Aim of the Convention and role of the ‘Hindu Janajagruti Samiti’

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(Note : This script will be presented in the Convention in the form of lecture)

1. Beginning the subject

        I offer obeisance unto the Holy feet of Bhagawan Shrikrushna, the Deity responsible for reinstatement of Dharma, H.H. Dr. Athavale, Source of inspiration of ‘Sanatan Sanstha’ and ‘Hindu Janajagruti Samiti’, who gave us the inspiration to host this Convention which will turn out to be a golden chapter in the unity of Hindus, and unto the Saints present here today. I also humbly welcome all Hindu leaders, intellectuals and lawyers, the sculptors of the Hindu Nation.

        Since the all Bharat Convention of Hindu leaders is taking place on the soil of Gomantak (Goa), the land of Bhagawan Parashuram, rich in Brahmatej and Kshatratej, we can call this a golden moment.

1A. Hindus coming together for a common cause is the beginning of a historical Dharmik revolution

        Over the past few years, the calamities that have befallen the Hindu society, Nation and Dharma are increasing in number. Education through English medium, imitating the western culture, slaughter of cows, conversions, ‘Love Jihad’, distortion of history in school education, thefts in temples, desecration of Idols of Deities, defamation of Saints, anti-Hindu laws, suppression of Hindu organisations by secular administrators in the Government – all these are being opposed in the respective States by small or large Hindu organisations.

        Today, leaders of small and large Hindu organisations, Dharmik leaders, intellectuals, lawyers and editors of Periodicals have assembled to make this mission of protection of Dharma more effective and to spread it all over the country. Leaders of Hindu organisations from all over the country coming together is not only a rare event, but also ‘historical’ in all senses of the term. Hence, under the pretext of a Convention if this unity is called ‘the beginning of a historical Dharmik revolution’, it would not be wrong.

        The Congress Government has suppressed Hindus for the past 65 years. We expected atleast the Bharatiya Janata Party, which calls itself Hindu, to give justice to Hindus. However, if we see the injustice and corruption against Hindus in the BJP-ruled States, it would appear like ‘a second Congress’. This means the circumstances are such that to protect Dharma and establish an ideal Nation none can be trusted, because no one practices value-based politics. Today, we do not see courageous politicians like Subhashchandra Bose and Swantatryaveer Savarkar. Hence, we ourselves will need to do something for the Nation and Dharma. To establish the Hindu Nation, a depiction of Ramrajya (Rule of Righteousness), we alone have to strive. We have organised this Convention to decide the future course of action in this regard.

        I am here today to introduce you to a dialogue on the points of ‘How Hindus all over the country can be united successfully to establish the Hindu Nation, the benefits obtained by Hindu organisations by uniting at the national level and the direction of action of the common mission of Hindu organisations’.

2. Objectives of the Convention

2A. Providing a direction to a revolution in Dharma, required for establishment of the Hindu Nation by means of the ‘Common Code Programme’

        The objective of every proactive Hindu and Hindu organisation is establishment of the Hindu Nation. To materialise the thought of the Hindu Nation embedded in the mind of every proactive Hindu, every organisation strives as per its own principles. Since the objectives of all Hindu organisations are the same, in this Convention we are going to discuss how the concept of ‘Common Code Programme’ can complement it so as to achieve them at the earliest. This Convention has been inspired with the motive of giving impetus to the revolution of Dharma required for establishing the Hindu Nation. That is precisely why mainly Hindu organisations and leaders, intellectuals and lawyers have been invited here.

2B. Creating fresh history of Hindu unity

        Another objective of this Convention is to create fresh history of Hindu unity. What does the history of Hindu unity till today say ? Several organisations like the ‘Hindu Mahasabha’, ‘Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’ and others existed in the pre-Independence era, but none ever united. If that were to happen then itself, the establishment of the Hindu Nation would have been possible by now. Even after so many years of Independence, a picture of Hindu organisations uniting under the banner of ‘Vishwa Hindu Parishad’ was created, but unfortunately this did not last long.

