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The Story of Islamic Imperialism in India

The Story of Islamic Imperialism in India

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In any case, who can say that the British invaders did not settle down in India the same way as the Turks had done? Look at the splendid mansions, chapels, churches, hill stations, and big metropolitan cities including New Delhi which the British built for themselves. Look at the giant enterprises, industrial and commercial, they floated for themselves in India. There is no dearth of families in Great Britain even today who take immense pride in their Indian connection. And the British loved India as the brightest jewel in the British crown. The fact that they had a homeland to which they returned when they were forced to leave, does not really make much difference in the context of foreign invasion and rule, except for the NCERT experts who specialise in making molehills of mountains, and vice versa
In any case, who can say that the British invaders did not settle down in India the same way as the Turks had done? Look at the splendid mansions, chapels, churches, hill stations, and big metropolitan cities including New Delhi which the British built for themselves. Look at the giant enterprises, industrial and commercial, they floated for themselves in India. There is no dearth of families in Great Britain even today who take immense pride in their Indian connection. And the British loved India as the brightest jewel in the British crown. The fact that they had a homeland to which they returned when they were forced to leave, does not really make much difference in the context of foreign invasion and rule, except for the NCERT experts who specialise in making molehills of mountains, and vice versa

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THE STORY OF ISLAMICIMPERIALISM IN INDIA
 
SITA RAM GOEL
 
Voice of India, New Delhi
CHAPTER I
IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL INTEGRATION
Comrade Radek, whom Stalin liquidated in the late thirties, was a Communist intellectual
 endowed with acid humour. He coined many jokes at the cost of the Communist Party and theSoviet State. One of these jokes which did the rounds in Moscow was as follows:One day Comrade Radek stood stark naked in the Red Square in broad daylight. A courageouscitizen approached and asked him, Arent you afraid of the police, Comrade Commissar?
Radek stared at him, and shot back, Police?
Where is the police?
The citizen pointed towards a number of policemen positioned on all sides of the Square, andsaid, There is a policeman. There is another. And yet another Why, the whole place is
 crawling with policemen.
Radek replied, You can see them. I cant. I am a party member. I am not supposed to see
 them. For party members there is no police anywhere in the Soviet Union.
The ruling class of secularists and socialists in India today is in a similar situation of ideologicalblindness. It is not supposed to see the violent waves of Islamic imperialism surging all around it.That would be a sacrilege and a serious slur on its reputation as progressive, liberal, and large-hearted.It is in the living memory of this ruling class that Islamic imperialism became a blood-thirstymonster, and carved out large limbs of the motherland on our East and West. It is in the livingmemory of this ruling class that Islamic imperialism cleaned up its separate state of Pakistan
 from the curse of Hindu infidels. And it is under the very nose of this ruling class that Islamic
 imperialism, aided and abetted by petro-dollars, has started claiming for itself the rest of India aswell, by a right of conquest in the past.Islamic imperialism has only to dispute the fact that India is a Hindu homeland, and that the age-old Hindu society constitutes the core of the Indian nation with which non-Hindu communitiesshould get integrated.
 
Our ruling class of secularists and socialists immediately starts seeing Hindu society as aheterogeneous mass
divided 
by race, religion, sect, caste, class, language, dress, food habits,local traditions, manners and mores, and what not, and
united 
by nothing better than a sharedslavery under the erstwhile British rulers!It is of no avail to tell this ruling class that the British rulers were acutely aware of a deeper unityinforming the vast and variegated fabric of Hindu society. It is not convinced by any amount of evidence that the British rulers did all in their power to undermine that unity in pursuance of their imperialist interests.This ruling class has inherited many things from its British mentors. It has inherited the Britishstate system in which the natives who do not know the English language and the modern
 Western lore, have no say. It has inherited the British style of high-living which sets it apart fromthe seething mass of poor and illiterate humanity. It has inherited the British psychology of 
 paternalism which persuades it that it alone knows what is good for the common man. Above
 all, it has inherited the British moral responsibility for protecting the Muslim minority. The
 only thing it has managed not to inherit is the British awareness of a deeper unity which holds theHindu society together.It is, therefore, logical for this ruling class to assert, rather aggressively, that Hindus have never been a nation. It is also logical for this ruling class to proclaim that it is too late in the day for Hindus to become, even try to become, a nation. India, we are told, is now a land of many races,religions, and cultures. The best that can be done under the circumstances, they say, is that Indiaevolves a secular nationalism based on a composite culture. The ruling class is
 prepared to preside over the birth-pangs of such a nationalism. The exercise is eulogised asnational integration.
It is significant that harangues for national integration become hectic, almost hysterical, in the
 wake of every street riot staged by Muslims. Our ruling class immediately starts hurling long-winded sermons on Hindus - stop being communal killers of a helpless minority; get rid of this big-brother behaviour; protect the lives and properties of your younger brethren; respect the religiousand cultural rights of Muslims; and so on.This ruling class never waits for the findings of enquiry commissions it has itself appointed to lookinto the causes of earlier communal riots. It does not remember or manages to forget the findingsof many enquiry commissions which held that almost all riots were started by Muslims.Hindus are expected to listen to these lectures from the ruling class with bowed heads, and withan orgy of moral self-reproach. Woe betide the irreverent Hindu who questions the legitimacy of these lectures, or who cites the evidence of enquiry commissions. He is not only a Hindu
 communalist and a Hindu chauvinist but also a reactionary and a revivalist,
 putting the future of secular and democratic India in jeopardy. The ruling class is joined in this
 chorus by some pious people like the Gandhians according to whom such an unrepentant Hinduis not a Hindu at all. There is a lot of tongue-clicking all around.In plain and simple language, therefore, national integration has come to mean only one thing,namely, that a meek Hindu society should get integrated with a militant Muslim
millat 
. One waitsin vain for a voice which so much as whispers a why in the face of boisterous Muslim bigotry.Muslims have a god-given right to go on raising accusing fingers at the Hindus for refusing to givethem this or that. And the Hindus have a god-given duty to go on conceding every exclusive andimperialist claim of an incurable fanaticism.The results of this national integration patronised by our ruling class over the past many
 years are there for every one to see, except, of course, its authors who are under an ideological
 
