26 Jun 2015

American Hindus Support the People of Japan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
American Hindus Support the People of Japan

March 15, 2011
Houston, TX

Mr. Pradip Parekh, Convener of the Global Affairs Committee of the Hindu Mahasabha of America(aka Hindu Congress of America), on behalf of the organization, expressed condolences and support to the valiant and resourceful people of Japan in their hour of need in the wake of catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. American Hindus shall join in the worldwide organized effort to do their part to help those affected in Japan, and pray that Japan will be expeditiously restored.

japan_earthquake_2011Mr. Parekh recalled the role played by Japan in India’s freedom struggle in its support to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Rash Behari Bose and the formation of Azad Hind Fauj (Indian National Army). It was the Naval revolt, which in turn was inspired by the INA and leadership of Netaji, that played a decisive role in British colonialsts granting India its freedom. Mr. Parekh further added that American Hindus can pay the debt to the people of Japan by generously donating to the relief effort.

He further recommended on behalf of the organization thatAmerican Hindus use the the following charities that are active in the relief effort in Japan.

http://www.internationalmedicalcorps.org/Page.aspx?pid=1970

http://www.americares.org/aboutus/index.html

http://www.shelterbox.org/news.php?id=617

Pradip Parekh
Convener & Spokesperson
Global Affairs Committee
Hindu Mahasabha of America
Tel. 832-436-1619
E-Mail: pradip.parekh@hmsamerica.org

26 Jun 2015

Hindu Congress of America Deplores Gov. Bentley’s Fanatical Remarks

Hindu Congress of America Deplores Gov.  Bentley’s Fanatical Remarks
Rudranath Talukdar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 19, 2011

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church during the annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, in downtown Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Lloyd Gallman)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church during the annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, in downtown Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Lloyd Gallman)

The Hindu Congress of America is deeply concerned at the reported remarks of Governor Robert Bentley wherein he is reported to have told a group at a Church gathering, right after his inauguration that. “If the Holy Spirit lives in you that makes you my brothers and sisters. Anyone who has not accepted Jesus, I want to be your brothers and sisters, too,” Bentley said.

That is remarkable coming for someone who is constitutionally bound to serve all Alabamans equally, and to respect the U.S. Constitution which bars state sponsorship of any religion.This raises the suspicion that Gov. Bentley will treat non-Christians in a less than fair manner because they happen to be not his “brothers and sisters”

We ask the Governor to repudiate his statement and also ask the Republican National Committee to do the same.

Rudranath Talukdar
Convener & Spokesperson
Political Affairs Committee
Hindu Mahasabha of America
(Hindu Congress of America)
Tel. 832-436-1619
E-Mail: rudranath.talukdar@hmsamerica.org

 

26 Jun 2015

HMSA Condemns Varanasi Attacks

Hindu Mahasabha of America Condemns Varanasi Attacks
Rudranath Talukdar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

varanasi_blasts_dec2010December 10, 2010 – Hindu Mahasabha of America has strongly condemned the horrendous bombing of a Hindu place of worship in Varanasi, India on December 7, 2010 where an inf ant was killed and dozen’s injured. A terrorist organization, the “Indian Mujahideen” has claimed responsibility for the attack and in e-mailed comments to many news organizations, promised to commit more such crimes.

Rudranath Talukdar, spokesperson of the organization, expressed the anger of the American Hindu community by saying that this is the 4th bombing attack in Varanasi in the past five years and till date the Indian government has been more keen on rhetoric and less diligent in seriously pursuing terrorism in India. Dr. Talukdar demanded that the government of India vigorously pursue the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

26 Jun 2015

HMSA Deplores the Violence in Kashmir Valley

Hindu Mahasabha of America Deplores the Violence in Kashmir Valley
Press Release

kashmir_map_300x200Hindu Mahasabha of America (HMSA) deplores the violence in the valley of Kashmir.  The Government of India is compounding the problem by its weak-kneed response to the problem.  Instead of working to isolate the instigators of the violence like Syed Geelani and booking him for sedition he is being looked as an overlord over the valley of Kashmir.  In this conflict, there is another party, the Kashmiri Hindus who have been ethnically cleansed from the valley.  By according instigators like Geelani a seat at the negotiating table, the Government of India has endorsed the ethnic cleansing that occurred. To compound their pusillanimity, the Government of India did not even sit down with Kashmiri Hindu’s nor with other ethnic minorities of the state of Jammu and Kashmir such as the Dogras and th e Gujjars and the Ladakhis etc. to ascertain their views.

