‘Jesus Christ was a Tamil Hindu’, is a statement of prominence in the controversial book penned by the brother of Hindutva ideologue V. D. Savarkar, being re-launched 70 years after it was first published. The name of the book being very clearly named ‘Christ Parichay’
The book, authored by Ganesh Savarkar, the elder brother of V.D. Svarkar, will be re-launched on February 26, the death anniversary of the Hindutva icon, president of the Swatantryaveer Savarkar National Memorial Ranjit Savarkar said.
The book, first published in 1946, also claims that Christianity was initially a Hindu cult and that Jesus died in Kashmir.
It claims that the followers of a certain Essene cult rescued the crucified Christ and revived him with medicinal plants and herbs from the Himalayas. It further goes on to say that Christ attained ‘Samadhi’ in Kashmir.
The book goes on to academically state that Jesus was a “Vishwakarma Brahmin” by birth and Christianity was a just a sect of Hinduism. The book claims that the present day Palestinian and Arab territories were Hindu land and that Christ travelled to India where he learnt yoga. The book says Christ’s real name was Keshao Krishna, Tamil was his mother tongue, and his complexion was dark.
Asked about the claims in the book, senior priest and director of the Bombay Archdiocesan Heritage Museum, Father Warner D’Souza, said such books cannot shake the faith of Christians.