Note: This essay is the Fourteenth part in the series of articles based on Guruji's Bunch of Thoughts.
The focus of this essay is to instill pride in our rich history of Hindu Nationalism. Even to this day that conviction is there in the heart of every son of this soil, though sometimes it is dormant. Even falsehood if repeated incessantly will have its effect on weak minds.
We are witnessing a strange phenomenon in our country today. The real and positive concept of Hindu Nationalism is being dubbed as communal, reactionary, narrow-minded and so on and the unscientific, reactionary, and harmful theory of territorial nationalism, upheld by our present-day leaders, is paraded as ‘secular’, ‘progressive’ and ‘broad-minded’. But, apart from this cloud of political dust that has been raised, is it true that in their heart of hearts the so-called ‘secularists’ differ fundamentally from us?
At Heart All Accept, But……!
Once a prominent leader suggested to us, ‘Of course, we have no objection to what you propound regarding the Hindu Nation and all that. But why not put the same diplomatically as ‘Bharatiya’ instead of ‘Hindu’, as the latter appears offensive these days?” And he also quoted the famous Sanskrit axiom, na brooyat satyam apriyam (one should not utter unpleasant truth). What, a fine way of circumventing truth! In fact, the correct meaning of that phrase is otherwise. It is not that the unpleasant truth should be suppressed; it would only amount to supporting falsehood. Truth must be told but in a sweet manner. The truth is, that the thought for which we stand is correctly and unambiguously described by the word ‘Hindu’. Though ‘Bharatiya’ also should connote the same meaning, the way in which it is used by our leaders today lands one in confusion and leads one away from the truth. So, we decide not to dilute the truth to please or appease anybody. We do not also stoop to offensive language while propagating this truth. We take our stand on the pure and positive content of our national life and view all our national problems in that clear light.
Let us not shut our eyes to the historical fact that it was the scheming Britisher who, in order to perpetuate his stranglehold on our country, planted in our minds perverted notions of nationhood to break the proud and defiant spirit of the Hindus which posed a real threat to his domination. And knowingly, or unknowingly, our people are also swept off their feet by their insidious propaganda designed to land us on a suicidal track. It is our sacred duty, therefore, to re-establish the truth of our Hindu Nationhood, to remove all the debris of falsehood and make every Hindu realize his proud heritage of being a living limb of this great Hindu Nation.
Therefore, the foremost duty laid upon every Hindu is to build such a holy, benevolent and unconquerable might in support of the age-old truth of our Hindu Nationhood. Our scriptures tell us that self-forgetfulness is adharma and awakening to the knowledge of one’s true self is dharma. Thus the path of re-establishment of dharma shown by all our great masters of the past is clearly the awakening of the Hindu People to the truth of their National self- the glorious, effulgent Hindu Nationhood.
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