Culture Wars against Hindus

The foremost source of slander against Hindus is India’s film industry, led by Bollywood.

The foremost source of unrelenting and egregious slander against Hindus is India’s film industry, led by Bollywood. Pakistani marauders were halted at the border in 1948 and repudiated every time subsequently, but its surrogates managed to seize control of India’s film industry. The economics of film making, forbidding bona fide investment until recently, allowed the Muslim underworld and its associates to infiltrate the industry by funding it. They were able to dictate the agenda of the film industry, insinuating a thoroughly anti national ideology and institute a standing critique of all things Hindus as well as propagate blatant and slanderous lies. Producers and directors became their playthings and selected artistes found a privileged entry in exchange of reciprocal favours that included every type of venal personal degradation.

Villains of every description, from torturers, rapists, murderers and espousers of every retrograde social custom, somehow sport a tilak and worship some incomprehensibly weird Hindu deity. By contrast, the gentle Muslim neighbour or preacher or Christian priest epitomises generosity and brotherhood. Both unfailingly reach out to look after the confused Hindu facing some personal crisis and resolving some tricky problem engendered by their own absurd religious prejudices. The abandoned Hindu mother, brutally trampled underfoot by her devout Hindu mother-in-law, always finds a teaching job in a Christian school, under the mellow guidance of a mother superior. In Kollywood, Bengali society is often depicted terrorising an educated and independent Hindu girl, in love with a Muslim boy from a humble background, also in keeping with the illusory egalitarian ethos peddled by Bengal’s neutered cultural elite. There are exceptions of course, but they truly underline the contrary rule of demonization.

And ever-present are the caste ridden evil Brahmin, much the way Jews were portrayed by god fearing Christian Europe, before the Nazis resolved the problem in inimitable fashion through mass murder. In addition to the horrors of caste in Indian society, the timeless lament at the Hindu society’s mistreatment of women and a penchant for infanticide, standard fare of colonial conquerors, before they too addressed the problem through genocide and looting. Class oppression has been another favoured theme, tearfully underlined by privileged cine artistes, themselves living in stupendous luxury, the richest among them today worth in excess of US$ 750 million. Yet rarely, if ever, a whisper about the fate of women in India or indeed elsewhere under the medieval jackboot of the Shariah or the truculent determination of the faithful to extract the last pound of flesh, loudspeakers blaring the call to prayer before dawn and major thoroughfares routinely blocked during Friday prayer.

This unforgiving depiction of Hindus, their culture and history has been thoroughly imbibed by the Hindu society itself. The default of the Hindu psyche has been apology for who they are and instinctive defence of their critics as the wronged party in Indian society. The popular ideology of Bollywood has its faithful counterpart in books used in Indian schools and university curricula. They are apparently consciously designed to create self-doubt, if not subliminal self-loathing of their past, their cultural and spiritual identity. Indeed, these pedestrian texts reflexively question the very basis of Indian nationhood. Much of the work of post independent history is studiously silent on critical issues of India’s painful past, actively denunciatory of alternative perspectives and slanderous of their authors, however renowned and scholarly. Their own material is usually slyly dishonest and rarely impartial and all designed to supposedly promote communal harmony by telling blatant untruths. These morally bankrupt historians ignore the bitter travails of the entire millennia of unspeakable horrors, mass murder and slavery and point instead to the alleged evils of conquered Hindu society.

The bedrock of self-hatred, dispensed by India’s secular elites, found a powerful echo abroad that compounded the severity of the impact on Indian society. The Anglo-American and European contempt for India arose from deep-seated historical impulses and India’s reluctance to join the aggressive Western Cold War campaign against communism. The British had also held India’s Hindu elites responsible for the patriotic fervour that eventually led to their ejection from India. Its roots can be traced back to the late nineteenth century and British sponsorship of the Muslim League that culminated in the conspiratorial relationship with Mohammed Ali Jinnah almost fifty years later, to deliver the coup de grace of partition. Virtually all British social science and academic scholarship on India and, as its obverse, Pakistan, was intentionally complicit in the project to demonise India. Its potent influence can be found in their abiding hostility towards India and Hindus to this day, led by British universities, their media and its particular ubiquitous incarnation, spreading half-truths and vicious canards.

