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Since the BJP has come to power, there has been a major thrust to rewrite history. On the pretext of easing students’ study load, sweeping changes have been made to school textbooks, removing mention of the 2002 Gujarat Riots, Mughal courts, verses by the Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz and various important Dalit writers.
The fate of the Babri Masjid has become a touchstone for the narrative of Islam in India. Thirty years after its destruction may be the right time to look southward for an alternative. Another significant monument tells a very different story of Islam’s advent and importance across history in the subcontinent.