Intellectual Terrorism strikes India
By Swami Abayananda Tirtha
Two hundred years ago at Kandahar, Afghanisthan, it wasn’t uncommon to see Hindus perform puja. Today there is only Al-Qaida and Taliban there, and hardly a thousand Hindus. Hundred years ago, the streets of Karachi and Lahore witnessed Vedic events like sankirtana and shraada ceremonies. Today it has vanished into thin air. Fifty years ago, Kashmir had half a million Hindus. Today their plight is ignored by the secular Indian media. Imagine what could happen fifty years from now? Demographic and sociological evidence reveals the systematic elimination of Vedic culture. Of course, one could argue, this will never happen in Mumbai or Delhi or Chennai. Or will it?
Since in most Indian states, domination is not possible for the religious terrorists, they resort to pamphlets distribution and ‘peaceful’ discussions. Where possible, aggression rules roost. For example, the Baptist World Alliance, U.S.A, has financed and established in 1989 the Christian equivalent of the Taliban, the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) for creating an independent Christian nation of Tripura. NLFT terrorists in Tripura systematically carry out kidnappings, rape and murder of Hindus. The NLFT has ordered the Hindus to stay away from celebrating Durga Puja or be killed. NLFT has stated that salvation of Tripura lay only in Christianity and they would eliminate anyone who dared to come in their way.
Terrorism is use of threat or violence, often against the innocent population to achieve selfish political or social ends. (B. Hoffman, ‘Inside Terrorism’, and the Colombia Encyclopedia) When intellectually defenseless and scripturally innocent citizens of the country are attacked with derogatory references to the Vedas, their faith is shaken and eventually destroyed. This is ‘intellectual terrorism’. Most people are not well read in the Vedic scriptures, and out of context passages cited by the missionaries bewilder the followers of the Vedic faith. This is terrorism masquerading as inter religious dialogue. Recently Christian groups have resorted to aggressive campaign by distributing free copies of satya darshini, a book that abuses Hindu gods and goddesses. Islamic scholars too proclaim Prophet Muhammad as the Kalki avatar mentioned in the Allo Upanishad. Most Indians aren’t aware that of the 112 Upanishads, Allo Upanishad finds no mention anywhere. This is a typical concoction, invented to disturb and confuse the pious Hindus.
This is however not a new phenomenon. The British and the Christian missionaries, who conquered India, distorted history to achieve their aim of converting Hindus to Christianity. By reducing the glory of Vedic India, they presented that everything of value was brought to India by Europeans. They maligned the Indian ethos, attempted to reduce the Indians’ self-esteem, and thereby facilitated the conversion process. The conspiracy to distort Vedic Indian history was expressed by Max Mueller in his letter to the Duke of Argyll, written on December 16, 1868, “India has been conquered once, but India must be conquered again and the second conquest should be a conquest by education.” (Makhan Lal and Rajnder Dikshit, ‘Educating to confuse and disrupt’). Lord Macaulay, in his speech dated Feb 2, 1835, revealed to the British Parliament, the glory of Vedic India. The House of Commons Library has documented his honest confession, “I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage.”
In Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi, the terrorists also attack with literature. Irresponsible speech and insidious purpose in spreading knowledge of religion is encouraged as freedom of expression. It’s time the educated Indians wake up from their slumber. It’s their responsibility to present the real picture of Vedic India and save the millions from being misled.
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