            Through this Convention, we do not wish to repeat history, but to create a new chapter in the unity of Hindus.

3. Reasons for disunity amongst Hindu organisations and remedies

        Both, before and after Independence, Hindu organisatons did not unite to perform tasks. As a result, the anti-Hindu elements became stronger and Hindutva dwindled. All of us share a common motherland, places of worship, harbour a common motive of a ‘Hindu Nation’. Then, it is worth pondering, why were we unable to unite. To brighten our future, it is important to study the mistakes made in the past.

3A. Attitude of confinement to only the organisation and individual ego

        Every individual implements the objectives and campaigns of his own organisation. Though this way the task is accomplished, there is no unity. The Hindu society is divided by caste, sect, organisation and political party. That is why, Hindus who unite with the bhav (spiritual emotion) that ‘I am a Hindu’, are in minority and they are spread in various organisations. Most sects are engrossed in expanding their own sect. The position of Hindu organisations is somewhat similar. Development of the thought of expansive Hindu interest becomes difficult, and in a way creates ego. Now, let us see how to reduce this ego which is an obstacle in the unity of Hindus.

3A 1. Adopting an attitude of understanding

        If unity of any element has to be achieved, we need to adopt an attitude of understanding. We now have to contemplate more on where the interest of the Hindu Dharma lies, going beyond individual benefits and those obtained by the organisation.

3A 2. Having love for everyone working for the cause of Hindutva

        If there is love, then the organisation remains united. That is why, we need to feel love for everyone working towards this cause. Only if this is done, then closeness with various organisations can be established.

3A 3. Respecting the other’s mission

        We all know the role played by the squirrel when Bhagawan Shriram was building the bridge to Lanka. Though the squirrel was tiny, Bhagawan Shriram respected it. We need to incorporate this teaching of this Avatar (which He gave through His action) in our mission as well. We should have respect for any organisation or individual, no matter how small his contribution is. To clarify this point further, I wish to narrate some experiences.

3A 3A. Ridicule of the action of preventing denigration of Deities : When Hindu Janajagruti Samiti was founded, one organisation asked one of our volunteers, ‘When we are already performing the mission of protecting Dharma, why have you formed a new organisation ? Why do you not participate in our activities ?’ Initially, when we began the task of preventing denigration of Deities, volunteers of some large Hindu organisations ridiculed us saying ‘What will you achieve through this ?’

3A 3B. Inviting to a function as a speaker, but not allowing him to speak : Some organisations invited volunteers of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti to their local programmes as speakers. However, upon arrival at the venue, they were told ‘you will not be able to speak. We have received orders in this regard from our superiors’. Thus, they were not allowed to speak and were also prohibited from putting up an exhibition for awakening Dharma.

3A 3C. Opposing exhibitions of atrocities inflicted upon Kashmiri Hindus : We were organising exhibitions of atrocities upon Kashmiri Hindu at various places. At that time, the same Hindu organisation asked us ‘What will we gain by digging up old events ?’ These incidents will not bring about unity of Hindus.

        From these incidents we need to learn that we should not repeat these mistakes.

3B. Interest in personal, sectarian and party gains instead of Dharma

        When a campaign for protecting Dharma is started, various elements such as Hindu parties, organisations, sects participate in it. At times, there is a narrow-minded approach about personal gain from this alliance in the name of Dharma. Political parties think in terms of votes. We need to ensure that such things do not happen here. If need be, the concerned party should be explained his shortcoming in a caring manner.

        As per recorded history, Mughals had many seats of power. Yet, there was internal fighting amongst them. However, if a non-Muslim attacked a Muslim empire, all Muslims united to fight the non-Muslim. Today, if any Hindu organisation is faced with a calamity, then do other Hindu organisations stand by it ? Mostly, no. Today, due to the anti-Hindu campaign of the Congress Government, Kashmiri Hindus and devout Hindu organisations such as Abhinav Bharat, Sanatan Sanstha, Shriram Sena have been targeted. Probably tomorrow, some other organisation will be in trouble. That is precisely why, unity of Hindu organisations is the need of the hour.

