A Bengali who does not eat Hilsa is ‘Ahilsa’! But the topic here is “ahimsa”.
We are told – a mighty empire was brought down through “ahimsa” (the doctrine-of-non-violence).
Or did the colonizers have their way and leave things eggjactly the way they wanted to. What say you?
The last viceroy said the date – 15th August 1947 – came to his mind, just like that. How very sad!
Bharatvarsh ruthlessly dismembered: East Pakistan, West Pakistan, Burma. Division of progressive Bengal, on ethnic-religious lines: trauma!
Lord Curzon said, “Bengal united is a power; Bengal divided will pull in several different ways.” What do you think that indicates?
Places of pilgrimage and holy shrines of a majority of Indians – curiously came under the territories of these new nations. Ostensibly for better administration!
Guru Nanak’s birthplace and Shri Hinglaj, where Sati Mata’s head is believed to have fallen and therefore a Shakti Peeth, went to West Pakistan. Several Shakti Peeths and other shrines went to East Pakistan. What-e-funn!
The division was done on the basis of religion. Another phoren term!
Ports taken away affected our trade-commerce-economy. As a security situation arose – it fueled ‘their’ economy.
K cauldron stirred and left festering. Gerrymandering!
Is this the legacy of modern “ahimsa”? Then its better to remain ahilsa!
Who was the greatest Emperor? We are told: Alexander the Great, Akbar the Great, even Babar and Ghengiz Khan make their presence felt.
Samrat Ashok (also the Great) is hurriedly papered over as having embraced “ahimsa”. Much tamasha!
But not a word is ever spoken as to why no mlechcha conqueror could ever grab even an inch of the land the “ahimsa-embracing” Samrat ruled. Are we being fooled?
Nary a word about Samrat Chandragupta II aka Vikramaditya too!
His empire stretched from Bali to Baltic and from Korea to ancient Arvasthan. We have reduced him to “Vikram and Betal”, man!
(Arva in Sanskrit means “horse” and sthan means, “place” – Arvasthan signifies the land of horses.)
Vikramaditya introduced the Vedic way of life, built beautiful monuments, imparted education and established law and order.
A lion-hearted, noble, generous, erudite and dutiful ruler, he was devoted to the welfare of his praja – his people, even those from vanquished lands. No subjugation, slave-taking, opium-cultivation, burning and pillaging for him. No discrimination on basis of language, customs or colour of skin.
Once he conquered a land, he did not indulge in rape and plunder nor leave behind devastated cities and rotting corpses, unlike the marauding conquerors that came in from the east and the west. They perpetuated untold atrocities over us – the vanquished. After we misunderstood-misinterpreted the “doctrine-of-ahimsa”, that is.
Vikramaditya’s paternal and filial rule ended an uneasy period of turmoil and ignorance, ushering in an era of tranquility in these conquered lands.
This IS “ahimsa” my friend. What phoren and phony pundits’ preach to us is pathetic, leading us to a dead-end.
What should we do to restore our glorious past? Ahimsa imported, will only make us bite the dust.
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