Read this article in Deccan Chronicle:
Mahishasura is usually seen as a cruel demon killed by Goddess Durga, but Dalit research scholars of Osmania University have strongly opposed this saying that he was actually a Dalit king killed by Aryans.
The scholars have urged the Dalit community not to celebrate Dasara since it lauds the killing of Mahishasura and portrays him as a demon.
In fact, activists of Dalit Shakti have decided to make Mahishasura their icon.
They put up a larger-than-life cutout of Mahishasura in the OU campus, garlanded him and also offered prayers.
Dalit Shakti has also decided to oppose Diwali celebrations in the present form and is getting ready to explain the “real” story behind it to the masses.
It seems Osmania University has become a den of anti-Hinduism organized by the church. Notice the connections. Rabid Hindu-hater Kanchan Illiah is employed by this university. Deccan Chronicle is owned by a Christian — and the story appears right on top on the front page of the paper. The rantings of a few paid-for “Dalit researchers” becomes the voice of the “Dalits” in general, according to the story’s headline. Church is also angling for a separate Telangana state (which can be controlled by Maoists bankrolled by the church). And guess which is the hub of all protests in favour of Telangana? That’s right — it is the Osmania University. This means missionaries have infiltrated this university as part of their project of Christianising Andhra, and are bankrolling its professors to orchestrate the Telangana and Dalit campaigns. The lynchpin of this entire operation in the university seems to be Kanchan Illiah (an anti-Hindu Christian who operates under the false identity of a Dalit activist).
Here is more from the same paper — its Christian owner seems to be on a roll today, frothing at the mouth to hit the pagans.
Dasara has pro-Aryan bias: Scholars
Hyderabad, Oct. 16: Dalit research scholars in OU are up in arms against portrayal of Dalit kings like ‘Mahishasura’ as evil characters in mythology with pro-Aryan bias and thereby justifying their killing as necessary.
“Not just Mahishasura but several other kings like Ravana, Narakasura, and Bali Chakravarthy were killed by invaders, who projected them as demons and began to celebrate their fall terming it a victory of good over evil,” said Mr Visharadan, president of Dalit Shakti.
“It was a mischief of Aryans,” he added. “They killed the local kings and painted them as demons. It’s like the case of Saddam Hussein of Iraq. We have appealed to all Dalits, STs and minorities not to celebrate Dasara as killing of Mahishasura.”
Mr Visharadan and other research scholars have also penned songs in praise of Mahishasura as a Dalit king who fought the Aryans and went down fighting.
“There are distortions in puranas,” he said. “Some of the local kings who lost battles became demons. History has been distorted by some to suit their needs.”
However, Mr Padmanabha Sharma, a Vedic Pandit, differed with the scholars, and pointed out that Dasara was celebrated as victory of good over evil and should not be seen from a narrow caste angle.
“There was no caste in that era,” he said. “Mahishasura was a king and kings may also be wrongdoers or cruel.”
According to one story in mythology, Mahishasura’s father Rambha was the king of the Asuras who fought battles with Devas. He fell in love with a water buffalo (Princess Shyamala, who became a buffalo because of a curse). Mahishasura was born out of this union.Because of this, he could change into human and buffalo form at will.
Mahishasura was great bhakta of Brahma who granted him a boon that he could not be defeated in battle by any man or god. So his nemesis had to appear in the form of Durga.