The Discovery of Nehru -1
Abracadabra By K. B. Ganapathy, Columns

The Discovery of Nehru -1

February 16, 2023

It is needless to say that the inspiration for the headline of this article is derived from the well-known book titled ‘The Discovery of India,’ written by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, our first Prime Minister, while he was in jail. Likewise, the inspiration for me to write this article has come from a very rare book             on Nehru titled ‘Nehru – The Lotus Eater from Kashmir’ by famous journalist D.F. Karaka, who was also the Editor of an independent anti-communist Weekly of Bombay ‘The Current.’ As I remember, ‘The Current’ was considered an antidote to its rival pro-communist Weekly ‘Blitz’ edited by R.K. Karanjia. Let it be.

The book ‘Nehru – The Lotus Eater from Kashmir’ was first published in May 1953 in London and that was the reason why I was impelled to read it. Author Karaka says that when he first saw Nehru, the image that remained in his mind was that of a handsome aristocrat with well-chiselled features, looking more like a Greek God than a Kashmiri Brahmin. Karaka says that fate had been kind to Nehru from his birth. Interestingly, Karaka quotes from an article written anonymously by Nehru about himself and titled ‘Jawaharlal Nehru’ and published in a mediocre publication ‘Modern Review’ of Kolkata. This was published in November 1937.

Apparently, it gave an idea of Nehru, the man, the politician and a visionary, of course, as he visualised or understood himself. Curiously, in one passage, the anonymous author writes, “Jawaharlal cannot become a fascist. And that he has all the makings of a dictator in him — vast popularity, strong will directed to a well-defined purpose, energy, pride, organisational capacity, ability, hardness and with all his love of the crowd, an intolerance of others and certain contempt for the weak and inefficient.”

Reading this, I imagined that this description of Nehru by Nehru himself in his anonymous article might, in some way, well fit the description of our present Prime Minister Narendra Modi !

The last sentence of the paragraph is pregnant with a potential to enable him to become a dictator like the Roman Dictator Julius Caesar. Nehru writes, “In normal times, he (Nehru) would just be an efficient and successful executive, but in this revolutionary epoch, Caesarism is always at the door, and it is not possible that Jawaharlal might fancy himself as a Caesar?”

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Reading this, once again I imagined that our present Prime Minister Modi too might not ‘fancy himself as Caesar.’

Continuing, Nehru’s anonymous article says, “Therein lies danger for Jawaharlal and for India… Let us not spoil him by too much adulation and praise. His conceit, if any, is already formidable. It must be checked. We want no Caesars.”

Here too, I imagined our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who definitely will endorse the views expressed about Caesarism by Nehru as long ago as 1937. Indeed that was quite an incredible article by Nehru about himself and it is our country’s good fortune that despite some of his Himalayan blunders as Prime Minister, he secured and saved for India the most valued and precious political institution that is Democracy.

The book ‘Nehru – The Lotus Eater from Kashmir’ narrates Nehru’s early days as Prime Minister, his vision for the country, his foreign policy with many fault-lines, intended more for self-glorification among the comity of Nations (read underdeveloped and developing Nations) when the world was already bipolar, divided between communists and capitalists and about his disastrous Kashmir and China Policy etc.

According to Karaka, there was very little humility in Nehru. Karaka says in the book that there was nothing humble about the way Nehru ran his Cabinet: To his Ministers he was like a school master taking his class. Only two of his Cabinet colleagues, Maulana Azad and Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, exercised influence over him. But there was no dearth of worshippers at Nehru’s temple. The legend continued, not surprisingly even to the present day.

The most significant and revealing part of the book is Chapter 9, which is sarcastically titled ‘The Emperor Himself.’ As you know, Kashmir is the hot-spot of the Indian Union. Pandit Nehru, in his autobiography, says in a simplistic manner, “Over 200 years ago, early in the 18th century, our ancestor came down from that mountain valley to seek fame and fortune in the rich plains below.”

