PATNA: A newly-published book has claimed the Ram Temple was demolished during the reign of Moghul emperor Aurangzeb, and not during the rule of Babur.
The book quoting ancient Sanskrit texts, reviews of archaeological excavations and old files during the British period claims the Ram temple did indeed exit in the Hindu pilgrimage city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh before a mosque was built on it.
The book “Ayodhya Revisted” has been written by Kishore Kunal, a former Gujarat-cadre IPS officer who only recently resigned as chairman of Bihar State Religious Trust.
“It’s wrong to say that Babur ordered the demolition of Ram Temple at Ayodhya. He never visited Ayodhya. The claim of historians that Mir Baqi, the then governor of Awadh, got Babri mosque constructed in 1528 is fictitious,” Kunal has been quoted as saying by the PTI.
“The demolition of the temple did not take place in 1528 AD (During Babur’s regime) but in 1660 when Fedai Khan was the governor of Aurangzeb in Ayadhya,” the book states.
According to his claim, Moghul rulers from Babur to Shah Jehan were quite liberal and extended patronage to all religions.
Kunal who also served as the vice-chancellor of Sanskrit University, Darbhanga, was the Officer on Special Duty in Home Ministry and was officially associated with the Ayodhya dispute in 1990 before the disputed structure was razed to the ground on December 6, 1992 by a huge crowd of Hindu Kar Sevaks (volunteers).
The demolition sparked communal riots across the country, claiming over 2,000 lives.
The Mumbai Riots alone claimed lives of around 900 people and led to destruction of property worth $3.6 billion.
The demolition and the ensuing riots were among the major factors behind 1993 serial Mumbai blasts and many successive riots in the coming decade.
Image Caption: The now demolished Babri mosque which was believed to have been built over Ram Temple