P. Arangasamy

The book under review by Ankur Prakashan, Akola The March of Brahminism from The Vedas to Terrorism is a bold attempt by Prof . Khodke to refute the theory of Vincent Smith and Max Mueller that Aryans  were the invaders into India. Prof asserts that the Aryans were  nomadic tribes who migrated to India in search of new pastures for their cattle and a fertile  land  for their livelihood and  habitation.

Even  though  lacking in military prowess, their trickery  and  cunningness  were  so  deep  as  that of the foxes. Their lack of strength and courage were  amply compensated  by their deep rooted cunningness which one must add that it continues to be so until to day.  In Shakespeares  language, theirs is “a cunning past man’s thought”.                   

Much earlier than the arrival of the  nomadic  Aryans, the whole of India had been inhabited by Naga  Dravidians  who spoke the Tamil Language, according to Dr.Ambedkar Those who remained in the North began adopting Sanskrit subsequently but Nagas of the South retained  Tamil  as their mother  tongue. Prof. Khodke  counters this opinion by declaring that Sanskrit had never been a spoken language and what the Aryans  spoke  must  have  been Pali Prakrit  which  has  evolved  as  what  is  known  as  Sanskrit  at a later date.

The authors contention that regional languages like Marathi Hindi and Bengali have been  evolved much earlier than Sanskrit must have been built on stronger grounds than the mere quoting of Mr. P.S Sadar linguists  have indicated with proof that in general almost all the North Indian languages derived from Saskrit and in the South of India Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu and Tulu are the offshoots of Tamil or a much earlier Dravidian language.  

Strange it is that both the words- India and Hindustan etymologically speaking are humiliating The Great Alexander in the  Fourth century B. C is said  to have called the North of the nation as Indi which means “strange and uncivilized people.” The word  Hindu is Persian  to indicate the non –Muslim inhabitants as slaves.The authors above said explanation arouses our curiosity as to what would have been the name of the whole mass of this sub continent earlier than Alexander, the Great.  

In condemning Ramayana, Prof Khodke profusely quotes and brings out also the opinion of Thanthai Periyar  on the minuses of the Epic. The Professor also quotes from Manu Smiriti, a number of passages that induces people to venerate the Brahmins. The Smiritis outlook towards Shudras and the punishments meted out to them in case of any least violation of rules are not only atrocious but also an  indication how far the Smiriti is an unequal law which is very deeply supportive of Aryans.   

So  also the thematic content  of  Bhagavat Gita about which the author quotes what Pandit Nehru says and observes that it  perpetuates the Varnashrama Atharma .The Reviewer  wishes  that Prof Khodke may go through  a criticism of Gita- A Myth or Mirage by Dr. K. Veeramani and also  THE Truth about Gita  by Narla Venkateswara Rao  of Hyderabad.

In Chapter 8 that speaks about the evils brought by the Brahmins a passage from  Shakespeare needs a correction a follows:

“The good  is oft interred with their bones  
Evils that men  do lives after them”

That apart, Prof Khodke has taken pains in about four chapters lengthily enumerating the oppressiveness of untouchability in various parts of India. Seven chapters, from the Twelfth to the the Nineteenth provide a threadbare  analysis how the Brahminism uprooted Buddhism by a devious method annihilation by absorption. It  is true as Dr. Ambedkar says thathe aggression of Brahminism against Buddhism was rigorous ,harsh and much more violent. Prof Khodke has asserted that for Bahmins, Hinduism is only a ploy to enforce caste system and untouchability. His rejoinder to Romila Thapar is fairly reasonable.

Violence unleashed by communal elements is listed out in one chapter. But on a deeper scrutiny a few of them may  have been on provocation and a few may be a revengeful reaction but at length the authors desire for love and communal harmony is appreciable. He has fairly succeeded in  exposing the congenital cunningness of the whole lot of Brahmins and in creating an awareness as to how the other communities must be cautious in dealing with them.

The March of Brahminism from The Vedas to Terrorism, Publisher : Ankur Prakashan, Near Jadharpeth Police Outpost, Akola – 444005, Maharashtra State
Price : Rs. 250/-

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