Thus "caste" and "cultural problems" becomes 90% of Hindu-serving publications and discussion obsession, when the fact is that non-Hindus have had a stronger sense of "caste" , committed 1000 fold bigger genocide from "racism", beheaded more men and women, burnt more women at stake in their history, than Hindus ever did. Two wrongs do not make a right, of course. Yet, obsessing about what went wrong centuries ago, and overlooking the strengths and achievements, is a prescription for inferiority complex and dysfunctional personality. Relentless introspection combined with zero extrospection is a disease.
Yet, we must also not forget last 1000 years and the trauma Hindus have suffered for centuries. The genocide, cultural destruction and slavery of Hindus under Islamic colonialism had a lasting, cross generational effect. Then came the Christian saviors, who stopped the Islamic colonial abuse and its episodes of genocide, but replaced it with 'grow opium for our profit', segregation by skin color, racist supremacy, the continued cultural destruction of pagan Hindus, and the indentured version of slavery for another 200 years. Hindus are still emerging from the long shadow of those 1000 years."
But, there's another story that I can't stop reflecting on last few days. I live in Goa where majority of the population is Christians. Today is the feast of the Saint Francis Xavier - the much reverred saint/priest who went about the systamatic, brutal, violent, abominable conversion of the Hindus here in Goa - more than 500 years back.
It wasn't "voluntary" conversion, you may know that. Families were tortured, dismembered in front of each other. The orphan children were brainwashed so much so that they would start hating their traditions, and the faith of their parents.
The Hindus who refused to convert or converts who secretly practised their old/original faith were dug out and beef was smeared on their faces/mouth so that they would be discarded and treated as untouchables in their prior (Hindu) community and ultimately they would have no other choice but to surrender completely to their new faith.
This was done by the so-called saint. Temples were destroyed, statues were beheaded. And his hatred for the Hindu faith and tradations was stark.
The Inquisition in Goa
Historian Paul Roberts describes what went on in the Iquisition’s Goa court that had been housed in the Sultan’s old palace and had a huge plaster image of Christ overlooking the scene:
“Children were flogged and slowly dismembered in front of their parents, whose eyelids had been sliced off to make sure they missed nothing. Extremities were amputated carefully, so that a person could remain conscious even when all that remained was a torso and head. Male genitals were removed and burned in front of wives, breasts hacked off and vaginas penetrated by swords while husbands were forced to watch…. And it went on for two hundred years.” — Paul Williams Roberts, The Empire of the Soul: Some Journeys in India, New York, 1997.
In his letters to the Jesuits in Rome, Xavier wrote:
“Following the baptisms, the new Christians return to their homes and come back with their wives and families to be in their turn also prepared for baptism. After all have been baptised, I order that everywhere the temples of the false gods be pulled down and idols broken. I know not how to describe in words the joy I feel before the spectacle of pulling down and destroying the idols by the very people who formerly worshipped them.” Xavier did this after the Hindu raja of Quilon had given him a large grant to build churches!
And many blogs and books. This one: https://bharatabharati.wordpress.com/.../st-francis.../