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The unrecognized genocide of Islamic conquests

 

 

 

The genocide suffered by the Hindus and Sikhs of India at the hands of Arab, Turkish, Mughal and Afghan occupying forces for a period of 800 years is as yet formally unrecognised even within India. Professor K.S. Lal estimates that the Hindu population in India decreased by 80 million between 1000 AD and 1525 AD, an extermination unparalleled in World history. This slaughter of millions of people occurred over regular periods during many centuries of Arab, Afghan, Turkish and Mughal rule in India.

Sample what historians have written on the topic:

  • Dr. Koenraad Elst in his article “Was There an Islamic Genocide of Hindus?” states:
    • “There is no official estimate of the total death toll of Hindus at the hands of Islam. A first glance at important testimonies by Muslim chroniclers suggests that, over 13 centuries and a territory as vast as the Subcontinent, Muslim Holy Warriors easily killed more Hindus than the 6 million of the Holocaust.

Will Durant argued in his book “The Story of Civilisation: Our Oriental Heritage”:

    • “The Mohammedan conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. The Islamic historians and scholars have recorded with great glee and pride the slaughters of Hindus, forced conversions, abduction of Hindu women and children to slave markets and the destruction of temples carried out by the warriors of Islam during 800 AD to 1700 AD. Millions of Hindus were converted to Islam by sword during this period.”
  • Francois Gautier in his book ‘Rewriting Indian History’ (1996) wrote:
    • “The massacres perpetuated by Muslims in India are unparalleled in history, bigger than the Holocaust of the Jews by the Nazis; or the massacre of the Armenians by the Turks; more extensive even than the slaughter of the South American native populations by the invading Spanish and Portuguese.”
  • Writer Fernand Braudel wrote in A History of Civilisations (1995), that
    • “Islamic rule in India as a “colonial experiment” was “extremely violent”, and “the Muslims could not rule the country except by systematic terror. Cruelty was the norm – burnings, summary executions, crucifixions or impalements, inventive tortures. Hindu temples were destroyed to make way for mosques. On occasion there were forced conversions. If ever there were an uprising, it was instantly and savagely repressed: houses were burned, the countryside was laid waste, men were slaughtered and women were taken as slaves.”
  • Alain Danielou in his book, Histoire de l’ Inde writes:
    • “From the time Muslims started arriving, around 632 AD, the history of India becomes a long, monotonous series of murders, massacres, spoliations, and destructions. It is, as usual, in the name of ‘a holy war’ of their faith, of their sole God, that the barbarians have destroyed civilizations, wiped out entire races.”
  • Irfan Husain in his article “Demons from the Past” observes:
    • “While historical events should be judged in the context of their times, it cannot be denied that even in that bloody period of history, no mercy was shown to the Hindus unfortunate enough to be in the path of either the Arab conquerors of Sindh and south Punjab, or the Central Asians who swept in from Afghanistan…The Muslim heroes who figure larger than life in our history books committed some dreadful crimes. Mahmud of Ghazni, Qutb-ud-Din Aibak, Balban, Mohammed bin Qasim, and Sultan Mohammad Tughlak, all have blood-stained hands that the passage of years has not cleansed..Seen through Hindu eyes, the Muslim invasion of their homeland was an unmitigated disaster. Their temples were razed, their idols smashed, their women raped, their men killed or taken slaves. When Mahmud of Ghazni entered Somnath on one of his annual raids, he slaughtered all 50,000 inhabitants. Aibak killed and enslaved hundreds of thousands. The list of horrors is long and painful. These conquerors justified their deeds by claiming it was their religious duty to smite non-believers. Cloaking themselves in the banner of Islam, they claimed they were fighting for their faith when, in reality, they were indulging in straightforward slaughter and pillage…”

The historians and biographers of the invading armies and subsequent rulers of India have left quite detailed records of the atrocities they committed in their day-to-day encounters with India’s Hindus. A sample of contemporary eyewitness accounts of the invaders and rulers, during the Indian conquests.

