Indian Summer: The Political Colors of Hindutva

Rama riding Hanuman with his monkey army.

In this hour of the need, when every hope appears to be destroyed, we have to consider the past very carefully so that we can begin to reverse the actions that caused the present miserable state. India — our motherland — was occupied… First, Muslims (who first invaded in the early eighth century) controlled the Delhi-Agra region, forcing many of the nearby Hindus into a kind of forced military alliance, and imposing Islam on the holy land of India. Then, the European powers took advantage of our disorganization, and the whole of our country virtually come under British rule — our language, culture and history destroyed, and our economy and living standard made catastrophic. Next, our motherland was partitioned and Hindu India was forced to recognize the independent Muslim “nation” of Pakistan.

British colonial India was created on British laws, British values, British culture and British policies. Under this system lawyers used the loopholes in the law to protect who ever paid them, and, as such, they became the new ruling class. The ancient Indian system was destroyed. Its influence can still be felt. Most specifically, the problem lies in disunity. Hindus are a most dis-unified “unit”. More than 500 independent monarchies signed to end their rule, and to form a Republic of India. Never in history have so many monarchies acted to end their ancient privileges and power.

The Ancient Roots of Hindu India

That Hindus constitute an independent nation and civilization is a fact recognized as far back as the Vedic era — an era of one people, one nation, one language, and one Dharma. There wasn’t a large variety of local cultures, traditions, etc. to separate the Vedic people from each other.

Rama riding Hanuman with his monkey army.
Rama with the monkey army of Hanuman.

After catastrophic climate change between 2100 B.C.E. and 1900 B.C.E., from their traditional Saptasindhu heartland (called Brahmavart in Manu Smriti) between Saraswati and the Aravali mountain ranges, the Vedic people migrated north-westwards towards Russia, the Ganges Valley and southern India.

Then, permanently settled, the Vedic people created the great Sinhasta culture of Russia which later descended into Andronovo culture. These cultures lie at the roots of the majority of Russian and Celtic people of Europe. In western Asia, Vedic people established the mighty Mittani culture which destroyed even the powerful Assyrians. The Mittani profoundly influenced neighboring Egypt, Israel, Hittite Empire and possibly other civilizations. Yet, while the migration enlarged the borders of the Vedic homeland, it soon turned out to be at the cost of civilizational disunity.

Those further from home started to create new civilizations of there own. The Western Asian Mittani Empire showed more loyalty and maintained Vedic culture and religion to the very last moment, as shown by invoking Indra and other vedic gods in a treaty between the Hittites and the Mittani. Meanwhile, in India, the Vedic language was already turning into various regional Prakrit languages, though the elites maintained their version of Vedic language, which they called Sanskrit.

In modern terminology Vedic language is called “Vedic Sanskrit” and the now “maintained” language of the Brahmins is called “Classical Sanskrit.” I find this term inappropriate, as “Sanskrit” means one which is artificially perfected while the Vedic language is actually considered, by Hindus, to be the direct language of the gods, with no human development in its history.

The Emergence of the Hindu Empires

Between such disasters of the climate change mentioned above, the call for a Hindu nation was heard many times. The Gupta Empire effectively used it. (This empire is believed to have re-created the golden ages.) And after the great empires, small kingdoms, such as the small Rajput sates, used Hindu nationalism (Rashtra) for diplomacy. Prithviraj Chauhan (1149–1192 C.E.), a king of the Hindu Chauhan dynasty, was close to re-establishing Hindu Rashtra, and would have succeeded had he not have made the horrible mistake of ignoring his enemy after defeating them 16 times.

Hemchandra Vikramaditya, a Bengali governor of the Afghans of Rajasthani, was also very close to re-establishing Hindu Rashtra, but at his final battle near Panipat he was defeated and killed by cunning Mughals.

Next, the Vijaynagar Empire (1336-1646) emerged in southern India. The Vijaynagar mixed the regionalist nationalism with Hindutva (“Hinduness”) to great success. Just like Hemchandra’s Empire before them, the Vijaynagar were defeated by invading Muslim armies, even when they were powerful, since the Muslims were able to kill their king, who was commanding the armed forces that were resisting the invasion.

Enter Shivaji

After the Vijaynagar Empire, the Marathas rose to power. Shivaji, the founder of Maratha Empire was no regionalist. He used the Maratha cry for independence from Mughals effectively. But what he said to the Mirza Raja Jai Singh, Aurengzeb’s general and king of Amer (Jaipur) made it clear that he was pure Hindu nationalist. It is said he told the general that if he had come, breaking from the Mughals to expand the Amer’s empire under Hindu flag, he would have followed him and would have raised his flag all over Deccan!

