Mohammed Habib
Mohammed Habib
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Tarikh-i-Habibi—Being the Partial Chronicle of Irfan Habib: The Progenitor

An account of the origins of history distortions in the Indian academia

Sandeep Balakrishna

Sandeep Balakrishna

Summary

With the grace of the Almighty Allah and the boundless compassion of His Most Merciful Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him), we are greatly pleased to present this partial chronicle of His Excellency, the most exalted Marxist record-keeper and the brilliant whitewasher of all the pious deeds that Islam undertook in this land of infidels, Hindustan: Irfan Habib bin Mohammed Habib.

A Protégé of the Khilafat Architect

The story of Eminent Distorian Irfan Habib really begins with his father, (late) Mohammed Habib, the original progenitor of whitewashing Islam’s prolonged, blood-soaked record on the sacred soil of Bharatavarsha. Every single Marxist pamphleteer who wrote the alleged history of India after him—especially of the medieval Muslim period—licked and sipped the sullied waterdrops of distortion that dribbled from the corners of Mohammed Habib’s mouth.

Mohammed Habib’s wife Sohaila Tyabji was the granddaughter of Badruddin Tyabji, the first Muslim president of the original Indian National Congress. As a student at Oxford, Mohammed Habib came under the influence of the unvarnished Islamic bigot, Maulana Mohammad Ali who extended generous patronage to this protégé. The selfsame Mohammad Ali, responsible for the deadly Khilafat “movement,” which directly culminated in the jihadi genocide of Malabar Hindus. In a short time, Mohammed Habib heeded the clarion call given by his Khilafat-crazed Ustad, left England and returned to India teach at the Jamia Milia. It was a short stint after which he joined the newly-founded Aligarh Muslim University first as a reader and then was promoted to Professor of History in 1922-3.

However, Mohammed Habib’s story really begins in 1926 when he was elected as the Member of the U.P. Legislative Council on the Swaraj Party ticket. The original name of the Swaraj Party, the Congress-Khilafat Swaraj Party, is quite revealing. Although Chittaranjan Das was its president at the time, the reins of power rested in the hands of its all-powerful Secretary General, a lawyer named Motilal Nehru, who by 1926, was cunningly two-timing the Indian National Congress. It didn’t take long for Mohammed Habib to strike a deep friendship with Motilal’s son, Jawaharlal. In Jawahar, the wily Mohammed not only detected an ideological compatriot but instinctively sensed a pawn who he could use in the long term. And so, as a first gesture of goodwill, Mohammed Habib donated substantial sums to the Congress Party. By 1932, Nehru was already eating out of his hands as we shall soon see.

Simultaneously, at the Aligarh Muslim University, Mohammed Habib made a series of deft academic moves which had an ostensible “scientific” goal for advancing the discipline of historiography: to write the history of the medieval Muslim period using primary sources—coins, Farmans, court chronicles, administrative records, oral narratives by Sufis and Muslim mystics and so on. However, this was merely the outer shell and a firm foundation of sorts. The core was a long-term vision to not only transform the approach to writing the history of the medieval Muslim period but to thoroughly sanitize its extensive and gory record. Mohammed Habib realized that in these vastly changed circumstances, it was wholly untenable to reveal firsthand accounts of medieval Muslim chroniclers who proudly gloated, gloated eloquently, gloated in ornate prose, and waxed in elaborate detail about the genocides, savagery, forced conversions of Hindus, large-scale slave-taking, extensive temple destructions, wanton rapes of Hindu women, Jizyah, etc that their patron-Sultans committed in a genuine spirit of pious service to Islam. Additionally, these accounts were so copious and widely available that it was humanly impossible to destroy them all. But exposing these recorded, verifiable and non-falsifiable, horrible historical truths would further impair the image and prestige of Islam itself, which was already in doldrums.

Then there was another, bigger and a much more formidable problem which was increasingly growing out of proportion. It had to be addressed urgently.

The name of the problem was Jadunath Sarkar.

