Messages of hatred against non-Hindus AND Hindus

By BJP, RSS, VHP, Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal

Srikanth Joshi (quoted by John F.  Burns in "Hindu First Party Expected to Gain in India's Election," New York Times, February 16, 1998):Muslims are converted Hindus, but they have forgotten their Hindu-ness … So we will awake them to their Hindu-ness, and in time, they will realize their mistake.


Hindu Mahasabha and RSS


V.D. Savarkar (1942). Hindutva: Who is a Hindu?  Poona City: S.R. Date. Page 32:Hatred separates as well as unites.” (Referring to the “need” to hate Muslims)


Also, “our state must raise a mighty force exclusively constituted by Hindus alone, must open arms and munitions factories exclusively manned by Hindus alone…(Samagra Savarkar Wangmaya Writings of Swatantrya Veer V.D. Savarkar (Poona, 1964) (cited, Politics of Violence, p.185)


M.S.Golwalkar (1966). Bunch of thoughts.  Bangalore: Jagarana Prakashana, page.33 :Our one supreme goal is to bring to life the all-round glory and greatness of our Hindu rashtra.”  


Also, “Foreign nations in Hindustan must ... adopt the Hindu culture and language, ... must entertain no idea but those of the glorification of the Hindu race and culture ... and must lose their separate existence to merge in the Hindu race, or may stay in the country wholly subordinated to the Hindu nation, claiming nothing ... not even citizen’s rights. (From Walter K. Andersen and Shridhar D. Damle, The Brotherhood in Saffron.  The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Hindu Revivalism. Boulder, 1987.  Page 173 -- from p.259, Politics of Violence)


Shiv Sena (click)


Confused “Hindu” sadhu


Swami Chinmayananda

(extract from Sudhir Chandra, "Of Communal Consciousness and Communal Violence: Impressions from Post-Riot Surat," Economic and Political Weekly 28/36, Sep­tember 4, 1993, p. 1883)


As never before, the rioters’ actions reflected a striking correspondence with the abstractions of the high priests of a certain kind of Hinduism. I am here not referring to the vulgar fire-spitting demagogues, like Uma Bharati and Sadhwi Ritumbhara, whom Hindutva has thrown up recently. The rot has spread wider. I have in mind a more disturbing representative figure: Swami Chinmayananda, whose lectures on the Gita have won him an impressive following among the urban literati. Talking veritably like he was Lord Krishna discoursing to a wavering Arjun on the eve of the Mahabharata war, Chinmayananda appreciated not only the kar sevaks’ vandalism in Ayodhya but also its aftermath of killing. ‘Sacrifice’, he harangued, ‘is unavoidable to create anything. Suggesting for the Muslims a way out of the ‘sacrifice’ of being done to death by the Hindus, the Swami added: Let the government make the Muslims understand that they will have to make the sacrifice. The alternative sacrifice suggested by the Swami is that the Muslims should reconcile themselves to Ayodhya and hand over to the Hindus the structures being claimed by them in Mathura and Varanasi.   


Hatred against Hindus and prevention of free speech and scholarship

From Preface to “The Myth of the Holy Cow” by D.N.Jha (2002). London: Verso.


A few words are necessary to explain the vicissitudes the Indian edition of the book has had to face on account of the increasing weight of Hindu fundamentalism in our country. Its original publisher ‘suddenly’ discovered ‘excessive sang-de-boeuf’ in the manuscript in the final stages of printing and recanted from his professional commitment under pressure. Shortly afterwards, I began to get threats from unidentified callers asking me not to go ahead with the publication. Undeterred by all this, Matrix Books, a new and enterprising publishing house based in Delhi, mustered enough courage to publish the book promptly in the first week of August 2001. But some right-wing politicians and groups of Hindu and Jaina fanatics, without reading a single page, termed it ‘blasphemous’, demanded my arrest and succeeded in obtaining a court order restraining the circulation of the book. There are no fatwas in the Hindu religion, but a self-appointed custodian of ‘Hinduism’ sentenced me to death. The atmosphere in India became charged with communalism. Intellectual terrorism became rampant. Hence the necessity to publish the book abroad. I am grateful to Mr Tariq Ali and Verso for agreeing to bring out a world edition of the book, protect my right to academic freedom and defeat all attempts at censorship.

D.N.Jha 24 December 2001 Delhi 


* it is worth remembering that it is these same fanatics who objected to the ban, in India, of Rusdhie’s Satanic Verses. The LIBERAL PARTY WOULD HAVE BANNED NEITHER

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