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03 Feb 2017

The Tale of Two Pieties.


Shourie Bannai,

February 3rd,2017.

In the beginning of 2016, Chhattisgarh, a state from central India was in news about minority persecution, when a church was attacked. The print and broadcast media went into a full frenzy reporting these events continuously linking these attacks to the election of Modi’s Hindu nationalist government at the center. The virtuous media, worked overtime to lend more credence to the narrative that the “secular” Indian social fabric was under threat in a “Hindu-Nationalist” Modi’s rule. The abhorrent attack which was decried, as it rightly should’ve been, by every right thinking Hindu didn’t matter much to these news outlets. Also, the fact that the perpetrators were arrested and brought to court counts even less.

About a year before the above incidents in 2015, every global news media outlet trying to peddle the westernized versions of truth, started to show their aversion to the Modi government, albeit subtly. Articles like this and this from the New York Times which raised the issue of Christian churches being attacked started appearing out of nowhere. Adopting a tone of moral ascendancy these guardians of truth tried to extort an apology from the newly elected PM of India Mr.Narendra Modi. The vile tone of NYT’s editorial board becomes apparent when they write “Mr. Modi’s continued silence before such troubling intolerance increasingly gives the impression that he either cannot or does not wish to control the fringe elements of the Hindu nationalist right”, implying PM Modi’s overlooking the act.

About a week ago on eve of Republic Day celebrations in India, came a very disturbing news from Chhattisgarh. Maoists had dislodged an idol of Lord Ganesh, from the top of Dholkal (a mountain shaped like a dhol), and hurled it down 13000 ft. which eventually shattered the idol into shards. The idol which would have made any culture proud was more than a millennium old. Also, that Ganapati is an “obstacle remover” whom almost every Hindu holds close to the heart, (almost every Hindu NRI car has a small Ganesh Murti on the dashboard) speaks volumes about how widely he is worshipped by all Hindus. Given the brutal Islamic pillory over a thousand years it is a pleasant surprise to see such a beautiful sculpture of Granite to be still intact. Sub-consciously, Hindus may have offered a silent prayer of immense gratitude to see their structures of faith intact. But it was not to be so. The idol was dislodged and flung deep down to be broken into pieces. The idol as of now has been restored back to its original place and shape by the officials.

In India, idols being attacked and brutalized, broken is a hardly surprising news. For the past few years, in the state of West Bengal, where worship for Ma Durga is like second nature to every Bengali Hindu come news of desecration of idols of Ma Durga. In 2009, in Miraj, a small town in the state of Maharashtra, there were riots and stones were hurled at idols of Ganesh over the depiction of Afzal Khan during Ganeshotsav festival. Both these incidents are verifiable, but unsurprisingly no mainstream media which regularly goes berserk over minority atrocities reported this. Both these incidents are reported here and here (Warning: Graphic video, and YES stones are being hurled by Muslims on Ganesh Murti at 3.29 mins.).

The main point worth pondering is why there is such a sympathy gap when the victims are Hindus and the objects of their faith. A moving, semi-warning, semi- grieving piece written by Dr.Sanjay Dixit which ominously forebodes “the broken idol will be our future if we don’t wake up.”

The silence from the media on atrocities against Hindus is not just about muzzling the narrative of these incidents. But it is a covert, though audacious, attempt by the media to project their vision of “Idea of India” (whatever that means). Apparently, in this Idea of India, which is militantly secular, Hindus are the perpetual criminals guilty of being in the majority and thus all atrocities. Hindu culture, faith, worship, customs are all worthy of nothing but contempt. A contempt so deep and hatred so deep that, even closet Islamists for whom a movie on Mohammed hurts Muslim sentiments, can endlessly lecture Hindus about being secular and accommodating. So great a secularism where the Church openly “advises” its congregants on whom to vote in the state elections, and has openly professed its intention to Christianize India, but gets away only on account on being a Church.

