Africans are very quick to recognise, accept and serve others. All in the name of good-will and promoting humanity. Nowhere on the surface of this earth are others as quick to extend this same level of goodwill to Africans. Idi Amin was a nasty piece of work but many Ugandans agreed with him when he said Asian migrants were occupying too many prominent positions in Uganda’s civil service, taking influential jobs, hoarding wealth and sabotaging the economy. Till this day, there are influential voices in African nationalist Continue reading →
Shaivism is a pan-Hindu tradition widespread mostly across all of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Other areas where it’s notably practiced include parts of Southeast Asia especially Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Traditionally, the Sanskrit word śaiva means “relating to the god Shiva”. Followers of Shaivism, called “Shaivas”, “Saivas” and also “Saivites”, accordingly revere Shiva as the Supreme Being.
“Swords flashed like lightning amid the blackness of clouds, and fountains of blood flowed like the fall of setting star. The friends of God defeated their opponents… noon had not arrived when the Musalmans wreaked their vengeance on the infidel enemies of God, killing 15,000 of them, spreading them like a carpet over the ground and making them food of the beasts and birds of prey. Fifteen elephants fell on the field of battle, as their legs, being pierced with arrows, became as motion-less as if they had been in a quagmire, and their trunks were cut with the swords of the valiant heroes… God also bestowed upon his friends such an amount of booty as was beyond all bounds and calculations, including five hundred thousand slaves, beautiful men and women.”1
~ Sultan Mahmud’s minister al-Utbi on his campaign to India
Prior to the coming of Islam in India, India was one of the world’s top civilisations. India possessed significant achievements in Science, Mathematics, Literature, Philosophy, Medicine, Astronomy, Architecture. Scholars have described medieval India as “history’s most richly imaginative culture and one of the five most advanced civilisations of all times“. Its architecture and artistry, the “most awe-inspiring, ornate and spell-binding found anywhere in the world” much so that “no artist of any historical civilization has ever Continue reading →
Vinayak Savarkar (28 May 1883 – 26 Feb 1966) was an Indian pro-Independence activist. He was also an atheist, humanist, politician, poet, and the founding father of Hindutva. He authored a number of political works that were instrumental to negotiating in the minds of masses of Indians, India’s complete independence from Britain. There is little known about Savarkar in mainstream academia, because of the vicious propaganda against him. He was staunchly opposed by the colonial British authorities, and there was public antipathy between him and Congress for most of his political career.
“Religion is a mighty motive force. So is rapine. But where religion is goaded on by rapine and rapine serves as a handmaid to religion, the propelling force that is generated by these together is only equalled by the profoundity of human misery and devastation they leave behind them in their march. Heaven and hell making a common cause-such were the forces, overwhelmingly furious, that took India by surprise the day Mohammad crossed the Indus and invaded her” ~ V. D. Savarkar.
“Truth is One, Sages Call it by Many Names, and The Whole Universe is one Family” ~ Hindutva ethos.
If one called Hindutva a Third World’s cry to emancipate itself from the preying snares of foreign invaders, foreign rule, and charity industrialism; that analysis would be anything but sophist. Moreso, that analysis would be correct. If Secularism is the antidote to religious cultural imperialism and inequality, Hindutva is India’s antidote to the fading dream of self-pride, a Uniform Code for All and self-reliance.
Hindutva is a much welcome and progressive nationalist ideology for India. One which Naipaul lauds in the face of critics, as a ‘corrective to the past’ and a ‘broader civilisational resurgence’. Prior to the early 20th century, Hindutva was non-existent. Its birth was the doing of systematic aggression. Its announcement to the world was purely in resistance to unfettered abuse and oppression.