Parallels between Anti-Semitism and Anti-Brahminism

“Deceit for personal gain is one of history’s most recurring crimes.”

Indian Marxists and secularists are guilty of this crime. They have distorted history beyond belief for their selfish gains. Anti-Brahminism is perhaps the best illustration of this case. According to the anti-Brahminical narrative, Brahmins oppressed and persecuted tribals, Dalits and OBCs for many millennia. Contrary to this belief, there is no evidence to show that Brahmins, or other upper castes ever terrorised the lower classes. The modern caste rigidities and exploitation of lower castes are the results of moral degeneration that set in during the British rule.

Origin of the caste system

Britishers used the policy of divide and rule to create the caste system we know today. In 1851, Lord Elphinstone proclaimed, “Divide et empera was the old Roman motto, and it should be ours.” In other words, the British used the classic Roman tactic of “Divide and rule” to create arbitrary fault lines in the Hindu society in the name of caste. Renowned British Sanskritist Sir M. Monier Williams, in his book Brahminism and Hinduism, wrote:
“The Portuguese, who were the first to trade with India, used the word ‘casta’, ‘race,’ to denote the infinite number of classes into which Indian society is divided. This word was changed by us into ‘caste’ — a word unrecognised by the natives.”

The British enforced the caste system zealously and institutionalised it. Some castes were preferred over others for certain jobs, while they labelled others as criminals. In 1871, British legislation enforced criminal tribes act, rendering 130 Hindu communities, or a third of all Hindus, criminals by birth. As a result, these groups were looked down upon. Moreover, British created new caste groups. In the census of 1901, a total 1616 castes were recognised, which increased to 4127 in 1921 census, within a short span of 20 years. They enumerated these new castes into rigid categories resulting in hardening of caste identities. Thus, the evil caste system that we know today came into being.

Nazi Anti-Semitism and Marxist Anti-Brahminism: Two sides of the same coin

Marxists have falsely blamed Brahmins for the conception of caste system. According to their concocted fables, Brahmins started the evil caste system to keep power in their hands. Brahmins are often portrayed as shrewd, manipulative and untrustworthy people who controlled the Indian society through the caste system. Contrarily, Brahmins were not very powerful or influential in most parts of the country.

But, it is said that we cannot find empirical evidence for Brahminical control over the Indian society because, “Brahmins worked in secretive ways.” This stereotype is strikingly similar to Nazi anti-Semitism. Nazis described Jews as devious connivers, who would do anything for personal gains. They were said to be secretive and untrustworthy, manipulating politics and the economy.

The anti-Brahmin propaganda is enforced time and again through the means of academia, popular cultural and mass media, just like the Nazi propaganda. School textbooks abound with passages vilifying Brahmins. For instance, Itihash O Bhugol, Part II, a textbook for school students of Bengal, regurgitates the standard Marxist anti-Brahminical theses,
“in the name of God, the Pundits extracted gifts for Puja and festivals. The pundits became oppressive and began living off the labour of others, becoming exploiters and oppressors. They were helped by kings and landlords. Shudras, slaves and the poor suffer most from religious persecution………….The upper caste men used to kill Shudras and wipe out entire villages on any excuse whatsoever.”

The book furnishes no proof for these claims !!!

On the contrary, Sir M. Monier Williams in his book, Brahminism and Hinduism, wrote:
“As a rule, however, the lower castes are not oppressed by the higher or even held in contempt by them. It is remarkable, too, that the lower the caste the more tenacious are its members of their own caste-rules and the more pride do they take in observing them, and the more strict are they in enforcing them.”

Perhaps the greatest hotbed of anti-Brahminism today is Tamil Nadu. Last month, the sacred thread of 10 Brahmin men were cut by a group of Periyarites in Chennai. Moreover, last year, in the same city, another group of Periyarites organised a sacred thread ceremony for pigs in an attempt to insult Brahmins.

Another parallel between anti-Brahminism in India and anti-Semitism of Nazi Germany is that, both Jews and Brahmins represent tiny fractions of their respective societies. Their small number makes them an easy target for hate. The Indian Marxists understand this well. They vilify Brahmins and create false narratives of Brahminical oppression in an attempt to mobilise Dalits against a common enemy for political gains. This is similar to what Nazis did in Germany. They mobilised Germans against Jews for political mileage. Such vilification of a particular community brings disastrous consequences. We all know, what did the Nazi anti-Semetism led to in Germany.

Lastly, perhaps the most important parallel is that any wrong that happens in India is immediately attributed to Brahmins or other upper castes. For instance, if a Dalit or a Muslim gets abused, the media immediately blames Brahmins or other upper caste people. But most of the time there is no involvement of any caste hatred in such incidents whatsoever. For instance, recently a Dalit youth was murdered in Gujrat. Mainstream media claimed that the boy was killed by upper caste men for “owning a horse.” Later this news turned out to be false. Police investigation revealed that the boy was killed for harassing school girls.

Similarly in Germany and other parts of Europe, any mishap was immediately attributed to Jews without a second thought. A wise man once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

We must learn from the history of twentieth-century Europe, that how dangerous a propaganda like anti-semitism can be and what consequences it could have, before it is too late.