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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Babri Demolition, 21 articles by the wire

21 Good articles are put together by the Wire at https://thewire.in/tag/the-babri-demolition/

The Babri Demolition

The overwhelming majority of India’s Hindus have repeatedly shown that they are not willing to be swayed by anti-Muslim sentiments.


The delay had prompted the Supreme Court in April 2017 to pass an extraordinary order to expedite the trial and deliver the judgment “within a period of two years”.


Is it dharma to oust someone from their holy place?

The period of VHP’s belligerent build-up to the Babri Masjid destruction saw the rise of a mainstream ‘kar sevak’ media which destroyed the very fundamentals of journalism by becoming an active participant in furthering intolerance.

It is the people of India who have to pick up the pieces and reclaim the inclusive pluralist traditions of this ancient diverse land.

In studying the Sangh parivar for my film, I encountered the disciplined manner in which the December 6, 1992 operation was planned.

The well-planned destruction of the Babri Masjid 25 years ago was a dress rehearsal for further acts of vandalism that are in store. No wonder the assault on witnesses like photographers and smashing of their cameras felt like a ‘blinding of the nation’.
Karsevaks at the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992. Credit: Reuters

The police standing guard did not move from their place, as if they had been ordered to remain mute spectators.

Arfa Khanum Sherwani speaks to Venkitesh Ramakrishnan, senior associate editor of Frontline, and Ruchira Gupta, professor at New York University, who were both in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.

An excerpt from Krishna Jha and Dhirendra K. Jha’s Ayodhya – The Dark Night that uncovers the story of how the mosque had turned into a temple overnight.

What is a nation worth if my friend is scared of returning home? What is a religion worth if it rejoices in the humiliation of another religion?

To examine the diverse engagements of Muslim groups with postcolonial political realities, one has to give up the Babri Masjid-centric grand narrative of Islam in India.
Kar sewaks on top of Babri Masjid during its demolition on December 6, 1992. Credit: T. Narayan

The spiral of violence triggered by the Babri demolition reached new heights in the Bombay riots.
Panelists at the Press Club event. Credit: Shome Basu/The Wire

At an event organised by The Wire, journalists who reported on the Babri Masjid demolition 25 years ago talked about their experiences, from having their equipment broken to being sexually assaulted.

“Though the riots are in the past, they have left a mark. People have moved on but after the series of mob lynchings, there is fear once again.”

As the news from Ayodhya throws a newsroom into turmoil, an editor uses his pen like a chisel. We reproduce here the much-acclaimed story Blue Pencil by N.S Madhavan, translated from Malayalam by the author himself.
Kar sewaks on top of Babri Masjid during its demolition on December 6, 1992. Credit: T. Narayan

In the Ayodhya riots that followed the Babri Masjid demolition, 18 Muslims were murdered, almost all their houses and shops were torched and destroyed.
Kar sevaks on top of Babri Masjid minutes before it was demolished by them on the December 6, 1992 in Ayodhya. Credit: T. Narayan

Jagan Nath Azad’s poems condemning the demolition of the mosque say that the event tore apart India’s secular culture, one shaped through centuries of assimilation.

It did nothing to hold to account the BJP leaders who gave false assurances to the court before the Ayodhya demolition.

The Central Bureau of Investigation is deliberately prolonging the trial while the BJP does its best to use the Ayodhya dispute to once again stoke the flames of hatred.
Babri mosque. Credit: PTI/Files

The Babri Masjid was torn apart in broad daylight while the executive and judiciary watched, and those behind the demolition went on to be elected as the rulers of the country.

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