Written by Sulaiman Razvi
UP CM Yogi Adityanath said that Babar, Akbar were intruders; Shivaji, Guru Govind were real heroes, Rajnath Singh asked Why isn’t Maharana Pratap called ‘the Great’ like Akbar, Rajasthan’s BJP government is rewriting history wherein they will now present distorted Saffronized history of Akbar’s defeat at the hands of Rana Pratap in the battle of Haldighati. V.K. Singh wants Akbar road to be renamed after Rana Pratap. As you may know, Akbar was one of the most secular king India ever had, despite that Sanghis cannot digest the greatness of Akbar just because he was a Muslim. Akbar had established a religion called Din I Elahi but later reverted to Islam. Muslims shouldn’t be disheartened with these statements of Hindu leaders rather they should take it as a lesson of Hindus’ ungratefulness. Akbar treated his Hindu subjects so well and in return, Hindus are maligning him now. A Hindu chieftain Shivaji who is now called a Maharaj looted civilians including Hindus, burned their houses, ransacked villages and now he is a national hero with many government places named after him. So it’s clear that Hindu ruler even after looting people in his time is praised now and a Muslim ruler who treated Hindus like his own brothers is demonized only because of the religion they followed. Tipu Sultan and Aurgangzeb gave grants to Hindu temples and now they are depicted as religious bigots who massacred Hindus. Aurangzeb ordered the local officials in Benares to protect the temples and Brahman temple functionaries. Aurangzeb had patronized several temples, Scholars such as Catherine Asher, M Ather Ali and Jalaluddin have pointed to numerous tax-free grants bestowed on Hindu temples, notably those of the Jangam Bari Math at Benares, Balaji’s temple at Chitrakoot, the Someshwar Nath Mahadev temple at Allahabad, the Umanand temple at Gauhati, and numerous others. Umananda, the oldest temple of Bhagwan Bhole Shankar situated on the river Brahmaputra in Guwahati, was not only not harmed during emperor Aurangazeb’s conquest of Assam, but was also conferred vast parcels of land. According to History and Culture of Assam, an anthropological research paper published by Kamrup Anushandhan Samitee and edited by S. C. Goswami, the conqueror conferred the ownership of vast tracts of land on the official pujari of the temple of Umananda known as Doloi (Brahmins) in September 1667. The areas of the grant measures 13 square kilometers today. The official declaration (Sanad) of Mughal’s Emperor was written on a stone plate popularly known as “Shilalipi”. Aurangzeb had also sanctioned annual grant to Maa Kamakhya Mandir- another famous temple situated at a distance of 8 kilometres from Umananda on the hill of Nilachaal, Guwahati. Aurangzeb granted 300 bighas land for temple at Chitrakut in Ramzan. It was the month of Ramzan, 334 years ago, when Mughal emperor Aurangzeb had granted 330 bighas of land for the Balaji Temple at Chitrakut in present day Uttar Pradesh, the official decree was issued and the document is in possession of the present Pujari Ram Naresh. And such person is depicted as epitome of iconoclasm by Sanghis today.
The Maratha army raided and damaged the Shankaracharya’s temple in Sringeri because it was being patronised by Tipu Sultan, their enemy. Later on, Tipu renovated the temple and had the idol reinstalled. Sringeri was not the only holy place which enjoyed the patronage of Tipu. To the Lakshmikantha temple at Kalale in Nanjungud taluk, he gave four silver cups, a silver plate and a silver spittoon. To the Narayanswamy temple at Melkote, he presented gold and silver vessels, besides an elephant and a few jewels. The Srikanteswara temple at Nanjungud was presented with a jewelled cup and some precious stones. To another temple, Nanjundeswara, in the same town of Nanjungud, he gave a greenish linga to Ranganatha temple at Srirangapatana he gifted seven silver cups and a silver camphor burner. Yet Sanghis objects to the celebration of Tipu Jayanti.
