What are Pakistani views about Hindus?

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What are Pakistani views about Hindus?

Mudassir Ali 11 months 1 Answer 152 views

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  1. I was born in Rawalpindi which was once called as the “City of Temples”. If you have ever been to Rawalpindi, you can still witness old and tall size temples in old part of city. I was very close to my dadaji (grandfather) in childhood so I received positive perception about Hinduism. My grandfather had number of Hindu friends before partition. One of his friend visited Pakistan in 80’s and had lunch/dinner with our family. During his presence, my grandfather ensured to have full veg food in our house in order to respect his religious sentiments.

    I got the opportunity of working in multinational company where I had colleagues from India. My friendship started with Kushal Joshi (from Ahmadabad Gujarat). He is very nice and down to earth person and my colleagues used to call him a “Practicing Hindu”. He at the other side was anxious to know about Islam from my end as I’m a “Practicing Muslim”. It developed an amazing and strong bond between both of us where we used to ask different questions about each other religion. If I maintains positive views about Hinduism, I would give credit to Kushal.

    In my view, the core traits of Hinduism are ‘Philosophy” and “Spirituality” this is why it has evolved in different eras. When a person read Hinduism with a perspective of reading philosophy, he/she enjoys it. I currently listen Jaggi Vasudev aka Sadhguru who doesn’t need any introduction. He is one of the most humble person I found amongst religious people from different faiths. He expresses himself very diligently. He reminds me like an orthodox Greek Philosopher. I have never seen him talking about any other faith in derogatory manner which makes him special. I guess people like Sadhguru are bringing Hinduism to new heights.

    Dandapani is another Hindu priest I like the most. His lectures on human values, meditation and motivation are worth listening. My brother who is practicing Muslim is big fan of him.

    General:

    Hindus in Pakistan mostly resides in Sindh (mainly in Karachi, Hyderabad, Jacobabad, Umerkot and Tharparkar). In areas like Umerkot and Tharparkar, they are in majority. I once mentioned in my response that Hindus and Muslims of Sindh are living peacefully and celebrate each other festivals. One of my cousin who spent some time in Jacobabad stated that Muslim traders close their shops on Holi and Diwali in solidarity with their Hindu brothers.

    When it comes to rest part of country, the general views about Hindus are not very positive. After partition of India, there are number of misconceptions about Hindus and Hinduism started mainly due to political factors. The text books also carries hatred towards Hindus which is concerning thing. We should remember that there are Hindus in Pakistan and such things can harm their religious sentiments. I also believe that such things shouldn’t be taught at school level. On the other side media personnel occasionally express their views about Hinduism in very derogatory manner. As there are very less number of Hindus in Punjab, KPK and Balochistan therefore majority of Muslims don’t get the opportunity of interacting with Hindus. But those Pakistanis who have Hindu friends maintains balance and positive views about Hinduism.

    At the end I must say all religions in the world are beautiful and carries strong attributes. I dislike the idea of comparison which looks awkward to me.

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