It took an emperor, Farrukh Siyar to induce the Nehru family, whose original Kashmiri name was Kaul, to migrate to the imperial capital to accept a Jagir (feudal tenancy) with a house situated on the banks of a canal (hence the name Nehru). In successive generations thereafter, they held high office of Vakil of the ‘Sarkar Company’ and Kotwal of Delhi which were bestowed on the Nehru ancestors.

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Nehru had a strong urge to lean back on his Kashmiri ancestry even though they had settled in India from about the year 1716. Nehru’s infatuation with Kashmir or as a Kashmiri Pandit was such that he begins his autobiography with a chapter titled ‘Descent from Kashmir.’ However, as an afterthought, he mentions in a footnote the truth: “I was born in Allahabad on the 14th November, 1889…”

Karaka elaborates on these sentiments of Nehru in the following words: To call oneself a Kashmiri, shows quality of breeding, learning and scholarship. Nehru is very proud of his prefix, Pandit. When titles were abolished and the order was given that everyone should henceforth uniformly be called Shri (Mister), the officials of the Government Departments proceeded to drop the ‘Pandit’ and began to refer to the Prime Minister as Shri Nehru. The Prime Minister was most upset. He quickly made it clear that ‘Pandit’ was not a title and therefore there should be no objection to anyone using it. Accordingly, the word ‘Pandit’ was immediately reinstated.

Strategically, Kashmir is the most important territory for India’s defence. It is bounded by five countries — namely India, Tibet, China, Russian Turkestan and Afghanistan. Jawaharlal Nehru visited Kashmir after his marriage in 1916 and also describes his visit to Zoji La Pass. Incidentally, I too had visited this Zoji La Pass with my Rotary friends some months back. Karaka says this Kashmir was ruled by a weak but pleasure-loving Maharaja, a courteous, pleasant-looking Indian Prince, fond of racing, fond of throwing parties, fond of good food and singing. It appears that Karaka used to live below him at one time — in the same apartment house in Bombay. This Prince of Kashmir, His Highness, the Maharaja Hari Singh Bahadur of Jammu and Kashmir sat on his throne by the grace of the British, who flattered his vanity no end, that included saluting him with 21 booming guns.

[To be continued tomorrow]

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16 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “The Discovery of Nehru -1”

  1. Gautam says:

    The yearly rant by Mr Ganapathy about Nehru, looking at him with jaundiced eyes, while promoting Narendra Modi as a modern day India’ Messiah!
    Nehru was head and shoulders above this BJP leader, Nehru was a colossus, who lost to China more territories-many of them quite fertile areas, the last one as recently as a few months ago along the Himachal Pradesh border , when China’s incursion took place, and that news was suppressed in India.

  2. Mann Ki Baat! says:

    If you cannot explain your points, no use in presenting a link. That is a crappy post.

  3. Abdul Kareem says:

    @Suresh. Thanks for your link. It was a very nice reply by Dr. S. Jaishankar. India has an excellent person representing us after a very long time. In olden days people would not even care to read what an external Affairs Minister would say. Now even many Pakistanis admire him.

  4. Sam says:

    Very nice article!

  5. Truth says:

    The author doesn’t mention that there is another side to the story:

    1. In his book “Nehru: A Political Biography”, author Michael Brecher writes that Nehru “never liked the title ‘Pandit’, which had been conferred on him by many admirers.”

    2. In his book “Nehru: The Invention of India”, author Shashi Tharoor notes that Nehru was “embarrassed” by the title “Pandit” and “never used it himself”.

    3. In a 1949 speech, Nehru himself said, “I do not like the title of ‘Pandit’ which people apply to me. I am not a learned man in the sense that a pandit is supposed to be.”

    4. In a letter to his daughter Indira Gandhi, Nehru wrote, “I do not like being called Panditji. It sounds very silly and childish, but people do it, I suppose, out of affection.”

