DIARY OF A HINDU PRINCE OF DEV GEER (DAULATABAD) 694 AH (1294 AD)
PROFESSOR HASSAN NIZAMI’S EFFORT TO SAVE HISTORY
An important conversion of Allauddin Khiljis reign
The great Professor Hassan Nizami was obsessed with history and his contributions to Sultanate period in this region is indispensable. He was also an outright mureed of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia and wrote whatever he could about him and his followers. In the life of the great Saint, he came across the diary of a Hindu Prince Raj Kumar Hardev. The story of Raj Kumar, put in isolation by Hindu historians, is a very important episode in the history of this region. But here we have life of a manuscript to discuss.
When the Mahrattas sacked Delhi, the loot they took to Bharatpur and in a Royal library of Bharatpur, was a manuscript of a DIARY OF A HINDU PRINCE RAJ KUMAR HARDEV. It was found that after his capture in Daulatbad, Allauddin Khilji took a tutor to him to teach him Persian langage and he became an avid Persian writer. Now and then he would jot own details about his life. The result was a diary which he called as CHAEL ROZA. Hassan Nizami was fascinated with this information, as this very Prince after conversion, not only became MIR IMARAT Chief Architect of the reign, but also the PRIME MINISTER and later married the daughter of Sultan Tughlaq. He is also known by his many Royal titles. So his story could not be diminished, and had to be saved for the future.
Hassan Nizami was all bent on publishing this diary separately, when riots broke out in India. The original MS was destroyed in Bharatpur to his information. The published book at Delhi was subject to watering and that was on the verge of total destruction. With a few copies in hand, Hassan Nizami fled to Deccan, the home of the ancient Hindu Prince himself. Here he gave those badly printed copies for publication. He could not check it himself as his eyesight was failing and had failed. His sons helped him in the review. It was printed in Deccan in 1948, and then again Deccan was annexed by the Delhi regime itself.
How many copies survived of the poorly printed Ms we do not know? But they must be out there. But their contents do not suit the Hindu historians who twists tales all the time. Here is a tale from a diary of an important Hindu Prince who converted to Islam at the hands of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia and he lies buried in his complex, as the SECOND OCTAGONAL MASOLEUM in INDO PAKISTANI REGION. The first being the Mausoleum of Ruknuddin Alam in Multan where the Prince had ruled as a Governor.
The mausoleum is in total ruins and lie in the complex of Nizamuddin Aulia. Neglected by the Historians and Conservators of India, it may soon see oblivion. But so does this important publication. It needs to be published again in fresh format. Maybe someone out there will do it. Hats off to Hassan Nizami Sahib. May Allah rest his soul in peace!