This book focuses on the role of US and European churches, academics, think tanks, foundations, government and human rights groups in fostering the separation of the identities of Dravidian and Dalit communities from the rest of India. The book is the result of five years of research, and uses information obtained in the West about foreign funding of these India-based activities. The research tracked the money trails that start out claiming to be for ‘education’, ‘human rights’, ‘empowerment training’, and ‘leadership training’, but end up in programs designed to produce angry youths who feel disenfranchised from Indian identity.
The book reveals how outdated racial theories continue to provide academic frameworks and fuel the rhetoric that can trigger civil wars and genocides in developing countries. The Dravidian movement's 200-year history has such origins. Its latest manifestation is the ‘Dravidian Christianity’ movement that fabricates a political and cultural history to exploit old faultlines. This book explicitly names individuals and institutions, including prominent Western ones and their Indian affiliates. Its goal is to spark an honest debate on the extent to which human rights and other ‘empowerment’ projects are cover-ups for these nefarious activities.
Rajiv Malhotra is a public intellectual on current affairs, world religions and cross-cultural encounters between the East and West. His career has spanned the corporate world as a senior executive, strategic consultant and successful entrepreneur in the information technology and media industries. His Infinity Foundation seeks to foster a better global understanding of Indian civilisation. He is well known as a speaker and writer for a wide audience and is frequently interviewed and invited to deliver keynote addresses. He serves on the Board of Governors of the India Studies program at the University of Massachusetts, and served as the chairman for the Asian Studies Education Committee of the State of New Jersey.
Aravindan Neelakandan has worked for the past decade with an NGO in Tamil Nadu serving marginalised rural communities in sustainable agriculture. He was awarded a junior research fellowship in cultural economics by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, to research the economic potentials of the neglected ruins in Kanyakumari district, in southern Tamil Nadu. These experiences provided him with in-depth knowledge of the history and sociology of Tamil people. He is also a popular science writer in Tamil and a columnist with UPI-Asia, a leading news portal.