Pre-Islam… Indians excelled in impressive intellectual, spiritual and artistic pursuits.
Then came the army of Mohammadans… Bringing pure barbarism: human slaughter, slavery, rape, destruction of religious and education centers, humiliation, forced conversion, and degradation of social and moral values – near total annihilation of the highly evolved and prosperous Indian civilization.
After wiping out Hindus and Buddhists from Afghanistan in around 1000 AD through genocide and forced conversion, India became the target of Islamic savagery in the future centuries.
The Biggest Holocaust in World History
The word ‘holocaust’ automatically triggers images of inhuman treatment and genocide of the Jews during 1930s by the barbaric Nazis. Hundreds of movies have highlighted how Hitler caused un-describable agony to the Jews. People also probably know about the massacre of the Native inhabitants by the European settlers in the Americas, the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Turks, and the slaughter of millions of Africans during the Atlantic slave trade.
But the world has no clue about the biggest holocaust of the human history. It happened in India between 8th to 18th centuries AD – the period of Islamic invaders and rulers. This is the “darkest period” of Indian history that angers and disturbs every Indian intellectual, particularly the Hindus –who somehow survived avoiding forced conversion to Islam. Historian Professor K.S. Lal estimated that (even before the Mughal rule was founded by Jahiruddin Shah Babur in 1526), the Hindu population in India decreased by 80 million between 1000 AD and 1525 AD – an unparalleled annihilation of humanity in the World history.
Genocide, rape, loot, enslavement and forced conversion of Hindus were distinguishing features of various invasions and rules of the Arabs, Turks and Afghans. The atrocities on Hindus continued during the Mughal dynasty, vacillating only in scale, till fall of its last notorious ruler Aurangzeb and beyond, when the Afghan ruler Ahmad Shah Abdali attacked India in 1757 AD, and yet again recreated the horrific specter of genocide, rape, destruction and plunder in Mathura and Agra.
Mughal atrocities on Sikhs during the Mughal rule are very well recorded in history. Guru Nanak has written on the atrocities on Hindus during the 16th century. Aurangzeb’s tortures of Sikhs have been recorded in the most graphic ways, and are widely known in across India. How Rajput queens committed Jauhar (suicide through burning alive) at various times to save their honor from the lecherous Mohammadans is also a well known historical phenomenon.
If the Hindu genocide on such a gigantic scale has remained virtually blacked out and if even Hindus have little clue about the horrors their ancestors had to go through at the hands of Mohammadans in the past, it is largely because India’s history has been written predominantly by non-Indians from their perspective and by the communist historians through their own distorted lens. Many have even gone to the extent of glorifying Muslim rulers, completely shadowing Hindu heroes who fought them but failed. Some have gone to the extent of painting some Mughal rulers “secular!!” Nothing can be more absurd. These historians belong to the primitive foreign culture where beastly qualities alone make people heroes.
The passivity and inertia of Indian historians has been glaring; instead of critically analyzing what the so-called ‘noted historians’ offered them in the text books they remained contended and took it on the face value. As a result, ordinary Indians don’t understand how their own highly exalted ancient civilization – a wonderland of profound Vedic wisdom and spirituality of the Buddha and Mahavira, highly advanced art, culture, education and unbelievable prosperity – was totally destroyed by the barbaric invaders who came swaying the “Sword of Islam”. Even now school textbooks portray some of these villains in ways that betray any basic moral judgment.
In the 18th century, when the British started taking control of the Indian territories they un-mistakenly noticed that Hindus were not behaving like normal human beings. One thousand year of continuous suppression, humiliation, slavery and torture at the hands of the Mohammadans had left them virtually drained of spirit. The British were certainly not on a charity mission and were often equally barbaric but theirs was primarily an economic mission with political control – taking away systematically as much of India’s resources as possible to make their country prosperous, to make Britain a “Great Britain.” Unlike Mohammadans, the British did not come as fanatic Christian Crusaders to establish the glory of Jesus Christ or supremacy their ‘Only God’ through terror or horror on Indians. However, their presence did facilitate the political “conversion industry” of the Christian missionaries.
