Hinduism, Islam & Christianity- A Comparison

13 07 2007

The Hindus criticise the Mohammedans for having spread their religion by the use of the sword. They also ridicule Christianity on the score of the inquisition. But really speaking who is better and more worthy of our respect—the Mohammedans and Christians who attempted to thrust down the throats of unwilling persons what they regarded as necessary for their salvation or the Hindu who would not spread the light, who would endeavour to keep others in darkness, who would not consent to share his intellectual and social inheritance with those who are ready and willing to make it a part of their own make-up ? I have no hesitation in saying that if the Mohammedan has been cruel the Hindu has been mean and meanness is worse than cruelty.

SECTION IX Annihilation of Caste. Vol-I, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Writing and Speeches

Fall of Buddhism: the Islam angle

6 06 2007

“There can be no doubt that the fall of Buddhism in was due to the invasions of the Musalmans.”

“Such was the slaughter of the Buddhist priesthood perpetrated by the Islamic invaders. The axe was struck at the very root. For by killing the Buddhist priesthood Islam killed Buddhism. This was the greatest disaster that befell the religion of Buddha in India.”

N B :-There are many such instances in chapter-5 where Dr. Ambedkar holds that Islam wiped out Buddhism from India. Budhhists either fled or converted to Islam. But in the next two chapters he provides ample evidence that it was Brahminism which put Buddhism in death bed, Islam simply cut off the life support. Unfortunately the islam angle is quoted in isolation which completely misconstrues Dr. Ambedkar’s thesis.

CHAPTER-5- The Decline and Fall of Buddhism, part-III. Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Ancient India, Volume-III. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Writing and Speeches