Criminals rewarded: A common refrain on 30th anniversary of Babri demolition

New Delhi, December 07 (KMS): On the 30th anniversary of the day on which Babri Masjid was razed to the ground in 1992, political leaders and social activists recalled how the failure and complicity of the Indian government and the judiciary led to the demolition of the religious structure and left its mark on the society and politics of the country.

Prominent human rights activist, Professor Apoorvanand, talking to media said, “This entire incident is a result of not just the failures of the state, including the judiciary, but also that of complicity. The Supreme Court had no objection to the incident. The demolition could have been stopped after intervening at any point of time, but it was not done. And in the last 30 years, no one was held accountable for this crime of demolition.”

On 6th December, a mob of Hindutva zealots, led by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders including Lal Krishna Adavani and Murli Manohar Joshi razed the mosque to the ground claiming that the place is the birthplace of Hindu deity ‘Ram’. All the accused named in the conspiracy case were acquitted in September 2022. In the title suit case, the Supreme Court handed over the land to the Hindus to build the temple.

“The ones who committed the crime of demolishing the mosque were given the land of the Babri mosque. Criminals were rewarded,” said Apoorvanand reacting to the judgment passed by the apex court with regard to Ayodhya verdict.

He pointed out that the Rashtriya Swamsevak Sangh (RSS) was given a free hand to spread the lies about the mosque. “Their attempt to demolish the mosque was not opposed. Hence, they could be able to mobilise people to raze it,” he added.

As a result of the hate campaign, the government’s failures and judiciary’s order, a large section of Hindus started believing in the lie that Babri mosque was built on the site of Ram’s birth place. “We have reached such a situation that a crime was committed and shamelessly it is being confessed. It has changed the character of our society and politics,” said Prof Apoorvanand.

Remembering the demolition, Communist Party of India Marxist prominent leader Sitaram Yechuri said it is “important to never forget what happened on December 6, 1992, to ensure that those dark hours do not return”.

Prominent activist and women leader Kavita Krishnan said the demolition of the mosque has set off the demolition of India. “Yes, the 16th century Babri Masjid was part of our collective heritage as Indians, as people of the entire subcontinent, just as much as Harappa and Mohenjodaro are, or the university at Nalanda, the great ancient Mundeshwari Temple in Kaimur, Meenakshi temple at Madurai, the Mahabalipuram temple complex, the Brihadeesvara temple at Thanjavur, the Sanchi shrine, and so many others,” said Krishnan.

She pointed out that the situation could be different if the public hearing was held to hold the perpetrators accountable and put all facts in front of the whole country.

“I see #Jan6Committee public hearings in the US, which has even subpoenaed former President Trump for his attempt at a violent coup, & I wonder how different India would be today if only our Parliament could have held public #Dec6Hearings soon after the demolition to hold the perpetrators accountable and put facts on record in front of the whole country,” she said.

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