Jadunath Sarkar
Jadunath Sarkar

By the mid and late 1920s, Jadunath Sarkar’s impeccably-researched, brilliantly-written, highly-outspoken and utterly majestic volumes exposing the stark and bloody truths about the Mughal rule—especially about the extended regime of the pious Islamic zealot Aurangzeb—were raining sledgehammers at unbearably regular intervals. By then, Sarkar was already some kind of a nationwide celebrity who had slapped awake educated Indians to the plight of their own ancestors. Legions of students and scholars took inspiration from his work. Something had to be done. That “something” was the creation of a new, spurious school. In the words of Dipesh Chakrabarty, Mohammed Habib seeded a “secular” and “left-leaning tradition of historical research in the 1920s.” This school of historical fakery eventually came to be known as the “Aligarh School” (sic). Some notable early disciples of Mohammed Habib include Satish Chandra and Nurul Hasan who later became the Education Minister under Mrs. Indira Gandhi and went on to found the nation-wrecking Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Creative Reinterpretation of Historical Truths

After much thought, Mohammed Habib & co discovered an effective method—tactic is the apt word—to sanitize the savage record of the Muslim rule in India. This method was to “interpret” the medieval Muslim chronicles in such a way that Islam’s image could be rescued from the pit it had fallen into. Accordingly, the blood-soaked record of the medieval Muslim rule in India was systematically recast in economic terms. Mohammed Habib was immensely helped by the deceptive theoretical framework of Marxism in this vile project. Working nearly in tandem, the history departments at Aligarh and Allahabad universities created and floated this new phony, hot-air balloon which, as we can verify today, had long-term and far-reaching consequences in defacing and distorting the collective psyches of at least three generations of Hindus. Some fumes emitted by this noxious hot-air balloon include the following:

  • Islamic invasion of India was a myth

  • Muslim invaders were not motivated by Islam in their conquests of India

  • Forcible conversions of Hindus were a bigger myth because

  • Millions of “low caste” Hindus voluntarily, joyfully accepted the universal brotherhood of Islam to escape “Brahminical oppression.”

  • Islam was a liberating force which for the first time introduced true social equality in India as a result of which

  • Lakhs of Hindus voluntarily helped build magnificent mosques and palaces for Muslim sultans

  • Aurangzeb’s vast empire of Islamic bigotry imploded due to a “revenue crisis” and not because of his industrial-scale oppression of Hindus

It would take years for these blatantly fraudulent theories to spread but a firm foundation had been laid by Habib Senior. In a parallel development, Jadunath Sarkar began to be marginalized bit by bit and then entirely strangled. The full story of his tragic downfall has been narrated elsewhere on The Dharma Dispatch.Mohammed Habib…[reportedly] wept with joy when as a member of a goodwill mission to Red China, he saw a film depicting inhuman tortures being inflicted on “landlords” in Mao’s slaughterhouse.

Jawaharlal Nehru
Jawaharlal Nehru

The Education of Jawaharlal Nehru

Mohammed Habib had to wait for his moment of glory until Jawaharlal Nehru became the unchallenged, softcore Stalinist despot both in the Government and the Congress Party. But by the 1940s, Mohammed Habib, apart from being a dyed-in-the-wool Islamist, had also become an incurable addict of the genocidal Communist monster, Mao Zedong. According to the peerless intellectual Kshatriya-Rishi Sita Ram Goel:

Mohammed Habib…[reportedly] wept with joy when as a member of a goodwill mission to Red China, he saw a film depicting inhuman tortures being inflicted on “landlords” in Mao’s slaughterhouse.

It’s now time to return to Mohammed Habib’s early and farsighted cultivation of Nehru, which paid off spectacularly. It was a return on investment on a national scale. This emperor of all-encompassing nothingness was so spellbound by Mohammed Habib’s erudition in Indian history that as early as June 1932, he was feverishly writing reams of ill-informed letters to the impressionable, 15 year-old Indira Gandhi giving her second-hand lessons in third-rated history. Here’s a sample; in a letter dated 1 June 1932, Jawaharlal Nehru writes to Indira that

Mahmud of Ghazni…was hardly a religious man… He was a Mohammedan, of course, but that was by the way. Above everything he was soldier, and a brilliant soldier. He came to India to conquer and loot, as soldiers unfortunately do, and he would have done so to whatever religion he might have belonged.