  • Ferishtha lists several occasions when the Bahmani sultans in central India (1347-1528) killed a hundred thousand Hindus, which they set as a minimum goal whenever they felt like punishing the Hindus; and they were only a third-rank provincial dynasty.
  • The Afghan ruler Mahmud al-Ghazni invaded India no less than seventeen times between 1001 – 1026 AD. The book ‘Tarikh-i-Yamini’ – written by his secretary documents several episodes of his bloody military campaigns : “The blood of the infidels flowed so copiously [at the Indian city of Thanesar] that the stream was discoloured, notwithstanding its purity, and people were unable to drink it…the infidels deserted the fort and tried to cross the foaming river…but many of them were slain, taken or drowned… Nearly fifty thousand men were killed.”
  • In the contemporary record – ‘ Taj-ul-Ma’asir’ by Hassn Nizam-i-Naishapuri, it is stated that when Qutb-ul- Din Aibak (of Turko – Afghan origin and the First Sultan of Delhi 1194-1210 AD) conquered Meerat, he demolished all the Hindu temples of the city and erected mosques on their sites. In the city of Aligarh, he converted Hindu inhabitants to Islam by the sword and beheaded all those who adhered to their own religion.

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  • The Persian historian Wassaf writes in his book ‘Tazjiyat-ul-Amsar wa Tajriyat ul Asar’ that when the Alaul-Din Khilji (An Afghan of Turkish origin and second ruler of the Khilji Dynasty in India 1295-1316 AD) captured the city of Kambayat at the head of the gulf of Cambay, he killed the adult male Hindu inhabitants for the glory of Islam, set flowing rivers of blood, sent the women of the country with all their gold, silver, and jewels, to his own home, and made about twentv thousand Hindu maidens his private slaves.
  • The Afghan ruler Ahmad Shah Abdali attacked India in 1757 AD and made his way to the holy Hindu city of Mathura, the Bethlehem of the Hindus and birthplace ofKrishna. The atrocities that followed are recorded in the contemporary chronicle called : ‘Tarikh-I-Alamgiri’ :
    • Abdali’s soldiers would be paid 5 Rupees (a sizeable amount at the time) for every enemy head brought in. Every horseman had loaded up all his horses with the plundered property, and atop of it rode the girl-captives and the slaves. The severed heads were tied up in rugs like bundles of grain and placed on the heads of the captives…Then the heads were stuck upon lances and taken to the gate of the chief minister for payment.
    • “It was an extraordinary display! Daily did this manner of slaughter and plundering proceed. And at night the shrieks of the women captives who were being raped, deafened the ears of the people…All those heads that had been cut off were built into pillars, and the captive men upon whose heads those bloody bundles had been brought in, were made to grind corn, and then their heads too were cut off. These things went on all the way to the city of Agra, nor was any part of the country spared.”

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Taimurs invasion of Delhi from his diary 

“they said that on the great day of battle these 100,000 prisoners could not be left with the baggage, and that it would be entirely opposed to the rules of war to set these idolaters and foes of Islam at liberty.

“throughout the camp that every man who has infidel prisoners was to put them to death, and whoever neglected to do so should himself be executed and his property given to the informer. When this order became known to the ghazis of Islam, they drew their swords and put their prisoners to death. 100,000 infidels, impious idolaters, were on that day slain. Maulana Nasir-ud-din Umar, a counselor and a man of learning, who, in all his life had never killed a sparrow, now, in execution of my order, slew with his sword fifteen idolatrous Hindus, who were his captives“.

“In a short space of time all the people in the [Delhi] fort were put to the sword, and in the course of one hour the heads of 10,000 infidels were cut off. The sword of Islam was washed in the blood of the infidels, and all the goods and effects, the treasure and the grain which for many a long year had been stored in the fort became the spoil of my soldiers.

