Bnei Menashe 311.
(photo credit: Gil Cohen Magen/Reuters)
Why are Hindustanis (I reject the term “Indians”: “India” is a foreign term) and
Israelis so far apart emotionally? Why is my nation not supporting Israel? I ask
these questions whenever I read the statements of Iran against Israel. At least
Hindus should be supporting Israel. Yes, there are Hindus who support Israel,
but not many.
Before exploring the reason for this, though, I would like
to share how I came to know about Israel and the Jews in the first
I first heard the words “Israel” and “Jews” when I began to go to
a convent. When I grew up a bit, I read about Islamic terrorist attacks on
Israel in newspapers. I began to watch coverage of such incidents on
Then I read about the infamous Holocaust in 10th grade. In all those
years, I’d never imagined that my nation, Hindustan (India), and Israel had a
relationship older than 2,500 years, which was still ongoing.
I got the
true picture when I read a detailed article in a local magazine. That article
was about a group of Jews who were called as “Bnei Menashe.” I was really
astonished. I didn’t know Jews had been living with us for more than 2,000
years. I realized under what circumstances Jews had entered my nation, and was
very happy and proud of my ancestors when I read that they treated the Bnei
Menashe as their own family members.
Today, too, Hindus and Jews live
happily together in my nation. In addition, awareness is being spread slowly
among the Hindus about the need to support Israel and the Jews.
I want to make clear to everyone is that the relationship between Israel and
Hindustan has not been based on the mutual benefits derived from business,
defense, science or any other field. Rather, those benefits are the results of
this everlasting relationship. Now the most important thing which we – people of
Israel and Hindustan – have to do is to strengthen that relationship even
The main obstacle to this is the current Hindustani government, led
by the UPA (Congress Party), not showing any support for Israel and the Jews.
That’s really unfortunate.
However, Hindustanis, especially the Hindus,
have gradually begun to support Israel and her children. They also know why they
have to support Israel. Israelis must not think Hindustanis are not with Israel
because of the moves made by the current Hindustani government.
reason for the current Hindustani government’s anti-Israeli moves is the votes
of Hindustani Muslims and the influence of the communists. It’s not a secret
that Muslims all over the world hate Israel. Hindustani Muslims are no
exception, and the Congress Party has always been depended on the votes of
Another important factor is the role of media (newspaper and
news channels) in Hindustan. Newspaper publications like The Times of India
(TOI), The Hindu, Deccan Herald and the news channels like NDTV, Aaj Tak, Zee
News, CNN and Star News often broadcast news against Israel. Most of the
reporters and editors have a communist background. The communists in Hindustan
support any Muslim nation, but not Israel.
All these elements have been
misleading Hindustanis, especially Hindus, for decades.
It may seem like
all is lost, but there are some organizations which are trying hard to bring the
Hindustanis closer to Israelis.
These organizations were founded to
protect Hindus against the atrocities of Muslims during the partition of
Hindustan and Pakistan.
RSS (Rastriya Swayamseva Sangha) and VHP (Vishwa
Hindu Parishat) are two such organizations.
The present situation clearly
demands a focus on strengthening the relationship between the Israelis and
Hindustanis. So how should Hindustan and Israel achieve this? These two nations
have a considerable business relationship with each other in various fields,
however this kind of relationship can hardly bring the people of any two nations
close to each other.
The best way to strengthen the relationship is to
exchange language, culture, food and the other things which really represent a
nation. This process will definitely bring the people of Israel and Hindustan
closer, and the relationship between our nations will be
Once the relationship is strengthened, both Israel and
Hindustan will stand for each other no matter what. I would like to mention a
thing which both Israelis and Hindustanis must consider seriously. At present we
(both Hindustanis and Israelis) are in the situation where we have to fight for
our very existence on this earth. The only way for our survival is to stand
together and work together, and nothing else.
Hindu-Yehudi bhai bhai!!!
(Hindus and Jews are brothers!).The writer is a professional artist from
Mumbai, Hindustan (India), and an amateur blogger.