It is, however, heartening that some select Indian historians started to come forward to set the record straight.
The Cult of Islamic Barbarism
It is not that India was not attacked before the Mohammadans. The unparalleled prosperity did tempt looters from outside but they never came with any beastly mindset of total cultural decimation, like the Islamists. The Islamists brought with them the culture of savage barbarism, totally unthinkable to people of the region. What was most unbelievable for the Hindus was that they indulged in the ghastly sub-human conduct as mujahids (holy warriors) to become ghazis (kafir-killers, ie, killers of non-Muslims) in the service of their Only God whom they called Allah.
Right from the first invader Muhammad Bin Qasim, who came wielding the “Sword of Islam” in the 8th century – and threw Sindh into the Dark Age through slaughter, loot, temple destruction and forced conversions – to the last, Ahmad Shah Abdali in 1757 who savaged Mathura and Agra, they all repeated the same pattern of barbarism – mass slaughter, loot, rape and destruction. Abdali’s victory saga is detailed in Tarikh-I-Alamgiri (mentioned below). This was the time before the East India Company had not put its foot on Indian soil. They all measured success of their victory by the size of the booty, number of enemy skulls, and from the number of women and slaves taken.
Every new invader burnt down entire villages and cities, looted wealth, destroyed temples, massacred entire male population and made (often literally) hills of their skulls, took slaves, captured women and girls for sexual pleasure or to be sold as slaves. By way of example: the invasion of Afghanistan in 1000 AD was followed by the annihilation of the entire Hindu population; the region is still called the Hindu Kush, i.e. “Hindu slaughter.” There were instances when even middle rank officials had set and fulfilled the targets of slaughtering 100,000 Hindus.
Rizwan Salim (1997) presents the typical conduct of the Muslim invaders:
“… savages at a very low level of civilization and no culture worth the name, from Arabia and West Asia, began entering India from the early century onwards. Islamic invaders demolished countless Hindu temples, shattered uncountable sculpture and idols, plundered innumerable forts and palaces of Hindu kings, killed vast numbers of Hindu men and carried off Hindu women. …but many Indians do not seem to recognize that the alien Muslim marauders destroyed the historical evolution of the earth’s most mentally advanced civilization, the most richly imaginative culture, and the most vigorously creative society.”
Historians say that the savages truly followed the words of their so-called Holy Book (Surah 9:29):
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Prophet, nor acknowledge the religion of truth even if they are People of the Book, until they pay the jizyah (tax for non-Muslims) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
Testimonies from the Contemporary Writings
Horrors perpetrated on Hindus have been gleefully documented by the historians and biographers of the invading armies and subsequent rulers. They have left quite detailed day-to-day records, boasting and glorifying the tale of genocide, rape, destruction, loot and forced conversions.
The Persian historian Wassaf writes in his book ‘Tazjiyat-ul-Amsar wa Tajriyat ul Asar’ that when the Alauddin Khilji (An Afghan of Turkish origin and second ruler of the Khilji Dynasty in India 1295-1316 AD) captured the city of Kambayat at the head of the gulf of Cambay, he killed the adult male Hindu inhabitants for the Glory of Islam, set flowing rivers of blood, sent the women of the country with all their gold, silver, and jewels, to his own home, and made about twenty thousand Hindu maidens his private slaves.
The attitude of the savage Mohammadans towards the Hindus was utterly disdainful. Hindus could never imagine existence of such creatures in human form. Here is a sample from their own records: Above Khilji once asked his religious guru (Qazi) regarding Islamic prescription to treat Hindus. The Qazi replied:
“Hindus are like the mud; if silver is demanded from them, they must with the greatest humility offer gold. If a Mohammadan desires to spit into a Hindu’s mouth, the Hindu should open it wide for the purpose. God created the Hindus to be slaves of the Mohammadans. The Prophet hath ordained that, if the Hindus do not accept Islam, they should be imprisoned, tortured, finally put to death, and their property confiscated.”
