15 January, 2021

Two Domes Down

A Babri reporter on the cycle of history and how Muslims can break it

D. Ravinder Reddy
Two Domes Down

Babri Masjid: As It Happened

The Ram Janmabhoomi dispute winding its way down to the VHP, the demolition, the Liberhan Commission’s 17-year probe and, finally, the Allahabad HC verdict

  • 1528 Babar builds a masjid in Ayodhya.
  • 1853 Hindus claim mosque built on Ramjanmabhoomi site. First incidents of communal violence reported.
  • 1859 The British fence the site, allow Muslims into the inner court, Hindus in the outer one.
  • 1949 Ninety years later, idols of Ram appear inside the mosque. Both Hindus and Muslims file civil suits. The Government declares the site as disputed, locks the gates.
  • 1984 A movement to build a Ram temple and ‘liberate’ his birthplace at the site grows, led by the VHP and BJP leader L.K. Advani.
  • 1986 When a district judge allows Hindus to worship at the disputed site, the Babri Masjid Action Committee is formed to protest against the...


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