An open letter to Malaysian Indians

A family mourning death of a child on the street in Triplicane area in Chennai. The family is homeless, the live on the sidewalk. There were heavy rains for several days, it was relatively cold, the child got serious fever and died soon © Maciej Dakowicz begin with, this picture is not from Malaysia. It is from Chennai, the capital city of southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. According to flickr, this photo is part of their most interesting 50 sets. It says a lot about the pain, and struggle of Dalit community in India, above all in Tamil Nadu.

Died the night before: A family mourning death of a child on the street in Triplicane area in Chennai. The family is homeless, the live on the sidewalk. There were heavy rains for several days, it was relatively cold, the child got serious fever and died soon. You can see it @ © Maciej Dakowicz.

I stand against any discrimination of any human being in any parts of the world. But when it comes to HINDRAF outrage in Malaysia there are some questions one should ask to Hindu Rights Action Force officials. As an Indian, I believe ethnic Indians in Malaysia; still enjoy more rights than Indian citizens who is living in their own country. Since the living standards of Malaysia are far higher than India, I also agree that Hindus in Malaysia need a better deal. As a community with migrant history, majority of Malaysian Indians are Hindus while it also include a minuscule of Muslim, Christian and Sikh presence. The so called “Indian” heritage in Malaysia cannot be limited with Hindu minority in Malaysia.

Unlike Malaysia, discrimination against Indian citizens in India has a multitude of factors. One is the religion and the other is caste factor.

In India, religious discrimination is worst against Muslims followed by Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, and Jainism. The traces of Hindu caste system can be visible among India’s minority communities too. Due to Hindutva’s burgeoning alliance with Zionism, Jews are not attacked or either they are helped to migrate to their dreamland, Israel. Hindutva patriots will never question patriotism of Indian Jews. In 2005, Business Week reported that India became Israel’s largest importer of weapons, accounting for about half of the $3.6 billion worth of weapons exported by the Jewish state.

But in terms of Caste discrimination, it totally alienate lower caste Hindus, Dalits and Tribal or aborigines, who together contribute the largest segment of Hindu religion. Caste system is a part of a Hindu belief that people inherit their stations in life based on the sins and good deeds of past lives.

For the past 60 years the higher caste Hindu elite, effectively ruling this nation under the false cover of democratically elected government. Since majority of Indians are illiterate, it is easy to manipulate their votes offering food kits, liquor, subsidies, and even free Television!

Crime-politics nexus also influences the democracy in India. Most of the ministers in elected democratic governments are from criminal background. They are entering into the political arena, influencing the decision-making at the highest level in their own favor and thereby increasing corruption through patron-client relationship. The reason for this pervasive political corruption, in spite of six decades of democracy, is because we, in India, do not elect representatives but patrons. The rich and the avaricious as well as the poor and the stricken, vote on this principle. Lack of transparency within the bureaucracy is also another important factor responsible for promoting public corruption.

Any attempts from the state to introduce an affirmative action plan to help the down trodden of India, primarily defeated by upper caste student agitations in the campus. In a country where more than 92 % children cannot progress beyond secondary school, a support base for the backward communities in campus is beyond imagination. Furthermore, Indian judiciary is loaded with upper caste judges and they will spoils any affirmative action of the state by restricting reservation quota.

On the other hand, India contributed about $14.5 billion to the US economy through the expenditure on tuition and living expenses by sending the students to US. As a country, it dominated with one in seven (14.4 percent) of the total of 582,984 international students. [The Open Doors 2007, US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Report] In the same period, Australia earned about 500 million Australian dollars from the export of educational services to India. Please note that Government of India’s spending on education is lesser than one-fifth of its defense budget!

The dominant group of Hindu nationalists come from the three upper castes ( Brahmins, Kshatriyas, and Vaishyas ) that constitute only 10 per cent of the total Indian population. But, they claim perhaps 80 % of the jobs in the new economy, in sectors such as software, biotechnology, and hotel management. Thus, Hindutva storm troopers promote enormous blogs, web campaigns and forums to control the media to implement their own political will. India’s fake super power status is also something created by this elite group of Hindu caste who don’t want to care the alienated Hindu classes and minorities.

