‘The Hindus’ controversy: Getting Doniger trashed just one of his ‘battles to save Hinduism’

RSS man Batra behind NCERT changes, pushes for 2014 ‘school manifesto’.

New Delhi | Updated: February 14, 2014 9:27 am
Batra insists his real mission is to change the face of Indian education. The dyed-in-the-wool RSS supporter concedes the withdrawal of Doniger’s book is a “big one”, even though it is not his only claim to fame.

Dina Nath Batra has not been on a mission to get one book banned. A key petitioner in the case that led to publisher Penguin deciding to withdraw all copies of Wendy Doniger’s book The Hindus: An Alternative History, Batra is now in the middle of reading On Hinduism by the same author. It is next on his hit-list.

The dyed-in-the-wool RSS supporter concedes the withdrawal of Doniger’s book is a “big one”, even though it is not his only claim to fame.

Batra and his Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti (SBAS) have also been responsible for removal of “objectionable passages” from NCERT textbooks, filing a case against paintings by M F Husain, diluting the sex education curriculum and campaigning for the removal of eminent scholar A K Ramanujan’s essay from a Delhi University history course, among others.

But Batra insists his real mission is to change the face of Indian education.

Batra is in the thick of a plan to set up the first-of-its-kind non-government education commission for India and is also simultaneously pushing through an “education manifesto” for Lok Sabha polls, advocating greater weightage to value education, patriotism and Indian knowledge and traditions.

While he emphasizes that his “mission” has no political colour to it, his plans and associates are a dead giveaway. His key collaborators to set up the commission include, among others, Prof J S Rajput, the director of NCERT in the Vajpayee government, who was responsible for the controversial “saffronisation” of NCERT textbooks.

The Batra blueprint for education in India has no place for NCERT or for eminent academics who helped “desaffronise” textbooks as he calls them “Marx aur Macaulay putras” (the progeny of Marx and Macaulay).

“The idea is to do away with them altogether…NCERT changes according to its political masters,” Batra told The Indian Express.

This is Batra’s third major move at “reforming” the Indian education system and a core group has been formed to work on the proposed education commission.

While Batra started with SBAS that took on NCERT textbooks and the government’s plans to introduce sex education in schools, the movement expanded to the Shiksha Sanskriti Uthan Nyas which he heads and which has a presence across 20 states.

The core group has already held six-odd meetings to create a three-tier system that will look at all educational issues including school-to-college textbooks.

The “education manifesto for upcoming Lok Sabha elections” that has been sent to all major political parties focuses among other aspects on “Jeevan Mulyon ki raksha” (saving value systems), “Bhartiya gyan-vigyan tatha paramparon ko sthan” (mainstreaming Indian knowledge and science systems as well as Indian traditions) and inspiring greater “deshbhakti” (patriotism) among students.

It also calls for allocating 6 per cent of the GDP towards education, imparting primary education compulsorily in the mother tongue and making knowledge of English non-compulsory across competitive examinations.

Born in Dera Ghazi Khan, now in Pakistan, Batra reached India only in late-1947, well after his entire family had crossed the borders. It took him three years to find his family again. He has come a long way from the school teacher-turned-principal he was at one of the Arya Samaj’s DAV (Dayananda Anglo-Vedic) schools in Dera Bassi, Punjab, and at the Gita School in Haryana’s Kurukshetra.

Taking up his mission to fight for the “cleansing” of textbooks post retirement, Batra claims he won the President’s national award for teachers, wrote nine books on education that are now also translated in Gujarati, won nine major cases of distortions in books and textbooks, has taken on the NCERT for its “distorted” representation of history and says will continue to wage “war” against all those who write books like Doniger’s.

Batra also has a curious argument to explain why a range of historians and academics may be echoing Doniger’s views over the years. He says the endless fight between good and evil, gods and demons continues and this is played out in writings and books as well. He, however, is not giving up, he stressed.

