Hindus Guilty of Abuse

Hindus Guilty of Abuse
Photo : Dool Hanomansingh

Hindus are guilty of abuse, not of others but themselves. If today Hindus complain of ethnic cleansing and state discrimination in India and the diaspora, it is only their fault. Their culture of tolerance has brought them to this sorry state.

I have noticed Hindus getting actively involved in clubs like Rotary but would not participate in a program in their community. The Hindu Seva Sangh was building a house for a needy family. I contacted a “good” Hindu who was an active member of a Rotary Club in the district to become part of a committee to oversee the project. He agreed to help through the Rotary Cub but never got back to me.

Many Hindus take charge of Easter, Carnival and Sports Day in their places of work but when it comes to Divali they are busy. Even our Hindu Members of Parliament and Regional Corporations are active promoters of Carnival but takes a hands-off approach with Divali and Phagwa.

The construction of the Bamboo No 1 Mandir began in 2010. The then MP for St Joseph came to a function and told the members “don’t be surprised a truck comes in the morning to deliver materials.” The temple is now constructed and functioning and not a nail was delivered. Another Minister of Government who was born and grown in the district promised help but never delivered.

Mala had to take her son to practice in a play in the temple. She is upset. “I don’t have the time. Is only two hands I have,” she complained to her colleagues at work. However, when social limes are being planned in her work place, Mala has all the time to organize. She holds meetings, make purchases at the grocery, bake and cook dishes and does everything with ease and laughter.

“…actress Julia Roberts, business magnate Alfred Ford and politician Tulsi Gabbard have declared themselves Hindus.”

Hinduism is gaining ground in the US and other developed societies. US citizens such as actress Julia Roberts, business magnate Alfred Ford and politician Tulsi Gabbard have declared themselves Hindus. Singers such as Tina Turner and George Harrison have lent their voices and music for the recording of Hindu chants. Krishna Das has won a Grammy for his recording of Hindu music including the Hanuman Chalisa.  More that 1% of the US are Hindus.

Vijai Ramoudit, businessman, has suggested a Lottery System or a kind of divorce package to ease some Hindus out of Hinduism. Pandit Kumar liked that suggestion and added that we should also provide them with a SLOW ride in a Mercedes Benz to Pastor Rose.

“… Hinduism has a natural filter that allows the best to enter and the worst to leave.”

To what extent are Hindus to be blamed? Is the Hindu standard too high? Is it possible that some Hindus felt threatened by the competitive nature of Hindus? I suggested to Anand Pardesi, a Brahmin Hindu, that Hindus need to open their gates to welcome non-Hindus. He disagreed with me and informed that Hinduism has a natural filter that allows the best to enter and the worst to leave. Anand is not perturbed by conversion. He argues that it is karma playing out itself.

The education that was handed down to us was used to control us. Brainwashed, we are unable to devise strategies to lift us out of the ditch. We greedily consume others’ products and services. We make no effort to put our creative energies to work. Our education system is not helping us to think critically.

Is the current behavior of Hindus a self-esteem issue?  How do Hindus view themselves? As leaders, by-standers or followers?  Hindus must rise to lead this country which is fast sliding down a slope. Unfortunately, the average Hindu has reduced his competence to organizing a river lime and a once per year pooja.  Where is our presence in trade unionism, seva programs and the creation of businesses that are self-sustainable? We are enjoying some degree of success (less than 40%). Children win scholarships only after their parents have spent tons of dollars in lessons for them to cram and regurgitate.

“…evicting Basdeo Panday from an office he uses to serve the public in an institution he has built is our highest expression of leadership.”

Hindus need to demonstrate to the world their capacity to get things done in the community. Building a mansion, installing air condition and a smart tv are not the solution. Hindus must hit the streets and become involved in social programs at all levels without compromising their Hindu identity. Unfortunately, evicting Basdeo Panday from an office he uses to serve the public in an institution he has built is our highest expression of leadership.

The Hindu community has to purge itself of its Freakensteins. No negotiation with them-lottery system and a SLOW ride in a Mercedes Benz to Pastor Rose is my solution!