‘Elite Hindu bunch’is biggest threat to dharma
Photo : Sat Maharaj
One young lady called 106.5 (Panchayat) and spoke of a Muslim school in south Trinidad that has yoga in its curriculum, brings a Pandit every year to speak on Divali, and allows the Hindu pupils on Fridays to bring copies of their Bhagavad Gita to study while the Muslims conduct their prayers. One caller found it strange that she kept the name of the school confidential. He felt that the school should be proud of its noble deeds and let the name of the school be known to the public. Had she done that she would have left no room for anyone to suspect that her revelation is a well-orchestrated piece of propaganda against the Hindus and Sat Maharaj in particular.
Indo-Muslims and Indo-Christians should not be hated but understood. They are symbols of hardship and conquest, victims of the worst forms of atrocities committed against the Indian nation. From the 10th to the 18th century Indians fought a relentless battle to save their society from enslavement. Many succumbed to the sword but the spirit of Hinduism remained alive. A few branches were chopped off but the main root system remained to sprout new branches.
British rule succeeded in producing 1% converts to Christianity after 300 years. The vicious propaganda of the likes of Max Muller and Lord Macaulay who planned an education system to create Indians brown outside but European in thinking, manners and taste did not succeeded in breaking the cultural tenacity of the Indian people.
By the 1930s the British knew that they had to give up India. They conspired with the Muslim minority and created divisions that resulted in the birth of Pakistan. Now, after 71 years of independence, India is on the rise, and Pakistan, the blue-eyed baby that the British, in its role as mid wife, delivered, is feudal, underdeveloped and has only succeeded in creating the Taliban.
In the Caribbean the Muslim-Hindu divide did not survive because of the new environment and the common challenges faced. All Indians rallied together until the arrival of John Morton who built churches and schools. The British colonial government funded these schools hoping that they would succeed in anglicising the Indians. But Hindus and Muslims remained loyal to their ancestral faiths and even the few that converted remained within community. Converting an Indian was like throwing water on duck’s back. By 1952 when the SDMS opened its first six primary schools the Canadian Missionaries saw the writings on the wall and packed their bags for Canada.
During the colonial period all Indians stuck together to fight for social justice. Being more educated, the leaders of those struggles were Christians such as George Fitzpatrick, F.E.M. Hussein and Saran Teelucksingh who, though an Anglican, was President of the Sanatan Dharma Association.
The defeat of the PDP and the installation of the PNM in power in 1956 was the beginning of the division in the Indian community. The incorporation of a few Muslims and Presbyterians into the PNM helped to isolate the Hindus who were described as “a hostile and recalcitrant minority.” The use of verbal threats, the disruption of the Opposition’s rallies by PNM hooligans and the inaction of the police drove fear in the minds of not only Indians but also the white minority.
Indians like the Sinanans and the Seukerans had one foot in the DLP and another in the PNM. Radhay Lochan Dass, a businessman of Williamsville, remarked: “Dr Rudranath Capildeo said to me after a meeting of officials of the DLP in San Fernando that Williams would know what were discussed before he (Capildeo) reaches Savonetta on his way to Port of Spain.”
The exclusion of the Hindus from the PNM continued for 30 years under Dr Eric Williams. However, that began to change with the coming to power of Patrick Manning in 1991. Hindus were now welcome within the PNM. Christine Sahadeo, Ralph Maharaj, Occah Seepaul, Jarette Narine, Jerry Narace, Lenny Saith etc, held ministerial appointments and other positions in the government.
This opening of a “back door” for Hindus to slip into Balishier House has become very visible and unapologetic. It is not that the PNM is good or bad for those Hindus. These Hindus understand well the necessity to cooperate so that their comfort zone/status quo would not be disrupted.
This group sounds no alarm when the government fails to develop clear policies for agriculture, an industry in which a large number of Hindus depend on for their livelihood. They don’t even bother to agitate for money for Indian culture. They would not call upon the government to complete the Debe Campus, the Ramai Trace Hindu School, the Reform Hindu School or put into operation the Children’s Hospital in Couva.
It is this “elite Hindu bunch” that is the biggest threat to dharma. While Sat Maharaj fights for Hindu schools to have the right to regulate its dress code, this “elite Hindu bunch” is ready to jump at his throat. Hindu businessmen are being robbed, women are being raped, doubles vendors are being killed but the “elite Hindu bunch” remains silent. They don’t agitate for Indian culture to be taught in the school system or call for a review of the history texts. However, they would gather in their small groups to chant dohas and chowpais, escaping into the utopia of Ram Raj while Hindu mothers and daughters prostitute themselves to put food into their stomachs.
What is alarming is the increasing number of chelas following these Gurus. It appears that Hinduism is no longer a man-making religion but one that is producing servants. Courageous Hindus must resist this LBQTising of our religions. The singing of the Hanoman Chalisa should not be only a display of our devotion but be reflected in our actions. To choose silence when Hindus are being robbed, kidnapped, raped and murdered are not the traits of the worshippers of the heroic Ram and Hanoman. Or, may be our critics are right-Ram is only an idol and Hanoman is a monkey!