RSS’ custom babies and Hindutva theory of Aryans as the ‘original Hindus’

A local myth suggests that German women traveled to India to be impregnated by the Aryan 'seed'.

Written by Radhika Iyengar | Updated: May 12, 2017 2:58 pm
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The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has been in the news lately, again. Nothing unusual about that, considering it is the mother lode of inspiration for the ruling party’s policies in power. This time, though, it seems the RSS’ health wing, Arogya Bharati, has mounted a “customized baby” project called the ‘Garbh Vigyan Sanskar,’ which aims at making the perfect human, both “fair” and “tall” and also with a higher IQ.

The idea is neither new, nor shocking. In 1938, Madhavrao Sadashivrao Golwalkar, the RSS’ Sarsanghchalak or Supreme Leader, voiced his appreciation for Adolf Hitler, saying that his actions were appropriate to “keep up the purity of the race and its culture”.

Golwalkar noted that “Germany (had) shocked the world by purging the country of the Semitic races—the Jews.” Germany, he added, “has shown how well nigh impossible it is for races and cultures, having differences going to the root, to be assimilated into one united whole, a good lesson for us in Hindusthan to learn and profit by.” For Golwalkar, at least, India’s famed diversity was not such a good thing.

In recent years, from exhibiting fierce antagonism towards Muslims to intending to push the production of customised babies, the RSS has been busy. In fact, the “customised baby” project took inspiration from Germany. Project head at ‘Garbha Vigyan Sanskar’, Karishma Mohandas Narwani, said that Germany had “resurrected itself by having such signature children through Ayurvedic practices within two decades after World War II”. Presumably, India should have long ago followed suit.

The Super Race children in Nazi Germany – the blue-eyed, blonde-haired products of Himmler’s Lebensborn Program, were a stellar set of children, bred and trained to belong to the elite Aryan race. They would replace the impure: Jews, blacks and homosexuals. Nazi history is littered with stories of children being robbed from parents in Poland and Crimea, and sent to Lebensborn clinics where they would be ‘Germanised’. In occupied countries, like Norway, the Schutzstaffel (“Protection Squadron) officers, commonly known as the SS officers, belonging to Germany’s most powerful and feared military group – were encouraged to impregnate local women (said to have Viking lineage).

Mauthausen concentration camp, SS officers in front of prisoners. Source: Bundesarchiv, Bild/German Federal Archive/Wikimedia Commons

In all fairness, the RSS isn’t copycatting the Nazi process, although it’s drive seems to be equally intense. The ‘Sanskar’ intends on having “thousands of such babies by 2020”. That’s just three years from now.

Hypothetically, if the RSS did venture on an expedition to find Aryan specimens in India, it would have to travel North. George Whitaker Hayward (1839-1870), the 19th century explorer, was one of the first to describe a small-knit community residing in a small region on the Kashmir-Afghan border (Gilgit in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir). These were the Dards, allegedly the descendants of the Aryan race and considered to be the purest of the pure.

Today, the light-eyed Brokpa tribe inhabiting the small, remote village of Dah situated near the Indus River, is claimed by some to be the “lost tribes” of the Dardic Aryans.

RSS custom babies, RSS, Nazi Germany, Nazis, Nazi, super race children, aryan race, aryan race germany Nurse with a child in a Lebensborn home. Source: Bundesarchiv, Bild/German Federal Archive/Wikimedia Commons

It seems that in the 1960s, some German women traveled to India to be impregnated by the coveted Aryan ‘seed’. While there aren’t many documents to corroborate this, the idea finds mention in Major H P S Ahluwalia’s book (the first Indian to have mounted Everest), Hermit Kingdom: Ladakh (Vikas, 1980), where he claims to have met a few young women at a Brokpa festival who were searching for Aryan men.

Ahluwalia writes, “They came all the way to Ladakh hoping to carry back with them the seed of what is believed to be the purest survivors of the Aryan race. These sophisticated young ladies from the western word, incredibly enough, were not only wiling to but eager to have sexual intercourse with these tribal males.”

