Date: 3/9/2005


The first major Muslim defeat at Hindu hands at the battle of Baharaich in 1033

The fact that in spite of the subterfuge that the Muslim used, the Hindus did register one spectacular victory over the Muslims in 1033 at Baharaich in today’s Uttar Pradesh. The invader was Mahumd of Ghazni’s son Masud,

As was their practice, before the beginning of hostilities, the Hindu kings sent a messenger to Masud that this land being theirs, his troops should peacefully vacate it (as was done once again by the Government of India at the inception of the 1999 Kargil war). But Masud sent a reply that all land belonged to Khuda (the Persianized version of Allah) and he could settle wherever he pleased. And that it was his holy duty to convert to Islam all those who did not recognize his Khuda and accept Islam.

Consequently, Masud's huge army was besieged by the even greater Hindu army and no side gave the other any quarter. The Hindus, for once as an exception had learnt their lesson about Muslim treachery, after being victimized for four hundred years from 638 onwards. At the battle of Baharaich. gradually the Hindus began to decimate the Muslim army and as the hostilities progressed, Masud saw the unsuccessful end of his expedition. This bitter and bloody war was fought in the month of June 1033. In this furious war, no side took any prisoners and it ended only with the slaughter of the entire invading army along with many martyrs from the defending Hindu army.

What was exceptional during this war was that the folly of pardoning a defeated enemy, that was displayed by Prithviraj Chauhan 160 years later in 1191, was not to be seen. The Hindus seemed to have followed the tradition of their ancient king Ramchandra of Ayodhya when he defeated and killed Ravana.

The battle of Baharaich ended on 14th June 1033. At the gory end, the entire invading army along with their commander lay dead. Not one enemy soldier was allowed to return. There still exists today near Baharaich the grave of the commander of the invader - Prince Ghazi Mian Masud. There he is hailed today by the local Muslims as a Ghazi and a Peer. And every year till this day an Urs (Muslim religious assemblage) is held in his memory. What is forgotten is the valiance of the Hindu soldiers who lost their lives in this major victory against the first Jihadi invasion of India.

After this Hindu victory, peace prevailed in the country for a century and a half; till the next (and now once again successful) wave of Muslim invasions started under the leadership of Mohammed Ghori.

This interlude of one hundred and fifty years from 1033 up to 1187, had made the Hindu forget the treacherous nature of the Muslims. The Ghaznivid kingdom of West Punjab, had made peace with its Hindu neighbors and the Hindus came under a delusion that the Muslims were like any other invader who would settle down in Inda and be absorbed into Hindu society. The policy of the Ghaznivid to issue coins in Sanskrit and use the Sanskrit version of Muslim sanmes as Mahamada for Mohammed, fuelled this wrong impression about the true nature of the Muslims.

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