28. S. Omkar
to the document “Time For Stock Taking”. I am surprised that the Sangh
Parivar has been popularizing these eight slogans. Obviously, the leaders
of the Sangh Parivar have not read either the Bible or the Quran. If they
had read them, they would not be making such ridiculous statements. With
friends like these, Hindus do not need enemies.
What is the harm in adding Jesus and Muhammad to the 33 crore Hindu gods
I do not know where this
number 33 crore came from because even a language rich in vocabulary such
as Sanskrit does not have 33 crore words. In any case, all the Hindu deities
are different representations of the one God, and believing in one does
not involve denial of others. Jesus and Muhammad do not fall in the category
of deities. Also, according to the New Testament and the Quran, if one
does not believe in Jesus or Allah (together with Muhammad) respectively
as the only saviour, then one is doomed to eternal hell. If one believes
in Jesus or if one believes in Allah (with Muhammad), then it is not permissible
to worship any other deity. Therefore, Jesus and Allah (with Muhammad)
cannot be included in Hindu deities.
Will the Muslims or Christians
agree to include a Hindu deity as part of their worship?
All religions (including Islam) lead to God.
Why is it that only Hindus
are asked to make this statement which indirectly implies that all religions
are the same? Christians call Hindus heathens and some Christian preachers
refer to Hindus as “devil worshippers”. Muslims refer to Hindus as kafirs
and the Allah of the Quran exhorts Muslims to convert or kill all non-Muslims.
The openness of Hinduism does not mean that we should teach our children
the myth that all religions are the same when they are not. Also, if we
do not criticize the faults of Islam and Christianity (obviously Muslims
and Christians are not going to do so while they continue criticising Hinduism),
then Hindu children get a mistaken notion that only Hinduism has faults.
There is nothing wrong in telling the truth.
of statements which even Hindu preachers make (without having read the
Bible or the Quran) soften Hindus for conversion to Christianity and Islam.
If all religions are the same as only Hindus are taught, then what is the
harm in conversion to another faith? Of course, no other religion makes
this statement. They teach that only their religion is the right one, that
all other religions are wrong, and that they must convert everyone else
by hook or crook or even kill them.
Islam is good but Muslims are bad.
Muslims are the product
of Islam and behave the way they do because of what Islam (Quran) teaches
them. One of the basic tenets of Islam is Jihad i.e. waging war against
all non-Muslims with a view to converting or killing them. There are many
verses of the Quran in which Allah asks Muslims to wage wars against non-Muslims.
The manner in which Hindus and Sikhs of Pakistan were killed and expelled
at the time of partition was no accident. Muslims of Pakistan were following
the teachings of Islam. Muhammad himself had treated the Jews of Arabia
in exactly the same way.
I am not
making any comments on the other five items. I endorse Mr. Godbole’s comments
and ask the misguided Hindus to read the Quran, the Sunnah, and the Bible
before they make ridiculous statements of the type mentioned in this document.
while I am giving my name and address for your information, it is to be
clearly understood that they are not to be published or revealed in any
form. If this is not acceptable, then you may not publish my comments under
writer is a Hindu settled abroad. He has asked us not to reveal his real
name and address. We have given him a pseudonym.
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