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Hindu Masjids

The Challenge

Hindu masjids personify the deep chasm, or the sharp conflict between the Hindu ethos and Muslim zealotry. The conflict must be resolved. Why are we anxious? For the simple reason that without resolution, India cannot acquire the spirit of collective honour. And without national pride, the country cannot leap forward.Individual citizens may flourish or shine, as they do even now, whether at home' or overseas. But the collective performance of the country disappoints.

Many a Samaritan has tried to bridge the Hindu/Muslim chasm. Perhaps no one tried more than Mahatma Gandhi who went to extraordinary lengths by leading the khilafat movement in 1919 whose logical conclusion was anti-national.Yet his mission failed and eventually India was partitioned. The reason, possibly was that well meaning bridge builders did not comprehend the mismatch between the Hindu psyche and Muslim mind. It is well known that the conceptual purposeof an average Hindu is self actualization. Or fulfill himself by the best of karma which should eventually lead to moksha, mukti or nirvana. The Hindu universe consists of all living beings including animals, birds, reptiles et al. Since souls transmigrate, ideally violence should not exist.

On the other hand, the Judaic approach, whose most assertive vanguard is Islam, divides humanity whether between Jews and gentiles, Christians and heathens or between momins and kafirs. Islam enjoins on the momin to convert as many kafirs as possible to his religion. While doing so, he has to try and dominate whatever and whomever he can. Domination therefore is the central thrust of Islam. Whereas accommodation is the core of Hinduness. To bridge the gulf between the desire to dominate and readiness to accommodate is the challenge before all Indians.

This book is based on personal visits of the author to all the masjids that have been described. Visits were made in 2000 and 2001. The photographs that accompany the text bear out what was discovered. Until the advent of the Lodhis, most masjids were merely converted from mandirs by replacing the idols with mehrabs and by defacing the temple statuettes. Little wonder that the masjids still look mandirs. Mosques which were constructed by recycling the rubble of desecrated temples have a different look. This is the first time that this distinction has been made between the directly converted (temples into masjids) and temples rubble that has been recycled into new mosques.

So much for the Hindu/Muslim conflict at the macro level. A smaller although more poignant challenge, is that of the area that surrounds each Hindu masjid. Toa majority of the people, the long remembered temple in the neighbourhood was about the only reachable point of pilgrimage. Nothing broke their heart more than its desecration. Do we not owe them back their mandir?

Hindu Masjids
Prafull Goradia
The Challenge
1. The Conflict

Shuddhi in Stone
10. Christian Tears
11. Ataladevi Masjid
12. Four Vandals, One Temple
13. Bhojshala Masjid
14. Seven Temples Kept Buried
15. Adina Masjid
16. Jungle Pirbaba
17. Mandir and Dargah in One Building
18. Shuddhi by Govemment
19. Iconoclasm Continues in pakistan, Bangladesh and in Kashmir
2. Shuddhi by British
20. American Professor on Temple Desecration
3. Incomplete Shuddhi
4. Spontaneous Shuddhi
5. Waterloo of Aryavarta
6. Reclaimed Temple at Mahaban
7. Qutbuddin And 27 Mandirs
8. Instant Vandalism
9. Ghazni to Alamgir

Anti-Hindu Hindus
21. Ghazni and Nehru
22. Is A Communist Always Anti-Hindu?
23. Are Some Intellectuals Perverse?
24. Are Some Eminent Indians Anti-Hindu?
25. Ambedkar, a True Hindu
26. Swaraj Meant Saving the Khalifa
27. Archaeological Surveys
28. Hindu Future after Black Tuesday

1. Annexure I
2. Annexure II
3. Annexure III
4. Annexure IV

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