The foundation of the mosque to be built in the place of Babri Mosque, which was built in India in 1528 and was destroyed by extreme Hindu nationalists in 1992, is laid tomorrow.
The groundbreaking ceremony will be held tomorrow for the mosque complex, which will be built in a village approximately 25 kilometers away from the area where the destroyed Babri Mosque is located in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
Athar Hussein, the Secretary of the Indo-Islamic Culture Foundation (IICF), made a statement to the correspondent on the characteristics of the mosque complex to be built, how long the project will be completed and the discussions on the Babri Mosque.
Reminding that the Constitution of India entered into force on January 26, 1950 and that all Indian citizens, including minorities in India, obtained equal rights with the Constitution, Hussein said, “For this reason, January 26 India Republic Day was chosen for the groundbreaking ceremony of the mosque.” said.
Pointing out that the mosque to be built will be in the form of a complex, Hussein said that the area in question will have a 200-bed hospital that will serve in various areas, a soup kitchen, a research center, a museum, a library and a publishing house that will provide free food for 1000 people, especially women and children in need of care. .
Hussein asked whether there is a special reason for using the name “Dhannipur” instead of “Babri” in the mosque project, “Since the project was initiated in the village of Dhannipur in Ayodhya, it will be referred to as the Dhannipur Mosque Project if it is in the name of any king or emperor.” answered in the form.
“Will be completed in 30 months”
Emphasizing that the project will reflect the struggles and shared values of Muslims and Hindus as the Indian community, there will also be a green area for tree planting within the mosque complex.
Stating that the green area will be planted with seeds from all over the world, including the Amazon rainforests, which are in danger of extinction, Hussein said, “Solar energy will be used in the mosque and other facilities within the complex to show our concerns about the danger of climate change.” he spoke.
Stating that the completion of the mosque is related to various variables, Hussein said, “The project will be completed within 30 months, depending on the resources and funds.” said.
“Babri Mosque controversy is over”
Sharing that the groundbreaking ceremony will start at 08:30 tomorrow, Hussein said that the flag ceremony will be held and then the saplings will be planted and there will be participants from various institutions and organizations.
Saying that no one from the government of Pradesh or the federal government will attend the groundbreaking ceremony, Uttar said, “The Babri Mosque debate is over.” used the expressions.
Built in 1528
The mosque, which was built by one of its commander Mir Baki in 1528 during the lifetime of Babur Shah, the founder of the Mughal State, became the victim of the temple (Mandir) campaign initiated by Hindu nationalist organizations in the 1980s.
The claim that the grounds of Babri Mosque was the birthplace of God Rama and that the place of worship was built on the temple has been a subject of controversy between Muslims and Hindus for many years, leading to the deaths of many people.
The Babri Mosque discussions, which caused problems between the two communities from time to time before the independence of India, continued after the country gained its independence.
A group of Hindus dropped the icon of God Rama inside the temple in December 1949 and tried to spread that it was a miracle. After this development, the Indian government declared the region “disputed land” and closed the mosque to worship.
In the 1980s, the World Hindu Council (VHP) and the People’s Party of India (BJP) began campaigning for land in Faizabad (new name Ayodhya). Groups led by Hindu organizations such as the VHP and the RSS (the umbrella organization of various Hindu nationalist groups, the National Volunteers Organization), in the late 80’s began to speak out loud about temple claims and called for land to be given to the Hindus.
Ramayana, one of the important TV series of the period, started on the state channel Doordarshan in 1987 and continued for 18 months. With the TV series aired on Sundays and published in 78 episodes, God Rama and his story turned into a concrete event by entering the home of millions of Hindus.
In the series, God Rama’s return to the place where Babri Mosque is located, the Kingdom of Ayodhya after his victory over the darkness and similar issues drew attention to the region.
Believed to be the seventh incarnation (Avatar) of Vishnu from the Hindu God Trilogy (Trimurti), Rama is among the most loved and revered deities in the country by Hindus.
Hindus destroy the historical mosque on December 6, 1992
The events were further provoked by the campaign launched by BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani in September 1990.
Advani went on a journey from Gujarat state to Uttar Pradesh, where the mosque is located, with a Toyota brand car converted into a two-wheeled chariot. On this journey, Advani, collecting bricks to be used for the construction of the Temple of Ram, dressed as God Rama, with a bow and arrow.
On December 6, 1992, nationalist parties and organizations such as BJP, RSS and VHP
During the rally, 150,000 people, including Hindu karsevaklar (volunteers), Sadhus (Hindu clergy), militants and youth, attacked the temple with pickaxes, shovels and levers, resulting in the demolition of the Babri Mosque, which had been standing for nearly 500 years, in 5 hours.
The news of the mosque’s demolition led to riots across the country. In the riots, which turned into the biggest social violence after the division of India, nearly 2 thousand people, mostly Muslims, died and more than 5 thousand people were injured. The events also spread to Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The decision of the Supreme Court
The issue of Babri Mosque, which remained problematic for decades between Hindus and Muslims, was moved to a new point with the decision of the Supreme Court of India on 9 November 2019 to give the mosque land to the Hindus.
In its decision, the Supreme Court ruled that approximately 1.1 hectares of land be allocated to the Hindu foundation to be established to build a temple, in return for the rightful Muslim foundation to be given 2 hectares of land elsewhere.
Following the decision, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on February 5, 2020 that the “Şri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kşitra Foundation” was established to build the temple.
On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Foundation Board, one of the parties to the case, announced that the 2 hectares of land in question would be accepted.
Construction activities of the Ram temple had begun
The groundbreaking ceremony for the controversial Hindu temple, which is planned to be built on the site of Babri Mosque, was held on 5 August 2020.
Prime Minister Modi and RSS Director Mohan Bhagwat also attended the ceremony.
As the date of the groundbreaking ceremony for the temple, the selection of the anniversary of August 5, 2019, when the New Delhi administration abolished Jammu Kashmir’s special status, sparked controversy.
On the other hand, the temple is aimed to be brought up to the 100th anniversary of the idea of Hindutva founded in 1925 and the RSS, which played a critical role in the development of ethnic Hindu nationalism.
Acquittal decision was issued
On 30 September 2020, the court ruled the acquittal of 32 people, including the current ruling BJP senior figures, on various charges related to the 1992 demolition of the Babri Mosque.
Judge Surendra Kumar Yadav had ruled that there was no conspiracy under the attack on the Babri Mosque by Hindu activists in 1992.
On the other hand, the court board stated that the demolition of Babri Mosque was against the law and the case related to this should be heard separately.