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Los Angeles Times article falls flat on basics relating to RSS, Hindus & Bharat

By Neha Dahiya

In an op-ed write up headlined “As a Hindu, I can’t stay silent about injustices in India” that appeared in Los Angeles Times edition of August 15, 2022, the author Akhila L Ananth seem to have made a desperate attempt to falsify Hindus image and turned her arguments propagandist and away from ground realities in India.

The writer seems to have been either a victim of misguided anti-Hindu and anti-Indian propaganda. Or, she may have a willing and active participant of such negative campaign rather than making an objective analysis of developments within and outside India.


Contrary to the assumption that Hindu nationalists have brutalized different communities, India with over 1.3 billion people has millennial history of religious, caste and faith linked diversity.

Hindus that believe in sanatan dharma have lived in harmony with Buddhists, Jains and the Sikhs that have had close civilizational links with the majority people.

Barring a few sporadic incidents in a country of the size of European Union, Muslims and Christians that were either born in India or most that made India their home have freely practiced their religious faith without much of a hassle.

To compartmentalize Indians and charge that Prime Minister Narendra Modi waged a political war against the poor people, farmers, indigenous and caste based groups has very little or no basis whatsoever. If that were true, would Modi’s party secure thumping majority in two successive Lok Sabha elections of 2014 and 2019. Is it not a fact that the right wing party was holding reins in 17 states and three others where it’s a coalition partner?

Politics aside, India’s civilizational values do not have any room for attack on equality and plurality. In fact, there very values are cherished and embellished by RSS and the Hindutva forces. India proudly celebrates its diversity.

Not only is it proud of its ethnic and religious diversity, all are equal before Indian laws that stood scrutiny for 75-years post-imperial rule. There’s hardly room for discrimination based on caste, region, religion, ethnicity or faith even in governance. In fact, India has over the decades designed projects, schemes and entertained ideas that gave better opportunities to communities and religious minorities in education, socio-economic progression.

For example, minorities especially the Muslims, Christians and others like Sikhs have been big beneficiaries of such schemes and projects.

Be it tribal, backward community, forest people or those living in hilly terrain or coastal areas, they are core of Hindu society and to say brutalize has no basis.

To state that semi-sovereign status of Indian union territory of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh has been abrogated speaks poorly on scholarship and understanding the intricate nuances of the issue.

Even before the 2019 amendment of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution is examined, it is important to note that no single person makes decisions in a vibrant democracy like India. The amendment was outcome of a protracted legal and political process. In the first place, it’s incorrect to refer to “Kashmir” as “semi-sovereign” as Kashmir has been a division of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and J&K had no vestige of sovereignty outside of the Indian Constitution and its own constitution was subordinate to the Indian Constitution.

To propagate that Kashmir was a “territory trapped between Indian and Pakistani military rule” reflects shallowness and understanding of the Kashmir Valley. For over 5000 years, Kashmir is a story in continuum and its history firmly aligns with the idea, identity, and culture of ancient Bharat.

Hundreds of magnificent ancient Santan temples (Hindu Temples) like the Martan Sun Temple in Anantnag or Narayan Nag temple complex in Ganderbal district of the Kashmir Valley, thousands of Sanskrit scriptures like the Nilimat Puran and Rajtarangi are testament to Kashmir’s continuous relation, connection and basis of oneness with the rest of India.

In contemporary times, two months after British India was partitioned, in an effort to take control of the Kashmir Valley by force, the then newly formed Pakistani Army launched “Operation Gulmarg” on October 22, 1947. The operation involved both regular Pakistani Army forces and tribal raiders assembled with the war cry, “Islam is in danger”.

Simultaneously, the then lawful ruler of the then princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh reiterated his desire to accede his kingdom to the Dominion of India by signing an Instrument of Accession in accordance with the Indian Independence Act of 1947. Louis Mountbatten, who was British India’s governor general at the time, approved the accession on October 27, 1947.

Indian soldiers launched a counterattack. By November 8, the Indian Army had taken control of Srinagar, the princely state’s capital. Up until mid-November, when scope of the war was reduced, the pushback persisted. Up until end of 1948, the war lasted longer but was less intense. In January 1949, the cease-fire agreement was officially signed wherein Pakistan remained to hold large parts of territory under its occupation.

The area occupied by Pakistan is referred to as Azad Jammu and Kashmir by India’s neighbour. In 1963, Pakistan ceded some of its occupied territories of Baltistan, the Shaksgam Valley, Hunza-Gilgit, and Raksam to China.  Therefore, the only areas trapped as a result are those of Jammu and Kashmir that are occupied by Pakistan and Chinese military as opposed to a vibrant, democratic and developing  Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Contrary to claims made in Los Angeles Times, women of Islamic faith freely wear the Hijab across India including the southern state of Karnataka.

Hijab row in Udipi was hatched and orchestrated by radical Islamist outfit Popular Front of India’s (PFI) student wing Campus Front of India (CFI) to create fear psychosis within Muslim minorities painting a dystopian picture about current state of affairs and drive oft-repeated myth that the state was against Muslims.

