christian in origin.." ( p 161 ).
Note: - Bertrand Russel got Nobel Prize in the year 1950 for Literature.