By: Shachi Rairikar
April 05, 2005
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While delivering the 12th Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture, External
Affairs Minister Natwar Singh said, “Recollection of ancient wrongs of
Muslim rulers is both fallacious and pernicious: there is no evidence to
suggest the sustained persecution of Hindus by Muslim rulers``. Mr. Singh
said that in support of these assertions there are frequent references to
Indian history based on selective readings of old events and episodes and
that indeed, the picture is quite the opposite.
Such an irresponsible statement made about the history of the country
without any factual backing leaves us with too many questions. Does Mr.
Singh believe that sustained persecution did not take place because there
is no “evidence” to support the same? Or does he believe that there was
persecution but it was not “sustained”? Or does he believe that the wrongs
of Muslim rulers did not qualify to be termed as “persecution”?
What qualifies to be the “evidence” of historical facts or acts? Are not
the writings of the contemporary historians and travelleres, the ruins of
dismantled temples, the damaged statues of deities, the prints of palms of
young women who threw themselves into burning pyre, evidence of the
sustained persecution of the Hindus? Or do we need to excavate the entire
country on the lines of Ayodhya to prove the obvious? Or do we need video
tapes of the likes showing the Iraqi prisoners being abused by American
army to prove that there was “persecution”? Unfortunately we didn’t have
Tehelka in those days which could have provided us with video tapes which
would be acceptable “evidence” for Mr. Singh.
After the invasion of Sind by Mohammed-bin-Qasim in the seventh century,
the saga of large-scale bloodshed and violence continued with a series of
terrible invasions by Muhammad of Ghazni in the 11th century. He was
followed by Mohammed Ghori who ravaged India and left it to his Turkish
generals. Then followed the incursions of the Moghul hordes of Chenghiz
Khan. One of the most terrible invasions was under Timur in 1398. Then
came on the scene a new invader in the person of Babar who invaded India
in 1526 and established the Mughal rule. In 1738 Nadir Shah’s invaded
Punjab. He was followed by Ahmad Shah Abdali who invaded India in 1761,
crushed the forces of the Marathas at Panipat. Is not a period of more
than eight centuries of Islamic rule long enough to be termed as
“sustained”? Every successive Muslim ruler or invader, starting from
Mohammed-bin-Qasim, engaged in atrocities over Hindus – only the degree or
scale of the cruelty varied.
Or is it that the atrocities committed by the Muslim rulers do not qualify
to be termed as “persecution”? Thousands of people fell off the Islamic
sword, thousands of women and children threw themselves into burning pyre
to save themselves from dishonor, many more were raped or taken as
concubines, slaves or as one of the thousands of wives in the kings’
harem. Men and women were sold off at mandis in Persia and Arabia. The
poet Amir Khusrau testified that "the Turks, whenever they please, can
seize, buy or sell any Hindu”. Hindu temples and places of worship were
demolished and replaced with mosques and dargahs. Firuz Shah Tughlak
personally confirms that the destruction of Pagan temples was done out of
piety and writes: "on the day of a Hindu festival, I went there myself,
ordered the executions of all the leaders and practitioners of his
abomination; I destroyed their idols temples and built mosques in their
places". Discriminatory tax called Jaziya was levied on the Hindus.
Ibn Battutah, the medieval Berber traveler, said that the name “Hindu Kush”
meant `Hindu Killer,` a meaning still given by Afghan mountain dwellers.
Afghanistan was a part of the Hindu civilization. Millions of Hindus here
were killed and the remaining forcibly converted to Islam. To the Hindus
this mountain range was known as Paariyaatra Parvat, but when the last
Hindu king of Kabul was killed Muslims ruled this land and then called
these mountains the Hindu Kush.
Guru Nanak Dev himself was an eye-witness to the havoc created during the
invasions of Babar. The large-scale massacre, barbarous treatment of
prisoners including women broke the heart of Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak in his
famous epic named "Babarvani" describes the atrocities of Babar and his
men in Punjab. In the hymn he asks God that when there was such suffering,
killing, such shrieking in pain, did he not feel pity?
There are many more writings that give evidence of barbarous atrocities of
Muslim rulers. Does all this not amount to persecution? If not, then Mr.
Singh needs to revamp his vocabulary of English language.
Are we engaged in selective readings of old events and episodes as
suggested by Mr. Singh? Are Ayodhya, Mathura and Kashi isolated events?
There is evidence to show that at least thirty thousand temples were
demolished all over India. According to Dr. B.R.Ambedkar the Muslim
invaders razed to the ground Buddhist monasteries with which the country
was studded. Was Padmini the only woman who had to jump into sacrificial
fire choosing death over dishonour? The print of the palms on the walls of
forts and palaces are the reminders of thousands of Hindu women and
children sacrificing their lives in the pyre for the sake of their honour.
