Monumental history has often led to unsettled disputes in the Indian diaspora, which, in turn, has caused some irrevocable losses to the subcontinent. A part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi, Qutub Minar is a tower with five distinct stories with a height of 73 meters. Also known as the tower of victory, Qutub Minar was built immediately after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom by Qutub-ud-din Aibak.
Qutub Minar was built in parts, the first Muslim leader, Qutub-ud-din Aibak, was able to build only the base of the tower. After him, his immediate successor, Iltutmush, added three more stories. Later in 1368, the monument was completed by Firoz Shah Tuglak. It came to light later that the monument was made with the material gathered after demolishing 27 Hindu temples.
The controversy of Qutub Minar
One of the many controversies started when it was said that Qutub Minar was there even before King Vikramaditya and was reinstalled by the Muslims. Hence, Muslims can’t claim the monument in their authorship. The distorted and destroyed Hindu Gods’ statue can be found in and around the tower, which clearly shows that its architecture was altered with the Islamic patterns. Such altering is said to have even misled the historians. Earlier, they believed that it marked the beginning of Muslim rule in India, but nothing can be said for sure now.
Why is it called Vishnu Stambh?
Qutub Minar points in the north direction, and hence the name Dhruv Stambh was coined. This name implies the astronomical importance of the tower and unlikely of many other Islamic monuments. Many Hindu leaders have tried to change the name of Qutub Minar in the past. In 2018, Hindu Mahasabha released the Hindu new year’s calendar — Qutub Minar, along with 6 other mosques or tombs, including the Taj Mahal, were renamed and referred to as “Hindu Temples.” Qutub Minar was renamed as Vishnu Stambh.
Religion bringing changes no one asked for
They believed that Mughals invaded Hindu religious sites and turned them into the mosque and named them according to Muslim Heritage. They further stated that the Hindu names given by them are the original names and demanded the government to recognize them. Muslim leaders considered this as an act to fuel the hatred that already existed between the Hindu-Muslim community. They even demanded that the people who were disturbing the communal atmosphere must be punished. Yet again, another monument was renamed and manipulated in the name of religion.