For over 300 years, the Mughal kings were the dominant power in India. At its peak, the empire extended well beyond India's current borders, encompassing Pakistan as well as large parts of Afghanistan, and the likes of Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb can rightly be said to have formed a dynasty.
Now, over a century-and-a-half, after the Mughals decidedly met their match in the British, it appears that the line has not quite ended.
A sixth-generation self-proclaimed descendant of the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, has staked his claim over the disputed Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. Prince Yakub Habeebuddin Tucy (42) from Hyderabad calls himself the 'DNA-proven descendant of the Mughal emperor'.
Tucy, in his application to minister Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, has challenged the Chairperson of the Shia Central Board of Waqf, Syed Waseem Rizvi’s claim of ownership over the Babri Masjid.
Addressing reporters, Tucy said that as the Mughals were Sunnis, Shias could not lay claim to the Babri Masjid. He said he would have to intervene in the matter if the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Sunni Waqf Board did not take any initiative for an out-of-court settlement of the Babri Masjid-Ramjanambhoomi issue.
On December 5, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear appeals relating to the Ayodhya dispute. A three-judge bench has been constituted to hear a number of petitions which will challenge the Allahabad High Court verdict regarding the ownership title of the disputed site in the temple town.
Watch Republic TV's report in the video above.