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Book Details


Rama Janamabhoomi
Professor B.R. Grover`s Analysis of Revenue Records and Historical Facts
Amrita Grover (ed.) , Dr. Anju Grover-Chaudhury (ed.)
Bibliography : xlii, 332pp., 3 Maps, 38 Plates, Demy 8vo.
HB ISBN (10) : 8184541562
HB ISBN (13) : 9788184541564




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About the Book:

Ever since the demolition of the `Baburi Masjid` at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, we have been swamped with contentious literature on this topic by numerous scholars offering varied perspectives, resulting in division amongst politicians, historians and religious groups. The material presented in this book is based on critical historical analysis and a scientific study of the land rights of Janmasthan versus `Baburi Masjid` and dispels several misleading theories on the said subject.

Professor B.R. Grover examined original land revenue documents, maps of Ayodhya, recorded eyewitness accounts of travels to Ayodhya as well as Babur`s Memoirs and other documents and manuscripts available at various libraries in Persian, Arabic, Chaghatay-Turkish, Urdu, Sanskrit, Punjabi and English to arrive at the conclusions presented in this book. Among other things, Professor Grover set the record straight regarding the location of the ancient city of Ayodhya, the exact location of Janamasthan, and the ownership-occupation of the land. He established that the area on which the structure of the `Baburi Masjid` stood is a part of the Janamasthan and that despite the construction of the `mosque` on the Janamasthan site, the Hindus never surrendered their claims of worship at this site all through the centuries.

One significant point clarified by Professor Grover is view held by some that the 19th century works of English and Muslim writers on the history of Awadh were biased and based upon the British `Divide-and-Rule` policy. Upon an examination of the revenue documents and judicial records, Professor Grover iterated that the tussle between the Hindus and the Muslims over Janamasthan vs. `Baburi Masjid` existed during the Nawabi period and it was not a creation of the British `Divide-and-Rule` policy. Another significant theory of the All India Baburi Masjid Committee was proved as invalid by him through an examination of Shah Jahan`s original Farman of 3rd July, 1648 that a Muslim masjid once dedicated to Allah cannot be surrendered as temple of another religious community. Based on the documentary evidence, Professor Grover concluded that `...any `masjid` constructed on the premises of a temple can be restored to the original owner-religious community to which it belonged`. This throws a significant light on the present controversy whether a temple can be re-built on the site of the masjid.

The documentary evidence presented in this book will, hopefully, set the record straight and dispel the earlier fallacious theories regarding the Ayodhya controversy as well as assist in reducing political and communal discord.

About the Author:

Miss Amrita Grover, sister of late Professor B.R. Grover, is a distinguished historian in her own right. Upon obtaining her Master`s degree in History Honours with distinction and a Roll of Honour from Government College, Lahore, Punjab University, she initially taught at Indraprastha College and Miranda House, New Delhi, for a few years and then joined the Indian Audit and Accounts Service. A graduate of National Defence College, New Delhi, Miss Grover retired as Accountant General and ex-officio Member, Audit Board. For more than two and a half decades now, she has devoted full time to historical studies and research in history. She has attended various national and international history conferences and has presented several research papers at international conferences held at Croatia, Montreal, Berlin, Sri Lanka, Moscow, Istanbul (Turkey), etc. She is well versed with Professor Grover`s writings as they always discussed and exchanged their historical views with each other, even from their student days.

Dr. Anju Grover Chaudhary, niece of Professor Grover, journalist and historian, is also well versed with Professor Grover`s works. She obtained her Master`s degree in History from Howard University and a Master`s degree and Ph.D. in Journalism from University of Maryland, U.S.A. An author and editor of several books and journal articles, she has presented numerous papers at international conferences throughout the world. She is Professor of Journalism at Howard University, U.S.A., where she teaches courses in history of journalism, ethics of journalism, international press, news reporting, and Internet Society. She recieved the Å¡Lifetime Achievement Awardâ?º from Howard University in 2007 for excellence in teaching, research and service.

Rama Janamabhoomi, by Amrita Grover (ed.)

 

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