• Associate Sponsor

New ICSSR chief: Caste because of invasions, Narendra Modi is best Prime Minister

Kumar succeeded Sukhdeo Thorat, who was the council’s chairman since April 2011.

Written by Ritika Chopra | New Delhi | Updated: May 9, 2017 8:38 am
 narendra modi, modi, modi-india, modi-best prime minister, BB kumar, ICSSR chairman BB Kumar, intolerance, JNU, untouchability, marxism, india news, indian express B B Kumar was appointed ICSSR chairman on May 2

NARENDRA MODI is the best prime minister and the worst victim of intolerance; caste in its present form and untouchability are a result of Arab, Turk and Mughal invasions; Macaulayism and the dominance of Marxists led to India’s intellectual decline; and, the Opposition’s support to JNU students hurt nationalistic sentiments. These are the views of B B Kumar, the newly-appointed chairman of the Indian Council Of Social Science Research (ICSSR), which were published in the form of signed editorials in Dialogue, an English quarterly journal he edits, over the last two years.

As first reported by The Indian Express, Kumar, an anthropologist by training, was appointed on May 2 by the HRD Ministry as the head of ICSSR, the apex body for promoting research in social sciences. He joined office on May 5.

Kumar succeeded Sukhdeo Thorat, who was the council’s chairman since April 2011. The 76-year-old was shortlisted by a panel with Ashok Modak, National Research Professor and former BJP MLC from Maharashtra, and historian Satish Mittal, president of the RSS-backed Akhil Bharathiya Itihaas Sankalan Yojana, as members.

Kumar is ex-principal of Sao Change Government College, Tuensang (Nagaland), and Science College, Kohima, and has written, edited and co-authored 136 books.

Excerpts from Kumar’s editorials in Dialogue between 2015 and 2016:

Victim of intolerance

In an editorial titled ‘Learn to tolerate Modi’, which was published in the 2015 October-December edition, Kumar criticised the Prime Minister’s adversaries:

“Narendra Modi has proved himself to be the best Prime Minister. The economy of the country was in bad shape, when he came to power; in the brief period, we have overtaken China in GDP growth; steps have been taken towards economic empowerment of the people, foreign investment is coming in a big way, no cases of corruption or scams have come up…

“The problem with the adversaries of Narendra Modi, is that they lack the realisation that while trying to harm Narendra Modi, they are harming the country. Narendra Modi became PM in spite of more than a decade long warnings, and lodging court cases against him. Obviously people of India did not believe Modi-baiters…

“A fact, which many of us feel, and feel deeply, is that there is none in India, who has suffered more due to intolerance than Narendra Modi. It is time his adversaries should try to learn to tolerate him.”

Untouchability due to conversion

In an editorial published in the January-March issue of 2016, Kumar wrote:

“(Arab scholar) Al-Biruni, only a thousand years ago, talks of only the four castes, and all sitting and eating at one place; no caste proliferation, and no untouchability…

“Aggressive anti-Hindu agenda of conversion of the Muslim rulers, their capture and sale of Hindus as slaves, etc., led lakhs of Hindus to run away to the forests for saving themselves; many started taking pig’s flesh to avoid becoming Muslims; they, eventually, become Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes… A point, needing emphasis, is that caste in the present form, untouchability and intra-Hindu societal exploitation are entirely non-Hindu factors. Dominant JNU type scholarship in the field of Social Sciences has neither the tendency nor the will and understanding to put the discourse in proper perspective.”

Marxism led to decline

Kumar describes Macaulayism and Marxism as the “most potent weapons imported by the Britishers in India”. In the July-September issue of 2015, he wrote:

“The British knew that the Marxism was helpful for British Empire; and that was the reason that they used to supply Marxist literature to the freedom fighters in jails, and the latter used to come out from the jails as Marxists…

“We are gradually losing the capacity to generate original ideas, and the reason behind the same is the continuance of Macaulayist education system and dominance of Marxists and leftists in the Indian academia. It is precisely the reason that the intellectual decline is visible everywhere now a days.”

In same editorial, he called for an urgent review of NCERT textbooks by the government as they are driven by political agenda and “partly responsible for the increasing social conflicts and the anarchical trends in the society”.

JNU hurt sentiments

Writing on the sedition controversy surrounding JNU in an editorial that appeared in the January-March 2016 issue, Kumar wrote:

“The happenings in JNU campus have made some facts clear: (i) The belief that the partition of India brought the end of Pakistan ideology on Indian soil is a myth. (ii) The destructive role of Marxist-Leninist ideology in India tenaciously persists…

“The Naxalite support, for every secessionist cause in India, is a well-known fact, needing no elaboration. The only shocking addition is the brave show of Pakistani face of some Indian Muslims, boldly declaring the destruction of India. The question is: Does India need to tackle a Pakistani Jehadi activist and ideologue, when his replica in flesh and blood is present in Delhi itself?”

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. V
    Vasudevan Venugopal
    May 9, 2017 at 9:46 pm
    Shri B.B. Kumar's opinion on Caste System, "Dominant JNU type scholarship in the field of Social Sciences", Marxism and Macaulay, are not well founded. "We are gradually losing the capacity to generate original ideas" because we are gradually closing all the windows.
    1. Jay Singh
      May 9, 2017 at 6:53 pm
      Hear Hear ! Amazing clarity displa by Kumar.
      1. Mahender Goriganti
        May 9, 2017 at 4:50 pm
        In a way he actually did a good more scientific & journalistic essment than most Media armchair pundits.
        1. A
          May 9, 2017 at 5:02 pm
        2. N
          May 9, 2017 at 3:42 pm
          What is that Rithika Chopra wants to convey by this article?
          1. Mahender Goriganti
            May 9, 2017 at 4:51 pm
            He actually did a good job of specificity and journalistic essment of the situation.
          2. R
            May 9, 2017 at 2:08 pm
            I don't think that any study is needed to find out the roots of caste system. Here is an e.g.: In the then South Kanaka District, today which comprises of Mangalore and Udupi in Karnataka and Kasargod in Kerala, once upon a time there were no Brahmins. The local rulers and people were mainly Bunts. The w region was thick with forests and from south to north, every few kilometers, there were rivers and back waters dividing the land. One of the kings invited five families of Saraswat Brahmins and settled them in five villages with specific duties of performing puja in temples. The inter communication between these families (like any other local people) was difficult to forests and dividing water bodies. With time, every group started differing from the others. The people of Shivalli village became Shivalli Brahmins, Kota Brahmins of Kota village, Koteswara Brahmins of Koteswara, Haviks of Havyaka village etc. A time came when even inter marriages were not allowed! New castes!
            1. Load More Comments