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The Babari Masjid Question

A. G. Noorani

in The Muslims of India

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195670561
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080618 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195670561.003.0007
The Babari Masjid Question

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This chapter presents several documents relating to the rise of the Babari Masjid question in February 1986, which caused the Muslim community to seethe with resentment at the gross injustice it had suffered. Muslim politicians chose mindlessly to pursue the course on which they had embarked since 1948—mobilization of Muslims ‘to assert Muslims’ rights’, ventilation of Muslims’ grievances, agitation for Muslims’ protection against wrongs. The documents record their responses; sterile and counter/productive. These include Nehru’s telegram to G.B. Pant on Ayodhya on 26 December 1949; All India Muslim Personal Law Board and All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat on the takeover of the Babari Masjid; and Syed Shahabuddin’s speech at the national political convention of Indian Muslims.

Keywords: Muslim community; Muslim politicians; Muslim rights; Nehru; G.B. Pant; Syed Shahabuddin

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