I: Chapter 10
scion of Zain-ul-Abidin's court and noted historian, Jonraj, has sung paces
and poems about Shihab-ud-Din as a ruler and conqueror, but in the process
has missed his livid and lurid acts of bigotry against the Hindus, whom
he subjected to the saga of persecution and torture. The Hindus were barred
from going to temples as the bigots as a matter of deliberate design had
set afloat a canard that the Hindus were hatching plots to dislodge the
Muslims from power. Taking it as sedition, Shihab-ud-Din ordered the loot,
plunder and demolition of temples and shrines.
Hasan, a Muslim
chronicler, records that at the behest of Shihab-ud-Din, "all the temples
in Srinagar and the famous temple of Bijbehara were subjected to a spree
of loot and plunder".