A spectre is haunting our earth?the spectre of Revenge. Revenge for the crimes of nations and peoples in the past. Time has not requieted it; nor has it suffered from amnesia. Like an evil spirit, it hovers over the earth.
The anger is directed against the West. The West has been leading the world for three long centuries. It wants now to make its rule a hereditary right. But what is its record? What is its reputation? How does it deserve this great honour?
The last slave ship left the African coast in 1807. Nearly two centuries have passed. And yet the soul of Africa remains restless. It is not pacified. Africa cries for revenge and reparation for the worst crimes in human history.
The Chinese too want their revenge. They have not forgotten the opium wars thrust upon them by Britain. And India? It was made into a wasteland by the invaders. We can never forget it. May be, revenge is not what we want. We want our honour restored.
And the Jews? There is nothing comparable to the holocaust in barbarism. They have been subject to the longest hate and persecution in history.
The world is full of horrible memories of high injustices?of unjust wars, colonial plunder and oppression, imperial conquests, racial atrocities. These have left deep scars on the racial memory of peoples. They cannot forget. How can the Red-Indians ever forget the genocide of their race and the destruction of the Aztec, Inca and Maya civilisations?
Writes an authority on the Mayas: ?The great men of Athens would not have felt out of place in a gathering of Maya priests and rulers.?
How can the original inhabitants of Australia and New Zealand forget the decimation of their peoples? Every nation, which was colonised, has a bitter tale to tell. And the Christian church was at the bottom of it all?providing the real inspiration. It has given its blessing to every Christian enterprise inspired by the Devil. Dr. Radhakrishnan writes: ?The history of Christianity illustrates the tragic effects of a unique intolerant and exclusive truth.?
Resentment is building up like a volcano. It is bound to erupt. Terrorism is the first major outbreak of the pent up anger. America has come to know how it is to live in constant fear.
But injustices continue to thrive. Why? Because those who perpetrate the evils even today believe that they can get away with murder. That is what the white hunters thought when they hunted for the black men in the jungles of Africa. They never thought that the spirit of African will rise one day and demand reparation. And yet these men who hunted other men were ?Christians?. It was their claim that Christianity is all about love and compassion for humanity! They did not think of the African as a human being. The church propagated that the black men were the sons of the Devil.
Inequality, said Martin Luther, author of the Reformation, is a ?natural order.? It still is a natural order to the West. Ask Wall Street!
The Semitic faiths were marked for their blindness and cruelty. This is no reflection on Christ. He was truly a man of God. The fault lay with the church. Today it is back again to its aggressive posture.
WEH Lecky, the great historian of Europe, writes: ?What strikes us most in considering the medieval tortures is not so much their diabolic barbarity?(but) the artistic skill they displayed.? And the Inquisition was at the back of this art! In every prison, the crucifix and the rack (a torture instrument) stood side by side!
Torture was abolished in the teeth of opposition from the church, but most of the atrocities came back in full force with the blessings of the church during the colonial period. Although empires have gone, the predatory instinct of Western civilisation is still around.
Good Reader, it would be a good mental exercise for you to make a list of nations in the moral order.
Today the church wants to convert we Hindus?we who have never done a harm to a foreign nation in our history?into Christianity! Why? Because, says the church, we live in ?darkness?! Because our gods are devils!
This is the record of Christianity! And it calls itself ?superior!?