I have been asked to speak upon intellectual terrorism. I will modify it slightly and speak of intellectual subversion, of which intellectual terrorism is one important dimension. When we say intellectual sub version, who are we holding guilty of intellectual subversion in this country? I for one hold academia, the media and the intellectual elite, those that have been educated in the English medium schools and institutions of higher learning. These are the three broad categories of people who I hold guilty of intellectual subversion in this country.
Subversion of Hindu Rashtra
What have they been subverting? They have been subverting the very idea of ‘nation’ that the Hindu community holds. When I say Hindu – let me make a few things clear here. I am going to be extremely blunt here. I don’t speak to please anybody, neither do I speak to offend anybody. I speak what I perceive to be the truth. When I say Hindu, I use it as the widely accepted term for those who practice Sanatana Dharma. Sanatana Dharma I say is Hinduism. People who practise Sanatana Dharma are Hindus.
It is a part of the intellectual subversion exercise that they have discredited the word Hindu so that we are nameless group of people. To this, I will come a little later in my talk. When I say Hinduism and Hindus, I mean Sanatana Dharma and Sanatana Dharmis.
So what has these intellectual terrorists perpetrated? They have subverted the idea of nation. What is a nation? “Nation” according to Hindu classical texts is “Rashtra.” Rashtra is both territory and the people. There is a historical sense of belonging of the people to that territory. It is a territory with well-defined borders. Rashtra thus has well-defined borders, and rashtra means the people with a historical and ancient sense of belonging to that territory. Indian classical texts speak of Hindu rashtra as being one of the seven components of” rajya.”
Hindus constitute 85 percent of the population of this country. We are a nation of Hindus, but we are neither a Hindu rashtra nor a Hindu rajya. And this is the success of the intellectual subversion – Hindus today have neither a Hindu rashtra, nor a Hindu rajya. What are the seven components of a Hindu rajya that our classical texts speak of? They speak of the Swami, Amatya, Durg, Kosha, Danda, Bala …
Swami or the king would be the state, the head of the government. The Amatya would the council of ministers. Durg is the capital. Kosha is the territory. Then you have danda and bala. Of all this, it is very important that you have the Hindu ethos truly reflected in at least some of these components. It is the success of intellectual subversion in this country that a person who attempts to be the Swami is a Roman Catholic European who has neither the historical sense of belonging to this territory, nor an understanding of what this rashtra is all about.
It is the success of intellectual subversion in this country that you have a council of ministers who actively propagates and perpetuates the politics of minoritisym in various spheres of national public life. If Danda can be interpreted in modern terms to denote the law and judiciary, you have a constitution and judiciary that is actively hostile to the Hindu community. Let me take this step by step. When I say a nation, I have an understanding of who belongs and who does not belong.
It is to the success of this intellectual subversion that Hindus constantly speak of Vasudeva Kutumbkam and think Sonia Gandhi and Mother Teresa are a part of this Kutumbkan inside this country. When we have a distinct sense of us and them, we must have a sense of who is a Hindu. The “them” is who is a non-Hindu. If we have a sense of “us” and “them” there is a sense of Indian Hindus and there is a sense of non-Indian people who profess the Hindu religion.
Kautilya’s Arthashastra did not deny the Vasudeva Kutumbkam principle at all. But Kautilya knew who was a national and who was not a national. Kautilya encouraged the Hindu way of welcoming refugees but he also said that keep the refugees out of your national borders. Provide for them, take care of them, see to it that they are comfortable and feel secure, but do not bring them inside national borders until their loyalties have been tested and found to be true. Vasudeva Kutumbkam does not mean opening your doors and allowing everyone to come inside, particularly when you are in a state of weakness.
Subversion through Historians
Let us take academia first. What are the falsehoods that they have propagated to subvert the very idea of a nation? They have I think done two things. They have fragmented the Hindu consciousness so that a very significant section of the Hindu community has been placed outside of national borders, and many other sections have been placed outside the Hindu community itself.
