As of now, there are 193 nations in the world. Some are democratic like the USA, the U.K., India and many other, some are dictatorships like Cuba, some are absolute monarchies like Brunei, Saudi Arabia. Have you ever thought that why there are different nation states and not a single large one? It is because of the different identities of people. For example, the way British perceive themselves Americans may not. And the way American see themselves Indians may not. People have different identities and their nation state is based on that identity.
How a nation’s identity is formed? National identity is not an inborn trait but essentially socially constructed. A person’s national identity results directly from the presence of elements from the “common points” in people’s daily lives: national symbols, language, colours, nation’s history, blood ties, culture, music, cuisine, radio, television, and so on. Under various social influences, people incorporate national identity into their personal identities by adopting beliefs, values, assumptions and expectations which align with one’s national identity. People with identifying with national views find them personally meaningful, and translate these beliefs and values into daily practices.
If we talk about the traits of the identity of India it seems to be influenced by Hinduism greatly. Whenever the west think of India, it think of it as a land of Yoga, colourful festivals mainly Holi and Diwali. Birthplace of Buddhism, Jainism, Shikism and many other. All those things that form the identity of India abroad are the legacy of its ancient Hindu culture.
Many Indians do not acknowledge their ancient Hindu ancestry instead they maintain distance from it for certain obvious political purposes. They claim India to be a secular nation and deny the Hindu identity of India. India is a secular country, there is no doubt about it. Although Indian concept of secularism is quite different from the western one. In the west, secularism stands for the separation of state from the Church. For example, England is not secular because Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of the State as well as the Head of the Church of England. On contrary countries like France are secular.
In India, secularism is a principle on which Indian state is believed to based according to which state cannot discriminate among its citizens on the basis of their religion. The state cannot deny any service to any particular group or cannot provide any special privilege to any religious group that another group is denied. On paper, it seems an amazing idea to govern a diverse nation like India. But it is of no use if it is not implemented honestly, neutrally, and without any ill will or political greed.
Let’s see that has been happening on the ground since independence.
The Muslim Question
Partition of India is the most painful episode of Indian history. It achieved nothing. It bifurcated an ancient continuing civilisation to fulfil the political greed of certain politicians and went on to create a failed state called Pakistan. During partition, millions suffered. People lost their property, their family, future prospects, their life. During partition, most sufferings were faced by women.
Partition of India created two independent dominions of India and of Pakistan. Pakistan would be Muslim homeland and India would be the homeland for Hindus. Now the question arises when Pakistanis created a Muslim Nation then why some Indian politicians are so resolute to impose a secular state.
When a Muslim nation was cut out of India it was felt that the remaining is a Hindu Rastra. Possibly because of this the terms ‘Secular’ and ‘Socialist’ were not inducted in the preamble of the constitution at that time. These words were inducted in the preamble after the 42nd Constitutional Amendment Act.
Now if you think about the deal. The deal was to create two independent dominions. One for Muslims and another for the Hindus. The deal was not about establishing two independent dominions one for Muslims and another would be ‘Secular.’
Although the Directive Principles of State Policy states that there would a common law for all and the state can not make different laws for different communities. But in India citizens are still governed by two different laws.
Muslims are governed by Muslim Law based on Sharia and Hindu by their personal law. Earlier both the laws were quite patriarchal but Hindu law was amended ‘the Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005’. It has empowered women in the matters of succession. But Muslim law has not seen any such changes.
Muslim law in India still allows polygamy of males. It does not allow women any say in matters of divorce. There was a time when Muslim didn’t allow alimony. But it was after the Supreme Court ruling in Mohd. Ahmed Khan v. Shah Bano Begum it was allowed. Supreme Court concluded that “there is no conflict between the provisions of section 125 and those of the Muslim Personal Law on the question of the Muslim husband’s obligation to provide maintenance for a divorced wife who is unable to maintain herself.” The decision of the Supreme Court was not only criticised but was opposed by many Muslim bodies.
Muslim women are also demanding the abolition of ‘triple talaq’ But it seems it’s not going to happen any soon.
The Haj subsidy is a subsidy given to Indian Muslim Hajj pilgrims by the Government of India. Yes, it is true that Indian taxpayer which is majorly non-Muslim has funded the pilgrimage of Muslims to their holy places like Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Jordan.
But now it is abolished. Thanks to judicial activism. In 2012, the Supreme Court of India ordered that Haj subsidy must end by 2022. Politician didn’t have the courage to do so, as many depend on Muslim vote bank, which has led to the policy of minority appeasement by many political parties like Congress(I) led by Sonia Gandhi, Samajwadi Party led by Mulayam Singh Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal led by Lalu Prasad Yadav, Janata Dal (United) led by Nitish Kumar and there are many others.
There are many examples which hint toward the minority appeasement. Azam Khan one of the most infamous politicians for his minority appeasement endeavours. He tried to justify Paris Attacks by saying it is just a reaction to the to the action of the west. From this example, which is not the only one is enough to understand that how our politicians are dying to woo Muslims. And if an established politician is saying so then he must have a base to which he wanted to make happy.
