I attended an open-air cremation today for a victim of Covid 19 at the Caroni Cremation Site. The funeral was held at 9 am, two days after death. This was certainly a big relief compared to Hindu families who had to wait for days for a time slot at an indoor crematorium during the ban. More scandalous was the prohibitive cost that ran between $17,000 to $35, 000 in most cases, a debt family could have ill-afforded.
What is most interesting is that the lifting of the ban came after it was challenged in the court by a private citizen- Cindy Ann Ramsaroop-Rampersad and the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha. The Hindu community demonstrated that that when they stand united, no obstacle is too strong to overcome.
The lifting of the ban on open-air cremation is certainly a victory for all Hindus, though a bit late. It establishes that the community is alive and kicking and can stand on its feet to demand justice when it needs to. It is this spirit to fight on that has kept the community alive over the millenniums.
Forces, backed by the former imperial powers, are working desperately to destroy the Indian society. They have certainly made some success in the short run. However, Indians have learned the art of prolonging the war but never to give up!
The Abrahamic religions- Islam and Christianity-have conquered and destroyed numerous ancient civilizations: Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Inca, Mayan, etc. but have so far failed to conquer our Indian civilization. After more than 1,000 years of Islamic invasion and occupation and 300 years of European colonization, the Indian civilization continues to flourish.
Five hundred (500) years after the destruction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodha by Babur, Indians have been able to restore the mandir. This is unlike the conversion of the St Sophia Cathedral in Istanbul that is today a mosque with no hope of it ever returning to its pristine glory.
I was happy to learn that the Modi government will be restoring the Mathura Mandir that had been destroyed by Islamic invaders to accommodate a mosque. Though hundreds of years have passed, Indians have never surrendered to these historical injustices.
The recent installation of the statue of freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate has awakened an interest among all Indians who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of India.
Similarly, in Trinidad and Tobago, Indians have not surrendered to the missionaries. The Canadian Missionaries had to pack their bags and return to Canada after the Maha Schools opened their doors in 1952. Today, the Pentecostal Church is roving the villages and converting Indians but even that would come to an end very soon. Indians just don’t surrender to bullies!
Foreigners continue to sponsor their local thugs to do their dirty work. India is corrupted with cash from the Middle East to convert poor Hindus to Islam. The Christian missionaries with the backing of western governments and their transnational corporations are engaging in similar ploy. While they have succeeded until recently, the Modi juggernaut is rolling across the country inspiring Hindus to stand up for their dharma. Hindu intellectuals are joining in this dharmayud (holy war) and the enemies and their agents are now like headless chickens.
India is no longer a country that takes instructions from foreign powers. Can you imagine that Prime Minister Nehru while in Singapore agreed to lay a wreath at the feet of the statue of Subhash Chandra Bose but could not because Lord Mountbatten disapproved of such act. The said Lord Mountbatten went on to barricade the statue of Subhash Chandra Bose with barb wire.
It took 500 years to restore the Ram Mandir in Ajodhya and 75 years to recognize the contribution of Subhash Chandra Bose to India’s struggle for independence. It is a long time in the life of an individual but in the life of a civilization, time is never a barrier to truth and justice.
Hindu civilization has never buried its head on the sand when a Babur or an Aurangzeb struck. There was always a Shivaji, a Rana Partap, or a Guru Gobind Singh to give a befitting response.
As Hindus in the diaspora, we must know that we are part and parcel of this great Indian heritage and we must be ready and prepared to preserve it for our own wellbeing. Without our identity, Hindus would become the servants of the world-hewers of woods and drawers of water.
By recognizing Netaji Chandra Bose, Modi is awakening the Indian nation to stand up and fight against anti-Indian forces. Jai Hind!