In the last years there have been more and more incidents of terror attacks all over the world. Often these terrorists act in the name of religion, in the name of Islam. In India there have been a lot of bomb blasts, many people have died and of course the fear grew. But not only fear, also anger and even hatred grew. And anger for whom? For this religion, for Islam and everybody who believes in it.
In India this is really a big problem and in the last years there have also been attacks on Muslim communities. The most known of these attacks are the bomb blasts in Malegaon, which is a town with a population of 80 percent Muslims, Ajmer, where the tomb of a big Muslim saint is and in the Samjhauta Express, a train that runs from Pakistan to India. The currently ruling party in India, the Congress, has long had the suspicion that a non-political, strict Hindu organization, the RSS is behind that. The RSS, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, if you use their complete name, calls itself a volunteer organization and has built schools and sub-organizations in many parts of the country. Through all these organizations however they spread a belief and ideology which wants to unite all Hindus of this country. They call it ‘Hindutva’ and obviously it is against any other religious activities in the country. They have been banned three times in history for their work and a former member is accused of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. What they do is spreading hatred among people. They are non-political but still influence politics through a political party, the BJP, which often mirrors the extreme views of the RSS.
Now a well-known leader of the RSS, Swami Aseemananda, confessed that he and other leaders of this organization, like Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Sunil Joshi and Bharat Riteshwar, had the idea, advocated and organized the bomb blasts which I mentioned above. He seems to be proud to say that he suggested the targets in order to give a lesson to Muslims and Hindus alike: Muslims are not wished for in this country and Hindus should not live with them or travel to their cities. His explanation was that the answer to bomb blasts can only be bomb blasts. So Hindu terrorism is the answer to Muslim terrorism. What exactly makes you in any way different from Taliban and Muslim terrorist groups, then? You are killing innocent people, just to make a statement. You are murdering, that is all.
What strikes me about this whole story is that these people, Swami Aseemananda and Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, use the disguise of spirituality to attract the trust of people. They wear the traditional saffron of Swamis and priests, run Ashrams, have crowds of followers of disciples and even call themselves different spiritual titles. In reality however their activities are like terrorism! Don’t you think, if they go on in this way, people will someday get afraid of every Swami, believing he is a terrorist? Spiritual people, praying with their mala or rosary, the hand in their bead bag, will be suspected of having hand grenades or bombs in their bags instead.
I don’t have any interest in politics, in the political party, in the non-political organization or their political adversaries. I am not a political person and don’t support any party. My concern is directed towards the hatred they are spreading and the image of spirituality that they create. Until now we have been listening to stories of Swamis and gurus who were accused of gambling, prostitution business and corruption because of money, women and sex. If now they become terrorists, too, what could be worse than that? Don’t you think that spirituality and terror attacks are an impossible combination? I am saddened to see this development and it makes me think again that all religions should be abolished. We are just humans and there is no difference, whether we believe in Krishna and Shiva or in Mohammad or Jesus.