Raja Suheldev and “Ghazi” Salar Masud: A Twister twists the Story and “accuses” BJP of twisting!

By: Nellutla Naveen Chandra Ph. D.


Ajaz Ashraf has written an article titled “How Amit Shah and the BJP have twisted the story of Salar Masud and Raja Suheldev”, which is published by scroll.

This article, as its title suggests, seeks to accuse BJP in general and Amit Shah in particular of “twisting” the real story of “Salar Masud” and, while attempting so, very conveniently omits in the headline the prefix “Ghazi” before this “Salar Masud” as if this omission of the highest Commendation Order, which is bestowed only on zealous Muslim religious warriors, would change the character of that person.

Then, after “his own twisting” of the story of this Ghazi Salar Masud, the author reveals his real grievance. This grievance does not relate to 1000 years old history of Ghazi Salar Masud but to India of 2017. The real grievance of the author is: India has set upon the trajectory of ‘Power Reordering’ story, sadly for Ajaz Ashraf.

What is this “Power Order” existing now, which the BJP is accused of attempting to “Re-Order”? This is a very vital question to be answered by Ajaz Ashraf. Is this (Power Order) the unfinished task of Ghazi Masud of yesteryears, which the BJP is seeking to “Re-Order” today? If this is the case, Ajaz Ashraf should have no grievance against this “Power Re-Ordering”.

This author in a very unsuspecting way reveals his real heart; he accuses the BJP of opening a “Register of Grievances” now by bringing an old story of Raja Suheldev and Ghazi Masud, while this “Register of Grievances” is other way round. This “Register of Grievances” is of Ajaz Ashraf against the putting of “Ghazi” Salar Masud as “Ghazi Salar Masud”, that is, putting that olden day’s Ghazi where be belongs!

My comments on this article are given here-under and the article is published by scroll here:


My comments:

The real name of the “saint” is Ghazi Saiyyad Salar Masud and not just Salar Masud – Ghazi means a slayer of Kaffirs. The question is: Why was this name modified in the article by the author by omitting the prefix “Ghazi”?1

William Henry Sleeman, the British resident in Awadh remarked: “Strange to say, Hindoos as well as Mahommedans make offerings to this shrine, and implore the favours of this military ruffian, whose only recorded merit consists of having destroyed a great many Hindoos in a wanton and unprovoked invasion of their territory.”3

Mughal court historian Abul Faz’s Ain-i- Akbari (16th century) states, “Salar Masud… was connected by blood with Mahmud Ghazni… sold his life bravely in battle and left an imperishable name.” Akbar gave lands to the shrine.1

In 1765, Akbar’s grant was renewed by Shuja-ud-Daula, the Nawab of Audh. His successor Asaf-ud- Daula visited the Bahraich shrine several times. 1

The Punjabi Sufi poet Waris Shah named him among the five most venerated Sufi Pirs.1

Russian orientalist Anna Suvorova notes that the rituals of the Masud’s cult show some indigenous Hindu influence.4

And there is Abdur Rahman Chisti’s Mirat-i- Masudi written in 1620.1

Isn’t it incredible that this jihadi warrior is worshipped by the very Hindus that he attacked and that Hindu women pray at his tomb for a male child of his noble qualities? (Kuldeep Kumar, review of the erudite book, November 15, 2015, The Hindu)

“Amongst the Sufi saints who wielded the sword, perhaps the name of Shahid Salar Masud Ghazi stands on the top. From the first day, onwards he offered to Hindus “Sword or Quran”.2

There are Abul Faz (16th Century), Abdur Rahman Chisti (17th Century), Shuja-ud-Daula (18th Century) and Waris Shah all attesting to the existence of Gahzi Saiyyad Salar Masud, all Muslims who lived in different centuries.

There is William Henry Sleeman, an English man of 19th Century and a Russian orientalist Anna Suvorova of 21st Century who believed the Ghazi existed.

Abul Faz confirms his relationship with the notorious murderer and thief Mohammad Gazni. The Great Moghul Emperor Akbar gave lands to the shrine, renewed by Shujaud Daula 200 years later.

Now we have Shahid Amin of 21st century who negates his existence in a tome published by University of Chicago, where also Wendy Doniger makes a living. No doubt it must be a master piece and erudite as it is written by one of the infallible professors of a University, hot bed of separatism and anti-Hinduism. The very Shahid reverberates with feelings of sacrifice and fight for a cause (perhaps Islam in this case).

Two facts are to be remembered as stated above in various historical documents:

  1. Ghazi Salar Saiyyad Salar Masud, sanitized as Salar Masud by Ajaz Ashraf, existed.
  2. He was related to Mohammad Ghazni

Against this back drop we record two laments by Ajaz Ashraf:

  1. Should an uncertain history and malleable popular memories be turned into a register of grievances that need to be redressed in the twenty first century?
  • Fifty years from now, it is possible that Shahid Amin’s erudite, masterly analysis of Mirat-i-Masudi could be treated as an outpouring of “febrile intellect”. On this trajectory India has sadly already set upon.

  • Lament 1 has no factual basis to say, “UNCERTAIN HISTORY AND MALLEABLE POPULAR MEMORIES”. He chose the word “popular” an important lexicographic aberration which is the staple food of the Marxist and Abrahamic historians.

    There is need to register grievances and there is need to redress them. Two models come to mind: Nelson Mandela’s “Truth and Reconciliation” and Steven Harper’s unconditional apology to First Nation Peoples of Canada, though the genocide by Christians continues there as seen by increasing number of missing persons in Thunder Bay, Ontario, for the last few years, even after the apology.

    Amin’s erudite contribution as per Ajiz Ashraf: “We cannot even be sure, as Amin says, “whether or not Salar Masud existed at all”. If this is the attitude of the Muslims to white wash their unpleasant past, then it deserves the fate it will receive in future.

    “On this trajectory India has sadly already set upon.” Really? This trajectory was launched 70 years ago by Marxist, Christian and Muslim historians as attested by our history books. The great Krishnadevaraya of Hampi is given a paragraph whereas each bloody Moghul emperor and Christian Viceroy gets a chapter allotted to them in our history books, thanks to Romila Thapar and Irfan Habib, the preeminent Hindu history nonwriters.


    1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghazi_Saiyyad_Salar_MasudType equation here.

    2. Islamization of India by Sufis by Sree Purushottam

    3. P.D. Reeves 2010, p. 69

    4. Anna Suvarova, 2004, p. 161


    1 Comment (+add yours?)

    1. hinduindianvoice
      Sep 15, 2017 @ 07:20:04

      In his very illuminating piece Naveen Chandra told us that the word Ghazi means slayer of kaffirs, but he forgot to say who these kaffirs were. It’s us Hindus in India who were the kaffirs being slaughtered by this monster Ghazi Saiyyad. These Muslim murderers were not invited guests or travellers in our country, but invading robbers and bandits who came to steal and convert by force, Koran or death. Kaffir refers basically to anybody who is not Muslim.

      For a very long time legions of Muslim apologists and traitorous Hindu historians and writers sought to whitewash the horrendous genocide of the Muslim invaders. Recently, however, we have been able to bypass these stooges like Romila Thapar and Irfan Habib and go directly to the chronicles of the Muslim invaders, especially the Moghuls. There we see written by them in their time the true story of what they did in India without any whitewashing. And those chronicles are horrendous. They are the innoculation, the hard medicine that puts apologists like Ajaz Ashraf in their place.



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