Why Hindu Nation?
The first blow of political change in 2063 was to the identity of Nepal’s Hindu nation. During the ten-year violent armed people’s war of the Maoists, although there were activities against Sanatan religion, culture, and tradition, the issue of ending the identity of the Hindu nation was not strongly raised. During the Second People’s Movement, no voice was raised against Hindu Rashtra.
However, after the nineteen-day joint mass movement of seven political parties and Maoists in Chait 2062 and Baisakh 2063, the House of Representatives, which was re-established in accordance with the agreement with the king, through a controversial declaration on 4th May 2063, reversed the provision in Article 4 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal and imposed secularism. This action was contrary to the people’s opinion and the spirit and process of the constitution.
As a result of the joint conspiracy of the extreme leftist forces of Nepal who want to fulfill their inherent political ambitions and self-interest and the Western forces who want to expand their religious and cultural influence in Nepal, the Hindu nation has been abolished and secularism has been established. In this work, the Nepali Congress became a helpless witness and colleague.
At that time, in the heat of the movement and the confusing time, there could not be a big protest and countermeasure against this action. Some social activists and religious figures criticized this action in a low voice. RPP Nepal was the first and only political party to protest against secularism and raise its voice in an organized manner in favor of the Hindu nation and struggle on the streets.
After they started raising their voice in favor of Hindu Rashtra, attacks against RPP Nepal naturally started from different angles and power centers. Accusations such as trying to do politics on the basis of religion, trying to create instability by inciting religious sentiments in the society, and using the guise of Hindu Rashtra to create public opinion in favor of the monarchy were widely leveled.
After the last fifteen years of political practice, the weight and importance of those accusations are gradually decreasing. Even common people have gradually started to understand the underlying purpose of maintaining secularism and who were the forces behind it and what was their intention.
The allegation that RPP Nepal is trying to do politics on the basis of religion by carrying the agenda of the Hindu nation is misleading. It is important to understand that even before the provision of Hindu Rashtra was written in the Constitution, Nepal has been a Hindu Rashtra based on the Sanatan religion for centuries. The work of writing the constitution started in 2015. After that, the constitutions of 2019 and 2047 worked to continue that system. In the Constitution of the Dominion of Nepal in 2015, Hinduism was mentioned in the context of the monarchy. Article 3 of the Constitution of Nepal 2019 and Article 4 of the Constitution of the Dominion of Nepal 2047 clearly stated that Nepal would be a Hindu nation.
The unconstitutional removal of the related provisions in the Constitution of Nepal Dominion 2047 was done by the declaration on the 4th of June 2063. Secularism was made a part of the constitution for the first time in 2063, the interim constitution of Nepal, which replaced the 2047 constitution. Later, that arrangement was also maintained in the Constitution of Nepal 2072. People do not have a direct opinion on all these actions. This work is not done from the religious and cultural field. This action was done by political parties. Political parties are also responsible for correcting this wrong done by political parties. It is completely exaggerated to accuse RPP Nepal of doing politics on the basis of religion.
Why have we raised the issue of Hindu Rashtra related to Sanatan Dharma? It is relevant to discuss something about it.
It is also important to know that Sanatan Dharma is not only a religious act understood in a narrow sense or a subject of worship, worship, worship, or rituals. Religion is the law of nature, the law of God. Vedas, Upanishads, and Gita are not only religious books. These books are the basis of Sanatan Dharma and the philosophy of life. The art of living and truth are the guiding principles of Sadhana. A society or a nation runs on religion. A society or a nation cannot be lawless, heretical, or secular. Religiosity is human nature.
We are known as Nepalis in the world. Our identity is Nepali. After all, what is this identity? Without identity, neither a person can survive, nor a nation can survive. For thousands of years, whether it is the Gopal dynasty or the subsequent Kirant, Lichchichwi, Malla, and Shah dynasties, Nepali society has had its own common and unique culture and identity. This identity is not made in a day. Based on our customs, traditions, and beliefs of thousands of years, we Nepalis have a common, original, and unique culture and identity that has no end anywhere in the world.
