December 6 has passed, a grim reminder that Indian secularism and democracy were destroyed that day in 1992. Anti-secular elements brought down the Babri Masjid as the BJP was in power in Uttar Pradesh and a friendly Prime Minister, P.V. Narasimha Rao, was not prepared to act. Some months before the demolition, he reportedly told The Indian Express in an interview: “I can fight the BJP but not Lord Rama.” And he mistook these anti-secular elements to be the messengers of Lord Ram. It is interesting that in its zeal to derive political mileage, the BJP completely destroyed Hinduism itself and led the masses into believing that it serves the cause of Lord Ram. Years after 1992, much water has flowed down the Ganga while those anti-secular elements who brought down the Babri Masjid still roam free. Some have been provided security at the cost of ensuring the well-being of the poor.

Arif M.,


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