Compiled by : Dr.K.M.Rao Ph.D.,State President, Bharatiya Itihasa Sankalana Samiti, Tamilnadu.
Recently I have gone through an interesting book written by Stephen Knapp on crimes against India : and the need to protect its ancient vedic tradition published by I.Universe, Inc.,New York ; I would like to present here some of the salient points high lighted by him in that book . The reason why many Muslim rulers could conquer India was simply because Hindu rulers at home would not unite to fight a common enemy. Knapp puts it plain terms “there was a continuous struggle and warfare between various Rajput states. And these rivalries made itimpossible for the Rajput rulers to join hands to oust Ghazani from Punjab”.
Our History books are also, hesitant to tell the truth about the conquerors. Knapp records that the Bahamani Sulthans of central India made a rule to kill one lakh Hindus every year. In 1399, Timur killed one lakh Hindus in a single day, plus more at times. Knapp quotes K.S.Lal, the Historian as saying that between 1000 A.D. and 1525 A.D, the Hindu population decreased by as many as 80 million (8crores).
Knapp says: “this probably is the biggest holocaust in the history of the whole world, right there in India”. And he rightly asks: “yet, not many people have either forgotten this threat to the Indian Hindu population or have never heard or learned about it. This negation of Indian History is itself a crime against its population, when the people should know and learn lessons from the past.
It is not just Muslim invaders who try to destroy Hinduism in India. The Portuguese rulers in Gova are equally cruel and barbaric. The inquisition they practiced once in every two years was even worse than any Muslim imposition of Islam on Hindus by the Jesuits Catholics . One of the Jesuit priest writes: “when I have finished baptizing the people, I ordered them to destroy the huts in which they keep their idols; and I have them break their statues of their idols into tiny pieces, since they are now Christians, I could never come to an end describing to you the great consolation which fills my soul when I see idols being destroyed by the hands of those who had been idolators”.
For all that and all that, Hinduism has survived and it is even getting accepted abroad, though Hinduism does not believe in conversion. A well known U.S. media personality is quoted as saying: “now we are all Hindus”. In Russia Knapp claims one percent of the population aver that they are Hindus, but it would seem the worst enemies of Hinduism are Hindus themselves. They are giving up their own vedic heritage and culture which Knapp describes as “The last bastion of deep spiritual truth. The vedic culture and philosophy offers deep insight into spiritual knowledge that can be found nowhere else and it provides for levels of thought and knowledge of the soul and the Supreme, and the spiritual reality that are hardly matched else where”.
Knapp insists that, “ we have to remember that a true religion paves the way for every one to become spiritually aware and to establish his or her own relationship with the Supreme and the vedic system is an ideal means for supplying that”. He continues, “The spiritual principles in the vedic systems are universal, meaning they can be applied in any time or place in the universe”.
In the second part of the book, he describes the battles waged by Indians to protect their culture and what the Ghazanis , the Ghoris, Thuglak and other slave sultans, the Khilgis, the Sayyeds and the Lodis did to plunder temples and destroy places of worship and otherwise seek to eliminate the Hindu culture and civilization. Knapp describes the sacking of Chidambaram and Srirangam, the plunder of puri’s Jagannath temple, Sikandar Lodi’s desecration of Mathura, the distruction of Dwaraka, the Govindji temple in Brindavan, the Kesava temple in Mathura to name a few.
He also deals with the false image sought to be imposed on Indians by the vicious propagation of the Aryan invasion theory and the damage it has wrought. Casteism is seen as a scourge of Hinduism or a perversion of a legitimate vedic system that needs to be fought or at least seen in its proper perspective. As for the concept of ‘Aryan’ and ‘Dravidian’, Knapp insists that it was used by the British to establish a lower class of Indians who were oppressed by a higher class, and to enable the British rulers to divide the Indian people into quarrelling factions. According to Knapp the idea of Aryan and Dravidian people as separate races is not only “insidious” and completely false.
An angry Knapp says: “The threat to the survival of Hindu civilization is real… Hindus should not sit quiet, but must be active. He rubbishes the elite of India who damn any Hindu who stands up for his religion as having a “Hinduthva mind- set” and one wishing to ‘saffronise the nation’.