Born in 1921, Sita Ram Goel took his M.A. in History in 1944, from the University of Delhi. He won
scholarships and distinctions in school as well as college.
Well-versed in several languages, he has studied the literature, philosophy, religion, history and sociology
of several cultures-ancient, medieval and modern. For his judgements and evaluations, however, he draws his
inspiration from the Mahabbarata the Suttapitaka, Plato and Sri Aurobindo.
He has written several documented studies on Communism, Soviet Russia, Red China, Christianity and Islam.
Author of eight novels, he has translated into Hindi quite a few books from English, including some dialogues
of Plato and a biography of Shivaji. His other works include compilations from the Mahabbarata and the
Having become a convinced Communist by the time he came out of college, he turned against this criminal
ideology in 1949 when he came to know what was happening inside Soviet Russia. From 1950 onwards he
participated in a movements for informing the Indian people about the theory as well as the practice of
Communism is Stalin’s Russia and Mao’s China. The numerous studies published by the movement in the fifties
exist in cold print in many libraries and can be consulted for finding out how the movement anticipated by
many years the recent revelations about Communist regimes.
The first glimpse of the Jesus of the gospels came to me in 1956. My Jesuist friend, who had tried to convert
me, had failed in the attempt. When we were back at the mission headquarters in patna, the following dialogue
took place between us.
“You believe that Jesus was an avatar,” he asked.
“Yes, I do,” I replied.
“Can an avatar tell a lie?”
“He is not supposed to.”
“What if Jesus says he is the only God?”
“He can’t say that.”
My friend picked up a copy of the New Testament and read out several passages from the gospels. Jesus did say
in so many words not only that he was the only God but also that those who did not accept his claim would
burn for ever in the infernal pit. I realized with painful surprise that Jesus was not all Sermon on the
Mount as I had been led to believe by his Hindu votaries.
Years passed, and I had no time to spare for Jesus. I turned to him again in the eighties when Ram Swarup
made me wise about the character of monotheistic creeds. It was then that I turned to the gospels. I was
horrified. Now I could see why the history of Christianity had been what it had been. The source of the
poison was in the Jesus of the gospels. I was horrified. Now I could see why the history of Christianity had
been what it had been. The source of the poison was in the Jesus of the gospels. The rest of my studies
A few years ago I was discussing the menace of Christian missions with a Gandhian friend. He agreed with me
that there was something sinister about them. I told him that we shall have to tell our people the truth
about Jesus if we wanted to tackle the missions. He was visibly shaken, and to me in a voice choked with
emotion, “Sitabhai. Jesus ko kucch mat kahiye (Brother Sita, do not touch Jesus)!”
“Have you read the gospels,” I asked him.
He was annoyed, and shot back, “That is a personal question.”
I had to drop the subject. Every time have asked opinionated people about the source of their opinion on a
particular question, I have been accused of being personal. I am thinking of writing an essay-Advantages of
Being An Ass.
And now I have defied the ban. I do not how my Gandhian friend will take it.
I have wondered over the years why we Hindus have remained preoccupied with the behaviour patterns of Muslims
and Christians and not with the belief systems which create those behaviour patterns. We object to Christian
missions, but refuse to discuss Christianity and its God, Jesus. We object to Islamic terrorism, but refuse
to have a look at Islam and its prophet, Muhammad. I see no sense or logic in this Hindu habit.
In fact, we go a step further. We appeal to the Christian missionaries in the name of Jesus, and ask them not
to do what they have doing, we appeal to the Muslims in the name of Muhammad, and ask them to stop doing what
they have been doing. In the process, we have invented a “real” Jesus and a “true” Christianity. We have also
invented a “real” Muhammad and a “true” Islam. The missionary and the mullah smiles at our inventions but
goes ahead and makes good use of our softheadedness. That is why we have failed to solve the “communal
problem” all these years. We have never tried to find out why our own people, which both Christians and
Muslims are, should become alienated from us when they pass under the spell of Christianity and Islam.
Flattering the bully may become necessary when the bully is powerful and there remains no other way of
softening him except by extolling his heroes or his cult. Hindus have experienced such emergencies vis-a-vis
both Islam and Christianity. But there is no reason for their continuing with the same psychology. Hindus
should not convert an apaddharma into Sanatana Dharma.
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