“They set fire to the houses and reduced them to ashes, and they razed the buildings and the fort to the ground….All these infidel Hindus were slain, their women and children, and their property and goods became the spoil of the victors. I proclaimed throughout the camp that every man who had infidel prisoners should put them to death, and whoever neglected to do so should himself be executed and his property given to the informer. When this order became known to the ghazis of Islam, they drew their swords and put their prisoners to death.”

 

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When the preparations for holding a court in Delhi were completed, I gave orders for the princes, amirs, and other officers, as well as the Sayyids, scholars, shaikhs, and all the principal men of the city, to attend my court. When all had arrived, I entered and took my seat upon the throne. The Turkish and Arab musicians and singers began to play and sing, and wine, sherbet, sweetmeats, and all kinds of bread and meat

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were served. I bestowed rich robes, caps, girdles, swords, daggers, horses, and the like upon the princes and amirs and other leading men of my army, especially upon those heroes who had distinguished themselves by deeds of valour under my own observation. To some I gave regiments and raised their dignity, while to the Sayyids and scholars of the city I presented robes and gifts.

I ordered my secretaries to draw up despatches announcing my victories in Hindustan and to circulate them with all speed throughout my dominions; and I also directed my revenue officers to make provision for collecting the ransom-money assessed upon the entire city, excepting the Sayyids, scholars, and shaikhs. The collectors proceeded about their work, and I remained in my quarters for several days, holding courts, giving feasts, and partaking of pleasure and enjoyment.

On the sixteenth of the month (Dec. 26), certain incidents occurred which led to the sack of the city of Delhi and to the slaughter of many of the infidel inhabitants. One was this. A party of fierce Turkish soldiers had assembled at one of the gates of the city to look about them and enjoy themselves, and some of them had laid riotous hands upon the goods of the inhabitants. When I heard of this violence, I sent some amirs, who were present in Delhi, to restrain the Turks, and a party of soldiers accompanied these officers into the city. Another reason was that some of the ladies of my harem expressed a wish to go into the city and see the Palace of a Thousand Columns

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which Malik Jauna had built in the fort called Jahanpanah. I granted this request, and I sent a party of soldiers to escort the litters of the ladies. Another reason was that Jalal Islam and other officials had entered Delhi with a party of soldiers to collect the contribution laid upon the city. Another reason was that some thousand troopers with orders for grain, oil, sugar, and flour had gone into the city to collect these supplies. Another reason was that it had come to my knowledge that great numbers of Hindus and infidels had come into the city from all the country round with their wives and children, and goods and valuables, and consequently I had sent some amirs with their regiments into Delhi and directed them to pay no attention to the remonstrances of the inhabitants, but to seize these fugitives and bring them out.

For these various reasons a great number of fierce Turkish troops were in the city. When the soldiers proceeded to apprehend the Hindus and infidels who had fled to Delhi, many of them drew their swords and offered resistance. The flames of strife thus lighted spread through the entire city from Jahan-panah and Siri to Old Delhi, consuming all they reached. The savage Turks fell to killing and plundering, while the Hindus set fire to their houses with their own hands, burned their wives and children in them, and rushed into the fight and were killed. The Hindus and infidels of the city showed much alacrity and boldness in fighting. The amirs who were in charge of the gates prevented any more soldiers from entering Delhi, but the

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Hindu women

flames of war had risen too high for this precaution to be of any avail in extinguishing them.

All day Thursday and throughout the night, nearly fifteen thousand Turks were engaged in slaying, plundering, and destroying.

When Friday morning dawned, my entire army, no longer under control, went off to the city and thought of nothing but killing, plundering, and making prisoners. The sack was general during the whole day, and continued throughout the following day, Saturday, the

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seventeenth (Dec. 27), the spoil being so great that each man secured from fifty to a hundred prisoners, men, women, and children, while no soldier took less than twenty. There was likewise an immense booty in rubies, diamonds, garnets, pearls, and other gems; jewels of gold and silver; gold and silver money of the celebrated Alai coinage; vessels of gold and silver; and brocades and silks of great value. Gold and silver ornaments of the Hindu women were obtained in such quantities as to exceed all account. Excepting the quarter of the Sayyids, the scholars, and the other Mussulmans, the whole city was sacked. The pen of fate had written down this destiny for the people of this city, and although I was desirous of sparing them, I could not succeed, for it was the will of God that this calamity should befall the city.

