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Saving Hinduism

Karan Singh hit the nail on the head when he said in his article Keep the light shining (HT, January 20): "It would be tragic if we do to Hinduism what jehadis have done to Islam."

india Updated: Feb 21, 2003 17:05 IST

Karan Singh hit the nail on the head when he said in his article Keep the light shining (HT, January 20): "It would be tragic if we do to Hinduism what jehadis have done to Islam." He is a wise man who knows a lot more about Hindu religion than all the thekedars who profess to be its guardians.

I refer to the likes of Bal Thackeray, Narendra Modi, Giriraj Kishore, Vishnu Hari Dalmia, Praveen Togadia and L.K. Advani. The process of defacing the oldest and most tolerant of religions of the world has been going on for several years and has now assumed menacing proportions. Unless arrested, it will cause irreparable damage to the fair face of a religion cherished by millions over the world.

The problem is to find a man to lead the crusade against these defacers. He cannot be a Muslim, Christian, Sikh or Parsi. No sooner he opens his mouth in protest, he will be dubbed anti-Hindu and dismissed from reckoning. It has to be a Hindu who commands respect for his learning, a man held in esteem by the masses and has no other aspirations save redeeming his community from its traducers.

Although Karan Singh is with the Congress, and is a member of the Rajya Sabha and had prime ministerial and presidential ambitions, there is no one better qualified than he to undertake this great task of rescuing Hinduism and restoring it to good health.

So far, Karan Singh has restricted himself to scholastic expositions of the Vedas, the Upanishads and the epics and limited his audience to the highly educated. He has to use language that will touch the hearts of the common people; tell them that breaking mosques, bashing up Muslims, attacking churches and preachers of Christianity is against everything Hinduism has stood for over the centuries. I am sure he will get men and women in the thousands to carry his message to all corners of the country.

I also repeat that our TV channels are playing a very negative role in portraying Hinduism. Serials on the Mahabharata and the Ramayana could possibly be justified for re-acquainting the people with their epics. But what is being shown today boggles the imagination. A new character decked up with requisite caste-marks of holiness actually touts tantric symbols, tells you what kind of rudraksh beads to wear, mantras to chant — for a price. All this in the name of Hindu learning!

First Published: Feb 21, 2003 12:47 IST