millennium if the Christian era is about to end. It is the most dominant of eras since
about 1492 when the Christian Church got its political act together in the Iberian
Peninsula of Europe. It was able to get the last remaining kingdom ruled by a
Muslim dynasty, Granada, attached and defeated and conquered.
The new rulers Ferdinand and Isabella rode in
triumph through the streets if this most beautiful albeit Moorish city. They
made it a capital offence for a Muslim to live in their realm. Mass conversions and
deportations of the unwilling-to-convert followed.
To make the draconian order more lucrative to
both the Church and the State Jews were also included in the interdict and the
proscription. Many Jews and Muslims crossed over to Portugal. Their relief was
short-lived. A daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella was given in wedlock to the King of
Portugal; on condition that he emulate the scintillating example of Spain. The second
uprooting took place.
The ascendancy of Christianity as interpreted by
white Europeans may well have propagated ideals and ideas which the Lord Jesus Christ
would find difficult to reconcile with the title Prince of Peace! The
bloodshed caused by self-professed Christians in the Crusades had occurred at
the start of the second millennium.
The deadliness came in with the development of
firearms which made white Europeans not only invincible but most dangerous whether they
were resisted or allowed to win without a fight. They used the fact of their enemy being
non-Christian to indulge in their most sadistic bloodlust.
Even today, Bill Clinton is supported by Britain
and Australia when he sends Death and Destruction into the coloured world of Sudan,
Afghanistan and Iraq. In 1945 Britain and the USA sent atom bombs to Hiroshima and
Nagasaki although the Japanese war machine was already crumbling.
The Japs delude themselves if they believe that
just because the Apartheid practising white South Africans accorded them white
status to enable five star hotels to make money they are indeed accepted as White! When it
came to the crunch the white Germans were not given the deathblow of an atomic
The Japanese were not given one but two. Just to
make sure.The above bhoumika or preamble or, in modern management terminology make
ready writing is to ask the reader to assess the past or about to be past millennium
from the native, ethnic or Indian point of view.
The media will be flooded by the US American and
European inputs and our lazy writers and journalists will copy with the
minimum changes necessary to pass muster. A recent article for school children in a
prominent English daily talked of dividing the 2nd millennium into four parts. The first
was Dark Ages.
This section talked of Europe in the majority of
the coverage. All about Europe being split into small kingdoms and the feudal
system. It went on to say Church was the binding force and all kingdoms owing
allegiance to the Church fought Ottoman Turks in wars known as the Crusades!
Finally, in the last two sentences on this
section entitled The Dark Ages India rises above the surface of the writers
Eurocentric prejudice and we learn In India the first Islamic rulers set up the
Delhi Sultanate.The second section of the four into which the departing millennium
is divided is entitled The Age of Reason. Here too the talk is irrelevant to
India as agriculture is giving way to industry!
The last two lines are again about India. The
beginnings of Colonial Rule are seen in India and the French, the Portuguese, the
English.The next sentence should swell the English chests with pride regardless of
its accuracy or effect on the native ethnic Indians.
British Rule was firmly established and India
came under one uniform administration and was linked by transport and communication
infrastructure.The implications, dear reader is that before the white man took up
his most onerous burden there was an absence of all-India transport and communications
The Mauryas, who ruled from the Oxus to at least
Chitaldurg district in Karnataka, the Mughals who were considered suzerain even in Kerala
did without transport and communication links. All the current talk of connecting rivers
and having super highways are only the gilding the lily created by the British!
Perhaps it is a good occasion, this twilight of
the second millennium of the Christian era to move away from the Eurocentricism imposed by
the colonial experience. The first half of the period (1001-1501) sees people in Asia, the
Americas, Africa and Australia living their own lives. Letting native, ethnic
genius had a free rein.
The architectural remains include the cyclopean
masses created by the Incas. In India we have the tallest free-standing tower Qutub
Minar. In the deccan we have the superb Charminar. Also the fantastic temples of the
Empire of Vijayanagar. The Taj may be the best known but it is only one of the marvels.
There was also the Peacock Throne. the great
city of Shahjahanabad with its quite successful effort of creating a veritable
Heaven on Earth.The scientific achievements of Europe, especially in
metallurgy enabled them to produce firearms far superior to any in the rest of the world.
This made them world-beaters and world
conquerors from the 16th Century onwards. the result was that all the world was looted in
order to benefit Europe. the cultures and civilisations of Asia, the Americas, Africa and
Australia were systematically destroyed.
The peoples who emulated the ignoble European
example like the Russians after Peter the Great and the Japanese showed that
cruelty is no discriminator on grounds of colour.The hatred preached by the Europeans on
grounds of their colour and interpretation of Christianity has been the curse of the
second half of the millennium about to end.
We see six per cent of humanity, the population
of the USA, consumes 40 per cent of the resources of the world. Even in the USA there is
grinding poverty. Not only in the traditionally deprived and disadvantaged blacks but also
Although a self-proclaimed Hindu (The Rashtriya
Swayamsewak Sangh today takes great pains to distance themselves from him!), Nathuram
Vinayak Godse killed him by pumping three bullets into his bare chest before the half of
the 20th century was over (January 30, 1948) Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi has left a
detailed model for simple living and high thinking.
A detailed model for life without plundering all
natural resources, was dismissed as a cranks view. The emphasis is on
market mechanism. This ideal has not solved even the comparatively smaller
problems of the West.
The half millennium of European dominance has
been disastrous for all of mankind except for favoured groups like the Nazis, the
Fascists, the cabals of the Stalinist Communist Party and the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant
and their look alikes like Clinton.
Should there not be a search for alternatives, a
debate for the model to be sought in the 21st century, the third millennium? Perhaps
gender will then come into its own and humanity will again be foremost and not a problem.