In a statement issued on Tuesday, January 23, the OIC General Secretariat expressed deep concern over the recent inauguration and construction of the Ram Temple on the site of the previously demolished Babri Masjid in the Indian city of Ayodhya. OIC is an association of 57 Muslim countries.
In line with the position expressed by the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC in previous sessions, the General Secretariat condemns these actions aimed at eradicating the Islamic symbols represented by the Babri Masjid, which has stood tall at the same place for five centuries, the statement added.
Pakistan, an OIC member state, had condemned the desecration of the Ram temple on Monday, January 22. The ceremony was also accused of being a sign of India’s growing totalitarianism. Pakistan’s Ministry of External Affairs stated on X Platform that the temple built on the site of a demolished mosque will remain a stain on the face of India’s democracy in the future.
The list of mosques facing similar desecration and destruction goes on, including Gyanwapi Masjid in Varanasi and Shahi Eidgah Masjid in Mathura. It added that the growing popularity of ‘Hindutva’ ideology in India is a major threat to religious harmony and regional peace. The ministry also pointed out that the chief ministers of two major Indian states, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, have noted that the demolition of the Babri Masjid or the inauguration of the Ram Temple is the first step towards reclaiming parts of Pakistan.
In November 2019, the Supreme Court of India had given permission to build a temple on the site of the 16th century Babri Masjid. The court had also ordered the Sunni Central Waqf Board to build a new mosque at a separate location on the outskirts of Ayodhya.