The founder of Moghul dynasty, Jahiruddin Shah Babur, who ruled between 1526 and 1530 AD, proudly wrote in his memoir Baburnama: “For the sake of Islam I became a wanderer, I battled infidels and Hindus, I am determined to become a martyr. Thank God I became a Killer of Non-Muslims!”
And who was Babur, you may ask. He was a hybrid creature, formed with father genes from the Turko-Mongol barbarian Timur side and mother genes came from the Mongol tyrant Genghis Khan side. Thus, he inherited barbarism from both sides of his ancestors. He also indulged in homosexuality. After establishing him in Afghanistan, he moved southwards through the Khyber Pass and launched an attack on India. He grabbed much of the north India defeating Sikandar Lodi at Panipat in 1526, ruled from 1526 to 1530, and got buried in Afghanistan as he wished. His grandson Akbar, after capturing Chithorgarh in 1568, ordered a general massacre that slaughtered around 30,000 Rajputs.
The tale of torture of Sikhs and their Gurus by the Mughals are widely known facts.
Historians glorify the Mughal king Shah Jahan for building the Taj Mahal. Here is how Islam was glorified in his rule (1628-1658), from the contemporary record: “When Shuja was appointed as governor of Kabul he carried on a ruthless war in the Hindu territory beyond Indus…The Sword of Islam yielded a rich crop of converts….Most of the women (to save their honour) burnt themselves to death. Those captured were distributed among Muslim Mansabdars.”
A chronicle called Tarikh-I-Alamgiri proudly recorded the deeds of Afghan ruler, Ahmad Shah Abdali who attacked India in 1757 AD and reached Mathura: “Abdali’s soldiers would be paid 5 Rupees (a sizeable amount at the time) for every enemy head brought in. Every horseman had loaded up all his horses with the plundered property, and atop of it rode the girl-captives and the slaves. The severed heads were tied up in rugs like bundles of grain and placed on the heads of the captives…Then the heads were stuck upon lances and taken to the gate of the chief minister for payment.
“It was an extraordinary display! Daily did this manner of slaughter and plundering proceed. And at night the shrieks of the women captives who were being raped, deafened the ears of the people…All those heads that had been cut off were built into pillars, and the captive men upon whose heads those bloody bundles had been brought in, were made to grind corn, and then their heads too were cut off. These things went on all the way to the city of Agra, nor was any part of the country spared.”
Some historians have gone quite at length to decipher the characteristics of Islamic oppression on native Indians. While the exact magnitude of genocides at different periods can’t be worked out, but it can’t be denied that the atrocities were enormous in scale. Here is how some historians have described the deeds of the Mohammadan in India:
Alain Danielou, in his book, Histoire de l’ Inde: “From the time Muslims started arriving, around 632 AD, the history of India becomes a long, monotonous series of murders, massacres, spoliations, and destructions. It is, as usual, in the name of ‘a holy war’ of their faith, of their sole God, that the barbarians destroyed civilizations, wiped out entire races.”
Francois Gautier, in his book Rewriting Indian History (1996): “The massacres perpetuated by Muslims in India are unparalleled in history, bigger than the Holocaust of the Jews by the Nazis; or the massacre of the Armenians by the Turks; more extensive even than the slaughter of the South American native populations by the invading Spanish and Portuguese.”
Will Durant argued in his 1935 book The Story of Civilization: Our Oriental Heritage (page 459): “The Mohammedan conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. The Islamic historians and scholars have recorded with great glee and pride 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 “by Sword of Islam.”
Dr. Koenraad Elst writes in his book Negation in India: “The Muslim conquests, down to the 16th century, were for the Hindus a pure struggle of life and death. Entire cities were burnt down and the populations massacred, with hundreds of thousands killed in every campaign, and similar numbers deported as slaves. Every new invader made (often literally) his hills of Hindus skulls. Thus, the conquest of Afghanistan in the year 1000 was followed by the annihilation of the Hindu population; the region is still called the Hindu Kush, i.e. Hindu slaughter.
The biggest slaughters took place during the raids of Mahmud Ghaznavi (ca. 1000 CE); during the actual conquest of North India by Mohammed Ghori and his lieutenants (1192 ff.); and under the Delhi Sultanate (1206-1526).”