On the following day, Sunday, it was brought to my knowledge that a great number of infidel Hindus had assembled in the Jami’ Masjid of Old Delhi, where they had carried arms and provisions, and had prepared to defend themselves. Some of my people who had gone that way on business were wounded by them, whereupon I immediately ordered Amir Shah Malik and Ali Sultan Tawachi to take a party of men and clear the house of God of infidels and idolaters. They accordingly attacked these infidels and put them to death, after which Old Delhi was plundered.

I ordered that all the artisans and clever mechanics who were masters of their respective crafts should be selected from among the prisoners and set aside, and

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Mausoleum of Timur at Samarkand

accordingly some thousands of craftsmen were bidden to await my command All these I distributed among the princes and amirs who were present, or who were officially engaged in other parts of my dominions.

I had determined to build a Jami’ Masjid in Samarkand, the seat of my empire, which should be without a rival in any country; and for this reason I ordered that all builders and stone-masons should be set apart for my own especial service.

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By the will of God, and by no wish or direction of mine, all the three cities of Delhi, Siri, Jahan-panah, and Old Delhi, had been plundered. The official prayer of my sovereignty, which is an assurance of safety and protection, had been read in the city, and it was, therefore, my earnest wish that no evil might happen to the people of the place. It was ordained by God, however, that the city should be ruined, and he accordingly inspired the infidel inhabitants with a spirit of resistance, so that they brought on themselves that fate which was inevitable.

When my mind was no longer occupied with the destruction of the people of Delhi, I took a ride around the cities. Siri is a round city, with lofty buildings surrounded by strong fortifications built of stone and brick. Old Delhi has a similar strong fort, but it is larger than that of Sin, and from the fort of Sin to that of Old Delhi, which is a considerable distance, there runs a strong wall, built of stone and cement. The district called Jahan-panah is situated in the midst of the inhabited city. The fortifications of the three cities have thirty gates. Jahan-panah has thirteen gates, seven on the south side bearing toward the east, and six on the north side bearing toward the west. Siri has seven gates, four toward the outside and three on the inside toward Jahan-panah. The fortifications of Old Delhi have ten gates, some opening to the exterior and some toward the interior of the city.

When I was tired of examining the city, I went to the chief mosque, where I found a congregation

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Interior of Timur’s tomb at Samarkand

of Sayyids, lawyers, shaikhs, and other principal Mussulmans, together with the inhabitants of their parts of the city, to whom they had been a protection and defence. I called them to my presence, consoled them, treated them with every respect, and bestowed upon them many presents and honours. I also appointed an officer to protect their quarter of the city, and guard them against annoyance, after which I remounted and returned to my quarters.

After spending fifteen days at Delhi, passing my time in pleasure and enjoyment, and in holding royal courts and giving great feasts, I reflected that I had come to Hindustan to war against infidels, and that my enterprise had been so blessed that wherever I had gone I had been victorious. I had triumphed over my adversaries, I had put to death hundreds of thousands of infidels and idolaters, I had dyed my proselyting sword with the blood of the enemies of the Faith, and now that I had gained this crowning victory, I felt that I ought not to indulge in ease, but rather to exert myself still further in warring against the infidels of Hindustan. Having made these reflections, on the twenty-second of Rabi’-al-akhir, 800 A.H. (Jan. 1,

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1399 A.D.), I again drew my sword to wage a religious war.

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Recent (I'm talking the past 10 years or so) reassessment of Islamic encroachment into India, particularly from Western sources, has shifted to, "The Mughals did some great things for India and its people, too."

It's like walking up to a Jew, and saying, "Stop crying about the Holocaust. The Nazis created Fanta, Volkswagen, and the Autobahn. Be a little grateful for their contributions!" Can you see history being gradually shifted to this point of view regarding Nazi Germany? No, me neither.

