Written by chairman of Prajna Bharati, Andhra Pradesh, this is a compilation of articles written by him for different journals and newspapers. The subjects covered vary from cultural nationalism to economics, from minority appeasement to politics of communalism, from technological issues to betrayal by communists, from local politics to global relationships.
The end of Mughal rule followed by India'sstruggle for freedom from the British led to creation of Islamic States in the north-west and east of India. Almost all the Hindus were expelled from the Islamic State of Pakistan and the Hindu population declined from 35 per cent to 10 per cent or more in Bangladesh. Most Muslims who had agitated, rioted and voted for Pakistan stayed on in India. Since Partition of India while nationalism in the political parties declined, power-managing increased and the weaknesses of Hinduism started showing up and political parties started whipping up the issue of casteism for electoral gains. And to win over the Muslim voters, parties invented a new ideology of secularism. Here the author points out, ?Secularism in India is anti-Hinduism, the incitement of Muslims (and Christians of late) to be separate and Hindu castes to fight for caste-based social justice. Communists are the ?philosophers? of this peculiar secularism. They have described the BJP as Hindu, communalist, fascist, reactionary, etc. Secularism is invoked to cover up corruption, dynastyism, casteism, smuggling, drug-trafficking?Anti-Hinduism and appeasement of Muslims incessantly is the essential content of Indian secularism.?
The author talks of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and is justified in saying, ?I believe India'sproblems lie in the deteriorating economy, illiteracy and population and not in mandirs and masjids and it is tragic that the minds of millions of Indians are exercised on an issue that does not alleviate our people.? He advocates that the government should concentrate instead on tackling the ?colossal non-performance of the state capitalist enterprises and the burgeoning bureaucracy'sappetite for power, control and self-serving rules.?
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