cry my beloved country

October 30, 2015 at 8:22 am 15 comments

CRY My Beloved Country


In a reminiscent mood I think of the sad plight of my beloved country.-my motherland. This reminiscence takes me to the reasons that make me sad. There is a narration in the Bible which says that a father had two sons. The younger one demanded his share and left the father’s house. He squandered and wasted and was forced to live in pigs styes and eat the food of the pigs. He was remorseful and thought of his father and the rich life and the abundance of food. He then regretted and decided to go back to his father’s house. His father who was every day looking out for his son who had left him was filled with joy when his son returned. The son fell at his feet and begged pardon. The father embraced him and called the older son and ordered him to slaughter the fattest hog and prepare a feast. The older son was flabbergasted. This son who took his inheritance and wasted everything- you want to welcome him and feast his return he queried. The father told him, ‘Son you were always with me. But this son I lost but has come back. He is remorseful of what he did’. It is but in the fitness of things that we celebrate the return of this lost son. This does not quite reveal the Partition of my country. But it does have significance because the two sons are one and lived peacefully with their father. India’s partition is entirely the opposite. Here it is the demand to have the cake and eat it too. The Muslims who are in India and who stayed back want more than the share of the Hindu brethren. In fact they refuse to accept  this country as a Hindu Rastra while welcoming the Muslims to live in India the Hindus cannot and will not allow their rights to be trampled.

I was wondering if this would in any way be an analogy for the partition of my beloved country. In a way yes, and in many ways no.  The Muslim leaders convinced the Indian leaders like Gandhi and Nehru that the Muslims will not be able to integrate with the Hindus hence they demanded  a separate country to live according to their religion. It was then that they were given a part of the country. It is then legally and politically compulsory that all Muslims should take their inheritance share and leave Hindustan. But it is in this aspect that Gandhi and Nehru failed the Indian people and betrayed this country’s interest. They generously allowed the Muslims who wanted to stay back to remain in India. In the case of the prodigal son which I narrated above, he returned with remorse. But here the Muslims wanted the cake and eat it too. And those who stayed back now make it evident that the Hindus cannot live according to their beliefs and finds it hurtful. Even that can be taken in our stride but they fail to respect the beliefs and the ethos of this country. Nobody forced them to stay back-nobody asked them to accept the rites and rituals of the Hindus. But on no basis can they have any objection if these are public manifestations and/ or private way of life. It is the duty of the Muslims  not only to  accept to these but to show sensitivity to the religious sentiments and expressions of the Hindus.. They surely have no right to object .But on the other hand they find it irksome and disturbing if the Hindus make public their way of life. One would think that the Muslims would respect the Hindus and their beliefs. Would not in any way find it hurtful because in this Hindu rastra it is their right of the Hindus to uphold their culture and their beliefs.This may be in the forms of worship or any other aspect .Can the Hindus or the Christians go to any one of the Islamic country and fulfill their religious duties-worship and uphold the demands of their religions? Then why are the Muslims so intolerant to the Hindus and hurt their religious sentiments? I have in mind the cow .It is sacred to the Hindus. Hence the ban on slaughtering the cow.If one needs to stay in this Hindu rastra then one has to peacefully co-exist respect the and not hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindus. Take for example depicting Allah. Will the Muslims allow it or tolerate it? Depiction of Allah even in the best form is forbidden. The Hindus are called upon to respect this. But does it not follow that the Muslims should also extend the same to the Hindus? Can they demean and denigrate the Hindu gods and goddesses? It is civil and necessary to respect the sentiments and the feelings of other religions. Why does this not be followed by the Muslims in India? It is this that has many a time troubled and angered the Hindus. Who in their turn wanted to retaliate?

The Muslims are also called upon to respect the laws of the land-the Constitution of India and uphold it. They cannot be under the Sharia law for civil matters and adapt the Indian penal code for criminal offences. If a Hindu/Christian defies the Koranic law in any Islamic country the culprit is not judged according to the offender’s law but by the Koranic law.Hence an eye for an eye-beheading-lashing in public etc.But here in India the Muslims want their double law system.-they   refuse to come under one Uniform Civil code-to demand more than what is their due and worse to demand that they have more rights and the Hindus cannot assert their rights-built their Ram temple for example is a bit pushing the Hindus to a corner. May I then ask where must Ram temple be built?