By propagating the theory of the Aryan invasion, Indian academia, dominated by the Marixists, have successfully placed a significant section of the Hindu community outside national borders. And this is not something peculiar to India. This Aryan Invasion Theory was a colonial construct. It is a White Christian construct. And they have played this game in North America too, where they have had this ridiculous Baring Straits Theory, which said that the native Americans whom they almost exterminated through genocide and Christian colonialism, where themselves were migrants from elsewhere.
That is to say they propagated the Aryan Invasion Theory here because the intellectuals among the Hindu elite who were in the forefront of resisting the colonial invasion, the colonial administration turned the argument back at them saying you yourself have come as a migrant to India, it is just that we have come a little more recently. To justify the genocide of the Native Americans, the White colonial research which came out of Harvard and Smithsonian placed the native American population outside the North American continent, and said that: “You people came here several centuries ago maybe, but you are as much migrants as we are. There is no such thing as a native American population. You are a migrant. We are a later-day migrant.”
Udyan Namboodri ji in the previous session said how could EMS Naboodripad have gone running to the Soviet ambassador when his homeland or motherland or matra-bhumi was being attacked. You must understand Islam, Christianity and communism (which was a virulent reaction to Christian capitalism), none of the three ideologies or philosophies subscribe to the concept of homeland, motherland or matra-bhumi. These are aggressive conquering ideologies. They believe all territories are open for conquest.
It is only the Hindus and Jews who are born into their faiths in a territory which they call their own who have the concept of matra-bhumi or homeland. The other three philosophies or ideologies do not subscribe to the idea of homeland. So by placing a significant section of Hindu community outside national borders, and by declaring that dalits and tribals are not part of the Hindu community, the Indian Marxist academia has fragmented the Hindu consciousness. This was their success number one.
Subversion Through “Pluralism”
They have propagated the untruth that the Indian civilization has always been pluaralist. This concept of pluralism, please understand, is a Western Christian colonial concept. Christianity also spread by the sword. Today, the developed Western nations may have succeeded in branding Islam a terrorist religion and the Western White Christian nations as defenders against terrorism, but let us not forget that Christianity also spread by the sword. It was also intolerant. With the advent of “democracy,” which is also a Christian construct when political Christianity had to accommodate people from other way so life and when Christianity devised other weapons of conquest like evangelization, they made pluralism a virtue in their nation states.
Hindu dharma has always believed in diversity. We don’t need this Christian colonial construct of pluralism inside India. We have always been diverse. Pluralism is “multi-culturalism” which is the new term in use in Western democracy. This pluralism or multi-culturalism is about accommodating the indigestible elements of your society who refuse to become part of the mainstream. These elements do not consider this territory as their matra-bhoomi and do not subscribe to Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism. These elements insist that they will live as indigestible elements but they seek accommodation within the broader diverse parameters of Hindu dharma.
These are the pluralist elements and when White Christian colonial Western democracies promote the concept of pluaralism, this is for non-White, non-Christian democracies like India whereas they are rejecting multi-culturalism in their own countries. The Australian prime minister is saying subscribe to the Australian culture. The British prime minister is saying, subscribe to the British culture. Australian culture, British culture, American culture, please understand, is White Christian culture, whether Catholic or Protestant. And immigrants or migrants who seek residence or citizenship in their countries, it is demanded of them that they have proficiency in the English language and they subscribe to the broad cultural values which are rooted in White Christianity.
And this pluralism they want India to accept as an integral part of Indian policy, and it is this intellectual subversion that has launched Sonia Gandhi into the forefront of Indian polity. I personally consider the presence of Sonia Gandhi in Indian polity as much an affront to my Hindu sensibilities as the mosques in Mathura, Kashi and Ayodhya. This is success number two.
