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Mahatma Gandhi — the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule — must be turning in his grave as a consequence of this made in hell Israeli-Indian love fest. Gandhi had himself experienced and opposed the unjust and discriminatory nature of Apartheid during his 21 years in South Africa which proved to be the crucible that forged his identity as a political activist and was an important prelude to his return to India, where he eventually helped to secure Indian independence from the British in August 1947.
Whereas the Afrikaners were simply content to colonise Southern Africa and exploit the indigenous populations, the Israelis have always wanted to colonise Palestine without any of its indigenous inhabitants. Consequently for almost seven decades the Israelis have been gradually but systematically displacing — ethnically cleansing — the Palestinian people by enforcing arbitrary and discriminatory laws that facilitate the building of illegal jewish settlements on stolen Palestinian land.
So for what possible reason could the world’s largest “democracy” want to cosy up to an irrefutable Apartheid state persistently guilty of international law violations and crimes against humanity? Well, apart from the fact that neither of them is an actual democracy — and the expectation of defence and technology deals being negotiated — India has itself been an avid practitioner of vile discrimination for thousands of years.
It all began sometime during the second millennium BCE when a large group of light-skinned Aryans from Persia migrated in a southeasterly direction through Afghanistan and into India which was mostly inhabited by dark-skinned Dravidians. The migrating Aryans introduced a Dark Age to an otherwise thriving civilisation where their priests — like those of Western Europe in a later Dark Age — devised a caste system to relegate the indigenous inhabitants to a lower status, and to preserve that social order by claiming divine ordinance.
The caste system doctrines promulgated the idea that all those born into the lower ranks were living out a necessary punishment for sins committed in a previous life which they may not recall. Their duty was to accept their fate without any objection while toiling and obeying their superiors so as to win promotion in the next life. It was in effect slavery with a carrot and stick Approach.
The migrating Aryans were nomadic agriculturalists consisting of three main castes of priests, warriors, and husbandmen. They initially settled around the northern branches of the Indus River, but then fought their way southwards to create more settlements in the central and southern parts of the country. Assimilation soon followed and the Aryan language gradually became part of the extensive folklore which in being passed from generation to generation, helped to develop Sanskrit, the language used in the most ancient and sacred religious writings collectively known as the Vedas.
Early Vedic religion involved the deification and worship of natural elements with each element often being represented by more than one deity so that the sun was for instance variously venerated as Vishnu, “the mighty one”; Bhaga, “the bestower of boons”; Savitar, “the enlivener”; Pushan, “he who causeth to flourish”; and Surya, “the glowing one.” The gods in their abundance, however, were not worshipped by the priests who like their ancient Egyptian counterparts did not subscribe to the idolatry of the duped masses whom they considered incapable of either comprehending or observing the pure religion of the spirit which in its spoken and written form was the jealously guarded possession of a small circle of initiated men. It is evident in the following passage from the Maha-nirvana that those chosen for initiation were taught to disregard such idolatrous inventions:
“Numerous figures, corresponding with the nature of divers powers and quality, were invented for the benefit of those who are wanting in sufficient understanding . . . We have no notion of how the Eternal Being is to be described: He is above all that mind can apprehend, above nature . . . That only one that was never defined by language, and gave to language all its meaning, he is the Supreme Being and no partial thing that man worships . . . This Being extends over all things. He is mere spirit without corporal form; without extension of any size, unimpressionable, and without any organs; he is pure, perfect, omniscient, omnipresent, the ruler of the intellect and the soul of the whole world.”
Despite assimilation, the caste system persisted and the priests evolved into the Brahmins from whose supposedly deep appreciation of the values that mattered most to humanity, emanated the power that governed every aspect of community life. The Ksatriyas, or warriors, provided the political and military leadership that maintained social order and enhanced the material welfare of the community. The necessary base for social cohesion was down to the artisans, farmers and merchants who as a group were known as the Vaisyas. It was from the Vaisyas that a fourth group of unskilled labourers, or Sudras, came into being to carry out the menial tasks which in turn produced a people of such low status, that they were called Harijans or “untouchables,” and as such they were not allowed to associate or even worship with their fellow human beings because the nature of their “impure” work was anathema to the purity of the Brahmin religion.
Such discrimination appears even in the Bible where it is written that outcasts could not be touched, but were permitted to exist as “hewers of wood and drawers of water” (Joshua 9:21). While Yahweh’s Jewish scribes insinuated that traditions of the caste system had been passed down from their ancestors, they were in truth borrowed from the already established Asian caste system.
Brahmanism, the orthodox religion of India, developed in three main stages starting with the Age of the Vedas and their Ancillary Literature. Next came Brahmanism and the doctrines of the Upanishads — texts with esoteric embodiment that were probably written between 400 and 200 BCE — which held that God was the transcendent reality of which man, nature and the material universe were manifestations. Finally came the Age of the Buddhist and Jainist Heresies which prompted a Brahmin counter-reformation in the form of relentless and sanguinary persecution that led to the rise of Hindu sects.