3C. Hindu organisations working selflessly will most certainly be able to unite

        If viewed holistically, what the Hindu society needs is unity. Some of you will wonder how will this be possible when it has never happened so far ? Today, political parties with different ideologies form a coalition Government. There are trade unions with lakhs of people as members. Political parties, union members unite for the sake of power and rights, that is, selfish motives; then, why can Hindu organisations not unite ? We certainly can, because the motive in the mission of a Hindu organisation is noble. That is why, we need to understand the obstacles in the unity of Hindus so far and alleviate them.

4.  How can we successfully establish nationwide unity ?

        If you wish to establish an expansive Hindu organization, then avoiding these mistakes is absolutely necessary. If combined with other factors, we will be able to achieve this unity quite easily.

4A. Remaining in contact with each other

        All organisations, atleast all those within the purview of your own field should constantly remain in touch with each other. They should be kept informed about the progress of new and old campaigns. This contact should not be limited to the mission, but should also include informal conversation. That is how love for each other will develop.

4B. Sharing of experiences

        When the mission of serving the Nation and Dharma is taking place, every organisation should share the mistakes made and experiences with others. By doing so, we will learn from the other’s mistakes and they will not be repeated. Similarly, the other organisation will be able to prevent any loss of time and money in pursuing the same cause.

4C. Attending each other’s programmes

1. You should meet the leaders of all organisations in your area working for Hindutva. The organisations should be encouraged to perform various tasks to protect Dharma. They should invite leaders of other Hindu organisations to their programmes.

2. They themselves should participate in campaigns complementary to Hindutva.

3. Explain the importance of protecting Dharma to various sects in your locality; they too should be encouraged to participate in protecting Dharma.

        We wish to expand this mission of unity of Hindus to such an extent that we are be able to feel every Hindu organisation is our own. It is only when this happens, that in the true sense we will be able to say ‘Hindus have been united’.

4D.    Opportunity to perform the mission directly

        In the next one and half months, Conventions of Hindu organisations have been planned in different States. These Conventions will bring about unity of even small Hindu organisations. This is a great opportunity from the perspective of unity among Hindu organisations. We can use this to strengthen Hindutva.

5.  Benefits of Hindu organisations working towards a common cause at the national level

5A.    Nationalisation of Hindu organisations at the regional level

        Today, all Hindu organisations are working in various States. Of these, the mission of most organisations is to prevent cow slaughter, opposing conversions, fighting injustice inflicted upon Hindus by the followers of other religions; all these are aimed at protecting Dharma. Yet, we cannot say that these problems have reached the national level. This is because all Hindu organisations are working in their own territory. If they unite, then the process of protecting Dharma will attain a national form. Let us try to comprehend this through some examples.

5A 1. In the month of March, Shri. Raja Singh Thakur began the process of organising a huge procession to celebrate Shriramnavami at Bhagyanagar. After some Muslim organisations objected to this, the Congress Government in Andhra Pradesh arrested him, and to stop this procession, it resorted to pressure tactics. For worldwide Hindus, this was a great event, but for Shri. Raja Singh Thakur, the mission of his Shriram Yuva Sena was restricted to Andhra Pradesh. Hence, excluding Andhra Pradesh, no Hindu in other States knew anything about this pressure tactic, because of which there was no awareness about this incident in them. With the help of this issue, organisations such as Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, Bhagatsingh Kranti Sena, Shriram Sena and Dara Sena started an agitation in New Delhi. Two television channels ‘Sudarshan’ and ‘Kanak channel’ gave this agitation the required publicity. ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ Periodicals also gave ample publicity to this issue. Through websites, public display of blackboards and ‘Jago SMS’, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti created awareness in the people. It is only after this, that the issue reached States outside Andhra Pradesh to some extent. Just ponder over this – if all organisations assembled here today were to highlight this issue, then from Jammu & Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Hindus would have become aware of this incident and so many more Hindus would have supported Shri. Raja Singh Thakur. Hence, the agitation held by Shriram Yuva Sena to protest against cancellation of the Shriramnavami procession in Bhagyanagar would not have remained limited to Bhagyanagar; it would have become a subject for nationwide protest with pressure on politicians.

