Hinduism Calls For An Armed And Vigilant Society

Hindu society was highly militarised, even at the basic level.  Every village, and samasthanam had armed force.  Thats the reason, the islamic invasion was successfully resisted for 1000s of years.

After British Domination, they completely banned the right to bear arms, and systematically destroyed gun powder production and arms manufacture.  During the polygar wars in tamilnadu, which was the last resistance to be crushed by colonial britishers, the artillery and guns were manufactured locally.

Once the right to bear arms was forcibly confiscated, our society has been heavily exploited by the Colonial Machinery, even to this date. The urban anglicised India, inheriting these colonial institutions as it is, has continued the same colonial exploitation of the traditional bharat.   The violent suppression of farmers protest across india, the POSCO land acquision from unarmed tribals, the recent laying of pipe by gail authorities are some instant references that i could cite.

We cannot deny that the police department was still seen with hostility to the general population.  The common people still have a view that the police department is trying to protect criminals rather than punish them.

The naxalism gets public support across india, partly for the reason that they serve as a counter force to excess police atrocities.

The below article is written by Tatya Tope, the great grandson of Tantiya Tope, and he puts forth a different and historical perspective here.

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Autor: Parag Tope

http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/02/hinduism_calls_for_an_armed_and_vigilant_society.html

A letter from the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) to President Barack Obama proposing new gun control laws claims to be a message containing the Hindu viewpoint. As a person whose ancestor, Tatya Tope, took up arms and died fighting English oppression while leading the Anglo-Indian war of 1857, I find HAF’s proposals not only offensive to me as an individual, but also a deliberate and mischievous interpretation of Hindu thought, teachings, and experience in order to advance its political objectives. After the 1857 war, the English created laws to disarm the Indian population. Writing in his autobiography, M. K. Gandhi termed this disarming of India as the blackest misdeed perpetrated by the English.

By putting the claim of collective good at the forefront of its argument, HAF has blindly adopted the position of those who label themselves “progressives” and has tried passing it off as the position of Hindus in America. Hindus are active in a broad spectrum of the productive sectors of the American economy and are known to oppose government regulations in overwhelming numbers. Therefore, HAF’s position is at odds with facts and it cannot be accepted as the representative voice of Hindus in America.

Hinduism’s long continuity has rested on three pillars. First, the traditions and festivals that Hindus follow. Second, the stories that have been passed on across generations, and third, the philosophies that have been preserved in various forms. While this triad encompasses a broad spectrum of ideas, there is one theme that is consistent across all of them. Resisting oppression. This holds particularly true in the countless stories that retell how oppressive forces were defeated using weapons, and in the corresponding festivals that celebrate the successes in defeating such oppressive forces.

Hindu society looked to their kings as leaders, but never outsourced its security entirely to the kings. In fact, the society specifically structured itself so that a significant portion of the civilian population armed itself, and accepted the responsibility of defense against any form of oppression, even their king if necessary. Defending the population became their duty, even if they were not on the payroll of the king. This idea of self-reliance is not only key to the structure of Hindu society, but is also represented in several stories and is consistent with Hindu tradition.

This tradition was put into practice during the Anglo-Indian war of 1857. The English rule was oppressive not only in an economic context, but also in creating laws that interfered with Hindu traditions and customs. This war against the English was led by both men and women leaders such as Nana Saheb, Baija Bai Shinde, Lakshmi Bai, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Firoz Shah, Tatya Tope amongst several others. While the planning of the war was done by the leaders, they received resounding civilian support in the form of transportation, supply logistics, and also military enlistment. When the war did not subside even after most Indian leaders were killed, the English publicized a treaty with the Indian population. In the terms of the declaration, the English withdrew the oppressive laws and scaled back their interference in Hindu traditions even as they continued their economic plunder.

This partial victory in the war of 1857 was the result of a large-scale civilian contribution to an armed resistance against an intrusive and oppressive government. This demonstration of voluntary support is rooted in the Hindu experience, which encourages individuals to take personal responsibility for their actions.