Dr Elst also writes in an article Was There an Islamic Genocide of Hindus? “There is no official estimate of the total death toll of Hindus at the hands of Islam. A first glance at important testimonies by Muslim chroniclers suggests that, over 13 centuries and a territory as vast as the Subcontinent, Muslim Holy Warriors easily killed more Hindus than the 6 million of the Holocaust. Ferishtha lists several occasions when the Bahmani sultans in central India (1347-1528) killed a hundred thousand Hindus, which they set as a minimum goal whenever they felt like punishing the Hindus; and they were only a third-rank provincial dynasty.”
Dr Ambedkar wrote: “There can be no doubt that the fall of Buddhism in India was due to the invasions of the Musalmans. Islam came out as the enemy of the ‘but’. The word ‘but,’ as everybody knows, is an Arabic word and means an idol. Not many people, however, know that the derivation of the word ‘but’ is the Arabic corruption of Buddha. Thus the origin of the word indicates that in the Moslem mind idol worship had come to be identified with the Religion of the Buddha. To the Muslims, they were one and the same thing. The mission to break the idols thus became the mission to destroy Buddhism. Islam destroyed Buddhism not only in India but wherever it went. Before Islam came into being Buddhism was the religion of Bactria, Parthia, Afghanistan, Gandhar and Chinese Turkestan, as it was of the whole of Asia….”
He continues elsewhere, “Such was the slaughter of the Buddhist priesthood perpetrated by the Islamic invaders. The axe was struck at the very root. For by killing the Buddhist priesthood, Islam killed Buddhism. This was the greatest disaster that befell the religion of the Buddha in India….”
The Ancient Indian Civilization
The ancient culture of India, the land South of Himalaya, was always a land of “Dharma” – universal ethics of right conduct, principles of right living. Everything revolved around right and wrong human conduct by following nature’s laws – collectively called Dharma. This culture was distinguished by extreme achievements in spirituality – highly evolved skills for mastery over mental dynamics – through meditation and Yoga practices. Experts who contributed were adept yogis, rishis (so called because they were discoverer of nature’s laws; from Sanskrit rit meaning nature) and sages (people highly advances in the profound wisdom of human life).
They were all scientists of the inner world – the human mind, its various faculties and the nature of mind-body interface. (Similar to how today’s scientists explore the outside world – the material surroundings and the laws governing it.) Their knowledge was initially complied in the 4 Vedas – so called because they are product of experience. Veda comes from Sanskrit vedana, for whatever felt or experienced. There are numerous commentaries on Vedas, written at different times.
The word ‘Arya’ was part of the Sanskrit, Pali and other languages in the ancient India. Learned scholars or respected people in authority were addressed as “Arya” – implying something like “noble sir”. European historians later used this word for some “speculative superior race” that migrated from Europe to other parts of the world. It is nothing but a clever ploy to establish a racial superiority.
Hindu civilization had a vast spread – to Afghanistan and beyond on the West to Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia regions in the East. The Hindu-Buddhist culture and philosophy flourished in East Asia, until destroyed by followers of Mohammad. Ruins of grand temples and signatures of Indian culture and languages can be still found in whole of East Asia.
And the contrast between the culture of ancient India and the remaining world is highly striking. For instance, even 2500 years ago when the greatest spiritual scientists like the Buddha and Mahavira were mesmerizing people through their universal message of peace and non-violence and teaching people the skill to go beyond all suffering (Nirvana), the Greeko Roman West was busy with what they proudly claim as the bloodiest war of the ancient human history!
Although tiny Kingdoms in India often indulged in warfare, but even during violent conflicts their behavior remained highly civil and humane – they never stoop down to the level of subhuman savages. Fanatic conduct was never a part of the Hindu culture. Warring armies fought in open spaces. Monks, Bhikshus, Brahmins and civilians were never harmed. Things like destroying temples, violating women of the losing side or savagely destroying crops, villages or cities by the victorious were unimaginable for them. Therefore, they were totally unprepared for the ghastly onslaught of the Islamic foreigners. The weirdest thing for them was the concept of killing and beastly conduct in the name of their “special God” called Allah.