Let us begin with the educational statistics from Tamil Nadu State itself.

Out of 427 faculties available in Chennai IITs (Tamil Nadu) 400 are from Brahmin caste and only 4 of them are Dalit. Every year, Government of India spend a whopping amount of $ 2000 million for the expenses of IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Gawhati, Kanpur, Kharaghpur, and Madras). But, Indian IITs function as a free educational institute dedicated to the upper class Hindus. Even though IITs are proclaimed as institutions with national importance, 96% of the IIT graduates usually migrate to west or find a job with a multinational corporate company.

According to the Indian census of 2001, the total population was 1.028 billion. Hindus numbered 827 million or 80.5 %. About 25 per cent (24 million) of those Hindus are belonging to Scheduled Castes and Tribes. About 40 per cent (400 million) are “Other Backward Castes”.Even though, 15 per cent are belonging to Hindu upper castes, they inherited civil service, economy and active politics. And thus the caste system virtually leaves lower caste Hindus in India to an oppressed minority.

Udit Raj, the prominent Dalit intellectual from India, recalls caste issues in Malaysia in his book,

“Caste Hindus can give up anything, including their life, but caste attitude. In 1998, when I was invited to attend the first Dalit International Convention at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it was unbelievable at first sight, but became a reality, when I attended. About 150 years back, British took Indians to Malaysia as labourers and assistants and eventually Indians made their homes there. More than one million Hindus are living there, but are still maintaining their caste identity. Dalits living in Malaysia have lots of grievances, which is not a contribution of the concerned soil, but virus went with them. So far, no medicine has been manufactured that can kill the caste virus” Dalit & Religious Freedom, 2005“, chapter 38.

Considering the media manipulation techniques, time line and nature of the Hindu outrage in Malaysia, there are many reasons to believe that HINDRAF and Uthay Kumar is closely associated with RSS, a Hindu Taliban who already spoiled India’s social fabric with fascist propaganda and communal riots. Watch utube.pngHindutva role in Communal Riots

Mr. P. Waytha Moorthy, the Chairman of Hindu Right Action Force, in fact is the Malaysian representative of global ‘Hindutva’ brother hood called Vishva Hindu Parishat. He also work with Hindu charity institutions like Hindu America Foundation and UK based SEWA International , both of them are in control of their parent demon, RSS . Both of these charity organizations were involved in funding anti minority riots in India. Hiring such a hate monger and ardent admirer of Aryan Hindu supremacy to solve issues of Malaysian Tamils will back fire soon. Tamil values are much closer to Dravidian culture and it will never tolerate the Aryan ideas of racial purity and dictatorship of Brahmins.

Instead, tamil Hindus should find ways for peaceful dialogue with Malay organizations and concentrate more of their energy for caste and poverty eradication. The thoughts of Thanthai Periyar E.V. Ramaswamy should be their guide light, than the false propaganda war initiated by Hindutva and its militant mafia gang, RSS.

Do you know why? RSS is the Hindu-supremacist organization that has fueled a rise in anti-Dalit, anti-Muslim, anti-Christian and anti-Sikh violence. The former ruling party, the BJP is the political arm of the RSS and helped fascism to spread across civil, judiciary, defence and educational streams of the society. According to National Crime Records Bureau, there was 1822602 riots in 2005 alone. [ Incidence Of Cognizable Crimes (IPC) Under Different Crime Heads, concluded, Page 2] NCRB website

Under India’s notorious caste system, upper caste Hindus inherited key positions and controls all the governmental branches. Violence against victims largely goes unpunished due to the support of this upper caste crooks.

The man, who killed Mahatma Gandhi in January 1948 for seeking conciliation with Minorities Nathuram Vinayak Godse, was a Brahmin and at one time belonged to the RSS. That’s part of the Sangh’s legacy. And it has not only spawned the VHP, but numerous other radical organizations backing the RSS, notably the Shiv Sena (Shiva’s Army) party of Bal Thackeray, a self-declared Hitler fan.”