Renowned orientalist Max Mueller (1823-1900), however, believed that both the white-skinned, blonde-haired European Aryans (whom the Nazis celebrated) and the Dardic Aryans had a common Aryan homeland – central Asia. He claimed that centuries ago, a unified, yet small Aryan clan lived on an elevated land in central Asia. It spoke a language that was neither Sanskrit or Greek, but a tongue that seemed to be a precursor to the Indo-European languages.

Over a period of time, the clan split up and migrated in two directions—one headed towards Europe and another towards Iran. The latter eventually divided again, with one section invading north-western India.

Muller believed that the fair-skinned Indo-European speaking Aryans invaded India and conquered the dark-skinned Dasas. Eventually, they embraced Vedic Sanskirt as their tongue. Caste was invoked to distinguish and separate themselves from the Dasas — upper and lower castes, respectively.

It was Mueller who made the term “Aryan” prominent in the ideological landscape of India and the world, a term which later came to be associated with individuals who belonged to “good” families.

Brokpa women in Ladakh. Source: Wikimedia Commons

In the 19th century, in order to promote a strong spirit of nationalism, Hindutva leaders invoked Muller’s Aryan theory, but altered it to suit their own agenda. Hindutva leaders meticulously sculpted a Hindu identity which was anchored in the thought that the original Hindus were the “indigenous Aryans” who conversed in Sanskrit.

The Hindutva version went on to contradict Mueller’s theory of Aryan invasion and claimed that the origins of the “Aryan” race was in India.

Noted historian Romila Thapar explained the Hindutva argument in her paper, The Theory of Aryan Race and India: History and Politics, “Since Hinduness in the past did not have a specific definition, the essentials of a Hindu identity had to be formulated. The argument ran that the original Hindus were the Aryans, a distinctive people indigenous to India… There was no Aryan invasion since the Aryans were indigenous to India and therefore no confrontation (was possible) among the people of India…Confrontations came with the arrival of foreigners such as the Muslims, the Christians… Hindu Aryans had to constantly battle against these foreigners.”

This belief went on to be inextricably linked to RSS’ modern-day identity and agenda. As the RSS prepares to create physically strong, fair-complexioned children by 2020, history provides a spectacularly interesting context.

