Liberals, Communists, Islamists and their allies have a perpetual disease. According to these degenerates, correcting blatantly false history is tantamount to nothing short of “saffronisation”. What these extremists often forget, however, is the fact that what they refer to as ‘history’ is nothing but propaganda and a whitewash of criminalities conducted against Hindus, mostly. In the Indian context, the crimes of Islamists are usually given an incredible spin by liberals and their charlatan-like historians. The Moplah massacre of Hindus by radical Muslims, for instance, was turned around as a peasant uprising against a feudal system controlled by the Hindu elite. And today, liberals are defending the massacre.
What did the Moplah “peasant uprising” of 1921 entail? It included the killing of 10,000 Hindus, the fleeing of 100,000 Hindus out of Kerala, the destruction of 100 Hindu temples and the conversion of an unaccounted number of Hindus. For 100 years, the Moplah massacre has been paraded around as a freedom movement of Indian Muslims, especially those in Kerala, against the British raj – which is nothing short of a naked lie, since the movement was in line with the Khilafat campaign being waged at the time. It had nothing to do with Indian independence, but everything to do with the establishment of an Islamic caliphate.
Recently, a three-member committee of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) submitted a review report of the names of “freedom fighters” in the 1921 rebellion. The committee took a remarkable decision and decided to recommend the removal of the names of Malabar Rebellion leaders which includes Variyankunnathu Kunjahammed Haji and Ali Musaliyar, from the Dictionary of Martyrs of India’s Freedom Struggle. The ICHR, under the Ministry of Education, reviewed the entries in the fifth volume and concluded that the names of 387 “Moplah martyrs” need to be removed from the book.
Indian liberals, Islamists and their ilk are up in arms, although not many are speaking openly in support of the Moplah massacre – for they too, in their hearts know the reality of the anti-Hindu genocide. Shashi Tharoor, however, has come out as rather shameless. Coming to the defence of the genocide-perpetrators and enablers, Tharoor on Monday tweeted, “Communalising history is a deplorable project pursued narrow political ends, but rewriting the past to introduce communal divisions is to create false memories in a people who have been living in amity for generations… ICHR should be ashamed of itself.”
Communalising history is a deplorable project pursued narrow political ends, but rewriting the past to introduce communal divisions is to create false memories in a people who have been living in amity for generations: https://t.co/UCi6OqlYP0@ichr_1972 shd be ashamed of itself.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 23, 2021
For Shashi Tharoor, recognising the fact that the Moplah massacre was directed squarely against Hindus is “communalisation” of history. Not just communalisation, according to the Thiruvananthapuram MP, the removal of names of the violent extremists who for 100 years have been falsely accorded the title of “freedom fighter” is an attempt at rewriting the past to create false memories among people living in ‘harmony’ since forever. The genocide of hundreds of thousands of Hindus, of course, is negligible according to Tharoor and nothing more than an aberration.
But Shashi Tharoor is not the first one to have had a positive view of the Moplah massacre. Mahatma Gandhi, for instance, argued, “Hindus must find out the causes of Moplah fanaticism. They will find that they are not without blame.” He went on to say, “Forcible conversions are horrible things. But Moplah bravery must command admiration. These Malabaris are not fighting for the love of it. They are fighting for what they consider is their Religion and, in the manner, they consider is religious.” That’s not the end. Gandhi added, “Even so is it more necessary for a Hindu to love the Moplah and the Muslim more, when the latter is likely to injure him or has already injured him.”
Notably, the then pro-Khilafat leaders had passed resolutions of “congratulations to the Moplahs on the brave fight they were conducting for the sake of religion.” Annie Besant described the genocidal events of Moplah in her book ‘The Future of Indian Politics’ as, “They murdered and plundered abundantly, and killed or drove away all Hindus who would not apostatize. Somewhere about a lakh of people were driven from their homes with nothing but the clothes they had on, stripped of everything. Malabar has taught us what Islamic rule still means, and we do not want to see another specimen of the Khilafat Raj in India”.
In February this year, the 1921 Moplah massacre was re-enacted by the Popular Front of India, that is the PFI, and its Islamist activists on the streets of Tenhipalam town. Such was the enactment of the massacre on its 100th centennial, that PFI chose to do a rally parading men dressed in RSS uniforms on the streets as prisoners of their Muslim victors. The men being paraded were also chained. Yet, for Shashi Tharoor, speaking the truth about the anti-Hindu pogrom is sheer communalisation and an attempt at saffronising history.
Sadly, the mindset of Islamists has not changed. In fact, they are emboldened by the likes of Shashi Tharoor. Even today, there is an incessant urge among Kerala’s Islamists to join terror outfits around the world and wage a battle to create an Islamic world order. Kerala is a highly radicalized state. Over the years, it has become a hub for the Wahhabi movement, and radical Islam has spread its tentacles far and wide in the state. Despite achieving 100 per cent literacy and tooting its own horn nearly everywhere, the state is yet to curb the menace of fundamentalism.
To this day, the unholy nexus of communists and Islamists has kept the massacre of Hindus under the wraps with little to no mention in the cultural readings of Kerala. Now that the Modi government is trying to rectify the glaring mistakes of the past, liberals and Islamists are both equally outraged.