Dispute on old Mosque in Varanasi

In the city of temples, Varanasi where a dispute over Giyanvapi Masjid/Kashi Wishvnath mandir is already going on, a sudden  new dispute on a mosque called Dharora Masjid is being created because Hindutva forces are laying claims  on this mosque.

Recently Parvin Togadya, national general secretary of VHP, entered this mosque with his shoes on. When people and a trustee of the mosque objected to it, a minor scuffle also took place but the patience and wisdom of sane people prevented it from taking an ugly turn. Due to the farsightedness of Maulana Abdul Batin, the mufti, qazi and imam of Giyanvapi masjid as well as managing committee of the Dharora mosque the matter ended for the time being.

The biased attitude of some officers of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is responsible for making the mosque a disputed place, because it installed a board adjacent to the mosque claiming that the mosque had been built after demolishing Sadho Rau temple. After the installation of this board, Hindutva elements made a claim that the site belongs to them. In the given situation, Maulana Abdul Batin and others are trying to remove the said board and at the same time they are preventing Muslim youth from doing anything which may disturb communal harmony in the city.

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2011 on page no. 5

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