The raging Gyanvapi Masjid dispute might or might not emerge with a clear solution in sight. Unfortunately, it has further polarised an already communally sensitive India.
In clear disregard of Hindu sentiments, AIMIM leader Danish Qureshi posted a derogatory remark about the reported shivling, found in the mosque’s pond. The water body serves as the wazukhana, used for the ritualistic ablution before namaaz.
Post the comment, the petitioners and Hindus by and large, have demanded an immediate police complaint.
Significantly, the controversy over the Gyanvapi Masjid is as old as the Babri Masjid. An appeal was first filed in the court in 1991 for permission to worship. Later, in 1993, the Allahabad High Court upheld the status quo, in line with the August 15, 1947 decree that places of worship are to remain, never mind their changed character through the course of history.
In 2018, the Supreme Court set a six-month deadline for the stay order. The case was reopened in a Varanasi court in 2019. The videography and photography of the mosque was ordered in 2021. Although the videography was opposed by the Muslim side, the court again ordered the videography. As on May 17, the video documentation has been completed.