Cameron is right – Ravi Shanker Kapoor

We have been so badly brainwashed by Marxist historians, who fatten on Congress patronage, and dogmatic intellectuals that we are unable to see the past as it was—and view it from the prism made of Leftist biases and chauvinistic absurdities. Unsurprisingly, there are subjects that occasion jingoistic spasms and orgasms among us. The Jallianwalla Bagh massacre of 1919 is one of them.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s refusal to apologize for the incident has many of us angry at his supposed insensitivity. This was despite the fact that he called it a “deeply shameful event in British history.”

Later, he justified his refusal to saying sorry. He rightly pointed out that the incident took place 40 years before his birth and it would not be “the right thing to reach back into history and to seek out things you can apologize for.”

Cameron’s position is right because acceptance of the position of those who want to correct the wrongs of history would open Pandora’s box—more such demands, more unnecessary controversies, much unpleasantness between nations, groups, etc.

To begin with, if the British should apologize for the 1919 outrage, and maybe the 1857-58 atrocities and the Indian conquest before that, why shouldn’t same demands made on Iranians, Afghans, and many other Muslim invaders? Nadir Shah, termed the Napoleon of Persia, is still remembered for his general massacre (qatl-e-aam) in Delhi in 1739. In one single day, March 22, the Persian Emperor’s troops killed 20,000 to 30,000 Indians. The Mughal king at that time, Mohammad Shah, abjectly begged for the stoppage of the carnage.

This was apart from the plunder Nadir Shah and his soldiers perpetrated. The booty included the fabled Peacock Throne and the Koh-i-Noor and Darya-ye Noor diamonds. Such was the magnitude of the loot that Nadir did not need to tax his subjects for three years. Yet, neither Iranians have ever said sorry for the conduct of their ancestors nor has anybody in India demanded any apology from them.

A few years later, the hordes of Ahmad Khan Abdali, who is regarded as the founder of the modern state of Afghanistan, descended upon northern India. In the Third Battle of Panipat (1761), the victorious Afghan troops murdered the 40,000-70,000 Maratha soldiers, who were captured or had surrendered, in cold blood. As many as 22,000 Hindu women and children were captured and sent to the slave bazaars in the Muslim world. According to a Muslim chronicler, “The unhappy prisoners were paraded in long lines, given a little parched grain and a drink of water, and beheaded… and the women and children who survived were driven off as slaves—twenty-two thousand, many of them of the highest rank in the land.” This was apart from the large number of women who died because of brutal gang-rapes or preferred to commit suicide instead of falling prey to unconscionable conquerors. In comparison, Dyer appears angelic.

Abdali also had allies in India—the Rohilla Pathans and the Nawab of Awadh. The Rohillas were the rulers of the Rampur state. No Afghan leader or the descendant of his Indian allies has apologized for Panipat III, nor has anybody in India made such a demand.

And we are not even discussing about other Muslim conquests and their stories of massacres, rapes, sex slavery, pillage, forced conversions, and temple destructions. At any rate, the history of mankind is full of chapters written with blood. If we start reading history in the manner sanctimonious voices want us to read, the already perverted public discourse will be further sullied with the toxicity generated by myriad demands for apologies.

Why is it that only the British are asked to apologize and never the Muslims? By the way, the Brits accept the facts of history and express sincere regrets, but the Muslims don’t. Guilt mongering has not helped any community or nation. It will not help us.

4 comments

  1. At the outset let me say that I agree with the general import of the article. In a long chain of history nobody’s hand is clean. We all like to pick that part of history that suits our naratives. For example rarely one finds a mention of Hindu
    (basically the Brahminical sect)agression,sufficiantly violent against the Buddhists during 600-800 AD. It seems to me the author’s grouse is more about not asking the Muslims to apologise for their past misdeeds than asking Cameron to do so.

  2. VEDCHETAN PATIL /

    Perhaps all those who committed atrocities on Indians and were responsible for the massacre were individual rulers and not nations. Whereas wrt to the Gen Dyer -it was never ever treated as an act of a General but was an act of Imperial Country on the people of its colony- India. Hence we hold responsible to the Institution i.e. British parliament and today PM Cameron is its Master, so if anybody is demanding an apology what is wrong. If the Roman Church can furnish an apology after 300 years- for wrongly executing Galileo, what is the harm if British Parliament furnishes an apology. Somewhere we need to distinguish between a ruling individual and a ruling institution.

  3. @VEDCHETAN PATIL

    Your differentiation between a ‘Ruler’ and a ‘Nation’ is enlightening. Before the concept of nation states gained ground during the early twentieth century a ‘ruler’ was a synonymous for the ‘nation’ (the area under his rule). We used to and still call them Empire or Kingdom.Thus, for example its a bit of nit picking to differentiate between Aurangzeb and the Mughal empire.

    and still call them Empire.

    • VEDCHETAN PATIL /

      @malaydeb Yes I agree, But where is Mughal Empire now- does it exist. It met its demise with the fall of Mughals. My point is simple, the ruling dynasties which committed atrocities have met their demise, there is no one single present day ruler or institution which represents Mughals. It will be perhaps a fallacy to call Muslims as the inheritors or legacy holders of Mughals. The dynasty has ended so has their Darbar or Political institution. But the British Parliament still remains to be in existence.

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