Norway killer Breivik's common cause with Hindu nationalists

Anders Behring Breivik

Norway killer Anders Breivik's manifesto for a new European order, posted online, mentions India in various contexts. Excerpts:

Common cause with Hindu nationalists

On the Indian subcontinent the history is tragic indeed, that's where the Hindu holocaust took place in medieval times, a little-known episode in the history of Islam in the Western world, but one that left a deep traumatic mark on the people of the region and where the conflict is still present in the province of Kashmir.

All standard reference books agree that the name "Hindu Kush" of the mountain range in eastern Afghanistan means "Hindu Slaughter" or "Hindu Killer". Most likely, the mountain range was deliberately named as "Hindu Slaughter" by Muslim conquerors, as a lesson to the future generations of Indians. However, Indians in general and Hindus in particular are completely oblivious to this tragic genocide.

If the name Hindu Kush relates such a horrible genocide of Hindus, why are Hindus ignorant about it? And why doesn't the Government of India teach them about Hindu Kush? The history and geography curricula in Indian schools barely even mention Hindu Kush. The Indian government, instead of giving details of this "dark chapter" in Indian history, is busy in the whitewash of Muslim atrocities and the Hindu holocaust.

In 1982, the National Council of Educational Research and Training issued a directive for the rewriting of school texts. Among other things it stipulated that "characterisation of the medieval period as a time of conflict between Hindus and Moslems is forbidden". Thus denial of history or negationism has become India's official "educational" policy.

Hindu nationalism

Saffronisation is a political neologism (after the saffron robes of the Hindu clerics), used to refer to the policy of right-wing Hindu nationalism (or Hindutva) which seeks to make the Indian state into a "Hindu nation" and its Sikh, Buddhist and Jain minorities incorporated into Hinduism. These nationalist movements are also called Sanatana Dharma movements.

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