Monday, January 4, 2010

Coward Hindus or Failed Islam | Column - M. Lal Goel | M. Lal Goel

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    • Islam's rapid rise from insignificance to vast international empire had a touch of the miraculous. How could the Muslims have attained all this if God was not on their side? The fabulous military victories demonstrated to the faithful God's pleasure with their ways and displeasure with the ways of the infidel.
    • The Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul (Beyond Belief, 1998) observed that the Arabs were the most successful colonizers in the world.  The Arabic language becomes the sacred language for over a billion people.  Arabic heroes become their heroes. Bowing towards Mecca five times a day must surely count as an ultimate symbol of Arab cultural imperialism.

    • When temples and shrines were being destroyed, Hindus turned within and produced the most lyrical devotional poetry.  Mirabai, Kabir, Guru Nanak, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Surdas, Ravidas, Tulsidas, these and many more composed their poems during Muslim ascendancy in India.  It is easier to bring down temple walls.  How do you bring down the shakti encased in shlokas and bhajans?  Who survives after 500 years? Mighty Babar or Guru Nanak? 

      Hindus should give up the false notion that they performed miserably before the Muslim or British challenge.  Maharaja Shivaji defeated Muslim armies in 1660s; Europe followed in defeating the Turks at Vienna in 1683 (on 9/11/1683, mark the date).  India was the first country in all of Asia and Africa to throw off the British colonial yoke in 1947.  Independence in Afro-Asian countries followed.

    • The 21st century may well be an Indian century, not because of India's growing economic might, but because of its perennial philosophy.  The tide has begun to turn in favor of ideas that first took root in India some 2,500 years ago: Oneness of Godhead, inherent divinity of man, pluralism, religious freedom and non-violence.

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