Peace Coins

Hindi Speaker’s Narrative

Introduction

Anyone who has been engaged for years with Off-Earth Civilizations has learned much from that experience. It appears that while there may be common events in this association, I strongly suspect that in each case there is very specific reason for the contact. Clearly, the ETs are in control of the situation. Without specific authorization, no Human speaks for ETs. However, there appears to be no restrictions on what Humans in contact with ETs may report about that contact.

There is a complication that needs to be honored about the ET/Human relationships. The ETs are very capable of mind influence. This means they can easily “guide” a conversation without leaving any fingerprints of such activity. This can lead to inflated human egos that sincerely believe that some of the brilliant insights they have are really homegrown. I do not consider this to be a problem in the relationships I have with the ETs. Without exception, my business with them has been focused on peace at all levels of Earth’s civilization. The meeting point within that focus is to save Earth’s troubled civilization from self-destruction.

The good news is that we are working with an ET organization that shares that goal. The other news is that Humans will have to do the work and demonstrate that they have the will and energy to do it.

Some detail about that ET organization will be found in the Moon coin narrative at some future time. The coin narratives link with each other, and in total, reveal details of the strategy and tactics we have jointly developed with the ETs to increase the odds that Earth’s civilization will be saved by dint of work done by Humans on Earth with modest, but critical, assistance from the ET community. If you think this is important there most certainly is a role for you to play.

(The above ad to save Earth civilizations from self-destruction will be repeated as a lead to each coin narrative.)

Now to India:

My first visit to India (in this life) was when I arrived at New Delhi on Pan Am’s eastbound round-the-world Flight 002 in January 1965. I was under orders as Assistant Naval Attaché and Naval Air Attaché to the American Embassy in New Delhi, India and Kathmandu, Nepal. My preparation for this assignment was over fifteen months. It included eleven months of Hindi language training and a four month military attaché course at the Defense Intelligence School. I augmented this by going to evening graduate courses in history and politics of India at the School of International Service of the American University.

I was the first naval officer ordered to language training for an attaché assignment. Newly elected President John F. Kennedy had been greatly impressed by The Ugly American, a political novel written by Eugene Burdick and William Lederer. The book depicts failures of the U.S. diplomatic corps caused by insensitivity to local language, culture and customs. The book was a huge bestseller and considered one of the most politically influential novels in American literature.

My official India host, the Office of India Naval Intelligence, was suspicious of the report that the U.S. Navy would take a year out of a naval office’s career to train him in a language that was only one of the official languages of India, English being another. When I arrived at Palam airport I was greeted by two India Naval Officers and a group from the U.S. Navy Attaché Office. The India Naval Officers greeted me in Hindi and started a conversation in Hindi that continued for a month. Naturally that was great for me and my Hindi skill development.

That ended when the Chief of India Naval Staff, the senior most Admiral greeted me in English at a social function. The protocol was to respond in the same language of the greeting. Admiral Chatterji said that he knew that the U.S. Navy was rich, but he had no idea that it was so rich that it could waste a year of a naval officer’s career to learn a language that was completely unnecessary for his assignment. While that ended my conversations with India naval officers in Hindi, for the next two and a half years Hindi was very helpful in many ways.

I have returned to India several times as a private citizen and look forward to my next visit when Carol Rosin and I will brief and share with an India team ready to implement the Pilot Programs as our US Team has been doing.

The ETs have made it very clear that the Pilot Programs are not US/ET programs. They are World/ET programs. A number of country Teams are envisioned to implement them in a way that is sensitive to the country’s culture.

If you have an interest to be on a Team in your country the basic requirements are simple. The purpose of a country Team is to implement the three Pilot Programs in that country. Obviously that means you must sincerely believe that these programs should be implemented and you are willing to work for that objective. The first step is to become familiar with the purposes of the Pilot Program. A careful reading of this website should be enough for that. The next step is to identify yourself to P.E.A.C.E. Inc. and to make the case for your participation in these programs. We will ask the ETs to vet you.

Where is Hindi spoken, and how many Hindi speakers are there?

India is the principal country where Hindi is spoken, but that is just the beginning of the story of languages in India. The Wikipedia website, Languages of India, provides a helpful overview in only twelve pages.

A measure of the emotional seriousness of issues associated with language is that despite the fact that a majority of India’s population are Hindi speakers, Hindi is not designated as the country’s national language. Part of the reason for this is that there are 122 major languages spoken in India, and 1599 other languages.

