This book, authored by Rajiv Malhotra and co-authored by Aravindan Neekakandan, is very well researched and presented work on less known phenomenon of continuous cultural subjugation of Bharata’s people. It’s a valuable resource for secondary reading for all preachers of Krsna consciousness in India and especially in South India. Definitely, the book Breaking India is not dealing with transcendental subject matter but it is nevertheless helpful to understand real situation in the preaching field.
Every devotee of Krsna should have basic knowledge of desa – place, kala – time and patra – circumstances in which he is trying to spread the Holy Name of the Lord. Besides that, content of this book confirms statements of sastra about Kali-yuga’s progress. Bharata-varsa was formerly denoting entire planet Earth but nowadays, if at all used, term Bharata-varsa is connected with modern state of India. Srila Prabhupada has written in purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 3.18.19:” This earth was formerly known as Ilavrta-varsa, and when Maharaja Pariksit ruled the earth it was called Bharata-varsa. Actually, Bharata-varsa is the name for the entire planet, but gradually Bharata-varsa has come to mean India. As India has recently been divided into Pakistan and Hindustan, similarly the earth was formerly called Ilavrta-varsa, but gradually as time passed it was divided by national boundaries.”