Former president Barrack Obama on his visit to New Delhi in 2015 lectured “India will succeed so long as it is not splintered along the lines of religious faith – so long as it’s not splintered along any lines – and is unified as one nation.” Such sermons to Indians (though indirectly addressed to Hindus) are nothing new, but a time has come perhaps when a Hindu wonders about the worth or worthlessness of his pain in the eyes of intellectual high-flyers. Maybe the idea of secularism and religious pluralism as noble as it maybe, places an unfairly large share of burden on Hindus. This idea has tested the resolve of Hindus to participate in a democratic, secular nation but they have held still in-spite of many transgressions. Such a resolve will hold together, maybe for the foreseeable future until the tale of two pieties, which whenever one of them is wounded, are narrated with equal sympathy.

23 Jan 2017

HCA supports Mr.Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State in the Trump Administration.

Houston, 23rd Jan, 2017

By Shourie Bannai,

HCA stands strongly supportive of the candidature of Mr.Rex Tillerson for the post of Secretary of State. The Secretary of State is the equivalent of Minister of External Relations or Ministers of Foreign Relations.The US Secretary of state is one of the most important positions in the government as the Secretary is the top diplomat representing the US in the global community. In a time when there is an unprecedented turmoil in the Middle East, the ascent of Russia and China in the global geo-political arena, and a host of additional issues this position assumes additional importance.
As the only worlds’ only superpower who still wields considerable influence in every continent, it becomes extremely necessary that the US should be represented by someone sagacious, pragmatic and educated. The only drawback which can be counted against Mr. Tillerson is his complete lack of diplomatic experience or foreign experience before being nominated to the position of Secretary of State.
In this article we attempt to put together his stand on various issues that he may have to face during his time as the Secretary of State. The main issues we shall focus on are Russia, China, Middle-East, Climate Change and Radical Islam.The whole senate hearing for his confirmation is available online, but in this article for the sake of brevity we have included and parsed his own testimony before the Senate committee.
Mr. Tillerson refused to label President Putin as a war criminal, though being tough against Russia he said that
“Where cooperation with Russia based on common interests is possible, such as reducing the global threat of terrorism, we ought to explore these options. Where important differences remain, we should be steadfast in defending the interests of America and her allies.”

On the question of China, which in the past quarter of a century has ascended as an economic powerhouse,
“China’s economic and trade practices have not always followed its commitments to global agreements. It steals our intellectual property, and is aggressive and expansionist in the digital realm……We have to deal with what we see, not with what we hope”
Mr. Tillerson said about the Middle-East that
“The Middle East and its surrounding regions pose many challenges which require our attention, including Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. There are competing priorities in this region which must be and will be addressed, but they must not distract from our utmost mission of defeating ISIS. Because when everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. Defeating ISIS must be our foremost priority in the Middle East.”
Climate Change
“I think it’s important that the United States maintain its seat at the table on the conversations around how to address threats of climate change, which do require a global response, Tillerson said. “No one country is going to solve this alone.”
Comment: Climate change is a stark reality that is confronting the human civilization and is already a challenge to the existence and sustenance of the human race today. Changing weather patterns leading to increased periods of drought, inundating floods, are causing people to leave traditional methods of employment and find other alternatives. We would request Mr. Tillerson that as the Secretary of State he should place more focus on the issue of Climate Change and diligently work to mitigate its effects. The effect of climate change may not be acute in the United States, but in the developing world where agriculture and food security are threatened due to changing weather patterns. It would earn the US a lot of goodwill and trust if it works with them.
Radical Islam.
This may be one of the most contentious issues that Mr.Tillerson may have to deal with during his time as the Secretary of State. Dealing with the terror threats posed by Radical Islam and its adherents would not only involve military action, dismantling the infrastructure of armed terror groups but also defeating them ideologically. Over this point, Mr. Tillerson said,
“Radical Islam poses a grave risk to the stability of nations and the well-being of their citizens. Powerful digital media platforms now allow ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other terror groups to spread a poisonous ideology that runs completely counter to the values of the American people and all people around the world who value human life….. The most urgent step in thwarting radical Islam is defeating ISIS…….. The demise of ISIS would also allow us to increase our attention on other agents of radical Islam like al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, and certain elements within Iran.”



In summary, HCA agrees with Mr. Tillerson on all accounts with Mr. Tillerson, except on the point of climate change where we have a difference of opinion. With all his professional private sector experience as an engineer, as a production manager and as a CEO of one of the biggest companies in the world, we wish Mr. Tillerson hearty congratulations and all the best in his new role as the nation’s top diplomat and Secretary of State.