Why We Need a Political Normal for the North Indian Majority in 2019: Revitalizing Hinduism
Many a time has it been a noticeable concern that our due purpose of acquiring politics as our daily need of use and instrument to wield government machinery, connect with the Parliamentary representatives and affirm a good social relationship with the executive bodies in India has never been so easy and simple. This political normal is something we need today, but we too know why have we failed towards achieving that for decades. Although in some factions — there has been a due rise in that certain states in India, where metropolitan cities reside. Urban India although is too not out of the cliché effect of castes and religion, there still exists a normal Indian estimably, who does not care about Narendra Modi nor Rahul Gandhi. He or she or they do not care about whether the pride of the Hindus or the Muslim Clerics is retained. What he cares is an appropriate use of what religion has been. We do not worship because we need to immerse ourselves in the materialism of a religion. The power of religion provides a polite, spiritual and internal connect for an individual with society. The best example to understand is the Bhagavad Gita was written by Vyas, where Krishna (नारायण) presents another aspect of humility and responsibilities of a human (नर) to Arjuna. He believes in the egalitarian role of an individual, which we know was not realized in Aryavrata, showing a sense of caste or identity-based discrimination in variety, Karna being just one prominent example. So, if we need a society in India, where we keep our religious values private and coalescing, we can better connect with people and the philosophical preaching of the Preamble of the Indian Constitution. The Constitution of India, 1950 has endorsed secularism in an outspoken manner in its legal anatomy, but it should never lower down the importance of religion. The problem we face in the legal system is that we have not normalized the penetrating relationships between the secular and non-secular institutions, the secular authorities and privately religious but publicly secular (or showy secular) people of India. And when I am taking the estimate, I have ignored South India, Odisha and a few other states in the Eastern region. My focus in this article is limited to the Hindi Heartland. So, let us dig deep into the very modalities which have led us here today.
We need to understand the context Hinduism has it for a flourishing India. There exist many complex issues related to caste, political affiliation, myths on national security and other understandings with regards the beautiful religion, which has been used by extremists innumerably, whether the right or the left (as per the Western model of political ideology, though I don’t think this affiliation would summarise the purpose of the argument) to infiltrate into the majority of the Indian minds and sabotage fake oppression of themselves by the Muslims, Christians and others of the sort. Yes: secular political parties fail at bringing the real, normal and needy political leaders many times who belong the minority, whether of any type. India always conceived a stronger possibility to render itself normal in its approach to lifestyle and politics, but the problem of literacy and social constructs of discrimination have been prima facie to defeat the purpose of the religious treasure of this nation. The idea that Tulsi Das provides in Ramayana is of a multi-faceted personality, for example in Ramacharitamanas, of Lord Rama. He shows how sanctified, dead-honest and concerned apolitical personality this great incarnation of Narayana has been. He had the patience to fight the ego of Hanuman when he had a pretence of the supremacy of his power once. So in this story, Hanuman brought up a Shivalinga (शिवलिंग) from Shiva and Parvati and raced back from Kailash to Kerala. Rama had already built a sand-carved Shivalinga for his worshipping purposes. Hanuman showed prowess when he saw the sand sculpture and tried to overthrow it. He miserably failed. His ego was burst and Rama taught him a lesson not to forget about the immaterial essence of life and humility. See: this simple story in Valmiki Ramayana had the capability to convince Indians that our egalitarian, immaterial and spiritual aspects of life build us and not the material achievements either. This is the power of Hinduism. Most of the North Indians are bluffed about the material strength of Hanuman and the demonic antagonism of Ravana, which is a flawed social discourse. Hanuman was not materialistic even if he was powerful by strength. Ravana was not a pure antagonist. He seems like a deflected Thanos from Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame/ Marvel Comics: Infinity Gauntlet. Ravana was a person of some limited principle and penance, but not in his latter days. So people need to learn a lot while criticising villains. It’s not easy to be a villain like a hero or a protagonist and understand the deeper aspects of life.
Now, let’s get specific. What was the purpose of understanding Ramayana? Well, people in India follow different versions of Ramayana across the nation and this due context of religious literature as a social tradition like Ramayana is quite easier to explain for anyone. The point is: if we need to embrace the beautified aspect of a religion, like Hinduism, then we need to seek the real normal representation which manifests the core values of the religion. This estimation if fails, then we can be entrapped always in his 1 vs 2 games, popularly known as the Divide and Rule doctrine: the post-truth scenario. Slacktivism on social media has capabilities to kill our basic empathy for people which could emerge when we even don’t know. Thus, it is necessary that we save Hinduism. Here are a few insights on why we should do it soon.
It is easy to create a model minority myth anywhere: imagine when Asian Americans were given fewer jobs in 1927, but the News outlets sold myths that these ethnic minorities are superseding the Americans and that too on the basis of race. This works for Indians too. In a post-1947 scenario, the minority is represented by fake leaders and voices, which has demolished the single space or polluted the soil for reaping some normalcy in politics. That is why it seems lunatic of those agendas tabled in the PrimeTime shows to rag up the real normal we need to accept.
Let us own Hinduism, break up the Western mythical interests, find the real, enculture them and act as a responsible Indian Majority to better their lives. Seems like rhetoric, but possibilities are endless.