Of course all the politicians of every hue will proclaim that all have same rights. This for the vote bank purpose .Towards this vote bank strategy the Hindus are reminded that this is a secular country. So what is the meaning of secular may I ask? If the different religious people cannot integrate-cannot accept the ethos of the Hindus? What is wrong if one calls this country a Hindu country? Do we not have ‘Christian’ countries Do we not have ‘Islamic’ countries-why only India must not call itself a Hindu country. Even the restriction of the rites and rituals of the Hindus are enforced. Take for example the Ganesh idol immersion- the routes must not be in the vicinity of any mosque. The temple lands come under the government supervision which has the Hindu religious Endowment Board. Then why not the Wafk Board lands and the church lands also come under government control? If one has to be fair then at least let the Hindu temple lands be governed by the Hindus. That is secularism. But to pamper only the Christians and the Muslims and allowing then to manage/mismanage their assets and lands does not indicate ‘secularism’. The same goes for the Minority Rights.If education institutions can be administered and managed by the Muslims and the Christians why not extend the same to the Hindus. Let them manage or mismanage-it is their business. Education is a powerful tool and today it is only a money making enterprise. Allowing the Christians and Muslims to mismanage with no control or supervision does not make this country secular. Either you treat all the same but to prove the secularism of this country does not call in for unequal rights and more rights to the minorities. Let every one be equal-that is a Fundamental right. Look at the effect of this Minority Rights. The Madrassas are government financed-why so? The Muslim children are groomed in ghettos and not allowed to learn and grow with others. No wonder the Muslim leaders plainly told Gandhi and Nehru that they cannot integrate with the Hindus. But why should the people’s tax money go towards this fundamentalism and this pampering at the cost of great risks to the nation? One can go on pointing out the discrimination and the mismanagement of the Minority Institutions-All with the tax money of the people. The salaries and pensions are paid by the government. The admission policy is their own.

 It is relevant in this context to note that Justice Sachar and other Muslim leaders pointed out to the Muslims’ backwardness-both economically and educationally. They seem to blame India and its leaders for it. This is far from truth. The Muslims want to live in ghettos. It must be also noted that Justice Sachar’s survey was not very scientific .If one goes to the by lanes and the shanties it will be only poverty that one will see. The same can be said of the other communities. But Sachar forgets that the Muslims in the Film world-the leather industry, in marketing etc have enormous wealth. They too have a Azim Premji and many like him. Did Justice Sachar reckon with this? If so then the spread of wealth will negate the poverty that the Muslims are in. You can find what you want in a survey .Have they not education institutions in which they can admit all their own irrespective of the marks. So why should they be illiterate and uneducated. Having got more than their share why now exhibit the poor condition-the unemployment, the poverty etc in which they are seeped. Is it not their own making? They beget large families. Recently an English paper gave the story of a couple having 16 children and still looking forward to beget more till they get a male! So what do they want from the rest of the people? Why do they want the Hindu majority’s tax money to go down the drain for Justice Sachar to lament how they are neglected?

