'Tera mera rishta kya, hindu, hindu,hindutva' is a clear take on 'tera mera rishta kya,la ilaha illallah'. As much as Hindutva hates the monotheistic religions especially Islam, there's a strange wistfulness and subliminal need at display now, to BE that they hate. 1

Charlie Hebdo doesn’t come up as a cautionary tale now but rather 'why cant we be like that'?
Growing up, Hanuman was an adorable deity for us, who swallowed the sun, or who couldn’t figure out what was Sanjeevani booti so he picked up a whole mountain and came back with it. 2
Or he was loyal, admirable and when he cleaved his chest, you saw both Ram and Sita. Now we have a lot of “Angry Hanuman” stickers. Why is a cute childlike God angry? We don’t know. It's a convenient blank space where to paint all the angst of Hindu Khatre mein hain narrative. 3
The other strange thing that has started happening is pictures of Ram appearing sans Sita. “Jai Siya Ram” has become “Jai Shri Ram”. Some people disingenuously explain it as being the same thing - because Shri is a name of Lakshmi. Not really. Siya is an apbhransh of Sita. 4
Shri is a prefix of respect in this case. Hinduism is being militarised. A woman/Sita has no place in it. Even the militaristic Goddess that is Durga has no place in this conception of neo-Hindu divinity, as evidenced by Dilip Mandal wondering where Durga came from. 5
Ram has always been a parivarik God. He represents affection, forgiveness 7 love - so much so that after he loses Sita, his story's over. It becomes Sita’s story. I am speaking of Uttar Ramayana here. Sita brings up Luv-Kush all by herself. We don’t see Ram’s exploits anymore. 6
In fact when he makes an appearance it is as an adversary. The horse that Luv Kush capture is Ram’s. And Luv Kush are the heroes of the story. Sita’s sons who will beat the father’s army. Sita can exist without Ram, but Ram doesn’t WANT to. 7
He comes back into the picture, only to be chastised by Sita for how unfair he was to her. It is Sita’s story that gets a closure when she goes back to the Earth. 9
Another version says that Ram was predestined for this misery, he was cursed by Saraswati to suffer Patni Vicchoh, because he watched silently as Brahma married Gayatri. Rama’s story hinges on Sita. But that is not the story the Neo-Hindu wants. 10
What they want is what the Abrahamic religions have at their heart - the Angry, Jealous God of the Old Testament. They want, in their Ram to have a bit of Yahweh, and a dash of Mohammad’s conquest over Mecca and Medina. 11
They call for Ram Rajya, but they won’t have the Dhobi who can call out Ram, where Ram will have to listen to him and abide by the principles of law, however personally repugnant to him. 12
The monotheistic religions don’t have a place for female deities. It'w mostly a Male God. There are rules often literally written in stone, you stray 7 there are consequences. Most pagan religions Joseph Campbell explains in the “Power of Myth” are religions born out of plenty 13
Harvest cultures. You worked for six months and then spent six months navel gazing, wondering about our place in the cosmic affair of things. Hence we had the time to think about not just sciences, medicine, agriculture, metallurgy but philosophy too. 14
The Abrahmic religions were born out of the desert. All of them. They were constantly fighting the battle for existence. They were being thrown out of their land and had to reclaim that. There is a bit of the survivor hero built into it. 15
There is a need for its followers to listen to its one God. Heteroglossia or multiplicity of voices can be very confusing and almost life threatening in these circumstances.

These are the people who say that it must be done. Hinduism must be militarized. 16
They're scared of the ummah. 'Muslims never belong. They're fanatics. They're sheep. They'll do anything for the Ummah.' But secretly, this is exactly what the Neo-Hindu wants. An Ummah. That's why they are arming Ram as the Commander-in-Chief of the war against minorities. 17
When Biplub Das talks of forming governments in Nepal/Sri Lanka, it's those they claim to hate that they emulate the most – the Ummah. Where the lines between political identity and religious identity obliterated & all the world's a battleground in this ideologicalimperialism. 18
The problem with Hinduism is that the ‘good’ Hindus don’t care all that much for religion. We are turned off by the orthodoxy, the caste system, or superstitions. These are the building blocks of that Hindutva fundamentalists use to forge an army of zombies. 19
Maybe the people who are sick of Hindutva need to delve into Hinduism. The philosophy, the freedom of expression, the challenge to forge your own identity the way you want it without any censor. Just so you can counter the insidious toolkit that seeks to weaponise Hinduism. 20
A lot of Hindus are floating votes between Hinduism & Hindutva. Only Hindutva has massive misinformation dissemination machinery in place. Hinduism has none. You can’t will crores to just give up their religion for a good cause. One needs to speak their language.21
Not talk down to them. Not laugh at them & call out Brahma as incestuous or a stalker. Saraswati's metaphor for intellect, Brahma's the householder & it takes a lot for him to get her- intellect. Read Hinduism as a philosophy, as a cultural telling of 5000 years. 22
Because Hinduism like deconstruction allows you to read it the way you want to. What you make of it reflects on you. It's the original FOE. To forge your own identity without any censor. Read up, so you can counter the insidious toolkit that seeks to weaponise Hinduism. 23
Hinduism is not just temples and the pieces of land it was built on. It is not about who-stole-my- architecture.There is a purpose there when you pick up the Vedas or Puranas. Or the Samkhyas, Or the Dvaita Advaita Hinduism is much more than just the Manu Smriti. 24
In the words of Nasadiya Sukta, that actually seeks to ask “who created the Creator?”, even the Creator may not know. The acceptance of ambiguity, the zest to learn, the humility of always being a student. Mandan Mishr losing to Adi Shankaracharya in Shastrath till his wife 25
Ubhayabharati, asked to debate in his place. She pulled out trick questions from Kama Shastra. Adi Shankara a brahmchari obviously lost. So he put the cudgels down & legend says he inhabited the body of a recently dead King, devoted six months to learning about carnal desires. 26
Hinduism has given birth to three different religions Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism. All great religions. Maybe this time it has given birth to something more sinister and monstrous, where the raison d etre has been only the hatred of the other. 27
Even Hinduism can’t always have that great a strike rate. It is infra-dig to identify as a Hindu for all that, that is being done in its name. But then it is a war. And one needs to reclaim Hinduism. It is not Hindu khatre mein but it is Hinduism khatre mein. 28

