Colonial invaders and enemies within are the first to burn libraries and erase memories of their subjugated people. Hindus are a living example of people with erased memory.
They forgot that Hindushahi Kings ruled Afghanistan for centuries, defeated Arabs and extracted huge punitive amounts from them. They also forgot that for the last one thousand years Hindus have been constantly at war with foreign invaders and are the only people on this earth who defeated the Islamic mission to convert Hindustan as they did in west Asia and other parts of the middle east completely eliminating a people, their culture, songs, civilizational icons and boxed their existence in dead museums.
India still shines with thousands of year-old traditions, wisdom, rituals and language and is a challenge to the ideologies of Arab marauders.
Hindus also forgot that Mahmud Ghazanavi looted India seventeen times, occupied Punjab, Thanesar, Hansi, burnt Mathura and destroyed Somnath taking with him thousands of Hindu men, women and children as slaves. Who helped them get a passage from Prabhas Patan, Somnath to Gazhani?
We forgot that six centuries of Islamic invasions and our continous resistance gave birth to a section among Hindus who became grateful to their tormentors and wrote songs in praise of them (like Tipu is adored by some Hindus forgetting the Melukote massacre) and they were more loyal to the Christian British and Portuguese rule. The British gave us trains, English language and united the nation, while Portuguese injected a Roman culture in the veins of a Hindu Goa is the line taken by a slavish, colonised mind people amongst us.
How British treated Indians barbarically, eliminated our language and schools, killed three million Indians in man-made Bengal famine and Portuguese converted Hindus using the weapon of Inquisition, stopped Hindu festivals and turned temples into churches is simply deleted from our memory slates.
There were Indians who helped invaders to subjugate us, loot us and become their colonies in return for some contracts, rai bahadur, raisaheb awards and a good life. See their names in the national archives in Delhi.
No society, leave aside a nation can live without critical voices. In a large nation like India, it is quite natural to find opposing voices against the government and each party having a different view point, diametrically opposed to others. They have a right to fight as fierce a democratic battle as possible against the government of the day to win and create an atmosphere in their support.
But to invite foreign support and interference in settling domestic issues is a different matter, intolerable to any people and government of any hue. India survived foreign brutalities and gained freedom on the strength of collectivity and dharma. If we leave any one of these vital elements, we lose India.
Today, those who are celebrating foreign newspapers’ editorials and tweets of those who never had anything to do with our nation’s well being and progress are like those Indians who helped Gazhanavis and Ghoris or testified against Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev to remain in the good books of the British and earn contracts to build their mansions.
We forgot how our Gurus fought the foreign invaders, sacrificed their lives, saw their sons being buried alive in a way when they refused to convert to Islam. We also forgot how British snatched away the son of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Prince Duleep Singh from his mother Bibi Jindan Kaur , took him to England, converted him to Christianity and made him habitual of smoking against all Sikh traditions. Those who are blindly rejoicing at firangi help and support forget Maharani Jindan Kaur was subjected to the most inhuman tortures and humiliations.
Her son was taken away, her palace was forbidden to allow her inside, her jewellery was taken away, she became half-blind weeping incessantly to meet her child, Duleep. She spent eleven years in Nepal to escape British brutalities. When Duleep Singh wanted to see her mother, she wasn’t permitted to stay with him. Her letter to the British resident at Lahore shows the excruciating pain she was passing through after the forced separation from her little son. Anyone who reads these lines can’t help to seethe with anger and a feeling of revenge against the perpetrators of such a crime. Maharani Jindan Kaur wrote the following letter to the Resident at Lahore for being so ruthlessly separated from her young son (Maharaja Duleep Singh) who was only nine at the time:
With the Grace of the Great Guru
From Bibi Sahib to Lawrence Sahib,
We have arrived safely at Sheikhupura; you should send our luggage with care, as I was sitting in the Samman (Burj-Palace in Lahore Fort) in the same way I am in Sheikhupura. Both the places are same to me; you have been very cruel to me.
You have snatched my son from me…In the name of the God you worship and in the name of the king whose salt you eat, restore my son to me. I cannot bear the pain of this separation…..I shall reside in Sheikhupura. I shall not go to Lahore. Send my son to me. I will come to you at Lahore only during the days when you hold darbar.
On that day I will send him. A great deal (of injustice) has been done to me. A great deal (of injustice) has been done to my son also.
This is what the foreigners did to us. If we again seek their support and help against our own Indian family members, who are our blood and our clan, as Indians, then who will be smiling on us?
Only the enemies.
Since last many centuries, India has been fighting valiant wars, resisting the foreign yoke and preserving the collective civilizational heritage. Even after truncated independence in 1947, we had to continue with several wars- not a single decade passed off peacefully- from ’47’s Pakistani attack, losing 1.25 lakh sq kms of land to Pakistan and China under Congress- Nehru rule, Kutch assault by Pakistan, 1962 attack by China, treason by the Indian Communists and the presentation of a White Paper on Communist anti-national activities in parliament by Congress govt (Home Minister Nanda ),1965 war, 1971’s Bangla Desh freedom war, and Pakistan’s surrender, internally several wars by Naxals, Maoists, NSCN, PLA ( Manipur) and ULFA’s terrorism, Khalistani bloodshed, Jihadi terror attacks from Coimbatore to Gujarat and Varanasi temples to Delhi’s Connaught Place, attack on parliament, PM Manmohan Singh stating in parliament that India’s biggest security threat comes from Maoist violence.
The wars India face seem to be unending.
And now we see several forces using the facade of farmers’ protest to create chaos when Indians must be standing united in times of a pandemic and threats from two nuclear-powered enemy nations in north and the west.
They are not just using foreign PR agencies to fund celebrity tweets but also trying to sow seeds of discontent among the brave armed forces and threatening that India will be disintegrated. The flag incident at Red fort on republic day should have been enough to call off the protest and identify the rogue, denationalized elements. Sad we seem to be repeating the same mistakes that saw India face cruel, bad times in the past. No government can and should tolerate such threatening moves to national integration. The way Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar’s portrait was sought to be blackened is the most despicable incident of a democratic nation by irresponsible people. If they are not given exemplary punishment, we fail our constitutional duty.
Time to speak for the Indian unity, time to stand up and be counted as citizen soldiers. Rest is all fake.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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