If that title has any resemblance to any publication, adorning the book shelf of pseudo-intellects and pseudo-seculars (as also somebody from Huffington Post), then it is purely intentional.
Can the real Hindu please stand up?
If you raised your hand or, thought of standing up then you might want to listen to the accompanying condition.
You shouldn’t be a Dalit, Rajput, Brahmin, Kshatriya, Patels, Sharmas, Yadav, Lingayat, Gowda, Nair, Menon, Namboodiri, Gupta, Thakur or, have any of those shining badges attached to you.
Did you just raise your hand?
Unlikely, I know.
Because we are not a Hindu anymore. It’s these “titles” that define our religion.
And should I be proud of it? I would rather not hear the answer..
Because today we take pride in letting our titles define our religion. Dalits and OBCs have a sense of pride in calling themselves so because that entitles them to benefits that others don’t get.
But are they really getting it, is a question that is worth asking?
And so every one of those sub-religions you saw above, thinks that they are a minority. And yes they are!
Because Hinduism has hundreds of those and every one of them will be a minority. And hence they need benefits that other minorities get. Fair ask, isn’t it?
But before we talk about any of this, the question to be asked is – “Where did this narrative come from”?
Did we ever mention our caste to get a seat in the first bench at school?
I don’t remember asking my classmates, which caste they came from. In fact, I never knew if they were a general or, an OBC until I applied for my Medical Entrance exams.
That was the point I first got to know about reservations and that some of my classmates, in spite of securing lesser marks were eligible for the exams by way of their caste status. I felt wronged but I still didn’t feel bad about it.
At this point it is important to ask, “Were they really deserving?”
Let us park that question for a while.
So, continuing on where the narrative came from..
To understand that you will have to look a couple of elections in the past and pick the list of candidates from a specific constituency, irrespective of the political party.
I am sure you will notice a trend.
A constituency with a higher % of a specific caste will see a candidate from that specific caste being fielded (that didn’t need any analysis of trends, isn’t it?)
Irrespective of the candidates credentials, if he is credible or, not, if he is corrupt or, not, if he is convicted or, not. All of that doesn’t matter.
I would vote for this candidate from my caste.
Because his biggest qualification is that “he comes from my caste“.
Political parties have been harnessing this idea and has since long exploiting the Hindu vote base using this divide.
In fact, we even go on to make “Leaders” out of people who make us realize that I am a specific caste first and then a Hindu..
But there is more to it than just this.
Let’s continue then..
Then there are bunch of these pseudo-seculars who call themselves the only secular thinking agencies in the country who come out on the streets, the moment there is an attempt to unite these divided castes.
Because the attempt is to unite them under an umbrella called “Hindus”, which according to them is communal. For them, the otherwise peace loving religion suddenly changes to a “terrorist organization” who is trying to create a divide in the country and are trying to create a fearful environment for the minority religions in the country.
And when there is a minority discussion, the surprising fact is that there is only one religion that finds place.
Let us take a quick look at the religion spread in India as per the 2011 census –
- Hinduism (79.80%)
- Islam (14.2%)
- Christianity (2.3%)
- Sikhism (1.7%)
- Buddhism (0.7%)
- Jainism (0.4%)
Why is it that the other religions don’t feel the same insecurity?
The answer is simple.
Because this insecurity is an intentional fear created by these pseudo-seculars so that their existence is not under risk.
Or else, nobody would know an Arundhati Roy or, Sagarika Ghose or, even a Barkha Dutt.
Their very existence is in ensuring that this sense of insecurity prevails.
And the minorities just play into their hands.
Another question worth asking is, if indeed the minorities are really feeling that insecurity?
(At least a good number of my friends don’t feel so)
That’s again another narrative which can be a point of discussion later.
Nevertheless, in order for this insecurity to prevail and so that the narrative can sustain, it is important that the divide within Hindus remain.
And we as proud Nairs, Patels, Yadavs, Gowdas and the thousands of other castes, we will keep playing into the hands of these politicians and pseudo-seculars.
Think about a situation. What if the 80% of Hindus unite and say that we do not want a caste based representative. Give us good governance and a corruption free government. Will the situation in my country change?
It sure will, but there is a BIG “if” attached to it.
And that “if”, I suspect will ever find an answer.
So let us continue being what we are.
And when there is a question asked again, “Will the real Hindu stand up?”, I will respond with another question, “Which caste are you referring to?” for I am not a Hindu and I am proud of that.