Aurangazeb’s fan girl Audrey Truschke is back. She is the liberal determined to (and likely to) make a great career trampling on pagan Hindus. Some of you might remember her from this article I wrote about her few months ago:
Now, she is back in The Wire with another article explaining everything that was wonderful with Aurangazeb
The article is titled : “The pernicious myth of India’s medieval Muslim villains“. Yes, folks, it’s all a myth. We lost our country to 800 years of Muslim rule. We lost a third of our country to Muslims forever. In whatever remained, Muslims have kicked us successfully out of Kashmir, and are at various stages of the “final solution to the Hindu question” in Assam, Bengal and Kerala. And now liberals are coming for the last of what we have left: our memories. Liberals are coming to tell us that our civilizational memory of 1000 years of oppression is just a myth. Audrey Truschke is but one small cog in the wheel that is designed to squish Hindus forever. Wait and see…the next generation of liberals will write about how Kashmiri Pandits were a myth; the generation after that will write about how it’s a myth that Hindus once lived in Bengal and Assam and Kerala.
Really. Imagine 2050. Nobody will know an actual Hindu who lives in Bengal. In whatever part of India that is still left, someone like Audrey Truschke will come along and write about how Hindus never lived in Bengal and that the evacuation of Hindus from Bengal is a myth created by the Hindu right wing to win elections in Rajasthan and Gujarat and Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, the 3-4 provinces that may still be left in India by then.
Just sample a line from Audrey Truschke’s article:
“Aurangzeb was not the Hindu-hating, Islamist tyrant that many today imagine him to have been. And yet the myth of malevolent Aurangzeb is seemingly irresistible and has captured politicians, everyday people, and even scholars in its net. The damage that this idea has done is significant.”
Yes, folks the idea of Muslim villains oppressing Hindu subjects is a myth. So what if the broken and desecrated temples can be seen to this very day? So what if we can read the accounts of the oppression to this very day? So what if in 1947, Muslims blatantly refused to co-exist and took away 1/3rd of India? So what if the Hindu population of Pakistan in 1947 was 15% and now it is just 2%? So what if I see that in ALL 57 Muslim majority nations in the world TODAY, Sharia is considered the supreme law? So what if I see Muslim nations everywhere treating non-Muslims with savage oppression EVEN TODAY?
We are still supposed to believe that somehow magically in the medieval era, Muslim rulers were treating non-Muslims with great generosity and tolerance. And it is Audrey Truschke who has uncovered this great secret.
“Muslim villains” are a myth. Just like evolution, you know. Don’t use the fossil record nor the genetic markers that are observable in every animal. Use faith like Christian fundamentalists do to “prove” creationism. Don’t notice that everywhere in the world even today, Muslim majority nations oppress non-Muslims savagely. Use liberalism like Audrey Truschke is to construct a fairy tale of Muslim tolerance in medieval India.
Now get a load of this:
“a certain percentage of modern Indians nonetheless feel wronged by their Islamic past. What is problematic, they ask, about recognizing historical injustices enacted by Muslim figures?”
Yes, indeed, what is problematic? Please enlighten me, O learned liberal one:
“For many people, condemnations of Aurangzeb and other medieval Indian rulers stem not from a serious assessment of the past but rather from anxieties over India’s present and future, especially vis-à-vis its Muslim minority population.”
Ah, I see! So, we can’t recognize the past injustices because doing so might color our view of the Muslim population today. Thanks Audrey for being a historian who is telling me to close my eyes to history. Okay…what do I do next? Can I at least recognize the injustices to non-Muslims in the 57 Muslim majority nations in the world TODAY? Sorry, this kind of assessment might lead to anxieties about Muslims today. Okay, Audrey can I look at Pakistan and wonder why it so happened that Hindu population decreased from 15% to 2% and in India the Muslim population grew from 10% to 15%? Oops…sorry..to have “anxieties”. Okay, Audrey, India has just one Muslim majority area today: Kashmir. And Hindus got kicked out of there as a whole. What am I, an Indian Hindu supposed to think about my future if Muslims become a majority in my neighborhood? Again…pointless anxieties…I know.
So we close our eyes to the distant past (medieval Muslim rulers), the recent past (partition in 1950s), just 3 decades ago (Kashmiri Pandit exodus) and the present (57 Muslim countries with Supreme Sharia) in order to draw conclusions about Muslims. What do we have left to use as a basis for conclusions? Well, we always have liberalism, dont we 😉 ?
Okay, how about we do an experiment? Let’s take a bunch of peacefuls who are fleeing oppression and welcome them warmly into a nice safe new country that is wealthy, well developed and open minded. Surely, there’s no way peacefuls will be ungrateful enough to start raping women en masse in their safe new home?
Sorry. Experiment inconclusive.
Here is Audrey’s best line:
“Religious bigotry may not have been an overarching problem in India’s medieval past, but it is a crucial dynamic in India’s present. Religious-based violence is real in modern India, and Muslims are frequent targets. Non-lethal forms of discrimination and harassment are common.”
Did you hear that? Oppression of Hindus under Aurangazeb isn’t real, but their oppression in modern India is. Partition of India isn’t real but Delhi’s church attacks are.
What offends me about Audrey Truschke’s article is not so much what she says. Apologizing for Islam is standard fare among liberals. What offends me is how easy it is for Western liberals to spit on Hindu faces. Can you imagine a liberal like Audrey writing this way about American blacks? Can you imagine her dare to point out that white Americans didn’t invent slavery, but mostly brought in blacks who had been sold to them by OTHER BLACKS from Africa. It was black African kings who would invade each other and take each others’ people as slaves and then sell them to white traders. And where are black people better off today, Africa or America? Can you imagine a liberal dare to point these things out?
What offends me is that liberals read Indian history backwards. Everywhere across the world, liberals tend to speak up for the oppressed, the dispossessed, the disadvantaged. Now, I personally believe that the solutions offered by liberals for these historical wrongs are all misguided. But usually no liberal tries to belittle or erase the memory of such historical wrongs. No liberal would ever try to convince American blacks that slavery wasn’t too bad. India is the only place where liberals deny the historical wrongs themselves. You have the Hindus who didn’t rule their land for 1000 years. You have the Hindus who were expelled from a third of their country forever because of their religion. WE ARE THE OPPRESSED. WE GOT KICKED OUT OF OUR LAND. Now you have liberals telling us that those wrongs either didn’t exist or should be forgotten. Logic is being turned on its head and WE Hindus are being told to mend our ways because it might hurt the sentiments of the former ruling class, i.e. Muslims. Nowhere else in the world does such a thing happen.
This is as much liberal chicanery as a drastic PR failure on the part of Hindus. Muslims control 57 countries where minorities are treated like animals and Sharia rules supreme. There are 1.7 billion Muslims and just 15 million Jews in the world. Yet, these 1.7 billion Muslims who control 57 countries have managed to play victim over losing one small sliver of land in Israel. Life is so bad in Muslim countries that Muslims run to Germany. There’s 1.6 million Arabs in Israel. Have you seen one Israeli Arab seeking refuge in Germany? Yet, it is Israel that is oppressive and not Muslim countries.
See that? 1.7 billion vs 15 million and guess who is the victim? Amazing, no? Here Hindus got ejected from the whole of Pakistan but are now being made to apologize because of “non-lethal discrimination” against Muslims. It’s a lie that Islam gets bad PR. I say that no other group does PR as excellent as Muslims. And unless we Hindus recognize our massive PR failure, we are doomed.