Shivaji had no lust for power. He once told his guru to take the kingdom as he didn’t need it. But the guru instructed him that he was needed for the re-establishment of the Hindu Empire. Soon, however, the Maratha Empire started to fall because of regionalism. The governors appointed by the Maratha Emperor grew more ambitious, and didn’t share any strong Hindu nationalism like Shivaji. They started to consider themselves as kings in their own right and the Maratha emperor as just a figurehead. Later wars and great disagreements between these governors arose, with brutal treatment of the people and brutal raids on fellow Hindus becoming part of their tactics. Even though they were able to reach as far as Afghanistan (the liberated Khyber pass), these problems ultimately cost them, with their destruction at hands of British.

Modern Hindu Nationalism

During the 1920s a wave of Hindu nationalism led by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (a national volunteer army) and the Hindu Mahasabha arose in Maharashtra — the home of Shivaji! After independence from Britain Hindu nationalist organizations were the largest and strongest. (India is still probably only country in the world where the largest trade union is not communist.) BMS, the largest trade union of India is Hindu nationalist. Hindu nationalism in India was spread by refraining from going for power grabbing and, instead, slowly working for the benefit of society. The RSS believed that a social change would make India a Hindu nation.

During the 1980s the BJP political party, which has a Hindu Nationalist agenda, started to grow in power, but at the cost of compromising its values. Today the BJP, just like the Congress party, openly appeal for Muslim votes and will do anything to get them. The saffron colors of BJP faded when it abandoned the Ayodhya Ram Mandir movement. More and more power hungry people joined the Hindu nationalist movement
tarnishing once incorruptible organizations.

What We Must Do

Hindus are still not unified. We lack a unified state, flag, and emperor. The Hindu habit of being “satisfied” is extremely dangerous for us in the long run. To reverse the present situation, we have to set some necessary goals for ourselves. He is what I suggest:

1. Create a unified Vedic culture — a unified system based on the Vedas, Gita, Upnishadas and, to a certain degree, the Brahamanas.

2. Make the social and political order truely Hindu: a state under an emperor guided by a Raj-Purohit or chief
priest and eight Amatyas or ministers. While various social institutions will be based upon promotion through merit and consensus, almost all of today’s bureaucracy and education should come under the control of society, while the emperor, ministers, chief priest and governors maintains law and order, foreign affairs and internal security.

3. Revive Vedic language as a new modern language written in Sarasvati (Indus) Script. We should attempt to revive the language at least 99%, going back to the oldest language in the Rig Veda. This will enable us to create an unambiguous language rivaling even computer programming language. But unlike programming languages, it would still enable authors and writers to be very subtle if that’s what they want.

4. Revive Vedic dress.

5. Expansion. By “expansion” I don’t mean some evil strategy to attack and take over even one inch of land from anywhere else. I mean expanding the Hindu system all around globe. And, with it, spread Hindu Nationalism or Hindu National Utopia, expanding on a spiritual and ethical level.

6. Develop a national culture of high knowledge. Education, research, and development should surpass the
service sector in production. More than 40% of the economy would be based on research and development and education. Research and development would be an independent profession in itself, unlike its present reliance on the commercial sector.

This is in no way a complete program of Hindu National Utopia. Indeed, my outline is necessitated on accurately understanding and articulating both the present situation and our ancient glory. This context is important to know what Hindu Nationalism really is and why, today, it needs a unified political voice.

harshvardhanHarshvardhan Singh Rawlot is the leader of Arya Sena and Aryavart movement, and a software developer specializing in artificial consciousness and language theory.

4 Comment

  1. Great Post! Yes, we need to unite Language and Scripture for sure! Almost all scriptures can be related back to some principle in Rg Veda! We just need to connect the dots and show how organized our literature really is!

  2. Why do hindus always repeat the 16 times myth of Prithviraj Chauhan then losing on the 17th when he only had 2 battles with Ghori which chauhan lost the second time .Which ruler would keep on letting off someone who has attacked him 16 times itself dont make any sense. Nationalism is a European political construct

  3. Ecgwine Icling says: Reply

    Why would you spread ahistorical nonsense to what you must assume is an educated readership? Yes, Islam invaded northern India and for some centuries marginalized Hindus (creating the concept of “Hindu” in the first place). At the same time, or a few centuries before, Hindus marginalized Buddhism (which was prevalent in India until the beginning of the Common Era) and invaded and colonialized southern India and Southeast Asia. Why is one imperialism despicable and the other heroic, apart from the fact that you identify with one and not the other?
    And what is this inane nonsense about a “Vedic homeland” in Russia, or the Near East? I am sure you know as well as I do that there can be no talk of “Vedic” people before 1700 BCE or so at the earliest, and that these Vedic people descended from, and were not the founders of, the Andronovo culture. As for a “Vedic language written in Sarasvati (Indus) Script”, please, it is not a “script” to begin with (so much as a non-linguistic symbol system) and has nothing whatsoever to do with “Vedic” culture. You want to impose monolithic Hindu culture on India and the world at large. This makes you no better and no worse than Islam itself. Look, I have nothing against Hinduism, may it prosper, but can you please recognize that Hinduism doesn’t own the Indian subcontinent, but is rather just one of a long string of cultures that tried their luck at bossing the natives around. Or at least if you do dream of a monolithic, volkisch Neo-Hindu empire, accept that you are simply partisan to one imperialism over others and as such no better or worse than Muslim or British imperialists. You simply wish you were on top rather than being bossed around. That’s a human sentiment I suppose, but certainly not among the nobler expressions of human culture or spirituality.