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12 minutes ago, MisterrSingh said:

Recent (I'm talking the past 10 years or so) reassessment of Islamic encroachment into India, particularly from Western sources, has shifted to, "The Mughals did some great things for India and its people, too."

It's like walking up to a Jew, and saying, "Stop crying about the Holocaust. The Nazis created Fanta, Volkswagen, and the Autobahn. Be a little grateful for their contributions!" Can you see history being gradually shifted to this point of view regarding Nazi Germany? No, me neither.

India has a fair share of leftist liberal elite class which is much hated by the hindu nationalists. 

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34 minutes ago, AjeetSingh2019 said:

India has a fair share of leftist liberal elite class which is much hated by the hindu nationalists. 

Barkha Dutt. I've been keeping up lately. 😁

Are you an Arnaab Goswami kinda guy? 😅

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33 minutes ago, MisterrSingh said:

Barkha Dutt.

Lol I cnt stand that woman. Has a know it all  self important attitude about her. 

Arnab just shouts lol 

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Under congress rule mughals were quite romanticized. I'm guessing it was for Muslim vote   also hindu/muslim relations were not as tense as they are now. 

For a long time it was as if indian history began with the mughals.

Indians did a rubbish job of documenting there own history. The people that invaded had more of a culture of writing diaries, memoirs etc. 

I guess it's never really been a part of our history.  Only thing indians seem to have been interested in documenting was their family tree/lineage. 

 

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2 hours ago, puzzled said:

Under congress rule mughals were quite romanticized. I'm guessing it was for Muslim vote   also hindu/muslim relations were not as tense as they are now. 

For a long time it was as if indian history began with the mughals.

Indians did a rubbish job of documenting there own history. The people that invaded had more of a culture of writing diaries, memoirs etc. 

I guess it's never really been a part of our history.  Only thing indians seem to have been interested in documenting was their family tree/lineage. 

 

In 1947 India's first education minister was Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. He is said to have started this indoctrination of seeing Islamic invasions and their rule positively by twisting and suppressing the truth. The heroic Sikh resistance became a mere footnote, while whole chapters are dedicated to the greatness of Mughal emperors.

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24 minutes ago, Jonny101 said:

In 1947 India's first education minister was Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. He is said to have started this indoctrination of seeing Islamic invasions and their rule positively by twisting and suppressing the truth. The heroic Sikh resistance became a mere footnote, while whole chapters are dedicated to the greatness of Mughal emperors.

Well that makes sense then. Always found it strange how that country glorified the culture and architectural legacy of the very people which carried out centuries of genocide on them.

Things have changed now, they've even removed the taj Mahal from UPs tourist brochure. 

Iv seen mughal/islamic monuments in india, yh they are beautiful but you cant help but remember the brutality behind them aswell. 

Qutub minar complex was a real eye opener. It should be a memorial not a celebrated monument/tourist attraction 

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6 hours ago, Jonny101 said:

The heroic Sikh resistance became a mere footnote, while whole chapters are dedicated to the greatness of Mughal emperors

Hindu right wing in india is totally up in arms over mughal romaniticism 

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8 hours ago, AjeetSingh2019 said:

Hindu right wing in india is totally up in arms over mughal romaniticism 

Your from delhi? You must of been qutb minar aswell then? 

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13 hours ago, AjeetSingh2019 said:

Hindu right wing in india is totally up in arms over mughal romaniticism 

As they should be. During the 60s and 70s there was a big influx of left wing Marxists into the academia of India who wrote very positively of Islamic invasions, hide the atrocities and glorify their oppressive rule. Examples of these Marxist academics are Romila Thapar.

Marxists no matter in which community they come from are the enemies of their own community.

-Hindu Marxists are anti Hindu and even anti Sikh if the Sikhs appear to be fighting on the side of the Hindus against Muslims. They are extremely pro Muslim.

