Hindu Temples: What Happened to Them
|Hindu Temples – What Happened to Them|
|Author(s)||Sita Ram Goel
|ISBN||ISBN 81-85990-49-2 (Volume 1)
ISBN 81-85990-03-4 (Volume 2)
|LC Classification||DS422.C64 H562 1998|
The first volume includes a list of 2000 mosques that it is claimed were built on Hindu temples, which it is asserted is based primarily on the books of Muslim historians of the period or the inscriptions of the mosques. The second volume excerpts from medieval histories and chronicles and from inscriptions concerning the destruction of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples. The authors claim that the material presented in this book are only the tip of an iceberg.
The book contains chapters about the Ayodhya debate. The Appendix of the first volume contains a list of temple-destructions and atrocities that the authors claim took place in Bangladesh in 1989. The book also criticizes "Marxist historians" and one of the appendices of the second volume includes a "questionnaire for the Marxist professors" that the authors sent to well-known Indian historian Romila Thapar.
In August 1990 while releasing the book "Hindu Temples – What Happened To Them", Bharatiya Janta Party leader L. K. Advani chided Goel for using strong language. There were proposals in November 1990 in Uttar Pradesh to ban the book.
Right-wing author Koenraad Elst's book Negationism in India – Concealing the Record of Islam contains a lengthy review of the book. Koenraad Elst claimed that "None of the negationist historians has come forward with a reply or with the announcement that a mistake has been discovered in Mr. Goel's list of monuments of Islamic fanaticism. Manini Chatterjee, reviewer for The Telegraph, could do no more than calling it a "very bad book". And Elst further claimed: "Of the hundreds of secularist historians who have signed statements denouncing "communal history distortion", not a single one has been able to challenge even one of the 2000 claims in the list."
 See also
- Muslim conquest in the Indian subcontinent
- Negationism in India – Concealing the Record of Islam (Book)
- Persecution of Hindus
- Muslim League Attack on Sikhs and Hindus in the Punjab 1947
- Conversion of non-Muslim places of worship into mosques
- The History of India, as Told by Its Own Historians. The Muhammadan Period (Book)
- Goel, Sita Ram, "How I became a Hindu", Chapter 9
- "Ayodhya and After - Chapter 12 - Book Banning". Koenraadelst.voiceofdharma.com. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- "Negationism In India - Chapter Three - Exposing And Refuting Negationism". Koenraadelst.voiceofdharma.com. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- "Ban this Book". Voiceofdharma.com. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- Online version: Volume 1, Volume 2
- Comments on the book,
- Destruction of Hindu temples by the Portuguese