A new debate has been let loose in the public domain: who is a better Hindu — Modi or Rahul Gandhi! The basic intention behind this spurious issue, like dozens of such issues being thrown up every day, is to divert people’s intention from the real issues confronting the nation at this crucial juncture like grave crisis in agriculture leading to suicides by farmers, graver economic crisis with NPAs of PSUs rising manifold, petrol prices touching alarming levels, rupee plummeting against dollar, FDIs shrinking, stagflation a real possibility, communal harmony being torn to tatters by cow vigilantes and mandir fanatics, Army jawans and officers being sacrificed at the altar of false muscle flexing with neighbours and new records being set of nexus between corrupt politicians and criminal corporate.
However, before voters are influenced by the debate, it is necessary to take note of what the qualities of a good Hindu are. According to ancient texts that speak of being a good Hindu, these texts lay down clearly a belief in the concept of Vasudev Kutumbkam, that is, one who believes — to use a modern term — in the philosophy of inclusiveness. Next, a good Hindu, should he wield power like a king or a leader, should observe what has been called Rajdharm of treating all his subjects equally and justly. Third, a good Hindu should not only fight evil but should not even tolerate it. Remember what Bhagavad Gita said: toleration of evil is a sin. A good Hindu should ensure respect for women for it is said in the scriptures that gods reside where women are respected. Fourth, a good Hindu, unlike believers in many other religions, is expected to never believe in intolerance of other faiths. Fifth, karuna/dayaa (compassion) is an essential quality to be practiced in his/her daily life by a good Hindu. Recall what is being said about this by way of advice: dayaa dharam ka mool hai (compassion is the essence of dharam). And lastly, a good Hindu is advised to shun pride. In fact, pride, in Hindu dharam is held equivalent to sin: paap mool abhimaan (pride is the basis of sin).