HMSA strongly condemn the Government of India’s approach to this problem.

HMSA demands full protection to Hindus to resettle in the Kashmir valley and restoration of their property rights and right to livelihood there.  HMSA also demands that persons advocating secession be dealt with according to the rule of law as outlined in the Indian Constitution.

26 Jun 2015

HMSA Condemns Deganga Pogrom

Hindu Mahasabha of America Condemns Deganga Pogrom
Press Release

Hindu Mahasabha of America (HMSA) strongly condemns the attacks on Hindu villagers and business in the Deganga region of the state of West Bengal in India. The attacks started on September 6th and continued for three days before the Army was called in to restore order. However, the remote villages continued to be terrorized by Jihadi hordes who surrounded and attacked Hindu hamlets in a well planned and coordinated fashion.  deganga_img_1231_300x200

HMSA demands that the State of West Bengal and the Government of India take action against the perpetrators immediately.  By all accounts the local Member of Parliament, Nurul Islam was the lead instigator of the attacks which occurred right after Ramadan sermons at the local mosque.

HMSA demands that justice and full compensation for the victims who were singled out because they happened to follow a religion that is in the minority in that area.

HMSA further demands that all arrangements be made to hold the most important Hindu festival of the area, Durgapuja, with full administration support and adequate security.

These incidents are what led ultimately to the partition of India in 1947 and must not be allowed to be repeated.

26 Jun 2015

HMSA Says No To The Mosque At Ground Zero

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hindu Mahasabha of America Says No To The Mosque At Ground Zero
And Proposes A Communal Place of Worship
Issue Much Larger Than “Freedom Of Religion”

Houston, TX – August 19, 2010 –Hindu Mahasabha of America ( HMSA) supports the deep American value of freedom of religious practice and actively advocates for it. As the Hindu Diaspora knows and lives daily, this freedom is not available in many countries. HMSA is therefore actively engaged in the important debate over the proposed mosque near the site of the 9/11 attack upon the U.S. As
Osama Bin Laden has boasted, this attack was the first of many Jihadist attacks on symbols of American power on American soil. This is not a simple case of “freedom of religion” as uninformed political pundits have made it out to be.

mosque_at_ground_zeroThroughout history, Islamic extremists have constructed mosques at places where Islamic armies inflicted damage on their enemies, and demolished monuments including Synagogues, Churches, Monasteries and Temples. Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, and over 2,000 mosques standing today on the ruins of demolished temples in India bear testimony to this
effect.

The 9/11 incident represents nothing less than an invasion of the United States at the hands of an invading army. Construction of a mosque at Ground Zero would be no different from the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, or the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. A mosque is a visible symbol of Islamic theology and theocracy. Hence, a mosque at Ground Zero would symbolize a “victory” monument for Islamic terrorists all over the world. Indeed, the Jihadist movement sees it as thus. Their websites make no bones about it. Therefore, it is not appropriate to build the mosque near Ground Zero. This is what needs to be prevented by the city administration and civil society including concerned Muslims.

HMSA therefore calls upon the concerned authorities in New York City to disallow the construction of a mosque at Ground Zero, and further suggests that all the funds collected for building the mosque should be directed towards building a vocational school / training center and communal
place of worship for all faiths. Such a gesture would go a long way in healing the wounds of the 9/11 tragedy.

Hindu Mahasabha of America (or “Hindu Congress of America”) is a grassroots community organization dedicated to socio-political empowerment of American Hindus.

26 Jun 2015

A Rejoinder to the New York Times – “Yoga and Sex Scandals: No Surprise Here”

To,

The Editor (Attn: letters@nytimes.com )
New York Times, New York City, NY

Subject: Protest against the recent stupid article on Yoga your newspaper published – “Yoga and Sex Scandals: No Surprise Here”

Link below:

Namaste,

rahul_chandraI am a regular reader of New York Times online edition. A week ago I came across the Yoga article published on your newspaper which makes every effort to link Yoga with „Sex Scandals‟. I am a Hindu by practice and student of Hinduism and was extremely disappointed when I saw the vulgar display in the way a path of Yoga practice „Hatya Yoga‟ was projected and the low subconscious of the author, reviewer and approver of this article in publishing this faith based subject. New York Times is a renowned newspaper which has global readers and is a newspaper which serves as role model to world in depicting cultures, traditions, practices and religions across the world in most respectful and dignified way.

