05/23/98 - 1815
Defending the Holy Land
India (VNN) - by Narasimha das
It is grossly hypocritical for US leaders to condemn India and
create sanctions against this friendly nation for testing bombs
underground. India has been invaded repeatedly over a period of
many centuries, and in recent years both Pakistan and China have
threatened India and invaded this holy land, which is sacred to
millions of Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, and Vaisnava Americans.
Even in the face of such grave dangers, Indian leaders and Indian
people have shown great tolerance and restraint repeatedly.
Recently President Clinton sold advanced components for missile
guidance systems to the Chinese government. Indeed, every White
House administration since Nixons has bent over backwards to
please Chinese leaders. Who are these Chinese leaders? Why do
American leaders try so hard to work with them while continuously
dealing with India in such a way as to sour their attitude toward
America? Why do American leaders feel China and Pakistan should
be supported and India neglected?
China is ruled by a violent, totalitarian, communist regime devoted
to exploitation and atheism. India, on the other hand, is the
largest and most religiously diverse and tolerant nation on earth.
India is ruled by a democratic government, and the whole population
is as devoted to democratic ideals and religious freedoms as we
Americans. The India people and the American people have many
cultural, religious, and economic ties. The Chinese people and
the American people, on the other hand, have little in common.
Pakistan is a country ruled by Muslim fanatics. It was created
artificially by the British partition of India. They have repeatedly
threatened and harassed India from the very beginning of their
bleak and dark conception. Presently they are actively engaged
in supporting terrorists in India, and they fund and supply special
military forces working in Kashmir to overthrow the Indian government
there. With American help, Pakistan recently launched a successful
test of their own advanced missile system -- a system capable
of delivering nuclear warheads to New Delhi. It is believed by
many experts that Pakistan may also have the bomb, and that other
Muslim nations may also have it soon.
In spite of threats from every side, and in spite of Americas
unwillingness to deal honestly with Indian leaders, top American
leaders expect India to sit back and tolerate all aggression.
Where is the assurance that America would help India if they were
invaded by unfriendly neighbors? There is none at all. Rather,
the opposite is more likely-- that American leaders will support
Indias aggressors. America has shown itself to be an ally of
China and Pakistan, although this goes against all logic. We can
only conclude that our American leaders think the Indians are
wimps who can be pushed around forever. Those who are familiar
with the mentality of Hindu people understand their tolerance
only stretches so far. When they finally snap, their fury is awesome.
Srila Prabhupada said once that his greatest fear was that his
American disciples would be asked to leave India. He tried many
times to arrange some special status for his disciples to immigrate
or reside in India. Due to the political tensions between the
two governments, however, the Indian government has always refused
such requests. They naturally distrust Americans and perhaps havent
yet understood that many Americans are as devoted to India as
they are. We can only pray that the new Hindu fundamentalist government
(BJP) will patiently deal with American leaders and intelligently
try to cultivate the sentiments of the American people, most of
whom will easily recognize and respect India as the greatest democratic
and God-conscious nation in the world.
Many politicians criticize the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) for
being devoted to the fundamentals of Hinduism. Yet we see every
major nation on earth is ruled by an elite who profess a particular
religious sentiment. The Jews have their own nation. The Buddhist,
Muslims, and Christians each have several nations. Even the atheists
rule their own nations. Only the Aryans, or Hindus, or those who
follow Vedic culture, have no major nation to call their own.
(Nepal is a weak mountain country that--like Pakistan, Bangladesh,
and Burma--was created by dividing India.) India, the mother of
all religious cultures, is home to the oldest sects of Christians,
Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhist. This fact alone shows that
Indians and Indian leaders are among the most broad minded, sane,
and religious people on the planet. Why should Americans leaders
think India is the problem? The real problem is Americas and
Englands long time grudge against and lack of support for India.
Such stubborn political policies aimed at manipulating India fly
in the face of the affection most Americans and British have for
India and Indian culture.
It was Srila Prabhupadas vision that Americans and Indians could
work together to revitalize and preserve real religion and Vedic
culture. He showed that such formulas of cooperation based on
Vedic ideals are very effective. As usual, however, politicians
are proving they are interested in their own selfish interests
based on sin rather than the peace and happiness of the people.
They have no program for peace, nor will they accept Srila Prabhupadas
peace formula. Unfortunately, the result of our collective neglect
of Srila Prabhupadas formulas will be World War Three. Its coming
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