THE SUICIDE RAJA OF LAHORE
FRUSTRATION MADE JAIPAL TAKE HIS OWN LIFE
The victory of Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi
Lahore is a strange city. To this day its origin cannot be determined on any scientific basis. It is very clear that the present site is the site of MAHMUDABAD, the city founded by Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi. The Hindu Lahore is undiscovered to this day. Some attributed the ICCHRA area to Hindu Lahore. Others think of it as being near Peshawer. The British divide and rule policy created the samadh of LOH, which strangely turned out to be constructed of British period bricks. Our research established it to be a corner point of the Mazar of Nau-guzza of Lahore (a separate story). Here the narration is different.
It may sound strange to those who do not read the fine line of history, that it was Raja Jaipal,who saw Sultan Sabuktageen as a threat, and decided to march on to Ghazni itself, in the year 986 AD. Yes, Jaipal picked up the fight with Sabuktageen himself, in his arrogance, that he could cut the enemy short. Sultan Sabuktageen met the invading army near Ghazak, which was a place between Ghazni and Lamaghan, and inflicted a severe defeat on the enemy. Raj Jaipal threatened suicide for himself and all his commanding Rajas, so Sabuktageen agreed on financial terms for treaty. Jaipal renegaded on the treaty as soon as he was out of sight of the danger. Jaipal marched on to Sabuktgeen and was defeated again. Two defeats scarred him forever.
After the death of Sultan Sabuktageen, Sultan Mahmud, hardly a teenager, ascended the throne and marched to battle Raja Jaipal. Jaipal was defeated again by the son of his adversary. Again a treaty was signed for a third time and Jaipal renegaded on the same. But this time, something different happened. He came back, lit a pile of fire, threw oil on himself and jumped in the fire. His suicide was that he had been shamed by his adversary again and again.
Raja Jaipal was suicidal but he was not alone. His whole tribe had the suicidal urge in them. He proudly claimed that suicide was their forte. After fear of defeat, they would kill their own wives and children, pull out their own hair, and then indulge in ritual suicide. Suicide was like a ritual for them, and it seems that the Raja Jaipal was the epitome of the SUICIDE BOMBERS of those days. Today stupid local fanatics terming themselves as ardent Punjabis, recall Raja Jaipal with pride. A warrior who renegaded on treaties and was defeated again and again by his adversaries, need no commendation but shame, which according to Hindu beliefs would lower them with each regeneration of life in lower forms of existence. There is no grace in a ruler who breaks treaty, and no grace in a warrior who takes his own life. Raja Jaipal left a legacy, which in a few generations, was wiped from the face of Punjab.