        In this way, in any incident of suppression of Hindus, to pressurise politicians, Hindu organisations everywhere can present memorandums at the Taluka level. They can create awareness through their own newspapers and SMS. They can hold a press conference to express their solidarity and can warn of an agitation.

5A 2. In West Bengal, ‘Hindu Samahati Sanghatane’ organised a meeting of Hindus in Kolkata. The Government there opposed it. In the incidents which followed, President of this organisation, Shri. Tapan Ghosh was arrested. If Hindus all over the country were to become aware of this incident, they would have perceived the injustice meted out to Hindus there. Today majority of Hindus  are either unaware of injustice inflicted upon Hindus or do not believe it. That is why, if we start placing these points before Hindus continuously, then they will certainly feel that injustice is indeed being inflicted upon Hindus. This is the first stage in creating awareness among Hindus. Once this awareness is created in Hindus, they will be inspired to fight against this injustice. Thereafter, even if the mission of a Hindu organisation is restricted to a particular State, the problem that it puts forth will gain nationwide support, meaning, regional Hindu organisations will be nationalised.

5A 3. Examples of Hindu organisations at the regional level becoming nationalised : In 1990, 1 lakh Hindus were slaughtered by Fanatics. Five lakh Hindus who migrated to save themselves from the clutches of Fanatics, are leading a miserable life in tents even today. This topic is anger-provoking for Hindus all over the world. Despite innumerable atrocities on Hindus in Kashmir, no Hindu organization was able to help them because information on those atrocities was not provided to non-Kashmiri Hindus. In fact, the then Congress Government took utmost care to ensure this.

        Five-six years ago, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti brought out the atrocities inflicted upon Kashmiri Hindus through a ‘FACT’ exhibition in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa and other States, thus reaching out to lakhs of Hindus. It is then, that awareness on problems faced by Hindus in Kashmir was created.

        In the same way, to spread the agitation of every Hindu organisation all over the country, if all Hindu organisations make efforts in their respective fields of functioning, then all Hindu organisations will be nationalized, and this will benefit struggles of Hindus everywhere.

5B.    A Hindu pressure group will be formed

        The Government takes decisions or changes decisions based on demands made by Imam Bukhari from Delhi or the head of some Church. This is the effect of the pressure group created by various religions. The representative of Muslims is decided, so Imam Bukhari puts pressure on politicians of all political parties. This is not the case with Hindus, since it is not decided who will represent them. However, this void will be filled in by the united Hindu organisations. Due to this pressure group, politicians will be compelled to take cognizance of the agitations of Hindus and even if it be to procure the Hindu vote, political parties will be compelled to think about the interests of Hindus.

        Due to unity of Hindu organisations, pressure group will be formed.

Vote bank : Since the Muslim vote bank is consolidated, politicians of all political parties make efforts to please them. Subsidies for Haj, implementation of the Sacchar Commission report, special grants to Madarssas are all fruits of the consolidated Muslim vote bank. Muslims are told in the mosques in whose favour, which party or candidate, they should vote for. As against this, the concept of a consolidated Hindu vote is not a reality. Since the Hindus are separated by caste, community, sect etc., their votes are divided. If Hindus unite, a Hindu vote bank will be formed, and even if it be to procure the Hindu vote, politicians will be compelled to contemplate on the interests of the Hindus.

        This pressure group will help mainly in the following ways.

5B 1. Solutions to some problems of Hindus

        Conversions, cow slaughter, dilapidated state of temples and the suffering in the life of Kashmiri Hindus –  to resolve some such problems of Hindus, there is a need for some political will. Powerful laws, their scrupulous implementation and Government schemes are necessary. The united force of Hindus and its vote bank if created will accomplish these and the problems will be solved at least to some extent.

