- Religion and Philosophy»
Why Indian History needs re-examination?
What world knows of India is through the history or literature written by the people from Brahmin caste and High caste Muslims. Not to get confused here for using the phrase “High caste Muslims” as caste system among Muslims of India is common. Most of the High Caste (Asharaf) Muslims are originally Brahmin converts, very few, may be about a million Muslim population can be said to be successors of original Muslim invaders. Caste system in Muslims traditionally remains intact because they are Hindu converts.
The English writers of colonial era too wrote of India, based on the hordes of information that came to them through Brahmins and Brmhanical (Vedic) records. So to sum up, we can say, the world knows mostly of India through Brahmnical aka Vedic perspective and hence is biased and one sided. No doubt British scholars were forced to believe what they were told of India…history and interpretation of the old texts. Though some British scholars were well versed with Sanskrit, Persian and vernacular languages, the cultural meaning they derived were influenced by the opinions of indigenous scholars.
First, they, British writers, trusted that the Sanskrit was the only ancient language that branched to various vernaculars, Prakrit Languages. They believed that Veda’s were originally composed in “Chandas”, predecessor of Paninian Sanskrit and were preserved for thousands of years through oral tradition. Now once the foundation was laid down in their mind Sanskrit being Mother Language, naturally they had to set course of the linguistic history to suite this hypothesis. This led to grave mistake after mistake; as a result the history got polluted.
This happened with all the history of India…especially cultural History. Rest of the world started believing Vedic culture and religion being original source of Indian culture. World started believing that the Hindu religion is a later development of vaidik religion. However, the picture of Indian history that was exhibited to the world, having basic understanding staged upon wrong assumptions, understanding India in its real sense became mostly impossible to the rest of the world, even to the Indians.
This could happen because of the illiterate and downtrodden masses those could not reach to the historians or writers to reveal what the real story was. The observers of mute
Society hardly could reach to the bottom of the real culture they were following since millenniums, predating Vedik culture. They failed to spot the real facts that Sanskrit, in any case, couldn’t have been mother of all languages as it is an artificial language and never were spoken language. They forgot to see through the veil of misconceptions a reality that was heaving before their eyes. This is why they even could not understand the origin of the caste system and Varna system. They mixed up Vedik religion and ancient Shaivait religion, thinking one and same, thus treating Hindu religion having Brahmanical roots. Brahmins naturally loved this as their superiority complex was being satisfied.
So, looking at India through Brahmanical point of view didn’t create a clear picture of India. History naturally got distorted as the perspective was wrong. Understanding Indian society even to Indians, as a whole, became utmost impossible.
And most importantly, the confusion it caused even among the newly literate masses, have created a cultural strife on entirely wrong footing, which cannot take it to the ultimate solution to the caste based hierarchical problems and hatred against Brahmin caste, that is becoming explosive day after day. Because cultural history written in modern times highly influenced by the Brahmin dominance being wrong, the opponents have become hateful of Brahmins, thinking all evil that persists in Indian society is an outcome of Brahmanical dominance over religion and lower castes. The thinking in general is the caste system was created to exploit Aboriginals of India by the invading Aryans…thanks to Aryan Invasion Theory…though proven wrong on all accounts, still persists here.
History needs re-examination when History seeds communal hatred, may be unknowingly. Accusing a society for all the evil rest of the communities are suffering from, that too based on the false accounts, is not at all that India should be led to. History should be looked upon through new and unbiased point of view.