Saturday, April 23, 2011

Hindus have to claim Swastika

What is Swastika? If any person is asked this question ever, there will be only one answer beyond doubt. Swastika, also known as Hakenkreuz, as per English Dictionary, is an official emblem of the Nazi Party and the Third Reich; a cross with the arms bent at right angles in a clockwise direction. Is this enough? Well, to any person, preferring to remain content with half-true knowledge, this can be the best one. Nevertheless, to any sane individual, this is surely not enough. It is to be noted that any emblem doesn’t come on its own; there remains an anecdote or chronicle predating its final public appearance.

In the same way, Swastika also has a history and is certainly not a symbol propounded by the Nazis for the first time. Swastika has a rich history and a legacy, in full swing through centuries. To anyone’s amazement, Swastika has its foundation in the Hindu culture and comes from the Sanskrit word svastika, standing for any lucky or auspicious object, and especially a mark made on persons and things to designate good fortune. On the word of Alexander Cunningham, shape of Swastika stands for a monogram formed by interlacing of the letters of the auspicious words su-astí (svasti) written amply in Ashokan characters.

Without a doubt, Swastika has also been used exceedingly in both Buddhism and Jainism, two offshoots of Hindu Dharma, and in artifacts of royal dynasties in the Indian subcontinent. Now the question remains – what do all these indicate? Swastika has been a part and parcel of Hinduism from time immemorial and none has the right to usurp it, even if this is a reality, thanks to Nazis. Notably the Sanskrit term has been in application in English ever since 1871, replacing gammadion (from Greek γαμμάδιον). The substitute historical English spellings of the Sanskrit word happen to be suastika, swastica and svastica

What happened in the 1930s in Europe under the auspices of German Nazis, headed by Adolf Hitler, was nothing but an unblushing theft of Hindu contribution. However, in his 1925 work Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler, wrote with conviction, “I myself, meanwhile, after innumerable attempts, had laid down a final form; a flag with a red background, a white disk, and a black swastika in the middle. After long trials I also found a definite proportion between the size of the flag and the size of the white disk, as well as the shape and thickness of the swastika.”

What made Nazis link to Swastika altogether? In accordance with scholars, even of different schools of thoughts (indeed a rare trait on their part to get united regarding a single issue), effective application of Swastika was assisted by Nazi theorists with their inference of Aryan cultural descent of the German people. Conforming to this Nordicist chronicle of Aryan invasion theory, German Nazis asserted that early Aryans of India, originators of ancient Vedic tradition and certainly Swastika, were the classical white invaders, rejected by an assortment of historians and pundits of India straight away. It must also be stated that the notion of racial purity, ideological belief to Nazism, played a key role to make Swastika an abhorrent Nazi emblem.

Truly, for all these, Swastika has been made despicable and also banned in several parts of the globe. But it has got to be said over and over again that Swastika has never been any emblem of Aryan master race but a sanctified one of Hindus.

Hindus have got to claim Swastika now and even if this hard stand infuriates anyone, there should not be any compromise. Swastika must be used in any Hindu religious, social affair devoid of any hesitation.

1 comment:

  1. SWASTIK is the most important symbolic sign being used after the sign ‘ohm’ in Hindu religion, although, this sign has been used on different religious occassions in several cultures & civilisation in the world.