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  SUPPRESSING INDIAN HISTORYThe anniversary of Ayodhya has come and passed. Once more, many of India'sintelligentsia felt that the destruction of the mosque has signalled the end of a certaintolerant India, for which secularism was the unifying factor and has planted a dangerousseed of Hindu nationalism in India's psyche. Yet, one should remember that the Hindu'fundamentalists' did not kill a single soul in Ayodhya, whereas the bombs planted awhile later in revenge by Indian Muslims with the help of Pakistan, killed more than 350innocent human beings. In fact, during its long history, Hinduism has been one of themost peaceful creeds in the world, accepting the reality of different beliefs, never tryingto convert -even in a non-violent manner, like the Buddhists did in Asia - and submittingitself rather meekly, except for a Shivaji, a Guru Gobind or a Rani of Jhansi, to numerousinvasions. The same thing cannot be said about Islam, whatever N. Ram says inFrontline. Many historians, amongst them Will Durant, Louis Frederick, or AlainDanielou, have remarked that the Muslim invaders were so certain that they were doingtheir holy duty by razing temples and killing Hindus, that they had recorded downcarefully and proudly their deeds in their own archives.Mahmud of Ghazni, for instance, who patronised art and literature, would recite a verseof the Koran every night after having razed temples and killed his quota of unbelievers.Firuz Shah Tughlak, personally confirms that the destruction of Pagan temples was doneout of piety and writes: on the day of a Hindu festival, I went there myself, ordered theexecutions of all the leaders and practionners of his abomination; I destroyed their idolstemples and built mosques in their places . Aurangzeb did not just build an isolatedmosque on a razed temple, as Romila Thapar would like us to believe, he ordered alltemples destroyed, among them the Kashi Vishvanath, one of the most sacred places of Hinduism and had mosques built on a number of cleared temples sites. All other Hindusacred places within his reach equally suffered destruction, with mosques built on them.A few examples: Krishna's birth temple in Mathura, the rebuilt Somnath temple on thecoast of Gujurat, the Vishnu temple replaced with the Alamgir mosque now overlookingBenares and the Treta-ka-Thakur temple in Ayodhya. The number of temples destroyed by Aurangzeb is counted in 4, if not 5 figures. This is a small excerpt of his own officialcourt chronicles: Aurangzeb ordered all provincial governors to destroy all schools andtemples of the Pagans and to make a complete end to all pagan teachings and practices .Or:: Hasan Ali Khan came and said that 172 temples in the area had been destroyed...His majesty went to Chittor and 63 temples were destroyed. Abu Tarab, appointed todestroy the idol-temples of Amber, reported that 66 temples had been razed to theground .. Aurangzeb did not stop at destroying temples, their users were also wiped-out;even his own brother, Dara Shikoh, was executed for taking an interest in Hindu religionand the Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur was beheaded because he objected to Aurangzeb'sforced conversions. As we can see Romila Thapar and Percival Spear's statement of a benevolent Aurangzeb is a flagrant attempt at negationism (the negation of historicalcrimes). Even the respectable Encyclopedia Brittannica in its entry on India, does notmention in its chapter on the Sultanate period any persecutions of Hindus by Muslims,except that Firuz Shah Tughlaq made largely unsuccessful attempts at converting hisHindu subjects and sometime persecuted them .Indian school books seem to have taken their cue from the Encyclopedia Brittannica , as
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