After reading the „Yoga‟ article it seems that some editors and article contributors are moving away from being taking an aesthetic approach to the immoral approach ( „ few scandals highlight ‟ and „ ignorance w.r.t understanding whole picture ‟ „linking scientific research to thousand year old tradition‟) to attract fake fame, attention, controversy, which leads to increase in subscriptions. This approach which is also called as „Tamshik‟ approach (social acts done with an expectation of returns) is not only condemned in Hinduism, but also in other religions. After reading the article it seems like the knowledge of the author and editor who approved this article is very limited and has multiple „ignorance gaps‟, moreover their subconscious is so low as the focus is more towards „sex‟ „sexual organs‟ and „materialistic / physical pleasures‟ „ sexual controversy‟ in reading, writing or publishing articles on culture, faith and literature pertinent to Yoga.

Look like a bunch of article contributors and editors don‟t want to appreciate the beauty of other cultures, traditions and practices in realizing the goal to unite with God which in Hinduism is also known as salvation. In United States there are approx 2 million Hindus and most of them are educated and they do practice Hinduism in forms of Yoga, Meditation, and Deity worship at temples etc. Your article seems to question validity and veracity of Yoga which is not only practiced by Hindus but Christians, Muslims and people of other faith and religions. Millions of people have benefitted from Yoga in terms physical, mental, emotional and spiritual way (references and testimonials can be provided upon request)
I want your editor and the team who wish to write culture/faith based articles to refer good books „Original Texts‟ and literature to get enlightened and remove ignorance.

For your education

Yoga means to unite with God, where an individual soul progresses on the path of spiritual progress towards the realization of the supreme. This supreme may be „Shiva‟, „Brahma‟ or „Shakti „ or a symbol “OM” for Hindus or may be other gods and divine beings for people of other religions and faith.

There are four paths of spiritual progress under Yoga practice: – Jnana yoga (Knowledge); Karma Yoga (Action ritual and Practice, Performance); Bhakti yoga (Path of devotion; Raja yoga (Meditation). These are the major paths which you can see in Yoga schools worldwide.

All these yoga paths have been assimilated in the different philosophies and the religions to suit their needs. In this process of adoption, the „yoga‟ paths attain the „brandings‟ specific to the schools in to which they are absorbed. For example „Hatha-yoga‟ absorbed in to the Shakti-religious faith (there are six faith based practices in Hinduism). „Shakti‟ tradition‟ is one of them (Hindus who worship Goddess Shakti or Durga) which has great number of books called „tantras‟ mentions the method of employing the various sounds („mantras‟) for the interaction with the cosmos and for spiritual progress.

Tantric spiritual practices and rituals thus aim to bring about an inner realization of the truth; the term tantra and the notion of superlative sex are erroneously linked. Here under Shakti tradition the fusion of Shiva and Shakti (spaciousness and energy), the goal here is not physical pleasure but true self realization and infinite knowledge. This is important for team to understand that the term „Ananda‟ mentioned in many Hindu sacred texts doesn‟t mean „sexual pleasure‟ but „spiritual pleasure‟. I recommend before writing articles on faith / culture/ practices refer to original texts and genuine books, for example to get insight into Hinduism you need to have basic Sanskrit (if not Vedic Sanskrit) as English language can‟t translate the „correct‟ meaning of Vedic Texts and has words that don‟t match with Sanskrit words.

Your mentioning “The rites of Tantric cults, while often steeped in symbolism, could also include group and individual sex.” is an act of blasphemy and religious bigotry towards millions of Hindus under Shakti based Tantra faith tradition.

