Asaduddin Owaisi, chief of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), has opposed the New Delhi Municipal Council’s (NDMC) proposal to remove the historic Sunehri Masjid located in Sunehri Bagh.
In a letter written to the NDMC, Owaisi demanded the immediate withdrawal of the proposal, calling the mosque an important heritage monument that predates the establishment of New Delhi.
The Sunehri Masjid, also known as the Golden Mosque, was built in 1721 during the rule of Emperor Muhammad Shah. Its magnificent architecture, featuring red sandstone and gilded domes makes it a unique landmark in the city.
Owaisi pointed out that the mosque was deliberately retained in its original location while planning New Delhi during the British era. He said that demolishing it now would lead to an irreparable loss to India’s cultural heritage.
The AIMIM chief said that proposals to alter historical monuments require careful consideration of their heritage value. In the case of Sunehri Masjid, its rich history and architectural brilliance should be reason enough to preserve it for posterity.
Owaisi’s letter represents growing opposition to the NDMC’s plan from heritage experts and Muslim groups. The proposal has become controversial, with many arguing that demolishing the mosque would rob New Delhi of an iconic and culturally significant site.
The NDMC is yet to officially respond to the demands for withdrawing the proposal. But Owaisi’s firm stand against demolishing the centuries-old Sunehri Masjid has brought wider public attention to the need for preserving the living heritage of India’s capital.
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) December 28, 2023