 It has become the fashion of political leaders to state that we have more Muslims in India than in Pakistan.Is that a great achievement? But it is true. Where does the resource come from for all the subsidies? Why have they not accepted Family Planning? When I visited Mallapuram in Kerala as a Consultant I asked the women why they have not restricted the size of the families.Most of the men  were working in the Middle East and they have cash and jewels and land.Their priorities are different. Yet Mallapuram has been declared a Backward district-thus eligible for all the development programs. When I asked the women’s groups why they have not adopted the FP the reply I got was, ‘Our ‘Palli’ authorites will not allow it’. Then ask your mosque authorities to finance you I stated at a public meeting.This large family size has repercussions on development and is definitely not secular. Mercy to some will be injustice to all. Now the demand is for reservation for the Muslims.I would blame the political leaders. For the sake of the vote bank politics they mortgage the country and its development. All said and done the Muslims in India are better off in Human Resource Index than in Pakistan.Then why scream oneself hoarse that Muslims are neglected and even justify terrorism on poverty and unemployment? Does all the other communities youth who are unemployed become terrorists. I am actually fed up with the utterance that all Muslims are not terrorists. That is true, but all terrorists are Muslims. Exceptions do not make the rule. So the UPA government was all out to detect ‘Saffron’ terror. As though that will justify the horror of terrorism both from within and cross border. So by giving part of my motherland-by trying to share the inheritance what have we bargained for? Coming to Partition we have brought this terrorism by the creation of Pakistan. It is going to be a constant risk and worry for India. Look how that country shelters Dawood Ibrahim.Look at its constant violation of the LOC? Look at its perception of the Kashmir issue. See how Kashmir has been populated and by whom. Hence it is with a purpose they demand along with some other countries for a Referendum. Can any one political leader of any one party vouch that Pakistan will cease to be a threat to India….How will the Muslims here in India react to Pakistan and its aggressive violations? Why have the Muslims on many occasions raised the Pakistani flag? Will this be tolerated in any other country? What do you call such an act?

Upholding the truth and speaking out will amount today to ‘instigation’ and causing unrest. Is it not fair and just to demand Equal Rights-Is it not fair and just to demand that all communities be subject to the rules and regulations of the country. Why does religion come in the picture? Why this ‘Minority’ and why this differential treatment for minorities. Let all be citizens of this country and be treated so. Let the Minority Rights be deleted from the Constitution and let there be Equality as the supreme yardstick for all.

It is but reasonable to take extra care and concern and be sensitive to the economically backward-but not on religious basis and not on caste basis. After 67 years if we still hold on to Reservation then one must accept the simple truth that Reservation has not benefited the down trodden. Who uses the reservation? This is like free electricity for the farmers-Who benefits from this- those who have land.But not the rural laborers and the marginal farmers. This is one example to show how the government’s schemes are highjacked. Does it not mean that Lalu Prasad Yadav‘s children are eligible for reservation. Once P.Chidambaram did confess that he used the reservation quota….Similarly former President KR Narayanan’s daughter got her posting using the SC tag. How fair are these. I know a family in Chennai-with father and brothers all IAS and doctors-using the reservation quota for jobs and admissions. Should we not put a stop to this plunder of the exchequer?

Coming to secularism-The political leaders cannot and should not use this against the Hindus. Because secularism is the very intrinsic makeup of the Hindu dharma .Hence Sanatana Dharma-Vasudeva kudumbum etc.It is the secular inbuilt of Hinduism that allowed all religions to flourish in India.Hinduism welcomed all religions-Is it not a fact that world religions evolved, flourished and spread in India. If the Hindu religion had not secularism at its core then it could have easily vanquished the others.Did it ever resort to violence for conversion and then like Pope Francis now ask forgiveness and get applause! Whose ‘ parampara’ is conversion through violence –Were the Hindus not persecuted –butchered and converted. Were their temples not destroyed? It is easy to say that it is the past. What you reap what you sow. Yes, it is the past but the history of a country is linked to its past and along with the present moves to the future. It has an impact. Why now call for banning ghar wapsi? One has to go to Tamilnadu and witness the scale of conversions.

