Building Mosques over Â holy sites of conquered nations is a Mohammedan speciality. It manifests the ideology of Islam as a supremacist juggernaut:
The mere fact that theÂ Rama Janmabhumi (Rama’s birthplace) site inÂ Ayodhya is well-established as aÂ sacred site for Hindu pilgrimage, is reason enough to protect its functioning as a Hindu sacred site, complete with proper Hindu temple architecture. Ayodhya doesn’t have this status in any other religion, though ancient Buddhism accepted Rama as an earlier incarnation of the Buddha. The site most certainly doesn’t have such a status in Islam, which imposed a mosque on it, theÂ Babri Masjid (ostensiblyÂ built in 1528, closed by court order after riots in 1935, surreptitiously turned into a Hindu temple accessible only to a priest in 1949, opened for unrestricted Hindu use in 1986, andÂ demolished by Hindu militantsin 1992). So, the sensible and secular thing to do, even for those sceptical of every religious belief involved, is to leave the site to the Hindus. The well-attested fact that Hindus kept going there even when a mosque was standing, even under Muslim rule, is helpful to know in order to gauge its religious importance; but is not strictly of any importance in the present. For respecting its Hindu character, it is sufficient that the site has this sacred statusÂ today.