This is probably the “Article of the Decade”, if not century. Certain facts, which probably even the Hindus did not notice (like no loss of life during Babri Masjid demolition).
I am not so much of a religious person but still it makes me proud to come from a culture which has never invaded anyone, believes in “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, have provided shelter to millions from across the world and have taught tolerance and brotherhood.
Thanks you Sir Francois Gautier for sharing this.
Is there such a thing as ‘Hindu terrorism’, as Home Minister Shinde is heavily hinting at? Well, I am one of that rare breed of foreign correspondents — a lover of Hindus! A born Frenchman, Catholic-educated and non-Hindu, I do hope I’ll be given some credit for my opinions, which are not the product of my parents’ ideas, my education or my atavism, but garnered from 25 years of reporting in South Asia (for Le Journal de Geneve and Le Figaro).
In the early 1980s, when I started freelancing in south India, doing photo features on Kalaripayattu, the Ayyappa festival, or the Ayyanars, I slowly realised that the genius of this country lies in its Hindu ethos, in the true spirituality behind Hinduism. The average Hindu you meet in a million villages possesses this simple, innate spirituality and accepts your diversity, whether you are Christian or Muslim, Jain or Arab…
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