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    Raman Govindan
    May 13, 2017 at 2:37 pm
    the best thing to have happened to the Hindus of Tamil Nadu in the last 100 years was EVR Periyar. he was an hesis to Golwalker! he vigorously opposed supers ions, caste prejudices, untouchabilty, emphasized secular and science education for one and all, advocated Inter caste and very simple marriages and widow's marriages, family planning, girls education and employment. besides the employment of non brahmin as temple pujaris, and zero ritual one too. he was very harsh with words on the forward castes but it paid off. Tamils are less infatuated with other religions and cultivated rational secular and scientific at ude among them. he was for Tamils one, what Martin Luther for protestants Christians. he taught them self respect, not overtly admire color of skin, facial feature,
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      Elitepm
      May 13, 2017 at 10:11 am
      Dear Editor, Did you really make any effort to elicit official version from the office bearers of the organisation you have criticised with abandon? If not, then reaching on a conclusion based on a third party newspaper report is example of highly unethical reporting. Such a practice must be shunned as it is intellectually diabolical. Your author has amply reflected his "intellectual racism" by cal a set of ideology (so-called Hindutva in this case) as being transformed from being a field of band of ideologues to that of becoming a rural elite. Well, relying on same logic no ideology can be spared from any sort of criticism. Please stop propagating this Aryan myth and dividing our nation for your ulterior motives. I hope your esteemed publication shall rely on first-hand reporting rather than gleaning selective biased facts to reach to a self-obsessed conclusion. Reporting must also be devoid of traits.
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        H M Usman
        May 13, 2017 at 9:42 am
        Why my comment is not on line?
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          S.P.Chakravarty
          May 13, 2017 at 1:41 am
          Whether they are descended from Aryans or not, the genetic signature of Hindus wouldbe classified as inferior beings by that other enthusiast, Hitler, of Aryan 'race'.
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            Janardhan Pandey
            May 13, 2017 at 1:07 am
            A true Aryan does not look up or look down on any one yet is proud of the Aryan Race. No power can remove the word Aryan Race from the planet, "I am Darius the Great King, King of Kings, King of countries containing all kinds of men, King in this great earth far and wide, son of Hystaspes, an Achaemenian, a Persian, son of a Persian, an Aryan, having Aryan lineage"
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              Ashley C Pereira
              May 13, 2017 at 12:30 am
              The fossils are beginning to rot. It stinks.
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                Ashley C Pereira
                May 13, 2017 at 12:29 am
                The fossils are starting to rot. It stinks.
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                  SardulSingh
                  May 12, 2017 at 11:45 pm
                  The Aryans are from India and Central Asia. Note Afghanistan has been a part of India quite often and even vice-versa. One can not separate Afghanistan from India. Both David Frwaley and Subash Kak (they can change sides any time) have Jewish connections must not be trusted. Look only to great sholars from India like Swami Swaroopananda Saraswati.
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                    Brar
                    May 12, 2017 at 11:26 pm
                    All points to Central Asian and merged region of the Indian subcontinent as to the origin of the mighty Aryan Race. The origin of Swaraswati is not clear. Though most scholars are of the opinion that Helmand River in Afghanistan, separated from the watershed of the Indus by the Sanglakh Range. The Helmand historically besides Avestan Haetumant bore the name Haraxvaiti, which is the Avestan form cognate to Sanskrit Sarasvati. The Avesta extols the Helmand in similar terms to those used in the Rigveda with respect to the Sarasvati: "the bountiful, glorious Haetumant swel its white waves rol down its copious flood" Yes the Aryan Race is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia. Indeed India is mother to other Races as well who are as great.
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                      MS3333
                      May 12, 2017 at 11:26 pm
                      Another leftist article by right-wing bashers. Instead of citing traitors like Romila Thapar please read "In Search of the Cradle of Civilization" by Subhash Kak. It cites undeniable evidence about Aryans being indigenous to India.
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                        Sengupta
                        May 12, 2017 at 11:05 pm
                        The first do ented mention is the Avesta and Rigveda they are twins. Avesta was written in Central Asia and Rigveda in touching Indian subcontinent. Rigvedic-Sanskrit and Avestan-Persian are very similar and came out of a parent Aryan language. The color of this Race was from brown to light and 72 Indians belong to this great Race. Mother India is also mother to other great Races. Now come the Semites they obviously do not like the word Aryan and Swastika and want to create a confusion. The Jews are now in the BJP and are spreading money to make the Aryan Race theory a fake. But they cannot as they have change the Rigveda, Avesta and must go to Naqsh-e Rustam . Also Indo-European (Aryan) are too close to be an accident. Yes Hitler (I am no admirer of his) had sent experts to areas such as Pamirs, Kashmir, Chitral, Hunza, Nagar, etc. to pick up Aryan men. This is well do ented. To create a confusion the Jews are spreading that these experts went to Tibet mainly a Mongol region!
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                          Gomathi Raghavan
                          May 12, 2017 at 9:23 pm