Since Indian community issues in Malaysia is considered as a ‘Minority vs majority‘ issue, let us also compare the statistics of Indian Muslims, in India it self. Unlike Malaysian Hindus, Indian Muslims have not arrived from outside.

Recently, Justice Rajinder Sachar Committee report admitted that 138 Million Muslims across India are severely under-represented in government employment, including Public Sector Units. Ironically, West Bengal, a communist ruled state reported 0 (zero) percent of Muslims in higher positions in its PSUs! It has found that the share of Muslims in government jobs and in the lower judiciary in any state simply does not come anywhere close to their population share. The only place where Muslims can claim a share in proportion to their population is in prison! (Muslims convicts in India is 19.1%, while the number of under trials is 22.5%, which exceed their population ratio) . A note sent on January 9 by the army to the defence ministry in 2004 says that only 29,093 Muslims among a total of 1.1 million personnel — a ratio of 2.6 %, which compares poorly with the Muslims’ 13 % share in the Indian population. Officially, Indian Army don’t allow head count based on religion.

A Muslim child attends school for three years and four months, compared to the national average of four years. Less than two percent of the students at the elite Indian Institutes of Technology comprise of the Muslim community.

Please note that, Malaysian Indians are not the original inhabitants of the country; but Indian Muslims are from the same racial and ethnic groups as their compatriots. And still they face discrimination in the world’s largest democracy called India. (Ref. Indian Express, The Missing Muslims)

81 % Malaysia’s ethnic Indians are mostly from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, an impoverished land lagging with illiteracy and feudalism fueled by Delhi’s north favored rule. The traditional Hindu caste system compelled caste minorities including Dalits to move even to Sri Lanka. But unfortunately, this Tamils are currently in extreme war with their own hosts, Sinhalese!

Does Tamil community in Malaysia want to do the same rebellion to their own host, the Malays?

The Tribune News paper has a story about Malaysia’s care to India. “In 1971, Malaysia sent a team to enquire about the welfare of its pensioners residing in Punjab. Further, pensions paid in that country are free of income tax,” The Tribune, February 20, 2003, Chandigarh, India.

Do HINDRAF want to trouble the interests of Malaysian Indians by misleading Tamil Hindu community against such generous government like of Malaysia? Can we expect proper pension from India Government?

The Human Development Report for 2007-08 released by the UNDP ranked India 128 out of 177 countries, working it out through measures of life expectancy, education and income. Malaysia ranked 63 and listed at under High Human Development category. The report found that India’s GDP per capita (purchasing power parity) is $3,452, far below Malaysia’s $10,882. Read the statistics from UNDP website

Indian workers form the third largest foreign work force in Malaysia, with 140,000 of them seeking out a living there. Most of these migrant workers are the relatives of ethnic Indians who comprise 7% of Malaysia’s population of around 24 million.

Every year, more than 1 million Indian citizens are forced to leave their country in search of better life.

Indians form about half of the 2.6 million expatriate workers in the United Arab Emirates’ private sector which includes Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and Christians. In 2006, India received the highest amount of remittance globally from migrants, 27 $Billion. The large part of it came from the Gulf expatriate workforce.

Further, Indian government expects overseas Indians to pump in about US$500 billion into the FOREX reserves of the country in the next 10 years, making them the single largest source of foreign receipts. Do Indian Government want to hurt their own economy by interfering in Malaysian affairs?

Migrated Hindus from India constitutes 1 million or 0.4 per cent of US population now. With the approval of U.S authorities, they built around 1,000 Hindu temples throughout the US. The generosity of the American administration did n’t stop Hindutva idiots from bashing Christian around the globe.

In Tamil Nadu, last year, 250 temples were brought down to earth following High Court orders in Madurai. The reason was those temples were built on public property. There were no protests. Tamil Hindus there thought such a drive was carried out in the interest of people at large.

Like India, thousands of smaller Hindu temples, often originating in the placement of a deity under a tree, should have mushroomed across Malaysian rubber plantations and the rural countryside. As the Hindu community grew, some of them may be converted to larger structures and government should have brought down in public interest. But why so much huge and cry in Malaysia alone?

