Profile picture
विवस्वान @Hiranyareta
, 47 tweets, 9 min read Read on Twitter
I watched this video of @RajivMessage on his idea of "Swadeshi Muslims". My first reaction is that @rajnathsingh, @AmitShah , and @narendramodi should enhance RM's security when he is in India. Also, Rajiv should be on alert when in US.
My 2nd reaction is in the form of few tweets on the basics of Ashraf (exalted), Ajlãf (low-born), and Arzãl (base-born) categories among Indian Muslims, their social dynamics and its impact on Hindus. 1/n
"Wave after wave of Muslims from Islamized lands abroad had poured into India for several centuries in the wake of Islamic invasions. They were the swordsmen, missionaries, and minions of Islamic imperialism. 2/n
Most of them had forced Hindu women into matrimony or concubinage and fathered a prolific progeny on them. Some of them had also taken to Hindu mores and manners to a certain extent, particularly in matters of song and dance and other modes of entertainment. 3/n
But in spite of everything, they had remained a foreign fraternity in forcible occupation of a land which did not belong to them except by right of conquest, and which they never loved as their motherland. 4/n
They had continued to despise and lord it over not only their Hindu subjects but also the native converts whom they had forced or lured into the fold of Islam. In fact, their contempt for the native converts was deeper than that for their Hindu subjects. 5/n
They had all along looked down upon the native converts as Ajlãf (low-born) and Arzãl (base-born) as compared to the Ashrãf (exalted) which distinctive designation they had reserved for themselves. 6/n
Muslim rule in India was never a process of continuous expansion and consolidation. It broke down again and again, and was re-established every time by a fresh wave of Islamic invaders from abroad. 7/n
But it fell down finally and completely in the first half of the 18th century, and could not be salvaged even by the invasions of Ahmad Shah Abdali whom the Ashrãf had invited for putting down forces of national resurgence. 8/n
The provincial Muslim dynasties like those at Lucknow and Hyderabad could save themselves from extinction only by entering into a subordinate alliance with the rising power of British imperialism. 9/n
It was the power of British bayonets and not its own intrinsic strength which had preserved the privileged position of an alien Muslim minority in several parts of the country. 10/n
The Vijayanagara Empire had effectively prevented the percolation of a privileged Muslim class in large parts of South India. The Rajputs had never permitted this class to plant itself in Rajasthan, Bundelkhand, and Baghelkhand. 11/n
Later on, the Marathas had taken care of this class in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Central India, and Orissa. The Sikhs had done the same in the Punjab, Kashmir, and the North-West Frontier Province. The Jats had taken care of it around its imperial seats at Agra and Delhi. 12/n
Assam had all along remained out of its reach. It would have met the same fate in U.P., Bihar, Bengal, and the territories ruled by the Nizam but for the British intervention which gave it a new lease of life. 13/n
It was in these provinces that the residues of Islamic imperialism regrouped themselves for a renewed bid not only for retaining their unjust privileges, but also for restoring Muslim power in the rest of India in course of time. 14/n
Islam is an imperialist ideology dressed up in religious verbiage was proved when the residues of Islamic imperialism in U.P., Bihar, and Bengal raised a hue and cry in defence of their unequal privileges, and their kinsmen elsewhere joined them with unconcealed enthusiasm.15/n
To start with, the residues of Islamic imperialism, led by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan in U.P. and Ameer Ali in Bengal, were very fond of stressing that they were a ‘race of conquerors’ who had enjoyed a ‘monopoly of power and wealth only a hundred years ago’. 16/n
Their appeal to the British government was to recognize the ‘political importance’ of their class. The British response was positive for quite some time. The British imperialists were getting worried over the rising tide of Indian nationalism. 17/n
Thus the residues of Islamic imperialism became parasitic upon British imperialism, and strengthened their position by gaining the Partition of Bengal and separate electorates. 18/n
But there was a limit beyond which even the British could not go in their game of patronising Muslim separatism. 19/n
They had not only to keep in mind the power of Indian nationalism which had reached a high stage in the Swadeshi Movement, and the spread of revolutionary activities in several parts of the country. 20/n
They had also to yield to Indian nationalism in the matter of languages of administration at the lower levels, and in recruitment to public services by competitive examinations. This was what the residues of Islamic imperialism found absolutely intolerable. 21/n
The situation was further complicated by the involvement of Britain in some foreign policy moves which ran counter to the Pan-Islamic preoccupations of the residues of Islamic imperialism. 22/n
For a while, the ‘race of conquerors’ found itself in a difficult predicament. The national movement was forging ahead in spite of their hostility to it. The British were finding it difficult to meet more of their demands at home and abroad. 23/n
