From Caldwell, Karunanidhi to Kamil Zvelebil: The Long Tradition of Dismantling Sanatana Dharma
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This is a well-known story but it's worth repeating for the important lessons and grim warnings it continues to hold for the very survival of the Sanatana civilisation, culture, ethos, and way of life. It is the story of Bishop Robert Caldwell "Appa", a decisive stepping stone in what came to be known as the “Dravidian Campaign.”
Bishop Robert Caldwell floated a groundless theory of linguistic differences, as well as an equally spurious racial theory to support his linguistic theory. The Christian missionary apparatus almost immediately lapped up Caldwell’s formulations to their advantage. A whole new history was created. Hot air balloons like “the Shaiva Siddhanta was not a part of Sanatana Dharma but had its roots in Christianity” were floated. Srimad Ramayana was turned on his head with Ravana as its hero.
In the late 1960s and early '870s, the toxic Ravana Kaaviyam, a Tamil poem, was officially patronised and widely disseminated by the then DMK Government, and thanks to the popularity of this twisted work, societal tensions escalated. These brazen anti-Hindu antics were given a booster dose by the predominance of the unofficial political-religious dogma of the era: secularism. Like poison is mixed with faeces, both these forces contributed to all-round wreckage of the original Tamil culture, which at its core is essentially a pristine expression of spirituality. The other facet of this wreckage was the intensification of the rupture of the Tamil society, whose manifestation is best observed in Tamil cinema.
Atrocity literature, which had formed the spine of the British colonial administration combined with Evangelism, now became even more pervasive. At the root of atrocity literature lies a simple formula: there has existed one class or group of people who have attacked and oppressed another class or group throughout history. Post-independence breaking-India enthusiasts contributed generously to this atrocity literature—and continue to do so.
A colossal, well-funded global nexus supported by establishment intellectuals, media, and political power ensured that the voice of truth would almost be suppressed forever. However, it took a significantly long time to mount a strong counter to this nexus.
The general public cannot even fathom the true, complete extent of this long-drawn cultural assault and vandalism.
Enter Kamil Zvelebil
We can cite Kamil Zvelebil, a Czechoslovakian scholar of Tamil and “Dravidian” linguistics. Apart from following the usual template of trying to splinter Indian society into Aryan and Dravidian, Kamil has taunted and sullied the entire Bhakti Pantha (movement).
To understand the significance of Kamil’s vile pamphleteering, one needs to remember that it was the Bhakti Pantha that acted as the solid protective shield against the incessant medieval Islamic assaults against Hindu society, institutions, temples and traditions. If that wasn’t enough, Kamil attempted to create confusion among and divide South Indians by floating yet another counterfeit theory in which he claims that Subrahmanya or Muruga was originally a Christian God. Even worse, such “scholarly” formulations from Kamil’s pen were patronised by such prestigious institutions as the Institute of Asian Studies!
The latest in this long, unending chain of cultural assault is the de-Hinduisation and perversion of Chennai’s iconic Kalakshetra under the Christian bigot Leela Samson, who was eventually asked to leave in disgrace.
It is indeed a tragic irony that we have now largely forgotten people like Subrahmanya Bharati, C. Rajagopalachari, and Kavyakantha Ganapathimuni (the preeminent disciple of Bhagawan Ramana Maharshi) who fought against such blatant White racism and Church-sponsored, dangerous interference in the Hindu society. Or, more accurately, this distortion and vandalism of the true history of India is precisely why we have forgotten such saints, scholars, and savants.
A Campaign for the Quest of Truth
It’s not as if the common populace is not aware of the intent behind the relentless efforts of certain groups to cleave the Hindu society from within. However, there is an urgent necessity to provide a comprehensive picture that shows the roots, branches, and mutual relationships between and among these divisive forces.
This task is not only incredibly tough but—especially in the post-Independence period—is like swimming against the tide. At the bare minimum, those who undertake this task will face determined opposition from the Government, bureaucracy, academia, and the mainstream media. Therefore, the basic qualities required for a person to tread on this path by ignoring such opposition include undaunted courage, intellectual brilliance, hard, unceasing labour, and an investigative and research-minded outlook.
Fortunately, over the last four decades, there has emerged an encouraging number of such people who realised the urgency and significance of undertaking this uphill task. These self-motivated folks took it upon themselves to read, research and publish the truth about ancient India and they have remained unceasingly steadfast in their campaign to establish and disseminate the truth. In this difficult work, the contributions of the founders of Voice of India, Sita Ram Goel and Ram Swarup, and then, Arun Shourie, Dr. N.S. Rajaram, David Frawley, Koenraad Elst, Shrikant Talageri, and others have been truly monumental. As far as Karnataka is concerned, the names that come to mind include Dr. S.R. Ramaswamy, Dr. Chidananda Murthy, Dr. S.L. Bhyrappa, Shatavadhani Dr. R. Ganesh, and Dr. K.S. Narayanacharya. These first rate scholars and intellectuals have effectively countered such motivated scholarship and writing in the fields of history, anthropology and sociology through the dint of sheer hard work and honest scholarship and continue to act as guides for the society and have earned the goodwill of contemporary society.