By falsely claiming of “Ethnic cleansing against Hindus in Malaysia”, HINDRAF officials are working against the interests of India’s peaceful migrant community around the world. While Dalits, Lower castes, Sikhs, Chrisitans and Muslims are the daily victims of Hindutva’s communal riots in India, Tamil Hindus in Malaysia haven’t faced any single riots orchestrated by Malay Muslims.

Remember that India, as a country cannot offer you food or job. Tamil politicians are engaged in lip service. Leaders with Dravidian origin have limited say in India’s central government which is ruled by majority north Indian Aryans. They consider TamilNadu as the bastion of opposing imposition of north Indian rule and its Hindi language in its territories. South Indians mostly consider English as their national language than Hindi. This north and south division has a long history in India and will continue to go on for ages, as long as people in India continue to remain emotionally myopic, narrow minded and accepting of propaganda and social myths. Govt. of Tamil Nadu website has something to say about Politics of Dravidian thoughts.

Hindutva vs Tamil culture

Before the invasion of Aryans, Tamils have practiced a dual spirituality called Saivism and Thirumalism . But Brahmins enslaved Tamils with cultural and spiritual corruption.

The Hindu nationalist movement headed by Brahmin chiefs grew up in the 1920s with the establishment of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS ) The RSS gradually established a network of local branches that met daily for training sessions on martial arts. With ideological sermons making Indian identity synonymous with Brahmin culture it floated new motto even to the south, “Hindu, Hindi, Hindustan” (one people, one language, one country).

In 1965, after a 15 year gap, Hindi was declared as the solitary national language of India. This led to violent protests in Tamil Nadu and so many deaths of tamilians.

In 1996, Inspired by Hindu myths, a Marathi Hindu mafia leader called Bal Thackeray floated ‘Shiv Sena‘ a political party to drive out south Indians from the industrial city of Bombay. Shiv Sena means Army of Shiva, (referring to Hindu King, Shivaji) succeeded in its aim with the help of Hindu militants who unleashed several communal riots in the city.

In 1991, a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber killed India’s Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi ( A north Indian brahmin with aryan heritage) at an election rally outside Chennai. Those scars against Tamils are still run deep in north India, especially in a government dominated by Gandhi’s Italian-born widow Sonia.

When it comes to recording Indian history, the north of the country often ignores or overlooks events in the south. Tamils consider Vellore revolt as the first organized revolt against British in India, while Delhi officially consider it started with Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. Unlike north Indian Hindus, Tamils consider Lord Rama as the villain and Ravana as the hero. In such many ways, Tamil history and politics are in contradiction with India’s official version, which is in fact authored and promoted by Aryan north. The division within India’s caste maniacs is so deep and it cannot overcome to help anyone outside their circle.

Do the ethnic Indians in Malaysia want to come back to India? I bet none of them will come back to this sinking ship called, India. Instead of asking for more rights they should come out of their caste system and narrowness. Let them learn to respect their hosts, the Malaysian people who provided better opportunities than their caste maniac“Mother India”. Only such an attitude and kindness will bring them prosperity. Let them not forget the millions of impoverished Indian citizens living in their own country. Read more about Our Shining India at here

What make people move to out of India? Read the Real Indian facts

What if you come to Tamil Nadu and join with 1,60,000 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees ? Read this Report from Asian Centre of Human Rights

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10 Responses to “An open letter to Malaysian Indians”

  1. pkpk Says:

    i had many indian friends that got good job, good life.. But he said, in malaysia.. there’s 2 kind of indian. The modern vs the conservative one.
    The problem is the conservative one.

    Still living like a jungle, fighting everyday between them. Even worse.. killing each other as in Klang. Many most wanted indian gangster in klang had ‘wanted dead or alive’ option.

    They had a choice btw. They must change their life themself.. either to be gangster or to be as rich as Ananda Krishnan of maxis communication or Tony Fernandes of air asia.. But not that kind of stupid Taiko Gangster in Old Klang Town.