Now looking from scientific point of view: Your mention of „Hatha yoga‟ where your article say it „fuse male and female aspect‟ „charge was that practitioners indulged in sexual debauchery under the pretext of spirituality‟ – I want to ask you one question, aren‟t you born as a result of fusion of your father sperm and mother ovum which was a result of intercourse, which common people classify under as „sex‟ (let me go scientific here). Infact not only you, every object in this universe is formed as a result of fusion between spaciousness and energy. Why today‟s 21st science is not able to create Human or any living species in labs, why? No answer. Because you need to accept the laws and rules of Divine and Supreme Being for me that can be „Goddess Shakti‟ for others it may be Gods and sacred beings of their religion.

“Because there were so many violations going on in California” „or “sexual molestation”– Want to mention here that these acts are more of an individual acts which no way relates to a particular practice, tradition or faith. Still on a daily basis you can read news in prominent media about teachers getting suspended for having sex with student or women getting molested, do all such subjects practice Yoga – No. There are around thousands of Yoga teachers and hundreds of schools alone in U.S. – if a bunch of them involve in „bad acts‟ You can‟t generalize all or say that “ because Yoga results in „result in bursts of brainwaves‟ „foster autoerotic bliss‟ „ greater joy and happiness‟ it‟s promoting „sex scandals‟ or driving the Yoga guru and student towards sex‟. What about hundreds of examples where student and teachers involve in sex don‟t do Yoga? Any answer. Try to introspect on this.

On request I can provide you tens of literature evidence to challenge your article. Your article which tries to justify some scientific studies in depicting Hatya Yoga as „sexual‟ practice is absurd and doesn‟t hold ground and lacks true factual integrity. Because of space limitation on letter standards, I end here with a request.

I want to request you to appoint the editors, article contributors and approvers who have knowledge, insight and connections with authentic and verified Hindu Tanks, Hindu scholars and organizations to refer, take guidance before publishing such disgusting and stupid articles in such a prominent newspaper. If required I can help you link your „culture/religion/faith‟ department with such genuine scholars and groups in U.S.

Also such ignorant article contributors and approving editors should realize that it‟s not the era of 18th and early 19th century when skills and tools require publishing such literature with „Racist western colonial ignorant mindset‟ was a result of freedom of speech that is prevalent in the West is often misused against Hinduism, in this 21st century followers of faith tradition, practices are very proactive in reading, discussing, sharing, publishing authentic and genuine literature, they have tools and resources to defend such acts of blasphemy and bigotry. In this information technology era such stupid literature and the „hidden immoral „agenda is doomed to fail.

You can reach me by phone or email for question or reply.

Best Regards

Rahul Chandra

Houston, TX
s.chandra.rahul@gmail.com

26 Jun 2015

HMSA Global Affairs Committee Writes To Washington Post

Hindu Mahasabha of America Inc.
(Hindu Congress of America)
Global Affairs Committee

13500 W. Airport Blvd., Ste. B #104, Sugar Land, TX 77498, Tel. 832-436-1619, http://hmsamerica.org

December 31st, 2010

The Editor
The Washington Post
1150 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20071

Dear Sir,

Re: Story by Emily Wax on Gujarat posted 12/28/2010

(Ref. – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/27/AR2010122704519.html )

Many in the USA, long accustomed to the steady stream of appalling misogynist stories from Afghanistan over the decade, would be wonderstruck, reading  Emily Wax’s article (WP, 12/28/2010) about a young Muslim girl, Rubina, who is making a life for herself by ignoring the radical islamists and embracing education in her native place of Gujarat (India). To sex up her story, Ms. Wax incorporates in her narrative the “bad Hindus” against whom Rubina is painted to be struggling, seemingly more so than even against the mullahs. However, this is where the story falls into a pit of incredibility, and collapses – at least in the eyes of those who know Gujarat.

pradip_parekhYou see, the Muslims of Gujarat, ruled by the Wax’s “bad Hindus”, enjoy a literacy level at 76pct that is at least 10 percent higher than the Indian national average.  Wax should have allowed herself to be educated on this point from, among many sources, a well known report by the justice Sachar committee that was appointed by Prime Minister  Singh to investigate the state of education among the Indian Muslims. Now, this elevated state of Muslims in Gujarat is hardly surprising because Gujarat, governed by the Wax’s “bad Hindus”,  has been acknowledged formally as the “best governed” state led by its highly rated popular leader, the one and only Mr. Narendra Modi. This acknowledgement of the spectacular success of Modi’s Gujarat is across the board in India – and in many parts of the world too – including Mr. Modi’s super-jealous opponents.