Therefore, it is easy to see how the beastly barbarians destroyed the very cultural pillars on which the all-round development and prosperity was founded. It was like pouring poison in a pond with highly advanced fish culture or like letting lose wild beasts inside a peaceful habitat. Or imagine what a gang of highly violent kids would do if let lose inside a research lab with highly delicate scientific instruments!
Jihad Violence After 1947
Nothing changes in the world of militant Islam. The world of fundamentalists is changeless, barren and growth-less – stunted forever. Centuries go by, world changes, people adapt, societies advance but “their ISLAM” remains ever stuck in the Arab desert of 7th century AD! If between 8th to 18th century AD Islamic jihadis came from Central Asia through Afghanistan for killing and destruction, post 1947 they started coming from Pakistan and became more frequent since 1980s. Even in 2017, Pak trained holy warriors (mujahideens) are almost daily dispatched to hell by Indian security forces in Kashmir. Non-Muslim population of Pakistan has reduced from 23% in 1951 to less than 2% today – average 60,000 non-Muslims got converted per year.
In the late 1980s, the entire population of Kashmiri Hindus had to leave their homes to survive. In 1993, Muslim fanatics tried spreading terror in Mumbai through a series of bomb explosions; then their top commanders ran away to Pakistan – the safe haven for global jihadi terrorists. Non-Muslim population has steadily decreased both in the Islamic States of Pakistan and Bangladesh. The Hindu Chief Justice of Bangladesh was recently forced to quit because the establishment did not like some of his verdicts that appeared secular. Targeted attacks on non-Muslims have significantly increased in the recent years. Terror groups, affiliated with Al Qaeda and ISIS have formed in Bangladesh; their obvious targets are Hindus.
Myanmar Rohingya jihadi group ARSA (which has links with the ISIS, Al Qaeda and Pak ISI) targeted villages of local Hindus and indulged in mass killings and rape. When the Myanmar army retaliated over 600,000 Rohingyas had to fled to Bangladesh – around 40,000 of them managed to infiltrate India. In Sri Lanka, jihadis indulged in forced conversions that invited violent retaliation from the local non-Muslim community – and the global media only saw Muslim persecution!
There are reports of wide spread radicalization particularly in Kerala, West Bengal and in Western UP around Deoband which is the seat of hardcore rigid Islam in India, similar to Saudi Wahhabism.
In Kerala, there is massive investment by Wahhabi funds in madarsas, mosques and other so-called charities for promoting Wahhabism, radicalizing Muslims and forcing conversions. Dozens of Hindu activists and social workers have been brutally murdered while the communist government apparently remained callous. There are groups like the Popular Front of India, a supposed social organization, that are highly active in what the Christians have labeled “love Jihad” – trapping non-Muslim girls and women into love affairs for future conversion and exploitation by ISIS operatives. The issue even reached the Supreme Court.
In West Bengal, temperamental CM Mamta Banerjee’s openly pro-Muslim politics has highly emboldened radical Islamists and global jihadis. There are local pockets – villages and towns – where Muslim population is well above the State average of 28 percent. There are reports that in many such areas Islamists have created “Islamic States” by impose Shari’ah. Non-Muslims often begin to feel like aliens wherever Muslim density goes beyond 35-40 percent.
Deoband area has natural appeal for the radicalized Muslims; very often sleeping cells of mujahideens (Islamic holy warriors) from other states and Bangladesh are discovered the NIA. In the past, several captured terrorists were found to have links in Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar, Saharnpur – cities with significant Muslim population and not too far from Deoband.
If people actually want to understand the mindset of today’s global terrorists they should merely read the history of Islamic jihad in India. What the ISIS and Al Qaeda are aiming for is same: Trying to Islamize the world through the same terror that started 1400 years ago in the Arab peninsula. But in the process, they are only killing humanity and tarnishing what they call their own “religion of peace.”
Yet, this 1400 year old ideology of terror can’t be ignored by the world.
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