HISTORY OF CONTENTION

* Got court to remove “objectionable passages” about Lord Mahavira and Jains from NCERT textbooks.
* Objected to 75 passages linked to Rana Pratap, Shankaracharya and Arthshatra, among others, in NCERT books. Court ordered removal of 67.
* Led group objecting to inclusion of A K Ramanujan’s essay ‘Three Hundred Ramayanas’ in reading list of DU history undergraduate course. DU dropped essay.
* Protested and forced government to dilute sex education curriculum.
* Filed case against “objectionable paintings” by M F Husain.
* Got Calicut University to drop poem ‘Ode to the Sea’ from English textbook in 2013 alleging its author Ibrahim al-Rubaish was a “terrorist”.

‘The Hindus’ controversy: Getting Doniger trashed just one of his ‘battles to save Hinduism’

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    Shams
    Feb 13, 2014 at 9:38 am
    Hindu is the people who leaves in India whom ever it may be, be the People one who submit to the one True GOD who is the Creator, Sustain, Owner of all the things
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      Shams
      Feb 13, 2014 at 9:38 am
      Hindu is the people who leaves in India whom ever it may be, be the People one who submit to the one True GOD who is the Creator, Sustain, Owner of all the things
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        ajit
        Feb 14, 2014 at 6:50 am
        THE COVER OF WENDY DONIGERs BOOK SHOWS A HORSE WITH INDIANQUEENS HAVING AN ORGY .ASHWAMEDHAM IS NOT A HORSE SACRIFICE , AND IT DOES NOT INVOLVE KILLING OR OFWOMEN WITH A DEAD HORSE , AS PER THE WHITE INVADERS PROPAA , EVEN IN WIKIPEDIA .ashwamedham is a ritual which the king uses a white horse asa litmus test, to establish long lasting peace , and to send his war wearysoldiers back home to their families .A spirited horse is chosen , with white fur and noblemishes . A yagna ( Agnihotra homam )is held BEFORE the horse sets out on a guided tour .Ashwamedha yagna cannot be held by a mortal. It is held by the king of Gods Indra. It can only be done by a mortal king if he iscommanded to do it by an avatar of Vishnu .This tradition was broken by King Mahabali of Kerala . Hewas an asura ( demon ) king. The people of Kerala were very happy with thisking as he was a wise and just ruler, and there was prosperity all over.King Mahabali performed the Ashwameda yagna .This made Indra very jealous, as this was his prerogative,and nobody had the guts to kill the white Ashwamedha horse of King Mahabali .He prevailed on Aditi, his mother to convince Vishnu tocorrect this imbalance. Vishnu decidedto intervene and took the 5th avatar ofVamana --a blue faced Brahmin mldget ( dw@rf ) .So why is the white horse on a guided tour ? This is the essence of the noble and amazingconcept of Ashwameda .The emperor seeks to check out if any of his val kingswant to challenge his supreme authority— in public .The horse is guided by the Emperor’s generals and chosenministers . They generals follow the white horse on their own horses .The horse with clanging bells is made to travel through theval kingdoms . Any val king can kill the horse and thusdeclare war on the Emperor, which willhappen pretty soon. If he just capturesthe horse, there may be room for negotiation .The horse is even taken to enemy kingdoms, and there is “diplomaticimmunity” for the Emperor’s men not the white horse .Any tough acting intentions are gauged out .When the horse returns safe and sound, it means all iswell-- and the emperor's supreme authority is unchallenged . Andall know it too the POST Ashwamedha yagna all val kings are invited, and thereare celebrations all around , for peaceand prosperity in future. Soldiers go home to their families MODERN TERMS THIS IS LIKE A OPEN "CONFIDENCE "MOTION IN THE PARLIAMENT , BRIMMINGWITH STATESMANSHIP .Punch into Google search-HOLI CELEBRATIONS , IMMORAL ATTACK ON HINDUISM AND INDIANCULTURE VADAKAYIL .Kerala Syrian Christian Arundhati Roy supports Jewess WendyDoniger . Before Independence Jew Rothschild ( owner ofBritish East India Company) allowed Kerala Syrian Christians and MaharashtrainChitpavan brahmins to own media , onlybecause both communities are Jews .BR Ambedkar had a Chitpavan Jew wife .capt ajit vadakayil..-
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          ajit
          Feb 14, 2014 at 6:50 am