The “South Asia” Subversion
The third idea they are propagating is the concept of South Asia. This concept of South Asia which has no legitimacy is a political construct with its origins in American think tanks where they seek to subsume — Please understand one thing. If there is one thing both Islam and Christianity are afraid of, it is Hindu nationalism. Hindu nationalism poses the biggest threat to both Islam and evangelical church. They are propagating the concept of South Asia where they hope that India’s territorial borders and her Hindu identity will be subsumed in the larger Muslim-dominated region of Pakistan and Bangladesh. When they say South Asia, I don’t think they have Bhutan and Sri Lanka in mind. When they say South Asia, they primarily mean India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Hindu History is a History of Resistance
The most subversive act undertaken by Indian academia is the kind of history that they have written for us. It is a defeatist history. It is a history which says that the Indian nation was invaded by hordes and hordes of people and they emasculated the Indian society and that Hindu society was weakened by them. This way they put us in a defeatist frame of mind. But is this true? This is not true.
I have one of the most brilliant papers compiled by Dr. M.D. Shrinivas of Centre of Policy Studies in Chennai. And look at what he says, Islam had already over-run Europe, Africa and large parts of Asia. But the Hindu community kept off the Islamic invaders at bay. The Muslims couldn’t get a foot-hold in India between 600 and 1200 AD. Islam couldn’t get a foot hold here. And which were the rajyas and samrajyas which held them off? The Chalukyas, the Rashtrakutas, the Karkotas of Kashmir, the Rajputs – they kept Islam away from getting a toe-hold in India uptill the 13th century.
And once Islam did get a foot-hold here, there were still large parts of India which were never under their control. Large parts of South India, Orissa, Assam – they were never under the Muslim rule for any great significant period of time. The Madurai Sultanate was thrown out within 30 years. You have the Marathas, the Vijayanagar kingdom, you have the Budelas, the Sikhs, the Jats who raised powerful military organizations to combat Islam. And the Islam that came to India was Jihadi Islam.
Jihadi Islam is not a phenomenon of the 20th or the 21st century. When Islam came to India, it came as Jihadi Islam. It is only Jihad that the Hindu community has faced since 600 AD. We never allowed Islam to set up any kind of government here till the 1200. But even after we lost militarily to Islam … Islam was a world conquering force, let us not forget. And when we lost militarily, see what we threw up. Sanatana Dharma in the form of Acharyas, the Bhakti movement, the Shastras, the commentaries, the Bhasyas … it was the the abundance of Sanatan Dharma literature that came through after we lost militarily.
Sanatana Dharma has been the core of the Hindu rajya. It was also the core of Hindu rajya in South East Asia for over a thousand years between 300 AD to 1500 AD. The rajyas and samrajyas of South East Asia had the Sanatana Dharma as their core. And Sanatana Dharma influenced West Asia, East Asia, Central Asia and South East Asia. And we have an external affairs ministry today which has made sure that India is surrounded by ideologies and states actively hostile to Sanatana Dharma and Dharmis.
Nepal has fallen victim. Bhutan is well on its way to falling victim. Bangladesh, Pakistan, we have lost Sri Lanka also. India failed to step into Sri Lanka. Musharaff has stepped into Sri Lanka. India failed to step into Nepal. Chinese, Americans and Maoists have over-run Nepal.
Subversion of Polity
Hindu Rajya means territory under my control and territory under my influence. It is the subversion of intellectual India that we believe in Gujaral doctrine which says give-in, surrender, get over-run and welcome outsiders to come and decapitate us. What is destroying India today is intellectual subversion in polity which gives them the ideology upon which the UPA government and even the NDA government to a certain extent function.
How else can you explain the fact that the NDA government patronized Nirmala Deshpande? Or made M.K. Narayanan the member of the national security advisory board? We are so afraid of people calling us intolerant. When are we going to say, Yes! There is “us” and there is “them.” There are those who belong. There are those who do not belong. But you are welcome. You will be provided with all comforts and the freedom to practice your religion. But you cannot be a part of the Hindu rashtra. You cannot participate in power. Do we have the courage? We had the courage and that is why we remained the Hindu rashtra and Hindu rajya.