In Mr. Modi’s Gujarat, Rubina does not need to “defy” the mullahs – as would be the case in Afghanistan; ignoring them is all it takes. A simple willingness to study in schools, aided by family support which she has is enough, like hundreds of thousands of Muslim girls in Gujarat have, as would be the case in all civilized countries.  This is not some mysterious phenomenon in the Gujarat of “bad Hindus” as Wax would want her impressionable American readers to think; it is an every day simple fact of life in Gujarat. It wouldn’t be improbable if Rubina’s performance is lackluster compared to many Muslims girls in Gujarat. Does Wax know that in the last election in Gujarat a record number of Muslims voted for Mr. Modi’s BJP party? May be that is an inconvenient truth for her.

Now, about that unfortunate infamous riots in Gujarat in 2002. It is important to recall the circumstances that led to the riot.  The train in Godhra that was set aflame, engulfing scores of Hindu pilgrims was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. India until that point had witnessed a long string of terror incidents from Pakistani connected sources against which the Indian government was a helpless mute spectator.  The Indian parliament was attacked, the trains in Mumbai bombed, large gatherings of people were bombed in many cities across India, including Hindu holy places and the capital New Delhi, ethnic cleansing of Hindus in Kashmir was complete, and on it went. Many leaders then said the Hindus did not feel safe in their own country while the terrorists were hitting at will. In Godhra what was witnessed was a mob of Indian Muslims killing Hindus out of sheer hate. To make matters worse, the Indian media – which have a reputation for being utterly corrupt and pro-Islam – blamed the Hindus as if the Hindus deserved it! The people felt they had to take the matter in their own hands. It would surprise me if any people, untrusting of their government’s will or ability to protect them, untrusting of the media, feeling under siege, and nobody to trust except themselves would have reacted differently.

The media, however, sought to criminalize the BJP government of Gujarat and went for Modi’s neck. The facts on the ground did not matter. Why? Because Mr. Modi, you see, is not overtly “secular” (read pro-Islam), or apologetic about being a “Hindu”.  Worse, he had vowed to fight terror. How unforgiveable!  Thus, all manners of lies, damn lies were in order to bring down Narendra Modi’s government and destabilize India just as the terrorists had intended. The media did their very best to paint Mr. Modi as criminal, and went on for days, and then weeks and months and years. The prosecuting “secular” attorneys coached the witnesses against Modi and his government. Later, the pro-Islam Congress government in New Delhi abused all its powers to hound Mr. Modi. But Mr. Modi stood alone against all those assaults from the media, prosecutions from a raft of influential “secular” attorneys, abuses of power by the almighty central government in New Delhi, and the threats from the ascendant terror outfits like the rock of Gibraltar. Not only did Mr. Modi come through it all smelling like roses, he made Gujarat the number one state in the country during all that tumult, and emerged more popular with his honesty and efficient governance. Now, that’s a leader worth his weight in gold. It was under these conditions that the “secular” railway minister of India appointed illegally and unconstitutionally an “investigation panel”, which Wax dubiously quotes, that mischievously reported that the Godhra train fire was accidental. This “report” has not amounted to a hill of beans, having been dismissed by the Supreme Court out of hand. Did Wax really not know that? Amazing!

In reality, though, the above is a sad commentary on the politics of India. The Muslims in India make up about 13 percent of the population. The largest Indian political party, the Congress Party led by the Gandhis, has made a policy of pandering to Muslims for its political fortunes in the grossest way that keeps the Muslims at loggerheads with the Hindus who are politically hopelessly divided along many fault lines, albeit most of them quite contrived. Many experts believe the Hindu-Muslim divide is the direct result of the power greedy Congress party that sees its salvation in constantly badgering the Hindus and placating the Muslims. The unelected Prime Minister Singh, a Gandhi appointee, once publicly declared in a policy statement that the Muslims have the first right to the national resources (paid for predominantly by the Hindu taxpayers!).  The Congress party loots Hindu Mandirs (temples) of their received donations, and subsidizes mosques. The Congress Party runs India through a network of appointees loyal only to the Gandhis. India, and its so-called democracy, is so upside down in the hands of Gandhi owned Congress Party that it defies credulity.  It is about time India stepped out of the poisonous, devious “secular” Gandhi rule in favor of the Common Man (CM – chief minister) Modi’s rule. You won’t see any riots, then.

