Literary evidences on the destruction of Ram temple – A talk by Dr. Meenakshi Jain


There are a large number of histories that
were written in the 18th and 19th centuries, in Arabic, Persian and lastly in Urdu. Not
one of these history says that Babri Masjid was built on vacant land. All the Persian, Arabic, Urdu histories written in the 18th and 19th century clearly say that Babar ordered the destruction of the Ram temple and then ordered a mosque to be built at that side, not one book says otherwise. I am talking about Arabic, Persian and Urdu sources and many scholars have listed these sources. There is one particular book that I would
like to refer to, it is called the Tarikh-e-Avadhi, it was written in 1869, but was published
in 1969, about a 100 years later. The person who wrote this book was an eye
witness, he lived in the reign of the last Nawaab of Awadh and was an eye witness to
many developments that took place there and he writes that you know, now the Hindus have
started paying bribes to the people in charge of the Babri Masjid and have started worshiping inside the Masjid also. So, all the evidence that we have, the literary accounts of Arabic, Persian and written in Arabic, Persian and Urdu say that it was a temple that was destroyed
and Masjid was built on that and this last particular text also says Hindus bribe the
officials, government officials, Muslim government officials, and have now started worshipping
in Babri Masjid also. Then what are the other references that we have in Persian? We have Abul Fazal, the official historian of Akbar. He says that Ayodhya is very sacred land because
lord Ram was born there and Ram Navmi, at Ram Navmi, lots and lots of people go to pay
their homage at Ayodhya. So, this is another source written in Persian. There is one more interesting evidence. In
1600, Akbar had given 6 Beeghaas of land to hanuman teela for some construction work. One hundred years later that grant of Akbar
had to be renewed. So, in 1723, all the documents were checked and the Mughal ruler at that
time said the grant should be renewed. So, the scribe, scribe means somebody has to write
the renewal grant, so, that scribe says that this grant which was given by Akbar in 1600
is now being renewed in 1723 and I , the scribe, I am writing this from the Janmabhoomi of Ram. So , the scribe who is writing this document in Persian in 1723 also says that I am writing this from the Janmabhoomi of Ram. So, what I have said so far is that no work in Arabic,
Persian or Urdu says that Babri Masjid was built on vacant land and we have Persian authorities
like Abul Fazal and the scribe saying that Ayodhya is sacred because it is the birth
place of Ram. So that is being acknowledged.

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