-Sikh communists also popularly known as Kaamreds(ਕਾਮਰੇਡ) are anti Sikh to the core. But politically they are very pro Muslim and pro Hindu. After 1978 they openly chose to side with the Nirankaris, Hindus and the oppressive Indian government. Since the mid 90s many of these kaamreds have infiltrated Sikhs by becoming Sikh missionaries where they try to undermine Sikhism through their atheistic arguments. Dasam Bani is there favourite target.

-Muslim leftists and Marxists which can be found in Pakistan are anti Muslim but very pro Hindu and surprisingly even pro Sikh. Najam Sethi and Hasan Nissar are examples of such leftist Muslims.

Of these three Marxists/leftists the Pakistani Muslim ones are the only leftists/Marxists I have a positive view on. They are the only ones who legitimately make any sense of the three.

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1 hour ago, Jonny101 said:

As they should be. During the 60s and 70s there was a big influx of left wing Marxists into the academia of India who wrote very positively of Islamic invasions, hide the atrocities and glorify their oppressive rule. Examples of these Marxist academics are Romila Thapar.

Marxists no matter in which community they come from are the enemies of their own community.

-Hindu Marxists are anti Hindu and even anti Sikh if the Sikhs appear to be fighting on the side of the Hindus against Muslims. They are extremely pro Muslim.

-Sikh communists also popularly known as Kaamreds(ਕਾਮਰੇਡ) are anti Sikh to the core. But politically they are very pro Muslim and pro Hindu. After 1978 they openly chose to side with the Nirankaris, Hindus and the oppressive Indian government. Since the mid 90s many of these kaamreds have infiltrated Sikhs by becoming Sikh missionaries where they try to undermine Sikhism through their atheistic arguments. Dasam Bani is there favourite target.

-Muslim leftists and Marxists which can be found in Pakistan are anti Muslim but very pro Hindu and surprisingly even pro Sikh. Najam Sethi and Hasan Nissar are examples of such leftist Muslims.

Of these three Marxists/leftists the Pakistani Muslim ones are the only leftists/Marxists I have a positive view on. They are the only ones who legitimately make any sense of the three.

The people you are referring to are a Cultural Marxists. They are the type to believe that race, ethnicity, culture and religion are all handmaidens for Capitalist exploitation and thus, in each and every society, it must be checked by working against the cultural mainstream and establishment of said country.

I am an economic Marxist, or at least left-leaning economically, and thus despise these people.

Their thinking is fundamentally asinine. It is *they* who push for Pro-Islam BS in Western Academia and media. In India they do the same thing regarding Islamic imperialism and European colonialism. 

Instead of being proud of the fact that Marathi Hindus, Assamese Hindus and Punjabi Sikhs defeated Islamic hegemony and catalyzed the Indian subcontinent’s “Reconquista”, they choose to promote the idea that the Mughals were benevolent rulers. They aren’t idiots, so why do they do this? Because if you promote the idea that Islam is a boon to India, the average Hindu or non-Muslim in India today won’t reflect on history and work against Islam and Muslim supremacist endeavours.

Instead of being proud and highlighting the South Indian Hindu military victories decisively ending Dutch Colonialism, halting Portuguese Expansionism and fighting so hard against British Imperialism well into the 19th century - they seek promote the notion that all things European and Christian are good and not to be resisted, and that the Indians of the yesteryear knew this to be true hence why they never resisted. This is why Cultural Marxists are so keen on protecting Evangelization efforts by foreign missionaries. They know that Christians won’t replace Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists demographically in their lifetimes - but if the native religious communities of the subcontinent get away from their culture and heritage and feel themselves fragmented, that’s a win for their Cultural Marxist framework and MO.

In the West and Europe, it’s precisely the reverse. The Cultural Marxist wants to destroy European heritage and institutions and promote multiculturalism in order to stand against ethnic nationalism.

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Is it likely that ‘victims’ during this time (who didn’t become shaheed but became slaves or converted) were being punished for past karma? 

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