What History Taugt Us : how at first trade with Muslims, then intermarriages, immigration, then Saudi money, then conversions (incuding forced conversions), infiltration into government, then the decline in numbers of the indigineous population (by war or otherwise) and the increase of Muslim birth, then the physical manifestations [mosques, madrassas, the beards & the hijabs] will ultimately lead to massacres, decimation or partition and of course, hate for their ancestors and their ancestors’ cultures.
Hindus in Kerala have declined in numbers, and this is what happens to non-Muslims when the Muslim population reaches a critical mass: decimation. When [Islam] hold sway, they brutalise minorities. We have the examples of Muslim intolerance in Jammu & Kashmir. Hindus have a simple choice: convert, die or flee. And Kerala’s Hindus are running out of places to flee to. We may end up in squalid refugee camps like the Pandits.
I have observed over the years the changes in Islam in Kerala. When I was a child, the Muslims I knew were relatively non-observant; the men sported no beards or skullcaps, the women wore saris and they merely drew the pallu demurely over their heads. Today, in Malabar there are large numbers of bearded men with skullcaps and women in all-enveloping black burqas. Astonishingly, even in southern Kerala, I have seen billboards advertising ‘burqa fashions.’
I have also watched the growth of mosques in Kerala. In one stretch of the national highway between Kollam and Trivandrum, there are five huge mosques within the space of just one mile, and all but one have come up in the recent past, maybe ten years. You see scores of young boys with skullcaps and scores of little girls with headscarves going to the local madrassa, I imagine.
Much has happened in Kerala to bring these changes about. One is that the fragmented politics of Kerala has enabled smallish groups to wield disproportionate influence. As an example, various governments in Kerala, dependent on the support of the Muslim League, have allocated tracts of public land to it: startlingly, right in the middle of the famous Kovalam beach, there is now a large mosque on what was public property.
Furthermore, enormous amounts of Saudi and other Muslim fundamentalist money have apparently come into Kerala.
These inward flows have resulted in all these real-estate acquisitions and the radicalisation of Kerala’s Muslims. They otherwise have no particular reason to feel discriminated against or oppressed, for they have had more than their fair share of jobs, opportunities and other entitlements. Kerala’s Muslims certainly live better than Muslims in Pakistan, and they have done well for themselves. There are plenty of well-educated and well-employed Muslim doctors, engineers, IAS officers, lawyers, writers, teachers, etc.
If these educated and privileged Muslims turn so violently against their Hindu neighbours, there is no hope for Hindu-Muslim amity anywhere else in India. The two-nation theory has won, and Jinnah was right.
Kerala has always treated Muslims well and it is indeed God’s own country for them. From pre-Islamic times, Arabs came to Kerala to trade, their dhows following the monsoon winds across the Arabian Sea. Islam first came to India — and that too, peacefully — to Kerala, where the first mosque in India, the Cheraman mosque, apparently built in the 7th or 8th century CE, stands at the great old port of Kodungalloor (the Roman Muziris).
Muslims came as sailors, married local women and stayed on: the very word ‘Moplah’ means ‘son-in-law.’ The Zamorin of Calicut had Muslims in his navy, including the famous commander Kunjali Marikkar. But most Muslims in Kerala have no Arab blood, and they are the descendents of Hindus forcibly converted during Tipu Sultan’s invasion of Malabar. This alleged freedom-fighter was a fearsome jihadi: relatives of mine have family histories of fleeing from Malabar to the princely state of Cochin to avoid him. Even today ‘Tipu’s padayottam‘ (march) is remembered in the racial memory of Kerala Hindus as a catastrophe spoken of in hushed tones.
Yet, relations have generally been good between Hindus and Muslims in Kerala. So much so that at what might be the most important temple in Kerala, Sabarimala, pilgrims visit the patron deity Lord Ayyappan after paying obeisance at the shrine of his friend, the Muslim Vavar. On one of my pilgrimages to Sabarimala, I met a Muslim who was making the pilgrimage up that steep hill with his Hindu friends. And Vaikom Mohammed Basheer was one of the most beloved Malayalam writers of the last one hundred years.
With all this, a 2006 Maraad massacre happens. The only plausible reason for Muslim violence is sheer religious bigotry, an unreasoning jihad. It is difficult to deal with this through reason.
I wonder what the world’s reaction would have been if the situation were reversed and a Hindu mob had killed nine Muslims in front of a mosque. Surely Kuldip Nayar and Praful Bidwai would not have been thunderously silent: they would have badgered the National Human Rights Commission. The Washington Post and The New York Times, not to mention The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Indian Express and the Hindu, would have indulged in en masse breastbeating about the end of civilisation in India.
