Attack In Hyderabad
As a young boy I remember reading that the Nizam of Hyderabad was the "richest man in the world." I did not read, but know now, that he was a Muslim, and that the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad was traditionally full of Arabs -- Hadramis (that is, from the Hadramaut) -- the same Hadramis who helped, as traders, to bring Islam to Java and Sumatra, and thence to the rest of the East Indies.
Hyderabad has not lost its Muslim population. Unlike the Hindus, the Sikhs, the Buddhists, the Christians who have been steadily driven out by the intolerable conditions placed on them, from Pakistan, from Bangladesh, from Kashmir, the Muslims are not driven out of anywhere in India, but are flourishing and multiplying, and making demands, and attacking -- with Pakistani support, and with Arab money, and also without it.
I think differently now about the supposed splendor of the Mughal princes. They don't impress me the way they once did. The luxury and romance of the Mughal princes -- the kind of thing that William Dalrymple finds so enchanting -- leave me cold. As cold as they must have left K. S. Lal, or Sita Ram Goel, or for that matter the late David McCutchion, or the even more distantly late Sir William Jones, "Oriental" Jones.
Posted on 08/25/2007 3:41 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald