Monday, April 24, 2023

Yati Narsinghanand's Outbursts

By Sumit Paul, New Age Islam 24 April 2023 Today is very auspicious both for Hindus and Muslims as Akshya Tritiya and Eid-al-Fitr fall on the same day. So, condemning anyone from any faith will make me an insensitive person. Yet, I'm having to condemn this Yati Narsinghanand for urging his followers to attack Mecca and seize Kaaba! If this is not sacrilegious, what else is? This fanatic labours under the misconception that Kaaba was originally a Hindu temple! He calls it Makkeshwar Mahadev Mandir. Yati Narsinghanand ----- Discerning readers might be aware that there was one joker by the name of P N Oak. This Poona-based 'historian' wrote a useless book, ' Some blunders of Indian Historical Research ' in 1966. That book was an unadulterated diatribe against Muslims and Christians and he tried to prove that Taj Mahal was Tejo Mahal and Girja ( church) was a distortion of Girija, a Hindu goddess. That book was rife with complete nonsense and it annoyed the historians, most of them being Hindus, so much that he was thrown out of The Indian Council of Historical Research. Though no serious historian of any stripe ever took this rabid Brahman from Maharashtra seriously, the uneducated WhatsApp generation and the current political dispensation birthed a harvest of sick Sanatanis like this Yati, Sadhus, Mahants, Sadhvis and pseudo-researchers who're ready to believe every word that Oak said in his long spells of delirium. Hindus entertain a very erroneous view that once upon a time, Hinduism spread across the world and all the holy structures anywhere in the world were once Hindu temples or structures! Now when the government is also hell-bent upon deleting historical facts, the outbursts of people like Yati, Sadhvi Prachi, among others add fuel to fire and receive more traction. We're living with zealots. Religion is the latest buzzword. Christian missionaries in Punjab are giving concessions on bus tickets to the newly baptized (erstwhile Sikh/Hindu) girls. We're least bothered about much more pressing issues like population and employment. To us, religion is the alpha and omega. Jai Sri Ram, Jay Jesus, Jay Allah......Have I committed an unforgivable act of blasphemy by adding the prefix ' Jay' to Jesus and Allah? By the way, Eid Mubarak to all. ----- A regular columnist for New Age Islam, Sumit Paul is a researcher in comparative religions, with special reference to Islam. He has contributed articles to the world's premier publications in several languages including Persian. URL: New Age Islam, Islam Online, Islamic Website, African Muslim News, Arab World News, South Asia News, Indian Muslim News, World Muslim News, Women in Islam, Islamic Feminism, Arab Women, Women In Arab, Islamophobia in America, Muslim Women in West, Islam Women and Feminism

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