  4. Harshvardhan says: Reply

    Mr.Ecgwine Icling, ignorance is bliss, really for you ;). It looks like that. You don’t know two things about what are you talking about, not all ignorant are fools but those who keep on talking about the thing which they don’t know anything about are fools.
    First things first. What Buddhism and Hinduism are you talking about? India thousands of religions under Dharmic Religion flag. Advaita ‘Hindu’ and Tibetan Buddhism are closer than Advaita is to Hare Krishna and Tibetan Buddhism is to Lankan Buddhism. Hindu/Buddhist/Jain are political definitions profitable to Breaking Hindu forces, we reject notion of separation in Dharmic culture. Funny thing is, The Charvak movement is called ‘materialist hinduism’ by western ‘scholars’. haha, Charvak declared devils created Vedas. Charvak movement is dead, no profit by dividing it from Hinduism and hence no recognization as separate.
    The so called HIndu destruction of Buddhism, Buddhist torturing Hindus/Jains, is bullshit said by the monks who lost royal patronage. Many major kings gave patronages to multiple sects prevailing in there kingdom but majority gave patronage to the sect they belong to. Not even there related Hindu/Buddhist brethren. Bimbisara’s father was so called ‘Hindu’. He was a Buddhist. His son a Jain. Best of luck having in a medieval European kingdom an Orthodox Grandfather, Catholic son and Jewish Grandson. haha. Patroange to sects was king’s wish, not state’s. King gave patronage as an individual not as head of the state.
    So called Buddhism was forcibly destroyed by Islam. Central Asia, Eastern India and Indonesia were heartland of Buddhists in 6th century.
    Then you claimed about alleged Vedic origin in Andronovo, aka Russia. Interesting story is behind it. Max Muller and Europeans Christian scholars from Bodon Professorship at Oxford believed God created world 6 thousand years ago. Based on than and there dating of great floods, they can’t give a date better than 1500 BCE. In Lecture to Indian Civil Service students in Britain, Max Muller again and again said Vedas are most ancient humanity possible, etc. etc. And said only more ancient thing might be “Adam and Eve”. wow, so scientific.
    What about the hell lot of astronomical evidences in Vedas about its dating? What about the fact that ALL SANSKRIT WORDS are derived from 2700 or so verb roots, if it were developed from an pre-existing language, then change required to make an natural language would easily separate it from its other sisters. Which isn’t the case here, comparing the Serbian and Sanskrit cognates, you’ll often wonder if it is Serbian or some latin notation for sanskrit! The mythical PIE roots don’t make sense at all for Sanskrit words. For example, sanskrit word Shrava is said to be congate with Russian Slava, Old Church Slavonic Slav(o), Greek κλέος and ultimately came from- PIE *ḱléwos.Great, all right. But Shrav is considered by Sanskrit Pundits from verb Shru which means to hear. Shrava means glorious. Vedas are considered glorious and shruti (one which is hear).
    Sanskrit is deeply related to culture of Hinduism, high structured, based on handful of verb roots.
    Now story of Andronovo and Mittani. When Andronovo and Mittani was found, it shook the western masters of India. Indo Iranian domination away form India, they turned the tide and claimed Indians came from there. Earlier prove of it is impossible Sanskrit is sister indo European language (Can only be mother), combined with American Journal of Human Genetics ‘s December 9, 2011 report that Indian population is made by groups who migrated to India 60-70 thousand years ago and then there is no major genetic change here, R1a1a haplogroup (Indo-Slavic-Celtic), it can safely be said when so called Indus Valley Civilization sprung in Saraswati river valley, Hindu Aryans lived there. At least Slavs, Celts and Indo-Iranian (+Dravidian) people share common origin, most likely to be in India.
    Then your claim Indus Script don’t have language, sorry to burst your bubbles, but it have been proven wrong by computer analysis of Rajesh Rao-
    You looks like to be a student/follower of stupid Michael Witzel, fool Michael Witzel is exposed like this-
    The reason behind Hindu movement is exactly this. How much misinformation against greatness of Hindu civilization is filled into the head of so called ‘educated people’. Even in presence of overwhelming evidence, Out of India theory have just recently able to make a mark, only because of its acceptance in West is clear indication of hypocrisy. History is being controlled by political mafia, knowingly and unknowingly you are supporting it, best of luck so called educated.

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