Hindus don’t like stories with sad endings. You will rarely find tragic stories of star-crossed lovers like Romeo-Juliet, Antony-Cleopatra, Heer-Ranjha, Laila-Majnu or Salim-Anarkali in Hindu literature. Mahabharata seemed to end in gloom but then the Pandavas went to Swarga. The lineage continued. If you ignore Uttara-Kaanda, which is supposed to be a latter-day insertion, Ramayana ends with a celebration. It is not a coincidence that most Indian movies have happy endings, too.
Hindus do not like to live with sad memories. They think of karma and punarjanma, and move on to make the best of whatever life offers them. Which is why there has never been a Hindu Genocide Remembrance Day. There are no museums in India detailing the destruction wrought by Muslim invaders and colonial plunderers.
This is surprising because the 800 odd years of Muslim rule in India resulted in the killing of far more than 6 million who died in the Jewish Holocaust. According to Prof KS Lal, the Hindu population decreased by 80 million between 1000 CE and 1525 CE. That was some serious depopulation even if he was wrong by a few millions.
Historian Koenraad Elst wrote: “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. 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). The Moghuls (1526-1857), even Babar and Aurangzeb, were fairly restrained tyrants by comparison.”
Elst has pointed out that, apart from actual killing, millions of Hindus disappeared by way of enslavement. In my article on Rajputs, I have described how the gruesome saga of slave-capturing continued throughout the Muslim rule in India, including the period of Mughals, as recorded by the Muslim historians themselves. Here is an excerpt from my article:
Historian Koenraad Elst wrote: “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. 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). The Moghuls (1526-1857), even Babar and Aurangzeb, were fairly restrained tyrants by comparison.”
“Sometimes, the numbers of prisoners were mentioned, at other times they were not, but many sources record with glee that slaves were becoming cheap and plentiful. If Allauddin Khalji had 50,000 slave boys in his service, then Firoz Shah Tughlaq was noted to have 1,80,000 of them. Amir Khushrau, the Persian composer said the Turks could seize, buy or sell a Hindu whenever they pleased. Female slaves were seen as a means of increasing the Muslim population of the world. Fresh batches of slaves kept arriving in the slave markets of Delhi. There were trading communities like Ghakkars in Punjab, which specialised in bartering slaves from India in exchange for horses from Central Asia. Hindu slaves were transported in thousands to the slave markets in Central Asia via the Hindukush (meaning ‘Hindu-slayer’ in Persian) mountains in the Himalayas; many perished due to the intense cold, which gave the name to the mountains. According to Scott C Levi, Hindus were especially in demand in the early modern Central Asian slave markets because of their identification in Muslim societies as kafirs or non-believers. He also notes that skilled artisans and attractive females were much sought after.”
After the Muslim rule ended, a huge number of Hindus were killed during the Goa Inquisition and other colonial-era actions. The Partition of India into a Muslim Pakistan and a diverse India resulted in more deaths. The only reason why there are Hindus still left today is that they were spread out over too large an area.
Despite all this, we Hindus do not have a single day when we collectively remember and mourn all that our ancestors endured. We’ve only been doing happy things like lighting lamps during Deepavali and throwing colours in Holi. Why?
The Jews, on the other hand, have made sure that no one will ever forget their Holocaust. Every year at 10 AM on 11 April in Israel, an air raid siren sounds throughout the country and everyone observes two minutes of silence. People stop whatever they are doing wherever they are. Even cars stop in the middle of the road and people stand solemnly next to their vehicles for those two minutes.
Meanwhile, Hindus are slowly vanishing in many parts of India. The 2011 Census has revealed that Hindus have reduced not just in Jammu & Kashmir but also in Bengal, western Uttar Pradesh, southern Uttarakhand, Mewat and Shekhawati, Malabar, Canara and Coorg, Arunachal Pradesh, Tribal Odisha and Manipur Valley. They have already vanished from Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and outer Manipur. [Posts in this site about the community]
Apart from demographic reduction, Hindus are also facing psychological warfare from leftists, self-styled Dravidians, Islamists and Christian missionaries. What we are seeing today in the wake of the alleged rape in Jammu’s Kathua is nothing but unbridled Hinduphobia.
There is one thing that Jews have deeply understood and we Hindus have not — despite all our Karma theory — that history repeats itself. Unless you learn from it. Never again, say the Jews. Never again do they want to become victims.
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