5B 2. Those in power will not have the courage to frame anti-Hindu laws

5B 2A. In Maharashtra, the Congress Government has been making efforts for the past 7 years to enact the ‘Anti-faith law’ against Hindus. However, due to opposition from Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, Varkari Sampradaya and some other Hindu organisations, despite being in majority, the Government has been unable to enact it.

5B 2B. Five years ago, the Congress Government in Maharashtra had made attempts to enact a law to takeover temples. At that time, along with the trustees of some temples and some Hindu organizations, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti began an agitation and got a temporary assurance from the Chief Minister of Maharashtra that they would not enact the ‘Temple Takeover Bill’.

        If unity amongst a few Hindu organisations can bring so much success, imagine the success we can attain when Hindu organisations all over the country unite. With the help of these organisations, we will be able to compel the Government to withdraw the ‘Temple Takeover Bill’ enacted in Karnataka and some other States, and also the recently announced ‘Law against religious riots’.

5B 3. Reduction in atrocities on Hindus

        Since Hindus in the States of Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Kerala etc. are not united, the Hindus there have to face innumerable atrocities from the people of other religions. Contrary to this, in Gujarat, there are no incidents of atrocities on Hindus by Fanatics. In Nagaland, Odisha etc., Christians inflict atrocities on Hindus. If Hindus all over Bharat unite, then the atrocities inflicted upon them will certainly reduce.

5C. With each other’s help, programmes for protection of Hinduism can be organised

        Organising programmes required to protect Hindutva are small objectives. It may not be possible for a few organisations to organise some of these programmes for various reasons, but we can always ponder over what little efforts we can put in to ensure the success of these programmes. With each other’s help, we can obtain the following benefits.

5C 1. Sharing of experiences : If the extent of denigration of Dharma is considered, then henceforth all Hindu organisations at all levels will have to organise programmes. Every organisation represented here must be having some experience in organising some programme or the other for many years. Hence, other organisations who choose to organise that programme can take the benefit from this experienced organisation.

5C 2. Division of labour : When performing the mission of protecting Dharma we need publicity, advertising material, agitations etc., all to function simultaneously. If these tasks are divided between Hindu organisations, then there will be division of labour; for example, if Shriram Sena publishes a pamphlet on ‘Cow slaughter’, then an informative booklet prepared on this can also be used by other organisations. If we help each other in this way, we will be able to implement programmes on protection of Hindutva more effectively.

6.  Unilateral direction of functioning of Hindu organisations

        Let us now discuss the direction of the Dharmik revolution towards the main objective of all Hindu organisations of establishing the Hindu Nation.

6A. United action of Brahmatej and Kshatratej

        This mission is very difficult (like lifting the bow of Deity Shiva). For this, Brahmatej (meaning spiritual organisations) and Kshatratej (meaning Hindus performing the mission for the Nation and Dharma) are required. The actual task of establishing the Hindu Nation will have to be carried out mainly by the Hindu organisations. The strength for this will be provided by spiritual organisations. They will also perform the task of spreading Hindu Dharma within the country and all over the world. You will learn more in this context through various topics in the Convention.

6B. Combined effort of intellectuals and active volunteers

        When working in the sphere of Hindutva, we need to consider one more important element, that of Hindu intellectuals. That is why, some intellectuals too are participating in this Convention.

6B 1. Importance of intellectuals

        In the formation of a Nation, the role of intellectuals is that of a rudder.  Just as a rudder steers a ship in a specific direction, intellectuals too give the agitations a direction. Before Independence, Swatantryaveer Savarkar had told Hindu youths, ‘You must join the army and learn to wield a gun. When the right time comes, I will guide you on the direction in which the gun has to be pointed’. In the freedom struggle, Swatantryaveer Savarkar performed tasks in various spheres.