The Yadgarpally temple at Bhongir received a grant of Rs. 82,825. Sitarambagh temple got Rs. 50,000, Bhadrachalam temple Rs. 29,999 and Balaji temple in Tirupati Rs. 8,000. No, these are not grants made by the present dispensation but by the erstwhile Nizam’s regime. The Seventh Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan, was generous in donations to churches, mosques and Gurudwaras too. Though a strict follower of Islam, he displayed exemplary tolerance towards other faiths. Nizam gave 10 lakh rupees to Banaras Hindu University. While right wingers are busy running fake news that when Madan Mohan Malviya went to the Nizam for grants, the Nizam refused rudely and threw shoe at him which Madan Mohan Malviya took with him and auctioned the shoe to build Banaras Hindu University. Doesn’t it sound like a perfect Bollywood movie script? A popular right wing shared this on their Facebook page which fetched 28K likes. While the fact is that it was Maharaja of Bikaner who requested the Nizam to donate for the Benaras Hindu University. Without thinking twice the Nizam generously gave a huge amount to the university. This is how they are busy maligning Muslim rulers.
There’s one more fact which may shock you, The Gorakhpur-based Gorakhnath Peeth or Matth, which Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath heads, was granted by a Muslim ruler, Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula of Awadh. Roshan Ali Shah, the great 18th century Sufi of Gorakhpur requested Asaf-ud-daula, the then Nawab of Avadh, to grant land for the Gorakhpur Matth. While Yogi Adityanath wants to install Gaur-Ganesh idol in every mosque, his outfit offers guns to Hindus in Dadri, his men wants to rape dead Muslim women. And it’s not just Yogi Adityanath but even his predecessor was an anti-Muslim. The present structure of Hanumangarhi temple stands at a site which was donated by Nawab Abul Mansur Safdarjung, the second nawab of Awadh kingdom (d1754) to a bairagi (hermit). The successors of the bairagi enclosed a much larger area, including an abandoned Qanati masjid. The bairagis ultimately demolished the masjid during the nawabi era itself. When Muslims tried to reclaim the mosque, the Hindus killed hundreds of Muslims. Hindus won’t admit these generosities of Muslim rulers rather they say that Muslims didn’t do a favor by granting lands to Hindus since India is a Hindu country, they mean to say that Hindus are the sole owners of this land and even rulers do not have ownership.
Over 2 million Hindus are working in gulf countries and yet they support Israel because of Israel—Arab conflict as they believe themselves and Jews to be mutual enemies of Muslims. The Hindu population in UAE is expected to increase to 7.7% from 6.6% by 2020 as per PEW research. They live in Muslim countries and badmouths Indian Muslims. Just have a look at what Hindus working in Muslim countries has to say about Indian Muslims, Hindus in Muslim countries. Hindus have a sizeable population in Malaysia and Indonesia which were once Hindu countries and Hindu-Muslim conflict has rarely occurred there. Indonesia has 82% Muslims and yet it has Hindu god Ganesh’s picture on their currency, they have idol of Krishna at Jakarta main square, the national emblem of Indonesia is Garuda Pancasila which is inspired by Hindu god Garuda, official logo of Bali represents three Hindu gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, Indonesia issued stamps with Ramayana theme while in India a Hindu politician attending Iftar parties or wearing skull cap is considered ‘Minority appeasement”. Hindus doesn’t take this as an example of Muslims’ generosity rather they take it as the greatness of Hinduism which makes other bow down before them. And yet Sanghis shamelessly say Muslims are obsessed with minority rights when they are minority and where they (Muslims) are majority there is no minority right, while Hindus themselves treats minorities (Dalits included) like animals in India.
Sanghis are like snakes, no matter how much you feed them at the end they will bite you. If a dog and a Sanghi are dying then save the life of the dog at least the dog will remember your favor and will be loyal to you for entire life, unlike ungrateful Sanghis. So Muslims must learn from the past. No matter how good you treat these people, they will definitely malign you because it is their nature.