Hindi serves as the lingua franca across most of North and Central India. This is approximately 4/5 of the area of India. The other 1/5 is in the south of India. This is a family affair. In the phylum of languages, Hindi is part of the Indo-Aryan family. The opposition to Hindi as national language in South India has come principally from the South India state of Tamil Nadu with a population of over 70 million native speakers of Tamil. Tamil is in the Dravidian language family. While Hindi can claim a majority in population and real estate, Tamil speakers have matched them in pride of culture and language.

In 1965, Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri prepared to make Hindi paramount for official purposes. This would have taken English out of the game. This decision in favor of Hindi led to widespread agitation, riots, self-immolations and suicides in Tamil Nadu. This threat to the country’s unity forced Shastri to concede, and the next year the Official Languages Act of 1963 was amended to give South India states a virtual veto over any act that would end the use of English.

It is ironic that while this was a defeat for national use of Hindi, it was a victory for Hindi’s language family. English is now the lingua franca in India, and a historic member with Hindi of the Indo-Aryan language family.

Hindi, with an estimated 310,000,000 speakers is number four in the list of most spoken languages in the world

As the reader can easily surmise from above discussion about languages, India is a multi-culture country. To give strength to that statement, 8.6% of India’s population is composed of 744 aboriginal tribes. I know of no historical record of an effort to eliminate this native population by any of the ancient Hindu empires, the various Islamic empires that ruled India for hundreds of years, and finally the British, when they conquered India in modern times.

A word about religions in India.

In the narrative associated with the coin for Spanish speakers, much attention was given to the three Abrahamic religions, Islam, Hebrew, and Christianity. India is the birthplace of Hinduism and Buddhism. Today these two religions are the world’s third and fourth-largest. The combined number of followers of the two religions exceeds two billion.

Nearly 80% of India’s population practice Hinduism. Slightly over 14% of the population is followers of Islam. That translates to over 172 million Muslims. Other major religions in India are Christianity, Sikhism, and Jainism. Zoroastrianism, Judaism and the Baha’I Faith are followed by smaller numbers of Indians.

India is one of the most religiously diverse nations in the world, and religions have been at the center of horrific violence with continuing political significance to South Asia and the world.

Partition – 1947:

Without some powerful intervention the birth pains of Pakistan will continue to be felt in future generations of Muslims in Pakistan and India; Sikhs, and Hindus. Somehow the conscious and subconscious memories of what happened during partition in 1947 need to be safely placed in a file of sad lessions learned.

The opening paragraph of Akash Kapur’s review of Urvashi Butalia’s book The Other Side of Silence: Voices From the Partition of India is an excellent seventy- word summary of the partition:

“Like the Flash of a supernova, the star of colonialism in India died in an explosion of internecine violence and bloodletting. A million people were killed and 12 million lost their homes in the aftermath of Britain’s clumsy partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. It was the largest mass migration in history, the messiest national divorce – and also one of the quickest, taking place in just a few months.”

Partition was a seminal event in the history of the Indian subcontinent. As Butalia puts it in her book, it was “a reference point” for everything that has come after. Some of those “things” are five Indo-Pakistani wars: 1947,1965,1971,1999, and many border skirmishes in the Kashmir.

The Kashmir issue has been the primer for the wars in 1947, 1965, and 1999. The 1971 war was caused after East Pakistan declared its independence from West Pakistan. India entered the war when Pakistan conducted pre-emptive air strikes against eleven India airfields. It was bloody war with a huge number of civilians slaughtered in East Pakistan by West Pakistan forces and their supporters. The estimated number killed varies widely from 300,000 to over 2,000,000.

Has there been little or no peace in South Asia? When conquest is underway, violence is at its height. When the outcome is settled, relative or even genuine peace may become the norm for a long period. It depends upon the ruler and how smoothly his succession takes place.

Among India’s many rulers over millenniums a few have been exceptional. Of that group Ashoka is at the top. In his book, The Outline of History, H.G. Wells described Ashoka in flowery terms:

“Amidst the tens of thousands of names of monarchs that crowd the columns of history, their majesties and graciousnesses and serenities and royal highnesses and the like, the name of Ashoka shines, and shines, almost alone, a star.”

Ashoka was born to the Hindu Mauryan emperor Bindusara in 304 BCE. Bindusara’s death in 272 BCE led to a war over succession which Ashoka won and became emperor in 269 BCE. Buddhist legends state that Ashoka was bad –tempered and of a wicked nature. It could be that the Buddhist legends were used to show the dramatic change that Buddhism brought to Asoka.

