Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Land of the Pure

The title of this post is the real meaning of Pakistan.  This is the second set of notes on the book, Creating a New Medina.  In this middle section we are treated to tedious arguments over how provinces are to be split and populations are to be moved.  The driving force is the need of the Mohammedans to rule, as their religion demands, while realizing that they cannot rule in a united India.  They refer to themselves as "slaves" in India, because they cannot rule, but then insist that they will be fair-minded towards their minorities.  At the same time, there is the "hostage population" theme, which perhaps is a better indicator of how they would view their minorities.

There are a number of idealistic themes being put forth by the Muslim League (ML) which are to be expected, as every political movement must energize followers by stirring up unrealistic expectations.  One that reminds me very much of the Communists is the MLs efforts to distinguish between degenerate "Muslim" governments and pure "Islam".  This neatly parallels the efforts of leftists to distinguish between the communism in action of Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, ... vs the pure ideals of Marx, which are yet to be tried and still represent the greatest hope of mankind.  Similarly, the ML is arguing that Islam is a pure and perfect system of human governance which has yet to be tried after 1,300 years, except for the first initial stages of the caliphate.  Then there is the argument that Islam can have a power over the soul that can never happen in socialism.  This neglects to see that socialism's primary tool is envy, which is one of those universal diseases of the soul and the most powerful of all human motivators.

Pan-universal Islam is also showing up as a theme, with references to the Turkish caliphate being cited as an example.  Again, this completely neglects the reality, which is that the Turks would uproot the young men of one tribal region within their empire and appoint them to guard a rebellious tribe in a distant part of the empire, exploiting the pan-universal tribal hostility of Islam to maintain the unity of the empire.  This feature of Islam is starting to peek out from under the rug in the middle of the book as the issue of the Shia-Sunni split is impertinently raised.  I will keep an eye out as my reading continues for more discussion on how the most tribal of all religions will sell itself as a unifier of Muslims from all over the world.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Creating a New Medina - part 1

I finally had a chance to make some significant progress reading this book about the creation of Pakistan.  A bit more background might have been helpful for me before jumping into this, but thankfully we have the internet to fill in those pieces that are presumed common knowledge, like the Government of India Act of 1935 or the Lahore Resolution.

What stands out to me is the blinkered view of India by the Congress party leadership as they tried to adapt Marxist notions to South East Asia, together with Ghandi's naive efforts to make Western Unitarianism into the national religion of India.  This would preclude them from having any understanding of the Muslim League.  The Muslim Mass Contact Programme reminds me that the surreal behavior of current Western politicians towards Mohammedans is universal among leftists as they somehow imagine that they can convince ordinary Muslims that their greater interest is in the social justice offered by the Leftists, while being utterly oblivious to the Left's own fanatical religious agendas that are motivating the social justice pretext.  The early introduction in this book of recent scholarship regarding this period and the various motivations of the actors would seem to indicate that many scholars are still having trouble coming to terms with the religious motivations that drive Islam.

The third chapter introduces Ambedkar whose scientific analysis of the sectarian situation causes me to warm up to him considerably, until the remark that the Islamic mind precludes Muslims from embracing the class warfare beliefs of the Marxists.  Wondering if that was his comment or the author's?  As a Christian, I am inclined to just do away with class as much as is feasible, but don't see much point in stirring up a war over it, and/or deliberately creating class divisions for the purpose of fomenting class warfare so that I can become a hero in the war.  At this point things are moving optimistically towards a separate state solution, with some ominous comments about hostage populations.

I am about 1/3 of the way through the book.  There is a sense that this is just scratching the surface of one thread of a complex piece of history as British India is transformed into the current modern state(s).

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Creating a New Medina, by Venkat Dhulipala

Per Ramana's recommendation, I have picked up this book, but am barely into the introduction.  This is a book about the politics leading to the formation of Pakistan.  A sentence that jumps out early is this:

"In this regard, it was not just envisaged as a refuge for the Indian Muslims, but as an Islamic utopia that would be the harbinger for renewal and rise of Islam in the modern world, act as the powerful new leader and protector of the entire Islamic world and, thus, emerge as a worthy successor to the defunct Turkish Caliphate as the foremost Islamic power in the twentieth century."

It seems to me that this is a recurring theme among the Mohammedans: That they would come up with the next worldly power.  For me as a Christian, my only hope is that the governments that we live under in the West will not become too efficient in their struggle to exterminate Christianity.  But God is sovereign, so I trust that He will do what is fitting and succeed through means that are in defiance of Man's power and wisdom.

The other angle to my reading of this book is that my various learning schemes have all been upset by getting myself too busy with work and swimming, leaving myself too tired to do much.  Creating a New Medina should be a good interlude.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

I ate it. I didn't eat it.

So there.  I just gave conflicting answers to the question that I was never asked, therefore, I am a perjurer.  Guilty!  Guilty!  Guilty!  So don't even think about appointing me to Attorney General.