  6. Howdy, Modi! says:

    That is a list of inconsequential stray facts.
    Try something which has gravitas in relation to Nehru.
    @Kareem . Who are you referring to: Jayashankar, the son of Subramaniam, who boasted he was the expert on international affairs, and who was ignored in every Western country?
    Yes, Jayashankar, of course, who ran away not daring to meet the US VP Kamala Harris.
    So,, your Pakistani cousins like him too?

  7. Truth says:

    ‘When it was answered by a “hello,” Omi immediately asked, “Is this Panditji’s home?” The answer was immediate, “Yes, brother, this is Jawaharlal speaking. Tell me what’s the matter.”‘

    —Memories of Jawaharlal Nehru, The Hindu

    I think that my earlier sources were dubious. However, I found the above article online and it appears to clearly demonstrate a willingness to move away from the title. The truth, however small, is not inconsequential. However, as far as gravitas is concerned, the following is relevant:

    1. He managed to avoid a full-fledged civil war despite the intense campaign of hatred preceding independence.

    2. Unlike most newly independent nations (Bangladesh and Indonesia are examples of this), India managed to strengthen democracy in a nation rife with illiteracy, linguistic and religious divisions, and immense diversity. The leadership’s role cannot be downplayed. Pandit Nehru could have extended the ban on the RSS using propaganda and false “facts”, but decided to do otherwise and even invited them after the China war.

    3. Our honourable FM clearly favours multi-alignment (a term used by Dr Shashi Tharoor, an admirer of Nehru who has written books on him). Multi-alignment clearly borrows from non-alignment as the fundmental spirit of not tilting too much towards one side remains the same. This made it possible for India to navigate the tense period between the 40s and the end of the USSR without an absolute breakdown of relations. However, I do feel that Mrs Gandhi made many mistakes that diverted the Congress away from the Nehruvian path (including supporting the USSR a bit too much).

    4. Despite a temptation to do otherwise, India’s space programme began. Additionally, institutions like the IITs were developed (which were and are considered to be some of Asia’s best educational institutions). Unfortunately, later governments failed to promote their growth as much as they could have.

    5. Massive dams (like Bhakra-Nangal) were constructed. India’s economy began to grow for the first time in decades. An example of this is the following:

    “First, not only does growth in the Nehru years amply exceed what was attained in the final half-century of colonial rule, but the quickening of the economy observed in the second half of the 20th century may be seen to have been already achieved in the Nehru era. Secondly, not only is there an acceleration of growth across all sectors but also the ranking of sectors by growth is reversed early with the commodity-producing sectors now growing faster than services which had been the fastest growing segment of the colonial economy. Following Kuznets’s work on economic growth, high services growth in a low-income economy would be treated as pathologically. In a poor economy with a low level of consumption of even the most basic goods, a faster growth of the commodity sectors is a desirable outcome.”


    6. Finally, Pandit Nehru, despite his obvious flaws (that also stemmed from his idealism and a desire for peace, which was something that Einstein and Russell might have recognised when Pt. Nehru organised an international conference that supported the Russell-Einstein manifesto that highlighted the dangers of nuclear weapons), did understand the soul of India’s pluralism and unity (that Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi also emphasised through their Advaitic framework). The following quote from Pt. Nehru’s autobiography gives a decent understanding of his views regarding India:

    “And yet India with all her poverty and degradation had enough of nobility and greatness about her, and though she was overburdened with ancient tradition and present misery, and her eyelids were a little weary, she had ‘a beauty wrought out from within upon the flesh, the deposit, little cell by cell, of strange thoughts and fantastic reveries and exquisite passions’. Behind and within her battered body one could still glimpse a majesty of soul. Through long ages she had travelled and gathered much wisdom on the way, and trafficked with strangers and added them to her own big family, and witnessed days of glory and of decay, and suffered humiliation and terrible sorrow, and seen many a strange sight; but throughout her long journey she had clung to her immemorial culture, drawn strength and vitality from it, and shared it with other lands. Like a pendulum she had swing up and down; she had ventured with the daring of her thought to reach up to the heavens and unravel their mystery, and she had also had bitter experience of the pit of hell. Despite the woeful accumulations of superstition and degrading customs that had clung to her and borne her down, she had never wholly forgotten the inspiration that some of the wisest of her children, at the dawn of history, had given her in the Upanishads. The keen minds, ever restless and ever striving and exploring, had not sought refuge in blind dogma or grown complacent in the routine observance of dead forms or ritual and creed. They had demanded not a personal relief from suffering in the present or a place in a paradise to come, but light and understanding: ‘Lead me from the unreal to the real, lead me from darkness to light, lead me from death to immortality,’ as the Brihadaranyak Upanishad expresses it. In the most famous of the prayers recited daily even today by millions, the Gayatri mantra, the call is for knowledge, for enlightenment.”

