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 My mind went to work removing Philosophy, Theology and all Metaphysical paradigms leaving only Historical references to analyse the root causes or cause of a break down.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.
So in the three steps the wooden horse would be the Collective Worship Act the pretext to get past the walls would be the demographic of the area and the razing of Troy would be the vote of the local authority. Now people may choose to take issue with what I have said fair enough we live in free country, knock yourself out. Just something to consider as you do what I
have said thus far it isn't illegal, it's just how the current system works.
For those who know me personally already know I’ve graduated in Business Studies and Religious Studies. Most people questioned the value of such a combination, to which I replied ‘There is no bigger God than Money’ some people grasped what I was saying other just laughed. A lot has happened in the world and most of it has justified my reading on the two subjects at University.
I’ve read a lot from the commentators for Capitalism, Communism and any other ‘Ism’ that countries have used to run their Economies. I should say I’m not an Economist but It’s easy to see the impacts of each system and sadly not one of them is perfect. Immoral and Unethical actions have happened on all sides. As this blog’s title suggests this isn’t about the system it’s self it’s about the players and decision makers within the system.With safety I can say that Big Business and Hinduism are on a collision course, the practises and behaviour of some Big Businesses is Adharmic. Adharma refers to a state of the universe in imbalance or in an unwell and unnatural state. We live a pamperd and soft life in the first world or West. Not so long ago I had some time to reflect in Tanzania at the Selous National Park, I was sitting on a bench watching the sun set it turned this beautiful saffron I could feel it against my skin. To this day a once it's a life time sensation with so much at the disposal of this East African nation why has it not come forward, why have so few third world nations come forward?
- Pavan Choudary and Anil Shastri. Lal Bahadur Shastri: Lessons in Leadership.