The Truth Prevails

How Leftist Historians, Professors, and Journalists tried to lead the nation astray on the Ayodhya verdict but failed.

Deepak Mehta

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As India witnesses the bhumi pujan for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, let’s revisit the decades of attempts to obfuscate the truth by people who were supposed to uphold it instead.

The Ayodhya issue is not a normal religious dispute — the existence of a temple historically has been recorded and so has its destruction and the subsequent building of the Babri Masjid there in the 1500s. The same is recorded in Babur’s own personal logs, Baburnama.

One of the first notable excavations was carried out by Lord Cunningham which noted that there were structures that existed in Ayodhya but they were relatively modern and archeologically like Buddhist Stupas more than temples. However, the report also mentions that the city could have been deserted after the fall of the last king of the Ikshvaku dynasty, the same dynasty that Lord Ram and Siddhartha Gautam were supposedly from.

Another excavation was carried out in 1976–77, and one of the team members present there has repeated, on numerous occasions, that there indeed was a temple before the mosque existed and that “communists, especially Irfan Habib” have been “misleading Muslims” and have tried their best to keep this debate going.

“The issue has become political now, Muslim leaders also didn’t lead the community properly on the issue. After the first excavation in Ayodhya, Muslims had decided to let go their claim over the land, but communist historians like Irfan Habib got into it and misled the Muslims and said that there was ‘nothing’ after the first excavation and asked for further digging at the place. Thus to settle the matter, Muslims are finding it difficult to come back to the negotiating table.”

After this interview, he was attacked by Syed Ali Rizvi, Chairman, Department of History, at…

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Deepak Mehta

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