Ten Things Hindus Expect from Modi Sarkar in 2016

Unless the Hindu community is given  equal human rights it will not be able to withstand the combined onslaught of  Wahhabism and Evangelism.

It is over eighteen months since a BJP-led NDA  government came to power. Whilst the secularists believe that scams were  responsible for BJP’s victory it was also UPA’s disdain for the Indian  Civilization that contributed greatly to its loss.

The NDA has symbolically  reversed the trend for example, through the celebration of International Yoga  Day but is yet to effect legislative change to provide Hindus with equal human  rights.

Here is what NDA can do for the Hindu community  in 2016.

1. Define Secularism to mean ‘equal treatment  of all irrespective of religion’.

The founders of the Constitution  deemed it appropriate to use the concept of secularism without spelling out its  meaning. The word ‘secular’ was made part of the preamble of the Indian  Constitution during the Emergency (1975-77). However, the word was left  undefined.
When the Janata Party came to power  in 1977 an attempt was made to define ‘secular republic’ to mean a ‘republic’  in which there is equal respect for all religions’. The Janata government had a  majority in the Lok Sabha but a minority in the Rajya Sabha where it was voted  down by the Congress.

When accepted this would ensure that every  Government scheme is equally available to all Indian citizens for e.g. a  program to provide cycles to only poor Muslim girls would violate the  Constitution.

2. Temples to be freed of Government control.

In most Southern states offerings made by  devotees in temples become part of the State Treasury with only a fraction  being used on temple upkeep and direct benefit of the Hindu community.  Elsewhere the Government effectively controls temple administration.

According to TR Ramesh, President, Temple  Worshippers Society Chennai “in Tamil Nadu temples have over 478,000 plus acres  of land, 2.44 cr sq feet of property for which the TN HR & CE department  gets only Rs 58 crs p.a. In reality income from all temples, mutts would, on a  conservative basis generate Rs 6,000 crs p.a.” The four devaswom boards in  Kerala have revenues in excess of Rs 1,000 crs p.a. Ditto for other Southern  states.

Hindus should be allowed to manage their temples  and use its income to preserve their culture, language, script, pay adequate  salaries to priests, propagate Dharma, maintain places of worship of all  communities covered by The Hindu Marriage Act (i.e. Hindus, Buddhist, Jains and  Sikhs) the last three of whom were not considered as minorities when the  constitution was adopted in 1950. Only a member of these four communities can  be on the Temple Management Board. However, Hindu charitable hospitals and  schools would be open to all.
Temples to follow the same rules and regulations  that apply to mosques and churches. Hindus seek only Equality before Law as  provided for under Article 14 and freedom to manage their own affairs in  religion, establish institutions, acquire and administer such properties.

3. Allow Hindus to establish and  administer educational institutions like other Indians.

Article 30 of the Constitution gives linguistic  and religious minorities the right to establish and run their own educational  institutions. The institution must promote the interest of the minority  community by promoting its religious tenets, philosophy, culture, language and  literature and a considerable section of the minority must be benefited by the institution.

“Whilst strictest supervision can be imposed on  majority institutions, the same cannot be done for minority ones. It stands to  reason whether such a result was envisaged by the frame of the Constitution”. Indian  Constitutional Law by M P Jain pg 659

Hindus must be given an equal opportunity to  establish and administer educational institutions like others. There should be  no discrimination on the basis of religion.

It is a different matter that the Indian  Constitution does not define the word ‘Minority’.

The Congress would not like to lose Hindu votes  and can be expected to support the proposed legislative changes in the Rajya  Sabha.

4. The word Hindu must be  replaced with Sanatana Dharma.

The word Hindu came into existence  to distinguish Muslim invaders from residents of India i.e. followers of  Dharma. During British rule Hindu became Hinduism.

“The word Hinduism is not  representative of the original word ‘Sanatana Dharma’ which means ‘the Eternal  or Universal Dharma’. Dharma means universal law, the fundamental principles  behind this marvelous universe like the Law of Karma. Sanatana means perennial,  referring to eternal truths that manifests in ever-new names and forms.” Thus  the word Hinduism is properly the Sanatana Dharma.

