The tomb of that Mughal shehzade has been found for a long time in which the people of Modi government have been engaged in the search. It is reported that the tomb of Dara Shikoh, son of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and elder brother of Aurangzeb, has been identified and it is yet to be finalized. Aurangzeb had Dara Shikoh murdered in 1659. The BJP and the Sangh consider Dara Shikoh an ideal and Liberal Muslim princess and also promote their ideology. Sources are quoting that soon the identity of Dara’s tomb may be finalized at the government level and the central government may make a big announcement to promote and decorate it.
The government formed a committee of 7 people last year to locate the tomb of Dara Shikoh, the committee headed by TJ Elon, director of the Archaeological Department of India, ASI, includes KK Muhammad, KN Dixit, BM Pandey, RS Bisht, BR Mani, Ashwini Aggarwal and Syed Jamal Hasan. This committee had to submit its report in 3 months. But during this time, due to Corona, there was a lockdown across the country. Now Municipal Corporation engineer Sanjeev Singh has claimed to identify the grave of Dara Shikoh. On 11 January, members of the committee inspected the tombs at Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi. After which most of the committee members have given their report.
Dara Shikoh was killed at the behest of Aurangzeb
Looking at the pages of history, Dara Shikoh was killed at the behest of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. How did this murder take place, was his head beheaded or his head and torso buried separately, where were they buried, what records of that time were to be trusted? These questions have been debated for a long time. Many experts are of the opinion that Dara Shikoh was buried in Humayun’s tomb, but there are about 140 graves in this complex. Out of which, it is quite difficult to identify the grave of Dara Shikoh.
5 cellars under the dome in Humayun’s Tomb
MCD engineer Sanjeev Singh claims that Humayun’s tomb has 5 cellars under the dome. The third tomb in the fifth basement is of Dara Shikoh. Sanjeev Singh was gathering information about the grave of Dara Shikoh for some time. According to a news, Sanjeev Singh has said that I read many books, in most books it was mentioned that after Dara’s murder, he was buried in Humayun’s tomb. Alamgirnama which is considered to be the official gazette of Aurangzeb’s reign. It says that Dara was buried in the basement below the dome in Humayun’s tomb, near the tomb of Daniyal and Murad, both sons of Emperor and Akbar.
Most members of the ASI committee set up to find the grave of Dara Shikoh agree with Sanjeev Singh’s claim. But Dr. Jamal Hassan says that there are 140 crubs there, it is not possible to identify the grave of Dara. According to Shah Jahannama, both Akbar’s sons Daniyal and Murad died in Burhanpur due to drinking alcohol. But there is no mention of whether his body was brought to Humayun’s tomb or not.
AMU named a center after Dara Shikoh
RSS and BJP consider Dara Shikoh as a liberal Muslim Prince, he read many Hindu texts and got 52 Upanishads translated into Persian. Actually, on the pretext of discussing Dara’s grave, BJP wants to promote his ideology among ordinary Muslims. Dara can also be given a different place in school-college books. Aligarh Muslim University has also named one of its centers after Dara Shikoh. Experts believe that the aim of all these efforts is to give the political message that the BJP government is not anti-Muslim but it is only against fundamentalist ideology.