By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
A quarter century has passed, yet the scars remain fresh on the bodypolitic of India as was evident by the "Black Day” observed yesterday on
December 6 all over the country by Muslims protesting the criminal demolition of the historic Babri Mosque of Fayzabad.
It is an irony that India, despite claiming to be the world’s largest democracy and boasting of a secular constitution that guarantees freedom
of religious practice to all sectors of the polyglot society, seems reluctant to
redress the grievances of at least 25 percent of its population, as was evident by Tuesday’s adjournment by the Supreme Court of the case of Babri
Mosque, built on a vacant plot of land in 1528 by Mir Baqi Tashqandi, the
Tajik Persian-speaking minister of Moghal Emperor Zaheer od-Din Babar
who decisively defeated a joint Rajput-Afghan army led by Rana Sangha.
It is rather unfortunate that the culprits, who razed the magnificent edifice of worship to the One and Only Omnipresent Creator of the Universe
Whom physical eyes cannot perceive, are still at large and evading justice
because of the pressure tactics and Takfiri-style violence, vandalism, and
wanton massacres to which the anarchist elements resort whenever the
Babri Mosque is mentioned.
It is strange that since 1992, whichever political party has won the national elections to form the central government in New Delhi, has remained
indecisive on the mosque issue, because of fears of the anarchist minority
that falsely claims to belong to the Hindu majority by propagandizing the
alleged temple that never existed on the spot where Babri Mosque was built.
If there was any temple on that spot that was supposedly destroyed by
Babar, then what prevented that outspoken adventurer from mentioning it
in his famous memoirs "Tuzak-e Babari”, especially in view of the fact that
his writings do mention what he calls "the repulsive sight of nude erotic
stone statues in a Jain temple which I ordered to be defaced for the sake of
protecting public morality”.
Moreover, neither any ancient Sanskrit text nor any medieval Rajput
work, as well as ‘Ram Charit Manas’ composed by the famous Hindu poet,
Tulsidas, in 1575, within 50 years of the construction of Babri Mosque,
have mentioned the demolition of a temple to make way for a mosque.
Is it possible to believe that Tulsidas would not have given vent to his
grief had the very birth site of Ram, who is regarded as a major deity of the
Hindu pantheon, had been ravaged? If Ayodhya was sacred to the Hindus,
he should have included it among the places of pilgrimage.
The Hindus are a peace-loving people with respect for the religious and
cultural sentiments of others, in contrast to the unprincipled and irreligious
Daesh-like elements that want a temple to be built on this site in order to
tarnish the image of Hinduism and its rich contributions to science, philosophy and civilization.
It is interesting to note that the recently retired President of India, Pranab
Mukherjee, who as a senior Congress party member had been privy to
many significant developments in modern India, has denounced the demolition of Babri Mosque in volume 2 of his memoirs titled "The Turbulent
He has frankly revealed what transpired behind the scenes and termed the
inability to prevent the demolition of the Babri Mosque as one of biggest
failures of the then prime minister, P.V. Narasimha Rao.
Mukherjee, saying the incident "deeply wounded the sentiments of the
Muslim community in India and abroad”, has written: "The demolition of
the Babri Masjid was an act of absolute perfidy, which should make all Indians hang their heads in shame. It was the senseless, wanton destruction
of a religious structure, purely to serve political ends. It destroyed India’s
image as a tolerant, pluralistic nation where all religions coexist in peace
It is also worth mentioning that senior Indian journalist Kuldip Nayyar,
though not a Muslim, has time and again called for punishing the guilty,
and has explicitly named BJP leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh, as the main culprits who mobilised anarchic elements to destroy the Babri Mosque, as part of their plot to
plunge the county in communal riots.
In view of these facts, we expect saner minds to prevail in India, especially
among the government circles, by taking the bold step, similar to demonization, to close once and for all this vexing issue by reconstructing the Babri
Mosque on its original site.
We are sure that Ram, who as we learn from Valmiki’s lore "Ramayana”,
was a virtuous and obedient son of his parents, and thus an obedient servant of One and Only God, is grieved today at the mockery of his values by
vandals who claim to be his devotees, just like the Takfiri terrorists’ false
claim to be Muslims.