There are also a large number of people who believe in Hinduism in the world. Likewise, there is a large number of people who believe in Buddhism. But Nepal is the only country where a unique Nepali culture and identity has been created through cultural collaboration or combination between Hindus and Buddhists. Kirant religionists and nature worshipers have also contributed to this identity building. This identity is unique and original. It is for the protection of this identity that we have raised the voice of restoration of Hindu Rashtra relative to Sanatan Dharma.
In Nepal, we belong to more than 100 castes, and a large number of people speak different languages. Some of us live in the mountains, some in the hills, some in the Terai Madhesh. We live No matter what caste, no matter what language we speak, no matter where we live, all Nepalis have a common God. Some of us are Hindus, some are intellectuals, we hug each other and visit Lord Pashupatinath, and we go to the temple of Haleshi Mahadev. We, Hindus and Buddhists, join hands and pray to Lord Buddha. Whether wearing a hat or wearing a dhoti, this Sanatan religion and culture have done the work of uniting us all in the formula of unity. Whether we speak the Maithili language, whether we speak the Newar language, whether we speak the Tamang language, or whether we speak the Khas language, this eternal religion and culture have done the work of joining us all in the formula of unity. In order to strengthen the basis of this unity, we have said that Hindu Rashtra should be based on Sanatan Dharma.
Likewise, since time immemorial, this eternal religion, culture, tradition, value, and belief has been the foundation of our society, our family, and our state. Vedic civilization is the foundation of our existence. Vedic philosophy is the source of our identity.
Unfortunately, along with the political changes of 062-063, without the direct consent of the Nepalese people, work was done to end the identity of the Hindu nation of Nepal. Work was done to impose the recognition of secularism, which the Nepalese people did not listen to, and sometimes did not raise their voices. Under the guise of secularism, planned and organized conversion is now being done. Millions of people have been converted on the basis of greed, delusion, and pressure.
People from Adibasi, Tribal, and Dalit communities are the most targeted for religious conversion. Not only Hindus but also Buddhists and Kirant followers have been converted. If religious conversion continues at this pace, there is a danger that the followers of Sanatan Dharma, i.e. Hindus, Buddhists, and Kirant religions, are the basis of Nepal’s national identity, Nepal’s national unity, and Nepal national existence may become a minority in Nepal.
If we don’t stop this wave of religious conversion, we have seen the immediate danger that Nepal may fall into the swamp of religious conflict due to the disruption of the social harmony and unity that has been maintained in Nepal for centuries.
The indifference of Nepal’s political parties, intellectuals, civil society, and mass media about the planned and organized encroachment on Nepal’s religious and cultural sector is alarming.
This religious and cultural attack is happening as a result of the joint efforts made by the extreme leftist forces to fulfill their political ambitions and interests and some western countries to maintain religious and cultural influence in Nepal. This religious and cultural attack has not only disturbed our identity, the basis of our unity, and the basis of our national existence, but the accompanying distortions and anomalies have badly damaged Nepal in the political, social, and economic fields as well.
Cultural deviation has created a situation of distortion, inconsistency, and crisis in every political, economic, and social field of Nepal. This cultural encroachment has not only ended the identity of the Hindu nation of Nepal, but it is working to shock the very existence of Nepal. Therefore, in order to strengthen the basis of Nepal’s national unity, identity, and existence, we are determined to restore Nepal as a Hindu nation.
Some people question why the RPP, which is a political party, has picked up this religious poison. However, it is important to understand that the identity of the Hindu nation of Nepal is not only a religious matter, but it is not only a matter of right and authority to worship. This is a matter connected with our identity, unity, and national existence.
