Natwar Singh was a former minister of external affairs in the Congress government. In his autobiography ‘One Life is Not Enough’, he recites a shocking incident about Indira Gandhi and her reverence for Mughals.
In 1968, Indira Gandhi visited Afghanistan on an official visit. Natwar Singh as an Indian Foreign Service officer on duty accompanied her. After the day’s meetings and engagements, Indira Gandhi went out for a ride. During the drive, they stumble upon a tomb. Indira Gandhi is told that the tomb is of Babur, the first Mughal emperor.
They got down from the car and proceeded to the tomb. There, Indira stood still for a few moments under the trees, with her head bent in reverence. After finishing her act of tribute to Babur, she said to Natwar Singh: “Natwar, I have had my brush with history.”
For Indira paying obeisance to a butcher of Hindus is a ‘brush with history’. Shocking may be a small word to describe this act of the former Prime Minister.
Anjali Sharma writes that Babur’s father descended from the Turkish conqueror ‘Timur the lame’ and his mother descended from the warrior ‘born with a clot of blood in his fist’, Genghis Khan. Is it of any surprise that he took the path of bloodshed?
‘Towers of skulls of infidels’ on hillocks were erected during Babur’s time. Baburnama has records of massacre of Hindu villages and towns by Babur’s Muslim army.
Babur, in his own words describes his hatred for Hindus: “For the sake of Islam I became a wanderer, I battled infidels and Hindus, I am determined to become a martyr. Thank God I became a Killer of Non-Muslims!”
Here’s an excerpt from Baburnama: In AH 934 (2538 C.E.) I attacked Chanderi and by the grace of Allah captured it in a few hours. We got the infidels slaughtered and the place which had been Daru’l-Harb (nation of non-muslim) for years was made into a Daru’l-Islam (muslim nation).
There can be no two opinions about Babur’s atrocities, especially against Hindus. He was a barbaric killer, plunderer, and what-not. This is why it comes as quite a shock and a matter of shame that Indira Gandhi paid a visit to Babur’s tomb and even paid respects as if he was some freedom fighter or martyr!