21 May, 2022

The Biggest Crime of Kashmiri Pandits

Above: Maharaja Ranbir Singh (Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Narender Sehgal

After Gulab Singh his son, Maharaja Ranbir Singh, occupied the throne of Jammu and Kashmir. People remember him as an ideal Hindu king because of his interest in Hindutva, Sanskrit and the Indian culture. He opened many centres for the teaching and study of Sanskrit, built libraries and made efforts for re-establishing the values of Hindu life. Under the guidance of this Maharaja a Dharmarth Trust was set up for the construction of many temples. As a result of these efforts a wave of Hindutva swept the state. The Hindu society too started to get up and the people of Kashmir became impatient in restoring to the state its ancient glory.

The impact of the wave of Hindutva was so powerful that even the converted people started making up their mind for adopting the religion of their ancestors. Muslims from Poonch and Rajouri and some from the Kashmir valley assembled and appealed to the court of Maharaja Ranbir Singh praying that they be accepted in their basic Hindu religion. It can be treated a misfortune for the country that some contractors of religion always tried to create hurdles. When the Maharaja asked the Pandits about the reconversion of their relations, the Pandits clearly refused to accept them back in Hindu religion. These very Pandits had not allowed Rinchan to adopt Hindu religion which led to the trampling of Kashmir under the feet of Muslim rulers for 500 years. And when the Muslims expressed their wish to return to the Hindu religion, these very Pandits created obstacles because of their narrow outlook.

Had the Maharaja himself declared the converted people as Hindus, the problem would have ended for ever. History can never forgive the Pandits for this antinational work.

(Extract from Liberation of Kashmir)

15 September, 2021

Islamist Terrorist Attacks in the World (1979-2021)

A report by Fondation pour l’innovation politique (Fondapol), a French think tank for European integration and free economy

10 February, 2021

History books and source materials on the bloody Partition of India

Partition of India - SGPC Records (1946-47) Vol. 2, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (1946-47) Download / Read

Rape of Rawalpindi, Prabodh Chandra (1947) Download / Read

Select Newspaper Coverage - Partition of India (1947) Download / Read

Khooni Saal Diyan Khooni Holiyan (Gurmukhi), Giani Kartar Singh (1947) Download / Read

1947 Da Khooni Itihaas (Gurmukhi), Avtar Singh Bedi (1947) Download / Read

Partition of India - Report on Atrocities, Ministry of Relief and Rehabilitation, Government of India (1948) Download / Read

The Punjab Tragedy (1947), Prof. Darbara Singh (1949) Download / Read

Now It Can Be Told, Prof. Amar Nath Bali (1949) Download / Read

Stern Reckoning, Justice Gopal Das Khosla (1949) Download / Read

Muslim League Attack on Sikhs and Hindus in the Punjab 1947, Prof. Gurbachan Singh Talib (1950) Download / Read

Punjab Vich Sikhan-Hinduaan Upar Kite Gye Muslim Leeg De Hamle Di Vithiya 1947 (Gurmukhi), Prof. Gurbachan Singh Talib (1951) Download / Read

A Diary of the Partition Days 1947, Dr. Ganda Singh (1960) Download / Read

The Partition Of The Punjab - Dr. Kirpal Singh's PhD Thesis (1966) Download / Read

The Partition Of The Punjab, Dr. Kirpal Singh (1972) Download / Read

Punjab Da Batwara Te Sikh Neta (Gurmukhi), Dr. Kirpal Singh (1996) Download / Read

Sikhan De Pakistan Vichon Niklan Di Gaatha (Gurmukhi), Dr. Kirpal Singh (2001) Download / Read 

Select Documents on Partition of Punjab - 1947: India and Pakistan, Dr. Kirpal Singh (1988, 2005) Download / Read 

Bharat Di Azadi Da Agman Ate Sikh Sthiti (Gurmukhi), Dr. Kirpal Singh (2009) Download / Read 

(Digitized books courtesy Punjab Digital Library www.panjabdigilib.org and other sources)

22 December, 2020

Yogmaya Temple, Delhi - Ink and colours on paper (1843)

[From 'Reminiscences of Imperial Delhi’, an album consisting of 89 folios containing approximately 130 paintings of views of the Mughal and pre-Mughal monuments of Delhi, as well as other contemporary material, with an accompanying manuscript text written by Sir Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe (1795-1853), the Governor-General’s Agent at the imperial court. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund and of the National Art-Collections Fund.]

[The shrine of Jog Maya near the Qutb Minar. Built during the reign of Akbar II (r.1806-37) at the site of an ancient temple, the Jogmaya temple is one of the most important Hindu shrines in the city, but no trace of the original survives.]

