The chimera of development & the Essence of our Nation

Just what is essential (tai/t’i) for a land and people to be a nation (kuni)? Without four limbs, a man is not a man. Similarly, a nation also possesses some essence [or requisite and defining entity that makes it a nation] (kokutai).

Certain people stress the need to enrich our country and strengthen our arms in order to defend our borders. But the foreign beasts now seek to take advantage of the fact that people in outlying areas crave a source of spiritual reliance, and furtively seduce our commoners into betraying us. Should the barbarians win over our people’s hearts and minds, they will have captured the realm without a skirmish. Then the wealth and strength that these people stress will no longer be ours to employ. In effect, we would provide arms for the brigand and provisions for the bandit. What a pity if, after all our meticulous planning and painstaking effort, we merely ended up joining the enemy’s ranks!

– Anti-foreignism and Western Learning in Early-modern Japan: The New Theses of 1825 by Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi

The above words of the Japanese patriot & scholar Aizawa Seishisai were spoken in the context of an isolated Japan menaced by the West & Christianity (considered the greatest threat to Japan by Aizawa). But as a heathen, these words speak to me in a way the buzzwords of “growth”, “development”, and “progress” bandied about by the rootless Hindu elite never can. Aizawa is succinct and straight to the point, to confront and defeat monotheist barbarism it is no use to be rich if the nation is rootless. We have before us the spectacular fall of South Korea which for all its technological and economic progress has seen 30% of its population embrace the barbaric Jesus cult with the toxic effects visible in everyday life. For a small sample of what’s happening see:

After offering this critique of the “development” thinkers of his day, Aizawa put forth his solution of unifying Shinto with government in order to bring the people together to face the enemy. Henceforth the government & the Emperor should resume their previous function of sponsoring and performing various religious rituals of national significance:

By worshiping Amaterasu [privately] within court enclosures, earlier emperors had offered the full measure of their sincere devotion to Her, it is true. But the significance of [earlier] emperors’ ritual acts was lost on the people below. By worshipping Amaterasu publicly, Emperor Sujin displayed his sincere devotion to the whole realm. Thus, the people grasped the significance of His Majesty’s act [directly and sensually], not through explanations or lectures…

The ancients [i.e., Mencius] said, “Filial devotion by the realm en masse is the ultimate in filial devotion.” When the Duke of Chou was praised in antiquity for having attained the “ultimate in filial devotion,” it was because everyone in the realm [joined him] in worshiping his ancestors, each person according to his proper status.The Duke of Chou did not worship his parents within ritual-hall confines, but in public, together with his people. No doubt he had the same idea as Emperor Sujin.

– Anti-foreignism and Western Learning in Early-modern Japan: The New Theses of 1825 by Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi

Aizawa’s thought was carried forward by the leaders of the Meiji restoration and resulted in the establishment of state Shinto that was to play a critical role in the modernization of Japan & help defend it against Christianity. But those Hindus who write admiringly of Japan never deign to notice these factors (see: & instead focus on the myth of some free market utopia which never existed. Contrary to Milton Friedman’s claims bandied about these half-read Hindus, no Meiji leader of significance believed in the chimera of unrestricted free market and trade. Indeed even today the Japanese do not believe in unrestricted free trade and their trade policy is much more influenced by the German school of Friedrich List (see: with its emphasis on nationalism.

In more modern times we have seen that economic power is not everything with the dramatic fall of South Korea which is now 30% Christian. One may contrast this with the spectacular failure of missionaries in poverty stricken and nuclear devastated American occupied Japan in the immediate aftermath of WW2 despite considerable efforts on the part of McArthur to Christianize Japan (see: The reasons for these different trajectories of South Korea and Japan lie in the fact that the Japanese had long been inculcated with a clear understanding of national essence & love for their own religion of Shinto by the government so that few were attracted by the monotheist fanaticism of Christianity even in desperate poverty. To take another example involving military matters, the China of Maoist days had achieved a stalemate against the massive economic and military might of the USA in North Korea, and shamefully for us had managed to thrash our forces rather easily in 1962 even though at that point in time India had a higher GDP per capita. A key reason for this was that where as the Chinese were guided by hardnosed Legalism of the Shang Yang variety, our chAchA had chucked out Chanakya and replaced him with five year plans, panchasheel, non-alignment, democracy, secularism etc. As a result the military was neglected and underfunded, and more importantly it was rudderless with no guiding ideology except Nehru’s fancy slogans. Therefore mere economic development is useless for Hindus unless economic or military might is backed up with a clear understanding of our national essence.

But enough with the economic policies, to come back to the main question, we need to look into the “essence” of our own nation which is currently claimed to be weak propositions such as secularism, democracy, socialism, or the free market as in the case of neoliberals who populate the “Hindu” right.

Under these weak milquetoast ideologies, the nation is a rudderless ship as daily events are demonstrating. This is because we have replaced a civilization/nation bound by Dharma and its accompanying rituals with a proposition nation which says that anyone is welcome in India so long as he/she claims to subscribe to these mleccha slogans. It is entirely fine for the people who subscribe to a proposition nation if the Hindus were to disappear into the sands of time if this happened through some peaceful means such as voluntary conversions, mass immigration etc. To quote the astute Frank Salter:

Constitutional patriotism is usually linked to the more destructive doctrine of multiculturalism, which encourages minority identity and mobilization while punishing those of majorities. A concept nation is incapable of principled defence against ethnic replacement. The doctrine is as pathological as a conception of the family that did not allow parents to show preference for their children. According to this formula a country would lose nothing if the founding ethnic group were peacefully replaced in part or altogether, so long as some set of values was retained (democracy, equality, non-discrimination, minority rights, the local language, etc.). The combination of constitutional patriotism and the multiculturalism it facilitates is, as one would expect, profoundly subversive of native ethnic interests.

– On Genetic Interests: Family, Ethnicity, And Humanity in an Age of Mass Migration by Frank Salter

So unless Hindus can define their own national essence in a proper manner we will be joining the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and other heathens in the museum. Some may object and claim that “Hindutva” is this essence but we must point out that this had been rendered meaningless because everything under the sun is now placed under Hindutva even if it explicitly goes against the basics of what Savarkar had said. For example Savarkar was clear that Hindus were a nation by themselves & that the Islamo-Xtian combine were not part of this nation. But today the supposedly Hindu nationalist BJP propagates myths such as “Mohammadi Hindu” or “Isai Hindu” which only earn them contempt from Muslims & Christians.

Therefore the need of the hour for Hindus is to properly define the essence of their own nation, and chuck the mleccha buzzwords such as democracy, secularism, free market etc., into the garbage bin where they belong.