This book should be read for a better understanding of Islamist strategy of overwhelming nations with plain aggression or covert tactics, continuous jihad and misleading host societies into believing their half-truths with ultimate goal of creation of Dar-ul-Islam
Unbreaking India – Decision on Article 370 and the CAA (Paperback);
Sanjay Dixit; Garuda Prakashan; Rs 399
The new title of Sanjay Dixit’s book explains pithily, what the two decisions – Nullifying Article 370 and promulgation of CAA mean for India. It is not just an analysis of the two landmark bills that have changed the narrative of India decisively like no other political decision has. The book is a veritable history book on background to creation of Pakistan and analyses relentless Islamist attack on India that never ceased even after creation of Pakistan.It explains why Kashmir issue is a part of Pakistan creation. Book tells the reader why these two bills spell the end of Project Medina, that is Islamisation of Kashmir and India. He connects the dots linking background of to two nation theory that led to creation of Pakistan, the rigmarole of Jammu and Kashmir, which basically is a problem created in Kashmir valley by the involved parties and the agitations against CAA symbolised by the Shaheen Bagh sit-in and its logical climax in Delhi riots.Another appropriate title for the book could be - “End of Project Ghazwa-e-Hind”.
This book begins with Partition of Bengal in 1905, founding of Muslim League, World War I, rise of Mahatma Gandhi, Khilafat, Moplah killings and rise of Jinnah, entry of Mountbatten; and takes you through the Direct Action and creation of Pakistan through rivers of blood, treachery of British officers and Muslims of Dogra king’s forces in Gilgit, refugee crises, behind the scene drama of birth of Article 370, Sheikh Abdullah’s double games, Mufti family support to separatism, Valley troubles, CAA protests and Delhi riots, which the author calls Direct Action 2.0. It is as if he drags you by the scruff of your neck at breakneck speed from 1905 to 2020. I don’t say that he gives you an overview of history because that would be sanitized aerial view from a safe distance that would shake you but not stir you. He gives you a ringside view, raw, brutal, unvarnished with information none can deny. There is no negationism (term coined by Koenraad Elst). It makes you uncomfortable. But, I am sure this is what the author wanted.
He wants to make you uncomfortable. He wants you to come out of secular liberal coloured glass view of history that tells us that Mughals were kind, cultured and loved India. That there is nothing like Islamisation, there are no conspiracies against Indians, if there is something wrong it is with casteist Hindus. We are told by faux seculars ably trained by Marxists that if there is a conspiracy, it is of Islamophobia and targeting poor Muslims. If we had been exposed to the real history of India’s subjugation, brutalisation of Hindus and their massacres we might have moved away and ahead from the tragedy of vivisection of India and never allowed ourselves to be back in a situation that we were in, in 1940s. Problem with Sanjay’s critics is that no one can challenge the facts that he presents from authenticated sources.
Sanjay Dixit has a style that comes up with countless quotable quotes. My copy is full of markers. His depth of knowledge of Islam, Indian Islam, mastery over Urdu and Arabic terminology leaves his opponents speechless. They can fulminate but they can’t deny. For example, we the Indians are brought up on the lovely folklore of Sufi traditions. But, we are not aware that Suharwardy, the butcher of Kolkota was from Barelvi Sufi tradition. Two notorious ‘vaderas’ – Miyaan Mitthu and Ayub Sirhindi - wreaking havoc on Hindus and Sikhs left behind in Pakistan with clear agenda of converting their remaining population with kidnappings, rapes, forced marriages etc are Sufi leaders. Leaders from Sufi traditions were in the forefront of India’s partition. Killers are Swami Shraddhanand, Mahashay Rajpal and Salman Taseer for blasphemy were all from Barelvi Sufi tradition. Many of us may be able to understand the foundations of Barelvi and Deobandi schools of fundamentalist Islam from this book and how they played their respective roles pre-Independence and post-Independence.
The book tells us how naïve was the Indian or ‘Hindu’ leadership (asidentified by the British and Jinnah, not Congress leaders themselves). If not naïve, we would have to use stronger language for their lack of sense of history. They capitulated to Muslim League goon politics, hoping to buy peace, whether in Mallapuram or later riots, ending with Direct Action that got Jinnah his Pakistan. Author reminds us that the partition of India was not between Muslims and Hindus; but between Muslims and non-Muslims. This understanding of current history can give us lot of clarity and better perspective.
I will just quote one of his observations. It will give you enough reasons to read the book. “The 1940s slogan by the Islamic supremacists was Qaumi Nazaria or Do quami nazaria (two nation theory), the 1980s slogan was Milli Tashakkhus (special community identity) and today the slogan is Mazhabipehchan (religious identity). The impulse comes from the same root. The first two were met with capitulation by the national leadership. The third one is being met with a firm resolve. As Dr Ambedkar said, ‘appeasement and settlement are different.’ The first and second were jihad actions, so is the third.”
Now, a few other remarks. Sanjay like most of the historians has painted Ramchandra Kak in black. However, Radha Rajan in her book (Jammu & Kashmir - dilemma of accession, Voice of India, Delhi) based on diary of Kak, has analysed his actions in a different way. He was sure that Nehru and Gandhi ji wanted to hand over Jammu Kashmir on a platter to Sheikh Abdullah whom he did not like a bit. Infact, he had put Sheikh behind bars for treason. Deducing from historic documents she asserts that Sheikh had fooled Congress leadership with his makeover from a Muslim supremacist bigot of Muslim Conference to a secular politician of National Conference, that he founded, with liberal help from Communists. He was supported innocently or blindly by Congress as the secular face against a ‘communal’ ‘oppressive’ Hindu king for eight years. More analysis of Kak is in order.
I am glad to see that the author took cognisance of bravery and sacrifice of RSS swayamsevaks in Jammu & Kashmir against the so-called Kabaili attack backed by Pakistani forces in 1947 while the accession issue was being dragged. They fought the aggressors, village by village. Hundreds lost their lives. The RSS Swayamsevaks opened relief camps for escaping Hindus and Sikhs. Infact, my own small book Sangh and Swaraj (Prabhat Prakashan, Delhi) also has summarised information on this.
This book should be read for a better understanding of Islamist strategy of overwhelming nations with plain aggression or covert tactics, continuous jihad and misleading host societies into believing their half-truths with ultimate goal of creation of Dar-ul-Islam. This book also brings out the axis of two totalitarian religions that hate each other – Islamists and Communists, but have come together to break the only nation and culture that has withstood their sustained assaults. It is for policy makers to understand the nature of these forces to find an effective antidote if India is to live as a free democratic nation.