Israel, a country surrounded by hostile allies, survives due to her strength and determination, her economic boom and creativity, in spite of her many enemies striving to undermine the tiny Jewish state.
Islamists and communists around the world regularly rally to eradicate the Jewish state, the ability of the Jewish people to survive despite all odds find strong resonance in India.
To show solidarity with the Jewish people and the State of Israel, Hindu Samhati, an Indian organisation, which was founded in 2008 as a non-political organisation, staged a massive rally in support of Israel as part of its foundation day.
In 2014, when terrorism against Israel was increasing, rockets were being fired at Israel by Hamas, with women and children being used as human shields, Israel had to strike back in self-defence.
While the world urged Israel to be tolerant towards the intolerant, it was Hindu Samhati who had staged the biggest pro-Israel rally outside Israel with 20,000 people in show of solidarity. The founder of Hindu Samhati , Sri Tapan Ghosh then urged the entire Hindu world to stand strong with Israel.
Even in present times, when a movement urging the Indian government to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is on in India, and many world governments including the United States (which has agreed to move their embassy to Jerusalem – the eternal capital of the Jewish people), it is Hindu Samhati which made a statement today by rallying 70,000 Hindus behind this cause.
Mr. Tapan Ghosh, the founder of Hindu Samhati urged the Indian government to formally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish State…saying
“Moving our Embassy to Jerusalem will honour Israel’s long-standing commitment to peace, and strengthen the bond between our two ancient peoples.”
A resolution to this effect was passed by a voice vote.
Mr. Devdutta Maji, the Vice-President of Hindu Samhati, mentioned the first Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion at the occasion, citing the founding father of the modern Jewish State as a role model for today’s Hindu leadership along with Mr. Tapan Ghosh. He also spoke in favour of relocating the Indian Embassy to Jerusalem.
The meeting was attended by Gen. GD Bakshi, noted pro-Israel journalist Vijeta Uniyal and host of other speakers.
The crowd rallied with placards saying,
“Israel -India partners for peace”
“India – Israel . Ancient Cultures . Modern Miracles”
“India – Israel . Friendship Forever”
“India – Israel represents —- honouring women’s rights, freedom of speech, respect for human rights, liberty and equality for all, Democracy”
Shouts of “India stands with Israel” and “Hindus Love Israel” resonated in the air.
Vijeta Uniyal mentioned that in today’s world when antisemitism is on the rise in Europe , millions of Hindus in India and in the diaspora are ready to stand with the Jews as brothers and sisters to speak out against the antisemitism.
Zionism, a movement originally for the re-establishment, and now, the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel, is an inspiration for the Hindus as we unite our country and the community.
Sri Tapan Ghosh also urged the crowd to bless the alliance. He pointed out that Jews for the last 2000 years, like the Hindus are fighting a battle for existence in West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand , in the villages of Deganga, Bardman, Kaliachak , Medinipur, Baduria, are fighting for their existence in little Israel, surrounded by a sea of Islamist neighbours.
This struggle for survival, shared cherished values of reverence for education, mutual respect, women’s rights, unites Hindus and Jews apart from the 2500 years of glorious history that binds both the communities.
Hindu Samhati which was founded 10 years back to serve the poorest of poor Hindus in rural heartland of Eastern Bharat plagued by Islamist violence, insecurity and thereby poverty, has today emerged as a force to reckon with.
The rally was attended by Hindus and Buddhists from the states of Bengal, Assam and Jharkhand. The gigantic crowd of 70,000 volunteers, and many thousands others prevented from attending by nefarious forces against the Hindu-Jewish global alliance, is testimony to the fact that Hindus believe in this alliance despite attempts to create divide.
Such a huge turnout in a non-political rally, shows the deep trust of the Hindus from the Eastern part of Bharat in the Hindu Samhati leadership. Their influence on ground will impact very positively India-Israel relations in times ahead.