So let us stop blaming the Hindus-calling them the ‘fringe groups’ and making it look that they are intolerant and fundamentalists. Are the other religions not Fundamentalists? How long can the Hindus be subjected to this insult and abuse of their ethos and their culture and suppression. So it is not for the political class to preach down to the Hindus of secularism because the kind of secularism which is being upheld by the Netas are vote bank garnering strategy. In the name of secularism one cannot and should not deny Hindus their legitimate rights in this Hindu rastra.I wish some of the NGOs and Human Rights activists try their brand of secularism in any one of the Islamic countries. Nay even in other countries the world over. Here religion takes priority and Christians have their headquarters outside India-either in Germany,Rome and England. While Muslims have their own fatwas.What has religions to do with headquarters outside the country to appeal to the Indian voters for whom to vote and for whom not to…One must learn from China. The fact is that the children of the Book have divided loyalties-one to their religious headquarters and directions and the other here in India. This often clashes and the people (read minorities) are at a loss ….I am not saying this from hear say but was present in a church when the pulpit was used to direct the congregation whom to vote for…..Why has the Muslim religion to ensure fatwas .Is this secularism? What if all the temples regularly congregate and give such instructions .But the point is Hindu religion is not ordered and disciplined that way. Each one is free to make his/her choice. Now when pushed to a corner it also reacts then the hackles are raised and the saffron and fringe groups are blamed. Modi is asked to rein in them. What about reining in the Christian funded NGOs? It must be noted that every action has a reaction. How long can the Hindus be at the receiving end? Is it not time to assert their own rights in their own country? Can they do this in Islamic countries and no Human Rights groups-no world organizations take note of the human rights violation in these countries. Is there freedom of religion in any Islamic country? Why then this silence. Now look at the film writers, the Sahitya Akademic award winners-the scientists have joined them against the intolerance that is showing its head in India…Who is instigating them? Which political power and vested interest are behind all this? One has only to watch the English TV channels and then even if one’s IQ is low it will be easy to identify the bias and the jaundiced visions.It is clear that most of these channels are owned by church and foreign persons. It is time that the government steps in. China would not allow this. If the BJP government steps in then it will be said that the voice of the people are being throttled. But the people are being throttled by these channels. One has only to listen to Arnab Goswami and now Zakk Jacob is following his example.   Can we not detect the tone and tenor and the bias.If it is Bakhra Dutt it is so evident her bias and her carefully crafted queries. We can easily notice that the group she assembles as viewers is carefully selected and the answers are what the anchor wants to hear. This is brain washing. Should this not be stopped? So it is again shutting the voice of the people-freedom of expression at stake. It was fine when the Emergency was imposed. The party which imposed Emergency today pretends to be the great freedom of expression champion. What with the likes of Mani Shankar Iyer who went to the extent of saying that Modi will never win the elections-if he wants he can come and serve tea in the AICC. Such arrogance he has. And this is the man who cannot and will not win a single election.But must stay put in New Delhi for this he must speak of the Nehru-Gandhi Family . So these people cannot stomach the idea of Modi being at the helm of affairs and still worse cannot relish the fact that he is doing well. It is Nehru-Gandhi family alone which they think has the Divine Right to rule this country. That much for democracy, secularism and pluralism. Cry my Beloved Country

 Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,

 Vadodara, Gujarat.


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15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. srisri4  |  October 30, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Yes You are right. For the blunders by Nehru and Gandhi the majority is suffering. God only has to save us. With best regards. tgranganathan

    Jaya Sri Ramana!

    Landline 044-49523264 Mobile +919445554660


    • 2. hilda raja  |  February 8, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Yes Srisri.And for their blunders will we ever find peace?This is the big hear ache.Neither from outside nor from within are we safe…Wish you the best in life.HR

  • 3. LALITHA  |  November 2, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Thanks Ma’am for your fearless analysis. The Hindus need somebody like you to voice their grievance. You were from Chennai, so you’ll understand what I’m about to say. I come from a conservative, traditional family; was educated in an Anglo Indian school; wanted to study@ Stella, but caste reservations prevented this. Yet we,my family, were tolerant. I was taught to love & respect all. Period. I am 53 now.It’s only in the last few years that I have begun to feel that we Hindus have been short-changed. And it’s entirely due to the media & politicians; &, sadly some Hindus who call themselves ‘secular’. Your article echoes my sentiments word for word. Hope people will listen, I’m extremely sorry to say this, to a Christian than they would, a Hindu. Thanks once again ma’am.

