India has been under attack for more than a millennium. The wicked attempts to destroy its civilization and denigrate the beliefs of the natives continue unabated despite the nation achieving political independence from the Europeans after the painful partition.
More and more researchers have begun to expose the evil intentions of the west
For decades, texts and tomes published in the West have been bombarding us with theories that India is primarily made up of distinct ‘Aryan’ and ‘Dravidian’ racial strains, with the ‘tribals’ and ‘dalits’ comprising the other distinct groups.
A lie, oft repeated, often comes to be accepted as the truth.
Western imperialist propaganda to malign Indian race, castes and native religions is not an effort in isolation but part of a well-planned and efficiently executed long-term strategy. And there is no dearth of educated Indians who are willing to advance this anti-India agenda in return for little material comforts and recognition.
In spite of the scientific fact - recent Human Genome research revealing that the present-day Indian population is a mix of ancient north and south bearing the genomic contributions from two distinct ancestral populations (http://www.d-sector.org/article-det.asp?id=450) - the Ancestral North Indian (ANI) and the Ancestral South Indian (ASI) - the Aryan/Dravidian myth continues to linger on. Ironically, the Human Genome Project on the Indian population was undertaken by a team of Western scientists led by David Reich of the Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA along with Lalji Singh of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad, India and overturned a century-old myth created by the British.
Western imperialist propaganda to malign Indian race, castes and native religions is not an effort in isolation but part of a well-planned and efficiently executed long-term strategy.
The Portuguese laid the foundations of these propaganda tools. The British, who followed them to India picked up the cue, and subtly manipulated their knowledge of native religions, to run insidious campaigns using academic and theological apostates to rewrite all history to exaggerate the follies and foibles of native populations they colonized, and justify their control over them as part of their civilizing mission.
A massive propaganda machine saw the yarns spun spread throughout the nation and influence separatist movements, even after the original theory had been rejected by scholars in the field. For instance, the term “Dravidian” actually came into existence when the British coined the word from 7th century Sanskrit texts that used the word “dravida” to refer to the people of South India. Using the myth of Lemuria, a mythical land that was believed to have covered the entire Indian Ocean region and extended up to Africa, they propounded the theory of the south Indians having been the Lemurians. The Lemurians, as per this theory, had moved to southern India following the sinking of their land, with the Indian Ocean having taken its place. This theory has been disproved long ago, but it laid the foundations of Annadurai’s separatist Dravida movement.
Strangely, by the same token, the Sri Lankans were termed Aryan, and their language as having no links to Tamil. Similarly, in spite of evidence to the contrary, the languages of southern India were classified as having no links to Sanskrit, and of having a different “Dravidian” origin. Ethnic differences were orchestrated and played upon, using the Church, institutions and government machinery, resulting in a Dravidian political movement in India, which gave rise to violent anti-Hindi agitations in the ‘60s and culminated in a 3-decade long bloody civil war in Sri Lanka.
The same process was replayed many times over in several countries of Africa and America by the various European powers. The various evangelical missions were co-opted to paint native gods, culture and beliefs in the darkest hues year after year. In Africa, the Hamitic myth from the Bible came in handy, and all that was noble or grand in the native African was dismissed as having originated in the West. The tribal differences between Hutus and Tutsis were played upon by the church in Rwanda, and it resulted in the biggest genocide the world has ever known. In South America, the Mayan, Inca and Aztec rulers were painted in the darkest hues to justify the loot, and mass butchery of the natives by the conquering Europeans.
In India, the Bhakti movement of the Alvars and Nayanars was attributed to the influence of St Thomas and Christianity. Indian spiritual works like the Vedas and the Kural were undermined and dismissed as having Christian origins, with a fifth ‘Veda’ being compiled and circulated by unscrupulous theologians at one point of time. The museum at San Thome Church is the best possible example of this propaganda: The museum shows St Thomas holding a book (centuries before books came to be printed) and preaching to one King Gondophares of Mylapore – whereas the fact is there was no such king in Mylapore, and Gondophares was the first Indo-Parthian king who ruled northwestern India 500 years before St Thomas set foot in India.
The European colonialists had to justify their political aim of conquering and exploiting overseas territories in Africa and South Asia. Back home, this had to be clothed in an altruistic endeavour of civilizing savage heathens who had never known any religion.
The objective behind such crooked efforts was many-fold. The European colonialists had to justify their political aim of conquering and exploiting overseas territories in Africa and South Asia. Back home, this had to be clothed in an altruistic endeavour of civilizing savage heathens who had never known any religion. For this, it was important to suppress the fact that South Asia and many parts of Africa had known civilizations older and far superior than what most of Europe had ever known. Thus, the black Africans were painted as having descended from Whites who had migrated to Africa; while emphasis was placed on the Aryans in India having been of European origin. The similarity between Sanskrit and German was attributed to a common White ancestry, rather than Indians’ contact with Europe and beyond.
Many tribes were labeled criminal by the British mainly because they opposed and fought the colonialists for their rights to the forests that had been their home for centuries, and would not have contracts being given by the British to clear off groves that were the source of their livelihood.
However, imperialist designs on India have not ceased with the end of colonialism and India winning its independence, though not before partition of the country. Still, it is faced with a dangerous situation that threatens to divide it further into Dravidistan, Dalitistan and Mughalistan, the further divisions of India conceptualized by the same evil thinking which was behind creating Pakistan.
Many such manipulations and untruths have been unmasked by Rajiv Malhotra and Arvind Neelkandan in Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit faultlines(Amaryllis, New Delhi, 2011). Published at a time when the nation is facing a massive Maoist upsurge, with many other forces at work to split us apart, the book is a warning for all those who are wont to blindly trust opinions of academicians and activists sponsored by the manipulative forces from the West.
As the book authors warn, it is high time concerned citizens of India stand up to Western hypocrisy and mischief, and foil the attempts to break the unity in our diversity.
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Rina Mukherji is a writer, poet and journalist. She is a keen commentator on issues concerning marginalized communities, environment and development. She is based in Kolkata.
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