“Aggression is unjust only when unprovoked, violence unrighteous when used wantonly or for unrighteous ends. It is a barren philosophy which applies a mechanical rule to all actions, or takes a word [non-violence] and tries to fit all human life into it… Ramdas is not complete without Shivaji. To maintain justice and prevent the strong from despoiling and the weak from being oppressed is the function for which the Kshatriya was created. Therefore, says Sri krishna in the Mahabharat, God created battle and armour, the sword, the bow and the dagger.”- Sri Aurobindo
Mathew Arnold had composed his famous lines with reference to a particular context. He had the Buddha and similar Hindu sages in mind when he wrote the following famous lines:
Little did the poet suspect that his tribute to Hindu spirituality would be twisted to embellish an imperialist version of Indian history according to which the “meek Hindu” had always been preoccupied with sterile speculations, and seldom stood up in defence of his country and culture.
-Sita Ram Goel
In a recent raw and brief interview in someones front room in London Dr Koenraad Elst discusses with Ranbir Singh (HHR) the myths of Hindu cowardice during India’s long history in this video clip.
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