Read about and see vivid photographs of how the Hindu
legacy has been trampled upon by iconoclasts.
Hindu Masjids: Symbolises the longstanding conflict
between Hindus and Muslims, and tries to offer a solution. From Emperor
Akbar to Rajiv Gandhi, many have tried to build bridges of friendship
between the two communities but all of them, including Mahatma Gandhi,
have failed. As the last five decades have proved, the partition of 1947
did not solve the problem.
Is it to escape facing the truth about the past? Or is it to
placate Muslim sentiments? Is it to avoid a controversy which might adversely
affect one or more electoral verdicts? But how can all the political
parties have a vested interest in the suppression of the same facts?
Surely, if some party might lose out by the facts coming to light, another
should gain as a result. Ruling parties at the centre as well as in
the state change from time to time. Yet, no party has shown any real inclination
in letting the people of India know facts of their collective past?
Is the reason then, a countrywide fear of a community's wrath? If it
be so, how can there be friendship between one community being the cause
and the other the casualty of fear?
Several scholars have, over the years, listed hundreds of
temples and described their desecration but none before the author has
drawn a clear distinction between a mandir converted into a masjid in
contrast to a mosque built with the rubble of a demolished temple. Even
Cunningham, who toured North India extensively in the course of 1838-1855
and published his surveys in 23 voluminous reports, did not make the
Prafull Goradia has visited every masjid or dargah that
has been discussed. Not alone, but accompanied by a research scholar as
well as an excellent photographer. He now appeals to Muslims to abandon
and not use these ill-gotten or looted edifices for praying to their one
and only god, Allah.
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