The Bharatiya Janata Party’s argument that whatever happened on December 6, 1992, was a result of public anger is unacceptable. In fact, it is shocking to find a major political party of secular India stating that the demolition of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya was a result of public anger. One need not look into any commission report to hold the BJP and its leaders responsible for the most shameful chapter in the history of independent India.
That we still have parties that propagate a distorted notion of justice is a shame.
Another anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition has passed. After 17 years of the tragedy, an inquiry commission indicted those who were responsible for it. Many of those who were instrumental in razing the mosque have openly stated that they do not regret their act. But our criminal justice system is yet to bring them to justice.
The Babri mosque site bears testimony to the fact that our system has failed in upholding justice. Will the Ayodha issue remain a dispute forever?
What is the raison d’etre of observing the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition year after year? It is only politicians who benefit from the exercise.
Do we observe the anniversaries of the destruction of Nalanda University, rare libraries in Banaras, the world-class city of Hampi, the Bamiyan Buddha, and so on? The embers of the past should not be allowed to conflagrate.
Satish K. Kapoor,