Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Hindu Religion

Hindu religion is the base of Indian civilization. Descent of God to earth ten times (Dasa avatars), the  Ramayana, the Mahabharata are symbols of war on evil. So are festivals like Dasara, Deepavali etc.

Gajini, Ghori were only looters of a tiny part of our immense wealth. Moguls came to stay and enjoy our wealth.

After the Kalinga war cruel Asoka came under the influence of Buddhism as it was spreading fast. Adisankaracharya traveled  all over India and with his Advaita (an interpretation of vedic culture) rooted out Buddhism from India.

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Muslims destroyed Hindu idols and temples but could not affect Hindu minds.

British, with ‘Whiteman’s burden’ wanted to reform us. When they were not cared for they started onslaught on our culture by introducing English, replacing respect for Sanskrit through which the record of our civilization existed. So we were gradually made aliens to our culture and became apes of western civilization.

IT industry further damaged our ancient culture and we remained aping American cowboys.

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In 1835 Lord Macaulay wrote to British queen for permission to introduce English in India. The reason he gave was Indians looked down on British as they (Indians) had immense wealth and felt that their culture was superior. So destroying their pride was necessary and striking at Sanskrit was the way to subjugate India. Of course, in 112 years they made us a poor country, which did not have even enough food to eat, and left us in 1947.

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Our history tells us that our own people like Jayachandra and brother of Rana Pratap, were responsible for our degradation. Even today some want Pakistan or China to rescue Congress from Modi. This age old malady of backstabbing progressive people is at the root of all our troubles.

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(The opinions expressed in this article are of the author.)

Rajendra Singh Baisthakur
Rajendra Singh Baisthakur
Rajendra Singh Baisthakur had been a Lecturer in English. He is a poet, critic and translator. His interests are Literature, Philosophy and social media.


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