After the release of the trailer of Ajay Devgan’s Tanhaji: The Unsung Hero yesterday the twitter saw #ThanksMughal trending on Wednesday. Ajay’s movie that depicts the story of the Battle of Sinhagad described the event as a “surgical strike” on the Mughal empire.
Started trending in Top 20. This is our humble collective effort against the demonisation of Mughals by the state, the media and Bollywood.
India would not have been India without the contribution & legacy of Muslims. Trend with hashtag #ThanksMughals pic.twitter.com/d7NbjauBHq— Irena Akbar (@irenaakbar) November 20, 2019
Twitteratis took this as a vilification of the Mughals and were quick to pour in their support for the medieval Indian rulers. A debate was triggered on the social media platform that why the Mughals are vilified all the time when they were an intrinsic part of Indian society.
Where would the PM address the nation on Independence Day if the Mughals hadn’t built the Red Fort?#ThanksMughals https://t.co/EwWe8UYeby— Irena Akbar (@irenaakbar) November 20, 2019
The Taj Mahal, built by the Mughals, continued to be the highest revenue generating monument with Rs 56.83 crore in the year 2017-2018. Taj, which they want to demolish claiming there’s a temple beneath, is declared UNESCO world heritage site. My click (2018) #ThanksMughals 1/2 pic.twitter.com/7GM5IqzGlT— Saif (@isaifpatel) November 20, 2019
Twitteratis poured in their support to the Mughals for creating an “Akhand Bharat”, Red Fort, Taj Mahal, Biryani etc. People tweeted pictures with captions like, “Where would the PM address the nation on Independence Day if the Mughals hadn’t built the Red Fort”?
Thanks mughals for Chudidaar Payjama #ThanksMughals pic.twitter.com/GWyQ4OPWIB— Karwan (@IamKarwan) November 20, 2019
Pari Mahal in Srinagar: A Glimpse of Mughal Lifestyle and Their Love for Nature pic.twitter.com/WmYpdwmjp5— زماں (@Delhiite_) November 20, 2019
While many others tagged Mughals as invaders who were hungry for power much like other rulers and rejected the idea of thanking the Mughals through the hashtag. #RapistMughals floated against the trend also got trending in the meantime. Whether the Mughals were an intrinsic part of the Indian society or invaders is a question that has been the center of debates in many offline and online forums.
No to #ThanksMughals— supbat (@batyogi) November 20, 2019
Thanks Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
Thanks Guru Gobind Singh Ji
Thanks Maharana Pratap
Thanks Ahom Empire
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Thanks Maurya Empire
Thanks Gupta Empire
Thanks Chola Empire pic.twitter.com/WHuA8dkzq0
#thanksmughals for destroying a great civilization. That’s for massacres, rapes and genocide of over 500 million Hindus. Thanks for all the loot. Thanks for restoring universities, temples. Follow @Bharat_1008_ pic.twitter.com/8PcxBo8jAaNovember 20, 2019
Tanhaji: The Unsung Hero is set to release on 10th January, 2020 and stars Saif. Kajol, and Sharad Kelkar apart from Ajay Devgan in the lead role.
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