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All Indians are one people with one DNA

August 1, 2022

Former Union Minister Dr. Subramanian Swamy delivers Sardar Panikkar Memorial Lecture at RIE

Mysore/Mysuru: Former Union Minister, former Rajya Sabha member and former member of Planning Commission Dr. Subramanian Swamy was in the city this morning to deliver Sardar Panikkar Memorial Lecture at the Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Mysuru, that is celebrating its 60th Foundation Day today. 

The Sardar Panikkar Memorial lecture series was introduced in 1964 in memory of the valuable services rendered by late Panikkar for the development of education in India. As the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mysore, he evinced a deep interest in the development of RIE.

Delivering the lecture to a packed audience, Dr. Swamy said that it was Sardar Panikkar who first saw India as a continuing civilisation. “The British taught us that Indians came from elsewhere. It was Sardar Panikkar who demolished this deeply ingrained British propaganda. Unfortunately today, Panikkar’s work on Indian history does not figure in any history syllabus,” he said.

“Indians had an influence on Chinese too. 1,500 years ago in China, there lived an emperor named Wu. He was a great patron of Buddhism and it was Bodhidharma — who was born a prince in Pallava Kingdom Tamil Nadu — who went to China as a monk to spread Buddhism. At the age of 22, Bodhidharma was fully enlightened, and that was when he was sent as a messenger to China. He started physical training of the monks of Shaolin Monastery which led to the creation of Shaolin kungfu. Even now it is there,” he recalled.

“We Indians need to refocus on our people. At present, we are reading the history written by the British and are taught by people who were tutored by the British and they are just teaching us what the British wanted us to know. According to the British, we were a scattered society and it was the British who united us. This is false. I am glad that the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) is doing great work in rewriting history,” Dr. Swamy added.

DNA research by UoM

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He explained how caste, a colonial tool of divide and rule, is wholly distinct to but often conflated with the Indian system of Varna. All Indians are one and this has been proved by the research conducted by the University of Mysore (UoM) and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad, he said.

“It has been established through genomic analyses that people in North India were no different from those in the South and that all shared the same genetic lineage. It also established that people of the North and South were part of the same culture. It has been proved that there is no difference between the people and castes and it is impossible to make a distinction between them,” he said.

“You should understand that whoever lives in this country is Hindu, or his forefathers were Hindus. All those residing in this country are Hindus, which I can prove through a DNA test. Even the DNA of Muslims and Christians are like ours (Hindus’). They are all products of the same soil and should accept that they have not come from outside,” Dr. Swamy said.

Sanskrit is a uniter in India

Dwelling on the Varna system, Dr. Swamy, a seasoned economist, said that hereditary castes did not exist in the Vedic times but children were placed in different varnas according to their qualities and also according to what they chose to do. “Caste is a temporary factor and Varna is not God-given. Unfortunately, in India, Varna is creating a divide,” he said.

“The history that Britishers have written should be changed so that truth could come out. We should all learn a language that binds all languages. That is Sanskrit. In USA, they have started learning Sanskrit. But if you talk about Sanskrit in our country, you will be branded communal, fringe element,” he said.

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“Sanskrit is a uniter in India and it is a reviving language. It is the mother of all languages.  It will also help unite the Hindus and create a spirit of oneness in them. Research in the West (especially by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – NASA) focuses on Sanskrit among the pool of many human languages, explaining that it is one of the most suitable ones for computing techniques. The grammar also makes Sanskrit suitable for machine learning and even artificial intelligence,” Dr. Swamy said.

After the lecture, there was a question-and-answer session where Dr. Swamy answered questions raised by the audience. UoM Vice-Chancellor Prof. G. Hemantha Kumar also spoke. RIE Principal Prof. Y. Sreekanth introduced Dr. Swamy to the audience.

Dr. Swamy on humanism and materialism

Mentioning Deendayal Upadhyaya, the Sangh Parivar’s influential ideologue, who wrote ‘Integral Humanism’, Dr. Subramanian Swamy said that we must practice ‘Integral Humanism’ which combines materialism and humanism.

“While the West is fully materialistic, Indians in the past maintained an outlook based on humanism. Now we are making the mistake of investing in materialism where we weigh each other in terms of material wealth and completely ignore humanism. We need to have a balance between spiritualism and materialism. They must be synchronised,” he explained.

Dr. Swamy stressed that the task of uniting Indians should be taken up and the mindset that all of us are Indians should get deep-rooted. “Many in the West are seeing Hinduism as the best religion as it is not rigid like other religions. Hinduism does not treat other faiths with animosity,” he added.

4 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “All Indians are one people with one DNA”

  1. Gautam says:

    This Swamy has been a maverick, a roiling stone, who never achieved anything substantial in his life time. His education at Harvard became an utter waste, as he jumped from job to job and with his loud mouth was considered unemployable. He then entered politics.
    His fame was during India Gandhi’s emergency rule, when he travelled to England dressed as a Sikh.
    But then we know the history of that urine-drinking Morarji Desai and his Janata party government. The parties that came together to form that government quarrelled with each other soon , blaming each other for everything, and in the next general election, Indira Gandhi came back to power, and the Congress ruled for decades there after!
    That is this Swamy for you!
    KM Panicker was brought in as the VC of the UOM, when the casteism infested UOM was sliding into a worthless institution. He tried to clean up the Manasagangothri’s caste and nepotism -based culture, and this did not find favour with the Gowdas and Lingayats who were sitting in their positions as professors there recruited purely on their caste-basis.
    KM Panicker was mysteriously found dead one day. Foul play was suspected, and there were petitions submitted to the state government to conduct an enquiry. But nothing happened. The matter was hushed up. Facts pointed out that he was poisoned.
    UOM has since continued to become the cesspool of casteism and nepotism .
    This RIE is an eyewash, given to Mysore, when a regional engineering college was offered for the city by the centre then. The MAs and MPs from the area did nothing Srinivasa Mallya, from the famous Mallya dynasty, we know this dynasty well now, who was a MP from Surathkal and an aide to L B Shastry, took the opportunity to relocate this proposed regional engineering college to Surathkal, an arid toddy-tapping God-forsaken place, and got it. The rest is history.

  2. Basava says:

    If caste was colonial tool, then what did our Basavanna and other vachanakaaras were fighting against? Why did Krishna’s idol turn around in Udupi and why was Kanakadasa not allowed inside?

  3. Questo says:

    Hey Subramanian Swamy
    The British left India 70+ years ago, when India became independent.
    How far you want to do the blame game? Mughal period perhaps> You will no blame the Muslim invasion because one of your children married a Muslim!
    Grow up, behave like an educated person which you are.
    But in your life you achieved NOTHING! You have been just a protester always!

  4. Appukuttan says:

    It was know KM Panicker, the VC, was poisoned. He created enemies in that casteism cesspool of Manasagangothri, where professors were appointed based on their caste. He was planning to to re-interview each of them advertising their posts again. Petitions to open an enquiry about his death submitted to the police and even to the CM were ignored.
    I was one of those, who was studying in Mysore at that time, who joined the protest to demand such an enquiry.

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