DNA Exclusive: Analysis of the historic Qutub Minar dispute | India News

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First Ram Mandir, then Gyanvapi Masjid and finally the Shahi Idgah Masjid of Mathura… The stories of the destruction of thousands of temples are buried under the mosques of our country. These are stories that our country’s historians and governments have never let us know. And now, as India is about to complete 75 years of independence, revival has begun in the country. You must have read in the history books in school that the Qutub Minar was built by Qutubuddin Aibak. But no one would have told you that another story of temple removal is buried under the Qutub Minar.

In today’s DNA, Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary attempts to get to the root of the historical Qutub Minar dispute.

The dispute here is not just about Qutub Minar. This dispute concerns a piece of land extending over 24,000 square meters, which is called Qutub Minar Complex. Apart from the Qutub Minar, there is also a mosque in this complex, which is called the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque. It is also considered the oldest mosque in India. Apart from this, there is also the tomb of Emperor Iltu-Tamish of Delhi Sultanate in this complex. And there is also Alai Minar and Alai Darwaza, which were built by Alauddin Khilji in the 14th century.

Alauddin Khilji hated Hindus very much. He established himself on this throne by killing his uncle and then Emperor of the Delhi Sultanate, Jalaluddin Khilji. He was the first Muslim ruler to extend the Delhi Sultanate to parts of southern India and defeat many Hindu kings in decisive battles. These kings included the Raja of Chittor, Rawal Ratan Singh, whose wife was Padmavati. And according to Padmavat’s poetry, Padmavati had hired Jauhar (she jumped into the fire after the death of Raja Rawal Ratan Singh) to save herself from Alauddin Khilji.

Alauddin Khilji also had many temples in India demolished. And during his tenure, the Qutub Minar complex also expanded. There are many types of monuments in this 24,000 square meter area, and it is claimed that they are all built on the spot where there were once 27 Hindu and Jain temples.

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