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Do we feel isolated?

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I do not agree I do not suffer any inferiority complex because I am a Hindu
I do not apologise for being a Brahmin
I f I have to choose a religion I choose Hinduism because it is no worse than any other and I am borne in it. All Abrahamic religions ask their followers to exterminate infidels. Hinduism does not do it It has a superiority arrogance perhaps
similarly I am not ashamed to be a Brahmin I did not look down on any. Actually some times people of other castes try to insult me
People who have an advantage either because of Dharma or Constitution try to protect it and perpetuate it
Now we have different castes industrial caste politicians caste movie actors caste like that based again on Vr’this
The secularism our politician preach ( they do not practice) is bull shit
Secularasim is not take religion as a arameter in governance but allowing each one to follow his religion in matters of Paraloka. Iha loka is governed by the law of the state
I lived in christian and muslim counties.THe law of the state is same for all

Uniform Civil and Criminal law can not be religion based. In our country it is a legacy of British devide rule policy
ka. va na. sarma

On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 1:30 AM, VR Damerla <vrrdamerla> wrote:

DO WE FEEL ISOLATED

Apart from Nepal, India is the only Hindu nation, a political and geographic entity. That seems to be one of the reasons for some of our countrymen to feel isolated and feel the need to assert ourselves, aggressively or even violently. Perhaps it comes out of a sense of being alone in the comity of nations entirely devoid of any similar nations to feel culturally or ethnically or religiously close.

The christian nations feel culturally and religiously close to their cousins in Europe and the Americas. Similarly, the Islamic nations feel they have a large number of other nations they can depend on at an emotional level when the need arises. Neither a Christian nations nor an Islamic nation ever needs to feel they are alone or isolated. This does not mean they do not have major differences or do not go to war with each other, but at a deep emotional level they feel they have other societies and nations and similar ethnic and cultural agglomerations to fall back on at times of crises.

Nepal, the only other Hindu nation on this earth is too small in comparison to India to fall back upon for any substantial support, material or emotional. Not only that, we have a sort of love-hate relationship with Nepal. All our neighbours, immediate (across the borders) or once-removed are all small in geographic size, population and resources when compared to us. So, it is not unnatural for them to have some sort of an apprehension about a close neighbouring country which is huge and has the potential to do them harm. Further, our indifferent and botched diplomatic dealings with them and the innate desire of the our countrymen (especially the Hindutvavaadis) to show off our imagined superiority to them has not really endeared us to them.

Whatever the reasons, the fact that we are stuck in a place with hardly any neighbours we can depend on is a reality.

One reason is the fact that Hinduism does not accept converts, so the possibility of having other nations across the world with Hindu populations is nil. If the British had not united India the way we are now, there could have been a couple of dozen or a couple of hundred Hindu nations within the geographic confines of the Indian subcontinent. While such a situation enables the smaller nations to feel comfortable, none of them would have had the need to be afraid of any potentially dominating Big Brother. Possibly they could have formed a confederation somewhat on the lines of what Europe is trying to do now. It would be a scene similar to today’s Islamic world of several small nations being largely confined to the geographic Middle-East.

One other major nation with a religion that does not accept conversions is Japan, whose Shintoism does not take converts. We will leave Judaism out for the present. Even after the deliberate post WW II marginalisation of Shinto influence because of its perceived role in Japan getting into the Second World War, today a predominant majority of the Japanese people do follow Shintoism or its principles and way of life in some form or the other. However, there is no evidence to believe that the Japanese as a society and nation feel that they are inferior to any other nation or society. Most possibly that is due to Japan being a powerful and successful economy, which fact is not questioned by anybody. They have no need to feel inferior judged on any parameter. So, is it not unreasonable to believe that the bulk of the passion that propels Hindutvavaadis to exhibit themselves violently may be a consequence of a feeling of some distorted kind of inferiority complex.

Economic and to some extent military prowess of the country built up as soon as possible may result in the reduction of such lines of thought, though there will always be some core of staunch believers holding onto their sense of superiority.

Jews do suffer the kind of isolation we may be subjecting ourselves to, even subconsciously. They too do not take converts, have just one single nation and are surrounded by non-Judaic societies and nations that make no bones of their disapproval of Israel in their midst. That sense of isolation and the need to survive in a totally hostile environment has made Israel and it citizens a highly aggressive lot. That is understandable due to the extreme smallness of the state of Israel both in terms of land and population. But do we need to feel so? The answer is NO.

The best solution to eliminate or largely reduce the sense of isolation and inferiority some of our citizens feel is rapid economic growth and social progress and building a sense of pride in ourselves as a multicultural, multi-religious, pluralistic and open society.

Also we can look East with a difference. Most countries in East Asia have sizable Buddhist populations and they even have personal names that have a Hindu origin, though differently spelt. They, people and the countries alike, look to India as the country of origin for Buddhism and look forward to having better religious and cultural ties with us. This fact, unfortunately is almost totally unknown to most of us in India. It comes out strongly when we meet people from these countries in their own lands or elsewhere. We need to build on this to have a group of countries that can be seen as culturally homogenous and similar to the majority of us in India. Our governments’ efforts to make Gaya a centre of attraction for foreign visitors is less than pathetic. The Buddhist Tourism circuit in India needs to be developed to world class standards for visitors from the affluent East Asian countries. It is best done by the private sector with incentives and subsidies from the government with no interference in the name of governmental / IAS brand of supervision. What the government needs to do is to prod our embassies to go on aggressive promotion and integration campaigns and send our ministers to the East to do some good work instead of letting them go West at taxpayers’ expense to do little more than holidaying.

DVR Rao

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Written by kavanasarma

September 19, 2013 at 2:04 am

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