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A Review on Anwar Shaikh's ETERNITY  by Dr. David Frawley, U.S.A.
A Review on Anwar Shaikh's ISLAM: The Arab National Movement by Bhagawandas P. Lathi
Anwar Shaikh reviews P. N. Oak's book Islamic Havoc in India
Anwar Shaikh reviews Baljit Rai's book Is India Going Islamic?
Anwar Shaikh reviews Keshav Dev Sharma's book The Question of Culture
Anwar Shaikh reviews Pandit Ram Nath Kak's book Autumn Leaves - Kashmiri Reminiscences
Anwar Shaikh reviews Subhash Kak's book The Secrets of Ishbar - Poems on Kashmir and Other landscapes
Anwar Shaikh reviews Ibn Warraq's book Why I am not a Muslim
Anwar Shaikh reviews Dr. N. S. Rajaram's book A Hindu View of the World

 
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A Hindu View of the World

Essays In The Intellectual Kshatriya Tradition
by Dr. N. S. Rajaram, M.S.C., PhD.

This paperback consisting of 250 pages has been published by the Voice of India, 2/18, Ansari Road, New Delhi - 110 002, India. In view of its significance, the book has been moderately priced at Rs. 150.

The name of Navaratna S. Rajaram goads readers to go through the pages of this book carefully and reverently because he is highly respected for his learning and experiential skills. What gives his writing even greater stature is the fact that he is a patriot who seeks avenues to help his country which has suffered ravages of political storms over the last one thousand years.

This book, being a collection of his several essays, does not concentrate on one topic, yet they possess the oneness of purpose, that is, search for the solution of urgent national problems; he tries to tackle them with the force of argument and courage, and calls this attitude as the "Intellectual Kshatriya Tradition."

Rajaram's style is serene, suggestive and seductive. Occasionally, even when it is poignant, it feels pleasant and reader believes that he is being guided, and not dragged, duped or distracted. So cleverly, he expresses his opinion, that his folly appears as wisdom and his vice looks a virtue. This intellectual Kshatriya wields a heavy sword of altercation which cuts through most barriers because it is not based on verbosity but force of candour, conviction and courage. For example, he boldly states that Caste System has no intrinsic value: a person's social stature depends upon his calibre and character; it is Guna and Karma" that create personality and not one's birth.

He calls spade a spade, but what he calls a spade may not be a spade. His idea of Indian nationalism is an example in point; he states on page 217: "So we must once and for all reject the notion that there is now, or there ever will be an Indian nationalism that is not also Hindu nationalism. Here lies the failure of modern India as a nation. "

His conclusion is based on the historical blunder of Gandhi that he committed in connection with the Khilafat Movement. In fact, Gandhi's act was just a political convenience and, therefore, cannot rank as a search for national unity. This man who advocated Caste System knowing full well, that it was the biggest hurdle to the national unity of the Hindus, could not seek brotherhood with the Muslims. It is customary for people to fight for the integrity of their homelands. The fact that he agreed to the Partition of India, proves beyond a shadow of doubt that he was not interested in nationalism; he aspired for personal prestige and wanted to raise a statue of Mahatamaship for himself to be the centre of adoration.

The fact is that the Indian mind has been so ravaged by the blizzards of faith that the germ of nationalism, which is the guarantee of glory, prosperity and social advancement, cannot breed or survive in it. These remarks apply to all people of the Indian subcontinent irrespective of their religion. This is why that it is easy for the power-hungry men to fool, snool and school the masses to cultivate their personal interests under the mask of religious piety. If Gandhi was really a Hindu national hero, he would have demanded complete exodus of the Muslims from India in 1947. He would have thus succeeded in creating a pure Hindu nation as  Dr. Rajaram dreams of. This ambition was not only feasible but also morally right at that time because Pakistan had been created as the abode for the Muslims of India. But Gandhi's reaction was exactly the opposite: he threatened with a death-fast if the Muslims were driven out of India, and even insisted on the return of those who had already left the country. Now the situation has changed; the Muslims born after the Partition are Indian, and must be treated as Indian nationals with equal rights.

The behaviour of Jinnah also amounted to high treason because he deserted the Muslims of India at the mercy of the Hindus when they needed him most desperately. His behaviour clearly shows that all he wanted was to become a figure of history. "Muslim nationalism" was as much a gimmick for him as "Hindu nationalism" was for Gandhi.

It is high time that religion became a strictly personal affair on the Indian subcontinent. This is the weakest link in the chain of nationalism. The true basis of nationalism in modern times is the homeland whose prosperity and independence constitute the greatness of a nation. Even the blood ties have now assumed a secondary role. This is the spirit of our time: the tiny countries like Britain have become multiracial. The number of non-Hindus in India is too large to allow pure Hindu nationalism. Supposing that it could be achieved, the religious uniformity will soon precipitate into provincial prejudices dividing the Hindus into Guiaratis, Biharis and Madrasis. Treatment of Bengalis by the Marathas during their heyday, is sufficient to prove the case.

People of the Indian subcontinent must seek to reunite on the basis of a common Motherland and indigenous culture.

Dr. Rajaram is a skilled debater. His writings always suggest new angles. And it is quite natural, because he is a man of many talents: he is a mathematician, computer scientist, a linguist and a historian of science. Again, he is not just an academic but a man of worthy experience: he has taught for more than twenty years in several American universities and done considerable research work. Since 1984, he has been an advisor to the National Aeronautical and Space Administration, commonly known as NASA. Besides, he is the author of several outstanding books on various subjects.
 
 
 

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