A Swayamsevak’s reply to Javed Anand

via http://aswayamsevaksmusings.blogspot.com/2009/10/swayamsevaks-reply-to-javed-anand.html published on October 21, 2009

(This is in reply to the article ‘RSS, here I come’ by Javed Anand, who is the husband of Teesta Setalvad. The article appeared in the Asian Age. You will find it here)

Respected Mr Javedji,

We are happy to read your article cum application with your intent to join the RSS.

On behalf of RSS I invite you to our nearest Shakha. Please let us know if you find difficulty in finding one. We would be very happy to have you there as one among us.

But Sir, I have some comments on the points raised by you in the article.

As a Swayamsevak and also as a modern Hindu, I do not judge a person by his / her ancestry; religion, race or social background. We have no tradition of ‘background checking’ in our Shakha, leave alone wanting to speculate about somebody’s social, religious or racial backgrounds. But since you have speculated about your ancestry, based on the Islamist version of Indian history only to make a point, I think there should be the objective version of history too that should be put across.

You speculate that you may be a descendent of an untouchable who was seduced out of Hinduism by the “appeal” of Islam. I do not deny you the prerogative to your imagined past. I accept its probability, however small. But an objective reading of history would tell you that you and I have greater chance of being the descendents of Dhimmis or Hindu slaves. Your ancestors may not have been among the tens of thousands of Hindu salves who used to be transported naked in the torturous winters of the ‘Hindu Kush’ mountains; for very few of them would even have survived to be sold as slaves in Afghanistan and Persia. But there are better chances that you could find your lineage in the Dhimmis or slaves somewhere geographically nearer; in the empires of one of the Sultans or Nawabs.

If your forefathers were lucky enough they could also have been from rich princely families, many of whom chose to convert to Islam so that they could save themselves and their loved ones, from the barbaric destruction at the hands of Aurangzeb and his likes. Or they could have been less lucky Hindu traders, farmers, artisans or priests, who were the victims of plunder, loot and torture and were converted at the point of sword or by constant persecution and subjection to ‘Dhimmitude’ and slavery. They could also have been courageous Hindu soldiers and generals who lost fighting bravely and whose women folk were forced into the Harems of the Islamic rulers and generals. The probabilities are too many. Let me stop at that.

Sir, as an Islamist, you may have problems accepting that the Islamist rulers ever imposed ‘Zejiya’ (religious tax on non Muslims) or that Hindus (Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists and all pagans of India included) were regarded as ‘Dhimmis’ and condemned to a life of slavery or for that matter, the fact that the Islamic invasion of India was one of the bloodiest in the history of mankind. But never mind, you can always make a new beginning by liberating yourself of your past biases. I am hopeful that you would open your eyes to the Islamic records of the Hindu Holocaust; the tales of plunder and rape, of destruction and of torture unapologetically recorded by the court historians of these “egalitarian” Islamist rulers. You say Sir, that you feel “insecure”. That is probably because you own up the historical guilt for the Hindu holocaust by Islamists which you need not. You need not see yourself and other Muslims as the owners of the bloody legacy of the Islamists but as the descendants of the innocent Hindus who were victims of it. Sir, who else, other than your Dhimmi brothers and sisters, could sympathize with you and understand your mental miscegenation of “Mandir” and “Masjid”?

Sir, it is your choice to accept your Dhimmi ancestry or to deny it and go for an ideologically convinient ‘untouchable- convert’ ancestry. But that would hardly be of any consequence in your joining the RSS. Sir, we belive in the future and not in the past. You an untouchable-convert and I a Dhimmi slave, together we can make a great new beginning.

You would also be very happy to know Sir, that we Hindus, unlike Indian Muslims, have come a long way since the medieval times. We can take you right inside the temple, if you wish, for your intended “ghar vapsi” where you can offer pooja and aarti possibly guided by a temple priest whose known ancestry, unlike yours which is speculative, could run back to an “untouchable”. You may also want to bring along your wife Teestaji, who as a woman can’t even dream of entering a Mosque. What a liberation wouldn’t it be for a woman who is still considered “untouchable” and “impure” to enter a Mosque?

Sir. you are welcome to join us. Hindus, who have no problems accepting my being an atheist, have never had any problems with your Namaz and Roza. But Sir, my many friends outside Sangh tell me that we RSS people are very naïve and that we should not fall prey to the designs of somebody who has fudged records, and concocted “macabre of tales” (as the leaked SIT report puts it) of riot cases, to defame, denigrate and attack innocent and unsuspecting Hindus. They tell me Sir, that there are other well meaning Muslims whom we could talk to. But never mind Sir, we should have no problems, especially if we know that you have changed since. It would be great, if you could come out in the open and let the world know the truth about the concocted stories of riots and also apologize for being untruthful. I know, that would be very difficult. But I wish ‘Allah’ gives you and your wife all the courage you need to liberate yourself from a life of lies.

Sir, also since you have claimed earlier to have worked as a human rights activist, I am hopeful that you and your wife would open your eyes to the plight of poor Hindu fishermen who were brutally massacred by armed Muslim gangs on the beach of Marad not very long ago, or the tribals belonging to the Jatiya tribe in Tripura who are facing genocide at the hands of Church supported insurgents, or the unsuspecting Hindu and Christian girls who are being lured by Jehadi boys in Kerala, and then being sold in Arab countries as prostitutes and slaves or the Kashmiri Pandits whose lives are but all devastated and to all the Hindus who live a life of religious persecution, insecurity and are victims of constant aggression.

I also wish that ‘Allah’ gives you the courage that he has given to great Muslim intellectuals like ‘Ibn Warraq’, ‘Anwar Sheikh’ and ‘Ali Sina’ so that you too can help liberate yourself and the Muslim community from dogmatism and fanaticism and open their minds to modern science and objective thinking. That, I believe is the only solution to your mental miscegenation and your “insecurity”.

Looking forward to your participation in one of our Shakhas.

Best regards to you and to Teestaji,

Yours affectionately
a swayamsevak

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