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Who looted India more? — The Muslims or the British

Posted by jagoindia on January 29, 2009


Who looted India more?
By M.S.N. Menon, The Organiser, Sep 11, 2005

The British, say the ignorant Hindus. And they are not a few in this country. The talk is always of colonial exploitation. Of Jalianwala massacre.

It is also said that the British transferred huge amounts to Britain and that they tried to maximise revenue collections in India.

What are the facts? Prof. Dharma Kumar of the Delhi School of Economics refutes the charges. He writes: “This is very far from the truth and may indeed be more true of the Mughal rulers, if one takes the texts of the period and the work of the Aligarh school of historians seriously.”

And he goes on to quote the first volume of the Cambridge Economic History of India, which says that “a tiny ruling group consisting of the Mughal Emperor and 8,000 or so nobles (of a total population of 100 million ) actually collected over half to one-third of the GNP as revenue.” According to the US economist Raymond Goldsmith, the income appropriated by the top group in Mughal India was the highest known to man. The only exceptions were the Egyptian and Mesopotamian theocracies.

True, the British tried to collect as much as they could, but they were a people used to low taxation. In fact, in the first budget speech after the 1857 Mutiny, it was said that Hindu taxation law was generous to the rulers. Prof. Kumar says that the British might have collected 7 per cent of Gross National Product (GNP) in 1872-73 as revenue. During the World War II, the revenue collection was by no means high, he says. Thus during the World War II, it was not more than 12 per cent. Tax revenue fluctuated between 6 per cent and 7 per cent of the national income between 1900 to 1947.

In the last year of British rule, land revenue constituted. less than one-tenth of the total tax revenue. The land revenue probably did not exceed 5 percent of gross agricultural output in the 20th century for the country as a whole. This is in contrast to the Mughal period, when land tax was the highest. In fact, Britain was reluctant to impose high land tax after the rise of nationalism.

Prof. Dharma Kumar writes: “Indian historians are too often obsessed with the exploitative nature of colonialism and generations of students have learnt from them. It is true the British exploited, but they were also building a new modern India.”

As against this, after imposing their rule over India for over seven centuries, the Muslim rulers remained as foreign dynasties and refused to identify themselves with India. In these seven centuries, they did not build one great school or hospital. All they did was to build palaces and gardens for their enjoyment, tombs to perpetuate their memory and forts for their security. In fact, India continued to be a Dar-ul-Harb for the Muslim rulers, whereas India was the jewel of the British crown.

In the long period of the Muslim advent, the Muslim invaders and rulers did not spare one Hindu or Buddhist temple or Vihara. Everything was looted for gold and precious stones. The destruction was complete in the north. The number of temples destroyed by Aurangzeb alone is estimated to five, if not six, digits, according to his own court chroniclers. There was nothing left for the British to loot in India. In any case, they never indulged in looting the temples.

India was the richest country in the world till the advent of Islam. All the great diamonds belonged to India. India knew mining and processing of diamonds. The Mughals had two underground rooms of a capacity of 150,000 cu. ft., each packed with precious metals, diamonds and stones.

Mohd. bin Qasim robbed Sind of 630 million dirhams in the 11th century. Mahmud Ghazni raided India 17 times to loot temples and palaces. The sultanates sent looting expeditions to the south. On the invasion of Ghazni, Nehru writes: “From Thaneswar he took away, it is said, 200,000 captives (for sale) and vast wealth. But it was at Somnath that he got the most, for this was one of the great temples and the offerings of centuries had accumulated there.

The Muslim armies had plans to loot the rich cathedrals of Europe, but they were routed by the French. Similar ambitions to loot China were frustrated by the Mongols who devastated the Muslim empire and destroyed the Caliphate.

Loot was the first objective of every Muslim invader, not conversion. This is sanctioned by Islam. It says : “Eat what you have taken as booty. It is lawful and good.” (The Spoils 65) ( As against this , the Isha Upanishad says: “Enjoy what God has given the. Covet not that which belongs to another. “)

The legitimisation of plunder by Islam was what made the Islamic advent in the world so gory.

But our Indian “comrades” are ever ready to distort history. Prof. Prabhat Patnaik of JNU for example writes: “Every act of the British… was meant to serve rapacious colonial interests. ” No sensible thinker can pen such nonsense. Was the creation of the Asiatic Society also a “rapacious colonial” enterprise? More men of eminence are on record in British history, who opposed colonialism.