Azam Khan justifies Paris terror attacks.
The Christian Question
Church is the largest landholder in India after the Govt. of India. There is no doubt that Church is working in many parts of the country for the betterment of the people. But it’s missionary activities and the endeavours of marketing Christianity must be stopped. Why? In remote parts of India especially in North-East India Church has faced a certain serious allegation of involving in anti-India activities and funding separatist groups.
Church in India carries immense influence on the Indian politics which is detrimental for Indian democracy which we are proud of.
‘No political party wants to upset the Church’
It is evident that Church is also funding the projects to develop a literature of hate amongst Indians. On the lines of the enslavement of Africans by the Europeans, an ideology is under process according to which Dalits are enslaved by the outsider Aryans.
The truth about Aryans is that it is one of the theories for the end of Indus Valley Civilisation. Another include Natural disaster, Climatic change, Decline in trade, Spread of Disease. Aryan invasion is just a theory thats why it is said, “Archaeology knows of no Aryans; only literature knows of Aryans.”
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It is believed that Church is part of a bigger conspiracy to disintegrate India through its conversion activities. If you will honestly and truthfully without any internal bias try to look at the trend of separatist demands from differents parts of India you will notice that most of the demands are coming from the Hindu minority areas. Be it Kashmir, Nagaland or Tripura and some parts of northern West Bengal too.
Many countries don’t want to see India united. I don’t have any hard evidence but you will notice it too if you give it a chance honestly and without any bias. There are three different countries who wants to rip India apart. Those are the United Staes, China and our ‘friendly’ neighbour Pakistan.
‘Church backing Tripura rebels in North-East India’
According to a popular assumption, U.S might be looking forward to disintegrating China and India. They are done with the former USSR. Now only the two Asian giants are posing a threat to the Uncle Sam‘s global dominance.
If you trace the U.S foreign policy especially its engagements with regional powers and possible superpowers you will find a trend. The trend is, when Nazi Germany was intolerable to U.S it befriended USSR but after WWII it tried as much as possible to keep the ‘Russian Bear‘ under control. The major strategy was by befriending China for countering USSR. And now when the Dragon is going global American Eagle has lost its mind. It is befriending India to counter China. Today, all the developments which are happening especially the U.S attitude towards India looks like a trap. It is so because once Uncle Sam is done with China it will come for India. In such situation, our identity is one of the most important shields against the attacks of the American Eagle.
Every Indian is aware of China’s ambitions to occupy Indian territories alongside its border. But what most people don’t know is that Naxals and Maoists have full support from china. India also has a foreign-funded intelligentsia which provides intellectual and philosophical justifications for the violent acts of the Communist, Naxals and Maoists in India. From this, you might get an idea that how dangerous a section of Jawahar Lal Nehru University can be.
Pakistan funds terrorism in India, the separatist movement in Kashmir, and it has quite considerable friendly relations with some of the influential Indians. Pakistan’s character is an open book accessible to every India.
I know what you might be thinking that it is another pro-Hindutva article. But try to give it a chance. Countries like Britain has done well without separating Church from the state. I am not using Britain as a yardstick to measure India. Nor I am saying make Pranav Mukharjee president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad as well. But, it is just a suggestion and a request for the sake of this nation not to abandon your Hindu identity and ancestry. Not to deny the Hindu identity of India. If you are thinking why identities are so important then you must know that loss of Soviet identity was one of the biggest reasons for its disintegration. Yes, there were other reasons too but it is an important factor according to National Security Advisor Mr Ajit Doval.
NSA Ajit Doval on threats to India’s national identity
And the possible disintegration of China would be based on the regional identities too. There are separatist movements are going on in China, on the basis of regional identities like Tibetian, Inner Mongolian, Uyghur, Hong Konger, and Taiwanese.
(1) The Xinjiang conflict (2) Active separatist movements in China
(3)Why is there tension between China and the Uighurs?
(4) Tibetan independence movement (5) Hong Kong independence movement
Remember my friend cultural identities are gaining importance and there is a possibility that it might create a new world order as according to Samuel P. Huntington‘s Clash of Civilization. And if that happens we mustn’t lag behind. Just try it once, try to keep aside the minor conflicts that most of the Indians are busy fighting, try to stay away from the secularism debate, from Uniform Civil Code debate. Just make an honest attempt to see the big picture. If you do, you will see what I see and you will seek what I seek.
I am not affiliated to any ideology but I have made my decision rationally. I am not ant-Christian or anti-Muslim nor I am pro-Hindutva. We must not confuse ourselves with our private faith and our national identity. You might a worshipper of Shiva, Hanuman, follower Allah, possibly you love Lord Jesus. Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, whatever you follow. You must not forget we are a continuing civilisation, having its roots in the ancient Vedic and Sanatan culture. The time has come to rise above the ‘narrow domestic walls’ of the religious ego and to see the bigger picture, play a bigger game and build a great civilization.
Rest depends on you.