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Anti-Hindus degenerate into anti-Indians, if not also filth columnists and even talk, write and work on behalf of a country which is against India.

46. Fifth Column

Dear Khilnani
Marxism, supranationalism or Islamic universalism, sub-nationalism as well as casteism run counter to the ideal of nationalism. Beyond a point, however, it is not an ism that is an enemy but its soldier that one faces.Who are the soldiers that are deployed against Hindutva?

As a young boy, I had heard what Sir Jadunath Sarkar, perhaps the most distinguished scholar of Mughal history, had to say about Aurangzeb. This was during the period when my family lived in the same neighbourhood as Sir Jadunath. Nevertheless, I was not then sold on the villainy of Aurangzeb.

This came much later, in fact quite recently, when I happened to visit Benares and Mathura. What Aurangzeb perpetrated upon the Kashi Vishwanath temple and the Goverdhan Mandir at Krishnajanmabhoomi shook me. When those sites come before my eyes, I must confess my blood boiled. This also happens to me when I drive down Aurangzeb Road in New Delhi. What extraordinary people we must be that we continue to retain a road named after the cruel monarch in the middle of our capital? We have not hesitated to change street names. For instance, Curzon Road has been renamed Kasturba Gandhi Marg but we have not dared to change the name of Aurangzeb Road. Lord Curzon did both good and bad, a little of both. He partitioned Bengal but he also consolidated the Archaeological Survey of India and redeemed the Taj Mahal.

What good Aurangzeb did I do not know but he certainly killed people including his brothers, nephews and grandnephews. The number of temples he desecrated across the country is countless. Yet his name lives on for pedestrians and motorists to see every day whereas Curzon's was extinguished decades ago. It is a fact that there are very few British citizens resident in India. Whereas there are crores of Muslims living in the country. It is wrong to insinuate motives but obviously in the perception of our leadership, many of them would be upset if Aurangzeb's name were to be removed. This however is an incorrect perception.

I have many Muslim friends and they have no liking for Aurangzeb. Have you ever met a single Muslim who is named after either Aurangzeb or Alamgir? I have not. This makes me feel that many Hindus are anti-Hindu. They are foot soldiers battling against Hindutva.The enemy is that person who is born a Hindu, bears a Hindu name,claims to be a Hindu on his passport but works against Hindutva or Hinduness. There is an old Jat saying that a qila or a fore can be broken only from within. The fifth columnist is the most dangerous enemy. During the nineteenth century, European troops used to marchin four columns and not three. The fifth column was the invisible one in addition to the four. It was within and yet indiscernible. That is why it is more dangerous than the known enemy.

Before we explore as to why a Hindu could be anti-Hindu, it would be useful to see what a typical anti-Hindu says. One lady has written that the popular Bengali novelist Bankimchandra Chatterji (1838-1894) wrote abusively of all foreigners-British and Muslim-in his acclaimed historical novels. The creation of the Indian "Self was also creating the"Other"-a concept that has acquired monstrous proportions in today's Hindu fundamentalist movement. Assuming that her allegation is true, would she comment on the conflict personified by the Jews versus gentile, or the Christian versus heathen, or the momin versus kafir or the proletariat versus bourgeoisie? I would like to wager that she would rather not challenge the west or the Judaic assumptions. On the other hand, she has the temerity to invent a Hindu abusing the 'Other'. She forgets that the Hindu universe comprises all living beings, namely, human, animal, bird and reptile. There are no others.

Another prize winning woman writer, while introducing an American book, wrote thus: "if protesting against having a nuclear bomb implanted in my brain is auti-Hindu and anti-national, then I secede. I hereby declare myself an independent, mobile republic. I am a citizen of the earth. I own no territory. I have no flag. I'm female, but have nothing against eunuchs. My policies are simple. I'm willing to sign any nuclear nonproliferation treaty or nuclear test ban treaty that's going. Immigrants are welcome. You can help me design our flag. My world has died. And I write to mourn its passing.

No one has called her anti-Hindu for being opposed to Pokhran II. No one opposed the explanation in the press or in parliament. Evidently, the lady has taken it upon herself to invent the abuse and then abuse the imaginary abuser. Does this not smack of masochism which is psychosexual disorder in which erotic release is achieved through pain inflicted on oneself? The term derives from the name of Chevalier Leopold van Sacher-Masoch, an Austrian who wrote extensively on the satisfaction gained by being beaten and subjugated. The amount of pain involved can vary from ritual humiliation with little violence to severe whipping or beating. The term is frequently used in a looser social context in which masochism is defined as the behaviour of one who seeks out and enjoys situations of humiliation or abuse.

The enjoyment of power is also an instinctive desire. The normal way of enjoying it is to lord over other people. If however this is not possible, one might find an escape by heaping abuse upon one's own people and experience the sensation of fording over. Why should this perversion overtake a Hindu and then affect so many of us whom we call anti-Hindu?

The Saffron Book
Prafull Goradia
1. Awake and Unite!
2. Why The Saffron Book?

10. Small States
3. Vision
4. Economic Face
5. Abolish Casteism
6. Bride Burning, Divorce
7. Rape, Prostitution
8. Revolutionising Education
9. The Constitution

11. Nationalism
12. Pan-Islamism
13. Communism
14. Subnationalism
15. Casteism

16. Hindutva is Dialectical
17. Origin of Hinduism
18. Medieval Phase
19. Modern Resurgence
20. Not Fundamentalism
21. Not Fascism
22. Tolerance
23. Strengths
24. Weaknesses
25. Opportunities
26. Threats
27. Individual Brilliance

Hindu Paradoxes
42. Idolatry
43. Fatalism
44. Double Standards
45. Masochistic Fringe
46. Fifth Column
47. No Soul before Birth

48. Proselytising Unwelcome
49. Myth of Divide and Rule

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