India Should Be Grateful to Alauddin Khilji for Thwarting the Mongol Invasions

The Wire: For the past month, Rajasthan has been convulsed by a controversy over the Bollywood movie, Padmavati, based on Padmavat – a prose-poem written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540 CE which uses Alauddin Khilji’s conquest of Chittor in 1303 CE and his supposed obsession with Rani Padmini of Chittor as a backdrop for its ficitional tale.

None of the politicians and activists accusing the film maker of denigrating the honour of the Rajput queen of Chittor, Padmini, and glorifying the “Muslim conqueror Khilji” has even seen the film yet.

Much of the controversy is fuelled by ill-feeling towards Khilji, based on the fact that he was an oppressive ruler to his subjects, who were mostly Hindu. So the possibility of romance – or even unrequited love – between a Muslim “villain” and a Hindu queen being depicted on screen, even as a fantasy, as has been rumoured, infuriates Hindu right-wing groups.

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Categories: India, ISLAM, The Muslim Times

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  1. A wonderful manifestation of religious freedom in Islam is one that most of the non-Muslims and even the Muslims do not realize is that India was a Hindu majority country even after 1000 year of Muslim rule when the British came to colonize India in the 18th century.

    Contrast this with the history of Europe of the medieval ages when all of Europe was converted by force to Christianity and then wherever they went Christianity was enforced through sword until they become the majority. Glaring examples are Australia, North America and all the countries of South America.

    Need I say more!

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