This post owes courtesy to a certain Zohail who singlehandedly continues to bring loads of traffic to this blog via his flood-like comments on my posts on Babri Masjid and Kanchan Gupta’s article on Kasab. I am truly awestruck at his passionate but ignorant defence of Islam and its blood-soaked history. This blog’s archives contain enough material to help him overcome his ignorance. I shall take his leave by leaving just a passing remark: Zohail needs to look at the world beyond Koran, the Prophet and Allah.
In retrospect, I had omitted mentioning a related aspect because it would unnecessarily bloat the post.
In my Babri Masjid post, I held that the nature of public discourse was the chief culprit behind Ayodhya 1992. Upon deeper inspection, we see how the demolition only served to further pervert the already-perverted discourse. Zohail among others stands as a good example of the consequences of such a discourse.
The most dangerous consequence of all is the intransigence of the Muslim community at large. Misled by the secular goons disguised as scholars and intellectuals, and propelled by their own fanatical leaders, the Muslim community has ensured a permanent deadlock in the situation. However, when the tables are turned, these secular thugs always insist on “accommodation” from Hindus. Isn’t it reasonable to expect the same from the Muslim community? Neither does it stop at that.
As I indicated in my earlier post, December 6 has now become a permanent fixture of hate both on the calendar and in the minds of millions of Indian Muslims. This kind of eternal hostility with the demolition of just one mosque, which was in disuse for several decades.
Let’s apply the same to Hindu places of worship.
The most holiest of Hindu cities even today, is Varanasi. It is also bestowed with the unfortunate honour of being the only city where the maximum number of temples were destroyed under a single king, Aurangzeb. Mathura and Ayodhya, the two other holy cities share the same fate. Aurangzeb took special care to ensure that the holier a place, the more intense and widespread the damage he would inflict. Since its initial incursions in India, Islam’s most pious kings have identified the infidels’ holy cities for a targetted campaign of destruction. This list of Hindu holy cities, which were repeatedly ravaged will give us a rough idea: Multan (or Moola Sthana, where an ancient Sun temple was destroyed), Thanesar (in Haryana, where the Chakraswamin idol was destroyed), Kangra (in Himachal Pradesh), Mathura (innumerable temples destroyed and when rebuilt by Hindus, destroyed again. A notable achievement is the destruction of the Keshavadeva temple under the aegis of Aurangzeb), Somnath (remember Mohammad Ghaznavi), Varanasi (again, special emphasis by Aurangzeb on the destruction of the Kashi Vishwanath temple. Recommending reading: Aavarana for a full, vivid account of the horror), Ujjain, Chidambaram, Puri, Dwaraka, Girinar, and Kanchipuram.
Sita Ram Goel’s two-volume magnum opus, Hindu Temples: What Happened to Them lists at least 3000 temples scourged by Islamic warriors. These books back up the list with solid evidence from primary sources. However, given the savagery of Islam’s conquest in India, the actual number is monumentally greater than 3000. For our purposes, if we adhere to even 3000 and trace the chronology of each temple destruction, how many December 6ths do Hindus need to “celebrate?”
Think again before you call this absurd.