The Israel Consulate in Mumbai organized a discussion on “Hindutva, Zionism & Judaism” in the University of Mumbai campus. Rajya Sabha MP Dr. Subramanian Swamy said that there are many similarities between Judaism and Hindutva. The event was held under the auspices of the Indo-Israel Friendship Association on Leaders’ Idea of Nations in the context of Zionism and Hindutva. Prof. Gadi Taub from Hebrew University of Jerusalem also participated in the discussion. In his address, Dr Swamy said that they believe in one god although his manifestations are many and therefore, there is no difference between Judaism and Hinduism. He said that the one thing that is common between Judaism and Hinduism is that both don’t believe in active conversion.
He added that over the years, India has looked after the Jews who came to India and treated them as their own in an unprecedented manner. Dr Swamy said that Judaism and Hinduism are sister religions.
Dr Swamy shared the meaning of Hindutva and advocated to adopt the Chinese way of calling India “Hindu Rashtra”.
Prof. Taub said that Zionism was founded on the idea that all people have the right to self-determination and that democracies are the form of government that allow people to be themselves. He said that for 2000 years, Jews have had to hide their identity. And so for them, Zionism allows for the first time to have what normal people have. He added that the experience is teaching them, sometimes painfully, that democracy and nationalism are not enemies. They are two sides of the same coin and they need each other. If you want to have a healthy, long lasting democracy it needs to have a coherent sense of national identity and patriotism.
He advocated nationalism and said it’s being tackled politically since 18th century.
With Kishor Gaikwad, Zeba Warsia – NMTV News.