  2. movingGrass Says:

    Bottom line is we don’t need the likes of “Mr. P. Waytha Moorthy, the Chairman of Hindu Right Action Force in fact is the Malaysian representative of global ‘Hindutva’ alliance called Vishva Hindu Parishat. He also work with RSS controlled Hindu charity institutions like Hindu America Foundation and UK based SEWA International. Both of these organizations were involved in funding anti minority riots in India. “

  3. trimoorty Says:

    The author had obviously done lot’s of info gathering, but he fails to comprehend the basis of the protest. The claim that the indians are doing better in Malaysia is true, but he lacks the sensitivity to understand the expectation of a down trodden society which was always kept in the borders of jungles, and called upon only during the elections. Unlike FELDA (MALAY) settlers who were given lands FOC to develop (which they sell back to the Gov for millions) and also gain thousands of ringgits monthly as salaries and other bonuses the indians who toiled in the rubber estates still live below poverty line. They lack the even the basic education because their schools are left to beg for funds from public.Their estates are rarely near any health facilities, therefore they are not given the standard medical services required. The children who are smart enough to graduate to secondary schools( goverment schools) are not given the equal opportunity both in their curriculum or co- curriculum( no thanks to the Ketuanan Melayu mentality among the stupid malay teachers). When they do manage to cross this barrier the next hurdle is to get a place in the local public university (When their classmates- malay of course who can barely speak in english and who had copied them in the exams or those who barely passed the exams are selected for the most wanted courses). If they do get into the university then there are are a group of racist (Malay lecturers who pick on them and say racially demeaning words against them). Those who manage to escape this phase has to face the difficulties of getting jobs. The goverment does not want to employ them unless in the most critical sector( Medical) and the chinese employ them with double standards in promotions and wages. Those who do get the jobs in the goverment rarely promoted and those who promoted never get any where near top management. Those unlucky Indians who are in the management, do not enjoy the same privilage or the respect of their colleaques. They are riddiculed by their underlings( who are of course 98% malay) , since they cannot tolerate a non malay ordering them( stupid ketuanan melayu mentality again),. So these so called priviledged few have to live in humiliatian though they are considered successful. Those who did not fare well in the education end up being rubber tappers, or palm oil plantation worker. They are kept in check all the while by their employers and the local thugs who control the local MIC wing( Malaysian Indian Congress).Those who come to the towns when their job is taken over by the banglas, indons(who become bumiputera though not born in malaysia) or other immigrant workers face very though world. No proper education, no inherited property/land, no support from the goverment or the MIC ( UMNO DOG). Some of these indians forced in to the world of crime hoping to enjoy the fruit of their forefathers hard work like their fellow malaysians through the illegal ways.( The same happened to the chinese community in the 1970’s). These people are not hindu fundamentalist, they do not have word to describe the non hindus( Unlike muslims who call non muslims as kafir). They do not carry keris and wave them in their assembly intimidating other races. They keep quite even when they are sidelined in the race to be the Angkasawan( I would consider it was a waste of time for any non mallay to actually participate in the first place). They are not asking for a separate land. All that they are asking is to be given equal opportunity to compete. An legitimate request to practice their religion in their own way. I don’t see anything wrong with that. The author’s next line would be if the indians do not like the current condition in malaysia they should just leave and go back to india( this phrase is very common among the fascist malays) , WHY SHOULD THEY GO BACK AND IF THEY GO BACK THEN THEY SHOULD BE GIVEN THE WEALTH THEIR FORE FATHERS HAD WORKED HARD TO BRING TO THIS LAND. ( Everybody knows that the malays in the goverment sector are so lazy, that they don’t deserve any shit)

    SO THE AUTHOR can go and F**k him self up just like everyone of these facsist who “mudah lupa”.

  4. Vicky Says:

    An American research centre has placed our ultra-nationalist Rashtrya wayamsewak Sangh (RSS) on its terrorist list. The East Virginia-based Terrorism Research Center (TRC) is closely connected to the American government and many of its directors and researchers have closely worked with US administrations and have taken part in research and planning for the US administration.

    In the list of in India, the TRC has placed RSS under no. 21. Here is the link as it appeared on 9 September 2004 on the group’s website under the caption “Known Terrorist Groups Operating in India“.

