MUMBAI: History is being diluted and polluted by certain sections with the aim of deleting contributions of Indian Muslims in India’s freedom struggle. It is also being polluted by virulent fabricated stories. The distortion of Indian history is being done to put Muslim rulers and Indian Muslims in poor light.
While fact of the history is that communal riots were negligible during Muslim rule in India. Communal harmony was most important agenda of all Hindu-Muslim rulers of India, before the arrival of British in India.
The wars between Hindu and Muslim rulers of India cannot be said to be wars between Hindus and Muslims, as many Muslims fought on behalf of Hindu rulers and many Hindus fought wars against Hindu rulers on behalf of Muslim Kings and Nawabs.
However British rulers adopted the policy of divide and rule. They wrote history of India and used it to promote communal hatred among Hindus and Muslims. They distorted the Historical facts of Indian history to sow the seeds of communalism amongst two major religious communities of India.
The serious communal disputes, some of which are still unresolved communal problems, between Hindus and Muslims, arose during British time.
Babri Masjid–Ram Janam Bhumi dispute began in British times. Hindi-Urdu conflict was triggered in British Raj. The issues like cow protection campaign, Shuddhi movement, Tableegh, insistence on playing music before religious places etc which resulted in serious communal riots in different parts of United and Pre-Independent India, were raised after the 1st Freedom Struggle of 1857.
Before 1857, Hindus and Muslims fought British united. In fact during the preceding Century ( i.e. from 1757 to 1857), all wars of freedom against British forces were fought by Hindus and Muslims, under the leadership of Muslim leaders.
In 1757, first war of freedom was fought in Pelassy, Bengal under the leadership of Nawab Siraj ud Daulah. In 1767, another war of freedom was fought in Buxar, in which Nawab Mir Qasem was leader of Indian freedom fighters against British. In South India, many wars of freedom were fought under the leadership of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan. The famous war of freedom which British refer as ‘Sepoy -Mutiny’, was led by Bahadur Shah Zafar. This was crushed by British forces.
Only after defeating Indians in 1857, the British played the game of divide and rule. Thus to enable it, they distorted history books and sowed the seeds of Hindu-Muslim enmity. This process of divide and rule continued in India even after British left. Even today such divisive policy is being practiced by certain sections for personal gains.