Also read Hindu, Hindustan and Hindi

5. Benefits to Scheduled Tribes  should not continue after conversion to Christianity.

Under the Constitution scheduled  castes who convert to Christianity cannot avail of benefits available to SC.  However, this is not the case for Scheduled Tribes. As a result ST’s have been  converted in large numbers in Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal  Pradesh and states in the Hindi heartland with high tribal population.

This anomaly needs to be removed.

6. Removal of Missionary Visa  category. 

Senior journalist Sandhya Jain  wrote, “The UPA Government has quietly relaxed restrictions on the entry and  stay of foreign missionaries coming to the country. These restrictions were  enforced on the recommendations of the Niyogi Commission, appointed to investigate  the activities of missionaries in Madhya Pradesh, which submitted its report to  the Union Government in 1956. The missionary visa is issued to those going to  India “for a religious purpose”. The creation of a special category of visa for  missionaries may legitimately be considered as official patronage for Christian  conversions in India.”
Status pre 2012 needs to be restored.

7. Instruct State Governments to follow 2005  Supreme Court Order on use of Loudspeakers. Read here

The judgement clearly lays down that no  loudspeakers shall be used between 10 pm and 6 am. Further it specifies decibel levels when loud speaker or  public address system is used.
Anyone living close to a mosque will know that  loudspeaker volumes during Azaan starting about 5.30am violate  the 2005 Supreme Court order five times a day. It disturbs the  neighbourhood, increases noise pollution and has contributed to worsening Hindu  / Muslim relations.

State Governments must promote communal harmony  by ensuring 2005 SC order is followed in letter and spirit.

8. Only Non-Resident Indians should be  allowed to donate to Indian NGO’s under the automatic route.

A perusal of top fifteen donors to NGO’s under  the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act show that the largest donors are  consistently Church organizations from U.S. and Europe..

Has the Government of India formally invited  them to invest in India OR do they see the West as the sole custodian of  poverty alleviation, education and health?

By their inherent nature Indian  religious, unlike Christianity and Islam, do not have a ‘exclusivist belief  system’. These donors are part of an ‘international institutional conversion  war machine’,  MNCs of the Religious variety as articulated by ex IITian Sankrant  Sanu.

Thus, India needs the equivalent of  a Foreign Investment Promotion Board i.e.  Religious/Charity Investment  Board that evaluates proposals by foreign religious and charitable  organizations whatever and however good the cause is.  

9. Get State Government of Jammu &  Kashmir to issue Permanent Resident Certificates to over 2.5 lakh refugees.

These refugees from West Pakistan (mostly Hindus  and Sikhs belonging to Schedules Castes) who crossed over to J&K after 1944  but before 1954 were denied Permanent Resident Certificates. They cannot apply  for jobs and their children can’t get higher education in the State.
Those in Kashmir Valley who oppose this  humanitarian deed on the premise it would change demographics should be told of  how the Valley has, since the 1950’s, manipulated the number of assembly seats  and population numbers to ensure control over the State.

Also read  Making sense of the Jammu and Kashmir 2011 Census  numbers

10. Infiltration from Bangladesh  must be controlled

India was partitioned in 1947  because a section of India’s Muslim population wanted a separate homeland.

Since the 1980’s first North-East  and now all of India is grappling with Bangladeshi infiltration. This has  changed demographics significantly in Assam, West Bengal and is doing so in  other parts of the country. Public Interest Litigation filed in the Supreme  Court has proved ineffective. 

Increase in India’s Muslim  population due to presence of Bangladeshis (estimated illegal immigrants  atleast 1.5 crs) has caused disquiet amongst the followers of Dharma. The  government must stop infiltration on a war footing and find ways to identify  /  disfranchise existing immigrants.

Also read India only home for the Followers  of Dharma

Unless the Hindu community is given  equal human rights it will not be able to withstand the combined onslaught of  Wahhabism and Evangelism. As a consequence Bharat could become the next battleground  between two powerful and violent religions just like Sudan, Nigeria, Yugoslavia  or Malaku islands of Indonesia did.

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