Most of the other works get bogged down in political correctness, trying to whitewash the Islamic invasions as nothing more than minor perturbations in the long history of foreign invasions in India. Sita Ram Goel steers clear from every –ism in this book and tells what really happened. We get to know that the period of Islamic invasions in India was the bloodiest in its history.
|He talks about the character of the Muslim state in India, telling us that the Hindus were given the choice of conversion to Islam; remaining Hindu, while paying the humiliating and back-breaking zizya tax; or death. It clearly demarcated the elite and privileged status that the Muslims enjoyed and the humiliating and disadvantageous positions that the Hindus had to bear. The war ethics of the Muslim invaders was also radically different. While the Hindus never molested the civilians and never destroyed religious structures, the Muslims considered the non-Muslims as sub-humans, as degenerate pagans who worshipped devils and hence massacred men, ravaged women, pillaged entire countrysides and destroyed temples by millions.
Sita Ram Goel squarely lays the blame where it belongs -on Islam, absolving individual Muslims, in direct contrast to the approach of the ultra-Leftists like Romila Thapar. In further two chapters, he states the magnitude of Muslim atrocities in India, quoting directly from the Muslim court historians who were the contemporaries of the rulers themselves. India suffered population implosions due to the Islamic impact and Hindu population decreased in actual numbers:
“The magnitude of crimes credited to Muslim monarchs by the medieval Muslim historians, was beyond measure. With a few exceptions, Muslim kings and commanders were monsters who stopped at no crime when it came to their Hindu subjects. But what strikes as more significant is the broad pattern of those crimes. The pattern is that of a jihãd in which the ghãzîs of Islam 1) invade infidel lands; 2) massacre as many infidel men, women, and children, particularly Brahmins, as they like after winning a victory; 3) capture the survivors to be sold as slaves; 4) plunder every place and person; 5) demolish idolatrous places of worship and build mosques in their places; and 6) defile idols which are flung into public squares or made into steps leading to mosques.
Still more significant is the fact that this is exactly the pattern 1) revealed by Allah in the Quran; 2) practised, perfected and prescribed by the Prophet in his own life-time; 3) followed by the pious Khalifas of Islam in the first 35 years of Islamic imperialism; 4) elaborated in the Hadis and hundreds of commentaries with meticulous attention to detail; 5) certified by the Ulama and the Sufis of Islam in all ages including our own; and 6) followed by all Muslim monarchs and chieftains who aspired for name and fame in this life, and houris and beardless boys hereafter.”
Goel does not leave us with a depressing note. We get to know that there was no such thing as Islamic Empire until late in history. The Hindus constantly kept fighting despite stupendous losses. But there was no synthesis of cultures. Any borrowing from the Hindus was considered an abomination by Islam and constantly weeded out.
This book gives a window into the history of the bloody Medieval Ages of India, which one seldom gets to read in the heavily censored and Leftist written school textbooks or popular books from communist authors. Goel wrote this brief book in response to the Indian national educational bureaucracy's policies that aimed to smooth over the differences between Muslims and Hindus (plus other groups) by forcing teachers to skip over certain events and characters in India's long history. Sita Ram would have none of it. "Fudging" the story of the carnage perpetrated by Muslims against- mostly- the Hindu population (but also the Buddhists)he considered a violation of the truth on a par with the worst outrage. Instead, he outlines the length and extent of this part of the Indian experience. His conclusion: millions were slaughtered in the name of Allah with millions more sold into slavery. It was a very dark chapter not just in Indian history, but in humanity's.