After Ram Janmabhoomi, hand over Kashi, Mathura to Hindus as goodwill gesture: KK Muhammed tells Muslims

Left historians scuttled an amicable settlement to the Ram Janmabhoomi dispute

As the Supreme Court gears up to hear a batch of petitions in the politically-sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case today, a section of Muslim community is in favour of handing over the place to Hindus as a goodwill gesture.

Former senior Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) official KK Muhammed says a large section of the Muslims were in favour of leaving the claim on the site but it was the Marxist historians such as Comrades Irfan Habib, Romila Thapar, DN Jha and others who played the spoilsport.

Talking to exclusively, Muhammed, who was in Delhi recently, said the Janmabhoomi issue would have been solved long back had the Marxist historians not been part of the imbroglio. He said he is of the opinion that Muslims should handover Kashi and Mathura willingly to Hindus to foster communal amity in the country. “These masjids too were built on temple debris. But they cannot be solved through the court of law,” he added.

Muhammed said, “Even certain extremist Muslim organisations were not interested in the masjid when they were convinced that there existed a temple. For them this masjid was of not much significance in religious terms. But the Marxists historians connived with the extremist Muslim groups to scuttle all attempts to find an amicable solution to the Janmabhumi issue. They instigated the Babri Masjid Action Committee to aggressively campaign for the masjd,” he said.

Muhammed also said Marxist historians, secular intellectuals and a section of the media were responsible for vitiating the atmosphere. According to him, the historians used The Times of India to spread canards against ASI. “They were mere historians; they did not realize the possibilities of archaeology when they challenged us. We found not one but 14 pillars of a temple at the site. All these pillars had domes carved on them. The domes resembled those found in temples belonging to 11th and 12th century. In the temple architecture domes are one of the nine symbols of prosperity. It was quite evident that the masjid was built by demolishing the temple. I went on writing to several English dailies in those days about the finding. Only Indian Express published my view and that too in the letters to Editor column,” he said.

Muhammed said the Marxist historians even tried to mislead the Allahabad High Court on the issue. Even after the court had pronounced its verdict Irfan and his team were not ready to accept the truth. They simply questioned the logicality of the verdict. According to Muhammed, Prof Irfan Habib always tried to stifle the voices of those who disagreed with him.

Muhammed said Qutub Minar was built using materials from demolished.