compulsion not to see them. Caste which was for ages the most cohesive factor and a suresource of strength for Hindu society, has been converted into a cancer which poisons the verysprings of our politics. Regionalism fostered by local patriotism, missionary machinations, andsectarian separatism has assumed alarming proportions such as imperil the very unity of themotherland. And Islamic imperialism has become many times more self-confident and self-righteous than on the eve of Partition.
 
THE CHARACTER OF HINDU UNITY
The only stumbling block which has so far stood in the way of this national integration
 promoted by our ruling class is the spirit of unity that still survives in Hindu society.It is quite some time that Hindus lost the consciousness of their spiritual centre which unites their society, culture, and way of life. The only source of Hindu unity now is a consciousness of common history, particularly the history of freedom struggles fought against Islamic and Britishimperialism.Hindu society still takes pride in its great past when it made major contributions to the spiritual,cultural, philosophical, and scientific wealth of mankind. Hindu society still cherishes the memoryof its great sages, seers, saints, scientists, scholars, soldiers, and statesmen. Hindu society stillremembers the days of its distress when it had to struggle ceaselessly and very hard againsthorde after horde of Islamic invaders who not only slaughtered, burnt, pillaged, and enslaved butalso tried too foist by force its own brand of barbarism.It is this common consciousness of its history which prevents Hindu society from accepting theMamluks, the Khaljis, the Tughlaqs, the Bahmanis, the Sharqis, the Sayyids, the Lodis, and theMughals as native dynasties on par with the Mauryas, the Sungas, the Guptas, the Cholas, theMaukharis, the Pandyas, the Palas, the Rashtrakutas, the Yadavas, the Kaktiyas, the Hoysalas,the Sangamas, the Saluvas, the Marathas, the Sikhs, and the Jats. Hindu society can never concede that Jaypala Shahiya of Kabul, Maharani Nayakidevi of Gujarat, Prithiviraj Chauhan of Delhi, Jayachandra Gahadvad of Kanauj, Singhanadeva of Devagiri, Vikrama Pandya of Madura,Prolaya Nayak of Andhra, Harihar and Bukka and Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara, MaharanasKumbha and Sanga and Pratap, Shivaji, Banda Bahadur, Maharajas Surajmal and Ranjit Singh,who resisted the Islamic invaders, were petty local chieftains conspiring for personal gains.Hindu society honours these heroes as freedom fighters against Islamic imperialism, in the sameway as it honours its freedom fighters against British imperialism.
 
THE CHARACTER OF ISLAMIC IMPERIALISM
That is what causes no end of trouble for our promoters of national integration. The Muslim
 component of the composite nation has serious objections to this Hindu view of history and
 hero-worship. Muslim Indians are not at all prepared to take pride in any period of pre-IslamicIndian history, or honour any hero who flourished in that period. They want the pre-Islamic periodof Indian history to be disowned even by Hindus as an era of darkness. This, they swear, is
 demanded by the scriptures of Islam. But, at the same time, they want Hindus to honour criminals, gangsters, mass murderers, criminals and tyrants like Muhammad bin Qasim, MahmudGhaznavi, Muhammad Ghuri, Alauddin Khalji, Muhammad Tughlaq, Sikandar Lodi, Babur,Aurangzeb, and Ahmad Shah Abdali. They also expect the Hindus to denounce as disgruntledrebels, if not as traitors, the medieval Hindu heroes who resisted and ultimately routed Islamicimperialism in India.

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