As I was having a few discussions on the two prominent religions in India and as the reference to Zaid Hamid's Slaughtering Hindus remark was discussed, I did some of my own research. A deep diving research on the way things have happened in Indian subcontinent. Right from the time there is a history of mankind on this subcontinent, including Afghanistan and Iran for that matter.
The research or the study revealed that all through the history, Hindus were slaughtered, they were forced converted and they were tortured. The Geography that was known as "Aryavrat" spanned from Iran to Myanmaar & Thaniland (Siam) and Afghanistan to Srilanka. There was quite lot influence on the nearby geographies of Malaysia and Indonesia. So that would mean at that time there was no Pakistan, no Bangladesh, no Iran and no Afghanistan. It was all one land.
Just to provide one example, During Mahabharata time that is supposed to be so 3000 BC, Mother of Kaurvas "Gandhari" was from Gandhar, the modern day Kandhar in Afghanistan. That would mean that Historically, Afghanistan was very much a Hindu Geography. Same was the case with Iran and other adjoining area.
So when did this change? When did these geographies convert to be called as Muslim Countries and when did Islam got enforced on those areas? That is a very interesting set of questions that have never been answered by Most of the Historians and that has been always a ducked set of questions by those who try to come forward to save the west and Christianity. For the case of Iran, ALL we know now is the fact that it was known as Persia (Faras in Hindi) after certain time frame (after breaking away from Aryavrat - that timeframe is not known to me at this time) and the people of that geography were known as Persians (Farsi in Hindi). They are the ones who are said to be following Zoroastrianism (a 3500 years old monotheistic religion founded by Prophet Zoroaster).
With the advent of Islam, the first inter-religion conflict was reportedly between Muslims and Jews and we still witness that between the Arab world and Israel. The next set of people who faced the wrath of Muslim extremists were Zoroastrians and those who were lucky and who could flee from the clutches of Barbarians, reached the shores of India. The Zoroastrians got the heaven to live in where they were respected and where they could practice their belief, as they still do.
So after a successful crusade into Iran certainly the Afghanistan and western part of Aryavart was the target and the Barbaric acts of Muslims have enough coverage in History of India, though as the Truk Crusade or as Mangols or as for Gulam Dynasty or as the Mughals. Interesting point is these Historians have actually presented the whole case in a glorified manner rather than providing the truthful presentation of facts. The torture of Hindus, the forced conversion or death, the rape and abduction of Hindu females, the genocide et al are all happily buried in the glorified Muslim attacks on India and Hinduism.
The conversion of Iran and Afghanistan has their own horrific tales, the mass genocide and ethnic cleansing in Kashmir has it own horror story, the mass ethnic cleansing of Hindus in 1947 during Partition and then in 1971 in Bangladesh tells one very clearly that millions of Hindus were butchered but no one ever brought that topic on the world stage.
The Partition of India in two nation knows no bounds of the way Hindus and Sikhs were butchered in Pakistan. but what after that? Those who stayed back in Pakistan, were they safe or are those Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan still safe there? Answer is NO. A study of population or the census data would reveal that the % of Hindus and Sikhs has deteriorated in Pakistan from 1947 to date. The data suggests that there were close to 10% (of total population) Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan in 1947. A realistic figure today reveals it to be less than 2%. The 2006 census stated around 20000 Sikhs for that matter. So why the figures fell so steep from 10% to less than 2%?
The data and facts that I came across in my deep diving study or research are really horrifying from the Historical perspective. We have really seen shrinking figures for the Hindus on this land and we have already witnessed the ever increasing ethnic cleansing / forced conversion. The Hindus today have accommodated most of the Muslim way of living in their lives (unknowingly or knowingly) and have forgotten quite a few of their own. For that matter, most of the Hindus would be found claiming 786 to be a lucky figure, but why, they don't know the answer. There are many such instances that can be sighted. The Muslim Influence on Hindus is increasing and we may see a big disruption similar to what we have seen in Middle East, Europe and in African Nations, if that influence is not controlled or shrugged off.
It is important for us to understand that likes of Zaid Hamid have made a statement of "Slaughtering Hindus" in Afghanistan every time we would land there (after US forces would move out...interesting twist)....That's what is the truth from the History that needs to be brought out in front of the world - Islam has been spread to the world by Barbaric Missions and by curbing other beliefs. And they are at it again (ISIS in Middle East, Boko Haram in Nigeria, Talibans in Pakistan and Afghanistan ad few more in India).
It is important that the world comes together forgetting the religious differences to end this Barbaric Act of Forced Conversions and Ethnic Cleansing. The religious fanatics need to end their Idiosyncratic Act and put and end to the whole Barbaric Mess!!!