ST, I am not sure of this. Sanathan Dharma and Indic civilization spread and spiritual genius of India flourished without and despite political unity of India and core purpose of the state. My fear is if the Sanathan Dharma is identified with a state instead of the nation then it gets subsumed if the state goes.
Example Zorastarianism was the state religion of the pre Islamic Persians. It got wiped out with the fall of Cstephon.
Mithrasim was the state religion of Rome and fell with conversion of Constantine.
Sanathan Dharma lived and will live so long its not state sponsored.
Do I make myself clear or is it fuzzy?
I get your point clearly. But hear this view point out.
You will have to grant that political union in the modern nation-state sense of it, by itself is a fairly new and evolving concept in relation to the timelines of SD but understand the risks you present in a state dependent system. You will find that the spread of SD was always the largest, when there was a large and strong political setup in control. Examples are Ashoka, and Rajendra Chola.
Corelate the above point with the fact that Islam’s greatest spread was achieved only at the expense of defeating Rajputs and Kshatriya clans. You can trace this pattern across India and you shall find that wherever the Kshatriyas were able to withstand the Islamic onslaught, we survived in a better manner.
Coming to a place like Sindh, although political control was lost to muslims the Arabs did not rule long. Sindh was rules by local converts (Kshatriyas) and figured a way to live with the Hindus. It was not so much of the softness of the much touted pirs, but underlying the relative peace of Sindh was the fact that both muslims and hindus were indics governed by an indic ethos. The communities did fight often but with the sword arm lost, political power could never be regained. Yet, till about 1870, Sindh was Hindu majority. This is because a large part of vaishyas, shudras and other OBC along with some Brahmins (I am forced to use these categorizations, being a DIE onlee) did not convert. They had the least need to not being dependent on the state. My point is Hindu society survived for a long time even after state power was lost. This is because through out India the monarch, who was governed by a dharmic system was never had systems that kept total control of the population. The high level of delegation of authority to the regions, districts, villages, communities and to families ensured the “democratization” of polity though out our land mass. You will find the same model duplicated across the land mass.
SD aligned with a unitary state such as the one we have today is quite susceptible to the risk of collapse, the same way “secularism” is. However, what I am envisioning is some modern amalgamation of a federated model for Indian conditions. In this model, sovereignty is with the people and so are the values of SD. It is ground up, the way it was before. The reason for an invading force to fear the US or Switzerland or Israel or Afghanistan is not because of nukes, some of these have but the fact that defeating their armies is only the start of war. Each citizen would be armed and ready. The way India was before 1950. We need to create those conditions again, where every citizien has to choice to be armed – it is my measure of independence.
What I think is needed by SD is the “protection” not “sponsorship” of a state. This is crucial at two levels.
1. External: Too obvious a point for me to need to explain to you
2. Internal: At the end of the day, all the four purusharthas, so important to live a SD life needs an entire system of recognition, governance, promotions and protections in light of SD. It is the state, that is the ultimate protector of these values, just as a Hindu monarch was. Without these protections, systems, interpretations, judgments governed by SD – it primarily becomes a individual moksha marg path only and not a living system as it always was.
So, the state protects a full scope SD system, while it can but if the state is unable to, being a ground up system, all will still not be lost. Individual will continue as well as they can, as they did in the past.
Coming to today, I feel it is CRITICAL for SD to have state protections with a 1000 years of onslaught, rape and plunder of this land mass, physical and mental. The deracination levels are so high, that I really fear that we are losing this battle or have nearly lost it.
We need a preamble that the masses will identify with and give their lives for. In India only SD can do that.