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Ayodhya Incident

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    Ayodhya Incident

    December 1992 destruction of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. Ayodha is an ancient city in northern India and an important pilgrimage site. A mosque was built there in 1528 by the Mughal conqueror Babur , supposedly on the site of a demolished temple at Rama 's birthplace. The city became the focus of the Hindu campaign to restore the temple after Indian independence ( 1947 ). After Hindu militants succeeded in destroying Babri Masjid, Hindu-Muslim riots followed throughout north India and Bombay. The incident helped popularize the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

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