Ramesh Thakur

In “Ayodhya and the Politics of India's Secularism: A Double-Standards Discourse" in Asian Survey, Vol. 33, No.7, July 1993.  pp. 645-664

 

“Indians of all faiths must accept the reality of their history, cherish it, and take care to preserve it instead of engaging in efforts to rewrite it. Trying to undo the past and remedy wrongs that go back sev­eral centuries in time will only wreck the present for all concerned. Indian culture today is a composite amalgam of the assimilation of successive in­vaders in the past. Modern India and Indians, including Hindus, would be unrecognizable if somehow Mughal and British India could be wiped from the collective consciousness.  The task of righting past wrongs is generally doomed; far better to have the self-confidence to take pride in one's past history no matter how ignoble it might seem by contemporary standards. Guilt is not collectively inheritable. The Muslims in India cannot be held to account for the atrocities of Mahmud of Ghazni (971-1030), Allauddin Khalji (1296-1316), and Aurangzeb (1658-1707). Even the actions of these rulers have to be judged by the prevailing norms and practices of their times. But there is no religious basis or historical relevance for trans­ferring the charge of religious cleansing from them to present-day Mus­lims.”

 

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