6B 2. Importance of those taking direct action

        To perform any act of protecting Dharma, we require leadership qualities, skills of unity and kshatravrutti (Warrior attitude). Leaders who perform thetask of unity possess these virtues. The importance to those who take direct action for the protection of Dharma is the same as that given to warriors on the battlefield.

        Intellectuals and those who act directly are the two wheels of a vehicle. Only if they work in unison, the task of establishing the Hindu Nation can take place. Hence, intellectuals and those working directly in this mission need to be well motivated. Both these elements need to perform the task by understanding each other’s thoughts.

6C. All Pro-Hindu organisations should work symbiotically with each other

        Some organisations protect Dharma following a peaceful path, while others believe in taking lawful stringent measures. The objective of both the groups is the same. Hence, both need to work together as per the need of the times.  During the freedom struggle, there was division within the Congress because of which 8 years of its functioning were wasted. Mistakes committed then have to be rectified in the present. That is why, All Pro-Hindu groups should work symbiotically.

6C 1. Levels of those working for Dharma and their style of functioning

        Those working for the protection of Dharma operate at four levels.

6C 1A. Physical : Performing tasks with the physical body for protection of Dharma; for example, preventing conversions and cow slaughter, leading rallies against harm to Dharma, brisk actions etc. Hindu organisations will perform these tasks. As per the times, such actions have 10 % importance.

6C 1B. Psychological : An action cannot take place without awakening of emotions. Based on this principle, by convincing Hindus and making them active through appropriate thoughts; for example, writing in newspapers, Periodicals, delivering discourses etc. Mainly, Hindu speakers, journalists and editors will perform this task. As per the times, this too has 10% importance.

6C 1C. Intellectual : Guiding the Hindu society; for example, analytical study of calamities on Hindus, giving intellectual assistance to organisations etc.  This task will be performed by Hindu intellectuals. This too has 10% importance as per the times.

6C 1D. Spiritual : Performing worship to impart spiritual prowess to the physical, psychological and intellectual tasks; for example, chanting or performing a Yadnya (Fire sacrifice) for the success of a mission. These tasks are being performed mostly by Saints and spiritual organisatons like Sanatan Sanstha. As per the times, they have great importance – 70%.

6C 2. Importance of functioning at the spiritual level

        It is not possible to display the functioning at the spiritual level. That is why, due to tasks of this nature, doubts may appear in the minds of some. No matter how much effort we put in at the physical level, to thwart the attacks of subtle demoniacal energies on the mission, we require subtle, that is, spiritual prowess. This spiritual ability lies with the spiritually evolved individuals and Saints.

        Saints can perceive the cause behind every incident. That is why, they fight the negative energies using their spiritual prowess at the subtle level instead of combating them at the gross level.

        If the mission of protecting Dharma is to be performed, Hindu organisations should not think that they will do it with their own prowess. Intellectuals very well know that provocation at the thought level cannot create the Hindu Nation. Hence, all should ponder on how they will be able to perform tasks which are complementary to each other.

        Here, the philosophy of Swantatryaveer Savarkar is worth mentioning. Once Swantatryaveer Savarkar said, “The debate on whether Bharat obtained Independence because of extremists or liberals is base. The average Bharatiya with faith in God who offered prayers to God to liberate Bharat also needs to be given credit for its Independence”. What we can learn from this quote is that we need to develop closeness with every Hindu who has even a little motivation in the interest of Dharma, working with a bhav devoid of expectations. From this struggle, the mission at the spiritual level has already begun through the medium of some Saints.

To summarise, through this national Convention we have to bring about unity of Hindus. To achieve this, we will have to go from State to State and District to District to unite Hindu organisations and leaders, and then through direct action of protecting Dharma, we will have to start the process of a revolution.

        After this Convention, let us all work together the whole year and the next year to actually implement the establishment of the Hindu Nation, let us meet again. From that perspective let us all obtain the benefit of this Convention.

        With a prayer unto Bhagawan Shrikrushna and at the Holy feet of the Saints present here, to make you capable of efforts to achieve this and to attain success, I conclude my topic.

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