Was Guru Tegh Bahadur the only religious saint to be martyred by the
Muslim rulers? Dr. B.R.Ambedkar writes that a very large number of
Buddhist monks were killed outright by the Muslim commanders while many
more fled to neighbouring countries. Thousands of Hindu and Jain priests
were massacred as their temples were desecrated. Were Ghazni, Ghori, Timur,
Aurangzeb the only cruel Muslim tyrants? The fact is that all Muslim
rulers including Alaudin Khilji, Firuz Shah Tughlak, Babur, Humayun,
Jehangir, Shah Jahan and invaders like Mahmud Ghazni, Mohammed Ghori,
Chenghiz Khan, Ahmed Shah Abdali, Nadir Shah practiced atrocities on the
Hindus. Historical writings are replete with the accounts of the cruelties
of Muslim rulers. Even, the so called Akbar, the Great - whose rule is
said to have been secular and tolerant of the Hindu faith - had a victory
tower erected with the heads of the captured and surrendered army of Hemu
after the second battle of Panipat. Later, Akbar again slaughtered more
than 30,000 unarmed captive Hindu peasants after the fall of Chittod on
February 24, 1568, a number confirmed by Abul Fazl, Akbar`s court
historian. The writing of Fra Barthoelomeo, a renowned Portuguese
traveller and historian, who was present in Tipu`s war zone in early 1790
and records of contemporary churches show that Tipu Sultan, who is
portrayed as a hero of Hindu -Muslim amity and a staunch freedom fighter
against the British, committed atrocities on Hindus and brutally converted
Hindus to Islam.
Will Durant, the well-known American historian writes in the book “The
Story of Civilization: Our Oriental Heritage” that the Islamic conquest of
India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging
tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precious good, whose
delicate complex order and freedom can at any moment be overthrown by
barbarians invading from without and multiplying from within. Almost all
the Muslims of South Asia are descendants of weaker elements of the
population who had succumbed to forcible Islamic conversion. The Islamic
historians and scholars have recorded with great glee and pride of the
slaughters of Hindus, forced conversions, abduction of Hindu women and
children to slave markets and the destruction of temples carried out by
the warriors of Islam during 800 AD to 1700 AD. Millions of Hindus were
converted to Islam by sword during this period.
Saying that there was no evidence to suggest that Muslim rulers had
persecuted Hindus and that instead, the picture was quite the opposite is
propagating myth to serve selfish vested interests. It is misleading an
entire generation which amounts to cheating of the highest order. Not only
is it disrespect shown to the memories of thousands of innocent Hindus who
were the victims of one of the bloodiest holocausts of world history, but
also disrespect shown to the Muslims of Indian sub-continent most of whose
predecessors were forcefully converted to Islam. We cannot change a fact
of history, however painful it might have been, by not acknowledging it.
Pretending that a problem did not exist is not the solution to the
problem. The only way to solve a problem is to face it. Turning a blind
eye to it will only allow the situation to further deteriorate.
Selective readings of old events and episodes of history is done by the
secularists and leftists to believe and make believe the myth propagated
by them for their selfish motives that the Islamic rulers were just and
benevolent to the Hindus. A few examples of the generosity of Akbar and
Tipu Sultan cannot form the basis to give a clean chit to the entire
Muslim rule in India. In their hunger for minority votes the secularists
and leftists indulge in minority appeasement through distortion of
history. What appears to be politically correct to them is in fact
factually or historically wrong. Just as the sustained persecution of
Hindus by Muslim rulers is a fact of Indian history, another fact of
Indian history is the oppression of the so-called dalits by the upper
castes. Will Mr. Singh or his secular bogey dare to deny this fact of
history? Of course not! Because this distortion will not suit them
politically. On the contrary he and his scribes will manipulate this fact
to blow it out of proportion to play the dalit card and lure the dalit
vote bank. The upper caste Hindu society is fractured and does not form a
consolidated, powerful vote bank, so they can be always put into a
position of disadvantage while writing history. Facts of history can go
for a toss. Vote bank politics is the name of the game and distorting
history is one of the crucial cards played in the game.
Playing around with history is a luxury which no nation can afford to
indulge in. History is above vote bank politics. It is a means to connect
a nation with its roots. A nation developing on the foundation of
falsehood is bound to grow in the wrong direction. Swami Vivekananda had
said, “It is out of this past that the future has to be moulded.” In order
to mould the future correctly, the past needs to be studied and
comprehended in the correct perspective. History can neither be saffron or
red, right or left, communal or secular. Facts of history as found in
contemporary writings, archaeological evidences, ancient architecture and
buildings must be acknowledged and accepted as it is without any
manipulations or modifications. Every generation in every nation has the
right to know its past correctly, as it was, and no power in the world has
the right to tamper with these facts of history. Any kind of tampering
with history is an unpardonable crime against the nation and humanity.
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