December 6 in History

1992 – The Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, India, is demolished, leading to widespread riots

Babri Masjid (meaning Mosque of Babur) was a mosque in Ayodhya, India, at a site believed by many Hindus to be the birthplace of Hindu deity Rama. It has been a focus of dispute between the Hindu and Muslim communities since the 18th century. According to the mosque’s inscriptions, it was built in 1528–29 (935 AH) by general Mir Baqi, on the orders of the Mughal emperor Babur. The mosque was attacked and demolished by a large group of Hindu activists belonging to the Vishva Hindu Parishad and allied organizations in 1992, which ignited communal violence across the Indian subcontinent, killing around 2,000 people.


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