Modi and his friends are so inclined to promote Hinduism that they are ready to remove everything from the country that has any connection with other communities particularly the Muslim community.
By Rakesh Raman
The Hindu Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, today opened the All India Institute of Ayurveda in New Delhi.
It is believed that Ayurveda – which is an untested alternative medical system – was conceived by the Hindu god of Ayurveda Dhanvantari.
Modi – who is trying to make India an exclusive Hindu Rashtra (a country only for people belonging to the Hindu religion) – asserted that nations cannot progress unless they value and cherish their history and heritage. However, he could not explain the basis of his assertion.
In order to woo the Hindu voters, Modi also emphasized the need for a Hindu exercise called Yoga. He said that when India was not independent, its knowledge, and its traditions such as Yoga and Ayurveda were belittled.
“Attempts were even made to reduce the faith that Indians had on them,” he added. “In the last three years (of Modi regime), this situation has changed to quite an extent; and the faith of the people is being restored in the best of our heritage. The pride in our heritage is reflected in the way people gather for Ayurveda Day or Yoga Day,” Modi said.
But why is Modi so eager to promote Hindu concepts such as Ayurveda and Yoga? As nearly 80% of the 1.3 billion people of India are Hindus, it becomes a virtual compulsion for all political parties to please Hindu voters. Politicians, therefore, play all types of tricks to bind Hindus with a common thread. Ayurveda and Yoga are some of them.
When the U.S. President Barack Obama was invited by Modi in India, Obama did not mince his words when he expressed his concern over the communal violence and religious hatred in the country. He also suggested that the Indian government must ensure religious freedom for all its citizens. However, Modi did not follow Obama’s advice.
The Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is an overtly Hindu party, has gone to an extreme to make India a Hindu Rashtra. Modi and his friends are so inclined to promote Hinduism that they are ready to remove everything from the country that has any connection with other communities particularly the Muslim community.
With Modi’s tacit approval, other BJP leaders openly attack Muslims in their speeches and now they say that Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the world – does not belong to India because it was built by a Muslim ruler. Even the Uttar Pradesh tourism booklet did not include Taj Mahal.
Modi himself was an accused in the Gujarat riots of 2002 in which nearly 2,000 Muslims were murdered. It was alleged that the killings were executed at the behest of Modi who was then the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Although Indian courts have almost exonerated Modi in this case, most Muslims in India still believe that Modi was responsible for Gujarat massacre. Less said about the Indian courts, the better.
Now Modi and his BJP friends are playing a dangerous game with an attempt to divide India on the basis of people’s religion. They are creating a country-wide Hindu group tied with the falsehood of concepts such as Ayurveda and Yoga.
By Rakesh Raman, who is a government’s National award-winning journalist and social activist. He has formed an environment-protection group called Green Group in Delhi. Earlier, he had been associated with the United Nations (UN) through United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a digital media expert to help businesses use technology for brand marketing and business development. He also runs a free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.