Everything possible has been written in the last few weeks to try to explain how Congressmen, big and small, important and humble, have been humiliating and debasing themselves in front of Sonia Gandhi, so that finally she agreed to withdraw her resignation. There is sycophancy, of course : it is an old Congress tradition, although it should be said that Indian sycophancy is a perverted offshoot of bhakti, the great Hindu tradition of worshipping “That” which seems to be above us, regardless of its value; there is obviously self interest – most of the Congress bigwigs, who are much more intelligent that they are credited for, know that without Sonia (or Nehru / or Rajiv / or Indira), they stand to get very little votes; there is the dynasty rule angle – but again, dynasty is a very western word, which applies more to the American soap opera of the same name, than to India, where the concept of bhakti, coupled with the old maharaja tradition, have always ensured respects for “royal” families; there is the foreign angle, naturally : let us not forget that the Congress was founded by a Scot, A.O Hume, and that for long it was manipulated by its British masters to ensure that India stayed with the Crown – with Sonia, another foreigner at its helm, Congress has come a full circle; lastly, there is an element which has been overlooked : the shakti element, which is so strong and prevalent in India, that it allowed Indira Gandhi to govern with an iron hand this male-dominated country for nearly twenty years and that it has even survived in the neighbouring Islamic states, such as Pakistan or Bangladesh, witness Benazir Bhutto or the two Bangla Begums. But the main cause for this morbid fascination that Sonia Gandhi, whatever her merits (and she did put some order and dignity back in the Congress) exercises on Indians in general, whether they love or hate her, is the Great Myth of the Aryan Invasion of India….
… For a long time, it was known in Europe that it owed a lot of its culture, philosophy and science to ancient Vedic India. American mathematician A. Seinderberg has for instance proven than the Egyptians pyramids were built using ancient vedic mathematics known as “Sulbasutras”; Egyptians considered that their God Osiris, whose concept is derived from one of the stories described in the Puranas, had come from India mounted on a bull (nandi). Greek philosophy, which is the founding stone for western Culture recognised that it hads borrowed heavily from India: German philosopher Shroeder had discovered in the 18th century that most of the philosophical or mathematical doctrines attributed to Pyhtagore were derived from Indian philosophical systems. French historian Alain Danielou had noticed that the structure of the catholic church resembles that of buddhist Chaitya and that many events surrounding the life of Christ are borrowed from buddhist and krishnaïtes stories. Nietzsche, who knew the Vedas and Manu’s laws, is the last of Europe’s great philosophers to speak highly “ of the great tradition of Brahmanism”. But after his death, the memory of a greater India slowly fades from philosophers’ writings and history books and is replaced by a negation of India’s great influence on the world. What has happened ? When the British colonisers and the Christian missionaries arrived in India