Hindu nationalists demand demolition of one of India's biggest mosques during huge protest (Dec 11, 2018, The Independent)
Indians have reacted with outrage on social media after videos circulated showing Hindu nationalist protesters calling for the demolition of one of the country's largest mosques. Thousands of demonstrators descended on Delhi on Sunday, in the latest planned protest to demand the construction of a temple to Lord Ram, one of Hinduism's most revered figures, at the site of a ruined mosque in the northern city of Ayodhya.
It was organised by two groups closely affiliated to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and saw Hindus marching into Old Delhi, a part of the city known for its historic Muslim community.
Witnesses described hearing "anti-Muslim slogans" along the route of the march, and videos posted online showed demonstrators shouting "Ek dhakka aur do, Jama Masjid tod do" - "With one more push, destroy the Jama Masjid." Built in 1656, the Jama Masjid is one of India's biggest and most important mosques. It was the royal place of worship for India's ruling Muslim emperors for two centuries before the British invasion.