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Shaban 1424 H
October 2003
Volume 16-10 No : 202
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Babri Masjid and Indian Togetherness

Babri Masjid and Indian Togetherness


By Malikul Azeez

India is a country of bewildering diversity. Muslims in India are one of the best examples of this diversity for many centuries. No community can claim the entire credit for the richness of its culture. But composite culture does not mean or there had been no tradition that any community should usurp the rights of other community or even wound the sentiments of each other. Ram temple, if existed, at the site of Babri Masjid dates back to at least four centuries and the birth of Rama dates back to the pre-historic age.

No history book, nor even the scriptures like Tulsi Ramayan, have come to support the view that any temple, let alone Ram temple, existed which was demolished to build Babri mosque. In the report of the ASI excavation, the Sangh Parivar might have scored a point but there are many loopholes, contradictions and counter-claims, which render the claim of a temple to be far from convincing. The independent experts of archaeology like Supriya Verma, Shireen Ratnagar, Suraj Bhan and others, who visited excavation site on 10th June 2003, were of the opinion that only a mosque existed before the Babri Masjid. And they also have found evidence of Muslim graves and animal bones. But the bitter fact is that the whole issue has been utilized for winning the game of power and position. The issue could have been confined to be a legal one, but the Sangh Parivar had an eye on attaining power by hook or crook, even at the cost of national integration. Hence the whole drama. It is to be pointed out that the secular credentials of Muslims have been proved over the years in various elections as they have always voted to power most non-Muslim candidates. Then, what else is Sangh Parivar looking for? What else could be a more sacred example of Muslimsí impartiality, fraternity and their secularism.

Moreover, Muslims have got a glorious history in the freedom struggle of the country. Hundreds of Muslim ulema, who would have otherwise no business other than the madrasas, took to streets and were subsequently hanged or tortured in jails including Andaman. This clearly shows their love for motherland. In this vast perspective of togetherness, handing over the Masjid land will not add to the so-called goodwill as sought by the Sangh Parivar, as this will only be a forced decision and not out of willingness. As a matter of fact, the whole issue has been made purely political and not religious and has got no backing of the vast majority of the Hindu community. The episode has been reduced to a political drama as a tool for attaining some petty political gains, as the Sangh Parivar has no development issue at its hand to throw before the electorate. This is also a fact that, the Hindus and Muslims in different states share a common culture, which is based on language and secular traditions without the clash or compromise on religions. Then, how come the alibi of the handing over the site to build up a Ram mandir play a role in this inter-woven relationship which is so deep-rooted for centuries together.

Muslim leadership, on this issue, has come out clearly with utmost fairness. They have not pursued the path of confrontation but have been demanding a fair play both morally and legally. They have been telling right from the beginning, even before the title-suit was filed in the court and even much before the ASI excavation, that they would accept the court verdict, even if goes against them. But on the other hand what the other party of the dispute is demanding? Have they not been clearly and brazenly flouting the rule of law by declining many times in public to accept the verdict of the courts?

The court verdict, in all fairness, seems to be the best way out in solving this vexed problem and both the parties should accept the same gracefully. One-billion strong secular India is still intact and attempts to divide them will meet their waterloo.

Let us all the Hindus, Muslims, Christians and all others cutting across the lines of caste and creed, Join hands together and work to build a much stronger and vibrant India.

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