I often attend such events to touch base and reconnect with likeminded people. Whilst I don’t agree with methods or every viewpoint on particular issues it’s reassuring to see so many people working towards the same goal – protecting, promoting, preserving and practising Hinduism. I imagine it’s what a gathering of Sadhus in the Mahabharat or Ramayana must have been like.
Everyone spoke passionately on their subjects from Dr Gautum Sen’s anti Hindu Caste legislation to Rajiv Malhotras Anti Hindu/India forces and Trupti Patel from the Hindu Forum of Britain launching The UK Hindu General Election Manifesto. As the event went one I began making notes I began to circle key phrases and distil what was being said.
The problems and issues that the panellist were orating about all amalgamated into one solitary issue, the psychological development of the Hindu mind – be it individual or the masses. I had not discovered anything new everyone from Chanakya to Swami Vivekananda had said as much. My mind went to work removing Philosophy, Theology and all Metaphysical paradigms leaving only Historical references to analyse the root causes or cause of a break down.
One by one looking at all the Hindu leaders I could remember from Maharaja Jaypal , Prithviraj Chauhan, Hamir Dev Chauan to Shivaji and Maha Rana Pratap Singh. They all had the same thing in common they were products of a more developed and ancient education system the Gurukul System.
Rather than waiting for a hero to emerge why not build, train and educate them. Ultimately the quality that Hindus admire the most is courage; even a non-violent Mahatama Gandhi had no room for cowardice. However in my analysis I recognized a fundamental flaw a leaders life is one of mostly sacrifice and service towards a greater good. How many of us would be willing to make that sacrifice or be prepared to see our loved ones.
Thus in my mind it becomes a chicken and egg situation whilst we require a change in mindset initiated through this system – we also require fortitude to endure until the system bears fruit. Kapil Dudakia of Kapils Kichadi fame in the Asian Voice went through a political narrative, outlining a betrayal of the British Hindu and a systemic erosion of the democratic process.
In conclusion the solution to issues that Hinduism has will be a Hindu solution, I reject the notion outright that we need to be like any other religion. Hinduism thus far and survived thrived and evolved on Its own terms. The current challenges faced by all are no different, for example we can’t out Native Americans at being Native Americans and we can only and should only be who we are.