Indeed, it is a heartening sign that voices of honest inquiry which had grown feeble three decades ago have not only grown in pitch but more voices have joined together. The consequence of this clarity of purpose focused only on the truth about Sanatana India will become brilliantly evident in the coming days.
Indian Textbooks as a Basket Case of History Writing
Since Independence, most governments until now have played both a pivotal and substantial role in indoctrinating the minds of our school and college children with a distorted version of Bharatavarsha’s past in textbooks in order to serve a perverse definition of secularism. In no particular order, our textbooks are characterised by these distortions:
Continuing to assert that the Aryan Invasion Theory is true
Glorifying medieval Muslim tyrants as benevolent rulers
Muting or ignoring the contributions and achievements of Hindus
The truly dazzling and multi-faceted accomplishments of Hindus have either been ignored or have been subject to wilful, perverse interpretations. Looters have been glorified. The period before British rule is a basket case of history writing. As we saw in the previous part of this series, European scholars have themselves admitted that Bharata was at the pinnacle among all of world’s civilisations during the medieval period.
However, as the adage goes that history is written by the victor, the British colonial administration and missionaries wrote, propagated and popularised the exact opposite of what they themselves had written about India before India became their colony. As a consequence, Truth and successive generations of Indians have paid the price and continue to do so. The colonial British had the excuse of preserving Empire to justify this vandalism. What excuse did successive governments of Independent India have to perpetuate the same vandalism?
Quell the Breaking India Forces Now!
The priority task of any Indian government should have been to quell the forces that are active in tearing Bharata asunder—Jihadis, Maoists, Missionaries, terrorists and self-declared intellectuals. However, these forces have today grown to nearly unmanageable proportions both in strength and number. Yasin Bhatkal, the terrorist who was responsible for bomb blasts blasts in Bangalore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and other places was finally apprehended on the Indo-Nepal border. This is but a small pointer to the extent of the Islamic terror network. Although it’s well-known that certain Church-affiliated organisations surreptitiously sponsor terror (mainly to the Maoists), this fact is not reported anywhere in the media. It is not an accident that more than fifteen years ago, the Lahore-bound Indian Airlines flight IC 814 was hijacked after it took off from the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
Over the last three decades, the National Council of Churches has been very active in Nepal. So far, not much has emanated in news about it. However, the fact that it is active there gives cause for deeper investigation to find out the exact truth about its activities there. Pretending to see but not notice the problem cannot be a solution.
The Conglomeration of Anti-India Forces
On the global stage, those forces which are historically opposed to each other have come together to make common cause in Bharata to break Bharata. If one notices carefully, even as societal tensions in India have escalated, terror continues to be exported massively into India. Sadly, the kind of response that this state of affairs merits is yet to be forthcoming.
To get a glimpse of the kind of networks and internal enemies that have formed to break India, one can cite the findings of Professor Pradip Ninan Thomas who has exposed the nexus between the disgruntled local groups in Purvanchal and American support for them.
Earlier, the missionary activity that had peaked in Purvanchal has spread to Odisha in recent years. Ravi Zacharias, an Indian-born Canadian-American Christian evangelical fundamentalist has been instrumental in forging an alliance with the Maoists in Odisha.
The list is nearly endless. So, we can stop here and ponder about the implication of the cosy relationship between World Vision and the CIA. Another carefully concealed fact is that the ownership of more than 50 per cent of mainstream Indian newspapers with large circulations is in the hands of Church-related organisations.
“Everybody must take up arms if the poor must get justice,” and similar refrains almost exclusively and always emanate from well-known self-proclaimed secularists. Such refrains are typically heard from the Pune, Mumbai, and Surat regions. The role of secularists in campaigning for the release of imprisoned and/or convicted terrorists is also no secret. It is relatively easy to spot these Indian secularists who work indirectly to destabilise India through their writing, speeches, or activism. However, it is pretty tough to identify Indian “dummies” or agents of external enemies and nations which are actively engaged in strategies and projects to break India.
The ultimate remedy for these horrific problems is the writing, dissemination, repetition and popularisation of Indian history, which is rooted in truth and not propaganda. If this sounds farfetched, consider the fact that today, every discourse about India (whether here or abroad) uses foreign idioms and terminology.
There’s yet another significant frontier that continues to be used to attack India. The use of Dalit discourse is a front to lull, mislead and subtly browbeat even thinking Indians into acquiescence but what is actually happening is a sophisticated, no-holds-barred assault against Hindu society, an attack which will have far-reaching repercussions. A sampling of attractive and noble-sounding phraseology illustrates the said sophisticated assault: empowerment of the oppressed/downtrodden, human rights, equal rights for women, service of underprivileged children, and so on.
In the end, it’s futile to blame other religions or hostile nations. It’s our responsibility to safeguard our home. Weeds grow only in fields that are neglected.
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