    • 4. hilda raja  |  February 8, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you Lalitha.It is heartening and encouraging to get responses like yours.But one must be prepared to take even the brickbats in one’s stride.After all I can only express what is within me.I am no authority on everything.My knowledge is limited to my own experience and learning.I wish I had met you in Chennai.I know and am fully convinced that Hindus are the most tolerant people in the world.Hindu religion is all embracing-that is its base and I am proud of this land and its parampara which has been kept alive by Hinduism.Had you come to SMC you would have been a student of mine perhaps.Most of my students are your age now…..I keep in touch with many and most of them are Hindus.I simply love them.Take care Lalitha and keep that spirit of tolerance and goodwill ever burning within you.Love and wishes for your welfare.Devi’s blessings on you.HR

  • 5. Vijayalakshmy  |  November 2, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    why God only save our country where is our guts? why hindus trying to put all these problems from our country out. If every Hindu join their hands with each other to delete all these fake secular parties and these MP and MLAs from the Government. But we must form a full pledged association for this

    • 6. hilda raja  |  February 8, 2016 at 9:03 pm

      Viyalakshmi you have hit on a very valid point.I used to all say the same.If every Hindu can unite we can safe ourselves and this country from the fake secularists.The point is they will not each one wants to have the best -look at the political parties and the they amass money.To unite one needs a certain selflessness.Country first and the rest later..let us wish,hope and pray that such a unity will evolve.Take care and thank you for your response.Wishes and prayers.HR

  • 7. E Ramaswamy  |  November 4, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Jinnah had nothing but contempt for religions while Gandhi was (probably) a pantheist. Yet, Jinnah did not refuse to acknowledge this deep seated communal hatred and threw aside his own personal beliefs in favour of the welfare of his supporters. One wonders if Gandhi and Nehru, on the other hand, were ready to sacrifice the people who had placed their faith in them in order to preserve their own image (of being above narrow religious boundaries).

    • 8. hilda raja  |  February 8, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you-we will never know what was really in the minds of these two leaders.But we have a real problem-nay danger with this Partition and that is going to be the curse for INDIA.both within and from Pakistan.I hope and pray that some how we will secure peace…All the best to you.HR

  • 9. JKV Raghu Setty  |  November 6, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    We cant blame for our country’s problems any one other than Hindus.Hindus never prevented outside rulers due to no unity. Hindu kings were usurping other Hindu king’s kingdom with help of others.Even now who got Sonia into politics?congress was about windup if Sonia was not begged by congress and brought to head it. and we majority Hindus voted her to power and to this day majority of Hindu crooks are supporting her.As long as we have corrupt Hindus,congress will remain and loot us.Since mythological era,our gods are corrupt and Indra,the great rapist is the head of gods.It continues.Now all want to be BC,OBC etc to get benefits.No workers for agriculture works.Also no house hold help shortly.

    • 10. hilda raja  |  February 8, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Thank you for your response.You are right.Regarding the BC,OBC etc please you are again correct.Wish you all the best and Devi’blessings.HR

  • 11. Raghavendran  |  November 6, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    At the outset I must express my doubts whether this was at all written by Dr.Hilda Raja. One does not expect the quality of English found in this post to be coming from such an eminent person. However irrespective of the genuineness of the authorship, I have a few observations to make on certain averments made in the blog.

    1.Can they demean and denigrate the Hindu gods and goddesses?

    I am not aware that any Muslim has been going about denigrating Hindu Gods and Goddesses, either now or anytime earlier. In fact, some Hindus themselves indulged in shocking abuse of Hindu Gods and Goddesses in the early 70s under the cloak of Dravida Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu. I remember Muslims themselves came out openly condemning this , not Christians. Most other Hindus kept quiet fearing violence, because the then Govt. was covertly supporting this movement.

    2.They cannot be under the Sharia law for civil matters and adapt the Indian penal code for criminal offences. If a Hindu/Christian defies the Koranic law in any Islamic country the culprit is not judged according to the offender’s law but by the Koranic law.

    Please see the comment below.

    3. What is wrong if one calls this country a Hindu country? Do we not have ‘Christian’ countries Do we not have ‘Islamic’ countries-why only India must not call itself a Hindu country.