In addition, it is also necessary to be clear that RPP Nepal has not raised the issue of restoration of Hindu Rashtra just to write the two words Hindu Rashtra in the Constitution. Certainly, the establishment of Hindu Rashtra in the constitution is our wish. The Hindu nation is our resolution, our goal. However, it is important to understand that RPP Nepal is the party that embraces the idea that the foundation of Nepal’s social, economic, and political transformation is the eternal and Vedic philosophy, values, and beliefs that have been passed on in Nepal since tradition and should be maintained in the future as well. Just as some parties take Marxism, Communism, Capitalism, and Socialism as their ideals, that is, as their ideological philosophy, RPP has adopted nationalism, inclusive democracy, economic liberalism, and ‘communalism’ based on the great thought of Vedic philosophers as their party’s ideological philosophy.
We believe that not only the constitutional restoration of the Hindu nation in Nepal but also the economic development and prosperity of Nepal and the ground and ideals of the administration of individuals, families, society and the state should be communalism. This belief that has been maintained for thousands of years is not a new belief. Thousands of years ago, the Ram Rajya was established by Maryada Purushottam Rama in the Treta Yuga and the ideal state was established by Lord Sri Krishna after defeating the evil Kansha in the Dhapara Yuga is the source of inspiration for Sambradhanism.
The Rigveda, which was created about five thousand years ago, has given the recognition of “Ekam Sat Vipraha Bidha Basanti”. The sutra that the truth is the same, only the way to achieve it is different, holds that unity in diversity is our eternal culture. In modern times, pluralism is the belief. “Basudaiva Kutumbakan” means that whole thing Our ideal is to be a family. There are many beliefs inspired by the Vedas, Upanishads, and Gita, which have been adopted by RPP Nepal under the philosophy of development. This is the reason why RPP Nepal has raised the matter of the Sanatan Hindu nation with high importance.
I would like to repeat again that the work of ending the identity of Nepal’s Hindu nation was not done by the religious sector. It was not done by Swami ji, it was not done by religious organizations, and it was not done by Nepali people by direct voting. This removal was done by some parties for the purpose of fulfilling their political interests under the pressure and influence of foreigners. This dirty work was done by political parties and party leaders. It was done by the political sector. RPP Nepal has emphasized on the agenda of Sanatan Hindu Rashtra with the belief that the work of correcting this wrong done by the political sector, political party, and political party leaders should be done by the political sector and the party itself.
RPP Nepal did not talk about Hindu Rashtra just for the sake of asking for votes. We have also adopted Hinduism as our philosophical philosophy.
Carrying the agenda of Hindu Rashtra, RPP Nepal is not saying that the state should give special protection and facilities to only one religion i.e. Hinduism. It does not mean that the country should be governed and laws should be made on the basis of religion.
RPP Nepal believes in equality between all religions and equal freedom for all religions. We believe in the policy of harmony towards all religions and cooperation with all religions. Our demand is that Nepal should be a Hindu nation based on eternal religion as the basis of identity and national unity. Sanatan Dharma means all religious beliefs derived from the sources and ideals of the Vedas, i.e. Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Kirans, and nature worshipers.
I would like to humbly request the leaders of all political parties and the present government. Realizing the feelings of the Nepali people and the needs of Nepal, secularism should be abolished as soon as possible and the Hindu nation should be restored. We don’t want to struggle for it. It is our desire that a Hindu nation should be established on the basis of consensus. If it cannot be done through consensus, I demand that a national referendum should be held to understand the direct opinion of the Nepalese people about the Hindu nation or secularism according to the constitution. If consensus or referendum is not valid, there is no other option than public struggle.
On this occasion, I would like to join hands with all the religious personalities, Swamijis, Gurujis, and Pandits to request that you all stand together in the campaign to make Nepal a Hindu Rashtra. You all have your own personality, and you all have your own identity and uniqueness, but you all have a common desire that Nepal should be a Hindu nation.
Thank you! Jai Hindu Rashtra Nepal.