Savarkar, a man of many firsts.

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.

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Tweet Mosaic: Internet Hindu thoughts on Bharat, Hindutva and Hinduism (6).

Tweet Mosaic: Internet Hindu thoughts on Bharat, Hindutva and Hinduism (6).

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What Fuels Hindutva Phobia…?

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Tweet Mosaic: Internet Hindu thoughts on Bharat, Hindutva and Hinduism (5).

Tweet Mosaic: Internet Hindu thoughts on Bharat, Hindutva and Hinduism (5).

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On Anti-Hindutvavadi-ism-isms.

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Tweet Mosaic: Internet Hindu thoughts on Bharat, Hindutva and Hinduism (4).

Tweet Mosaic: Internet Hindu thoughts on Bharat, Hindutva and Hinduism (4).

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On Opposing Islamism With Hindutva…

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Tweet Mosaic: Internet Hindu thoughts on Bharat, Hindutva and Hinduism (3).

Tweet Mosaic: Internet Hindu thoughts on Bharat, Hindutva and Hinduism (3).

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Is Hindutva Just Another Religion Politicised?

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Tweet Mosaic: Internet Hindu thoughts on Bharat, Hindutva and Hinduism (1)

Tweet Mosaic: Internet Hindu thoughts on Bharat, Hindutva and Hinduism (1)

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In a quest to develop a secular democratic framework for human development across the globe, we’ve been researching philosophies originating from civilisations outside of the Western world. We’ve found India (or Bharat, which is its indigenous name) to be an enchanting and truly vibrant case study. At its height – before it was invaded by British mercenaries, invaded by Islamic jihadists and even before then, before it was named ‘Hindustan’ by Arabs and Persians – India was one of the world’s top civilisations with significant achievements in science, mathematics, literature, philosophy, medicine, astronomy and architecture. Hindus also adhered to highly ethical conducts when organising society, and in warfare. Their neighbours to the East in China and to the West in Arabia found them to be relatively humane and tolerant in the way they conducted themselves.

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Introducing Hindutva.

Introducing Hindutva.

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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.

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India Before the Coming of Islam.

To say the Islamist is the Islamic adherent’s worst enemy may sound conspiratorial but it is both historically and theologically factual.

Multiple reliable historical evidence record that the spread of Islam out from the harsh temperates of Arabia into the Indian Subcontinent, to the domains of China, through Eastern and North Africa, into Europe all the way to the heartland of France; was a most overhauling, violent and uncompromising imperialist undertaking. Some of the Natives in these regions initially welcomed the intervention of Islamic rule, where they themselves were being oppressed by the tyranny of their own governments (for example in Spain). A vast many of Natives however vehemently resisted Islamic conquest. In North Africa for example, the Berbers were a thorn in the flesh of Islamic imperialists in Africa. They forced the Muslim Arabs to withdraw several times from the Maghreb. In putting up a most staunch resistance to Islamic creed, Ibn Khaldun recorded that the Berbers apostatised twelve times before Islamic rule could decisively be imposed on them. It is needless to assert the obvious that through the course of this conquest, Islamic ideology was instrumental to seditiously disarming Native institutions and weakening local ethnic ties among Berbers. Islamic imperialism was so thorough there that today, an overwhelming majority of Berbers no longer identify with their despised Native ancestral lineage nor do they consider themselves Berbers. The loyalty of majority Berbers are today invested in the Arabian Heartlands. The Berbers, now Arabian cultural slaves, are today called Arabs. Could this colonist outcome have been any different considering that it was the Arabs who were the first cultural ambassadors of Islam? Can Islamisation result in any other outcome but Arabisation?

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Hindu-Muslim Divide: British Invention or British Complicity?

Hindu-Muslim Divide: British Invention or British Complicity?

The Arab Spring was successful for Islam. It succeeded at reviving religious zeal amongst Muslims, many of whom saw the Arab Spring as an opportunity to revive Khilafa. In all of the countries where Arab Spring rebellions took place – Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria (ongoing) – secular governments were overthrown in favour of installing an Islamic Theocracy. Conversely, the Arab Spring was equally unsuccessful for Muslims themselves, and ultimately for Islam in the long-term, in that it inevitably led to a backlash of anti-Islam sentiments around the world. Non-Muslims from the Western world, Africa and Asia were appalled at the violence displayed by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamist groups who sought to overthrow Gaddafi, and by the FSA (loose coalition including Jabhat Al-Nusra Front and administered by the Muslim Brotherhood) who currently seek to overthrow Assad. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood assumed presidency, following the ousting of secular Mubarak. What’s worse, the narrative of unfolding events became muddy, as these Islamist ‘freedom fighters’ supported by many Muslims around the globe were fighting in alliance with Western governments, receiving funds to bomb ‘Muslim lands’ and kill (Muslim and non-Muslim) civilians, all in the name of re-establishing Khilafa or an Islamist resurgence revolution. The non-Muslims indigenous to these lands, whose ancestral identities predate Continue reading