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The Past And Its Relics

All nations bear their own Babri Masjids. The point is how they live with the past, how lightly they carrytheir history.

The Past And Its Relics
The Past And Its Relics
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Every nation has its own Babri Masjid.... France, Spain, England, Germany and many of the so-called civilised nations of the world live with their version of Babri Masjids-monuments new conquerors constructed to assert their might and power over the architecture of the defeated. Some of the most magnificent churches in southern Spain were built by Christian emperors over the elaborate mosques of the vanquished Moors. You can still see the Islamic arches under the Christian domes, as you once could see the iron pillars with Hindu lotus flowers under the Babri Masjid dome when it still existed.

Even France, where cheese, wine and fashion have evolved into a fine art, has its own Babri Masjids lurking in its past. The "Sacre-Coeur" or Sacred Heart church located on the highest hill in Paris is a major tourist attraction. In ancient times a temple lay on this hill and history books say it was possibly consecrated to the god Mercury. The magnificent Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, the ‘gateway to heaven’, citadel of French catholicism and a must-see living monument for all visitors, "has distant pagan ancestors," admits Rev Claude Rechain, the cathedral’s archpriest. Nearly 2,000 years ago, Gallic and Roman gods were worshipped here.

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