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The Literary Venom of Anti-Brahminism
in Maharashtra, India
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The snake looks strong and venomous, the antivenin wee and feeble. Bring out a criticism of Shivaji – the most revered historical hero in Maharashtra – and even though it may be truthful, you risk being beaten up and jailed. Bring out an untruthful criticism of a Brahmin hero, and you largely secure praise.
 
There can perhaps be no better example than ‘Prof. Namdevrao Jadhav’, a contemporary Maratha writer of popular history books and an advisor to the Marathi TV serial on Shivaji: ‘Raja Shiv Chhatrapati’.

Ref: Prof Namdevrao Jadhav. Shivray: Chhatrapati Maharajancha Ladhyayanvyatirikt Khara Itihas: Part - 1. Rajmata Prakashan. 6th Edition. 14 May 2011. Pg 1. [Marathi Book]

His understanding of science and history as well as his general knowledge seem hilariously weak;

Note: For example, Prof Namdevrao Jadhav. Shivray: Chhatrapati Maharajancha Ladhyayanvyatirikt Khara Itihas: Part - 1. Rajmata Prakashan. 6th Edition. 14 May 2011. Back Cover. [Marathi Book]

His hatred for Brahmins and his passion for bolstering anti-Brahminism seem exasperatingly strong.
 
For example, it is the ‘16th century’ in which Shivaji lived.

Ref: Prof Namdevrao Jadhav. Shivaji The Management Guru. Rajmata Prakashan. 5th Edition. 17 August 2011. Pg. 58, 61, 103, 115. [Marathi Book]

and it is the same century (or some century before it) in which the Industrial Revolution in Europe took place, he seems to suggest.

Ref: Prof Namdevrao Jadhav. Shivray: Chhatrapati Maharajancha Ladhyayanvyatirikt Khara Itihas: Part - 1. Rajmata Prakashan. 6th Edition. 14 May 2011. Back Cover. [Marathi Book]

Samarth Ramdas, the famous Marathi-Brahmin saint and poet, was Afzal Khan’s guru, not Shivaji’s, he states.

Ref: Prof Namdevrao Jadhav. Shivray: Chhatrapati Maharajancha Ladhyayanvyatirikt Khara Itihas: Part - 1. Rajmata Prakashan. 6th Edition. 14 May 2011. Ramdas Gosawi. Pg 341, 346. [Marathi Book]

No Muslim ruler opposed Shivaji’s coronation, he claims.

Ref: Prof Namdevrao Jadhav. Shivray: Swarajyasathi Ladhalelya Rashtranishtha Muslimancha Khara Itihas: Part - 3. Rajmata Prakashan. 1st Edition. 19 February 2011. Muslim Samajache Swarajya Yogdan. Pg. 22. [Marathi Book]

In his book on Shivaji’s son Sambhaji, he avoids the mention of chief traitors like Sambhaji’s mother-in-law ‘Soyarabai’ and his brother-in-law ‘Ganoji Shirke’ and holds Sambhaji’s Brahmin ministers almost entirely responsible for his downfall.

Ref: Prof Namdevrao Jadhav. Khara Sambhaji. Rajmata Prakashan. 10th Edition. 19 February 2011. Sambhaji Raje Jeevan Parichay. Pg 16. [Marathi Book]

He dedicates his book on the Third Battle of Panipat to ‘Malhar Rao Holkar’

Ref: Prof Namdevrao Jadhav. Panipatcha Vijay. Rajmata Prakashan. 2nd Edition. 1 February 2011. Pg 3. [Marathi Book]

(the Maratha noble who once consistently cosseted ‘Najib Khan’ – a cardinal architect of the Maratha defeat – by regarding him as his ‘religious son’, and who fled the battleground) and seems to put all blame on Brahmin ministers and generals.

Ref: Prof Namdevrao Jadhav. Panipatcha Vijay. Rajmata Prakashan. 2nd Edition. 1 February 2011. Pg 101, 121, 136-7, 266-270. [Marathi Book]

Prof. Jadhav’s venom for Brahmins is evident in virtually each of his books. He seems clearly to be the quintessence of the expeditiously spreading spurious and menacing anti-Brahmin mentality in Maharashtra. His motives look crystal clear: turning all non-Brahmins against Brahmins. And with such malice and fabricated writings, he only seems to be getting more popular. His books can be found in almost any local bookshop. The truth doesn’t appear to be on his side, but power does; and it is power that appears to matter in Maharashtra and India, the truth doesn’t!
 

15-Apr-2012
More by :  Kedar Joshi
 
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Article Comment These idiot maratha politicians are copying their counterpart from Tamil Nadu. They want to polarise voter on anti brahminism platform. But they are forgetting that Maharastra is open society and anything which happen in MH becomes national news which is not the case in Tamil Nadu. They have shown their mental bankruptcy by using such cheap tactics.
Dinesh
05/30/2013
Article Comment Perfect analysis by you........I just gone through his book on Panipat and started laughing...........His language is full of anti brahmanism. His lack of GK is evident from the fact that he says in the book that brahmins are from Egypt he he..the theory wihich now scholar accepts........so much hate is spread by books like this on basis of fabricated stories..any way your analysis is good..have u published book on this? If yes can u mail me? Are you on FB?
Swapnil
04/09/2013
Article Comment thnx for bringing out a good book review.
As far Anti-Brahminism is concerned it is financed by politicians n Christian Missionaries to get votes n to break Hindu society.
One needs to work consistently. Only truth will survive, this shameless n baseless material cannot fool people too long.
varadraj
05/31/2012
Article Comment
I read article and feel good. Good that you at least tried to refute
Prof.Jadhavv's points.But I wonder that you call yourself philosopher. I heard that even great philosophers didn't call themselves philosopher until death.?????? Because you are now
just 33 years old
flame
04/19/2012
Article Comment In Tamilnadu, this is going on for nearly two centuries very successfully.
Even today, anti brahminism is a rallying point for BC/MBC/Dalits on one platform. Evil always spread fast and entrench deeply. Pray to God!Too many Hiranyakasups today! Atleast Brahmins should believe in God! Isn't it?
v.haribabu
04/16/2012
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