The idea that society must defend itself has been celebrated for thousands of years in an annual festival called Vijaya Dashmi (the day of victory). On this day many Hindus perform an important ritual called Shastra Puja (Sanskrit for “honoring weapons”) which is a celebration of the day when the Hindu hero Arjuna emerged victorious in a just war after retrieving his weapons that he had hidden away. The weapons used during this festival have changed over time, and today, the weapons in a typical Shastra Puja include not only swords, but also guns of all types. Honoring them as part of a festival publicly demonstrates the underlying desire for self-reliance of individuals in society.

This idea of self-reliance is a recurring theme in Hindu thought, be it of the mind, body, or society. This particular aspect of Hindu tradition is consistent with the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and therefore, like many Hindus, I explicitly support the constitutional right to bear arms.

Any attempt to negate this right is not only against the ideas in the Second Amendment but also against long-standing Hindu tradition and wisdom. HAF’s document containing suggestions to deal with the imagined problem due to the existence of guns in USA simply repeats the points authored by some far-left group.

HAF describes itself as a “progressive” Hindu voice and demands an invasion into the privacy of law-abiding citizens who have purchased weapons by asking the government to maintain the records of “buyers whose NICS background checks were approved.” It also calls for outlawing weapons capable of inflicting “widespread harm” using language that can be used to justify a complete ban on the possession of weapons. This call for a ban on gun ownership in society is an eerie reminder of the disarming of India and the oppressive English rule that followed. Hindus should remember that the infamous Jallianwala Bagh (Amritsar) massacre of 1919 took place after India was disarmed. It was ordered by an English general on an unarmed public gathering that included men, women, senior citizens, and children, and over a thousand people were killed in a matter of minutes.

Over the past few decades, Hindus have been the first targets of the global leftist movement and have been repeatedly attacked and demonized as “violators of human rights” when they have used arms to defend themselves against terrorism, especially communist terrorism. Hindus in India have also been victims of the Indian government which has imposed the alien concept of socialism on them against their will.

Hindus in the U.S., whose traditions and festivals hold a special place for fighting oppressive forces, should reject HAF’s cynical call to impose restrictions on the society’s ability to defend itself against any oppression. They should also reject HAF’s request to the government to “urge” the media to carry only those messages sanitized by the government and thus trample on free-speech rights. In addition, the call to divert taxpayer funds to leftist political groups and their allies for conducting “research on guns, gun violence, etc.” should be firmly rejected.

Hindu values are consistent with the concepts of freedom and self-reliance and do not fit in with the so-called “progressive” position. Hindus should support political candidates and policies embodying these values, rather than supporting HAF which has quietly formed coalitions with leftists and is attempting to herd Hindus on behalf of leftist political groups by building a constituency based purely on ethnicity and religion.

Parag Tope lives in California and is the author of Operation Red Lotus, a book that details the planning and execution of India’s War against the English in 1857.

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20 Responses to Hinduism Calls For An Armed And Vigilant Society

  1. Sahadevan says:

    We have secular and democratic police stations at local levels. Then why we need a local army than police?

  2. Magesh says:

    Excellent article from Tope. The fanatics inside Hindu Organisation could have been shocked by this article. Emasculation of Hindus is the idea of many Hindu organisation. They dilute the sacrifices of our ancestors who have armed to fight against their right. Arming for self-defense for righteous cause is the core of our tradition. In Madurai Meenakshi temple, the holy priests took the arms against he Malik Kafoor to protect our goddess and have given their lives and we live upon their sacrifices. These idiotic hindu who head the institutions will bury and dilute those sacrifices and will make us to disappear from the earth.

  3. Gk says:

    I agree with your thoughts. In ancient india,people had same weapons which were owned by the army. So they were able to defend the injustice and also the army did not have the advantage to crush people oppression which happens always in pak.

  4. Prof Col Dr K Prabhakar Rao ( retired) says:

    Yes. One must have right to defend himself and must have right to bear arms too. Govt can not protect every one all the time. we are witnessing it even today in India.

  5. Surya says:

    I think one of the problems in historical India has been that people did not use arms. I guess there was a case in which there were some ~17 British officers who just conquered a city. There were thousands of people around the watching. One of the officer wrote, if each of the common people took one stone and threw on them, they would have been scared. Common people should be trained in arms.

    • senthil says:

      Thanks surya,
      Can you pls give more details about this.. any online reference?

    • @Surya

      Its wrong to say, people did not use arms.