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Once upon a time there was a Raja named Uttānapāda born of Svayambhuva Manu,1st man on earth.He had 2 beautiful wives - Suniti & Suruchi & two sons were born of them Dhruva & Uttama respectively.
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Now Suniti was the daughter of a tribal chief while Suruchi was the daughter of a rich king. Hence Suruchi was always favored the most by Raja while Suniti was ignored. But while Suniti was gentle & kind hearted by nature Suruchi was venomous inside.

The story is of a time when ideally the eldest son of the king becomes the heir to the throne. Hence the sinhasan of the Raja belonged to Dhruva.This is why Suruchi who was the 2nd wife nourished poison in her heart for Dhruva as she knew her son will never get the throne.

One day when Dhruva was just 5 years old he went on to sit on his father's lap. Suruchi, the jealous queen, got enraged and shoved him away from Raja as she never wanted Raja to shower Dhruva with his fatherly affection.

Dhruva protested questioning his step mother "why can't i sit on my own father's lap?" A furious Suruchi berated him saying "only God can allow him that privilege. Go ask him"

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अंगद को विदा करते समय राम रो पड़े थे ।हनुमान को विदा करने की शक्ति तो राम में थी ही नहीं ।

माता सीता भी हनुमान को पुत्रवत मानती थी। अत: हनुमान अयोध्या में ही रह गए ।राम दिनभर दरबार में, शासन व्यवस्था में व्यस्त रहते थे। संध्या को जब शासकीय कार्यों में छूट मिलती तो गुरु और माताओं का कुशल-मंगल पूछ अपने कक्ष में जाते थे। परंतु हनुमान जी हमेशा उनके पीछे-पीछे ही रहते थे ।

उनकी उपस्थिति में ही सारा परिवार बहुत देर तक जी भर बातें करता ।फिर भरत को ध्यान आया कि भैया-भाभी को भी एकांत मिलना चाहिए ।उर्मिला को देख भी उनके मन में हूक उठती थी कि इस पतिव्रता को भी अपने पति का सानिध्य चाहिए ।

एक दिन भरत ने हनुमान जी से कहा,"हे पवनपुत्र! सीता भाभी को राम भैया के साथ एकांत में रहने का भी अधिकार प्राप्त है ।क्या आपको उनके माथे पर सिन्दूर नहीं दिखता?इसलिए संध्या पश्चात आप राम भैया को कृप्या अकेला छोड़ दिया करें "।
ये सुनकर हनुमान आश्चर्यचकित रह गए और सीता माता के पास गए ।

माता से हनुमान ने पूछा,"माता आप अपने माथे पर सिन्दूर क्यों लगाती हैं।" यह सुनकर सीता माता बोलीं,"स्त्री अपने माथे पर सिन्दूर लगाती है तो उसके पति की आयु में वृद्धि होती है और वह स्वस्थ रहते हैं "। फिर हनुमान जी प्रभु राम के पास गए ।
Great article from @AsheSchow. I lived thru the 'Satanic Panic' of the 1980's/early 1990's asking myself "Has eveyrbody lost their GODDAMN MINDS?!"

The 3 big things that made the 1980's/early 1990's surreal for me.

1) Satanic Panic - satanism in the day cares ahhhh!

2) "Repressed memory" syndrome

3) Facilitated Communication [FC]

All 3 led to massive abuse.

"Therapists" -and I use the term to describe these quacks loosely - would hypnotize people & convince they they were 'reliving' past memories of Mom & Dad killing babies in Satanic rituals in the basement while they were growing up.

Other 'therapists' would badger kids until they invented stories about watching alligators eat babies dropped into a lake from a hot air balloon. Kids would deny anything happened for hours until the therapist 'broke through' and 'found' the 'truth'.

FC was a movement that started with the claim severely handicapped individuals were able to 'type' legible sentences & communicate if a 'helper' guided their hands over a keyboard.