Where is 3rd World Holocaust Museum?

30 September, 2009 at 22:53 1 comment

From an item in the RSS feed from a Hindu fundamentalist, Sandeep somebody, I got to the main article by Francois Gautier which talks about the Muslim conquests of India comparing it to the Jewish holocaust and arguing for the setting up of a “Hindu Holocaust Museum” by GHHF. Before I gather my thoughts on the bleeding hate-mongering and dripping hypocrisy, readers might be confused why I prefixed the big-H word with the big-J word. It is because, there have been many holocausts in the course of history. In fact, everyone alive must be aware of plunderings, inquisitions, conquests, occupations, genocides, massacres and what have you under some pretext or justification or support. As sick as it is, that is human species for you. The Jewish one is but a minor blip in the proceedings. Kind of like a patient with 3rd degree burns making a hue and cry about a mole. I salute the world media and Israel lobby (if indeed they are different) for making it as well known for it has achieved wide recall – although disproportionate – and much suffering continuing to this day and who knows for how long innocent people have to die for the folly of old Europe and stinking racism towards the rest of the world. This is good context for selected quotes from aforementioned pieces…

The Hindu Holocaust Museum is a project pioneered by Francois Gautier who has written about it on several occasions since the last six years. However, “secular” Vijay Prashad wakes up only now. Given his ideological propensities, Vijay Prashad naturally feels:
* No Hindu Holocaust. Largescale massacre of Hindus is exaggerated
* Islam didn’t spread in India through violence
* Hindus (Kings) were equally if not more violent than Muslim conquerors
* Hindus and Muslims regarded each other as brothers
Pretty much what we can expect from his ilk. One thing to state misleading assertions in casual conversation and another to actually present it as truth.

In other parts of Asia and Europe, the conquered nations quickly opted for conversion to Islam rather than death. But in India, because of the staunch resistance of the 4000 year old Hindu faith, the Muslim conquests were for the Hindus a pure struggle between life and death. Entire cities were burnt down and their populations massacred. Each successive campaign brought hundreds of thousands of victims and similar numbers were deported as slaves. Every new invader made often literally his hill of Hindu skulls. Thus the conquest of Afghanistan in the year 1000, was followed by the annihilation of the entire Hindu population there; indeed, the region is still called Hindu Kush, ‘Hindu Slaughter’. The Bahmani sultans in central India, made it a rule to kill 100.000 Hindus a year. In 1399, Teimur killed 100.000 Hindus IN A SINGLE DAY, and many more on other occasions. Koenraad Elst quotes Professor K.S. Lal’s “Growth of Muslim population in India”, who writes that according to his calculations, the Hindu population decreased by EIGHTY MILLION between the year 1000 and 1525. Probably the BIGGEST HOLOCAUST IN ENTIRE WORLD HISTORY. Recorded or otherwise.

Staggering numbers and arguments these. But, it is important to stop a moment and have a look at other historical crimes against humanity which have been committed and continue to be committed. In modern history, the massacre by the Turks of 1.5 millions Armenians, the several millions of Russians by Stalin, or the 1 million Tibetans by the Chinese communists, or the thousands killed and millions displaced in the so called “war on terror” and “spreading democracy” stints by the UN, er, USA, UK and their European slaves. These are historical facts which have all been denied by their perpetrators… But deny is not the exact word. They have been NEGATED in a thousand ways: gross, clever, outrageous, subtle, so that in the end, the minds of people are so confused and muddled, that nobody knows anymore where the truth is. As evidence, people feel that Chernobyl was a bigger disaster than the dropping of the atomic bomb by the allied forces in Japanese civilian territories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is hard to understand if the spin doctors are really clever or if the people are really stupid. It boggles the mind. Sometimes, it is the numbers that are negated or passed under silence: the Spanish conquest of South America has been one of the bloodiest and most ruthless episodes in history. Elst estimates that out of the population of native Continental South America of 1492, which stood at 90 million, only 32 million survived; terrible figures indeed but who talks about them today? Ditto with the conquest of North America and the wiping out of the native Red Americans who now live like refugees under a reservation system as the native Aboriginals in Australia and native Zulus of South Africa. A reader of Chomsky will immediately find several instances of grotesque crimes in Haiti, Vietnam, Bangladesh and so on. And I have not even started on the British Raj of India and that of imperial European powers like Netherlands, Belgium, France etc. who have combinedly created horrors like slave trade, apartheid, blood diamonds, ethnic cleansing etc. and now protect themselves with advanced military technologies and iron-clad immigration rules. Germany was a softie by these standards. Irrespectively, the 3rd world comprises of those countries which have been raped and wasted by imperialism. Why does not anybody talk about the source of wealth of rich countries which was achieved by bloodbath? Is repatriation being discussed at all?
I am sure there must be literature but the answer asked by Koenraad (a Belgian), Francois (a French) and Sandeep (a looney) of “Where is the Hindu Holocaust Museum?”, is quite simple. It is the wrong question. We, and not they, should be asking, “Where is the 3rd World Holocaust Museum?”. A moment of silence.

That said, before you go about seeking revenge or getting apologetic, I should say is that it is too easy for peoples to be playing the victim card. We need to look more deeply into the causes behind the demise of civilizations and countries and cultures. What was it about their civilization that made them vulnerable to outsider conquests? The reasons can no longer be solely attributed to an external cause but have to be looked within as well. I cannot comment on other cultures, but I sure can try to answer the India/Hindu question. One important reason for the fall of the Hindu civilization is the complete Hindu ignorance of Abrahamic faiths, most notably, the “religion of messiah” (Jewism), the “religion of love” (Christianity) and “religion of peace” (Islam). Hindus tend to look at another belief systems through an Indic lens, and attribute to it with the same spiritual value and goodness as their own. This attitude is touted as a virtue by some; in matter of fact it is stupidity. Islam and Christianity are not Sikhism and Jainism. Theologically, their absolutist truth claims are unappeasable except by unquestioning acceptance. Politically, they are exclusivist, expansionist faiths that feign a willingness to coexist only when in adversity. Their real aim is world domination and destruction of other faiths. Hindus never understood this, and still do not understand it. In fact, much of the 3rd world is nice and we all know the adage on how the race ends, dont we? I think I can speak for every 3rd world country here that the happiest people in this matter must be the first world countries and the missionaries of religion. They must be thinking, what fools these 3rd worlders are, they must be telling themselves: We killed them by the millions, we wrested whole nations out of them, we engineer riots and financial crises against them, and they still defend us and put us on the pedestal. If you can’t see the continuing folly of your ways, you are what is called a 3rd world country.

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