The day we opened our doors indiscriminately, the day we used Vasudev Kutumbkam as our defining characteristic not with strength but with weakness, we have allowed intellectual subversion to such an extent that 50 years after independence … The power at independence returned to the Hindus. But what kind of Hindus? It returned to those Hindus who were ashamed to be Hindus, regressive Hindus, deracinated Hindus, Hindus who had no faith in their own civilization. It is Hindus who speak badly of the caste system. It is Hindus who speak badly about our acharyas and gurus. It is Hindus like CP Ramaswamy Aiyar who advocated government control of temples. Intellectual subversion!
Subversion through Media
The media has played no less a destructive role. Please understand. The money for media. How many times have us or the Sangh Parivar bemoaned the fact that we are unable to bring out a national newspaper which will give leading Indian dailies a run for their money. Because we think we do not have the resources. Then think of the kind of money that is going into the Hindu, the Times of India, the NDTV, the CNN-IBN …
Please understand this is the money that is coming from the outside. When these channels function, they do not have national interest in mind. They do not care about national interest. They have to answer to the hands who are pumping money into their channels and papers. Is it any wonder that they are anti-Hindu?
Are White Christians our Allies against Islamic Terrorism?
A very very subtle intellectually subversive activity is taking place, and I am afraid there is a large segment of even very intelligent Hindus who have bought into this argument. That we need to partner the US and developed Western nations to fight Islam, not realizing that Jihadi Islam was first pacified and used by the Western nations in Afghanistan and in Kashmir. The West has pacified and subdued Islam to further Western colonial interests in non-White, non-Christian nations. If we understand this clearly, we will not make the mistake of thinking we have to partner Western nations in our war against Jihad.
Also understand that the Western nations are the most bitter critics of Hindu nationalism. You only have to read the annual report which the US State Deptt. churns out on religious freedom, human rights and patterns of global terrorism. The language it uses against the RSS, against Hindu nationalism … why did the US refuse visa to Narendra Modi? It was to send a strong signal to NRIs and would-be NRIs in India that if you want accommodation in the US, you have to distance yourself from Hindutva and Hindu nationalism.
No meaningful partnership or cooperation is possible with communism, Islam or Christianity. We must allow them to wage their cosmic wars and if they are warring with each other, sit back and enjoy the fight. Don’t think you are going to participate with one of them. None of the three is going to accept Hindu nationalist, Hindu nationalism, Sanatana Dharma or Dharmis as their equal partners. If anything, they will try to use the gullible section of the intellectual elite to server their own purpose.
The Subversion through IITians
The last section which parctises the intellectual subversion. I particularly hold a very large section of the IIT pass-outs who have relocated in the US guilty for this intellectual subversion. When I did some research on anti-Hindu NGOs and activists, I found that most of them like AID, Asha, Akhila Raman, Angana Chatterji and others are all entrenched in American universities.
These are communists who are functioning from American universities who write and work in support of Naxalism, who have participated in the CPI-ML Congress. Mahashweta Devi, Arundhati Roy, Praful Bidwai … you name them, all of them have links with Naxals and they are well entrenched either in American universities or they are encouraged by Indian communists working in American universities. And a very significant number of them are IITians. Raju Rajagopal, Ram Puniyani, Sandeep Pandey, Balaji Sampat, all are from IIT. There is thus a large section of our intellectual elite moving into intellectual subversion.
What is the remedy? I think it is going to stick in the throat of most of us who think tolerance is out defining virtue. I am afraid Hindu society forgot the valour of the Hindu rajyas and samrajyas which staved off Islamic rule, which fought the colonialists, which is even today fighting the communists at the level of the society. Hindu intellectual elite has a self-imposed image of tolerance which is not real. We have forgotten the Kshatriya blood which is intrinsic to both our intellectual activity and our public life. There is no Kshatriya blood in the Hindu leadership today.
Sabrimala happened. Pujya Kanchi Shankracharya episode happened. There is an EVR statue right in front of the Sri Rangam temple. What is the response of the Hindu intellectuals, Hindu organizations and Hindu society? Has there been a response? Has there been an intellectual response? Has there been a physical response? There are very highly respected voices from amongst the Hindu community that are actually saying we have no objection to the EVR statue anywhere in Sri Rangam, just not in front of the temple. We have forgotten the concept of the temple town. The whole town is a temple.
