Savarkar encouraged India to join the British in the war against Germany and beseeched
Hindus to join the British army, while Mahatma Gandhi started his Quit India movement and
opposed the war effort, is also forgotten. Unfortunately, most people, particularly in the
West, know so little about India that they can be easily deceived by such emotional
appeals. After all, who likes Nazis? Christian, Islamic and Marxist groups pick these
ideas up for their propaganda value.
That Hindus use the
swastika, which is a traditional emblem of good fortune, and call themselves Aryans,
something that Buddhists and Jains also do, calls up the European experience of the Nazis
who distorted these terms. Unfortunately, the Nazi stereotype has become ingrained in the
mind of Western people that they are suspicious of any Hindu politics, even though the
Nazis were predominantly Christians and had no Hindus among them!
They see the Hindu swastika and associate it with fascism! Indian
leftists use this Nazi bogey to denigrate any Hindu resurgence that would threaten them.
It is odd that pacifistic and tolerant Hindus are branded as militant Nazis because the
Nazis distorted a few of their terms! Meanwhile Indian Marxists still honor Stalin and
Mao, who can only compare with Hitler in regard to the genocide that they perpetrated and
they are regarded in India as liberal and secular people.