Monthly Archives: May 2014

How Kashmir is bleeding Hindus

The present state of Jammu&Kashmir consists of Kashmir inhabited by 100 percent Muslims, Jammu by 70% Hindus and 30% Muslims and Ladakh by Muslims and Buddhists in the ratio of fifty-fifty. About 1/3rd of the original Jammu&Kashmir State is under the control of Pakistan and called as Azad Kashmir. Pakistan says that until the Kashmir issue is resolved peace cannot be possible between Pakistan and India. It wants India to give up its hold over Kashmir. In 1947 when the British relinquished their hold over India and several Princely States, the Nizam of Hyderabad wanted to stay independent and later wished his State’s merger with Pakistan. But as the majority of population in Hyderabad was Hindus, the Government of India took police action and got Hyderabad merged with India. On the same logic Pakistan wants Kashmir to be handed over to it even though the ruler of Jammu&Kashmir has signed the instrument of accession with India, as the majority of people of Kashmir are Muslims. India and Pakistan have fought several wars over the issue of Kashmir and India is spending five crores per day to maintain Siachen a strategic outpost for maintaining its control over Kashmir. Leaving sentiments aside, the time has now come for Hindus to introspect about the whole issue of retaining Kashmir.

Zero benefit to Hindus

The Kashmir valley is inhabited by Muslims who hate India to the core. To retain control over Kashmir, the Indian government is spending crores of rupees in the form of salaries to the Muslim bureaucracy of Kashmir, grants for development which are siphoned by the Muslim politicians and for maintaining law and order in the valley. In what way is the Indian Government or the Hindus of India benefitted from Kashmir? Even earlier tourism used to benefit the Muslims of Kashmir and the sale of products like carpets, Kesar, etc. used to profit Muslim manufacturers. The Hindus have not only lost their lives and money but also earned the hatred ness of the Kashmir Muslims. The Hindus cannot own property in Kashmir and now the situation is such that, they even cannot go there as tourists to enjoy the scenery.

The solution

With Narendra Modi at the helm of affairs, the government of India should take up steps to solve the Kashmir issue once for all. Narendra Modi is very keen to develop India economically for which peace and precious resources are important. With his popularity at its zenith Modi should create a favourable public opinion for solving the Kashmir issue through a settlement with Pakistan by –

  • Transferring the valley of Kashmir to Pakistan along with the Muslim population of Jammu and Ladakh.
  • Merging the Jammu region with rest of India and
  • Ladakh to be converted into an independent Buddhist State (like Vatican) by transferring the Tibetan refugees residing in India and the responsibility of its security should be handed over to the UN.

This move would save India hundreds of crores which it could utilize to fence its borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh and make it foolproof. With regards to the millions of Bangladeshi refugees who have already entered India, they should be given an option of staying in India provided they embrace Hinduism; otherwise they should be deported back to their country. The Indian government should induce poor Muslims to convert to Hinduism by providing cash incentives. The government should also ban conversion of Hindus to Islam, ban the practice of polygamy by Muslim men and restrict Muslim couples from having more than two children. If not their population will rise and after some 50-100 years, once again the Hindus will face a threat for their existence.

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A New Krishna Temple for Non-Brahmins at Udupi

The present situation in India is such that if no drastic measures are taken, within 50 to 100 years the population of Hindus would be reduced to 40% from the present 80%. This alarming situation calls for some serious thinking on the part of Hindu leaders and religious heads as to how to arrest this trend; consolidate the Hindus and put a united fight against its adversaries. Unfortunately in the temple town of Udupi in Karnataka we find discrimination while serving food with separate arrangements made exclusively for Brahmins. Temples and holy centers of yore are places meant for unifying devotees. But in the Krishna Mutt at Udupi devotees are made to feel inferior due to their caste, as if the Lord himself has sanctioned discrimination. Recently a women belonging to a non-Brahmin community was forcibly made to leave the dining hall where only the Brahmin community is allowed to partake food. It is said that the non-Brahmin communities silently undergo this humiliation as they are deeply devoted to the Lord and overlook the arrogance for the people who manage the affairs of the temple. But the future generation may not tolerate this and even become atheists. Hence a new temple for Lord Krishna should be built at Udupi and managed by non-Brahmins.

First a plot of land measuring about three to four acres near the vicinity of Udupi should be purchased for building a temple for Lord Krishna. This temple should be modeled on the temple of Mahadeva at Ittagi in Raichur district which is built on the Kalyani Chalukyan style of temple architecture and called Devalaya Chakravarthi (king among temples). Similar to the Golden Temple at Amritsar this temple should be surrounded by a tank with fresh water with a passage to reach it. Surrounding this tank should be a beautiful garden with green lawn, flower alleys and sculptures in the midst. A human sized image of Lord Krishna playing flute and leaning behind a cow, carved in granite should be placed in the garbhagudi. The garbhagudi should be well lighted and doing abhishekas to the idol should be avoided. Aartees should be done thrice a day and incense burnt in front of the idol decorated with minimum flowers. The premises should be kept hyper clean and silence maintained. The prayer hall should have sculptures and paintings of devotees like Kanakadasa, Purandaradasa, the avatars of Vishnu, scenes from the Puranas, etc.

With regards to the maintenance of this temple, eight communities namely the Bunts, Billavas, Mogaveeras, Yadavas, Dalits, Kurubas, Idigas and the Vaishyas should in turn be allowed to manage the affairs of the temple for one year beginning a week prior to Krishna Jayanthi. The community managing the temple affairs of that particular year should have its own priest to offer prayers to the Lord. In this temple instead of wholesome lunch, sweet pongal should be offered as prasada to devotees and this should be prepared exclusively by a Dalit cook in a highly hygiene method and that the prasada is prepared by a Dalit should be well advertised. This temple should be opened to all irrespective of people of different religious faiths and devotees should be asked to cover their bodies and people without shirts should not be allowed inside. The community managing the temple should organize cultural activities like Yakshagana, Bayalaata, folk dance, Harikathe, during various auspicious days like Ramanavmi, Vaikunta Ekadashi, Ugadi, Dasara, etc.

In short by building an aesthetic temple and holding regular cultural activities, this temple will become a beehive of tourists from all over the world. More than anything this temple will give a sense of pride to various non-Brahmin communities including Dalits.

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