India’s refusal to join the US-led Cold War alliance played a crucial role in the West’s hostility towards India, though now waning in dramatic ways, as illustrated vividly in the recent days. In addition, Indians, unlike the Chinese, were viewed as enslaved people and unworthy of assimilation to the status of white or the honorary category accorded to some by South African apartheid. This undoubted racism informed the perceptions of the US policy makers and the British dominance of hostile scholarship on India also became the template that spread across the Atlantic. Virtually no practising Hindu is allowed to hold a major appointment in any US or British university in Hindu studies, with such positions invariably occupied by its most unsparing detractors, whether at Harvard, Chicago, Columbia or Oxbridge or London. The contrast with sympathetic and accommodating attitudes towards scholarship on Islam or China could not be more unambiguous. Thus, the absurdly traitorous Indian Leftist hostility toward their homeland and their own culture found a sympathetic intellectual terrain abroad. Both combined to institute an unholy and improbable alliance of supposed Indian anti-imperialists and its most brutal historic purveyors globally against India.

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Dr. Gautam Sen is President, World Association of Hindu Academicians and Co-director of the Dharmic Ideas and Policy Foundation. He taught international political economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science for over two decades.
  • Cybil Peril

    Unfortunately creation of Pakistan under fanatic religious ideology bred Islamists of Wahabbi Salafi cult that led to creation of criminals like Dawood Ibrahim, Hafiz Saeed who control Bollywood and its culture. This led to vested fiscal interests of Hindu producers, actors for venal gain and indulge in anything including anti Hindu culture. One hopes that all this should change finally with increased political awareness and change of guards at Delhi Darbar aka Lutyens.

    • Shubhangi Raykar

      Islam me Allah ke bandonko criminality maf hai.

      • Cybil Peril

        Not only maf hai but r rewarded both here and there with hurries, fragrant wine served by handsome teenagers. Lol…misogynistic cult…

  • Cybil Peril

    Gautam Sen is always a good read about matters concerbning Hindu society denigrated for millennia by the invader rulers under the one or other pretext. Recent propaganda has taken yet another classical academic turn promoted by Church orchestrated propagandas especially presented through left leaning ideologues finding it cheaper compared to Abrahamics to deride Hindu cultrure or anything and everything Hindus. I love Sen’s expositions. Great.

  • Binoy Halder

    those who are true Hindus and Hindu dharma gurus need to take the responsibility to decolonize our education system based on western Weltanschauung, nonetheless Hindus will just be vanished. Hindus must pressurize governments to open comparative religion study center at the Indian universities both at pg and ug levels,besides Hindu students shall emphasize on the study of science, technology, engineering, math, economic management, dandaniti and law, and on Sanskrit. special efforts must be taken if not by the governments then by the Hindu gurus,rich temples,pro-Hindu corporate houses for the robust revival of the study of Sanskrit from the very beginning of the childhood of every Hindu children. we need to build Hindu leaders who will show the world the path of peace and prosperity, though its not easy and will take more than two decades if we start now, we need to keep patience and work hard to achieve this. educated Hindus must create numerous social,cultural and dharmic organisations (not only internet based) to create the consciousness about dharma and Hindu Weltanschauung and above all just to unite the hapless and scattered Hindus. end of dharma means end of hindus.

    • Shubhangi Raykar

      Smriti Irani had started on it but was removed.

    • Shubhangi Raykar

      Two words in the constitution are enimical to this. One is ‘secular’ and the other is propagation. Both are later additions thanks to Indira clan

      • Cybil Peril

        What is propagation??? Minority is yet another inimical well crafted word to eliminate majority in their own land. Catho agent Suniaji did her best but got a kick in last election. Thank God…

      • Cybil Peril

        What is propagation???

  • कृ

    > Indeed, these pedestrian texts reflexively question the very basis of Indian nationhood.
    > The British had also held India’s Hindu elites responsible for the patriotic fervour that eventually led to their ejection from India.

    It is to be said that nationhood is quite meaningless; the whole point of a nation in the European context is to create a homogenous group who can be hearded to “prosperity”. While India may not be as successful, it is certainly one that is heading ever more towards this, and really even the BJPs agenda is to turn India into an Anglo-Saxon state, producing ever-more accurate clones to be exported to the native markets.