    Plenty of contemporary Congress leaders, who claim to follow Nehruvian ideas, essentially limit themselves to Mrs Gandhi and the later leaders whilst forgetting about words like the ones written above. One can only hope that awareness will rise and the quality of discourse will improve.

  8. Questo says:

    @Truth, Nobody has time to read your long and useless rant with cut and paste links. It is a waste of precious time

  9. Sam says:

    @Truth ! Haven’t you leant any lesson so far? Why you are arguing with pathetic psychotic loser Assholes, Truth does not matter to them at all. See there are a bunch of idiots who have nothing else in their life and writing comments in SOM is their only job in their entire life! . These Aholes have a lot of time and loaded with jealousy stems out of doing nothing useful in their entire life!. See how all these donkeys think Rahul and Sonia and Chidambaram are pure and clean handed geniuses and Jaishankar and Modi are corrupt thieves. How can you argue with this type of retardation caused by missing chromosomes ? Fortunately these are old farts and they all may die in the near future and even own families are looking forward. Unfortunately we will never know when it happens so that we can be relieved! Till then, Just ignore them like the rest of the world does!
    Their stupidity and hatred against anything or anybody successful that it cant fit under a single name! So, they use multiple names like Howdy Modi. mann Ki Baath, Marigowda, Gautam, Rampur ka Lxaman etc.. you name it! They have failed in every front that they hate anything or everything or anybody looks successful. Just to give a few examples, They hate Doctors, Engineers, IT professionals, Brahmims, Lingayats, Gowdas, backword castes, Muslims, Police, poltiticains, news media. They like China because China made they mobiles they could afford and write SOM comments! They are showing their gratitude by the propaganda that chinese vaccinmes are the best and they occupied Indian territory recently while they truth is we lost that land in 1962.
    They like Con-gress because PRO is opposite to CON, so Progess must be opposite of Congress! So, they exactly sound like an idiotic version of Rahul Gandhi!(LOL)
    You can see flurry of comments in response to my comments because truth hurts and this comment touched their raw nerve. All responses with fake names will start pouring in no time.

