Divisive Forces and Hateful Voices in India

There are umpteen hate-filled speeches against Hindus on the net, not only by Muslims but also by Christians !

Ms Maria Wirth

An article in the Indian Express on 8th January 2022 caught my attention. It was titled ‘Your silence emboldens hate voices : Faculty, students of IIMs to PM’.

16 Professors and 167 students of IIM Ahmedabad and Bangalore had signed a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office. It urged PM Modi to steer the country away from ‘forces that seek to divide us’, and rued, ‘Your silence, Honourable Prime Minister, emboldens the hate-filled voices and threatens the unity and integrity of our country’.

Almost two years ago, I also had written a letter to the Prime Minister and had attached a draft for a petition to the United Nations with a similar request. (Please read Page 9 of our Issue Dated 16-31 January for an article on this.) I had focused on the contempt and resultant hatred which is inbuilt in the doctrines of Christianity and Islam for Hindus, which I know firsthand since I grew up in one of these religions. Hindus are seen as unbelievers, even though most Hindus are great believers in the Divine, because for those religions, ‘unbelievers’ means those who don’t believe in Christianity or Islam respectively.

Both these religions are divisive because they divide humanity into those who are right and saved by the Almighty, and those who are wrong and will be punished by the Almighty

And both religions claim that Hindus belong to the second category. For them, Hindus are despicable, sinful Idol-worshippers who will suffer for all eternity in hell.

I had argued in my draft that teaching children these divisive claims creates hatred and can lead to hate crimes if not genocide. This is not far-fetched. Genocide was committed in India by Muslim and Christian invaders over the last 1,000 years and many millions of Hindus were brutally tortured and killed for being Hindus.

This petition draft, which is on my blog, contains for example the paragraph :

‘The unrelenting, unjust vilification of Hindus and Hindutva (Hindu-ness) by the leftist media in support of these two religions puts Hindus in a dangerous position. Hate speech against a group precedes hate crimes and genocide. It needs to be stopped urgently.’

Hope disappointed

So when I saw this article in the Indian Express, I was happy that professors and students of the prestigious IIMs may finally have taken up the cause of the unacceptable contempt and hatred for Hindus, since there is no doubt that the two exclusive religions, each one of which claims that it alone is true, are divisive forces.

However, while reading the article, I soon realised that these professors and students seem to live in another world. A world which is upside down. Where the victims are the perpetrators and the perpetrators are the victims.

In short, the professors who drafted the letter believe that Hindus are hate-filled and attack Muslims and Christians. They point to speeches by Sadhus, and some lynching of Muslims by Hindus. Yes, these happened. For example, when Muslims steal cows and villagers go after them.

The speech of Sadhus at the Dharam Sansad in Haridwar, to which the signatories of the letter objected, can be seen as an alarmed reaction to equally or more terrible speeches which were made by Muslims and Christians in plenty and which show their intent to wipe out Hindus, but which strangely are not flagged by these professors and students as hateful.

Bias in the ‘highly educated’ class

Don’t these signatories remember, for example, the Muslim women at the CAA protest in Delhi saying on video that when they are in the majority, they will kill Hindus one by one ? Or Waris Pathan, the Spokesman for Owaisi, openly challenging Hindus that if the 15 crore Muslims take to the streets, it would be enough to bring the 100 crores of the country down to their knees ?

Don’t they know that it’s the duty of good Muslims to do Jihad and leave only Muslims on earth and that it’s the duty of good Christians to wipe out belief in ‘false Gods’.

There are umpteen hate-filled speeches against Hindus on the net, not only by Muslims but also by Christians. For example, a priest of the Pentecostal Church in Tamil Nadu asked all members to convert Hindus, so that in 3 years the whole of Tamil Nadu gets converted. In the ‘Blessings’ Magazine of the Baptist Church, the youth is exhorted – ‘India must be converted in this generation’.

Have the signatories forgotten the lynching of the Sadhus and their driver in Palghar ? Or the many pujaris (Priests) murdered and their temples desecrated ? The many rapes and murders of Hindu girls ? Or Ramalingam, a youth in Tamil Nadu, who objected to conversions and many like him, for example, from the RSS ?

Do these signatories not know about the history of the last 1,000 years ? I can’t even attempt to detail the cruelties wrought by Muslims and Christians, as it would need the length of a book. Even in the last 100 years the list is terrible – the brutal Hindu genocide by Moplahs, the ‘Direct Action Day, the Partition, the unspeakable brutalities against Hindus in 1971 in Bangladesh or in 1990 in Kashmir.

Dear students and professors of IIMs, please introspect !

Compare the above facts with what Hindus did to Muslims and Christians, and have some integrity and honesty. Think of your ancestors who greatly suffered for holding on to their Dharma, and who may have had to open their mouth and humbly receive the spittle of Muslims who passed them on horseback (I read this and other barbaric methods to humiliate and hurt Hindus in ‘Legacy of Jihad’, by Andrew Bostom).

Thanks to your ancestors, Hindu civilization is still alive, though it has shrunk a lot. In fact, most Muslims in the world had Hindu ancestors, not only the Muslims of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, but also of Indonesia, Malaysia, Afghanistan …

It’s really sad that you support those who attack Hindu Dharma and thereby risk making Indian Hindus and possibly yourself in a few decades suffer in similar depraved circumstances, as the unfortunate few remaining Hindus in Pakistan or Bangladesh do.

Afghanistan can pride itself that it has already fulfilled its religious duty and has fully wiped out Hindus from its soil.

Your letter says “Our Constitution gives us the right to practice our religion with dignity – without fear, without shame. There is a sense of fear in our country now – places of worship, including churches in recent days, are being vandalised, and there have been calls to take arms against our Muslim brothers and sisters. All of this is carried out with impunity and without any fear of due process”.

Please introspect who is victimising whom. You surely consider yourself highly educated, but there are gaps in your education. Read history and about the fundamentals of Hindu Dharma and the fundamentals of the religions which claim that they alone are true and all must follow them. And also read and listen to media with the required discernment.

Then you may come to a more realistic understanding.

(Introduction to Ms Maria Wirth : Ms Wirth is from Germany and has been in India for the past 38 years. She is the Author of the book ‘Thank you India – a German woman’s journey to the wisdom of Yoga’)

In 1927, the administration of the British Raj enacted Hate Speech Law Section 295(A),[11] a part of the Criminal Law Amendment Act XXV. This made it a criminal offence to insult the founders or leaders of any religious community.

Many reports worldwide, declared 2018 as the ‘year of online hate’. Facebook in its ‘Transparency Report’ disclosed alarming statistics wherein it ended up taking down 3 million hateful posts from its platform. Youtube, which allows free sharing of video content on its site, removed 25,000 videos in a single month alone.

What is hate speech ?

India prohibits hate speech by several sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, and by other laws which put limitations on the freedom of expression. Section 95 of the Code of Criminal Procedure gives the Government the right to declare certain publications ‘forfeited’ if the ‘publication … appears to the State Government to contain any matter the publication of which is punishable under Section 124A or Section 153A or Section 153B or Section 292 or Section 293 or Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code.

Section 295(A) of the IPC enacted in 1927 says : Whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class of [citizens of India], [by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise], insults or attempts to insult the religion or the religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to [three years], or with fine, or with both.