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Re: NEWS : RSS chief asks Hindus to reunite

Posted By Shrisha Rao (shrao@nyx.net)
Tue, 7 Jan 1997 07:25:19 -0700 (MST)

Mani Varadarajan <mani@be.com> wrote:

> Amidst some other blather,
>
> ofbjp@netcom.com (News-Info) informs us about what the
> head of the RSS said:
> >
> > Because of the pile up of nuclear weapons, the 21st century would of
> > necessity have to be the century of peace and India was among the few
> > nations of the world capable of providing peaceful leadership ...
>
> India, provide peaceful leadership? With the RSS and BJP at
> the forefront?!

It is interesting that you envision the RSS and BJP at the forefront
in the 21st century...

> [blah blah]
>
> > He also attacked the invasion of the West in Indian lifestyle and the
> > continued dominance of English over Hindi, which he said was spoken by 400
> > million people and understood by 600 million as against English, spoken by
> > just 350 million people. ...
>
> What about the invasion of non-Hindi speaking Indian subcultures
> by Hindi?

A figment of some "Dravida" politicians' imagination. For one thing,
I have much trouble understanding how a subculture could be invaded by
a language, or in fact, how any one insentient could invade an
insentient of a completely different type.

> Is this not just as evil? We are rapidly seeing the
> erosion of illustrious and ancient subcultures because of
> political dominance by Hindi.

No, we're not. But we are seeing such "erosion of illustrious and
ancient subcultures" because of the influence of Western values and
lifestyles. That's a real problem worth thinking of.

> Is this debate merely English vs. Hindi?

No.

> Should it not be phrased as imposition vs. anti-imposition?

No. Because a rational, point-by-point, fact-based discussion is
preferable over a shrill, emotional, ad-hominem outburst.

> > He said the Muslims should realize that 1,400 years ago Kashi, Mathura
> > and Ayodhya were Hindu cities. They should be handed back to their
> > Hindu elder brothers and join hands in taking the country forward.
> >
>
> So, in the RSS's opinion, the Muslims ``own'' Kashi, Mathura
> and Ayodhya? If not, what then are they supposed to ``give''
> back?

Well, see. Suppose I'm walking in any downtown street of a large city
at night. Some passing mugger decides to take an interest, and grabs
my wallet. Now, does he own my wallet? I would say not! If not,
what does he have to give back? Nothing! As such, my wallet is now
his. Right? Perhaps. Only, I think there's something wrong with
this picture, and perhaps others might agree.

> Are all RSS statements so inane?

I can see some shortcomings in their statements, and truth be told, I
think the RSS is too much of a top-down organization where the lower
rungs are expected to worship the highers, and there is nary any
admission that there is _anything_ at all subject to improvement, as
there must be in any organization made up of mortal, limited human
beings. The OFBJP-USA is a damn spam nuisance and only has the effect
of making people think ill of the organization it purports to
represent, but your criticisms themselves hardly carry any water.

Regards,

Shrisha Rao

> Mani

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