Rahul Gandhi, Subramaniam Swamy and the narrative by George Trevor
Pre-eminent in the annals of fraud, is the history of the Jesuit mission in Madura, headed by Robert de’ Nobili, a nephew of cardinal Bellarmine. This man and his companions, after carefully studying the language and religion of the Hindu Shastras, assumed Sanskrit names and gave themselves out as European Brahmins, come to exchange ideas with their bretheren in India. They adopted the yellow dress, wore the caste marks on their foreheads, and practiced frequent ablutions…… -Rev George Trevor, Canon of York and late Chaplain on the Madras Establishment
A photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi dressed as a Brahmin with tilak on his forehead and the Rudraksh Mala carrying offerings at a Hindu temple, that’s gone viral on social media, is in sharp contrast with his own religious identity of a baptised Christian as claimed by Subramaniam Swamy at a News National Conclave. This video has gone viral on social media.
Even Rahul’s sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who recently got a lateral entry into the top Congress echelon as party General Secretary, performed Ganga arti at Varanasi’s Dashwamedha ghat and visited Hanuman temple at Ayodhya in the midst of campaigning for the parliamentary election. Question arises when the two Congress leaders, with their Parsi and Catholic background, become devout Hindus?
Rahul also has been on the same track visiting one temple after another. When He visited Somnath, he reportedly signed the visitors’ register as a non-Hindu. His photo displaying devout Hindu trappings -saffron dupatta (scarf) with motifs of Hindu dieties and rudralksh, reminds of the narrative by Rev George Trevor, Canon of York and late Chaplain on the Madras Establishment, who has described to the minutest detail the Jesuit Mission to Madura, a district of the Madras Presidency of British India. It covered the present day district of Madurai.
Trevor has written in his Book “India” (Page 311, published in the 19th Century) that “pre-eminent in the annals of fraud, is the history of the Jesuit mission in Madura, headed by Robert de’ Nobili, a nephew of cardinal Bellarmine. This man and his companions, after carefully studying the language and religion of the Hindu Shastras, assumed sanskrit names and gave themselves out as European Brahmins, come to exchange ideas with their bretheren in India. They adopted the yellow dress, wore the caste marks on their foreheads, and practiced frequent ablutions……To these deceptions de’Nobili scrupled not to add the forgery of a parchment in the ancient character, showing that the Roman Brahmins were older than those of India, and that the Jesuits were descended in a direct line from Brahma. These allegations he dared to confirm upon oath in an assembly of Brahmins at Madura. Nor was this the most audacious forgery resorted to be the Jesuits. Singular as the design appears, they actually compiled a new Veda, written in the ancient sanskrit with extraordinary skill, and interweaving with other matter some account of Christianity. This remarkable production was palmed upon the natives as genuine, and becoming known in Europe as adduced by Voltaire as proving the superiority of the Vedas to the genuine scriptures.
By these unjustifiable measures the Jesuits made proselytes of twelve eminent Brahmins, whose example and influence secured a large following of the people. To preserve the deception these Christian fathers carefully abstained from all intercourse with the lower orders which might violate their pretended caste. They visited the dying by night in the recess of the jungle, with the strictest precautions to avoid discovery. The sick were carried into the open air to receive the sacraments, without polluting the priestly celebrant – as the leaders of the mission were Brahmins, so they had missionaries of lower caste for the common people.”
Furthermore, Trever wrote, the Jesuits defended themselves at Rome by delegates, who denied the facts, and with their usual audacity swore to the falsehood on the Holy Sacrament.