          THE COVER OF WENDY DONIGERs BOOK SHOWS A HORSE WITH INDIANQUEENS HAVING AN ORGY .ASHWAMEDHAM IS NOT A HORSE SACRIFICE , AND IT DOES NOT INVOLVE KILLING OR OFWOMEN WITH A DEAD HORSE , AS PER THE WHITE INVADERS PROPAA , EVEN IN WIKIPEDIA .ashwamedham is a ritual which the king uses a white horse asa litmus test, to establish long lasting peace , and to send his war wearysoldiers back home to their families .A spirited horse is chosen , with white fur and noblemishes . A yagna ( Agnihotra homam )is held BEFORE the horse sets out on a guided tour .Ashwamedha yagna cannot be held by a mortal. It is held by the king of Gods Indra. It can only be done by a mortal king if he iscommanded to do it by an avatar of Vishnu .This tradition was broken by King Mahabali of Kerala . Hewas an asura ( demon ) king. The people of Kerala were very happy with thisking as he was a wise and just ruler, and there was prosperity all over.King Mahabali performed the Ashwameda yagna .This made Indra very jealous, as this was his prerogative,and nobody had the guts to kill the white Ashwamedha horse of King Mahabali .He prevailed on Aditi, his mother to convince Vishnu tocorrect this imbalance. Vishnu decidedto intervene and took the 5th avatar ofVamana --a blue faced Brahmin mldget ( dw@rf ) .So why is the white horse on a guided tour ? This is the essence of the noble and amazingconcept of Ashwameda .The emperor seeks to check out if any of his val kingswant to challenge his supreme authority— in public .The horse is guided by the Emperor’s generals and chosenministers . They generals follow the white horse on their own horses .The horse with clanging bells is made to travel through theval kingdoms . Any val king can kill the horse and thusdeclare war on the Emperor, which willhappen pretty soon. If he just capturesthe horse, there may be room for negotiation .The horse is even taken to enemy kingdoms, and there is “diplomaticimmunity” for the Emperor’s men not the white horse .Any tough acting intentions are gauged out .When the horse returns safe and sound, it means all iswell-- and the emperor's supreme authority is unchallenged . Andall know it too the POST Ashwamedha yagna all val kings are invited, and thereare celebrations all around , for peaceand prosperity in future. Soldiers go home to their families MODERN TERMS THIS IS LIKE A OPEN "CONFIDENCE "MOTION IN THE PARLIAMENT , BRIMMINGWITH STATESMANSHIP .Punch into Google search-HOLI CELEBRATIONS , IMMORAL ATTACK ON HINDUISM AND INDIANCULTURE VADAKAYIL .Kerala Syrian Christian Arundhati Roy supports Jewess WendyDoniger . Before Independence Jew Rothschild ( owner ofBritish East India Company) allowed Kerala Syrian Christians and MaharashtrainChitpavan brahmins to own media , onlybecause both communities are Jews .BR Ambedkar had a Chitpavan Jew wife .capt ajit vadakayil..-
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            Alani Adana
            Feb 13, 2014 at 10:03 am
            what do you know about hinduism? what the author know about it ?why can't you guys write about bible written 50 years after his death? how much is right and wrong?we do not need your writings.go and save christianity...recently vatican has given 400 reported (unreported not included) child abuse cases to UN and innumerable nun abuse.....
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            Alani Adana
            Feb 13, 2014 at 10:03 am
            what do you know about hinduism? what the author know about it ?why can't you guys write about bible written 50 years after his death? how much is right and wrong?we do not need your writings.go and save christianity...recently vatican has given 400 reported (unreported not included) child abuse cases to UN and innumerable nun abuse.....
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            Amol Bhamare
            Feb 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm
            A ridiculous decision by the court. This one will make the book more famous than earlier which is good for a country where Freedom of Speech should be maintained. Many people would download a soft copy from the net which i have done. I was totally unaware of the book, but this controversy made it known to me.
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              Amol Bhamare
              Feb 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm
              A ridiculous decision by the court. This one will make the book more famous than earlier which is good for a country where Freedom of Speech should be maintained. Many people would download a soft copy from the net which i have done. I was totally unaware of the book, but this controversy made it known to me.
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