On the eve of Independence Day last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the 14th of August shall be henceforth, recognised as ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’. The partition of India extolled a cruel price with unspeakable acts of atrocities committed during the process. And while the doomsayers objected to the development, one should understand that knowing and accepting history is important, for those who forget it, are doomed to repeat it.
Mopla Narsanhaar Diwas
And while we remember the horrors of partition, there is a pressing need to remember another such incident – the Moplah genocide of Malabar Hindus. On the centenary of the genocide, it becomes even more important that we as a society stand up and acknowledge the correct history of the events. By christening a ‘Mopla Narsanhaar Diwas’, we stand the ground against those who try to victimize the villains and marauders who killed and butchered thousands of innocent Hindus.
To this day, the unholy nexus of communists and Islamists have kept the genocide under wraps with little to no mention in the cultural readings of the state or the country. Make no mistake, it was a pogrom against the Hindus but Marxist historians would make you pompously believe that it was a peasant rebellion, a protest arising from the agrarian distress, or simply a crusade against the British raj.
Remove Nehruvian secularism sugarcoating
As the series shedding light on the reality of the Moplah genocide comes to a draw, it is our duty to humbly recognize that Hindus, despite being pushed right to the edge of extinction in Malabar are still standing strong. They are still holding on to their heritage and the least, the government can do is remove the Nehruvian secularism sugarcoating of the events.
The Moplah Muslims who first appeared during 600 AD and later carried on mass conversion cycles laid the foundation stone of what was to be genocide on a scale hitherto unseen in human history. Barbarians in Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, with the help of local Moplahs, continued to torture Hindus and desecrate their properties.
And then came the fall of the Ottoman empire in Turkey and the rise of the Khilafat Movement here in India. The Ali brothers –Mohammed Ali and Shaukat Ali spearheaded the campaign, only to be supported by Maulana Mohammed Ali Jauhar, Muhiyuddin Ahmed, and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
The objective was clear – to launch a campaign from India’s side against the ‘injustice’ meted out to the deposed Caliph of Turkey, and sadly enough, the Congress party without understanding the true intentions of the Islamists jumped on the bandwagon, lending its full support to the campaign.
‘Father of the nation’, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, intertwined the Non-Cooperation movement with the Khilafat movement and engineered a fatal concoction that will eventually lead to the death of thousands of Hindus.
Over 10,000 Hindus butchered
The number of Hindu deaths as a result of the genocide in Moplah amounted to around 10,000, and it is also estimated that over 100,000 Hindus were forced to leave Kerala in the wake of the massacre. However, the official records which the English officers took four months to compile state that only 2,500 Hindus were killed.
And while successive Indian governments continued to hide the true reality of the genocide and to add insult to injury promoted the Moplah’s as freedom fighters, the winds of change have finally started to blow.
Removing the name of Genocide enablers
As reported by TFI, last month, 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 removing the names of 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. However, soon after the Islamo-leftist cabal of the country took offence with Congress leader Shashi Tharoor leading the charge. The Thiruvananthpuram MP vented his anger and tweeted that ICHR should be ashamed of itself.
He 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
Last month, A Malayalam movie titled ‘Vaariyamkunnan’ which had become the centre of controversy since last year for allegedly planning to glorify the ‘Moplah genocide of Malabar Hindus’ was shelved, amid a heightened public backlash. The movie based on the life of Jihadists Variamkunnath Kunhamed Haji and Ali Musaliar – two main perpetrators, was supposed to venerate the Moplah riots and hogwash their roles in it.
While we cannot provide solace to the departed souls, the least we can do is acknowledge that they were wronged by a section of the society and further left in oblivion by the political class that tried its best to whitewash the reality of the genocide.