The depth of the extent to which the Left historians have been deceiving the country in the Ayodhya Ram Mandir issue is clearly brought out in the way the Vishnu Hari Inscription was treated.
What is the inscription?
When the Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992, an inscription 5 feet by 2 feet, fell to the ground from the walls of the Masjid. This Vishnu Hari inscription gives the history of that the temple – the king who built it, the date it was built, it gives all the details. The Allahabad High Court asked the epigraphy department of ASI (Archeological Survey of India) to decipher this inscription and present its reading to the court. Accordingly, it was deciphered by K V Ramesh who was the chief epigraphist of the ASI. He provided the court with the reading of the inscription verse wise.
That reading was accepted by the Allahabad High Court and is now the official reading of this inscription.
Now, one would imagine that with this inscription being found in the walls of the Masjid, all dispute on Ayodhya should be over because the left historians have been saying that the Babri Masjid was built on vacant land and this inscription coming out of the walls of the Masjid proves otherwise. But this was not enough for the Left historians and they mounted a campaign against this Vishnu Hari inscription.
They claimed that the inscription did not fall from the structure, but was planted there at the time of the demolition. How it would be possible to plant such a big inscription there when there were lakhs of people along with media, both national and international, in full force at the site is difficult to understand.
But if the Left historians claimed it came from outside, the question was asked where has it come from?
The professor Irfan Habib said the inscription came from a private collection. But we have no record of anyone having such a big inscription. Then, 3 – 4 years later, he changed his line and said that this inscription was actually stolen from Lucknow museum and it was planted over there.
Till now there was no proof to refute Irfan Habib. It could be said that the inscription had fallen; however, no one had seen the inscription he said was stolen from the Lucknow museum. Now, the inscription that he said was stolen from the Lucknow museum is called the Treta-Ka-Thakur inscription. There was another temple in Ayodhya which was destroyed by Aurangzeb called the Treta-Ka-Thankur temple. That temple also had an inscription which was recovered by the British and kept first in Faizabad museum and later sent to the Lucknow museum.
In 2016, a gentleman called Kishor Kunal who was officer on special duty in charge of Ayodhya under V.P. Singh and Chandrashekhar used his clout and went to the Lucknow Museum and got a photo of the Treta-Ka-Thakur inscription and also the entry record of the Lucknow museum which described the Treta-Ka-Thakur inscription which was very different from the Vishnu-Hari inscription.
One would imagine that this kind of exposure would embarrass the Left historians, but their strategy is that if something doesn’t suit them, they ignore it. So, they have just not taken cognizance of this inscription which shows how they are deceiving the country.