From Hussain Sagar to Lake Mansarovar – Let us watch Rahul Gandhi

It is the latest from the cultural centre of South – Hyderabad where soon after recommending the dissolution of the Telangana assembly, the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, on Thursday, launched a blistering attack on the Congress. Describing AICC president Rahul Gandhi as the country’s ‘biggest buffoon,’ Telangana caretaker CM said the Congress party was the “biggest enemy and villain number one” of the state.

Let us recall that it was during the Congress rule when the State of Telangana was created. That a language of sophisticated city of Hyderabad could be so foul and excruciating, it reflects of levels of depravity our politics and politicians have fallen upon.

I hope and pray the scion of Nehru dynasty won’t respond to the un-parliamentary howler as the Persian quote – “Jawab-e-Jahilan bashad khamoshi.” The best response to an ignorant is silence.

Congress Party had been wiped out in the last general election of 2014. Following the same track as RSS / BJP, the tired horses of Congress Party are experimenting the ‘Soft-Hindutva’ approach which is evident from the visits of temples of Rahul Gandhi all over the country. And now, you can see him at the farthest frontier of “Lake Mansarovar” now in China.

There is an incessant propaganda of Bhagats that it was Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who had surrendered this holy place to China. It’s all moonshine – propaganda gimmick. We all know that Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar situated in Tibet is now under the control of Chinese regime.

For Hindus, it’s known as Abode of Lord Shiva and revered place for us. It has mentioned in almost every sacred Hindu scripture. If we look at history of both places, none of Indian kingdom had controlled Kailash Mansarovar for recent past history and always fall under the Tibetan authorities of the time.

Lets us assume for a moment that last 500 year or even 1000 years  some Hindu ruler occupied  it but it does not mean that Indians occupied it. The fact is that Lord Shiva had a balck  skin while the Tibetian and Chinese belong to yellow race. It’s also mindboggling that a symbol of such a big mountain named after Hindu Lord can be in a Chinese territory.

A wild guess could be that there must have been Hindu followers in that area that were either pushed back to plains of India or converted to Buddhism. Of course, one time the whole India was a Buddhist country. So with that logic, it was a Indian territory occupied by black skinned people even before Chinese were Chinese.

We are talking about 5000–10000 years back. So blaming Pandit Nehru for Chinese control of both places is not the right thing. Even British Empire used Tibet as buffer state between China and India and never controlled the territory directly.

We may debate on Nehru’s policies towards Tibet and his role in Sino-Indo conflict but even different outcomes out of both the incidents would not change the fact on Kailash-Mansarovar. Rahul is there for real reasons and for some apparent reasons. Let us hope his prayers are answered and India is saved from previous and new cataclysms.

ut the story doesn’t end here. And Congress is expected to join hands with political opportunist Chandra Naidu of Andhra and now care-taker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is going to fall, possibly, in the lap of RSS / BJP like a ripe mango before the assembly election in Telengana this year and at centre in 2019.

Now, let us travel from Hyderabad to China and Lake Manasarovar that lies at 15,060 ft above mean sea level. It is relatively round in shape with the circumference of 88 km. Its depth reaches a maximum depth of 300 ft and its surface area is 320 km2. It is connected to nearby Lake Rakshastal by the natural Ganga Chhu channel.

Lake Manasarovar is near the source of the River Sutlej, which is the easternmost large tributary of the River Sindhu. Nearby are the sources of the Brahmaputra River, the Indus River and the Ghaghra, an important tributary of the River Ganges.

It is believed that Lake Manasarovar is a personification of purity, and one who drinks water from the lake will go to the abode of Lord Shiva after death.

Like Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar is a place of pilgrimage, attracting religious people from India, Nepal, Tibet and neighboring countries. Bathing in Manasarovar and drinking its water is believed by Hindus to cleanse all sins. The region was closed to pilgrims from the outside following the Battle of Chamdo; no foreigners were allowed between 1951 and 1980. After the 1980s it has again become a part of the Indian pilgrim trail.

The followers of Buddhism associate the lake with the legendary lake Anavatapa (Sanskrit; Pali Anotatta) where Lady Maya is believed to have conceived Lord Buddha. The lake has a few monasteries on its shores, the most notable of which is the ancient Chiu Monastery built on a steep hill, looking as if it has been carved right out of the rock.

It is believed that Lord Buddha stayed and meditated near this lake on several occasions. Lake Manasarovar is also the subject of the meditative Tibetan tradition also, “The Jewel of Tibet”. A modern narration and description of the meditation was made popular by Robert Thurman.

In Jainism, Lake Manasarovar is associated with the first Tirthankara, Rishabha. As per Jain scriptures, the first Tirthankar, Bhagwan Rushabhdev, had attained nirvana on the Ashtapad Mountain. The son of Bhagwan Rishabhdev, Chakravati Bharat, had built a palace adorned with gems on the Ashtapad Mountain located in the serene Himalayas.

There are many stories related to Ashtapad Maha Tirth like Kumar and Sagar’s sons, Tapas Kher Parna, Ravan and Mandodri Bhakti, among many others.

So, Shri Rahul Gandhi had been to a nice place and hope it will do some good for him even if for not the country.

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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