HIRA LAL KAK
This happened back in 2013 when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat and was invited to speak at the Hindustan Times Leadership summit held in New Delhi.
He was asked the following question by journalist Madhu Trehan:
“When you look at the future of India, do you imagine/see an India that is purely Hindu? Is there a place for Muslims in India in the future?”
Narendra Modi’s powerful answer given at that time in Hindi has not received the attention it deserved. You can watch it below:
This question is a problem faced by those people who do not have proper understanding of Hindus or Hindutva?
It is essential to grasp the philosophy of Hindutva. It says, ‘Ekam Sat Vipra Bahudha Vadanti’. It means -The truth is only one but there can be many different paths to understand and impart it. Hinduism is the only religion in the world that says ‘God is one’. No Hindu would say that this is a ‘God of Muslims’, this is a God of Christians or this is a God of Sikhs. He says God is one and he says that each and every God is suitable to his devotee. If a devotee is a body-builder then the God can be Hanuman. The reason for occurrence of such questions in the country where this philosophy flourished is that these people have not understood the concept of Hindutva in a real sense.
Israel has an official book that says – They were badly treated everywhere. They have been persecuted in Germany. They have been harassed in every part of the world they went. But there was an exception. India is the only country where they never faced any problems in the history of 2500 years; in fact they were welcomed wholeheartedly here.
Similarly when the Parsis came to India, they arrived in the coastal area of Gujarat that was ruled by a king.
The Hindu king welcomed them. They told the king that they have brought the sacred fire with them and wished to place it in the area. They added that as per their religious belief non- Parsis would not be allowed to enter within a radius of 50 km of the area.
The King was Hindu, the whole system was Hindu. The Hindu king told the Parsis not to worry. He assured them that their faith would be respected and all the necessary arrangements would be made. This could happen only because Hinduism respects and welcomes everybody’s faiths.
Today the whole world is facing the pangs of terrorism. Religion plays a major role in the emotional blackmailing that is involved in it. The main reason for that is the philosophy of ‘Holier than Thou’ —My faith, My religious camp is superior to your faction. This philosophy of superior-inferior gives rise to conflicts and in extreme conditions lead to terrorism.
Only Hinduism is comprehensive. It embraces and respects all faiths. A Hindu says that ‘You may believe in any God or any holy Book, you should follow it honestly and with conviction. If you do that you will definitely reach God or achieve your goal.
This is the basic Hindu philosophy. The lack of understanding of this way of life gives rise to problems and makes some people ask such questions.
HIRA LAL KAK