This is a review of Rajiv Malhotra’s Breaking India.
Having read most of Rajiv Malhotra’s books, I can say without a doubt, that he is among the top intellectuals of our time on Hinduism studies. In fact, IMHO, don’t see anyone else coming even close in terms of his sharp analysis, intellectual depth, and perception. I put him in the same ranks as other intellectual giants in Hinduism studies like Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. Their works have withstood the test of time. Likewise, I have no doubt that Rajiv Malhotra’s works will be studied by generations to come.
Of his books, the most groundbreaking is Breaking India (and Being Different, which should be a prerequisite to reading all his books). It is written with the very high academic standard that you’d typically find when you’re submitting a PhD thesis, but it is by no means dry reading, it is truly a page turner, you won’t be able to put it down.
If you take pride in being an Indian and/or a Hindu, and feel Hinduism is being assaulted or slighted by the mainstream media, or concerned or baffled by the sudden growth of Christian missionaries, and strange bed pals like Christian-Communist-Leftist-Secularist alliances that tend to pop up very conveniently… this is one book you must buy and read.
Breaking India documents in detail the various nexuses at work to break the one aspect that holds India together and spans across all language barriers, cultures, belief systems and spiritual traditions across the length and breath of India: our Hindu identity. Foreign/Indian nexuses are playing this role very actively, by identifying existing fault lines and training, funding, rewarding, promoting people of interest that help fuel and inflame these existing fault lines and/or creating fresh ones were they don’t exist.
Most of the Hindu majority is well aware that the Indian media is very leftist controlled and anti-Hindu. But who are the players? How deep is there penetration? What impact does it have on the integrity and stability of the country? Rajiv Malhotra exposes entities like Ford Foundation, Carnegie Endowment, Rockefeller Foundation, Pew Charitable Trust, the US State Department’s Foreign Policy, their relationship with Evangelical Christians, and so on, and their alliances with sepoys to do their dirty work: Indian leftist academia, Indian media, Christian missionaries, Communists, Dravidian movements, Dalit movements, and numerous NGOs (feminists, human rights groups, environmentalists, animal rights, etc) to break India, or at the very least, keep India on a leash, by giving it a cut here and there, letting it bleed and lick its wounds each time. So that India never attains the power and position to stand on its own terms (like another China). Most of these sepoys are not aware of being used, while others don’t care (they’re in it for the money, free trips, international awards, recognition, name and fame). Breaking India also gives a very detailed historical background of how the British created the Aryan-Dravidian divide and how they accentuated jaati into a rigid caste system.
Rajiv Malhotra has given talks to huge audiences across prestigious institutes (IIT Chennai, IIT Mumbai, Princeton University, MIT, University of Chicago), as well as heavy left-wing institutes like JNU, TISS, IGNCA, and has been endorsed by some our most prominent Hindu gurus and ashrams: Mata Amritanandamayi, Jaggi Vasudev, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Swami Nityananda, Baba Ramdev, Dayananda Saraswati, Kanchi Shankaracharya, Chinmaya Mission, Ramakrishna Mission, as well as the head of one of the principle Akhadas.
- Playlist of videos on Rajiv Malhotra’s “Breaking India” – but buy and read the book! I actually found more punch in the book than on the talks, probably because of the irrefutable hard facts and references produced in the book. It will also give you very strong talking material and ammunition when you’re talking to pseudo-intellectual leftists, as well as make you more alert about things happening right under your noses all around you.
- The Missionary Agenda
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