10 Responses to “Who looted India more? — The Muslims or the British”

  1. Deepti said

    More than wealth, Islam has created a cultural threat. It is after Islam’s advent, Casteism, Sati and other biases toward women aggravated among Hindus, since they were paying more taxes for being Dhimmis and Hindus women were targeted by barbaric Muslims. That’s the reason why in South India, u will not find parda, whereas in North it is so common.

  2. Dharmaveer said

    Deepti is absolutely right – a lot of what we today call “Hindu social evils” were nothing but the ossification of Hindu society under the Islamic onslaught. One can read Basham’s “The wonder that was India” for a glimpse of how glorious Hindu civilization was before Islam came and completely brutalized it. It is a miracle we Hindus survived such an onslaught – no one else did.

  3. Raj said

    Dear Indian brothers&sisters.I live and work in New York.I’m not a history student.You know the Pakis are taking advantage of every situation and arguing and demanding ‘evidence’?Some of brilliant boys and girls should confront them with the socalled proofs and shut their mouths.

  4. shahid said

    conventionally I ll have to say u sir.But actually u dnt deserve that because u r completely negatively biassed to the Islamic glorious civilization in India and thier generosity and responsiblity of the rulers to the people.That’s whypeople were leading a happy life.I d just like to remind u about the great famine in bengal during the regime of british.May be u have started to write Indian History without reading history but reading Ramayan.Try to remember or read the pre islamic India where all the kings were engaged in destroying others.And u know!Islam has united the Indian Subcontinent.Thanks to God and my ancestor who converted to muslim from hindu who was really a rational and logical man.thanks God again.

  5. Sunil said

    Could not agree more with author. Islam if not introduced then at-least forced the rapid growth of Sati in India. Introduced veil system at grass root level.

    All the traces of Indus Valley civilization would have been decimated. If it wasn’t British Even the period of Ashoka would have sounded like myth.

  6. Shiva said

    Muslims are brutal.. they ll have to accept it.. going thru history will not change our present situation.. muslims rooted out paganists from Iraq and muslims only made Parsis leave their own country Iran, and now they want to do same evil deeds in India but they will never succeed.. if muslims want to continue living in india they ll have to learn communal harmony.. they ll never be allowed to induce their dectatorship here.. else better they go to Pakistan.

  7. onlooker said

    This arguement is on going. When the armies of invaders such as the Semitic-Arabs and and Persian and Arab influenced-Turks came they fought their way with technology and with strategy to conquer the lands of south Asia and beyond. That means that the resident rulers were small minded short sighted and living in a world of their own that was rudely awakened. When the Germanic, Germano-Celtic and Hellinic-Latin/Greaco-Roman powers came they too conquered with technology and strategy that also rudely awakened the rulers of the lands. The situation is stil the same now where the rulers are nice and comfortable ready for another rude awakening. Looting and ravaging conquered lands was and still is a common policy of the rulers and conquerers. Sanctioned history only teaches the times when rulers showed tolerance or eccentricity not when they were their conquering or ruling worst. If like through the ages most people are not worried and are just thinking about their ordinary lives then maybe that is their normal behaviour.

  8. SaintIndian said

    Assholes like Zakir Naiki is trying to prove Islam by bringing fake ppl potraying as shankaracharyas and says that they are embracing islam.So what is he trying to prove here.Why should one embrace islam. He should be put behind the bars or sent to pakisthan. I wish there was a very large wall like the great wall of china btwn india and pakistan and no visas should be issued to them.

  9. Stochos said

    Zakir Naik is a terrorist.

  10. Nirmal said

    No one among hindus knows how to respct and behave to there brothers and sisters among themself, this is the commen treat to all hindus, they will not hepl among them self like Muslims and cristians are doing thats why all HINDUS shading in the growth of muslims, If we want to Grow change our self,
    ex : We are (Hindus)buy any thing from muslim shops and eat from Muslim Hotels , But the are selective among those for there community growth.

    Why cant we do the same , this is the only hope to rouin there buisness here , if business is lost Musilms are lost, they only know only how to loot with buisness ,

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