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375 Hindu monks were killed in front of Parliament, demanding anti-Cow Slaughter Law (07/11/1966)

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      On November 7, 1966, hundreds of sadhus and Gau Rakshaks, who were part of the anti-cow slaughter agitation, were killed in police firing in Delhi at the behest of the Indira Gandhi government. The death toll was around 500, although the government claim was only 375.

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      In 1510, Afonso de Albuquerque captured Goa and Francis Xaviers started his Hindu killing in 1542 (inquisition)

      Francis Xavier once wrote in a letter to the Society of Jesus, “Following the baptisms, the new Christians return to their homes and come back with their wives and families to be in turn also prepared for baptism. After all have been baptized, I order that everywhere the temples of the false gods be pulled down and idols broken. I know not how to describe in words the joy I feel before the spectacle of pulling down and destroying the idols by the very people who formerly worshipped them.”

      Paul William Roberts, in Empire of the Soul, Some Journeys in India, writes about the methods of the Portuguese Inquisition: “Children were flogged and slowly dismembered in front of their parents whose eyelids had been sliced off to make sure they missed nothing. Extremities were amputated carefully, so that a person could remain conscious even when all that remained was a torso and a head… Those subjected to other diabolical tortures could also be counted in the thousands and the abominations continued until a brief respite in 1774… The evil resumed, continuing, almost incredibly, until June 16, 1812. At that point, British pressure put an end to terror (with) the presence of British troops stationed in Goa.”

      “Most Indians believe that Goa was settled by the Portuguese. This is what the history textbooks have taught them. But the facts are quite different. Goa (Gomantak) was a bustling place, settled by Indians continuously from at least 1200 B.C. It was a famous pilgrimage, often known as Kashi of West.

      Till the Portuguese missionaries came. They launched an aggressive program of converting native Hindus and Muslims to Christianity. Hundreds of Hindu temples were destroyed, and Brahmins were chased out.

      Many converted as a result of this. The new converts were ordered to give up their ‘heathen’ practices. However, when friendly methods failed to keep the newly converted within the flock, Inquisition was called in. The Goan Inquisition has often been called the worst in the history of Christianity. It continued for about 250 years from 1570’s till 1812, when the British mercifully put an end to it.

      Incidentally, the Goans did not take this lying down. According to the World Book encyclopaedia, Goa witnessed 400 revolts in the 400 years of Portuguese occupation.”

      – Stephen Knapp: Crimes Against India, Voice of India 1998

      Mahatma Gandhi wrote in his autobiography, The Story of My Experiments with Truth: “I had started disliking Christianity. This was not without any reason. Those days Christian missionaries used to stand in a corner near the High School in Rajkot and used disgraceful words against the Hindus and their Gods/Goddesses. I could not bear this.”


      Source Books

      • Stephen Knapp: Crimes Against India, Voice of India 1998.
      • The Goa Inquisition: Being a Quarter Centenary Commemoration Study of the Inquisition of India Hardcover – April 1, 1992, Anant Kakba Priolkar.
      • Goa Inquisition was most merciless and cruel. Rediff. 14 September 2005. Retrieved 14 April 2009.
      • Lauren Benton (2002). Law and Colonial Cultures: Legal Regimes in World History, 1400-1900. Cambridge University Press. pp. 114–126. ISBN 978-0-521-00926-3.
      • The Marrano Factory. The Portuguese Inquisition and Its New Christians, 1536–1765 (Brill Academic, 2001), pp. 345–353.
      • Group Identity in the Renaissance World. Cambridge University Press. pp. 215–216 with footnotes 98–100. ISBN 978-1-107-00360-6.
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