The Shrine of Jog (‘Worship’) Maya (‘Wealth, also a name for Luchmee the goddess of wealth’) at the Kootoob dedicated to Devee an Hindoo goddess is said to have been from time immemorial the site of idolatrous worship. The two temples represented were built, the one by Rana (‘King- Chief’) Peertee or Pritvy Raj (‘Peertee or Pritvy Raj: Lord of the Earth’), and the other by his chief almoner. Rana Peertee called also Rae (‘King’) Pittorah, the latter a corruption without any meaning, was the King of Ajmere and Indra (‘God of Elements’) Put (‘Town or City’) the ancient Hindoo city of Dehly, the name being derived from Delu or Dehlu, the chief Zumundar or land proprietor of the place.

It was in Pittorah’s Reign that the Afghan Emperor Shahabooddeen (‘Strength of the Fait’) Ghoree (‘Name of Family or Dynasty’) (vide page 74 [f. 72v]) invaded India. In his first expedition A.D. 1186, he took possession of Lahore. He next turned his arms against the Hindoo Princes of Hindoostan, but was defeated in his first attempt by Rae Pittorah in A.D. 1191 at Telowree, one march from Kurnaul: but in 1193 he again returned with and immense army. Pittorah was in his turn defeated and being taken prisoner in the pursuit was put to death in cold blood.

Since the introduction of the British Rule, the shrine has been much enlarged and beautified by the Hindoo nobility of Dehly. It is held in much repute by idolaters and at annual periods is visited from afar by thousands of misguided devotees who liberally according to their several means present offerings to the Goddess and make vows of future pecuniary sacrifice on the fulfilment of their hopes or prayers.

06 December, 2020

List of 10 women said to have slept with 'Mahatma' Gandhi in his bed

Above: Gandhi with six-year-old Indira Gandhi during his 21-day fast in Delhi in 1924 (Source: Express Archive)

Nicholas F. Gier, Professor Emeritus, University of Idaho

1. Sushila Nayar was only 15 when she came to the Sabarmati Ashram and then became Gandhi's intimate companion, with some periods of alienation and remove, for the rest of his life. Gandhi claimed that Nayar was a natural brahmachari, having observed it from childhood. They bathed together and even used the same bath water, but Gandhi assured everyone that he kept his "eyes tightly shut."

2. Lilavati Asar, associated with Gandhi from 1926-1948, slept in his bed and gave him "service," which meant bathing and massaging.

3. Sharada Parnerkar slept "close" to Gandhi and rendered "service." She was very ill in October, 1940, and Gandhi gave her regular enemas.

4. Amtul Salaam, whom Gandhi called his "crazy daughter," was a Punjabi from Patiala. She was also a bedmate and masseuse. Gandhi once wrote about the joy he gave Salaam when she received a massage from him.

5. Prabhavati Narayan, a Kashmiri, lived in an unconsummated marriage with Jayaprakash Narayan, Indira Gandhi's most famous political foe. Because of her lack of sexual interest or desire, Gandhi thought that Prabhavati would be a perfect married brahmachari. In addition to sleeping with Gandhi, she also gave him "service."

6. Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur, married to a Rajasthani prince, was India’s first health minister and was a Gandhi associate for 30 years. Although older, she slept right along with the younger women in Gandhi's quarters. She also helped with baths and massages.

7. Sucheta Kriplani, a member of Parliament and professor at Benares Hindu University, was a member of Gandhi’s Peace Brigade in East Bengal in 1947. She maintained a brahmachari marriage with J. B. Kriplani, a famous socialist and saint. Gandhi fought their union tooth and nail. Although Gandhi invited Mrs. Kriplani to his bed on a regular basis, he insisted that married couples in his ashrams always sleep in different quarters.

8. Abha Gandhi was a Bengali who accompanied the Mahatma in East Bengal. She started sleeping with Gandhi when she was 16; she also bathed him and washed his clothes.

9. Kanchan Shah, also a married woman, had a "one night stand" with Gandhi and was banned from brahmacharya experiments because she reputedly wanted to have sex with him. Gandhi gave the following instructions on brahmachari marriage to Shah and her husband: "You should not touch each other. You shall not talk to each other. You shall not work together. You should not take service from each other." But Gandhi of course received "service" from his women on a daily basis. On the hypocrisy of taking what he denied to others, Kumar has this to say: "The vow of brahmacharya was a revenge he took upon everyone else."

10. Manu Gandhi was his brother’s granddaughter and she was his constant companion for the last eight years of his life. Interestingly enough, there is a temple to Manu, a powerful rain goddess, in Gandhi’s home city of Porbandar.

(Extract from WAS GANDHI A TANTRIC?)