25 May 2011
Tamil Nadu’s Hindus felt little or no sense of Hindu involvement in the just concluded Assembly elections; and this notwithstanding the fact that across the country the Abrahamic so-called minorities, as always, participated in the elections with full consciousness of their religious identity and their religious commitment to chip away at national self-identity until the goal is reached – to politically dis-empower Hindus and de-Hinduise the Hindu Nation.
Such is the comprehensive failure of the BJP and so total the loss of its self-identity, that reeling under the pressure of ascendant jihadi Islam and militant evangelical Church, hapless Hindus of Assam, because they had no faith in the BJP to protect Hindu interests, voted for Italian Christian Congress while the Hindus of Kerala with no faith again in the BJP to protect their interests, voted against Italian Christian Congress and for the communists.
The Hindus of Tamil Nadu, threatened in equal measure by both Islam and the Church and their progressive demographic, economic and religious aggression against them, however, voted for extraneous, non-Hindu considerations. Neither the Congress nor the communists, neither the DMK nor the AIADMK at anytime in history and in any state in the country served Hindus, Hindu interests or Hindu dharma; and yet all of them have been victors in elections driven only by the strength of the Hindu vote.
The BJP, wherever it succeeded, even without a Hindu agenda, and sometimes even after blatant pandering of Abrahamic minorities, rode to victory perched on RSS shoulders; it failed whenever the RSS refused to instruct its cadre to work actively for BJP victory. The RSS has still not decided, to the detriment of its own wellbeing and that of Hindus, if it wants to carry the dead weight of a characterless BJP on its shoulders.
Narendra Modi, although he does not fit into any of the above categories, like his good friend Jayalalithaa, is yet to learn that he is neither omnipotent nor infallible, and still has other lessons to learn.
The RSS is beginning to look increasingly like a failed Hindu organization without the capacity to create a political delivery mechanism with the unapologetic, unambiguous and uncompromising objective to serve Hindu interests. Unless the RSS wants to diminish itself to being simply another NGO working in the social sector, it has to make the conscious decision to influence the polity and empower Hindus to put in place a self-conscious Hindu government.
The Hindu Nation can be protected from anti-Hindu forces only by a Hindu State; and for the benefit of the unthinking among us let it be reiterated that a Hindu State is not to be equated with Abrahamic theocratic states. If empowerment does not lead to political power, it is no empowerment; and if the fast-track ascendancy of the Abrahamic minorities continues unchecked, then any measure of success that Hindus have achieved in any field can and will be dissipated to eventually favour only the Abrahamic minorities.
Let us be blunt – political power, unlike general social prosperity and well being, is a zero sum game. If the power to influence the polity today rests with Muslims and Christians it has come at the cost of Hindu political dis-empowerment; and Hindus and the RSS have only themselves to blame. Pon. Radhakrishnan, State President of the BJP in Tamil Nadu, according to some newspaper reports, pandered to the Christian sense of political power and influence when he sought the support of sundry padris in Nagercoil, his assembly constituency and a Christian bastion.
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/nagercoil-will-bjp-make-history-by-winning-this-tn-seat/774226/0 Needless to say, he lost.
Needless to say again, while the collective idiot Hindu vote is distributed generously among all anti-Hindu parties, Christians and Muslims, wherever they have a strong presence, do not vote for the BJP or for any party which they believe is even minimally Hindu in intent. The electoral conduct of the Muslim voter when he is weak and when he is strong is not the same. Lesson Number 1 for Narendra Modi.
Now that Mamata Banerjee has announced that the Sachar Committee report will be implemented in full in W. Bengal, and Jayalalithaa has already promised the Christians in Kanyakumari that if returned to power, Tamil Nadu will be the first state-proclaimed Christian Kingdom of God on Earth, it is imperative to look at TN’s elections and results from a Hindu perspective.
The first myth which must be ruthlessly shattered is that these elections were fought on a battlefield were dharma was confronted by adharma. The Tamil Nadu elections were simply a turf war between two contending anti-Hindu parties – the DMK and AIADMK, with their fractious, factious, internecine dravidian satellites adding to the cacophony.
In 2006, when Jayalalithaa was riding the crest of despotic power and all poll forecasts predicted that she would bulldoze her way to power, she did lose, and lose resoundingly, because other invisible and unfelt forces defeated her. There is no single, convincing political, sociological or psephological argument yet as to why Jayalalithaa lost the elections in 2006 despite good governance and efficient civic administration. Lesson Number 2 for Narendra Modi.
The writer however is convinced that the good old law of natural justice, which the writer calls the Flawless Logic of Karma, caught up with Jayalalithaa and she was made to pay the price for her demoniac assault upon the seers of the Kanchi matham. The tragedy of Tamil Nadu is that while the laws of karma operate inexorably against evil-doers, they operate just as inexorably against self-absorbed and unconscionable Hindus too, for failing to create a driving force to protect dharma and dharmi.
