Posted on 30th December, 2022
In India, it is observed that politically projected Hindutva is often opposed by the Hindus themselves. Factually speaking, Hinduism is not an organized, institutionalized religion per se. There are innumerable diversities, heterogeneities and pluralities under the umbrella designation of “Hindu”. If anyone tries to define Hinduism as a caste-based religion, that will be a great mistake since Vaisnavas and Buddhists (Buddha is projected as one of the ten avataras of Lord Vishnu) do not subscribe the caste hierarchy.
Moreover, the recent trend of converting persons with other religious affiliation to Hindus is questionable enough as one cannot ascribe caste identity to the converted one within the liminal ritual of religious conversion, which is frequently being described as “ghar wapsi” (return to the home).
Over 100 people convert to Hinduism in Uttar Pradesh’s Khurja: BJP MLA VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on 25th December, 2022 ©The Hindu)
In this short article, we are trying to show some instances of Hindu martyrs, who fought against politically projected, militant Hindutvavadins as indoctrinated by the Sangh Parivar.
Thus, defferance between Hindu and the politically constructed ideal of militant Hindutva differs and defers simultaneously at the moment of establishing the Akhand, Irrendentist Hindu Bharat Rashtra⤡. In fact, the Hindutvavadins’ ideology is nothing more than a mirror-image of some other dominant organized religions such as Christianity and Islam.
We think that these Hindutvavadins led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (henceforth BJP) are masking or concealing the forces of market fundamentalism, the phenomenon of free flow of private capital and the corporate sponsored minimal state by foregrounding religious fundamentalism every now and then⤡. They are following the colonial legacy of divide and rule policy of the British raj. It is not surprising, honestly speaking, since some of the chief propagators of Hindutva, viz., “Veer” Savarkar was a lackey or bootlicker of the British colonial “masters”; M. S. Golwalkar was thoroughly against the anti-imperialist movement as he thought that the real enemies were Muslims, Communists and Christians, and not the Britishers.
- Indian activist dies during hunger strike over Ganges river pollution VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on 12th October, 2018 ©The Guardian)
- How to save a river VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on 10th May, 2019 ©businessline)
- Monks on hunger strike for the Ganga VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on 30th March, 2021 ©The Third Pole)
- PM Modi’s Kedarnath Project In Jeopardy Amid Protests From Saints VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on 11th July, 2020 ©ABP News)
- Protest by Kedarnath priests against Char Dham Devasthanam Board VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on 13th June, 2021 ©Hindustan Times)
- Why are Uttarakhand priests protesting against Modi’s Kedarnath visit? VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on 31st October, 2021 ©NewsBytes)
Kedarnath Priests Continue Sit-In Protest To Disband Devasthanam Board (13th June, 2021 © NDTV ⤡)
All the above instances show that the developmental planning of politically motivated Hindutvavadins is being resisted by the Hindu monks. Actually, no political party in India is concerned about the climate crisis, not only the BJP.
For more information, kindly view: 1. O KING, STOP KILLING DEER OF OUR HERMITAGE Environmental consciousness in Indian science and technology VIEW HERE ⤡ (for getting a brief bird’s eye view on Indian Environmental thought); 2. REFLECTIONS ON THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY: ECOTAGING FOR DISTANT ECOTOPIA VIEW HERE ⤡ (for getting a self-reflexive critique of the environmental catastrophe)
This intra-group resistance shows that all the Hindu monks are eco-martyrs. On the other hand, the so-called Hindu government does not pay any heed to their causes (e.g., Save the River Ganga).
They do not bother about the sacred death of Hindu eco-martyrs. Cruelty, thy name is Bharatiya Janata Party!