Tana Shahi, a misnomer for CAA

Hyderabad: Ever since the recently passed CAA has become a major concern for the people here in India. The masses are coming together and holding the massive protests in most of the states, but there has been a slight misconception that they have termed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as Tana Shahi. This word is wrong, condemns Chilkur Balaji temple’s head priest C.S. Rangarajan. He further explains that the Tana shah (Dictator) was the most revered Muslim ruler of our region. He was a true secularist and Aurangazeb razed the Golconda rule just for this affection of Tana Shah towards Hindu subjects.

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So, please for God’s sake don’t call CAA as Tana Shahi says Mr. Rangarajan.

To quell dissent among the Mughal clergy and nobles against his Deccan campaign, Aurangzeb launched a propaganda campaign against Tana Shah. Rangarajan feels that it is important to rewrite history and remove the Mughal distortion to present Tani Shah as a better role model for current and future generations in our history textbooks. We need to celebrate such people who followed the principles of religion.

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The book History of Golconda records how Golconda suffered for the policy of religious tolerance of his ruler Tani Shah due to the aggression and ambition of Aurangzeb.

“Oh Lord in the name of Noah the prophet creates one more deluge for the sake of Golconda” cried a poet at the destruction.

The above para is from the book “History of Golconda” which records “Abul Hasan was one of those unfortunate monarchs to whom history has done scant justice and who have been willfully misrepresented by their enemies. He fell victim to the relentless ambition of Mughals.”

GOI should endeavor to represent the correct historical picture of Tani Shah in textbooks as a noble Muslim Ruler persecuted by Aurangzeb. Mughal historians influenced by Aurangzeb who was against Tani Shah’s policy of religious tolerance have not done justice to his character says Rangarajan.

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Mohammed Hussain

Mohammed Hussain was a multimedia journalist with Siasat.com. He has a Bachelors in Mass Communication and Journalism and currently pursuing his post-graduation in the same subject. He has interned and worked with an English Daily. Hailing from Hyderabad, he spent his childhood in Old City. He primarily reports on civic, human interest, crime, regional and local news.
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