The Ramayana argues for the colonization of the peoples of the subcontinent while the Ramcaritmanas argues for the worship of an iconic figure rather than, for instance, a consideration of the Upanishads’ metaphysics. – Vijay Prashad, Chair of South Asian History and Professor of International Studies, Trinity College. Founding member, Forum of Inqualabi Leftists
Coming back to Samskara, we see that not surprisingly, humanist teachings in Hinduism arise not from our host of gods and goddesses whose life stories are many times filled with outrageous kinds of deceit, manipulations, selfishness and greed…Indeed, when one such God tried to play the role of a guru as seen above in the Gita, the teachings are quite clearly non-humanistic. – Balmurli Natrajan, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, William Paterson University. Member, Forum of Inqualabi Leftists
Hinduism is a religion of violence. All Hindu gods killed their enemies and became heroic images. This is the only religion in the world where the killer becomes god. Whom did they kill? From Brahma to Krishna, those who were killed were Dalitbahujans. Now these images and the stories and narratives and everything is out there in the civil society. Now, because of this, the consciousness of worshipping the killer or worshipping violence did not give any space for human rights… for Hindu dharma, resolving of a conflict is only by killing. There is no other discourse. Debate is not there. You have to kill the enemy. – Kancha Ilaiah, author of ‘Why I am Not a Hindu’, in an interview written by Forum of Inqualabi Leftists
The Marxists have long subscribed to the view that Gandhi was a ‘romantic’, a hopeless idealist and even hypocrite; to this a chorus of voices added the thought that Gandhi was an insufferable ‘puritan’. – Vinay Lal, Associate Professor of History, UCLA. Member, Forum of Inqualabi Leftists
I just returned from Patna, India, and am sending this praise note from Calcutta, en route Chennai. But the spectacular baptismal event that has dwarfed the others took place in Patna, where we had in all two batches of 135 converts baptized in the river Ganges – in the very ‘Holy river’, where millions of the idol and demon worshipping pagans go every once in awhile to have a holy dip. – Bishop Ezra Sargunam, head of Evangelical Church of India
[The] Patels began sponsoring a number of Hindu religious outfits and backing Hindutva organisations in the state, thus presenting themselves as ardent Hindus, and, therefore, as ‘high’ castes. One aspect of that newly constructed identity as super-Hindus was a deep hostility towards Muslims. In fact, the Patels, who comprise more than 30% of the Gujarati population, played a major role in the 2002 anti-Muslim genocide. – Mukul Sinha, a speaker at the 2010 MIT Workshop organized by Indian American Muslim Council, in a 2007 interview with Yoginder Sikand, an affiliate of Forum of Inqualabi Leftists.
[The NRIs’] ‘patriotism’ is simple: they are jingoistic for whomever will allow them the freedom to make money. Whether saffron or red/white/blue, these cats are heavily into the green…And what are issues that motivate desis? Things to do with the ‘homeland’ or things that have to do with the exploitation and oppression of desis and others in the U.S. – Vijay Prashad, Chair of South Asian History and Professor of International Studies, Trinity College. Founding member, Forum of Inqualabi Leftists
A country not only divided between Mahommedan and Hindoo, but between tribe and tribe, between caste and caste; a society whose framework was based on a sort of equilibrium, resulting from a general repulsion and constitutional exclusiveness between all its members. Such a country and such a society, were they not the predestined prey of conquest?…India, then, could not escape the fate of being conquered, and the whole of her past history, if anything, is the history of the successive conquests she has undergone. Indian society has no history at all, at least no known history. What we call its history, is but the history of the successive intruders who founded their empires on the basis of that unresisting and unchanging society. – Karl Marx, The Future of Results of British Rule in India. July 22, 1853