The attempts at painting parallels of imperialism between current day America and the colonial powers of old is a common theme among the Left who continuously apologize for real imperialism conducted under the banner of Marxism and Communism and their poster child Stalin and his ilk.
The latest attempt received wide fawning by the MSM is a book by William Dalrymple entitled The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857. What’s telling about the book is the conspicuous analysis of the revolt in Muslim vs Christian terms and the utter lack of morals displayed by the Left in service to their neurotic belief in modern day American imperialism that see the free market of capitalism as imperialistic.
Briefly, what started as an act of defiance by some Indian soldiers who refused to use rifle bullets said to be greased with beef and pork fat (a rumor never substantiated spread by anti-British agents) quickly became a popular rebellion against the British East India Company that ruled most of
Dalrymple uses this historic rebellion as a tool to berate
It is one thing to conquer a country. It is quite another to stay there and try to force-feed your ideas to a part of the world that has its own traditions.
And what are the ‘traditions’ that needed to be defended. In his article in Time magazine Dalrymple is sparse on his explanation yet what he does say is telling.
What lay behind the uprising? The British, through the East India Company, had been trading in
Notice how he casually throws out the term Muslim without defining what kind hostility or behavior those Muslim regimes represent. He does give a hint of it.
The Forward Policy soon developed an evangelical flavor; the plan was to impose not just British laws and technology on
Umm. Excuse me. Christian sensibilities? That sounds like Christian sensibilities are like being offended by wearing light colors in the winter months. And how about these Christian sensibilities being offended?
On the evening of Sunday 10 May 1857, 150 years ago next week, 300 mutinous sepoys from
And this comment – the most telling of all.
What is striking about so many of the proclamations coming out of the uprising's storm centre,
A religious articulation. Know what that meant?
British men and women who had converted to Islam - and there were a surprising number of those in
Yes. Mr. Dalrymple, you are correct about how little history changes. But you are looking in the wrong direction. It’s Islam that has not changed and what we need to learn from and not the trumped up charges of Leftists that see