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Mr CM, this is what Hindu means...


Hindu was the name of one of the sons of the eleventh wife of Prophet Mohammed Paigamber.

Respected Chief Minister,

Recently, in the Goa Legislative Assembly, you made a statement. You said, “Hindus is a word used by non Indians referring to Indians, many times, irrespective of religion…… if you go to Gulf countries even a Muslim from India is called Hindu by them”.

Sir, I congratulate you for your interest in history and sociology of the word “Hindu”. You are indeed correct that in the distant past Indians were called Hindus by the Arabs. Of course now and in the recent past this does not happen. And there is a reason why this does not happen now.

Let us see what is the exact meaning of the word “Hindu” to the Arabs. The word originated in the Persian Gulf. If you refer the Farsi dictionary “Farang e Ameeda” the word Hindu means kafir, slave, or a characterless person. The Arabic dictionary “Firaj ul Lugad” would tell you that “Hindu” means a dark patch on the face of a beautiful maiden that destroys her beauty. Other meanings here are a slave or the vanquished. The Urdu dictionary says that Hindu means a black mole on the cheek of a beautiful maiden.

I request you to verify these facts independently.

Now let us see what the origin of the word “Hindu” is – historically speaking.

Hindu was the name of one of the sons of the eleventh wife of Prophet Mohammed Paigamber. Hindu was a child with abnormal behavior who grew up to be an adult with weak character and sociopathic tendencies. The local population hated him. A characterless person was often called Hindu.

Aadya Shankaracharya has correctly pointed out this fact. He said Hindu was a word used in a derogatory sense by the invading Muslims of the sixth and seventh century to refer to the local population they conquered.

“Hindu” does not refer to a way of life nor does it refer to any particular religion – historically speaking. The word “Hindu” does not have anything to do with the word “Sindhu” meaning Indus River, nor does it have anything to do with the Greeks or the Tartars. The word “Hindu” does not exist in any literature of India prior to the invasion of India by Arabic Muslims. The word “Hindu” does not even exist in the “Sant Vangmay” or the literature created by the saints and reformers like Dnyaneshwar or Gautam Buddha.

However I have the pleasure to say that the word BHARAT was there during the times of the saints and reformers. It has been extensively used as a word that depicts a vibrant India in a far more complete and a far more comprehensive manner.

Lastly, sir, I would like to recall the words of Mark Twain –“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”

Thank you, sir.

Yours truly,

Dr Mukul R Pai Raiturkar

Margao, Goa.

The write up of Dr. Mukul R Pai Raiturkar on 'Hindu' is enlightening and needs to be given wide publicity.

Francisco Lourenco |

Another hearsay.

Kishan |

Splendid write up! Most of us take easy way out and latch up on to comfy meanings. I too for long time had thouhjt the word Hindu came from the word Sindhu ie the river Indus.

Thank you, Dr Mukul Pai Raiturkar

Kalidas Sawkar |

As usual, you are making a mount Everest of a mole on the cheek of Mohamed's daughter. Take it easy.

Of course, Parrikar is wrong too in generalizing and defining the identity of all Indians. He rather speak for himself!

Ranjit |

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Dr Mukul Pai Raiturkar

Dr Mukul R Pai Raiturkar is a consultant pediatrician & neonatologist practicing in Margao. He is the co-convener of Ami Goenkar, an organisation of secular young Goans working towards a novel approach to religious-political issues of Goa. Son of veteran Goan freedom fighter Mr Ravindranath Pai Raiturkar, he exudes unshakable faith in a liberal, secular and free spirited democracy of India.


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