How the Public Spaces are Subverted
When I said Hindu rashtra, I mentioned territory. The territory also comprises the character and content of public spaces. Let me tell you the politics of public spaces and the intellectual subversion associated with it. In 1999, the Pope came to India two days before Diwali and he declared his intention of planting the cross in Asia in the 3rd millennium.
The first victim of the church-planting mission in Asia is South Korea. In 1900, South Korea was less than one percent Christian. In the seventies, it was about 18 percent Christian. In 1990, it is 40 percent Christian. Just as what is happening to Kerala. In Kerala, just over 50 percent are today Hindus. The rest are all gone.
In South Korea, from the heart of the Seoul city to the airport, it is a 20 km stretch. On either side of this stretch, at ever three feet there is a towering church. These are not small Christian prayer houses with thatched roofs or asbestos sheets. These are towering churches. There are scores of churches lining the stretch, which are totally out of proportion to the Christian population or the people who come to congregate there. Then why are these churches standing there? Public spaces! The churches are standing there as a symbol of subjugation, as a symbol of dominance, as a symbol of money power that says: “I will occupy your public space.”
The presence of EVR statue in front of Sri Rangam I am 100 percent sure it is the Christian money that has gone into the Dravidar Kazhagam and instigated them to plant a statue on the very entrance to the temple in front of Rajgopuram. The land was allotted to them in 1972. From that time to this time, they did not dare to plant the statue there. There was continuous Hindu resistance. All of a sudden how did they get the courage or the money to go and plant it? They did that in 2007, soon after the Kanchi-acharya issue, soon after the Sabrimala issue, soon after we showed them that you can keep rubbing our nose in the dirt but the Hindu community is today incapable of coming up with a Kshatriya response.
Towering churches in Seoul. You enter the Tambram railway station by train there is this huge cement pillar with a huge Jesus Christ. When you enter by train, this the first thing you see. Yesterday, I was horrified when I came to the Madras Central Station – I think this must have come up about a month ago. I am entering the station by train and right beneath the bridge I see a huge cement pillar with a huge Jesus Christ! This is called occupation of public spaces. This has a political intent. This is not a religious intent. The message is: ”I am dominating you, I am subjugating you.” Do we have the sense to see this?
I am told that the EVR statue in front of Srirangan temple is not the only perversion. I believe on the Thiruvanthapuram beach, there is a Devi temple. And right in front of this temple there is a 50 foot statue of a naked woman. Not far from the temple, there is a church and the mosque, but this naked woman is not standing in front of the church or the mosque, but only in front of the Hindu temple.
So when the communists speak of atheism, when the Dravidians speak of atheism, they do not speak against Muslim or Christian god. It is only against Hindu gods that they speak.
Intellectual Subversion is Behind all Other Subversions
Islam is a threat that you see as a sword against which we still do not have weapons. But Christianity is like cancer. It invades your body with sweet words. It tells you “I am a part of you” and then eats you away. Communism of course is a blight on humanity. I cannot have a partnership with any of the three. And all the three inside India have intellectual backing. If Arundhati Roy can write a book on Afzal Guru, if Nirmala Deshpande and Mahashweta Devi .. they have all been awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the Congress government. The participated in the Naxalite Congress.
If Christian conversion can be legitimized by India’s academia, the subversion of Indian nation – the Hindu rajya and Hindu rashtra – is backed only by intellectual subversion. If they are terrorists, blame us. We are happy victims of terrorism. What stops us from becoming Kshatriyas? What stops us from writing good books? What stops us from producing monograms which will threaten them? What stops us from physically removing these Jesus statues and EVR statues? Ask yourself this question, and you will understand why intellectual subversion has worked in this country. The victims of this intellectual subversion are the Hindu rashtra and Hindu rajya, and the Hindus have only themselves to blame.