Rajiv Malhotra, Subramanian Swamy and Meghnad Desai represent anti-Indian ideology : Kancha Ilaiah, the irrepressible social scientist
Updated on: 07 Jun 2016
The irrepressible social scientist, Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd (the title he assumed recently), speaks on the ideological hypocrisy of Non-Resident Indians and some of their high priests, including Rajiv Malhotra. Excerpts:
Why are you so stridently critical of Non-resident Indians? NRIs consist of three distinct groups.
There is one group which works within the multi-cultural framework of societies. Its members are largely fine with Blacks and Hispanics, and also the largely Christian values of the United Sates.
The second group comprises Hindutva NRIs. They migrated to America and Europe for jobs and to provide their children a comfortable lifestyle. But they are acutely uncomfortable with America's Christian values – also with Black movements and Hispanic cultures. They isolate themselves from the multi-cultural society that has been emerging vigourously over the last two decades or so.
The corollary of this group's isolation is that it has started importing Hindu culture from India. It involves construction of Hindu temples, facilitating the migration of priests, largely from the Brahmin community, and extolling the Hindutva ideology in their adopted land.
The third group is what you can call "indifferent people" – those who belong to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes and poor classes. They are the newly educated. Since they don't have good jobs here in India, and have managed engineering and medical degrees, they have migrated to America. They don't much bother about aspects of American culture and are still marginal to its society.
But this third group does show sympathy for certain movements. At times, they do indeed identify with Blacks, as some Dalit groups definitely do. Muslims are strongly sympathetic with Blacks. This group's food culture is also akin to America's.
These three groups have three different ideological positions and have different levels of standing in the society. It is the middle group which has entered into business there in significant numbers.
Isn't the middle group – the Hindutva group – the most visible and vocal and also the most numerically dominant of them all?