                          women writers radhika scharada are quite popular among anti ARYAVART these women writers never forget to affix surname and the reasons are obvious cowards that wage guerrilla shadow war vis ARYAVART that hold wild card hide behind radhikas scharadas. Vedic civilization flourished along river saraswati . According to Munshi an authority on Indology BRAHMIN are pre Aryan. H G Wells writes about Aryan race. there was European migration into India during smriti period [ catopanishad] Vedic BRAHMIN are original people of Bharatavarsh /ARYAVART. history can't be rewritten. Aryanisation of migrant people was necessary . it was done by demarcation of varnashram to retain iden y of their civilization. there were many compromises. one was BRAHMIN shall not ac ulate weath beyond requirements. Brahmin gave up privileges such as being Rulers. Brahmin believe in sarvo janaha sucinou bavantu. Brahmin observe highest standards of purity and principles patriotism and panditya
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                            May 12, 2017 at 6:56 pm
                            Aryan invasion theory is officially dead is there is no supporter in the western world as it was cooked up purely for political domination on India. But the sickulars like this author can't let go of their hatred of Hindus and keep chruning the false theory time and again.
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                              Ramji
                              May 12, 2017 at 6:19 pm
                              Half cooked hotchpoch article. Only aim is to deconstruct the Idea of India. Shameful child of Romila. Does not even understand her.
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                                kg
                                May 12, 2017 at 6:03 pm
                                RSS has never endorsed "Aryan" as a race, never accepted Aryan Invasion theory as true and has never believed in caste, you probably do not know that every RSS member is only known by first name,second name is never mentioned, everyone is called by FIRST NAME only, go and attend RSS shaka and then you will know, RSS never believes in caste divide, Aryan dravdian divide;The w agenda of RSS is cultural nationalism, i.e. Here it is for you, simplified for dummies;India is a civilization not just a geopolitical en y,The people speaking any language color or race or caste all are owners and products of this civilization,The core of this civilization is Santan Dharma, the various sects of this broad Sanatan dharm civilization are all equal part of it, Islam and Christianity are NOT part of ancient Indian civilization, they are religions of invaders but true to ethos of our Santan dhram they can exist in India as long as they don't try to overpower us.CLEAR?
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                                  Naren
                                  May 12, 2017 at 7:49 pm
                                  First learn when the so called "Sanatan Dharma" started and in in retaliation to what? You can refer NCERT, since you don't go to the right school.
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                                  Raman Govindan
                                  May 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm
                                  is the RSS a bunch of jokers! I am not able to believe the growth of BJP and ociate it with them! they will destroy any remnants of Hinduism in India! is it what they want!
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                                    Siva C
                                    May 12, 2017 at 6:13 pm
                                    You must not believe every tripe that get passed as a news article these days. Please do your primary research and see how way off the mark this article is before jumping to conclusions.
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                                      ram krishna
                                      May 12, 2017 at 7:35 pm
                                      Sir please don't believe this ill minded news paper which has commie devilish soul to divide India in the lines of cast,religion and race. They try to keep these issues alive for their TRP.
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                                      parminder kaur
                                      May 12, 2017 at 5:52 pm
                                      s: indiankanoon /doc/1632114/
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                                        parminder kaur
                                        May 12, 2017 at 5:51 pm
                                        Request you people to go through the following judgment to clear air about the indigenous people of India. Kailas & Ors vs State Of Maharashtra Tr.Taluka ... on 5 January, 2011 Bench: Markandey Katju, Gyan Sudha Misra s: indiankanoon /doc/1632114/
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                                          parminder kaur
                                          May 12, 2017 at 5:49 pm
                                          Request you people to go through the following judgment to clear air about the indigenous people of India. Kailas & Ors vs State Of Maharashtra Tr.Taluka ... on 5 January, 2011 Bench: Markandey Katju, Gyan Sudha Misra s: indiankanoon /doc/1632114/
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                                            Amar
                                            May 12, 2017 at 5:43 pm
                                            Such a low life journalism still thrives in Bharath!! For what ? Piece of expensive meal or dinner?
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                                              i
                                              May 12, 2017 at 6:58 pm
                                              These sickulars are supported by foreign-funded NGOs and have specific agenda to defeat nationalist spirit among Indians. They would happily praise the virtues of european superiority.
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                                              ah
                                              May 12, 2017 at 5:42 pm
                                              The logic is SIMPLE Brahman want to rule INDIA
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                                                May 12, 2017 at 6:59 pm
                                                Sickular-jihadi-vatican-commie jackal
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