He attributes the spread of Islam in India to “cultural accretion over centuries and not to the use of political power for forced conversion” and brings into dispute the contention that mostly lower-caste Hindus converted to Islam. The demolition of Hindu temples to promote the cause of Islam is also questioned on the premise that it was more an act of demonstrating political/military than religious superiority. This is an important distinction and could serve as a guiding light in view of the popular — made more so by the right-wing forces — perception in India that the aggressive spread of Islam was paramount to the designs of Islamic reign in India. Nevertheless, the counter-view offered by the author needs to be bolstered with relevant proofs.
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