We do know that Ashoka was a fearsome warrior and that skill directly led to his favorable historical reputation. In eight years of conquest he greatly expanded the Maurya Empire. One military objective that had eluded his father was Kalinga on the east coast of India. Kalinga was a rare state with a monarchical parliamentary democracy

We also know from extraordinary sources that the Kalinga war took place eight years after Asoka’s coronation. Record keeping and information storage is a fascinating subject. The oldest is the human brain and aboriginal cultures around the world developed incredible skills to remember and share oral histories important to their culture. India’s ancient epic literature is known today because it was incredibly and accurately preserved and transferred in written form.

The Asoka story in this arena began when he successful invaded Kalinga and won a massive and very bloody war. It is recorded that there was more than 100,000 soldiers killed in addition to many civilians. As punishment, over 150,000 civilians were deported. When the victorious Asoka toured the battleground he was powerfully affected by the number of bodies in view and the mourning cries of the surviving family members. What then happened to Asoka can be called “victor’s remorse” and Asoka was transformed with a new vision and mission.

As Mauryan emperor he commanded the resources to share his vision. This was done by what is known as the Edicts of Ashoka. This is a collection of 33 inscriptions on the nineteen surviving Pillars of Ashoka with inscriptions and on some boulders and cave walls.

Edict 13 on the Edicts of Asoka Rock Inscription addresses the remorse that Ashoka felt after observing the destruction of Kalinga:

His Majesty feels remorse on account of the conquest of Kalinga because during the subjugation of a previously unconquered country, slaughter, death, and taking away captive of the people necessarily occur, whereat His Majesty feels profound sorrow and regret.

More dramatically, legend says that one day after the war was over Ashoka roamed the city littered
with corpses and smoldering houses. Strongly affected he cried his famous monologue:

What have I done? If this is a victory, what is defeat then? Is this a victory or a defeat? Is this justice or injustice? Is it gallantry or a rout? Is it valor to kill innocent children and women? Did I do it to widen the empire and for prosperity or to destroy the other’s kingdom and splendor? One has lost her husband, someone else a father, or someone a child, someone an unborn infant . . . What’s this debris of the corpses? Are these marks of victory or defeat? Are these vultures, crows and eagles the messengers of death or evil?

Ashoka embraced Buddhism because as in Hinduism it carried the message of Ahimsa, the principal of nonviolence toward all living things. The Edicts state that Ashoka made provisions for medical treatment of humans and animals in his own kingdom as well in neighboring states. He recognized that the tenets of Buddhism could serve as a cultural foundation for political unity and a vehicle for the vision he had for the future. He also articulated a model for the relationship between Buddhism and the Maurya Empire that stretched from Afghanistan to Bengal to southern India. His edicts expressed support for the major religions of his time: Brahmanism, Buddhism, Jainism and Ajivikaism.

Importantly, he presented his Edicts in a medium that had the greatest chance of surviving for untold generations. That was an inspired decision.

The Pillars of Ashoka average between forty and fifty feet in height (12 to 15m) and weigh up to fifty tons each. There must have been many pillars dispersed throughout the northern Indian subcontinent. Only ten with inscriptions survive. A complete Pillar carries a sculpture of four Asiatic lions standing back to back. This is referred to as the Lion Capital of Ashoka. The Lion Capital of Ashoka, located in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh state was adopted as the National Emblem of India. The wheel “Ashoka Chakra” located at the base of the Lion Capital of Ashoka was placed in the center of India’s National Flag.

The symbol on the Hindi speaker’s coin is an adaptation of The Ashoka Chakra (the Wheel of Dharma, or the Wheel of Righteousness)

It is unlikely that many other than a handful of academics in India and Pakistan have paid any attention to an India Emperor who in the 3rd century BC ruled over their land and left messages in stone about how to make peace work for the benefit of the people and a future world.

What relevance does that have today? Answers to that question are for the leaders of India and Pakistan to make.

One suggestion is to consider the wise words of the Buddha:

“The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, and let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings. . . As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become.”

P.E.A.C.E. Inc. strongly urges the leaders of Pakistan and India to take the first two steps: Think and speak of peace. All else will follow over time.

We want to meet with the Heads of State of India and Pakistan to introduce them to the Treaty that will ban all space-based weapons. This is a major program that is fully supported by the ET Spiritual Hierarchy. Our introduction to the Treaty will be more than just talking about it and answering questions.

Any reader who can assist us to get appointments with these leaders will most certainly be rewarded with many good karma points.

The compulsive “fact checker” will easily determine that I have selectively used a number of Wikipedia websites to assist in writing this narrative. I only referred to history books on India in my library when there were significant differences between these online websites on a narrow subject. That rarely happened. Instead of providing several dozen footnote, this is my acknowledgement of Wikipedia’s helpful assistance.

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