  10. Nikhil says:

    ಒಂದು ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಬ್ಬ ರೈತನ ಹತ್ತಿರ ಎರಡು ಎತ್ತು ಹಾಗೂ ಒಂದು ನಾಯಿ ಇತ್ತು.
    ಒಂದು ಬಾರಿ ಆತ ಬೇರೆ ಊರಿಗೆ ಹೋಗಬೇಕಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಆಗ ಆತ, ಎತ್ತು ಮತ್ತು ನಾಯಿಯನ್ನ ಕರೆದು, “ನೋಡಿ ನಾನು ಬೇರೆ ಊರಿಗೆ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ನಾನು ಬರುವಷ್ಟರಲ್ಲಿ, ನೀವು ಹೋಲಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಎಲ್ಲ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಿ ಮುಗಿಸಿ. ಯಾರು ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುತ್ತೀರೋ, ಅವರನ್ನ ನಾನು ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತೇನೆ” ಅಂತ ಹೇಳಿ ಊರಿಗೆ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಾನೆ
    ಎತ್ತುಗಳು ಹೋಲಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಕಷ್ಟಪಟ್ಟು ದುಡಿಯಲಾರಂಬಿಸುತ್ತವೆ. ನಾಯಿ ಕೂಡಾ ಹೊಲಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗುತ್ತದೆ, ಆದರೆ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡದೆ ಅಲ್ಲಿಯೆ ಇದ್ದ ಗಿಡದ ಕೆಳಗೆ ಮಲಗಿ ನಿದ್ರೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತದೆ
    ಸಾಯಂಕಾಲ, ಎಲ್ಲ ಕೆಲಸ ಮುಗಿಸಿದ ಎತ್ತುಗಳು, ಯಜಮಾನನ ಮುಂದೆ ತಾನು ಮಾಡಿದ ಕೆಲಸದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ವಿವರ ಕೊಡಲು ಮನೆಗೆ ಹೋಗುತ್ತವೆ. ಆಗ ಮಲಗಿದ್ದ ನಾಯಿ ಎದ್ದು ಹೋಲದ ತುಂಬಾ ಹತ್ತು ಬಾರಿ ಒಡಾಡಿ, ಮನೆಗೆ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ
    ಎತ್ತು – ನಾಯಿ, ಇಬ್ಬರೂ ತಾವು ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದೇವೆ ಅಂತ ಯಜಮಾನನಿಗೆ ಹೇಳುತ್ತವೆ.
    ಇದನ್ನ ಪರೀಕ್ಷಿಸಲು, ರೈತ ಹೊಲಕ್ಕೆ ಬರುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊಲದ ತುಂಬಾ ನಾಯಿಯ ಹೆಜ್ಜೆ ಗುರುತೆ ಜಾಸ್ತಿ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. ಇದನ್ನ ನೋಡಿದ ರೈತ, ನಾಯಿಯೇ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಿದೆ ಅಂತ ಅದನ್ನ ತನ್ನ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು, ಎತ್ತಗಳನ್ನು ಹೊಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂದೂ ದುಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾನೆ
    ಇಂದು ನಾವು ಕಾಣುತ್ತಿರುವ ಗಾಂಧಿ ರೋಡ್, ನೆಹರು ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯ, ಇಂದಿರಾ ಏರಪೋರ್ಟ್, ರಾಜೀವ್ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿ, ಅಕ್ಬರ್ ರೋಡ್, ಇವುಗಳೆಲ್ಲಾ ಒಂದು ರೀತಿ ‘ ನಾಯಿ ಹೆಜ್ಜೆ ‘ ಇದ್ದಂತೆ
    ಮಂಗಲ ಪಾಂಡೇ, ರಾಣಿ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿಬಾಯಿ, ಕಿತ್ತೂರ ರಾಣಿ ಚೆನ್ನಮ್ಮಾ, ಸಂಗೊಳ್ಳಿ ರಾಯಣ್ಣ, ತಾಂತ್ಯಾ ಟೋಪಿ, ಬಿರ್ಸಾ ಮುಂಡಾ, ಬಾಬು ಕುಂವರ್ ಸಿಂಗ್, ಮದನ ಲಾಲ ದಿಂಗ್ರಾ, ಬಾಲಗಂಗಾದರ ತಿಲಕ, ಲಾಲಾ ಲಜಪತ ರಾಯ್, ಬಿಪಿನ್ ಚಂದ್ರಪಾಲ,
