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Gyanavapi (Varanasi ) Findings And The Aftermath


Dt:  24/5/22


Gyanavapi (Varanasi ) Findings And The Aftermath

Dr T.H. Chowdary*


That tens of thousands of temples had been desecrated and destroyed  during the  period of  Islamic  invaders  and the rule of Muslim dynasties almost all over  India is a historical fact with  evidences  still  coming up.  The facts were recorded by  Muslim  scribes  who  wrote  histories of Islamic invasions and  conquest of  India by   Md. of Ghazni,  Ghori, some Delhi  Sultans and Aurangzeb, but these are ignores in any discussion or dispute .


2. It was only in Spain  that  the desecration and  destruction  wrought by   the  Islamic invaders and their  rule  for over six centuries were undone in the 15th century and  the churches which were converted into mosques  were restored back as churches and  90% of the  people converted to Islam were brought back to Christianity. Such a  thing may not happen  in the  present times anywhere in the world.


3. We have the  record at the Somnath temple  being  rebuilt under the government auspices but by public funds  soon after the  Junagarh  state was liberated from Pakistan to which the Muslim ruler  acceded and  fled to Pakistan . That was with the  resolve of indomitable Sardar  Patel despite Nehru’s resentment. 


4. Hindus  cannot forget  the destruction of the  temples   held by them to be of supreme  sanctity  and in which place mosques were constructed. Such  maybe called, the Hindu Masjids.  This is the title of a book written by Praful  Goradia  a former Rajya Sabha member. In that book he has  described on great  detail which were such temples  that were  destroyed  and  in those very places  mosques were  constructed. This was published in the year 2012.


5. Sri Sitaram Goel  brought out  in two volumes  a book,

Hindu Temples

What happened to them

( the Islamic evidence)


These were published by Voice of  India in the  early 1990s and reprinted more than four times since then. 


6. Apart from Hindu Masjids , there are two other varieties of mosques built by the  Islamic invader- rulers  in this country.  One variety is in open spaces in the conquered territory without  involving any temple destruction. In regard to this  Hindus have  no intolerance. They are treated in the traditional  Hindu spirit of tolerance as  places of worship in  different ways by different people.


7. The other variety is  temples destroyed and mosques  constructed by using the  materials  of the  destroyed  temples not exactly in the very place  of that temple but adjacent to or  away from them.   In regard to this variety  also, Hinds   with sadness can tolerate them.


8. However what are  Hindu  Masjids like those in Ayodhya, Kasi, Mathura and several other  places  like in Delhi (  Quvatul Islam Mehrauli ) are a different  matter. They are like swords in the heart of resentment over their  Hindu body, constantly reminding them of the humiliation that was inflicted upon them and the helplessness because of the indifference of the subsequent rulers  till today especially after independence Aug 1947.


9. The Gyanavapi findings are reaffirmation of the  fact  brought out in Ayodhya  namely that in the very destroyed temple’s place, a mosque in constructed. Now just as in Ayodhya’s Rama Janmabhumi case  evidence is forthcoming because of the artefacts discovered by  an investigating team appointed by a court in Varanasi.  As in the case of Ayodhya, the Muslim parities and their   traditional Marxist historians and secularists, the case will be  tried to be  dragged for decades in  courts . The Places of Worship Act 1991 becomes  handy for the  Muslim  parties  and their  traditional backers, the Marxist  historians and “eminents” many from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) of Delhi . It is possible that  among the judges  in several courts including that of  the Supreme Court, there are  people who are in sync with the position of the  Muslims parties  and their Marxist allies . The  sudden transfer of the  trial  judge   in Varanasi by a Bench of the Supreme Court is Ominous.   It is indicative of  mind sympathetic  to the Muslim parties habitual denials of atrocities by Islamist invaders/ rulers. .   


10.  As long as  the Hindu Masjids exist and   the Hindus’   resentment goes on  building  up against their  existence  in  free India, in partitioned India in the Hindus lands of this  country   case after case will be taken up   by   Hindus who  are becoming free to express their resentment after  decade’s  of “secular” rule of a dynasty during  which  Hindus  raising this  issue were  demonized as  communal. 


11. If  the  agony in  the Hindu psyche is to  be  heeled and  the divide between Hindus and Muslims  is to be  progressively  reduced,  it is wise and  imperative that a Truth  and  Reconciliation Commission must be  established . The example of  South Africa and Peru  must be followed.  Government may appoint the commission with the  mandate  that  within say three years, in association  with the Archeological Survey  of India  and  any other  scientific bodies  the situation in Hindu masjids should be  ascertained as  in the Gyanavapi  Masjid of  Varanasi and Rama Janmabhoomi of  Ayodhya.  This Commission  may consist of   not only legal luminaries but  archeology experts   and    ideologically unaffiliated   professional historians . There could  be  public hearings with   evidence  deposed before the Commission. 


12. The Places of  Worship Act of 1991 should not be  coming in the  way of the  work of the  Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and conclusions thereafter.  This particular Act   was passed  by  a government  facing  widespread  agitations   and  disturbance to peace. Another  aspect is    no  Act   can be permanent.  Passage of   time   requires  amendments,  repeal or replacements  by  another Act.  The  sedition clause under 124A of   Criminal Procedure Code is under scrutiny. So many Acts   passed in the past are  repealed and new ones are enacted where necessary according to the  requirements  of  present  times .


13. A paper presented   to the Indian History Congress by me in the year 2015 in Malda, West Bengal  but not allowed to be discussed   makes a case for  Truth and Reconciliation Commission,  is sent herewith  for  reading  and  further action . (1005 words)