    There is nothing wrong in calling India a Hindu nation. But that should have been done before the constitution was framed. Unfortunately the men and women who sat in the Constituent Assembly had a glorified and idealistic vision of the average Indian, for whom the nation would naturally come first before his self. If they had had a realistic picture of who the people will put into power, the constitution would have been drastically different. It is no use lamenting it now. Once this was declared a secular country, it became inevitable that each religion will claim primacy for its own laws. When out of power, the party now in power, made a hue and cry for bringing a common civil code, but once in power this is conveniently forgotten.
    An oft repeated similar argument is, will Hindus be permitted to do in Arab countries what Muslims are allowed to do in this country. If we had called ourselves a Hindu nation in 1948-49, yes, we could have also put such restrictions on non-Hindus here too.
    In passing I must mention that I personally believe that Nepal has made a big mistake calling itself a secular nation, instead of a Hindu nation as it been so far.

    4.It is relevant in this context to note that Justice Sachar and other Muslim leaders pointed out to the Muslims’ backwardness-both economically and educationally. They seem to blame India and its leaders for it.

    I am in full agreement with the author on this subject. Take the erstwhile Hyderabad state for example. Almost every civil official under the Nizam was a Muslim. How come they became so backward in a short span that any party trying to come to power, panders to the demand that they be given reservation like SC/ST and now BC in the former Hyderabad state region?

    5.Reservation can be there but not on religious basis and not on caste basis. After 67 years if we still hold on to Reservation then one must accept the simple truth that Reservation has not benefited the down trodden.

    The author is absolutely correct. The political parties somehow imagine that pushing for more reservations gets them votes. Mandal Commission Report was gathering dust for decades.
    V.P.Singh who unleashed it on the nation hoping for electoral bonanza, was roundly defeated in the next elections. The really down trodden layers know that reservation benefits only the upper layers to corner the benefits.

    6.Concept of secularism. .Political leaders cannot and should not use this against the Hindus.

    It would have been better if the author had brought out even a single instance of concept of secularism being used against Hindus. At least I am not aware of any such case. Perhaps this statement can be a substitute for saying that secularism is preventing the Hindus from getting special treatment as befitting a majority community.

    7.So let us stop blaming the Hindus-calling them the ‘fringe groups’ and making it look that they are intolerant and fundamentalists. Are the other religions not Fundamentalists? How long can the Hindus be subjected to this insult and abuse of their ethos and their culture and suppression.

    On the one hand we take pride in calling Hinduism as a very tolerant religion, which it is without doubt. But when some groups attack other religionists on purely imagined slights and disrespect to Hinduism, we certainly cannot blame the entire lot of Hindus but only those groups or individuals who are the perpetrators are rightly called the fringe groups. As I said earlier, where are the insults and abuse of the culture of Hindus? Again the word culture is itself subject to a vast variety of interpretations and it changes from age to age, country to country, family to family. While one may be justified in getting uncomfortable when one sees something which does not accord with our notion of culture, that is no excuse for force to be used or violence to be unleashed. That is what is causing much consternation in civil society.

    • 12. hilda raja  |  February 8, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Thank you for your response.Your points have been noted down.Wish you all the best.HR

  • 13. Ramasubramaniam Pourugutsa  |  November 20, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Madam Hilda,

    Kudos to a great article.

    When such a serious issue is being debated some fool is looking for the usage of language.

    The usage of “As far as I know”, ” I am not aware of “, “To my knowledge “, etc – is utterly disgusting and reveals the ignorance level of the simpleton.

    You can easily spot the sick minded secularist from the line he takes to defeat a sensible article, which mainly emphasis on revealing the truth which is hidden for decades by deceit.

    Keep on churning your articles. There is true Hindu Gene in you which can never be suppressed.

    Victory be to Bharath.

    • 14. hilda raja  |  February 8, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you for your appreciation.It helps.You are right there is in fact Hindu gene in me-that is my parampara-and as you stated it can never be suppressed.At the same time I have the grace to realize that Hindu religion is the most tolerant one and open embracing everyone.Wishing you all the best.Sorry for the delay in my reply.HR

  • 15. JKV Raghu Setty  |  February 9, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Main problem is caste systems which separate people and various temples bound by blind beliefs.Change ‘caste’ to ‘occupation’ system now and in a few years, Hindus may shift from caste to religion. Give severe punishment, even death by firing to people involved in human traffic and local bodies who give atrocious punishments to inter caste marriages etc.


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