Both the Italian and Indian Government seem headed for a confrontation. It’s a mystery as to why at this particular juncture
There is no doubt that Mrs. Gandhi has enjoyed for long a privileged relationship with the Italian Government. Travelling secretly abroad to meet her family in Italy or for other reasons, the Italian Government and its secret services had to be cooperating to coordinate her arrivals and grant her the VIP status that her rank deserves. And although Mrs Gandhi has been trying very hard to discard her Italian identity, there are many Italians who are proud that one of theirs is ranked as one of the most powerful women in the world.
The question is why then suddenly the Italians do something that is bound to embarrass Mrs Gandhi? What has happened? Is it a coincidence that the Italian Govt’s slap in the face of India, comes after the Finmeccanica helicopters’ scandal? Does that mean that the Italian Govt not only has no fear of the scandal, but also knows some secret that could embarrass the Government of India?
At any rate, Mrs Gandhi finds herself in an uncomfortable position: if she keeps quiet, she will be seen as siding with the Italians; if she protests, she risks getting retaliated at by the Italian Govt,. What will she do?
Yet, there is complete silence on the part of the Congress. And even the Press is mum about this crucial aspect of the Italian Marines’ story. It is as if Mrs Gandhi is a saint that can do no harm.
And again I ask myself the question which has baffled me for 40 years, although I am myself a white man and a born Christian: why do Indians have such an attraction towards the White Skin ?
Does India, one of the most ancient civilization of this planet, need a White woman to govern Her ? I am sure that Sonia has great qualities, but are Indians so dumb, stupid, backwards, that they cannot find amongst themselves someone intelligent enough, non corrupt enough to lead them ? We witnessed the same phenomenon with Mother Teresa. She may have been a saint, but nobody has harmed so much India’s image in the 20th century: when you say India in the West, their eyes light-up and they answer : “Mother Teresa / Calcutta / Poor people / dumb people / starving people / who do no know how to care after their own underprivileged / Who need a White woman to show them how to pick-up dying in the street / to look after orphans” ! Is this the image that Indians want today ? An image that is harming them, which is stopping western businessmen from investing in India ? Yet Mother Teresa is worshipped here, from Calcutta to Chennai, from Delhi to Bangalore and when she will be made a saint by the Vatican, perpetuating this colonial, superior-minded, Christian symbol of White superiority over the Brown/Black man, the whole Indian media will rejoice in their own mental slavery and the Indian Government will probably declare a national holiday !
Why don’t Indians understand that Brown is beautiful ? White people spend hours in the beach and put a hundred creams to get tanned . And in winter they even artificially lie under infrared lamps in beauty parlors to get Brown ! Why this obsession of the Indian woman to have a white skin ? Why do most actors and actresses in adds on TV have digitally whitened faces ? Why this craze about “fair” looking brides ? Why do fake 69 Rs whitening creams, for women and even men, sell so well? If you find the answer to that, you will understand why the fatal attraction towards Sonia Gandhi and Mother Teresa.
Obviously, colonization has frozen the Indian mind in certain patterns and the British made sure, through Macaulay’s policies, of leaving behind them an enduring complex of inferiority amongst Indians, by constantly harping upon the flaws of Indian culture and inflating them. This is why today Indian intellectuals repeat like parrots what their masters had said before them: “Hindus are fundamentalists / Brahmins are exploiters / Govalkar was a Nazi / Indians are corrupt and no good”… But that does not explain everything: most of colonized countries have aped their masters after having hated them. No, in my mind the greatest factor for India’s love of the White is the absurd theory of the Aryan invasion
According to this theory, which was actually devised in the 18th and 19th century by British linguists and archaeologists, the first inhabitants of India were good-natured, peaceful, dark-skinned shepherds, called the Dravidians, who had founded what is called the Harappan - or Valley of the Indus civilisation. They were supposedly remarkable builders, witness the city of Mohenjo-Daro in Pakistani Sind, but had no culture to speak-off, no literature, no proper script even. Then, around 1500 B.C., India is said to have been invaded by tribes called the Aryans : white-skinned, nomadic people, who originated somewhere in Western Russia and imposed upon the Dravidians the hateful caste system. To the Aryans, are attributed Sanskrit, the Vedic - or Hindu religion, India’s greatest spiritual texts, the Vedas, as well as a host of subsequent writings, the Upanishads, the Mahabharata, the Ramanaya, etc…
This was indeed a masterly stroke on the part of the British : thanks to the Aryan theory, they showed on the one hand that Indian civilisation was not that ancient and that it was posterior to the cultures which influenced the western world - Mesopotamia, Sumeria, or Babylon - and that whatever good things India had developed - Sanskrit, literature, or even its architecture, had been influenced by the West. Thus, Sanskrit, instead of being the mother of all Indo-European languages, became just a branch of their huge family; thus, the religion of Zarathustra is said to have influenced Hinduism, and not vice versa. And on the other hand, it divided India and pitted against each other the low caste dark-skinned Dravidians and the high caste light-skinned Aryans, a rift which is till enduring. Yet, most recent archeological and linguistic discoveries point out that there never was an Aryan invasion and many historians, including the malevolent Romila Thapar, are distancing themselves from it. Yet, most Indians still believe in this absurd theory.
Wake up o Indians: you are as great, if not greater than the White Man. You can do as well, if not better than the White Man. Not only your forefathers devised some of the basic principles of mathematics, astrology, or surgical medicine, not only today your people are amongst the most brilliant people in the world – half of Silicon valley is of Indian origin, 60% of UK’s doctors are Indians – but you still hold within yourselves a unique spiritual knowledge, which once roamed the world, but which has now disappeared, replaced by the intolerant creed of the two major monotheistic religions which say : “if you don’t believe in my true God, I will either kill you or convert you”. Wake-up India, Brown is beautiful, smart and it is the future.
Reference# francois gautier
(writer & journalist from france now based in BHARAT)