Shivam Sangwan Arya : Pt. Mahendra pal Arya (earlier Mehboob Ali ) is a Vedic preacher Since last 32 years . He was an imam of Masjid for 20 years but after knowing the truth of Vedas and by doing comparative study of both Vedas and Quran , he left Islam and become Vedic preacher. He go through Vedas , satyarth Prakash(by maharishi Dayanand Saraswati) and now his achievement is that he converted more than 20,000 Islamic scholars to “Arya”.
In 2004, at height of Zakir Naik’s popularity among semi-literate fanatic Muslims, he sent a mail to Sri Mahendra Pal Arya, a leading member of ARYA samaj a photo of himself holding Quran in front and Vedas in back. Sri Mahendra Pal replied back inviting him for a debate on how Quran is considered superior to Vedas by Zakir Naik
Since then Zakir Naik has been extremely elusive. some trying to contact IRF through mail and phone, but they refuse to accept the invitation.
On 27 March, 2007, a debate organized between Pandit Mahendra Pal Arya and Tariq Murtaza, a professor of Aligarh Muslim University and a core member of Zakir Naik’s team. The debate was recorded on video as well. When Tariq Murtaza was forced to turn speechless, he gave lame excuses for the same. He then suggested that his teacher, Abdullah Tariq of Rampur would be able to debate better.
On 8 February, 2008, after a tiresome management of logistics, considering the busy schedule of both Mahendra Pal Arya and Abdullah Tariq (both are involved in conversion activities primarily and hence keep traveling), finally schedule a public debate in Bulandshahar, UP. Abdullah Tariq, very confident about his conversion and conversation skills, claimed in very beginning that he would be willing to come each day to explain about Quran if he gets such a crowd to hear. But as the debate progressed, one could see droplets of sweat on forehead of Abdullah Tariq. By the time debate was over, he had to cry foul that Mahendra Pal Arya deviated from core topic. The debate ended on a peaceful note though and Abdullah Tariq reiterated his willingness to come for discussions again and again. But when Arya G tried to call him for debate for the next he refuses by saying that first bring 1lakh people .Anyhow, Abdullah Tariq didn’t provide the answers still yet .
(Shivam Sangwan Arya, Btech from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University ,2017)