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The great Hindu revolution of Narendra Modi

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The great Hindu revolution of Narendra ModiAll these clever journalists got it wrong: true UP voted for Narendra Modi – but more than anything, they voted for a man who works 17 hours a day, who puts the country before himself, who is bold enough to take a huge gamble- demonetisation- because he believes it is necessary for India. A man who fights against corruption without fear and is the Prime Minister of all Indians, though once more, it is the Hindu vote which elected his party the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This election may also have signalled the beginning of the end of caste politics, another cancer that gnaws at India’s entrails – and Mrs Mayawati had become a champion at it, taking a leaf from the Indian National Congress, who for 70 years, mostly got elected on the Dalit & Muslim vote. Many newspapers and television channels blazed across the headline: “Saffron wave in Uttar Pradesh”. This is another ill-advised coin word, that wants to sensationaliz…

Are western journalists and correspondents biased towards India?

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When India’s space agency ISRO launched a successful mission to Mars, prior to the 104 satellites sent in the first week of February, the New York Times ran a demeaning cartoon, showing an Indian farmer with his cow, knocking at the doors of the Elite Space Club. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launching a record 104 satellites. (PTI Photo) And this triggers an important question: 70 years after Independence, are western journalists and correspondents still biased against India, a country they are supposed to report honestly about, so that their readers, who are mostly ignorant, get enlightened? Well, from a western correspondent himself, the answer is…YES. There are four reasons for that sad fact: 1) India is never in the news in the West unless there is some major catastrophe or huge elections. Thus, if you want to write and be published, you have to find alternate stories, that often border on the sensational, the marginal, or even the untruthful. 2) Your ed…

Islamophobia and Hinduphobia

The comparison has been made recently between Islamophobia and Hinduphobia. It’s an interesting one… After the election of Donald Trump, there is a certain fear in the United States of an increased Islamphobia. Certainly, this fear is justified – and certainly the majority of American Muslims are peaceful. This is why, no doubt, the American media particularly CNN and the New York Times, have been going all guns blazing out against Islamophobia and more generally, against ethnic intolerance. We need however to look at the broader question, which is whether there is some justification in Islamophobia. From a statistical point of view, it is an undeniable fact that 90% of terrorist acts in the world from the seventies onwards, have been performed by Muslims. It is also a fact that the silent Muslim majority of the world, on the one hand never protests collectively the horrifying murders that are done in the name of the Koran; and on the other, often secretly justifies them in their min…

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Islam and the Bhagavad-Gita

In the last 30 years, I have spoken against Islam and Islamic fundamentalism numerous times in my books as well as in in my articles and conferences. Thus, I have been often branded as an Islamophobe or a hard-line pro-Hindu… Yet, when I came to India, I was innocent: I did not know the difference between a Muslim and a Hindu. And as a journalist I had the same prejudices and ideas about India as any other Western correspondent. In fact I embraced the same ideas: ‘secularism, the Congress is the only party that can unify India, Hindus too can be fundamentalists’, et cetera… But then, I started covering Kashmir during the 90s, when separatism bloomed and violence set fire to the Valley. It is there that I saw the first Hindu leaders whom I had interviewed previously, assassinated in the most savage manner, such as doctors, lawyers, or All India radio broadcasters. And then, when Benazir Bhutto gave her famous speech of ‘Azad Kashmir’, every mosque in Srinagar and the Valley repeated t…

Hindu Power: Part VI

After Narendra Modi’s brilliant stroke against black money & corruption, which go hand in hand, it’s worthwhile to ask this question: are Hindus more corrupt than others? We will look only at Hindus & l leave aside Muslims, as they were the masters of India for so long, that they needed not be corrupt. The same is true of the British, who made their riches out of India and did not have to cheat their own Government – and hence the class of Anglo-Indians they had fashioned to be the go between them and the ‘natives’ was not corrupt either. India’s 3% present Christian minority is thus excluded from this study. We will be also be looking at statistics and facts over the last ten centuries, as it will give a complete overall picture. I have defended Hindus enough – lately through these series of articles on Hindu Power for the Times of India group, that I may be allowed to criticize them: Hindus of today – and yesterday – are indeed corrupt, deal a great deal of black money, che…

Hindu power: Part V

Paris, France…The leaves of the marronniers (chestnut trees) are turning yellow and falling to the ground, the sky is often gray and the weather getting cold. Frenchmen and French women are steeling themselves for a long winter, with the recession, elections looming ahead and President Francois Hollande at his lowest popularity level. One rarely hears about India in the French media, whether newspapers or TV channels, except when there are catastrophes, big elections, or some side stories that often show India in a poor light. Forget about Hindus – most French people, although they have sympathy for India, often mistake the word ‘Indians’ with the name ‘Hindus’ and sometimes, the old confrontation between Christian monotheism and so-called Hindu polytheism crops up in conversations, when it comes to gurus, for instance, whom the French often accused of creating ‘sects’. Yet, as we saw in the four previous articles, a true Hindu power, holding a series of successive governments in Ind…