Although the DMK, the AIADMK and even the BJP refused to set a Hindu agenda for the elections in Tamil Nadu, Hindus could still have voted as Hindus. The Law of Karma could not give Hindus choices that were not commensurate with their Hindu consciousness and therefore gave the Hindus of Tamil Nadu only one choice – to choose the lesser or greater evil, the DMK or the AIADMK. Jayalalithaa’s victory was Draupadi’s defeat.
In every dharmic society two categories of people are inviolable – women and sanyasis, because they are the life-force of the two fundamental institutions that define and sustain Hindu dharma – marriage/family and Sanyasaashrama. And that is why, as an expression of the highest respect accorded to them, in Hindu homes and Hindu society, people do not touch or come physically close to women and sanyasis.
When Jayalalithaa laid her hands on Pujya Jayendra Saraswati (Periava) and Pujya Sankaravijayendra Saraswati (Bala Periava) and lodged them in prison, it was akin to Dushasana dragging menstruating Draupadi by her hair to the royal court where her robes were stripped off her. That Draupadi could not be disrobed completely and the revered Kanchi seers could not be kept endlessly in jail or dislodged from their peethams does not mean that the duraatmas did not try; it also does not exonerate the Kauravas or Jayalalithaa and her accomplices of unpardonable violation of dharma.
Rapists and abusers of women often get away with their heinous crime because of the silence of the victim and the victim’s family. Zero tolerance to abuse of women, to rape and all violation of sanctity in any society can come about only when even a solitary voice speaks loudly and repeatedly about the offence so that society is constantly reminded and sensitized to the horror of the crime and to the inevitable consequences of the crime which undermines the dharmic fibre of society as a whole.
While what follows is certain to open wounds that have not healed, and the writer pleads forgiveness from every bhakta of the Kanchi matham who agonized every minute during the ordeal, the crime against the Kanchi matham has to be detailed not only because a very large section of Hindus still does not know the horrific details of the mortal assault against the matham, but also because Hindus have to be compelled to live with the unforgivable shame and sin of having powered Jayalalithaa to her victory.
– Pujya Jayendra Saraswati Swami was tricked into going with the Tamil Nadu police for ‘questioning’ while in actual fact Pujya Periava had been arrested but not informed of it until he had been lodged in jail
– Some bhaktas of the Matham close to Jayalalithaa had prior information of the arrest
– Powerful bhaktas of the matham who called themselves Paramacharya’s bhaktas moved swiftly to silence the RSS, the Hindu Dharmacharya Sabha and important mathathipathis, powerful Hindu voices in industry and other professions and prevented them from stepping forward to put pressure on Jayalalithaa to release Pujya Periava from jail under the pretext that the matter was internal to the Kanchi matham and none except the Paramacharya’s bhaktas would deal with it as they deemed fit. As it turned out they dealt with it by doing nothing
– At least two powerful Acharyas refused bluntly to the writer’s face to involve themselves or the HDAS in the issue
– The writer and her dear friend Badri were accursed to have seen Pujya Bala Periava in the privacy of his chambers, sunk in deepest sorrow, mind-numbing and paralysing sorrow and grief as his Guru remained in prison
– The very same Paramacharya’s bhaktas led by the Param bhakta who silenced all criticism of Jayalalithaa, who refused to lift their little finger to get Pujya Periava released from prison, however went around the country influencing opinion against the seers in powerful sections of Hindu society and were also exerting enormous pressure on both Pujya Jayendra Saraswati Swami and Pujya Bala Periava to step down from the peetham
– Jayalalithaa, emboldened by the support that she received from this section of bhaktas stepped up her asuric mission against the matham
– She froze all bank accounts of the matham and the writer was witness to boys and young men being trained in the vedapathashala being sent back to their homes
– Orphanages and old age homes, shelters for destitute women run by the matham had no money and it does not require great intelligence to imagine the plight of the children, women and the aged living in these homes
– The Kalavai matham itself did not have even the requisite meager resources to feed those who came to seek Pujya Periava’s darshan after his release
– This was used as excuse by this bunch of saboteurs to attempt to relieve Pujya Periava of all control over the innumerable Trusts belonging to the matham; an attempt was even made to wrest Power of Attorney from Pujya Periava so that this group could now control the Trusts and the monies
– Jayalalithaa had a compliant judge deny Pujya Periava bail in the Madras High Court
– Even as all this was happening, the Paramacharya’s Param bhakta lost no time in packing the matham with his loyalists and sycophants in all administrative and managerial posts and positions. To a pointed question about the total take-over of the matham by the Param bhakta and his acolytes, the bhakta told the writer that he had been mandated by the Paramacharya (from his heavenly abode?) to “cleanse the matham”
– This was a well-planned and calculated coup d’etat against both seers by a section of the matham; Jayalalithaa was only the all-powerful state instrument
– This coup could have been achieved only by state power, only by people who used their closeness to Jayalalithaa to remove the acharyas physically from the matham
– Jayalalithaa had some policeman administer drugs to Pujya Periava in jail and also permitted some scumbag to engage Pujya Periava in conversation. Leading questions about Pujya Periava’s role in an uninvestigated murder were posed to the seer; Pujya Periava was taunted and mocked; we all saw the video of this horrific abuse of Pujya Periava’s person aired on all news channels; as Pujya Periava, his speech slurred by the drugs injected into him, lost balance and fell over on his side, toppling to the ground, hundreds of hearts broke in anguish and shame that we could not protect him from this sacrilege
– Jayalalithaa sent hundreds of policemen in shoes and boots into the sacrosanct premises of the matham to arrest Pujya Bala Periava and to a sharp question about how policemen could enter a temple with shoes on their feet, Jayalalithaa remarked that the matham was no temple and only a burial ground (sudukaadu), a veiled reference to the fact that Pujya Paramacharya is interned in the matham
– Those were the times for Jayalalithaa-orchestrated and encouraged free-for-all. Editorials, columns and news room discussions, public meetings, interviews, were designed and crafted to malign and abuse the matham. Charges ranging from gun-running, drug trafficking and womanising were leveled by any passing individual on the street willing to sell his or her soul for a few thousand rupees
– The then incumbent Sarsanghachalak, faithfully mouthing the lines given to him by Paramacharya’s Param Bhakta, announced to a horrified country that bhaktas must not lose heart as soon they would have a new mathathipathi on the peetham.