    ವೀರ ಸಾವರಕರ್, ಸಚಿಂದ್ರನಾಥ ಸನ್ಯಾಲ, ಬಾಗಾ ಜತೀನ್, ರಾಮ್ ಪ್ರಸಾದ್ ಬಿಸ್ಮಿಲ್ಲಾ, ಖುದಿರಾಮ್ ಬೋಸ್, ಉದಮ್ ಸಿಂಗ್, ಭಗತ್ ಸಿಂಗ್, ಚಂದ್ರಶೇಖರ್ ಆಜಾದ್, ರಾಜಗುರೂ, ಸುಖದೇವ್, ಸುಭಾಷಚಂದ್ರ ಬೋಸ್ ಮತ್ತು ಅವರ ಆಜಾದ್ ಹಿಂದ್ ಫೌಜನ 25,000 ಸೈನಿಕರ ಬಲಿದಾನವನ್ನ ಎತ್ತುಗಳ ಕೆಲಸದಂತೆ ನಾವು ಮರೆತೆ ಹೋಗಿದ್ದೇವೆ.
    ಅವರನ್ನ ನಾವು ಗುರುತಿಸಲೆ ಇಲ್ಲ
    ಗಾಂಧೀಜಿ ತಮ್ಮ ಕುರಿಯನ್ನ ಕಟ್ಟುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಹಗ್ಗ ಈಗಲೂ ಇದೆ ಆದರೇ, ಭಗತಸಿಂಗ್ ನಗುತ್ತಾ ಏರಿದ ಆ ನೇಣಿನ ಹಗ್ಗ ಎಲ್ಲಿಯೋ ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡೆವು?
    ಸಾಯುವಾಗ ಗಾಂಧೀ ‘ಹೇ ರಾಮ’ ಅಂದಿದ್ದು ಎಲ್ಲಿಯೊ ಇದ್ದ ನೆಹರೂಗೆ ಕೇಳಿಸಿತಂತೆ. (ಇದು ಅವರೊಬ್ಬರಿಗೆ ಹೇಗೆ ಕೇಳಿಸಿತು? 🤔😛)
    ಆದರೇ….., ನೇಣಿಗೆ ಏರುವಾಗ, ಬ್ರಿಟೀಷರ ಚಡೀ ಏಟು ಬೀಳುವಾಗ, ಅಂಡಮಾನ್ ಮತ್ತು ಇತರೆ ಜೈಲುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾತನೆ/ಹಿಂಸೆ ಅನುಭವಿಸುವಾಗ, ಬ್ರಿಟಿಷರ ಗುಂಡಿನ ಏಟು ತಿಂದು ಸಾಯುವಾಗ ದೇಶ ಭಕ್ತರು ಕೂಗಿದ ‘ ವಂದೇ ಮಾತರಂ ‘ & ‘ ಭಾರತ ಮಾತಾ ಕೀ ಜೈ ‘ ಇಂದು ಕೋಮುವಾದಿ ಪದಗಳಾಗಿವೆ.
    ದೇಶದ ಹಳೆಯ ಮತ್ತು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಪಕ್ಷವೊಂದು ‘ಭಾರತ ಮಾತಾ ಕೀ ಜೈ’ ಮತ್ತು ‘ವಂದೇ ಮಾತರಂ’ ಹೇಳೋದೇ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಹೇಳುವವರನ್ನ ಹತ್ತಿರ ಸೇರಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳೋದು ಬಿಡಿ, ಹಾಗೆ ಹೇಳೋರನ್ನ “ಕೋಮುವಾದಿಗಳು” ಅಂತಾನೂ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಹಣೆಪಟ್ಟಿ ಕಟ್ಟುತ್ತೆ.
    ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ಬಹುಸಂಖ್ಯಾತರಾಗಿದ್ದರೂ, ಎರಡನೆ ದರ್ಜೆಯ ನಾಗರೀಕರಂತೆ ಬದುಕುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ,
    ನಮ್ಮ ದೇವಾಲಯಗಳು ಸರಕಾರದ ಆದೀನದಲ್ಲಿವೇ,
    ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನಕ್ಕೆ ನಾವು ಕೊಡುವ ಹಣ, ಮಸೀದಿ/ಚರ್ಚುಗಳ ಜೀರ್ಣೊದ್ದಾರಕ್ಕೂ ಹೋಗುತ್ತದೆ ಆದರೇ ಆ ಮಸೀದಿ/ಚರ್ಚುಗಳನ್ನ ಸರಕಾರ ಮುಟ್ಟುವಂತಿಲ್ಲ.
    ಈ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಸ್ಲಾಂ/ಕ್ರಿಶ್ಚಿಯನ್ ಧರ್ಮ ಬೋದಿಸಬಹುದು ಆದರೇ ಸನಾತನ ಹಿಂದೂ ಧರ್ಮವನ್ನ ಭೋದಿಸುವಂತಿಲ್ಲ.
    ನಮ್ಮ ಹಬ್ಬಗಳಂದು ದೇವರ ಮೂರ್ತಿಯ ಸೈಜ್ ಎಷ್ಟಿರಬೇಕು, ಅಭಿಷೇಕಕ್ಕೆ ಎಷ್ಟು ಹಾಲು ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸಬೇಕು, ಪಟಾಕಿ/ದೀಪ ಹಚ್ಚ ಬೇಕೆ ಬೇಡವೇ ಅಂತ ಸರಕಾರ/ಕೋರ್ಟಗಳು ಹೇಳುತ್ತವೆ. ಅದೇ ಸರಕಾರ/ಕೋರ್ಟಗಳು, ಬಕ್ರೀದಂದು ಬಲಿ ಕೊಡುವ ಲಕ್ಷಾಂತರ ಪ್ರಾಣಿಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಚಕಾರವೆತ್ತುವುದಿಲ್ಲ.
    ‘ಅಲ್ಲಾನೆ ದೇವರು ಅವನನ್ನ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಯಾರೂ ಇಲ್ಲ’ ಅಂತ ಮುಸ್ಲೀಂರು ದಿನಕ್ಕೆ ಐದು ಬಾರಿ ಅದೂ ಲೌಡ್ ಸ್ಪೀಕರಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮನ್ನ ಅಣಕಿಸಬಹುದು ಆದರೇ ನಾವು ಜೈ ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮ ಅಂದರೇ ಕೋಮುವಾದವಾಗಿಬಿಡುತ್ತದೆ.
    ನಾವಿನ್ನೂ ನಿಜವಾಗಿ (ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕವಾಗಿ, ಧಾರ್ಮಿಕವಾಗಿ) ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ ಪಡದೆ ಇಲ್ಲ.
    ಕಾರಣ ,
    ನಾವು ಇನ್ನೂ ‘ನಾಯಿ ಹೆಜ್ಜೆ’ ನಂಬಿದ್ದೇವೆ

