Sunday, February 6, 2011

Christian missionaries in scholarly clothing: Excerpts from the book Sarasvati and the Vedic Civilisation by NS Rajaram Part 13

There was more than scholarship involved in creating the Aryan invasion theory. Max Muller was as much colonial-missionary political agents as he was a scholar, for which he was richly rewarded. As he proudly declared in his Autobiography: “Lord Derby, then secretary of State for India, declared that the scholars who had discovered and proved the close relationship between Sanskrit and English, had rendered more valuable services to the British Government of India than many a regiment”. The most eloquent statement relating this ‘history’ to the Brtish rule came from Stanley Baldwin then Prime Minister, in a speech he made in the House of Commons in 1929:

Ages and ages ago, there sat side by side, the ancestors of the English, Rajputs and Brahmins. Now after ages…the two branches of the great Aryan ancestry have again been brought together by Providence… By establishing British rule in India, God said to the British. “I have brought you and the Indians together after a long separation, not in the order that you should lord over them, or that you should exploit them, but in order that you should recognize your kinship with them… It is your duty to raise them to your own level as quickly as possible and work together, brothers as you are, for the evolution of humanity…

Ref: Sarasvati and the Vedic Civilisation by NS Rajaram

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