This was the Param Bhakta’s diabolic coup de grace. It was also mission accomplished; well, almost.
After Pujya Periava was released from prison, the writer has witnessed in Kalavai, on three occasions, tears welling uncontrollably in Pujya Periava’s eyes and had to beseech His Holiness to not allow them to fall to the ground. If even one drop of Pujya Periava’s tears had fallen to the ground, as certain as night follows day, Hindus collectively would have been annihilated, and deservedly annihilated.
And that is why this needed to be told again; that is why the wound had to be opened again. Hindus of Tamil Nadu have placed the sceptre into the very hands which used the power vested in the sceptre to defile the Kanchi matham. This was not simply about the Kanchi matham; this was about a virulent anti-Hindu polity mounting its most dastardly attack yet against Hindus, Hindu society and Hindu religion. What many Hindus do not know is that the case against Pujya Periava is still pending in the courts. They have not been brought to closure and Jayalalithaa is back in Fort St. George. Jayalalithaa’s victory is Draupadi’s defeat.
Every Hindu politician who participated in the elections, every Hindu who spoke out against the DMK for its astronomical corruption and called for the DMK’s defeat, unmindful that the DMK’s defeat meant Jayalalithaa’s victory, every Hindu who voted for Jayalalithaa and every Hindu who told us that the issue of Kanchi Matham is a thing of the past, must return to the Mahabharata.
As Duryodhana remained adamant about not returning the kingdom to the Pandavas at the end of their thirteen-year exile, when war seemed inevitable and everyone had lost any hope for peace, Srikrishna went back to Indraprashtha, to the court of the Kauravas, and made a peace proposal.
Srikrishna asked Dhritrashtra to prevail upon Duryodhana to return to the Pandavas, if not their kingdom, at least five villages. This gesture, said Srikrishna, would avert certain war, war which everyone knew spelt a veritable bloodbath and certain annihilation of the Kauravas. But Duryodhana refused to part with even that much territory as could be placed on the tip of five needles and the rest is Ithihasa.
But let us for argument’s sake suppose that Duryodhana did the unimaginable; that he accepted Srikrishna’s proposal to give away five villages to the Pandavas in the interest of peace or even in the interest of self-preservation. War would have been averted, the Pandavas would have set up their kingdom in the five villages and they would all have lived happily ever after. Really?
Then what about Draupadi’s honour? Was the Mahabharata war only about Indraprastha or was it equally about Draupadi’s honour? The manner of Duryodhana and Dushasana’s death in the war was pre-determined by Bhima as vengeance for the terrible slight offered to Draupadi in the Kaurava court. The war therefore was as much about Indraprastha as it was about Draupadi’s honour.
Under these circumstances, if Srikrishna or Bhishma or even Yudhistra had suggested to Draupadi that she must put her dishonour behind her as a thing of the past and support their decision to accept the five villages as the only way to ensure peace, what do you think would have been Draupadi’s reaction? What would be your reaction?
If Duryodhana had accepted Srikrishna’s peace proposal and the Mahabharata did not assemble at Kurukshetra, Draupadi would have been defeated. Srikrishna’s peace would have been peace without justice, without dharma. The Tamil Nadu election results were no different. Hindus privileged corruption over honour and Jayalalithaa’s victory was therefore Draupadi’s defeat.
Every Hindu who made this possible actively or passively has earned the wrath of the gods. The gods may even forgive all slight offered to them; they may even forgive those who demolished temples or looted temple wealth, but they do not forgive those guilty of gurudroha and those guilty of defiling the highest institution in Hindu dharma. Lesson Number 3 for Narendra Modi.
The author is Editor, http://www.vigilonline.com