I have alway believed that the so-called “caste system” as it exists today is essentially a creation of the British. I am glad other people think so too. To realise how British created modern caste system through their census, read Arun Shourie’s “Falling Over Backwards.” It has shocking revelations about British mischief. They were determined to divide Hindu society into various mutually hostile castes, reality be damned! The instructions to census commissioners were directly coming from the Viceroy’s office. However, the census agents in the field were sending contrary reports — they were saying most Hindus have no idea what their caste is. To this the Viceroy replied that simply mention their occupation as their caste, but at no cost should the caste column be left blank. I am outraged at the nonsense that has been dished to us about the so-called caste system.
I was always curious as to why the Indian history before the British is silent on the alleged caste system. Mughal records or even ancient Indian literature does not mention castes at all. As late as in 19th century, over 2/3rd of Indian kings were from the low or middle castes. There have hardly been any Brahmin kings in India. Neither have Brahmins ever been known for their wealth. So how come the caste system came to be called as an integral part of the Hindu society with Brahmins as the main oppressors of everyone?
There is major psyops involved in fooling Hindus about this issue. Most such accusatory scholarship about caste has only one origin: Christian evangelists in the guise of historians and sociologists. Indians should research their ancient and medieval literature themselves and bring out the truth about the caste system so that this mischief of Westerners and church finally comes to an end.
An umbrella group of Hindus says prominent British members of parliament who want legislation in Britain to protect against caste discrimination are being “misled by Christian groups”.
The Hindu Council UK (HCUK), which is opposed to religious conversion, said in a new report that caste discrimination does not exist in Britain – and that caste, in any case, was created by the British in India.
“Today, we are putting the record straight. We are also naming and shaming those who spread misinformation about Hinduism and its relationship to caste in an ill-disguised attempt to vilify the Hindu people and cause division within our community,” said HCUK general secretary Anil Bhanot.
Bhanot claimed in his foreword to the report that ruling Labour Party MPs Rob Marris and Jeremy Corbyn, “who are lobbying the Department of Communities and Local Government to legislate against caste discrimination, may have been misled by Christian groups who want, quite simply, to ‘save’ people from the ‘falsehood’ of Hinduism and convert people to Christianity.”
“Caste has been the subject of ill-informed comment for too long,” Bhanot said in a statement on Thursday.
The report’s author, Raj Pandit Sharma, added that the caste system had been created by the British during their colonial rule in India.
“It was the British who single-handedly formulated the caste schedules that remain in place today,” Sharma wrote. “The evils manifest in the current form of the caste system cannot be ascribed to the Hindu faith. The current adulteration of the Hindu ‘varnashram’ system is a direct result of generations of British colonial bureaucracy.”
The group said the report was the result of several months of research by Sharma, a member of the HCUK’s executive.
Accusing some anti-caste groups in Britain of “seeking government legislation and government funds to tackle this supposed problem”, the HCUK said: “Caste, as described in the Hindu scriptures, is not determined by birth.”
“It is no joke to have to ward off concerted misinformation campaigns from UK parliamentarians who really ought to know better,” Bhanot said.
While Corbyn is a prominent left-wing campaigner for human rights and race relations, Marris was among several ruling party MPs who attended a Diwali function hosted by Britain’s longest-serving Asian MP Keith Vaz in the House of Commons last year.
Caste, the group said, is “assumed by most non-Hindus to be always a gross form of unjust discrimination, an alleged feature of Hinduism so maligned it justifies attempts by Christians to convert Hindus here in the UK, in India, and elsewhere.”
It, however, acknowledged and condemned what it called the “abuse of varnashram” in India.
These British MPs should be rebuffed with the contempt that is reserved for White racists and Christian fundamentalists, for that is what these people are. They are working in tandem with the church and always have one eye cocked toward coversion efforts in India. The moment a state government in India passes law to curb conversions through bribes and force, these people start making a noise in the British parliament. These red necks should be shown their place by the Indian government and they be clearly told that meddling in the social system of India is not their birth right and this behaviour of theirs will be tackled with extreme prejudice. These MPs still have their minds frozen in the early 20th century. It is about time they were woken up the reality that Hindus have become independent.
Here is an article about the role of British in creating the caste system of India through their census. It is written by Kevin Hobson, a Canadian historian of the British empire.
It is a great failing of nationalist historians of India that they have been unable to do more research into this and expose the true facts to the world.
The Indian Caste System and The British
Ethnographic Mapping and the Construction of the British Census in India
By Kevin Hobson