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What Hindus Need To Know

Why Hindus Lag Behind In Kerala
By Dr C I Issac, June 2006

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A powerful field that can control society is education. At present, the education sector in Kerala is under the control of minorities, who are politically influential and economically sound through the remittances made by Non-Resident Keralites (NRKs).

While minorities run 3340 schools in the state, the entire Hindu jatis are in possession of just 194 schools. Muslim and Christian communities manage 223 arts and science colleges whereas all Hindu jatis together manage only 42 colleges (vide ‘Matrubhumi’ daily, September 28, 2002). Out of the 433 professional colleges, only 86 are government-owned, 89 are Hindu-managed while 258 are managed by the minorities (G.K. Suresh Babu, ‘Kesari Annual, 2004).

Though all minorities are permitted to impart religious education in their institutions, this right is denied to Hindu institutions. Moreover, Hindu students in minority institutions are forced to study moral science, which infuse anti-Hindu sentiments in them. This is the best known Kerala model of secularist-democratic paradigm.

Why does it happen so? No doubt, the reason is that Hindus are economically and politically a marginalized group in Kerala. If the lessons in history of ancient civilizations were destroyed by Semitic religions’ invasion, the situation is not very different for Hindus in Kerala. A major share of the state exchequer is spent on education. The last 48 years reveal that only one Hindu minister handled the portfolio of education and that, too for a period of four years and three months. Otherwise, for the rest of the period, this portfolio has been handled by ministers belonging to only minority communities.

The minority ministers, who managed the portfolio of education, helped only the minority community managements in an out-of the way manner. Lending a helping hand to minority institutions was similar for both, the Right and the Left coalitions. Both coalitions still follow minority appeasement as their de facto policy. This will result in an alarming situation.

Of the state’s 199,000 schoolteachers, the Hindu share (inclusive of SCs/STs) is just 38 percent. According to the 1997 statistics, Kerala had 14200 college teachers of whom 76 percent belonged to minority communities (G. K. Suresh Babu). All these statistics show of an unorganized, demographically ever-shrinking Hindu community of Kerala.

In health care also, the minorities have an upper hand. The Hindu community owns just ten hospitals against 928 belonging to the minorities (‘Matrubhumi’).

Similarly, the Hindu share in the industry, agriculture and commerce is 28, 24 and 28 percent, respectively. At the same time, the Muslim share is 30, 23 and 40 percent and Christian share is 35, 40 and 36 percent, respectively (‘Matrubhumi’). I think, like the Hindus of Kerala, no other community in the world is marginalized as much. In several sectors, Hindus lag behind but in the case of suicides, they are leaders. Kerala’s suicidal rate is above the national average; it is 30.5 for every one lakh population. A recent NGO study reveals that 92 percent suicides were committed by Hindus. 6.5 percent by Christians and 1.5 percent by Muslims. Insolvency is the main reason for the mass suicides in Kerala.

The Kerala government’s allotment of new self-financing professional colleges has come as a rude shock to the marginalized Hindus of Kerala. Due to the economic backwardness of the Hindus, it is difficult to compete with the minority communities for starting professional colleges. The result will be that those socially and economically backwards in the Hindu society will be kicked out of competition. In medical education field alone, the Hindus will lose 250 seats every year. The Hindus coming in the purview of reservation will lose 3800 engineering seats and 100 MBBS seats every year. After two decades, in the SC/ST section alone, there will be a shortage of 74000 engineers and 2000 doctors at the present rate.

Education and economic progress are closely linked with Kerala life. Therefore, any imbalance arising in the educational field will be reflected a hundred times in the economic scenario. In the near future, because of educational backwardness alone, Hindus will be forced to live on the periphery of society.

In the democratic process, votes are decisive factors. No doubt, the numerically ever-shrinking Hindus will lose relevance in the political structure of Kerala in the near future. Since Independence, for every decade, the Hindu population in Kerala has been falling at the rate of more than 1 percent. If this trend continues, within three decades, Hindus will lose their majority statues in the state. At present, technically the Hindus are the majority community. But the minority religious groups have a clear sway over the political, economic and educational fields of Kerala. It is no wonder that Hindus of Kerala, who are destined to be minority in the near future, will be thrown out of all fields of socio-economic activities. This will be a great tragedy for Hindus.

In 1947, Muslims in India were a minority community. They were 24 percent. But even that marginal strength of the Muslims led to the division of India. Today, Nagaland and Mizoram have turned into Christian-majority states. In these states, discontent and insurgency, along with divisive tendencies, have surfaced. To a large section of the Christian brethren, the Hindus have become an indigestive element in the northeast. If so, what will be the history of Kerala after three decades?

(By Dr C.I. Issac, Head of the PG Department of History, CMS College, Kottayam, Kerala.)

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  1. Comment By - Raja Madhav Date - 31 Mar 2014 Time - 12:38AM
  2. Johan Chittaukarayil Kurian - "Christians" invented all that? Seriously? Just because they have christian soundign names does not mean that they were truly christians! Most of the top scientists like Einstein, Oppenheimer believed in Hindu philosophies. In fact, most of the well read people in USA and other western countries don

