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1/n I want to learn from @AatishTaseer if VS Naipaul too is non-distinguished person as he claimed @GarudaPrakashan to be for publishing #DelhiRiotsUntoldStory by @advmonikaarora . In this thread I’m putting Naipaul’s opinion abt Islam.

Aatish respond should you have substance.
2/n Below are citations from
Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples

1) Islam is in its origins an Arab religion. Everyone not an Arab who is a Muslim is a convert. Islam is not simply a matter of conscience or private belief. It makes imperial demands. +
3/n + A convert’s worldview alters. His holy places are in Arab lands; his sacred language is Arabic. His idea of history alters. He rejects his own; he becomes, whether he likes it or not, a part of the Arab story. The convert has to turn away from everything that is his.++
4/n + The disturbance for societies is immense, and even after a thousand years can remain unresolved; the turning away has to be done again and again. ++
5/n + People develop fantasies about who and what they are; and in the Islam of converted countries there is an element of neurosis and nihilism. These countries can be easily set on the boil.
6/n 2) The Hindus, especially in Bengal, welcomed the New Learning of Europe and the institutions the British brought. The Muslims, wounded by their loss of power, and out of old religious scruples, stood aside. ++
7/n + It was the beginning of the intellectual distance between the two communities. This distance has grown with independence; and it is this—more even than religion now — that at the end of the twentieth century has made India and Pakistan quite distinct countries.++
8/n + India, with an intelligentsia that grows by leaps and bounds, expands in all directions. Pakistan, proclaiming only the faith and then proclaiming the faith again, ever shrinks.
It was Muslim insecurity that led to the call for the creation of Pakistan.++
9/n + It went at the same time with an idea of old glory, of the invaders sweeping down from the northwest and looting the temples of Hindustan and imposing the faith on the infidel. ++
10/n + The fantasy still lives; and for the Muslim converts of the subcontinent it is the start of their neurosis, because in this fantasy the convert forgets who or what he is and becomes the violator.
11/n This is from “Among the Believers”

“The time before Islam is a time of blackness: that is part of Muslim theology. History has to serve theology.”
12/n Below is quote from “India: A Wounded Civilization”.

@Javedakhtarjadu should comment on it too.

“While the Ottomans moved into South-East Europe, the Moghul invasion of India destroyed much of Hindu and Buddhist civilization there.++
13/n ++ The recent destruction by Moslems in Afghanistan of colossal Buddhist statues is a reminder of what happened to temples and shrines, on an enormous scale, when Islam took over.
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