Book Review: Breaking India -Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines

Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit FaultlinesBreaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines by Rajiv Malhotra
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A very interesting book that does a good job of identifying all the agents and agencies silently and openly involved in bringing down the fabric of a centralized democracy that is India hinging on a majority religion shaped by other religions and cultures over thousands of years. Going back to the colonial past and throwing light on the work of Christian missionaries in dividing the populace and creating an identity crisis based on race theories, the authors show how the script hasn’t changed much to present day India where under the guise of secularism and human rights, the onslaught still continues. It is amazing to see the organized way in which NGOs, Churches and other institutions sitting within India, funded by global entities primarily in the US and Europe, have created chaos to rule the country without direct power in their hands. The fact that the India media and international media houses at large don’t run any “stories” on such practices, combined with the powerful hand-twisting of finicky and easy-to-buy Indian politicians, has made India very vulnerable to a serious humanitarian struggle waiting to happen. The authors stop short of calling it as a civil war in the making, although a very similar methodology employed by Churches and Western agencies had caused the bloody Rwandan civil war between the Hutus and the Tsutsis.

The authors focus more on the histories of the Dravidian ideology and the Dalit nexus in this book. It is fascinating to look at how a fictitious and laughable premise around the concept of ‘dravidian identity’ (even if assumed to be true for those passionate about it!) has been used to create a separate identity that ventured to tear down the country at one point and the political perpetrators of this movement repeatedly joined hands with disruptive Church agents and Islamic fundamentalists for money and power. Tamil Nadu has been pinpointed as the epicenter of this no-barriers grave situation which on looking at the political situation (outside of the book) is easy to relate to and guess the severe impact it has created in this otherwise progressive state. The other situation is the way in which fundamentalist right-wing Christian organizations with massive money-power have taken over the “dalit” cause and have used it effectively to create chaos and a multitude of problems in India. The situation seems grave as there are no solutions offered in the book to tackle them and even more, it requires more than political will and strong leaders to fight this problem over the next several decades. Can India produce such leaders is a very weak proposition at present!

What I liked further about the book is the final analysis of the situation at hand to bring down India – the three very highly powerful global forces that have all chosen India as their target – Islamic fundamentalism sponsored by Saudi Arabia, Iran and other middle-east countries, China and its rising capitalistic aspirations and the Western interventions through the Church and other means. It looks like there is no respite for India from this onslaught that has been going on aggressively over the past several decades since its independence. It certainly made me have a new found respect for the hard work of the politicians and bureaucrat administrators who have still managed to keep India and the religion of Hinduism alive give all the odds against it. Time will tell who will win this one-sided battle at the global stage – the aggressors or the lone underdog!

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