  3. Comment By - Johan Chittaukarayil Kurian Date - 12 Dec 2013 Time - 4:49PM
  4. I happened to see comments stating that Christians are not good for community. As I need to tell all the luxuries that you have in your present life without which you cannot live ( I will name a few-mobiles, televisions, Computer and Internet, all kinds of vechicles like Planes, Cars, Trains, Medicines ects are inventions of Christians of the world) and everyone irrespective of Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists. Communists avail the luxury of these all around the world. Nobody have any issues in that. Reagrding the education impartin also the condition is the same. If you look at any of the top colleges in Kerala, India or world it is run and owned by Christians or Christia Missionaries. If you look any India Bureacrat-he would mostly be an alumini of a Christian Minority School? Why werent there any good schools that belonged to Hindu in Delhi or Bombay where it is the opposite of Kerala where all the major institutions are run by the Hind people. Why the hindu parents did not what them to send to Hindu management schools? I know many Muslim famalies who never what their children to learn in Muslim management schools? think why. No Christian Institutions in Kerala state to my knowledge insistes a student from another religion to come and practise our beliefs, except the school Logo and School prayer would be ours. And regardings the divide and rule policy-Let me ask you my Hindu friends-would a Nair family member irrespective of he or she is reach entertain a Ezhva or any other to indulge in his or her family matters till date - very rare to date. If you look the Kerala History from time in memorial-the earstwhile kings of Kerala started the divide and rule policy. If the people of upper cast poeple are seen -the lower cast people needs to move away from the road, need to show the breasts. Even though this doesnot prevail a distant version of caste system still prevails in the community still in a very strong manner. So you all need to unite first. Christians in Kerala were converts from hinds as per the history. But why christians are respected by all communities in the society by all communities. think. We gained whatever we are today. You can not buy respect but gain it. We have gained it. If you look at the news paper on a daily basis the number of Christians caught for fraud would be 1% comparing to 50% muslims and a 49% Hindus. So think again and again. We Christians are here not to hurt anyone. Hope this will help you all get some light into what we are , you are and everyone are and start doing a postmortem as to what needs to be done if everyone needs to be livings in peace and Harmoney in the state of Kerala. Thankyou for being patient and reading the feedback.

  5. Comment By - param arthika Date - 24 Apr 2013 Time - 1:40AM
  6. Why U People NO UNDERSTAND??!!Religion is JUST a WAY 2 reach THE supreme POWER.IT NOT DESTINATION ITSELF.B4 All other RELIGIONS came WE WERE ALL FOLLOWING A SINGLE highway TO god.We ARE ALL THE SAME FAMILY WHICH JUST GOT LARGER AND POWERFUL. Now V GOT Many HiGHWays.V WERE ONCE THE RICHEST REgioN In The WORLD,surpassing EVEN present Day U.S.A in MONey AND SPLEnDouR.THAT was Possible CAUSE WE WERE ABLE TO ASSIMILATE A GLOBAL CULTURE IN KERALA FROM THE TOP CULTURES OF THE WORLD with OUR OWN GLORIOUS was THIS acceptance of the OTHER world cultures AND development of OUR own culture THAT made `OUR HOMELAND` the USA (actually many times more than USA)of the GONE ERA....%0d%0aWe are more full of COMMON SENSE AND Businnes SENSE THAN REST OF INDIA Bcause ,u see,christianity,islam AND judaism 1st came 2 Kerala in india...We just Absorbed them into our culture Like TRYING CHINESE FOOD 4 A Change... WHILE those FANATICS up NORTH FOught OVER IT(The CHiNese Food...) Over Which IS Better INSTEAD of EXperiencing THE EssenCe Of it(Once again The Chinese food..)And Seeing THe WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY B4 THem, DEStroying THe CULTURE THey Already HAD...NOW V MALLUS dont WANT 2 EncraGe Such Stupidities HEre in OUR LAND.......%0d%0aWe Do OUR JOB AND WE DO IT Well,%0d%0aSO U PEOPLE out here dont just SIT ON SIdewalK AND Cry For MAMA Seeing Our Bros Going Through Other WAYS.Get Your Lazy A**es Of the couch AND MOVE FORwaRD 2 ACHIEVE that TOP spot in the WORLD with OUR Bros Which we had TO OUR NAME a 1000 YEARS B4.%0d%0aSEE YA DAwgs(By THE WAY FOR `English Slang FRESHERS` Dawg mean `DUDE` AND NOT `DOG`......

  7. Comment By - siddarth c Date - 03 Mar 2012 Time - 5:24AM
  8. people should be made aware of our religious values..its a pity that hindus cannot preach the good values and instead they are taught anti hindu acts in minority colleges...muslims and chirstians invasion is clearly seen day hinduism will end if it is like this...but its also hindus fault...they dont allow non hindus into temples..y this discrimination? and also caste feelings when every body is under guidance of god...these converstions and the funds they the minority get from foreign country is ruining indian culture.god never converts.he only wants good.conversion is an act of satan.donno when will people realize this.the name jesus christ itself is a sanskrit termed word called "iesus chrisn" means krishna the form of god..and islam is again a sankrit word called " isalayam ".. the place of god or the godly entity...hindus should have unity among themselves...should be indiscriminate to non hindus in temples..and should have awareness of their own religion in this world is bad...but ppl are making it look bad...let it be any holy book..its already destined that good wil die faster and only evil wil be der leading to destrution of this world..thats what is happening everywhere...killing in name of god...converting in name of god saying one religion is bad to make their religion is good..its as if..they are asking ppl to leave one house(religion) of god and come into another(religion) saying that house is can it be when everything leads to godliness..this conversion when it stops all over the world..the world can be at peace by people not blaming in any other religion..i have no hatred on any religion...i think every religion has good things..hindus..christians..islamsts...let even them preach..but y to point that other religion is worng when there own religion has flaws...ppl should rather concentrate on clearing the flaws of their own religion...every culture has its beauty..take the dipawali...its so amazing..take chirtmas is so much filled wid happiness..take the much lighting and coloring everywhere....i would wish that there is no conversion on earth..there is only peace and ppl stop blaming other religions...

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