Acceptance into the priesthood required initiation into the mysteries whose celebration through progressive Degrees was regulated by the different phases of the moon. The main part for each Degree of an initiation ceremony was invariably conducted in a darkened environment such as a subterranean cavern or man-made excavation. Flashing lights, screams and other frightening effects were used to create fear, sensory confusion and a hypnotic effect which facilitated indoctrination. During the time lapse of many weeks between each successive Degree, the Candidate was kept busy with constant ablutions, fasting, prayer and study under the tutelage and spiritual guidance of a Brahmin.
After completing the long and arduous process, the Candidate’s acceptance into the priesthood culminated with him being introduced into a brightly lit Holy of Holies with fragrance, soothing music and a blazing fire representing paradise. The susceptive Candidate then knelt before the fire and was encouraged to believe that he would see the Deity’s appearance within the pyramidal flame. Thus regenerated, he was invested with a tiara, a white robe and the sacred cord; his forehead was marked and on his breast was placed a tau cross whose vertical shaft represented the higher celestial states of being, while the horizontal bar represented the lower, earthly states; and finally he was entrusted with the sacred word whose trilateral form represented the Deity’s power to create, preserve and destroy as personified by Brahma, Vishnu and Siva.
Thus was the Candidate elevated to the position of Brahmin: a position that was attainable only to a man who belonged to the first three thrice-born classes, and of the four original divisions of the Hindu body: a position that allegedly possessed supernatural powers that could control and even change the course of cosmic events by means of rituals and sacrifices; a position of esteem and unchallenged authority; and a contemptible position because of that position’s own contempt for “those who are wanting in sufficient understanding,” for those who are Untouchables, and for those who are women.
It was the Brahmins who around 200 BCE composed the self-serving rules which they legitimised by attribution to Manu who was the Hindu version of Adam, or First Man. The Code of Manu, or Manusmrti, is the collection of laws based on custom, precedent and the teaching of the Vedas. It is alleged — as was the case with Moses — that Manu learnt these laws from the Creator himself which he in turn passed on to the sages who were by definition profoundly wise men. Despite the written assertions by such wise men it would not be unreasonable to wonder what kind of benevolent and just God would have been responsible for the iniquitous laws of which the following are but a few examples:
“In childhood a female must be subject to her father; in youth, to her husband; when her lord (husband) is dead, to her sons; a woman must never be independent . . . She must not seek to separate herself from her father, husband or sons. By leaving them she would make both her and her husband’s families contemptible.”
Manu Verses 148, 149
“Him to whom her father may give, or her brother with the father’s permission, she shall obey as long as she lives . . . Though destitute of virtue, or seeking pleasure elsewhere, or devoid of good qualities, a husband must be constantly worshipped as a god by a faithful wife.”
Manu Verses 151, 154
Though Mahatma (Great Soul) Gandhi to some extent championed women’s rights and travelled throughout India condemning the degradation of the Untouchables, little has changed to this day with the caste system and religious intolerance still prevailing. Irrespective of the religion that an Indian belongs to — Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jainist, Muslim, Sikh, or otherwise — he or she will regard their caste as being the primary factor in their identities as Indians rather than their religion.
Even in Western nations like Britain, the tradition of forced marriages persists within South Asian communities where young girls can often be falsely lured to India, kidnapped, held against their will, beaten, and in some cases even killed by their relatives. Those who rebel against such an abhorrent tradition are regarded as having brought shame on the family and are invariably punished with “honour” attacks that can include dousing with acid, abduction, mutilations, and beatings and in some cases, even murder. It would be hard to find another animal species capable of punishing its offspring with the same degree of barbarity. But maybe that is because other animal species do not worship the false idols of hate-inducing religions.
Despite its abundance of gods and religious fervour, India is rated as one of the most hazardous countries in the world for women and young girls with high rates of human trafficking, prostitution and rape. The cultural preference for male rather than female offspring has also encouraged feticide and infanticide with an estimated 50 million females having gone missing over the past century. Though India may be the world’s largest “democracy” and is hailed as a rapidly developing country, it must be said that its flagrant disregard for the human rights of women and the lower castes is a disgrace even by the abysmal standards of its own false gods and gender-biased religious doctrines.
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”
While everyone has a right to choose and practice the religion of his or her choice, no one has a right whatsoever to use that religion as justification for the persecution of other human beings. The Palestinian people know only too well what it is like to be at the receiving end of brutal persecution and ethnic cleansing from a people who insist they were chosen by God Himself who promised them Palestine. The Prime Ministers of Israel and India will no doubt have proudly regaled each other with tales of the unspeakable atrocities either instigated or tolerated by their respective governments.