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Hate based on false theory
Second opinion: Vivek Gumaste
dailypioneer.com Edit page September 22 2007
The vicious diatribe against Lord Ram by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi can be best described as frustrated vituperation by an ageing demagogue whose ideological hypotheses stand demolished in the face of fresh scientific evidence. For all its claims of rationalism, the DMK looks a mish-mash of logical inconsistencies deeply rooted in hate. Its relevance today is dictated more by political happenstance than any other ideological allegiance.
Though embellished by terms like 'self-respect' and 'rationalism', the driving force behind the Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu has been the Aryan-Dravidian divide - a notion extrapolated from the conjecture that the mostly fair-skinned Tamilian Brahmins accused of exploiting other castes were in fact migrant Aryans from the north. The Aryan-Dravidian theory, first credited to German scholar Max Muller, is the greatest fraud committed against the people of India in the name of history. It is this perverted version that has been aggressively disseminated over the years by the so-called historians pursuing a dubious political agenda.
In his book, Biographies of Words and the Home of the Aryas, Muller categorically states: "I have declared again and again that if I say Aryans, I mean neither blood nor bones, nor hair nor skull; I mean simply those who speak an Aryan language... in that sense, and in that sense only, do I say that even the blackest Hindus represent an earlier stage of Aryan speech and thought than the fairest Scandinavians... To me an ethnologist who speaks of Aryan race, Aryan blood, Aryan eyes and hair, is as great a sinner as a linguist who speaks of a dolichocephalic dictionary or a brachycephalic grammar."
Moreover, several DNA studies are evidence to the fact that all Indians, regardless of their colour or other differences, are of the same stock. This brings into question the very legitimacy of the birth of the Dravidian movement. Faced with this evidence, is Mr Karunanidhi, a self-proclaimed rationalist, willing to change the name of his party? Or will he continue to perpetrate this myth on the people of Tamil Nadu?
As for the concept of hate, an image dating back to the 1960s comes to my mind - a picture of Lord Ram garlanded with slippers and sandals being paraded through the streets of Salem in Tamil Nadu by the members of the Dravida Kazhagam, the parent body of the DMK. If this is not hate, what is?