There has been a lot of discussion about the need for stirring up the Hindu conscience in
order to save the ancient religion from perishing. Presently the rallies known as Hindu
Jagarana Yajna and Hanumat Shakti Shobha Yaatre processions are being held in many towns
and cities across the nation by Vishwa Hindu Parishat and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
   The speeches at the large meetings express the anguish of the leaders about the
hesitation found in the Hindu society to own-up their religion. It is true that the Hindus,
while accepting their religion when asked specifically if it is Hinduism, do not shout it over
the head. If a Hindu is asked,  ‘what is your religion’ he or she may confuse religion with
caste and reply that he or she is a Brahmin, a Vokkaliga, a Lingaayata, a Kuruba, a Madiga,
etc., rather than a Hindu. His or her answer in fact is perfectly right but the answer
expected is not any of these but ‘Hindu’.
   The speakers also showed apprehension about the Hindus being defensive or apologetic of
Hindu gods, Hindu rituals, Hindu customs and traditions, food habits, dress, etiquettes and
manners. While it is true that Hindu gods have different physical appearances, there is no
need to be apologetic because we believe that there is only one God and he is omnipresent,
omniscient, etc. Also most of the Hindu rituals that are regarded as superstitious are being
abandoned and only scientifically correct rituals based on beliefs are being practiced. Those
traditions that are pleasant, exclusive and unique are continued while those that are
impractical and unscientific are abandoned. As far as food habits, dress, etiquettes and
manners, every Hindu will need some education and training to improve them. But these will
only be refined and modernized and not abandoned. There is need for all Hindus to be
proud of their culture and ethnicity and avoid adopting foreign mannerisms.
   We give ourselves away if we quote the Western scholars and authors when we wish to
corroborate our thoughts and actions. We should quote our own scholars and authors for
authentication and substantiation of what we do or say. At least we should be confident in
our own expressions and actions and not seek Western support to what we follow. If we
quote the Bible instead of the Vedas when we wish to back-up the principle of prayer, then
we are being less than enthusiastic of our religion.
   We have seen how speedily the Russian revolution toppled the rule of the Czar or the
French kingdom. Both were violent revolutions entailing death and destruction. The non-
violent revolution of Mahatma Gandhi was very slow to bring us Independence. The Christian
religion teaches love and compassion but the revolutionaries in Russia or France ignored
their religious advice. Hinduism in Mahatma Gandhi led him to believe that truth and non-
violence are sure weapons against the British colonialism. Hindus can not take up arson and
killing to stir themselves up to prevent the feared extinction of their religion. None of the
speakers at the rallies have asked the audience to take up arms and raise a war against those
who are saying that ‘Hindu terrorism is more dangerous’, or ‘Saffron terror must be
eliminated’. The Vishwa Hindu Parishat or the RSS will not ask their cadre to resort to
subversive activities or a kind of guerrilla mini-warfare. It is futile to investigate a few
suspected members of RSS or VHP to uncover any organized conspiracy because none will be
   The anti-Hindu rhetoric of the leaders of Congress and Communist parties are meant to
gather votes in the elections. The elections are the only means available for the Hindus to
save their religion and culture from extinction. The approach to the Hindu stir should be to
ensure that every Hindu votes for a political party or individual that will support the cause
of the Hindus. Hindus must not only keep their majority intact by moderating the population
control and by preventing conversions, but also ensure that all Hindus vote to those parties
that do not neglect the interests of Hindus while taking initiatives to provide eduction,
employment, protection, advancement and amenities to non-Hindus.
At present Bharatiya Janata Party is the only party in India that swears by pro-Hindu
   Every Hindu voter must cast his or her vote to Bharatiya Janata Party in order to save and
propagate Hinduism.

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By Mohan Shenoy
Adyar Gopal and Radha Bai