“Many Indians think Rahul Gandhi is related to Mahatma Gandhi,” says Francois Gautier

Francois Gautier

Bharat MataFrench author and journalist Francois Gautier feels traditional Indian knowledge is at risk.

At a lecture in Bangalore on Jan. 11th, Gautier, a staunch defender of Hindutva, said, “Education in India is in a tragic state. Parents produce children in order to export them. India is being westernized. People here want to be more westernized than the westerners themselves. They know IT, Math and Shakespeare but don’t know their own history and culture. Not many understand the value of knowledge.”

Gautier, 54, feels Hinduism is not a religion but a knowledge stream. “Though I am a Frenchman, I feel I am a Hindu. Being a Hindu entails believing that God has many manifestations. I have lived in India for 44 years. I experienced the presence of Bharat Mata while working in Kashmir and now (I am experiencing it) in Pune,” he pointed out.

He admitted that conversion is a reality and it’s easy to convert Indians because of poverty. “Many are so innocent that they think Rahul Gandhi is related to Mahatma Gandhi,” he said.

ShivajiAccording to him, many bitter truths about India’s history—such as genocide of Hindus by invaders—were swept under the carpet. He believes there are many cliches about India abroad. “Poverty and snake-charmers are part of them,” he added. Stressing the importance of truth in history, however bitter it is, he said: “Unless people face their history, they can’t move forward.”

On Maratha king Shivaji, he said: “With a handful of men, he fought the most powerful army of his time and secured southern India. But he is not represented properly. Some Indian history books even depict him as a plunderer or a petty chieftain.”

Referring to the Aryan invasion theory, he said: “It (the invasion) is the foundation of all historical information on India. But the invasion never happened.”

Gautier has set up a museum on Indian history—Shivaji Maharaj Museum of History—in Pune with the Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism (FACT). “If I write an article, it lasts a day. A book could last a few years. But a museum lasts for centuries. It’s important to rewrite Indian history on stone. I found it important to narrate history as it happened, and not as it was written. Hence, the museum,” he explained. The museum exhibits artefacts on India’s traditional knowledge and accurate history. – Times of India, 13 January 2014

» Francois Gautier is a French journalist who has been living in India since the 1970s. He is married to an Indian and lives in New Delhi. Gautier is one of the few westerners actively defending the hindutva movement. He can be reached at fgautier@rediffmail.com

Shivaji Museum, Pune

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5 Responses

  1. A simple argument against AIT. As per our Historians the Rig Veda was composed sometime around 1500 BC. However the Nadi Stuti of the RigVeda describes the River Saraswati along its entire course as a mighty wide banked free flowing vouminous river. Hoone dwever the Saraswati had gone dry by 3100 BC itself.

    Hence the Rig Veda could not have been composed in 1500 BC. Because when the river itself had gone dry, how could it have been described so much in detail.

    The ultimate drying up of the Saraswati in 3100 BC gives us a period of about 6000-7000 years prior to that during which it would have flowed at its fullest length and widest expanse. Based on this simple logic the composition of the Rig Veda can be placed at around 10000 BC.

    The Christians believe that the civilised world started after Noah’s Ark – which they place at around 3000 BC (they have no proof to validate the same). Hence they propounded the theory that civilisation would have started in other places also after 3000 BC only.


  2. I suggest you read the following books in addition to what is suggested here:

    1. Breaking India-Western Interventions in India’s Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines by Rajiv Malhotra and Aravindan Neelakandan

    2. Being Different-An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism by Rajiv Malhotra

    3. Indra’s Net by Rajiv Malhotra

    4. Invading The Sacred: An Analysis Of Hinduism Studies In America – Editors: Krishnan Ramaswamy, Antonio de Nicolas and Aditi Banerjee


  3. Gautier may not reply to this query so we cannot ask him.

    Historians often use some important event in the past as a peg to hang their history theories on. For India this peg is usually Alexander’s invasion of 327/326 bce. However some historians use the AIT as the peg, the start of the invasion—now called a migration by theorists like Romila Thapar—is usually dated at 1500 bce.

    Leftist historians like Thapar will use the fictitious AIT as the marker for their imaginary histories of India (as Gautier suggests here).

    But the invasion/migration never happened. It is a completely false conjecture. Most Indic scholars are aware that it never happened. But these scholars don’t hold important chairs in important universities like Witzel and Thapar, so their views don’t get aired or widely known.

    The opposing theory, of an out-of-India migration (OIT) to the west at a much earlier date than 1500 bce is what is now being worked on by scholars like Dr Rajaram and David Frawley.

    See these articles for what may be a truer account of India’s ancient history:

    1 – Indian Third Wave West: Fertile Cresent and mathematics – N.S. Rajaram

    2 – Indian Third Wave West: From language to thought – N.S. Rajaram


  4. What does Gautier mean when he says, Aryan Invasion theory is “the foundation of all historical information on India. But the invasion never happened.”


  5. When our democracy is merely a matter of electoral equation, the entire process is dehumanized, corrupting and degrades the society as a whole. The first casualty of this perverted system is truth.


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