  11. Truth says:

    @Questo Thank you for your intellectually edifying reply. Unfortunately, I feel compelled to avoid making baseless claims in order to defend a particular ideology. I am also perplexed by your claim about my reply being an excercise in copying and pasting as most of the points were written by me and were only buttressed by additional sources. However, I am sorry if this results in a reply that was too long for you.

  12. Truth says:

    One wrong doesn’t justify another. When people are being burnt in their vehicles, I am surprised that you are only concerned with your alleged second-class status. Corruption in religious institutions is also a reality that we cannot ignore. I do think that only focusing on one community is not the right approach.

  13. Truth says:

    @Sam Blind devotion only leads to a growth of problems that can consume one from within. The Congress is hardly doing any meaningful intellectual work these days (that doesn’t involve a severe left-leaning influence). Changes have to occur. However, as I said to @Nikhil, one wrong doesn’t make another wrong right.

  14. Truth says:

    @Nikhil You said that Pt. Nehru was the one who heard “Hey “Ram”, but Gurbachan Singh’s testimony also exists. Furthermore, why should glorifying Shaheed Bhagat Singh require diminishing Mahatma Gandhi’s role?

    “Not since Buddha has India so revered any man. Not since St. Francis of Assissi has any life known to history been so marked by gentleness, disinterestedness, simplicity of soul and forgiveness of enemies. We have the astonishing phenomenon of a revolution led by a saint.”

    —Will Durant, The Case for India

  15. koppal boregowda says:

    @Sam says: “They have failed in every front that they hate anything or everything or anybody looks successful. Just to give a few examples, They hate Doctors, Engineers, IT professionals, Brahmims, Lingayats, Gowdas, backword castes, Muslims, Police, poltiticains, news media..”
    Sounds like some one smoking cannabis, and experiencing hallucinations!
    @Nikhil you too, do n ot smoke that drug.


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