Contribution of secular Muslim rulers suppressed in India: Justice Katju

New Delhi: Indian masses are fed on a version of history which selectively projects cases of religious intolerance of Muslim rulers. The contributions of secular Muslim rulers like Tipu Sultan have deliberately been suppressed, said Justice Markanday Katju, senior judge of the Supreme Court of India. He was speaking at the concluding day of a conference on “Towards Knowledge, Development and Peace - Outlining Roadmaps for the Future” organized by the Institute of Objective Studies here on 17 April.  “You will get to read how Mahmood Ghaznawi demolished temples and how other Muslim rulers converted Hindus but you will never get to know that Tipu Sultan used to fund 153 temples,” said Katju who is known for his deep interest in Urdu. Justice Katju also gave the example of the Nawab of Awadh who was known for his secular administration. Katju considered this kind of “suppression of an important part of our history” as the main cause of the growth of communalism in India. He said that India is a country which is very diverse and can’t live without secularism. Calling India as the “country of migrants” Katju regarded the Indian culture as “Sanskrit-Urdu” culture.
MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 4

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