From: Mohan Gupta < >
A Lion Who Thinks he is a Mouse
I have fought for Kashmir Pandits ever since I covered Kashmir in the nineties and saw them flee helpless and terrified. In 2005, I received the Natchiketa Award of Excellence in journalism at the hand of PM in Lok Sabha and with the prize money I started a Foundation FACT (Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism) and my first exhibition was on the plight of Kashmir People.
HH Sri Ravi Shankar was so touched by it that He took it all over the world with Him. We showed it to the Polish Parliament, the Israeli Parliament, and the Scottish parliament, in the Commonwealth Club in London and even to US congress in Washington, which led to a Resolution on the plight of the Kashmiri pundits.
But I have to tell you something, Hindus are still a huge majority in Bhaarat, but it’s like a lion who thinks he is a mouse and does no its strength. It’s pretty pathetic that out of 400,000 Hindus, (there were a million of them in the valley of Kashmir in 1900), not a single one put a fight and fired a shot in defence, when their brothers were killed, their wives raped, their children burnt in the Valley of Kashmir. Hindus pride themselves in their peace loving way. I really appreciate it myself; Bhaarat is a land of peace, where all the persecuted minorities of the world have found refuge, including lately the Tibetans. But isn’t it cowardice sometimes? The Gita tells us in the words of Lord Krishna that when your way of life is threatened, when Untruth is about to overcome Truth, when your borders are threatened, your wives raped, and your children killed, it is rightful and dharmic to fight, by force if necessary.
Sri Aurobindo came to remind everybody that it was alright to throw out the British man militarily, to the point that his brother Bann manufactured bombs in the basement of Sri Aurbindo’s house, but his voice was not heard. Today Buddhism, Ghandhism, and leftist intellectual thought have weakened Bhaarat, and She seems sometimes ready to let go of huge chunks of Her territory; whether the valley of Kashmir, Assam to the Bangladeshis, Arunachal to the Chinese, without a fight.