Hindu Pakistan

‘The basis of Pakistan was Islam. The Muslims in the subcontinent are a separate culture. It was the Two-Nation Theory that carved out of the Subcontinent as Pakistan.’

–          Zia-ul-Haq, Military Dictator and self-declared President of Pakistan

‘The Sangh wants to put in reality the words “Hindusthan of Hindus”. Hindusthan is a country of Hindus. Like other nations of other people (eg. Germany of Germans), this is a nation of Hindu people.’

–          Doctor Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, Founder, Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh

 

At Independence, Pakistan was not a fundamentalist and intolerant country as it is today. It was a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic nation. The partition violence aside, its Islam was not of the strict Wahabist nature, but more of a celebrating, singing and dancing Sufi order. Pakistani Sunni Islam tended more towards saint-worshipping, Qawwali-singing Durgah-visiting approach. And, politically, Pakistan tended more towards quasi-socialism under the aegis of Bhutto Sr. who encouraged trade and student unions and whilst ensuring that the essential feudal structure is not disturbed.

All changed in the seventies when Zia-ul-Haq took over as the supreme leader and the self-declared President of the country. Zia loathed the socialistic and westernised practices of his country. He banned all political parties, destroyed the entire political structure and more importantly, paved the way for Islamisation of Pakistan.

It was Zia who introduced Haddood-based law and the Sharia courts. He increased the number of Madrassas and encouraged Islamic education. He regularly denounced the ‘Western culture and music’. Above all else, he changed the school curriculum, had the history re-written history to suit the Pakistani- and fundamentalist Islamic-interpretation of it.

Today, historians and scholars attribute these actions of Zia to Pakistan’s current state. They especially point out the educational reforms brought forth during Zia’s regime. Anatol Lieven, professor at Kings College, London, in his book ‘Pakistan – A Hard Country’ argues that Islamisation, anti-India and anti-Hindu education policies of Zia actually helped supply easy recruits to the terror organisations there. It’s quite understandable isn’t it? That you don’t even have to train them on the ideology; they come well-indoctrinated.

Today, if things were to change in Pakistan, it would take a huge educational reform and two more generations. And no one is attempting it.

That perhaps explains the power of school education to all of us, not that we needed a proof. We all know how powerfully we will be able to mould children at such a young age. Has anyone questioned Shah Jahan’s love for his wife? or that Emperor Ashoka built trees on the road sides? These are engraved in our DNA because they were taught when we were in school. Even if somebody comes up with hard evidence that Askoka actually ordered thousands of trees to be cut, we would have difficulty in digesting this news.

That is the power of primary education. That’s what happened in Pakistan. When you were told in your elementary school that Hindus were bad people who were plotting to destroy Islam and Pakistan, you believe them. When you reach your teens, and Hafiz Saeed calls you to join the fight against India, you join passionately.

We’re witnessing a Zia like situation in India today. We have one of the Supreme Court judges proclaiming he would make reading Gita compulsory from Class 1. The central government has appointed Y Sudershan Rao as the head of ICHR (Indian Council for Historical Research). What’s wrong with him? Nothing, except that he believes that Ramayana and Mahabharata are true accounts of that period. And he cites the ‘collective memory’ of people as proof of that theory.

It is his personal right to believe that Rama and Krishna actually existed in this world. But modern history research is more of a science, which means it is empirical, evidence-based. Till date no one has been able to empirically establish that Ramayana actually happened and it had happened during a certain period.

And then we have Dhinanath Bhatra, of the Shiksha Bachao Andholan fame. For those who don’t know who he is, he gained his front page fame by successfully banning the book ‘The Hindus – An Alternative History. He goes one step further than Sudershan Rao and believes that test tube babies were born in India 7500 years ago, Indian rishis pioneered technology for the stem-cell research and, well, motorcars as we know really existed during the Vedic period. He also believes that the correct way to draw the Indian map is to include all the south Asian countries in the map, including Afghanistan.

If that has not shocked you, here’s the twist: his ‘history’ and ‘science’ books have already been made part of the school curriculum in Gujarat and he has been tasked to advice the central government on ‘educational reforms’ and is going to work closely with the Education and HRD minister Smriti Irani.

These people, in full support of the RSS, are going to tell our children about the ancient test-tube babies and motorised vehicles of Rig Veda and non-existent Ayodhya. They won’t just stop there. They are also going to teach our kids how this ‘glorious Hindu past’ was destroyed by the Islamic invaders and the British. They are going to teach how great India would be in the absence of Muslims. A new Hindu indoctrination is about to start in our schools.

Much like how the Madrassas encouraged by Zia supplied the fodder for Paksitani terror groups, the schools with Batra’s curriculum are going to look up to RSS as the only saviour who can bring back that glorious golden era of Hinduism. The foundation has been laid. The future recruits of Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena and Sriram Sena are ready. Welcome to Hindu Pakistan.