While there is no denying that Swami Dayananda Saraswati has spoken out strongly against religious conversion and the extermination of entire religions, nations and peoples, he has also spoken in praise of Article 18 of the UN Charter of Human Rights which guarantees to all people of the world the inalienable right to freedom of religion.
Two recent events provoke critical scrutiny of Hindu organizations and what is perceived as Nagpur’s inability or unwillingness to deal with the rise of cult-figure individuals within the RSS parivar, or closely associated with it, and the corresponding diminishing of idealism and the end of peoples’ movement.
The Dharmapuri District and Sessions Court on 29 Sept. 2011 found 269 state government officials from the departments of police, forest, and revenue, guilty of rape and assault against tribal women of Vachathi village in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu.
Narendra Modi erred and erred disastrously for his image with the timing of the fast. It betrayed his propensity to be swayed by overseas Gujarati concerns and sentiments and worse, his weakness for American endorsement.
What happened in the night of June 4 at Ramlila Maidan resembled a scene straight out of Macbeth. No Hindu king or ruler, not even Kans and Ravan, has gone so far as to use force of arms against defenseless, sleeping women and children.
The truth is simple and direct. Anna Hazare has replaced Baba Ramdev as the central figure in the nation’s war against corruption in exactly the same way that Gandhi replaced Tilak and Aurobindo within the Indian National Congress.