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ON THE HISTORICAL MYTH OF ‘HINDUISM’

 From ‘Myth of One Hindu Religion Exploded’
 by
Hadwa Dom

 Hinduism did not exist before 1830. It was created by the English colonialists in the 1830s … This is amply borne out by the Encyclopedia Britannica, which states : “The term Hinduism ... [ was ] introduced in about 1830 by British writers.” [ EB 20 ‘Hinduism’ 519 ] In other words, the founding father of ‘Hinduism’ is an Englishman! … "The term ‘Hindusthan’ was first used by a 12th century AD Afghan dynasty of Muhammad Ghori who dubbed his new subjects “Hindus”. Prior to this era, no one in any region of South Asia had ever used these terms to define themselves. …. To summarize, in the words of the Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, “The word [ Hindu ] was never used in Indian literature or scriptures before the advent of Muslims to India.” If at all it was used in a racial sense, “the Muslim rulers used the term ‘Hindu’ [correctly `Hindooi'] to mean Indian non-Muslims only.” The Aryans referred to the region now known as ‘Punjab’ (Persian ‘Land of 5 Rivers’), as ‘Sapta Sindhu’. In Old Achaemenid Persian this became ‘Hapta Hindwa’, and ‘Hindwa’ then meant ‘Inhabitant of the Indus’, completely without religious significance. In Greek ‘Hindwa’ became ‘Indoi’ (Indian), whence the Latin ‘Indus’ river and ‘India’. The Greeks expanded the meaning of India to include the entire subcontinent. It was never used to denote any religion in Greek or Latin. In Old Persian ‘Hindwa’ denoted only the ‘Region around the Indus River’ and not the whole of India. In Pahlavi or Middle Persian this developed into ‘Hindustan’ (The Land of the Indus) but still denoted only the region around the Indus river. It was later Sanskritized to ‘Hindusthan’. This meaning was later distorted to denote ‘Land of Hindus’. The term ‘Mughalstan’ by contrast refers to the Indus-Ganges basin which contains a Muslim majority.

In recent years the terms ‘Dravida Nadu’ or ‘Dravidistan’ and `Dalitstan' have been coined to denote the regions where Dravidoids’ and Dalits respectively are a majority. ‘Sudra Nadu' or ‘Sudrastan’ has developed as an umbrella term for Dravidistan and Dalitstan.

A full one-third of all Negros in the world inhabit this Sudrastan, and Pan-Negroism has played a considerable role in the spread of this movement.  The Arabs adopted the Old Persian ‘Hindwa’ as ‘Hind’ (India) and ‘Hindwi’ (Indian). Neither of these words were used as applying to any religion; they were purely geographical and national terms. None of the medieval Arab travellers was aware of one single monolithic faith being practiced. In fact, all the Arab travellers referred to the Indians as practicing 42 different religions.

The Portuguese never even used the word ‘Hindu’ … to denote any Indian religion, proving that Hinduism, did not exist as a concept at the time of the Portuguese. Instead, they referred to the ‘Hindus’ as ‘Gentoos’. Portuguese dictionaries give the following definition of ‘Gentoo’ : Gentio
(Hindu, gentile, a heathen, pagan) + applied by the Portuguese to the Hindus in contradistinction to the Mouros, or Moors ie. Mohammedans.

… the concept of Hinduism was invented by the English with the ulterior motive of making their loyal servents, the Aryan Brahmins, the rulers of India. All the invasions of India by foreigners were engineered by the Brahmins. They actively collaborated with the Portuguese, helping them to conquer large parts of India. The offices of the Mughal empire were full of Brahmin conspirators. A full one-third of the British Bengal army was Brahmin. Indeed, the answer to the much-asked question, ‘Why has Indian history been a series of invasions ?' is ‘The Brahmins engineered them!’. The creation of Hinduism … and the propagation of these concepts is mainly due to vested interests with the following ulterior motives.

·        Reward of Brahmin Collaborators - As shown above, the main motive in the English invention of Hinduism was to reward their Aryan Brahmin collaborators with an imagined leadership of all of Hinduism and by extension, all of India. Such were the services rendered to the British crown that not only were the Brahmins made leaders of India at that time, but the whole of Indian history was completely falsified to portray them as the ‘eternal rulers of all Hindus’.

·        Dravidianism Suppressed - India obtained Independance from Anglo-Brahmin and Brahmin-Portuguese rule in 1947. However, the new state that arose was merely a neo-Brahminist casteocracy. One of the main ‘threats’ to the integrity of the new Aryan Brahmin-ruled republic was the spectre of Dravidian Nationalism. The Sudroids (Dravidoids and Kolarians) represent the original inhabitants of India, who were later subjugated by the Aryan invaders. They form the overwhelming majority in Southern India, and strong demands existed for a separate Dravidian nation. Ambedkar and many others fought for recognition of the Dravidian Religion as separate from the Hindu religion, but M.K. Gandhi foiled these attempts, and succeeded in temporarily subverting the Dravidians in Hinduism. The British were reluctant to recognise the Dravidian religion, since it would have antagonised their Brahmin collaborators. This is one of the prime motives behind the invention of Hinduism.

·        Vaishnavite Ambitions - Since the majority of ‘Hindus’ were Brahminist Vaishnavites in any case, it was hoped that Vaishnavism would thus become a synonym for Hinduism, thereby subverting Shaivism (Dravidian Religion), Smartism, etc. in one go

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