But I bet, gentle reader, that this is the first time you have heard of the Maraad massacre. This I call blatant prejudice and double-standards on the part of the media. Where is the outrage? Where are the cries for justice?
Remember also Syria, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Kosovo, Bosnia were once majority Christian countries. Iran was once majority Zoroastrian. Afghanistan and the countries on the Silk Road were once majority Budhist. Malaysia & Indonesia were once majority Hindu. The Eastern part of Indonesia with a Christian majority, is slowly but surely being engineered to become majority Muslim by Muslim transmigration, forced conversions [incl not allowing Muslims to apostate] & blatant massacres. The moderate and the radical Muslims seemed to have one goal : DOMINATION. They just differ in their time frame.
If by becoming Muslim the countries in question become beacons of enlightenment & civilisation, we would not mind that much. But just look at those Islamitized countries and you understand why their own citizens prefer to immigrate to the West.
This year (2007) Muslims succed in racking more than 1000 dead bodies (Benazir Bhutto being the latest) in more than 100 terror attacks in at least 12 countries … whilst the Jews whom they revile so much and consider pigs (the Christians are considered monkeys) have just received their 159th Nobel Price.
There are approximately 12 million JEWS in the world (2 out of every 1,000 people). They have received 161 Nobel Prizes to date. The Muslims number 1.4 Billion (2 out of every 10 people) or 117 times the number of Jews. They have received less than 10 Nobel Prizes to date. (One was not even considered a Muslim by Muslims themselves)
Based upon this 117:1 Muslim-to-Jewish ratio, one might expect the Muslims to have 22,260 Nobel Laureates.
Arabs/Muslims are not innovators, they have been conduits throughout history. Islam is antithetical to innovation. History proves this by the very few innovations and discoveries made by Muslims in comparison to their numbers. Nothing has happened in the last 500 years in Islam to move humanity forward for the simple reason that Islam is much too negative, restrictive and backward looking. It subjugates half of the population women and represses the other half—men—making them all prisoners of Islam.
Will Muslims ever wake up ? The combined annual GDP of 57 Muslim countries remains under $2 trillion. America , just by herself, produces goods and services worth $10.4 trillion; China $5.7 trillion, Japan $3.5 trillion and Germany $2.1 trillion. Even India ‘s GDP is estimated at over $3 trillion (purchasing power parity basis).
57 Muslim majority countries have an average of 10 universities each for a total of less than 600 universities for 1.4 billion people; India has 8,407 universities, the U.S. has 5,758.
1000 years after Calph Mamoun the Arab world has translated books as many as SPAIN has translated in 10 years.
‘Although the law differed in different places, the following are examples of colonialist laws to which colonized Christians and Jews (‘dhimmis‘) were made subject to over the years: Christians and Jews could not bear arms — Muslims could;
Christians and Jews could not ride horses — Muslims could;
Christians and Jews had to get permission to build — Muslims did not;
Christians and Jews had to pay certain taxes which Muslims did not;
Christians could not proselytize — Muslims could;
Christians and Jews had to bow to their Muslim masters when they paid their taxes; and Christians and Jews had to live under the law set forth in the Koran, not under either their own religious or secular law. ‘More from Bat Ye’or :
The Decline of Eastern Christianity under Islam draws heavily on quotes from the Quran, the Hadith and writings from many renowned Islamic historians, reveals many distinctions drawn and prejudices applied upon Jews and Christians who refused to accept and bow to Islam.
One example revealed is that Islamic legislation does not even recognise any validity in the sworn oath of a `dhimmi‘ against that of a Muslim. The principle being based on the Islamic belief in the ‘perverse and mendacious’ character of the Jewish/Christian `infidel’.
Suffice to say that this book is highly recommended for anyone who wishes a further insight into the Islamic/Muslim mindset and much of the culture of the Middle East. It will send chills down the spines of readers when they consider that Islamic activists today still seek the ‘Islamisation’ of the West.
The importance of Knowing Your History: As a European, I read about this and fear for the future of the Louvre in Paris, the National Gallery in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Michelangelo’s figurative paintings in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. There is every reason to believe that they will end up the same way as the Bamiyan Buddhas if we continue to allow Muslims to settle in our lands. Some would say that this is not just likely, but inevitable. Although it may not happen today, tomorrow or even the day after tomorrow, sooner or later, groups of pious Muslims will burn these works of art, and doubtlessly consider it their sacred duty.
That freedom of expression is, and long has been, totally lacking in the Islamic world. Europeans, not Muslims, are the true heirs of the Greek heritage. Maybe saying so makes me a bigot, but if so, I think I can live with that.