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Will always remain indebted to Emperor Aurangzeb: Raja Brij Narayan Rai
Sunday February 1, 2015 11:45 PM, News Network

In a letter which sheds light on the highly pluralistic elements in Indian society giving the country a composite culture, Raja Brij Narayan Rai of Padrauna praised Emperor Aurangzeb and explained why the Raja and his family had cordial relations with Muslims despite differences of faith.

India Compsite Culture
[India composite culture: Photo for illustration purpose only.]

"This estate had been brought into being by the Emperor Auragzeb Alamgir. Others are free to say anything about him but my family will always remain indebted to the Emperor Aurangzeb. This explains why despite the difference in our religions we have a strong cordial relations with Muslims", Raja Brij Narayan Rai, the ruler of Padrauna Eastate, Gorakphur, wrote in one of his letter of archival importance.

The letter, dating back to June 1911 and found by Sajid Naim, Assistant Curator, Sir Syed Academy (AMU), is addressed to Nawab Viqar-ul-Mulk Mushtaq Hussain, Secretary, Mohammaden Anglo Oriental College, precursor to the present day Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

"My father Udat Narayan Rai had donated Rs.250/- to Sir Syed Memorial Fund. In keeping with the same family tradition, I have sent today my donation of Rs.250/- to AMU fund. I shall feel obliged for your acceptance of my modest donation", Raja Brij Narayan Rai furher wrote.

The Sir Syed Memorial Fund was constituted and raised in the decade of 1910 with an aim to elevating the Mohammadan Anglo Oriental College to the Muslim University in Aligarh.

This historical account constitutes a living testimony to the enviable ambience of peaceful co­existence and communal harmony in our country in the pre-colonial era.

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