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*Taj Mahal brought into the debate. Why?*

13310555_1054030941334128_1739204266055458455_nIn recent times we’ve heard the CM of U.P, Adityanath Yogi and the political leader from the BJP, Sangeet Som making comments of hatred against the Moghuls and their contribution. Even a common layman can understand the motives behind such comments; it is to play the hate politics to divide communities and harvest their vote banks. But hey, this is not 1992 or 2002 (The years of demolishing Babri Masjid & Gujarat riots). Things have changed a lot in 2017. People have access to unadulterated news; although there are so many charismatic liars in the primetime shows. People today want solutions for their practical problems of poor city infrastructure, deteriorating education system, malfunctioning health services and not to forget – dwindling economy due to demonetisation of currencies and demonisation of Indian economy through GST and hitlerian policies.

Yogi took away Taj Mahal from the list of tourist destinations, and Som said that it was built by the traitors. These politicians are those who want to hit the headlines through such disparaging statements that cause detrimental outcomes to the general masses. And they throw in such topics to be debated, so that the real topics of debate such as infrastructure, healthcare, quality education and waning economy are forgotten. For your kind information, Sangeet Som and Yogi Adityanath have blood on their hands. The infamous politician Sageet Som was in the news back then for causing riots in Muzaffarnagar. And he was also in news for running slaughter houses where cattle were slaughtered and the beef being exported. Yogi Adityanath has criminal cases registered against him in the past, and also has the curse of the poor people of Uttar Pradesh, whose children have died in great numbers due to negligence shown by his government hospitals. So their similitude is like that of the naughty bulleys of a school who want to become famous by causing havoc in the premises. So don’t take them too seriously, but let’s analyse the subject at hand.

Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world today. And the city of Agra is known for this massive monument which was built by the then king Shah Jahan. During his time, he was the king who ruled his land. How can he become his traitor? India as we see today was not the same within the borders set by our leaders during the 1947 Independence from the British Raj. India was much more area than what we have with us today, which included the parts of today’s Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burma and other neighbouring lands that we see beyond the Indian borders of today. Indians were even known to have ruled lands of today’s Iran and the areas between. Hence if one were to understand based on the ancient civilizations, the laws and customs during the times of the last few millenia were different from what we see today. In ancient world, the kings conquered lands to establish their polical supremacy, and they ruled their lands to improve the quality and prosperity of their subjects. Hence when the Wodeyars were ruling in the South India then, they were not concerned with the rule of the Marathas in the areas of Maharashtra of then. They didn’t have a federal system that governed all of the provinces and kingdoms ruled by the kings of the Indian soil. People were into conquering and defending their territories from each other, although they were people from the Indian subcontinent of the ancient India. Hence the Cholas, Cheras, Pallavas and all such kingdoms of the past used to fight amongst themselves to expand their territories only to rule a bigger land. Even the Mauryan Dynasty that eliminated the Nanda Dynasty is history. King Ashoka who is highly respected by the Indians today, was also a person who had killed 1 lakh Hindus in Kalinga, and later taken 1 lakh Hindus as captives of war. If I were to ask this question: How can you forgive a man who killed 1 lakh ancient Indians! But today we have Ashoka Chakra in your Indian national flag and the Indian Military pays respect to the National Flag. That’s because we see Ashoka as an Indian who also contributed some positive things after the battle of Kalinga. Hence history must not be evaluated based on today’s operative systems; but must be understood based on geo-political system of the ancient world.

The Hindu Muslim divisive politics will not work in India anymore God-Willing. The people of India want to see the politicians perform. If they perform well, they will be retained; or else trashed by their own people soon. Back then in the past world of the ancient India, the kings were not absolutely communal as what is being portrayed by the Yogi & Som kinds. Let me share some glimpse of some ground shaking facts:

Akbar the grandson of Babur, was a Moghul king who had Raja Mansen as his army commander in Chief. And Raja Mansen was a Hindu who stood against Rana Pratap Singh’s army. Akbar’s counsil consisted members such as Birbal, Todarmal and other Hindu advisors who supported the Muslim king Akbar.

Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore was a Muslim who had Hindus as his advisors and his army men. Pandit Poorniah was given the high post of “Mir Asaf” in his kingdom. He even had the kingdom’s treasury under the custody of Krishna Rao who happened to be a Hindu. Tipu Sultan had close ties with even the French Army. Nepolean Bonaparte was a close friend of Tipu Sultan. By the way, Napoleon was a Christian.

Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was a Maratha ruler who had Muslim generals in this cavalry and infantry. He had Muslim men serving in his kingdom. Shivaji was even a good friend of the Nizam of Hyderabad, and the dual jointly attacked Tipu Sultan. Nizam was a Muslim who joined hands with the Hindu Peshwas and attacked the Muslim king Tipu Sultan.

Aurangzeb and Adil Shah were contemporaries, but were rivals to each other. And Emperor Aurangzeb had Hindu Rajputs serving in his army, even while fighting the Hindu Marathas. So this was the ancient India at a glimpse. The kings back then ruled their lands, made treaties with those kings who were for peace treaties, and fought those who didn’t seem favourable for their kingdom’s safety and security. Those were the times when the land of today’s India were ruled by hundreds of kingdoms. So the ones like Yogi and Som seem to have no knowledge of history, and such members ruling states is like garlands in monkey’s hand.

I do not say that Shah Jahan was an angel. Like any ruler who has his good side and the flipside, he too had his share of shortcomings. He too has done blunders during his rule. In my opinion, the construction of a massive Taj Mahal in the memory of his dead wife Mumtaz was a national waste. Instead he could have built universities and educational institutions that could have elevated the status of his people. People who visit Agra very well know the Taj Mahal’s grandeur and the city’s slums and dirty roads without traffic regulations even. I would blame the Moghuls to have taken a backseat when it came to developing the nation through education and social upliftment. They didn’t spend enough in research and development, because of which the British could overcome them with the knowledge that they explored through science and technology. But again, that’s my opinion. I might be right or wrong. But surely not putting forward to cause hatred for the Moghuls; but just whining over the lost opportunities.

Let’s remember one important fact of history that can never be erased by the ones like Yogi and Som. In 1857, during the Sepoy Mutiny, the Hindus and Muslims together joined hands and rebelled against the British East India Company, while the Hindus and the Muslims had taken Bahadur Shah Zafar as their leader to come on power after ousting the British. Now this incident says it all. The mere fact that the Hindus and the Muslims chose the last Muslim Mughal King Bahadur Shah Zafar as their leader says that they were not communal in their approach to their survival in a society.

For those of you who are averse to Moghuls, here is another powerful information of truth. These very Moghuls were the descendants of their  non-Muslim Mongolian ancestors who had invaded the Muslim lands of Baghdad in the 1200s, plundered the Muslims and pillaged their cities. The Mongols under the leadership of Chengis Khan  destroyed the Abbasid Caliphate of the Muslims. And after destroying them, the Mongols learnt the religion of the Baghdad people, and many embraced Islam. It is one of the rarest incident in the entire history, wherein the ones who destroyed a nation adopted the religion of the destroyed nation. That’s the unexpected turn that impacted our India today. These non-muslim Mongolians were worshipping nature and many among them had adopted to various philosophies. And when a section of these people became Muslims, they entered Panipat under the identity of Moghuls. The Mongols were the Moghuls. The ones who plundered the Muslim nations came to India and built a Muslim nation. That’s the plan of the One Who controls all events of this world – the plan of God Almighty.

Well, history is to be read with a positive approach to it. We must benefit from the good events, and denounce the evil deeds irrespective of who the doer was. But their misdeeds must not be carried as a means to take revenge at ones connected to a group or clan. Let me conclude with an example: If you come across a tree that was planted by a sinner of the past, don’t cut the tree that he planted. Benefit from the tree, and you too benefit the tree. And that is Dharma. The Hindus, Muslims and Christians have contributed for the development of this land. If we were to remove all the rails and the railway routes designed by the British, just because we hate the British oppression, then we will not be punishing the British by our actions; but will punish ourselves by our foolishness. So, leave the Taj Mahal alone; for it gives us ₹ 25 crore income annually. Indian needs every pie after demonetisation.

Writer, Umar Shariff, MPJR