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Why Bhagavad Gita should be compulsorily taught in Schools in India

Why Bhagavad Gita should be compulsorily
Should Bhagavad Gita be compulsorily taught in Schools in India?

The Bhagavad Gita has been inadvertently brought into the ambit of public discourse in the past few months. The question that has deeply divided opinions among various religious scholars, government and political parties is a very simple one. Should Bhagavad Gita be taught compulsorily to children in schools? This seemingly simple and innocuous suggestion has been made the subject of fiercely fought debates those who studies and learned Bhagavad Gita but not on national news channels. The media coverage around this issue has taken an inexplicable turn as it has been seen with conjunction to the idea of secularism. For the purpose of being objective and unbiased, let’s try to answer the question in a purely logical way.

Noble Book Rich of Excellent Examples

As we all know, Bhagavad Gita is a Hindu scripture with 700 verses which forms a small part of the epic Mahabharata. Written in a narrative tone, the scripture is essentially an insightful and profound conversation between Lord Krishna and the Pandava prince, Arjuna. The text contains the counsel of Lord Krishna as he helps Arjuna to address a moral dilemma. It encompasses the answers to some of the most common trials and spiritual questions that a man faces throughout his life such as fulfillment of his/her duties, attainment of liberation and many more. How can then a profound scripture addressing the most innate issues of human life be harmful to school going children. Consider this verse from the book for instance.

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हिन्दू धर्म : एक जीवन दर्शन, ना कि एक विचारधारा

हनद धरम एक जवन

भारतीय परम्परा और संस्कृति में शाश्वत जीवन मूल्यों को हीं 'सनातन धर्म' कहते हैं। कालान्तर में  टिप्पणीकारों न इसे हीं 'हिन्दू धर्म एवं दर्शन' के नाम से संबोधित किया। आधुनिक काल में विचारधाराओं पर आधारित लिखित इतिहास में 'हिन्दू' एवं 'धर्म' के बारे में जनमानस में विकृत सोच पैदा की गयी। यदपि भारतीय चिंतन में धर्म, विचारधारा (Ideology) का नहीं अपितु जीवन दर्शन (Life Philosophy) का विषय है फिर भी जनमानस में इसे विचारधारा  के रूप में हीं प्रस्तुत और प्रसारित किया गया। सभ्यता के इतिहास में शायद हीं किसी शब्द के साथ इतना छेड़-छाड़ किया गया हो जितना की "हिन्दू और धर्म" के साथ किया गया है। परिणामतः लोगों में अपनी हीं संस्कृति के प्रति भ्रम पैदा हुआ। कहना न होगा, यहीं भारतीय वैदिक समाज में हींन भावना पैदा करने, एवम विघटन का एक प्रमुख कारण रहा।                                               

पुनः आधुनिक इतिहास साक्षी है कि कालक्रम में बाहरी आक्रान्ताओं के द्वारा भारतवर्ष का लूटपाट,धन का दोहन, तथा इस्लामिक एवं यवन सत्ता तंत्र ने भारतवर्ष का जितना नुकशान नहीं पहुँचाया उससे कहीं अधिक नुकशान विचारधाराओं पर आधारित  विद्यालयों एवम् विश्वविद्यालयों में पढ़ाया जाने वाला पाठ्यक्रम और उससे बनने  वाली मनोदशा  ने पहुंचाया।         

विचारधारा का हीं दुष्परिणाम है-आज पश्चिम बंगाल में आतंकवाद का मोड्यूल। एक समय राष्ट्रवाद, संस्कृति, कला तथा साहित्य के क्षेत्र में देश का गौरव बढ़ाने वाला राज्य हिंसा,लूट-पाट, तथा कुव्यवस्था का प्रतीक है। करीब -करीब यहीं हाल पुरे देश का है। सत्ता लोलुप दलों एवं नेतावों ने इसे पुरे देश में फैलाया। कहना न होगा कि गाँधी जी द्वारा खिलाफत आन्दोलन के विचारधारा को समर्थन देने से यह रोग स्थायी हो गया और साथ हीं राजनीति में तुष्टिकरण की भी शुरुवात हुई। देखते-हीं-देखते नेतावों के द्वारा इसका उपयोग जाति-वर्ग में भी किया जाने लगा।

पुनः,आधुनिक कालखंड में भारतीयता को 'तोड़-मरोड़' कर प्रस्तुत करने के उत्तर्दायित्व जिस 'विचारधारा' ने किया उसे  सम्मिलित रूप से "वामपंथ" या साम्यवाद और मार्क्सवाद कहते हैं। जैसे-जैसे  वामपंथ नामक यह महामारी देश में फैलना शुरू हुआ,नाक्सलवाद,माओवाद,आतंकवाद,समाज एवं परिवार का विघटन तथा धर्मांतरण आदि जोरों से शुरू हो गया। वर्तमान NDA सरकार के स्वच्छ भारत अभियान का एक हिस्सा इस गन्दगी की सफाई भी होनी चाहिए।

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Remove Article 370 to salvage Kashmir from Al Qaeda

Remove Article 370 to salvage

For some years now, the Kashmir Valley has been witnessing the most sleazy and abysmal form of jihad by way of ‘stone pelting’. The youth of Kashmir have been robbed off their ability and manliness to cut or chisel rocks for building of society and India. For this they must depend on the labour from outside the Valley. It is this labour which has created the recent Chenani-Nashri Tunnel linking Jammu with the Valley.

Weaned on Wahhabi or Salafi Islam, the life of youth in the Valley is self-destructive. Every stone that is hurled at the security personnel is also a hit on Kashmiriyat and ancestors of the stone-pelters. A segment of the population which treats its geography and history as its enemies, is certainly in the brink of destruction.

