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The forgotten past

Babar invaded Delhi in AD 1526 and defeated Ibrahim Lodhi and enthroned himself as the emperor of Delhi. His full name was “Muhammad Zahiruddin Babra”. He ruled India from 1526-1530. Babar was succeeded by his son “Naseerud-din Humanyun” [1508-1556]. Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar [1542-1605] succeeded Humanyun. In the subsequent period Noor-ud-din Muhammad Jehangir [1569-1627] came to power. Jehangir was succeeded by his son Shahab-ud-din Muhammad Shahjahan [1592-1666]. And Shahajan was succeed by Muhiud-din Muhammad Aurangzeb (1618-1707). These were great emperors of the Mughal empire. They ruled for 180 years. But during this period there was no reference of Ram Janmbhoomi temple or of alleged demolition there of by Babar or Meer Baqi by any historian.

When Babar was ruling he gave an important advice to his son Humanyun to take care of the sentiments of Hindus’ religious feelings. Further prince Humanyun was also advised to see that cows for which Hindus have religious sanctity must not be slaughtered and their temples should be safeguarded. Babar was so conscious about Hindu religion it is unreasonable to believe that he demolished Ram Janmbhumi temple.

Akbar, the great Mughal, is unanimously considered as the most secular king in the history. Akbar had also maintained cordial relations with Hindu rulers of his time. Akbar’s successor Jahangir was well known for his justice.

The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb has been often criticised by historian, but actually the fact is otherwise. A poet therefore has written couplets about him:

Le de ke unko yad hai itna,
Aurangzeb Hindukush tha, zalim that, sitamgar tha.”


But history reports that he had donated jagirs to the Brahmins living in one of the Eastern India Provinces. And these Brahmins even today are called ‘Aurangzebi Brahmins’ and they and their heirs are still enjoying the fruits of the jagirs donated by emperor Aurangzeb. The educated Brahmins, Banias and other class of people were employed in the Mughal offices at high post. Rajputs and Muslims were employed mostly in police and military.

If you see and consider the above mentioned glorious times of the Mughal emperors, there shall not remain any doubt about the secular nature of the Mughal reign and the emperors right from Babar to Aurangzeb and the successors followed after upto the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar.

People of India are associated with one religion or the other and religion for them is very important. But the constitution of India is secular and therefore it is imperative on the port of the courts that they protect the secular status of the Indian constitution. The verdict of Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court on the 60 years old Babri Masjid dispute is shocking, to secular status of Indian Constitution. A few fundamentalists Hindus stealthily placed the idols of Ram in the central dome of the mosque on the night of 23 December 1949. As per pages of history it has been noted that title deed of the ownership of Babri Masjid was vested with Sunni Waqf Board.

Unfortunately on 6th of December 1992 the karsevaks had razed to the ground this 500 years old Babri Masjid. This is also historical fact that after demolishing of Masjid there were riots all over the country and thousand of innocent persons were killed or injured and their property lost.

Surprisingly three judges [Justice S.U. Khan, Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Justice D.V. Sharma] are found to have agreed that the place where the idols of Ram have been put belongs to Hindus. This verdict has been called to be victory of faith over law. It is a hard fact that the Masjid was constructed about AD 1528 while ‘Ram chabutara’ and ‘Sita’s rasoi’ were constructed in the same premises in or about AD 1850. So later construction of ‘Ram chabutara’ and rasoi ghar of Sita is an after thought.

No court can give judgement on the basis of faith and belief.

Y.R. Pathan, Kamrej, Surat, (Gujarat)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 February 2011 on page no. 2

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