      Please read this:

      http://vajrin.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/a-hindu-view-on-gun-rights/

      “In 1632, Peter Mundy actually saw in the present day Kanpur district, “labourers with their guns, swords and bucklers lying by them while they ploughed the ground”.70 Similarly, Manucci described how in Akbar’s days the villagers of the Mathura region defended themselves against Mughal revenue-collecting officers: “The women stood behind their husbands with spears and arrows, when the husband had shot off his matchlock, his wife handed him the lance, while she reloaded the matchlock.”

  6. gk says:

    yes i have heard about this but i have difficulty in remembering . i daresay the incident occured after the battle of plassi and a few british soldiers made thousands of POWs . when they carried the POWs along the streets of mushirdabaad, a large crowd was only looking at them.

    • senthil says:

      the situation is same till now.. 25% of our population was kshatriyas and militarised, whereas remaining was non-militarised, and never involved in political affairs.. The british destroyed this 25%, and today we had remaining unarmed population..

      The same mindset till now continues..

  7. Rashmi says:

    Vedas message to human beings at every step is self reliance in every field,resist injustice stand for justice etc.
    so i agree with this.But free arms availability will create chaos like it happens in US free shooting incidents.Only balanced mind can handle weapons. only Hindu i.e vedic values will help in this.

  8. Narender says:

    In India conscription should be necessary for every citizen with 5 years mandatory.

  9. vyas says:

    While the issue of empowering common man with weapons for self protection is highly debatable, the argument that since it was done in the past we should do it today too is ridiculous. A society should consist of people who are sensible enough to use those weapons only when in need. Only then such things are possible. America is feeling the heat right now. A considerable amount of people over there have lost their senses and the result is what you see now in form of mass shootings in universities and colleges. Their families have degraded and relationships have become merely physical. In such type of societies where people are mentally ill, you need to have a better tracking system to govern the usage of dangerous weapons. To some extent America has it which is why it is still able to empower it’s citizens with such weapons despite strong protects against gun culture. Imagine what would happen if we empower all Indians with such weapons? Though our population is not that insensible yet, it’s very difficult to track usage here. Weapons like knives, chilli powder etc is fine but not guns for sure.

    • senthil says:

      @vyas,

      I agree to your point.. however look at this scenario.. today, most criminals, thieves, underworld gang possess the arms, but the common people are deprived of it.. this has put them as most possible victim, both by govt and by these criminals..

      If common people are allowed to possess arms, they could resist against such victimisation ..

      • vyas says:

        Do you really think empowering the citizens with guns will help in self protection? How will you protect your empowered citizens against bomb blasts and suicide bombers? In fact empowering ordinary citizens with guns is pretty dangerous today since they can easily be stolen and used by the gangs who don’t possess them. This is exactly what happened in countries like America. Most of the psychos who were involved in mass killings didn’t have a personal weapon, they used that of their relatives/friends/parents. The world of weapons have changed today drastically. Until we find a fool proof method of empowering citizens with arms, we should stay away from it. In my opinion the common man in today’s world has lost his/her “அறம்”. Instead of empowering citizens with arms we should empower them first with அறம் and then we can think about weapons.

      • senthil says:

        @Vyas,

        This is where the absense of understanding of indian social fabric confirms our dhimmitude.. empowering citizens doesnt mean, we have to give guns to all citizen.. we can do this in lot other ways, with proper responsibility and accountability..

  10. enrico says:

    Non mi capita mai di fare commenti sui blog che leggo, ma in questo caso faccio un’eccezione, perch il blog merita davvero e voglio scriverlo a chiare lettere.

  11. anaonymouse says:

    Brilliant article! When the british could not put down the rebellions in our country against their vicious economic policies, they restricted many jathis from bearing arms and training for war, through threats of execution. This has ruined security and policing at the local levels, and ruined the physical health of the land. In addition the jatis having nothing to do had endure many hardships(if i’m not mistaken, Sivaji Ganesan was from a jati of elite bodyguards to emperors). Merchants used to frequently hire such warriors for protection during their travels.

    Another indirect indication I think comes from Manusmriti which has tougher rules for crimes against brahmanas; this makes more sense if the armed nature of jatis and the unarmed nature of Brahmanas was true, and less because of supposed sanctity.

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