Aliya Assadi, Ayesha Hajeera Almas, Ayesha, and Muskaan Zainab, the four initially stated victims of Hijab issue were members of CFI and participated in hash-tag campaigns that promote CFI extremist Islamist agenda to disrepute India’s Supreme Court decisions relating to Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoommi issue, #BabriMasjidVictimsofJustice or #SaveKarnatakaFromFascists.

The nasty propaganda of hijab was spread to portray Muslims as victims conveniently ignoring that a few radicalized   Muslim students demand was a blatant violation of the universal rules followed by educational institutions throughout the country.

Islamists have been murdering Hindus behind the veil of pseudo-rights. Kashmir’s targeted killings, Sar-Tan-Se-Juda, Udaipur gruesome beheading are contrary to the claim that Muslims were being murdered or assaulted in India. Heinous killings of Hindus like Umesh Kohle[1], Kanhaiya Lal[2], Harsha Hindu[3], Vijay Kumar[4], Rajni Bala[5], Ankit Sharma[6], Bandhu Prakash[7] and many more shows the violence by Islamist jihadist elements true face.

Identities and societal labels is not a shield against criminality. In garb of being a media woman, Rana Ayyub committed serious felonies and she spewed venom on India and Hindus. She raised funds up to Rs two crores in the guise of covid relief and transferred the amount into her family members’ accounts for personal consumption.

Enforcement Directorate froze her accounts and attached assets worth Rs 1.77 crores of Rana Ayyub under the money laundering Act which includes a fixed deposit of Rs 50 lakh. Enforcement sleuths in their attachment order said, “Rana Ayyub has cheated the general public donors in a pre-planned manner and with the intention to cheat the general public donors”. She never missed a chance in spreading fake narrative against India or the country’s government. Rana Ayyub is a shrill heckler who hurls accusations with no truth, a charlatan who purposefully controverts reality to sew a clock of Muslim insecurity and persecution in India.

Mohammed Zubair another propagandist masked as fact-checker constantly spread fake news and motivated content regarding contemporary issues giving them a communal angle and colour. He once shared a video on an elderly man Abdul Samad claiming that he was forced to chant Jai Shri Ram in Loni, Ghaziabad. During the investigation, police found that nothing as such had

happened and the accused Arif, Aadil as well as Mushahid were themselves Muslims. Since both victim and co-accused are from the same community, it can’t be termed as a communal incident. The victim’s version of him being forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” does not seem to add up. After Ghaziabad police’s clarification, Md Zubair deleted his tweet and accepted that the victim’s version of being forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” is an add-up by himself.

A majority of Modi critics – both Indian and foreign — enjoy their rights and privileges in India and criticise government in accordance with their bias.

On Amnesty again, the opinion is completely off the mark.On July 09, 2022, Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a prosecution complaint under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) against Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd (AIIPL), Indians for Amnesty International Trust (IAIT) in a money laundering case of Rs.51.72 Crore.

In the investigation, the ED had found that Amnesty International India Foundation Trust was registered under FCRA to receive foreign funds in 2011-12. But later the registration was revoked following adverse inputs on the organisation. And, that is when the organisation started to bypass Indian laws to receive foreign funds without permission.

According to ED sleuths, after the FCRA registration of Amnesty International India Foundation Trust (AIIFT) was terminated, they formed profit making companies to receive foreign funds in the garb of making services exports. The group had formed Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd (AIIPL) and Indians Amnesty International Trust (IAIT) in 2013-14 and 2012-13 respectively to escape the FCRA scrutiny and received foreign exchange purportedly for service export and FDI.

On Indian Constitution’s greatest architect Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, it’s funny that you feel it necessary to point out his caste rather than acknowledging him as an empowered Indian freedom fighter, scholar and politician. Ironically, the projection of caste in this instance is similar to the way you align identities like journalists, advocates, Muslims to further your argument by providing a sense of perceived victimhood as a smoke screen wherein you fail to provide reasonable evidence to back your claims.

Moreover, it would be interesting for you to know that the term “secular” was added to the Indian constitution by the 42nd Constitutional Amendment Act of 1976 and not by Dr. Ambedkar in 1950 which is contrary to your claim. The pillars of modern India and its dynamic constitution were hinged upon ancient Bhartiya ideals of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (The World Is One Family), Sarva Dharma Sama Bhava (All dharmas (lit. faiths) were equal) and Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah (May everyone be happy, may everyone be healthy, may everyone see what is favourable, and may no one suffer) et al.

Supreme Court of India its 1994 case, S. R. Bommai v. Union of India, backed this view when it held that India has been secular from the founding of the Republic.


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[2] mint. 2022. Kanhaiya Lal murder case: 3 accused sent to judicial custody till 1 August. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 16 August 2022].

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[4] 2022. J-K: Terrorist who shot bank manager in Kulgam, killed in Shopian encounter. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 16 August 2022].

[5] DNA India. 2022. Who was Rajni Bala, Kashmiri Pandit teacher shot dead by terrorists in J-K’s Kulgam?. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 16 August 2022].

[6] Hindustan Times. 2022. IB staffer Ankit Sharma, killed in Delhi riots, was stabbed 51 times: Police chargesheet. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 16 August 2022].

[7] 2022. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 16 August 2022].

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