Vedic Origin of Racism

by Sanjay Jain


The first recorded instance of apartheid in the history of the world occurs in the Vedas. Here are some citation directly from the Vedas which irrefutably prove that these `sacred' texts are the fountain of all the filth of racism and apartheid in this world -

Prof. Deivanayagam and Prof. Devakala have amply described the origin of racism in the Vedas and how it later spread to infect the veins of the world :

" A question naturally rises as to why racism arose in the world society in the 19th century, though it has been prevalent in India from about the 8th century, that is from the time of Adi Sankara. The answer is found in the fact that in 1794 William Jones started publishing his translation of Manu Dharma which was in Sanskrit into English. "
-- [ Racism ]
The English also invented Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma as a blanket term covering all religions of India, in order to reward the services which the Brahmins had rendered them :

" The Brahmins were quick to portray Manu Dharma as the Hindu law, and through the translation of William Jones this poison entered the society of the world from India. As stated earlier racism was accepted as fact by a vast majority by the second half of the 19th century and many European scholars under it's influence started identifying with the Brahmins."
-- [ Racism ]

A.A. MacDonell in his book titled 'India's Past' (Oxford, At the Clarendon Press, 1927) writes,

"This work summarizes India's intellectual history, which in its various aspects has been the subject of my studies for slightly more than half a century (1875 to 1926). It sets forth in nine chapters the mental development of the most easterly branch of Aryan civilization since it entered India by land till it came in contact by sea with the most westerly branch of the same civilization after a separation of at least 3,000 years. The four centuries that have since elapsed (1498 to 1926) are here touched upon only as showing the most recent distribution of the Indian vernaculars and the rise of their literature, as well as the process by which the development of the purely indigenous period gradually became known to the new-comers from the west.... These two civilizations, starting from a common source, have after a separation of at least 3,000 years again become united during the last four centuries, representing together a quarter of the total of the earth's inhabitants. During these four centuries the new-comers from the west have gained acquaintance with and recovered the history of India's past mental development. At this, as set forth in the following pages, will, I trust, contribute something to clearer mutual understanding by two civilizations which in their origin were one and the same".

The Aryan chauvinism of the Vedas and Manu were directly responsible for the rise of the subsequent Western concept of racism :

" Manusmrthi, which degrades and enslaves the Dravidian race and exalts the Aryans by giving a law based on colour, was greatly appreciated by the Europeans since it elevated the Aryan race extremely, and William Jones, who translated this Manusmrthi from Sanskrit in to English was also highly appreciated and the Europeans boosted him to a high status by erecting a statue of William Jones with Manusmrthi in his hand in St. Paul's Cathedral in London."
-- [ Racism ]
Elaborating on this, Prof. Deivanayagam and Prof. Devakala write :
"In the tradition of Western scholarship, 'these is no work that has had such great fame and has for centuries been considered to be so authoritative as the Manavadharmasastra. Manu was among the first Sanskrit works to be translated into any European language. The earliest translation of the text, published in Calcutta in 1794, was that of Sir William jones, one of the founding fathers of modern Indology; the statue of Jones in St Paul's Cathedral in London holds a volume of Manu in its hand. Jones's English translation was then translated into German and published by J. Chr. Huttner in Weimar in 1797. The rapid appearance of subsequent translations in French, German, Portuguese, and Russian (see the bibliography), and the inclusion of the text in the monumental Sacred Books of the East series edited by F.Max Muller, are testimonials to the historical and religious importance that European Orientalists conferred on the work".
-- Introduction, `The Laws of Manu', Pp.XViii-XiX, cited in [ Lead ]


References

[ Ann. ] = `The Annals of Rural Bengal', W.W.Hunter, Broomhill House 1868, reprinted in `Landmarks of Indian Anthropology', vol.7, Cosmo Publications, N.Delhi 1987.

[ Lead ] - `Are the Brahmins Leaders of Hindu Religion?', Dr. M. Deivanayagam Dr. D. Devakala; published by The Revival Movement of Dravidian Religion 1998, http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Ithaca/1412/brahmins.html

[ Muir ] = `Original Sanskrit Texts on the Origin and History of hte People of India.', J.Muir reprt Oriental Publishers Delhi 1972 part I Mythical and Legendary Accounts of hte Origin of Caste.

[ Racism ] - `Racism', Dr. M. Deivanayagam, Dr. D. Devakala; published by The Revival Movement of Dravidian Religion 1998, http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Ithaca/1412/racism.html

by Sanjay Jain
Dalitstan Journal,
Volume 2, Issue 6 (Dec. 2000)


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