“The term Hindu nation has been misunderstood and misinterpreted in the country. Before the tenth century we were a self-governing nation. Since the day we started compromising our values and stopped worshiping the shakti, we became so weak that the foreign invaders including the salves ruled over us for centuries. During this period the whole system was bent upon to damage the true values of this nation. The book by Smt Radha Rajan is first one to investigate into what went wrong with the system as well as the people during these so many years. It is a well researched book and explains how systematically the country was de-Hinduised,” said the former MP and director of the International Academy of Indian Culture, Dr Lokesh Chandra. He was releasing the book, Eclipse of the Hindu Nation: Gandhi and His Freedom Struggle, written by Smt Radha Rajan in New Delhi on June 26.
The book has been published by New Age Publishers Pvt. Ltd. Kolkata, Former Secretary General of the Lok Sabha and a member of the Constitution Review Committee Dr Subhash C Kashyap and noted swadeshi thinker, ideologue Shri Govindacharya and Shri Sinha Roy of the New Age Publishers were also present on the occasion. The writer Smt Radha Rajan is a Chennai based political commentator. She is passionately committed to the welfare of homeless and street animals in Chennai for over 12 years. She is also one of the authors of the book, NGOs, Activists and Foreign Funds: Anti-Nation Industry.
Dr Lokesh Chandra hailed the book as original sin of the freedom struggle. “Indians always worshiped shakti. Our all gods and goddesses carry the weapons. The greatest crime committed during the freedom struggle was the introduction of the concept of ahimsa. We should not forget that we are still in the battlefield where we have to fight. There is no part of India, which is not surrounded by enemies. If we fail to fight today we will not be able to survive for long. The whole nation needs introspection and we need fresh ideas,” he said.
Shri Govindacharya said the analysis of the characters like Gandhiji is not an easy task. The emergence of Gandhiji, inactiveness of Aurobindo and Tilak and jail sentence to Savarkar were the events during the freedom struggle, which raised many doubts and still need answers. Smt Radha Rajan has done a great work by working on Gandhiji with this new angel, he said.
Dr Subhash C Kashyap said Smt Radha Rajan by extensively quoting from the original writings of Gandhiji exposed the anti-Hindu face of Gandhiji. “Her work cannot be set aside and her ideas need to be analysed,” he said. “We are defiantly proud of our glorious past but it is an important question why the invaders looted and ruled over us for so many years. There is a need to introspect and think over the weaknesses of the nation and also remove them,” he said adding that the biggest threat before the nation today is demographic imbalance, which is being created through various means. He said it is very shameful and dangerous time for any nation when its majority community feels threatened.
Smt. Radha Rajan said the Hindus constitute 83 per cent of the total population in the country but they still do not influence the nation as Hindus. “We still find assaults on the Hindus everyday from all sides—Hindu temples, muths, symbols, customs, beliefs, traditions and religious leaders, etc,” she said adding that the ahimsa of Gandhiji was only for the Hindus and not for the Muslims and others. She alleged that Gandhiji never considered this land has Hindubhoomi.
The book analyses the period between 1893 when Aurobindo as a Congressman began to write his political columns, and 1947-48 which culminated in the vivisection of the subcontinent and Gandhiji’s murder. It seeks to demonstrate how the Gandhiji-led freedom movement had no well-defined political goal, which should have been determined by a sound understanding of the inherent evil of alien rule. The book shows how in the absence of such defined political objective the freedom movement drifted confusedly between Gandhiji’s social agenda and his political ambition, leaving the field clear to anti-national interests to divide and rule us and to dismember our land to serve alien politico-religious objectives.
The book argues that it was Gandhiji’s refusal to acknowledge the right of the majority of the population to its land that was the root cause for his failure to organise all sections of the majority society to combat the twin threats of an obdurate and avaricious colonial power and an ascendant anti-Hindu monotheism. By making the Indian National Congress his personal vehicle, he twisted freedom movement in a manner deliberately calculated to cast into the shadows the nationalism of Tilak, Aurobindo, Savarkar, Bhagat Singh and Subhas Chandra Bose. Gandhiji and the Gandhi-led freedom movement eclipsed the Hind nation.
The book takes a decisive step towards correcting the political discourse in the country and makes a case for self-conscious Hindu state power to pull us back from the brink of our self-destructive politics of minorityism. No matter how much the so-called secularists protest that Hindu assertion is undermining the idea of India that is a figment of their imagination, this nation is not an idea, it is real. The truth of the nation rests on its majority populace for whom this nation is their janmabhoomi, a concept unique to the Hindu way of worship.