Snakes in the Ganga: Breaking India 2.0
Authors: Rajiv Malhotra and Vijaya Vishwanathan
Published by Occam; an imprint of BluOne Ink
MRP: Rs. 895/-
No of Pages: 812
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Snakes in the Ganga: Breaking India 2.0 by Rajiv Malhotra and Vijaya Vishwanathan is a provocative and thought-provoking book that delves into the hidden dangers lurking beneath the surface of India's institutions.
The book is a follow-up to Malhotra's earlier classic, Breaking India, which was written over a decade ago. It delves into the hidden dangers that are lurking beneath the surface of India's institutions. The authors use the metaphor of the Ganges River, a place that is traditionally seen as safe and sacred, to illustrate how unsuspecting individuals can be caught off guard by these dangers.The authors argue that the dangers discussed in this new book are wider in scope and have more backing than those discussed in the previous book. They argue that negative forces are infiltrating India's institutions and polluting them with toxins, challenging the legitimacy of the Indian government, and inciting social problems that are blamed on both the government and the Hindu civilization.
The book explains how new academic frameworks and discourse being developed in places like Harvard University have sinister intentions towards India. It also examines how some of India's own elites, including some well-known patriots, are knowingly or unknowingly, consciously or maybe unconsciously, actively sponsoring such negative forces. The authors argue that the nest where these snakes are being incubated and nurtured is American Ivy League universities, specifically Harvard. They argue that many bright young Indians are lured into Harvard's orbit, tutored, and brainwashed before being exported back to India to spread the dangerous thinking.
The authors do not shy away from taking big names. Big name billionaire groups from the country which are knowing or unknowingly contributing to these Breaking India forces by funding the Harvard elites and types.
The book explains how Marxism is being reformulated and repackaged into ideological systems like Critical Race Theory. The authors are in support of movements like Black Lives Matter but wish to point out how such movements are being dovetailed to fulfil Marxist agendas. The Most liberal of all the liberals, Obama himself was discouraging of this theory. He wanted to get justice for Blacks within the framework of modern institutions, and not by dismantling them. Obama did not want to play identity politics that would pit Blacks against Whites. He sought unity as the way forward and was against creating rupture.
Suraj Yengde, Harvard's Dalit poster boy, is the most vocal and visible Afro-Dalit. In every institution, he interprets Indian society through the oppressor/oppressed frameworks of CRT. The book details his vicious attacks on Brahmins, Hinduism, and everything else related to the religion.
The civilization of the Indians. He has replicated the entire Black movement in order to create a corresponding Dalit movement. Dalit Heritage Month, like Black Heritage Month, exists. A Dalit Lives Matter movement exists in tandem with the Black Lives Matter movement. There is now the Dalit Panthers organisation, as well as the Black Panther Party. Yengde is a senior fellow at Harvard's prestigious Kennedy School of Government.
In the weaponization of Critical Race Theory for India, any group that can be persuaded to oppose Indian civilization is considered a useful ally and is given victim status. Aside from Dalits, the Indian Muslim and LGBTQ+ communities are the most important. Once these victim identities have been crystallised, they are weaponized in order to demolish the structures and provoked to attack in all directions.
The book argues that a new movement has emerged which aims to unite Black Americans and Dalits and target Brahmins, seeing caste as the root of all racism against victim groups worldwide. The ultimate goal of this movement is to dismantle the current world order and the institutions that support it, but the book suggests there is no clear plan for how to replace it. The book also expresses concern that after society is dismantled, those who control new technologies like Artificial Intelligence will be in control of the reconstruction of a new social order. The book claims that Harvard University is the epicenter for developing this discourse and weaponizing it into activism, and that Indian billionaires are supporting this movement at Harvard through funding and giving it legitimacy. The book suggests that this funding is profitable for the donors and beneficial for their ratings in a system called ESG, which determines access to international investments and commercial contracts. The book also notes that other countries, including China, France, Japan, Israel, and Singapore, have launched campaigns against the movement, and that China is playing a double role by opposing the ideology at home but helping to spread it to its enemies. The book argues that Critical Race Theory is being applied to dismantle the Vedic narrative in India, seen as the root cause of social problems, but the book argues that the Vedic system holds the key to many solutions needed by humanity to survive and that Harvard is busy digesting the treasures of the Vedic system and turning them into its own intellectual property. The book claims that India's ruling elites and intellectuals are largely unaware of this and their energies are misdirected.
The book is well-researched and cites over a thousand endnotes and several pages of bibliography. It could upset some people simply because they are not used to seeing these widely acclaimed ideas and institutions in this light. However, the authors present ample evidence to support their thesis, and it is not just a few individuals that are considered the dangerous snakes in this thesis, but a pretty large number. Overall, Snakes in the Ganga: Breaking India 2.0 is a wakeup call for India that challenges readers to think critically about the hidden dangers lurking beneath the surface of India's institutions.
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