4000 histories….

The history of India is the history of our 4000 jathis and innumerable sub-castes and sub-sects and their own religions and beliefs. The British succeeded in discrediting Brahmins in the eyes of the 3999 other castes and in convincing us that we have no sense of history. They have succeeded in convincing our (wrongly) educated people that our Itihasas are mythologies and that Rama and Vikramaditya and Vishnu were a figment of our imagination. Fortunately, not much of our country has any education, either western or vedic. If we arrive at the truth in time, the damage can be contained.

But even as we attempt to attempt to shake off the British colonial versions of our history and replace it with our own history, there is no point of unity of perspective in the Indian sub-continent about ourselves. Neighbouring countries of India barely admit that Rama, Ganesha and Krishna are heroes, let alone God. The 3999 non-brahmin Hindu castes, reject the Itihasas and Puranas and put their own spins on it.

However, all the 4000 odd Hindu castes of India and those of our neighbours, agree that there were some individuals like Rama, Krishna, Vibhishana, Hanuman, Indra, Jambavan, Ravana and others. They do not agree on the exact incidents. They do not agree on which individual was God, who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. Even when they agree on major events they differ widely in minor events. They agree that there were devas, manavas and rakshasas and nagas and gandharvas and so on.

Another common feature is that the bad guys belong to other regions and other jathis… whatever the ‘other’ defines. In the absence of a uniform Indian view of history, the British colonial view, or the Marxist view will prevail in the world and in India.

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