If you wish to discuss this matter and your reporting methodology on Indian and Hindu issues you may kindly get in touch with me at the e-mail or telephone given below.

Sincerely,

 

Pradip Parekh
Convener & Spokesperson
Global Affairs Committee
Hindu Mahasabha of America
Tel. 832-436-1619
E-Mail: pradip.parekh@hmsamerica.org

26 Jun 2015

Hindu Samhati: A Movement Dedicated to Hindu Rehabilitation in West Bengal

Hindu Samhati: A Movement Dedicated to Hindu Rehabilitation in West Bengal
Voice of India Features Correspondent

Many small organizations are also playing role of empowering the Hindu masses at the ground level daily engaging themselves in the issues which have the potential to have larger impact in the longer run. Hindu Samhati or Hindu Solidarity is one such organization which is creating its impact among the people mainly in West Bengal. Formed on 14th February 2008 by renowned Hindu activist and leader Shri Tapan Ghosh, Hindu Samhati has been growing fast strengthening grass root level activism through organizing the masses to resist and protest against any onslaught on Hindus. Earlier seen as a small initiative, Hindu Samhati is now increasing its support base through continuous activism and struggle and drawing people in large numbers towards its programmes.

Hindu Samhati is a non-political organization to address human rights, political rights and social rehabilitation of minorities in Bangladesh and oppressed Hindus in West Bengal. The eastern part of India is facing Islamist onslaught from Bangladesh from where ISI has been sending operatives through its well nurtured network. As the persecution of Hindus continues in Bangladesh, West Bengal is also facing aggressive form of Islamist agenda which is seeking to dominate the State politically and socially. As the vote bank politics results in increasing political clout of the Islamists the challenges before Hindu masses in West Bengal are immense and needs to be met with determination and strong will. The immigration of persecuted Hindus from Bangladesh further requires the Hindu masses of West Bengal to take their responsibilities by helping to rehabilitate them and to seek justice for them.

tapan_ghosh_4The founder of Hindu Samhati, Tapan Ghosh, is known for his commitment towards Hindu cause. Born in May 11, 1953, in West Bengal, he is a distinguished alumnus of City College and Maulana Azad College of Kolkata earning top honours in Physics in 1974. A life of 25 years of relentless service has further strengthened the resolve of Tapan Ghosh to unite Hindu masses to fight against injustice and oppressive attitude of the authorities in the face of ever increasing Islamist aggression. He says, “As someone who has suffered enormously from the Islamist onslaught in eastern India, both after the partition of India as well as the partition of erstwhile Pakistan to form Bangladesh, Islamic terrorism has deeply affected my life and the life of millions in the Indian subcontinent. The horrific events of 1971 where nearly 3 million Bengalis, mostly Hindus were exterminated by the Pakistani military regime left an everlasting impression on me. Since then, I have worked relentlessly for the service and upliftment of people reeling under the scourge of radical Islamic”. His personal experience has helped him in understanding the plight of the Hindus who are forced to face severe repressions at the hands of Islamist fundamentalists aided by a supportive administration and government who mostly act in collusion with these subversive elements.

Hindu Samhati has been successfully engaging itself in the repatriation of young girls, kidnapped by pan-Islamic crime syndicates involved in human trafficking in South East Asia and the Middle East, by creating a grassroots information network in six border districts between India and Bangladesh, which acts as a major transit points. Apart from these activities, Hindu Samhati is organizing youths against planned atrocities targeted at Hindus, forced conversions, abduction, forcible marriage and rape by extremist elements and physical torture of Hindus. The organization has also been resisting grabbing of temple lands, attacks and demolition of temples by organizing protests at the ground level. The organization also makes efforts to carry out relief and rehabilitation works wherever possible to provide succor to the persecuted Hindus in Bangladesh and west Bengal.

