October 03, 2012

Indian history mauled by Marxists

Vacancy Upstairs? from Centre Right India by Jaideep Prabhu
In India, at least when it comes to policy-making, it is not only reforms that is needed but intellectual capital, and that is a decades-long project… Not only does the country lack in erudite statesmen, but it also has no concept of an open society… Due to poor funding and frustrating regulations in India’s educations sector, there is not a single Indian university that stands out for an exceptional humanities programme. The average Indian’s aversion to the humanities has also hurt recruitment to the arts, but with poor faculty, atrocious library collections, a pervasive Marxist bias, and non-existent little opportunity in government or business, there is little to motivate young students to opt for the humanities over professional schools which will in all likelihood result in better-paying jobs. India lacks not only a talent pool of young and budding humanities scholars but also the mindset to develop such a workforce.

Bereft of all frills, Gandhi’s actual legacy is just twofold. One, he killed the spirit of free, fearless and robust intellectual discourse, which was thriving until the time of Balagangadhar Tilak and later, briefly, Aurobindo Ghosh. It is worth recalling what D.V. Gundappa wrote (which I’ve translated earlier) in this connection as early as 1928. “Thus the national atmosphere of discourse quickly became one where nobody could ever think of something different from what Gandhi thought. The minds of the general public—both literate and otherwise—soon became habituated to conformity, which then turned to blind loyalty towards a partisan idea.”

MK Gandhi was an opponent of the socialist ideology Arvind Kumar DNA Monday, October 1, 2012
Socialists around the world never fail to use the name of Mohandas Gandhi to push their agenda. However, Gandhi was far from being a leftist, and his political positions were in direct opposition to the left…
India’s history books in the past sixty years have been written by Marxists, and Gandhi’s views have been distorted to fit in with the Marxist agenda. These books suppress Gandhi’s views on Marxism and socialism and instead present a sanitized version of history with Gandhi merely as a hero to be worshiped before invoking the doctrine of socialism. Instead of deifying Gandhi as a Mahatma and blindly worshiping him, Indians would do well to objectively examine his works and understand his political views. The author can be reached at arvind@classical-liberal.net

If yoga’s Hindu roots create such anxiety by challenging Western religious pre-eminence, then how might Gandhi, who successfully challenged Western Universalism, leading and winning India’s fight for independence non-violently, fare in the West? Already we see attempts to co-opt Gandhi. A recent bizarre incident uncovering Gandhi’s posthumous baptism by the Mormon Church is an example of one such attempt of laying claim to him. (Gandhi himself deplored the practice of conversion by Christian missionaries in India).
Most Western authors on Gandhi will emphasise the influence of the New Testament on Gandhi. Indeed Gandhi spoke favourably of many passages in the New Testament and of Jesus, but never as passionately or as extensively as he did of the faith to which he belonged. In fact, Gandhi was being entirely true to his pluralistic Hindu beliefs in his respect for all faiths and not just his own.
In Peace Education studies in American universities, Gandhi’s success is attributed largely to the “context” – the apparent benevolence of British colonists in providing the fertile field on which he could exercise his non-violent agitation. (Gandhi himself had said that non-violent resistance could work in most situations, albeit with great sacrifice). Gandhi is routinely discussed in virtual isolation from his followers, the large and diverse group of eminent thinkers, and the Indian masses who very early embraced Gandhi’s non-violent practices spontaneously.
If Gandhi led, then millions of Indians, similarly inspired, agreed wholeheartedly and followed. Keeping Gandhi, but dumping his Hindu influences is already being attempted in Western scholarship. Fortunately, Gandhi, a prolific writer documented his own life and struggles quite extensively. Moreover, as his writings record, he dove deep into Indian culture, drawing upon it to frame the Indian independence struggle in terms that would resonate with his countrymen. His autobiography reveals that his moral life was anchored in his Hindu faith. In my view, Gandhi (and his ideas) resisted digestion because, quite cannily, he used Sanskrit words to give voice to India’s struggle and demands. Words like satyagrahaswadeshi,swarajahimsasva-dharma became an integral part of the lexicon of the Indian freedom struggle. By using these words and not their English equivalents, Gandhi preserved the complete range of their complex meanings, their dharmic origins and their cultural context.

A Must Read for Students of Indian HIstory May 25, 2011 By V. Lakshminarayanan The crux of the message of the book was saved for the last two chapters, 'Epilogue' and 'Hindsight-Foresight'. The two chapters provide a revealing commentary on the discourse of Indian history in our own time:
First, it is the story of the politicians of the Indian National Congress hijacking history and claiming exclusive credit for the departure of British from India… Second is the tragedy of the Indian history being held hostage by the Marxists and the Indian academics who are under the intellectual slavery of the Macaulay influenced English education. Unfortunately this hijacked history has been accepted by the mainstream population which is an even greater tragedy. A nation which does not know where it came from and how it got there will not know where it is going, and will not get where it wants to. "Tatya Topé's Operation Red Lotus" is a must reading all students of Indian history, for it logically resolves many of the puzzling events of 1857 war and provides the total picture in a clearer perspective.
Based in USA, Parag Topé is the founder and part owner of Vistarus. A relentless passion for history, combined with a master's degree in engineering and an MBA in strategy, makes Parag the chief architect of the book.  

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