Recently when a former Hindu activist was appointed the Governor of Mizoram certain Christian communal outfits there asked him to quit the state at the earliest. But taking the communal credentials of these outfits and the anti-national agenda in incubation for the past many years this was not an altogether unexpected developement. Proselytization to Christian faith led the situation in the North-East India to such an irreparably damaged state. It was not so long ago Swami Lakshmananda was murdered by terrorists for his having opposed Christian proselytization of Odisha. His philanthropic uplift of the poor Hindus there was a counterpoise to the Christian conversion agenda of making Nagaland and surrounding regions – Greater Nagaland – independent from India.
These developments are not altogether new, but the result of what snowballed for about the last three centuries. The battle for India has started right in the early days of the European occupation when the Portuguese ravaged the costal India with the ‘Inquisition’ and the early British regulated to make India Christian. Later, America stepped into their shoe. One who knows what Barbara Boxer, former Chairperson of US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said years ago may not be surprised at the developments of the North East hill region. He said, “After studying the location of Nagaland, I realize, it has military importance. Nagaland is sandwiched in between some very different and large nations in terms of political philosophy, culture and religion”. Though thinly populated with only about 3.5 million people, its location, Boxer knew had immense strategic significance for the US. To the north, he said, Nagaland borders China (Communist), to the east Burma (Buddhist), to the West India (Hindu) and to South Bangladesh (Muslim). “I believe the potential military importance of Nagaland to the US is akin to that of South Korea’s 38th parallel. Like South Korea, Nagaland falls in the middle of powerful countries. The US Army holds the dividing line between democracy and communism in South Korea”.
Boxer knew that Asia would be the only happy hunting ground for his country which with the emergence of European Union was gradually losing its European economic base. Besides, India’s north-east zone is rich in natural and mineral resources. Naturally this zone surrounded on all sides by non-Christian nations if separated from India, he believed, could be a US base of operation in Asia. And the path selected to this end was denationalization through proselytization. Nagaland, Boxer added, has evolved its own type of social system founded on American principles with its political structure influenced by American missionaries who were there since 1839. The proselytizing which Boxer said had begun in 1839, continued throughout the English period in India and after. These missionaries got the American arms supply too. Though press reports about the large quantities of arms possessed by the Naga rebels were quite often in the early decades of Independent India, successive Governments continued to sleep with both the eyes opened indirectly allowing the anti-Indian forces grow. Even when in one of the encounters the Military captured American guns of 1955 and 1956 make from Naga rebels, the Government befooled the nation telling, these were the weapons left by the fleeing Japanese army (during World War II) which the Nagas took possession of. As the then RSS Chief Guruji M. S. Golwalkar has sarcastically said, our leaders asked us to believe that the Nagas secured those 1955 and 1956 model American arms as far back as 1944!
Beyond and behind all these, they battled to stuff India with the colonial mindset through wily educational policies and distortive research. It all started with F. Max Muller, the Christian missionary, who having observed that Hinduism in India is in doom blamingly asked the British Indian administration, “if Christianity is not stepping into its shoes, whose fault it is?”. Following this, there came up a number of such researches to discover the differences and de-coherences in India and its culture, all hell-bent to break a nation. The first was the Aryan invasion theory to be followed by Arya-Dravida difference like the many such much inflated ‘uncompromising differences’ among the many systems within the greater Hindu philosophy like the teachings of the Vedas, the Buddha and Jina. Whereas the aim of all educational research is creating coherence, harmony and unity, the missionary research in India ran in contrast to the natural order of things. It all aimed at creating fissures in India at all levels, all for breaking India, battling and winning it for Christianity.
This is what archaeologist and writer B. S. Harisankar presents in his new book The Battle for India. This book on the Western-Christian divide-denigrate-destroy agenda, exposes with unprecedented research skill that many western theories like Aryan invasion of India, Arya-Dravida difference, Hindu-Buddhist-Jain-Sikh differences in India’s academic writings were the brain children of Christian missionaries. Whether it was William Johnes, William Carey, Alexamder Duff or Father Caldwell who claimed to have researched into Indology, none was an academic. They were all Christian missionaries disguised as Indological researchers. The author Harisankar for instance takes two instances of John Wilson and John Stevenson who were missionaries and Presidents of Bombay Asiatic Society. The former was Alexander Duff’s friend who was the Moderator of the Church of Scotland who founded the Oriental Christian Spectator. Stevenson, the missionary, put forth thesis on the Dravidian language just as another awoved Christian missionary Caldwell did. Suffice it to say, these self-styled Indologists were nothing other than an organised anti-Indian Christian group awoved to divide, destroy and devastate India and battle to uproot its ancient culture. They drew the battlelines against India on communal grounds. Yes they have been battling for India to Christianise it. And the effort they took to this end later resulted in many anti-national insurgencies, the United Liberation Front of Assam, the Greater Nagaland issue and the assasination of Swami Lakshmanananda or the earlier destruction of the many Hindu temples including Sabarimala which was set afire or the ongoing hue and cry of the Christian lobby against a newly appointed Mizoram Governor who happened to be a Hindu.
The book, meticulously researched and cast in a very simple style, is heavily documented. No book has so far exposed plainely and so exhaustively as this one the hidden agenda behind a communal research carried out by a sanctimonious group who were nothing but devils in the god’s garb. It is a must-read one written for those who love objective history of India.
The Battle for India
Author: B. S. Harisankar
Publisher: Vivekananda Kendra Prakasan Trust Chennai
Prise: Rs. 250