It was at this CRITICAL JUNCTURE that the frustrated fraternity of foreign Muslims (Ashraf) took a very STRATEGIC STEP. They started SWEARING BY A SOLIDARITY WITH THE NATIVE MUSLIMS (Ajlaf/Arzal) WHOM THEY HAD DESPISED SO FAR. 24/n
They let loose on the native Muslims an army of mercenary Mullahs recruited, mostly from their own ranks. These Mullahs went about broadcasting the message that ‘Islam was in danger’, and that ‘Hindus were out to enslave and exploit the Muslim minority’. 25/n
It was in this manner that the residues of Islamic imperialism managed to ‘merge’ themselves with the native converts, and to present themselves at the head of a strong phalanx pitted against whatever historical forces threatened their unjust privileges. 26/n
Hitherto, the haughty Ashrãf had stood strictly aloof from the abject Ajlãf and the despised Arzãl. Now all of a sudden the latter became the former’s ‘brothers in faith’. THIS WAS A TREMENDOUS TRANSFORMATION OF THE POLITICAL SCENE IN THE SECOND DECADE OF THE 20TH CENTURY. 27/n
And to top it all, the residues of Islamic imperialism started referring to themselves as ‘simple and straightforward fellows’ as compared to the Hindus whom they named as the ‘wily baniãs’. 28/n
The rogues’ gallery played this act again and again, and succeeded in producing a dramatic effect, not only among the Muslim masses but also among the English-educated Hindu elite. 29/n
The act was perfected over a period of time and played before larger & larger audiences with help of an illiterate press controlled mostly by Hindu moneybags. A motley crowd of self-alienated but self-righteous Hindu politicians & scribes came forward to provide the applause.30/n
There was one note that became the refrain in the melancholy music which accompanied the act. The refrain that raised its pitch with the passing of every day, was that the Muslims had been deprived of an empire by the wily British, 1+ 31/n
that the same British had suppressed and oppressed the Muslims in the aftermath of 1857, that the Muslims had been driven to become educationally backward and economically depressed in successive periods, and that the Hindu moneylenders in the countryside and 2+ 32/n
the Hindu capitalists in the urban centres had been exploiting the Muslim peasants and workers. 3 33/n
The British were not impressed by this demonstration of ‘Muslim power’, or presentation of ‘Muslim poverty’. They went ahead with the annulment of the Partition of Bengal, and enlargement of competitive examinations for recruitment to public services. 34/n
They knew it very well that though the residues of Islamic imperialism could produce a lot of sound and fury and also become a law and order problem in several parts of the country, they were incapable of mobilizing the nation as a whole. 35/n
The British never attached more than a nuisance value to this noisy fraternity which had to be befriended or ignored according to the needs of British policy at any time. 36/n
It was the Congress leadership which was impressed by this mobilisation of the ‘Muslim masses’ and the pathos of ‘Muslim plight’. They accepted not only separate electorates but also weightages for the ‘Muslim minority’ in many provinces. 37/n
They thought that they were beating the British at the latter’s own game. The cries of ‘Hindu-Muslim Bhãi Bhãi’ raised by Muslim mobs in the aftermath of the Lucknow Pact and during the Khilafat agitation, blinded them to the game which the Ashrafs were playing. 38/n
They gladly offered their backs for carrying the dead-weight of Pan-Islamism. The residues of Islamic imperialism, who had been parasitic on British imperialism so far, now started to feed and fatten upon Indian nationalism with Congress at its face. 39/n
All this fanned the flames of Islamic fanaticism. It also gave birth to a brand of negative nationalism whose only stock-in-trade was anti-British hysteria. 40/n
The die was thus cast, and what followed in subsequent years was a mere unfoldment of the drama which had already been scripted by Lokamanya Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi, and C.R, Das in all its salient features." 41/n

That was Sitaram Goel.…
Now coming to Swadeshi Muslim project of @RajivMessage, there are two possibilities. Either he is delusional (which isn't the case based on what he says in his video linked abv) or idea is to free Ajlaf (Swadesi) from the hold of Ashraf (Videshi). 42/n
Remember that It's with this Ashraf leadership Congress negotiated the power sharing structure in return for the Muslim votes (98% Ajlaf as Bandhua of 2% Ashraf) post 47 ie what we call vote bank politics. 43/n
Ideally we would like all Muslims to do Ghar Wapasi and Islam be banned in India but what until then? RSS sees and opportunity in this Ashraf-Ajlaf dulity coming out with an Indian version of Islam in the mould of Indonesia and I guess Rajiv has decided to work on it. 44/n
Will it work? No body knows. My personally opinion is that over last 100 years starting with Khilaphat of Gandhi, Indian Muslim has drifted too far away to be swayed by such feeble attempts. 45/n
Without Indian military whipping some Islamic arse on the streets of Arabic cities, I don't think ego of Indian Muslims invested in prophet of Arabia can be uprooted.

Lekin haath par haath rakh kar baithane se to kuch karte rahana hee achha hai.
Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to विवस्वान
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member and get exclusive features!

Premium member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year)

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!