If conversion to another religion manifests in hatred for inherited ancestors and ethnicity, surely then security analysts must reflect on those streams of religion which cause ‘terrorism’ and lead to the phenomenon of self-destruction and suicide bombers. The stone-pelting facet of terrorism in the Valley has been the consequence of years of religious ferment. The whole country was aware of this ferment, the Kashmiri Hindus even suffered on that account, and yet we never had the intellectual courage to confront it. It is possible that probably the non-Muslims of India did not exercise their intellect on the study of various schools of Islam like Wahhabi, Salafi and Deobandi.

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A short and concise ‘Manifesto for a Liberal Hindu’

A short and concise

Extremely eminent intellectual and one of the greatest thinkers of our times, Sagarika Ghose had written an article asking Liberal Hindus to write their own manifesto. As her suggestions, nay, commandments are binding upon the people of this nation, I have written a short and concise Liberal Hindu Manifesto. It will help all unwashed Hindus to be liberal and intellectual like Lady Sagarika. Someday, I hope to see this manifesto enshrined in our constitution as well: 

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WE, THE LIBERAL HINDUS OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to release a liberal manifesto, as ordered by the patron saint of liberalism, Saint Sagarika, do hereby declare that,

We may, at home, observe the Puja secretly, but on social media, we will dismiss all Hindu rituals as ‘mumbo-jumbo’. At the same time, we will visit some Dargah and click selfies with the skull-cap and dupatta over our heads.

We will, tweet about our dogs getting sick of Diwali firecrackers. We will also outrage against the Yulin dog festival and post heart-rending pictures of dogs in cages. We will also outrage against Jallikattu and write substandard blogs about how cruel the sport it. However, we will not break our silence over Eid slaughter. We will also refer to Gaurakshaks derisively, because cows are not animals worthy to be saved, except when we are talking about Jallikattu.

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Are Hindus Cowards?

Are Hindus Cowards

In the wake of Al Jazeera Channel – قناة الجزيرة الفضائية’s shameful interview of Ram Madhav RSS, where they tried to equate Narendra Modi & Hindus with ISIS, with hardly any protest from both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian Media, the question needs to be asked again:
ARE HINDUS COWARDS ?

“Muslims are bullies and Hindus cowards”, the Mahatma Gandhi once said. He may be right – at least about Hindus: there has been in the past 1400 years, since the first invasions started, very few Shivaji’s and Maharana Pratap’s to fight the bloody rule of the Moghuls, or hardly any Rani of Jhansi’s to stand against the humiliating colonial yoke of the British. If a nation’s soul is measured by the courage of its children, then India is definitely doomed: without the Sikhs, whose bravery is unparalleled in the more recent history of India, Hindus would have even lost additional land to the Muslim invaders and there would have been infinitely more massacres of Hindus by Muslims during the first weeks of Partition.

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Why 'Secularism' is not an Indian Concept

Why Secularism is not an Indian Concept

The concept of secularism was imported into India by the British. It was  a strategic tool to suppress and deny India’s quest for  independence by repeatedly asking the Indian National Congress that  was predominantly Hindu, to address the concerns of the minorities,  says Sanjeev Nayyar

Narendra Modi rattled the Congress by accusing it of hiding its inability to  govern under the burkha of secularism. This statement has once again brought the issue of  secularism into national focus.

Every leader claims to be secular. No one is asking, however, what is the  meaning of the word secular?

This article seeks to provoke thought by giving the origin of the word  secular and benchmarks, briefly, it with other countries worldwide.

The founders of the Constitution deemed it appropriate to use the concept  of secularism without spelling out its meaning. The word ‘secular’  was made part of the preamble of the Indian Constitution during the  Emergency (1975-77). However, the word was left undefined.

During the Emergency, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi made the word  ‘secular’ part of the preamble of the Constitution but did not  define it. When the Janata Party came to power in 1977 an attempt was  made to define ‘secular republic’ to mean a ‘republic’ in  which there is equal respect for all religions’. The Janata  government had a majority in the Lok Sabha but was in a minority in  the Rajya Sabha where it was voted down by the Congress.

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Shades of Hindutva– Examining challenges from within and without

Shades Of Hindutva Examining  1

Hindutva, a stock of knowledge and way of life unique to Indian civilisation, is being viewed differently and is facing challenges from within and without. On January 21, M. Venkaiah Naidu, India's Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, tweeted: "Feeling immensely motivated by seeing the great Hindu monk of India, Swami Vivekananda, who has taken…[the] message of Hindutva across the globe. Naidu made the comment after visiting the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari. In this sense, Hindutva is seen as a universal way of life, and was presented in this meaning by Swami Vivekananda at the Chicago Parliament of the World's Religions in September, 1893. In Chicago, Vivekananda had stated: "We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true.

On January 25, Ramachandra Guha, a noted Indian historian who describes himself as a "lapsed Marxist", tweeted: "I admire aspects of Hinduism and am a Hindu too… I am opposed to Hindutva and Hindu bigotry. Guha's tweet got a rejoinder the same day from Sudhanshu S. Singh who works in the humanitarian sector: "There are no clear-cut definitions of Hinduism and Hindutva. Often people abuse Hinduism in the name of Hindutva."4 In short, Hindutva – as a way of life, as a corpus of cultural practices, as a civilisation and as a religion and spirituality – has acquired a set of contentious meanings in Indian society.

The English word "Hinduism" does not reflect it completely due to its association with "ism" which denotes "ideology."The word "Hindutva" too is not a complete translation of "Hinduism" insofar as it conveys a sense of ideology. For example, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) website views Hindutva as an ideological movement, stating:

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