Mohammed Habib couldn’t have asked for and obtained a more illustrious Shagird. Almost everything about the medieval Muslim period in Nehru’s Glimpses of World History, and his fantasy novel, Discovery of India, has the remote-controlled, psychological imprint of Mohammed Habib all over its turgid pages oozing confident ignorance. On his part, Habib Senior made it a point to publicly, repeatedly, and pompously brag about the debt Nehru owed to him. We can turn to Sita Ram Goel again. In 1959, Goel travelled to Mohammed Habib’s home in Aligarh to interview him. Here’s how the interview went.

I was told by [Mohammed Habib] with considerable pride that Nehru had learnt the history of medieval India “at his feet.” I have yet to meet a more arrogant man whose manners were uglier than his syphilitic face. He was an ardent admirer of Stalin’s Russia and Mao’s China. He lost his temper and asked me to “go away” when I told him that I did not accept Lenin’s theory of the state.

Mahmud of Ghazni as a Template

Mohammed Habib rather fittingly selected Mahmud of Ghazni as a launchpad and model to whitewash the barbaric record of Islamic rule in the Punyabhoomi called Bharatavarsha. Mahmud was the first Muslim raider who breached the traditional geographic and military defences and left repeated trails of brutal destruction, large-scale conversions, and comprehensive vandalism of Hindu temples and Murtis in mainland India. All of which, he repeatedly emphasized, he did to earn the proud title of a true Ghazi. Who better than Mahmud to launch the aforementioned campaign of whitewashing these historical truths? The following are a few miniatures of how Mohammed Habib describes the early medieval Muslim terrorist, Mahmud of Ghazni and how he twists the truth of Muslim invasions into India.

1. It was impossible that the Indian temples should not sooner or later tempt someone strong and unscrupulous enough for the impious deed. Nor was it expected that a man of Mahmud’s character would allow the tolerance which Islam inculcates to restrain him from taking possession of the gold…when the Indians themselves had simplified his work by concentrating the wealth of the country at a few places.
2. Face to face with the social and economic provisions of the Shariat and the Hindu Smritis, as political alternatives, the Indian city-worker preferred the Shariat.
3. [The Ghorian conquest]…was not a conquest properly so-called. This was a turn-over of public opinion—a sudden turn-over, no doubt, but still one that was long overdue.
4. The so-called Ghorian conquest of India was really a revolution of city labour led by Ghorian Turks.
5. Indian city labour, both Hindus and Muslims helped to establish the new [Muslim] regime and it also maintained it, through all revolutions and revolts for over 500 years.

References will be provided in the final part of this series for the interested reader to study the complete, sickening details of this sort of wholesale fabrications of historical truths.

Mohammed Habib’s model became a template set in stone for succeeding generations of his lickspittles to not merely whitewash but distort and pervert such historical truths on a global scale. The noteworthy element in Mohammed Habib’s distortion in point #1 above is his desperate and brazen attempt to rescue Islam. For the same five hundred-year period, Mahmud was the role model for every alien Muslim invader who embarked on a pious Jihad against Hind. The 12th Century Ghurid raider, “world-burner” Ala al-Din Hussain who sacked and burned Ghazana for a full “seven days and seven nights” spared the tomb of Mahmud of Ghazni out of a sense of exalted respect and deep reverence for his service to Islam. One wonders how Mohammed Habib would whitewash that.

At any rate, Mohammed Habib’s charlatanism of historical scholarship doesn’t end merely here. His preface to the second volume of the 1952 edition of Eliot and Dowson’s majestic History of India as Told by her Own Historians is a masterclass in deception. That is still not all. In 1954, Mohammed Habib jointly authored The Delhi Sultanate with K.A. Nizami. This is the work that floats the aforementioned fictions about “city labour revolution,” “turn-over of public opinion” etc. Guess who wrote a laudatory foreword to it? Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

With this, we come to the end of The Progenitor, being the first part of Tarikh-i-Habibi Being the Partial Chronicle of Irfan Habib. We hope that the Almighty Allah and his Only Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) are pleased with our account and endow our pen with more strength and grace to embark on authoring the second of which we give an introduction below.

In Irfan, Mohammed Habib found a truly worthy son and successor.

To be continued

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