Mumbai/Hyderabad: Muslims all across the country on Sunday, the 23rd anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition, held peaceful protests reiterating their demand to reconstruct the 17th century mosque at its original place whereas Shiv Sena - a right wing Hindu party, observed the day as 'Shourya Divas.'
Muslims in almost all major and small cities and towns held peaceful protests at 03:45 pm the time when Babri Masjid was demolished by extremist Hindu mob on December 06, 1992. Government and independent probes later confirmed senior BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal and other Hindutva groups were part of the conspiracy hatched to demolish the Muslim holly place.
The demolition of the mosque was done when the Congress party was in power and Narsimha Rao was Prime Minister. Probes also said that warnings were issued to the country's top leadership, he however was reportedly 'sleeping' as the Hindu mob razed to ground the historic mosque.
Carrying black flags and holding placards, the Muslims protesters gathered at various places including New Delhi, Mumbai, Malegaon and Hyderabad prayed that the mosque is built at its original place.
Urging the secular majority of the country to understand the issue in the light of ongoing debate on 'intolerance', Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee Hyderabad demanded from the Supreme Court to take suo moto action so that the Masjid is built on its original site.
"The Supreme Court and Indian society should take a note of ‘justice delayed is justice denied’ before it’s too late. On this occasion let us pledge our resolve to crush the seeds of intolerance and communal hatred sowed in this country on 6th December 1992", the group said.
"At present when the whole nation is experiencing a serious debate on the intolerance, 6th December comes as a horrifying reminder that present bigotry is the result of collective silence of Indian intellectual society on Congress government’s complicity in allowing Rath Yatra and subsequent demolition of Babri Masjid.
"Fact is Ramjanmabhoomi movement just doesn’t gave rise to Hindutva leaders like L.K. Advani or MM Joshi but also to current Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was than incharge of logistic of whole Rath Yatra", it said.
Stating that the demolition of Babri Masjid is a blot on Indian democracy and secularism, the group said, "Even after 23 years, the perpetrators of the demolition and subsequent targeted killing Muslims enjoyed High government offices. While Government was adamant to hang Yakub Memon but criminals like Bal Thackrey got a state funeral. Reports of Librehan commission and Sri Krishna Commission now lie in dust at some government office."
On the othre hand, Shiv Sena, a right wing Hindutva party which always took hailed party workers participation in the demolition of the mosque, observed the day as 'Shourya Diwas'.
Led by its state vice-president Inderjit Karwal, the Shiv Sena activists in Phagwara, Punjab paid tributes to those 'karsevaks' (volunteers) who had "laid down" their lives during demolition of the mosque on December 6, 1992.
The activists also appealed to the Narednra Modi government to get Ram temple built in Ayodhya.
They also appealed to all the Hindu bodies to sink their differences and make a common cause for getting Ram temple built at Ayodhya "at any cost and any sacrifice".
Meanwhile, VHP leader Praveen Togadia on Sunday expressed hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would ensure a grand Ram Mandir is built in Ayodhaya as decided by the BJP national executive and promised in the Lok Sabha elections.
"In the national executive meet of the BJP, a promise was made to build Ram temple on the lines of Gujarat's Somnath temple by passing a law in parliament. I trust Narendra Modi," Togadia said.
"I trust that fulfilling the promise made in the party's resolution and promised during elections, he would realise the dream of millions of Hindus for building a temple dedicated to Lord Ram," he added.
Giving a call to all Hindus to stay prepared to construct a grand Ram Mandir, he said the holy men should stay ready to follow direction.
"Lord Ram's temple will be built, just as Sardar Patel had built Somnath temple, meaning by making a legislation in parliament," the VHP leader said.