Monday, September 15, 2014

Have been reading about a UP village where Hindus and Muslims not only live in harmony but also intermarry uninhibited by regulations of either side. They were  forcibly converted by Aurangzeb but have learnt to live happily with each other ever since.
My historical novel MASTANI detailed the brahmin and kshtriya roots of both Peshwa Baji Rao I and his second wife Mastani. Tragically, their offspring were railroaded into Islam because her mother was Muslim, for political reasons.... succession and the reigning Muslims at that time. It took three generations for them to actually assimilate Islam. 

Two centuries down the line, none other than Lokmanya Tilak invited the Muslim branch to Pune to suggest a return to the family fold. The attempt floundered on familiar Brahmin rocks demanding : Will they become brahmins or ksytriyas? Who will marry their children?

It took another century for my MASTANI to release and bring about a rapprochement between the two branches of the Peshwa family --- on an as is, where is basis with common roots. 

Another case somewhere in Rajasthan, which again spoke of forced conversion. When they later tried to go back to their roots, the Brahmins put a spoke in the wheel.  Is that not ridiculous?
It is the religions of the Book that believe in conversions, forced or other wise. Hinduism believes in assimilation....has since Time Immemorial, which is what makes it such a wonderful religion, were it not for our lunatic fringe elements who just love love jihad!

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