    The purpose and goal of India, if you think about it, is essentially to serve as a cattle-market for the Anglo-Saxon states. I assume in order to make the produce more palatable, it is also trying to imbibe protestantism in the heards by seizing temples and stalling any awareness from being born. Not that the temples were planning on doing that, anyway (except possibly Dharmasthala).

    The “Hindu” elites in INC “kicked out” the British to gain control of a profitable market, not much else. There is next to no ideology or rationality in India, even in the “educated” class, apart from what was inherited from the West. This is not surprising since much of its politically inclined linguistic population (if you know logic, you’ll understand how important language is) have come cess-pools of incompetent idiots shouting xenophobic verses and ask for little other than reservations.

    The old schools of Nyaya are mostly stuck in dilapidated Sanskrit universities, often smaller than the libraries of Anglical institutions; likely spending their time endlessly (atleast I imagine) arguing with the Vyakarana people about semantics of long forgotten texts. I don’t think there is much hope for India, with the Indian state at the helm (or even without it). This seems to be what Dharampal believed too. Indeed even me speaking to you in this alien language is testament to our depravation – I can’t express a tenth of this in my own native tongue, nor can I reason in it.

    • कृ

      It’s rather amusing that those who have most to gain from the Indian state conspire to destroy it, while those who have everything to lose from it remain mum and develop virulent nationalism for its sake.

      India is a strange place.

  • Deva

    Stop this Islamic tirade in the hindi films. All the songs are full of islamic language. Allah, Insha allah, Jumme ki raat etc. What happened to Bhagvan, bhavan ki icha, or shukravar etc, Stop these urdu language in the film language and use good nice sounding hindi and indian languages. Why not use the other indian languages instead. In the 50 and 60 we had good hindi language films. Is this all dawoods dictat or the the script and dialog writers monopoly by the islamic sect guys.

    • Shubhangi Raykar

      That is because the poets are Muslim.

  • Santosh Gairola

    One would wonder when was the last time a nice bhajan came out of Bollywood?

  • Vagabond

    BOYCOTT BOLLYWOOD !!!
    Only if we completely boycott Bollywood, it might serve as a bitter lesson to Hinduphobics.
    Already, in terms of purely trade: Bollywood is dead.

  • Anshul Singhal

    Hindus and specially all well off Hindus must awake and make others stake holders awake too until it is too late ..now the enemy is well intruded and within among us , we need to awake our Kshatriya Dharma instinct to counter, foiled and reply for any such attempts by enemy of any kind, we must ready to sacrifice of any kind to fight with enemy

  • Arun

    sir, to say that they are the foremost enemies is a bit misdirected. The foremost enemies of Hindus are Hindus themselves. Today, the TOI carries an article by Francois Gautier. I am afraid what he has pointed out about the them today – their selfishness, their greed, their lack of civic sense, untidying their surroundings, lack of fraternity to name just a few, is sadly actually quite accurate. Bollywood has come to be dominated by one cabal, similar to the way our universities have been. But they are still lesser of the problem, compared to Hindus ourselves.

  • SM

    Deliberate injection of Sufi Songs in Hindi Movies, repeated use of “allha” and “Jesus” vocabulary in hindu TV serials and songs, racy double meaning dialogues, showing hindus with rushing to Durghas with faith, the title of majority hinidi movies are either in English or Urdu, hinidi movies are now 50% english in language, and the list goes on…In this information age, Hindus should unit to formulate a counter strategy to prevent this tsumani of inculturization. Or else our future generation will read about Hinduism only in text…We are observing slow death of our Hindu values and tradition right in front of our eyes.

  • Nishant Avasthi

    100 % Correct. Sir, you have missed a few – TV serials + raunchy music videos played 24X7 on TV + subliminal Ads promoting Sex Sex & Sex while selling absolute junk . It would be tough for anyone to list out 10 programs on TV which one can watch with one’s children. Divorce+Live-In+Porn is being promoted polluting young impressionable minds and driving them away from the real India to the “India built by the British & the Liberals & the elites”