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Demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 by mob is considered as black day for Indian democracy

Thursday December 6, 2018 3:24 PM, Zulafqar Ahmed Tantray

Babri Masjid Demolition

Demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 by mob is considered as black day for Indian democracy. After Babri Mosque demolition period, no election has gone in India that has passed without reference of construction of Ram Mandir at the disputed site. Leaders of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) have been rhetorically polarising the people of Hindu and Muslim communities for the purpose of vote bank politics.

Then in 2010, Allahabad High Court in its verdict declared that the disputed land would be equally portioned among the three parties, Sunni Wakf Board, The Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. This decision to portion out the land to three different groups witnessed the gradual and substantial decline of Muslim faith in Indian Judiciary. After the 2012 UP Assembly elections, a post-poll survey found that less than one third of Hindus & Muslims demanded only a temple and Mosque at the disputed site respectively. But in 2016 survey, there has been a sizeable increase in the percentage of Hindus (49%) who said that only temple should be built at the disputed site. Whereas only (28%) Muslims had said that only mosque should be constructed at the disputed site. In the earlier surveys conducted by LSDS in which opinion of Muslim community regarding construction of only mosque was almost equal to Hindu community.

This declining percentage of Muslim community after 2016 does not mean that their faith on Indian secularism has changed & they have become more secular but it clearly shows that they have lost faith on whole political setup of the country in general and judiciary in particular.

BJP minister Uma Bharti said that “she is ready to be hanged for building Ram Temple at the precise spot where the Babri Mosque stood”. Not only Uma Bharthi but recently RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that “only temple will be built on the disputed site”. He further said that “it is not a populist declaration but a matter of our faith. It will not be changed.” His remarks are seen as a rebuke to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who appointed himself as a mediator between Hindu and Muslim groups.

BJP ministers did not stop here. They even have said that the Supreme Court of India can’t pronounce judgement on Ram Temple because this is a matter of their faith. Ostensibly, this is sheer contempt of court. It is the same BJP which has celebrated the recent judgments of Supreme Court on Triple Talaq, Section 377 and many more.

These statements prove that the RSS and the BJP government are committed to the construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site. It may be argued that it is now quite easy for them ‘to construct a temple’ at the said site keeping in mind that both at the centre as well as in the state the BJP is in power. It should also be noted that the BJP has been misusing the sentiments of the people and exploiting their faith on the issue before every election. It has also been continuously using appeasement politics for electoral purpose. But, since this issue has assisted BJP to polarise people for electoral gains, it may be therefore pronounced that they will not construct a temple at the disputed site.

Moreover, not only leaders of the right wing groups but leaders of the so called secular parties like AAP have also made controversial statements on the Ayodhya dispute. Recently, Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said that on the disputed site a university should be built instead of Temple or Mosque. If this happens, then it would be a sheer injustice to the Muslim community because Apex Court of India had not allowed the charged mob to demolish Babri Mosque. Supreme Court of India has said several times that Babri Mosque demolition is a ‘National crime’ that has shaken the social fabric of the society. In this milieu, it would be a challenging job for the Supreme Court of India to give a balanced decision for both Hindu and Muslim communities to keep the social fabric of the communities unharmed as well as to restore lost faith of Muslim community on judicial system of the country.

[Zulafqar Ahmed Tantray, doctorate fellow at the department of political science Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Email: ahmedzulafqar78@gmail.com.]

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