Gandhian ideal of non-violence was used only to discourage Hindus
from asserting themselves in the political field, even though the
more leftist political parties dominant in the country indulged in
corruption and violence, often on a large scale. It became part of a
strategy of anti-Hindu forces to discredit Hinduism, which had
little to do with promoting Gandhi's policies as a whole. Gandhi was
always proud to be a Hindu and never claimed not to be.
Should Hindus take a more active
Kshatriya role the same false Kshatriyas may conger the image of
Mahatma Gandhi against them and speak of communal harmony (which
their policies never achieved), if it can keep these groups in
power. It is not service to the nation that motivates these people,
or defense of the country, but their personal agendas and the
politics of vote banks.
No doubt the possibility of assertive
Hinduism scares the leftists in India and they will try to discredit
it with the image of Hindu militancy, if not fascism. Hindus must be
willing to face such criticism and to gain strength from it rather
than feel apologetic, which will only weaken their resolve. As the
Mahabharata states, the heart of a Kshatriya should be strong and
unshakable like the thunderbolt, not weak and hypersensitive. Can
anyone honestly say, even those who are not Hindus, that Hindus are
suffering from an excessive Kshatriya spirit?