While Hindus are facing the brunt of Islamists and Christian missionaries, there are little efforts at the national level to understand the plight of the Hindu people in the regions dominated by so called ‘minorities’ led by extremist elements. It is experienced that larger organizations tend to ignore local incidents terming them as minor failing to understand the fact that these minor incidents are somehow linked to major designs. In such a situation, organizations like Hindu Samhati play much bigger role than they are understood to be playing. They actually fill the gaps and act like cement in the system making the movement all the more strong and dynamic. People like Tapan Ghosh are undoubtedly rendering great service to the motherland in building, nurturing and taking forward such organizations at grass root level and in defending the Indian civilization and culture.

Courtesy: Voice of India Features ( http://voi.org )

Postscript: Shri Tapan Ghosh will be touring the United States from August 4th until August 23rd to present the status of Hindu minorities in Bangladesh, marginalization and victimization of Hindus in West Bengal, and showcase the humanitarian work of Hindu Samhati (Hindu Solidarity) in Eastern India. Mr. Ghosh’s U.S. tour is being sponsored byHindu Mahasabha of America Inc. (aka Hindu Congress of America).  Mr. Ghosh will be speaking to supporters and well-wishers in Houston, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago and San Francisco. American Hindus who wish to have an audience with Mr. Ghosh may contact Mr. Dilip Mehta, President, Hindu Mahasabha of America, by calling 832-436-1619 or sending an e-mail to < dilip.mehta@hmsamerica.org >.

26 Jun 2015

It’s Up to Us!

It’s Up to Us!

Dr. Richard L. Benkin

richard_benkinAfter the population transfers that accompanied partition, Hindus accounted for about a third of the East Pakistani population (1948). When East Pakistan became Bangladesh, they were about a fifth (1971).  Today, they are down to nine percent.  In the past 60 years, how many UN resolutions were passed about it?  How many outraged world leaders spoke out about it? How many times did Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch protest it?  The Hindus of Bangladesh are being wiped out, and no one seems to care.  Waiting for those world bodies to do the right thing about this will accomplish nothing but to insure the death of Bangladesh’s Hindu community—just as it has done for Pakistan’s Hindus. And now that we know this, we each have a choice:  either act courageously and relentlessly to stop the slaughter; or do nothing and be complicit in it.

In February, I will again stand with my Hindu brothers and sisters in the illegal refugee camps of West Bengal and Assam; and in cities like Delhi, Siliguri, and Guwahati.  Not only will I do this to show them that somebody does care, but also to continue gathering evidence of these atrocities for people in Washington who are beginning to take notice.  Already two government human rights bodies are receiving the information and promising to act on it.  Already members of the House and Senate are recognizing the atrocities and that what happens over there determine what happens here. An end to the atrocities is within our grasp; we need only seize it, and you can be part of it.

The American Hindu community and particularly Hindu youth, is the key.  If they actively seek justice here and abroad and refuse to be complicit in these atrocities; our future will be secured.  The United States—our United States—is the key because we recognize our obligation to stop the killing, and the US is the most effective entity to get it done.  When I bring this matter before different bodies, they frequently ask why, if things are so severe, are Hindus themselves not up in arms.  My answer is that they are but like everyone else need a focused effort to turn outrage into effective action.  The coming months will have many people can act right now:

1. As the United States considers legislation that affects the Bangladeshi Hindus, we must tell lawmakers that their votes are literally a matter of life and death; and that we expect our lawmakers to stand on the side of life.  We can do that only if we are prepared with an organization that can mobilize phone calls to every Congressional District in the country. We need volunteers to be part of that calling chain—to make calls themselves but and get others to do the same.  The method is simple, but only you can build the chain of moral outrage that will save millions of lives.

2. While real atrocities occur all the time, many of the reports I receive are suspect.  Winning the respect and attention of people in Washington requires that we give them only accurate information and are on solid ground when they receive the expected lies and denials from the perpetrators. We need volunteers to help sort through the information, put it in a format that people can use (and which I will provide); and ultimately allow us to verify or refute the information.

3. Children and students are compelling. Depending on your current level of schooling, we can organize lectures and seminars, vigils and marches, pen pals for Hindu children in the camps, and so forth.

4. And like everything else, this takes money. You can donate to my not-for-profit NGO or get others to do so by going to my web site, http://www.interfaithstrength.com, and clicking the “Donate” link.  All contributions to Forcefield are tax deductible.

Remember your choice: Take a stand to save Hindu lives now or cry over the dead bodies later. Contact me atdrrbenkin@comcast.net or on Facebook.