Hindu man starts ball rolling on rebuilding of demolished mosque

He makes 'small gesture' donation for new complex that will replace 16th-century one razed by Hindu mob

A photo taken in 1992 showing Hindu nationalists demolishing the wall of the 16th-century Babri Masjid in Ayodhya city in the presence of riot police. The Indian Supreme Court last year called the demolition of the mosque an “egregious violation of
A photo taken in 1992 showing Hindu nationalists demolishing the wall of the 16th-century Babri Masjid in Ayodhya city in the presence of riot police. The Indian Supreme Court last year called the demolition of the mosque an “egregious violation of (the) rule of law”. It handed the disputed site where the mosque stood to Hindu groups, while giving Muslim groups an alternative site in Dhannipur village, more than 20km away, bringing the bitter dispute to an end. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Members of Islamic organisation India Thowheed Jamaath (left) protesting in Chennai earlier this month after the acquittal of leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of their alleged roles in the 1992 mosque demolition. Among those acquitt
Members of Islamic organisation India Thowheed Jamaath (above) protesting in Chennai earlier this month after the acquittal of leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of their alleged roles in the 1992 mosque demolition. Among those acquitted was BJP senior leader Lal Krishna Advani, whose portrait was burned during the protest.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Members of Islamic organisation India Thowheed Jamaath (left) protesting in Chennai earlier this month after the acquittal of leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of their alleged roles in the 1992 mosque demolition. Among those acquitt
Members of Islamic organisation India Thowheed Jamaath protesting in Chennai earlier this month after the acquittal of leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of their alleged roles in the 1992 mosque demolition. Among those acquitted was BJP senior leader Lal Krishna Advani, whose portrait (above) was burned during the protest.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A Hindu man has created waves by being the first to donate funds for the construction of a mosque in India to replace one that was demolished by a Hindu mob nearly three decades ago.

The Supreme Court last year called the demolition of the 16th-century Babri Masjid in 1992 by the mob of Hindu nationalists an "egregious violation of (the) rule of law".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 18, 2020, with the headline 'Hindu man starts ball rolling on rebuilding of demolished mosque'. Print Edition | Subscribe