  5. Sreekala Sivasankaran Says:

    You’ve touched upon very important aspects of Hindu caste system and its impacts on developing human resources in any part of the world including Malaysia and India. Practically in my experience as a Sociology teacher for a short while in a Law University in the state of Chhattisgarh, I saw in close quarters the struggles of Dalit and tribal students to get access and sustainability in an empowering discipline such as Law. We talk about unemployment in India, we talk about quality in education and then why don’t we recruit faculty and build up infrastructure to train those students who come from extremely poor and humiliating caste backgrounds? Quality is not just money and the ability to speak English language; quality lies in bringing larger sections and training them to excel in their work and life.

    Some Sociologists think that caste is a dead matter, and then why Hindus cherish it so dearly when it comes to choosing our life partners, social companions and professional colleagues? Some others would say that it is the social and moral order and we can’t really change it, as we are Hindus living within this order. Aren’t we also individuals, citizens and at least human beings who have the ability to feel, think and act? I have heard some people say that it is high time that the Dalits should not feel ashamed of their caste identity. Yes, wait for the day, when the members of those sections who are far removed from enjoying the fruits of wealth and resources of India, theys say that we are proud to be what we are…

  6. Hantu Laut Says:

    The Indians in Malaysia are being manipulated by the few leaders seeking personal glory.During the protest, they looked more like Indian migrant workers rather than Malaysians as they were stupid enough to carry banners and posters of the Queen and Mahatma Ghandi.

    I agree with the writer that the Indians in Malaysia are much better than most Indians in India.For those poor Malaysian Indians who had not been back to India, they wouldn’t know the difference, that’s why it easy to manipulate them.

  7. sloanne Says:

    Bukti bergambar ANWAR menyokong hindraf. check this out

  8. maman Says:

    Look. lets forget the malays. since Malays are given special priviliges ( which in my opinion is the worst thing that they can do) but lets compare between the indians and the chinese. what were their difference? the chinese knew about hard work, they knew about education, they knew about saving what ever little money that they had. the chinese and the indians are both about the same in what ever priviledge that were given to them. they both had their own schools. they both had their own college set up by the dominant party. The fact that the indians did not know how to play what ever the cards that were given to them was not the goverment’s fault ? what more do u want ? now. it is not the malays that is systematically keeping the indians down. the malays only control the goverment. and sadly contrary to what people think, its the economy and the people controling it that dictates the path of the nation. so. since 80% of most private companies are owned/managed by chinese, and in almost all those companies, the racial buildup would lean towards the chinese, why blame the malays alone ?

    u talk about the temples being demolished. did the goverment not repeatedly requested that the indian community demolish the temple ? did they not requested that any expansion to go thru the proper channels as well? what. the law of the land doesnt apply to house of worships ? it took the malays in community 7 years to get a permit to build a mosque in a malay dominant area in pj. the cause of the delay? a protest by a single chinese who was living near the potential site.
    now. Take a town in selangor, count the number of official and unofficial temples. then do the same count for the number of mosques in that area. which race has more place of worship ?does it make sense ? are you guys aiming for one temple per hindu ?
    we have the tallest hindu god statue here . in batu caves. ( but wait a minute, didnt know the origins of the religion was from malaysia, i thought hindu came from india, did i miss something????) Do you see us having the biggest mosque in the world ? do you see the chinese having the biggest buddhist temple or the christians having a national church ? People build places of worship based on capacity. the hindus build it because of ???
    I have close indian friends. and they dont share the sentiments that hindraf so called proclaims. so. who really does hindraf represent? and why now? after all this year. why at this moment when its close to elections ?

    who is the master of puppet ? if its anwar ibrahim, then does hindraf really think they have an ally in anwar?

  9. mahagraha Says:

    I agree with you!

  10. mahagraha Says:

    Sorry about the double comment.

    I would like to stress that I agree with the blogger. This is a very informative post.

    Neverthless, I am not quite sure about the commenters. As a blogger, I am quite used to nasty comments. Some commenters (especially Malaysians) don’t seem to know that a fact is a fact. They based their comments more on emotions rather than the principles of rationality and objectivity.

    Keep going and I wish you all the best

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