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Professor S N Balagangadhara, his son spouting venom in University of Ghent

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Professor S N Balagangadhara his son and another Indologist from Belgium Koenraad Elst have been spouting venom in University of Ghent for a very long time now. A very close friend who’s pursuing his PhD in Physics from the same University and who happens to have attended their seminars told me that three have, in tandem, over time usurped all ‘Indian spaces’ over the years. Their approach has been methodical, in every seminar held at U.Ghent, theories of caste-less India are peddled with great fervour and any query/resistance to the same are met with snide retorts. Not very long ago, Balu had said that it was the English who had perpetuated the caste divisions in India, reinforcing a Mughal practice. He equated this with the Hutu-Tutsi dispute and other tribal divides in Rwanda and elsewhere and went on to prove that caste is a recent construct adopted by Muslims and British in India to divide the Hindus. Because the audience is full of Undergraduate students from Science backgrounds who lap it up only willingly, it’s not terribly difficult to sell these myths. Balu insists that there are no caste divisions in India anymore, and Koenraad and co only cement these lies. – Abhishek Juneja

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