REFLECTIONS ON BABRI MASJID
On 6th December, this year again, most of the newspapers brought out editorials and articles wailing over the destruction of that old, dilapidated and disputed structure called “Babari Masjid”. The above captioned article by the great intellectual comrade Hiren Mukherjee that appeared in the Statesman on 6th December can be called the most representative. All of them describe 6th December 1992 as the blackest day in the history of Modern India. “It was a cruel and sinister blot on India’s secular escutcheon, an infamy that could not be easily erased” says Prof. Mukherjee. Was it really so black? Was it blacker than the total destruction of thousands of Hindu Temples during the last thousand years and more? Was 6th December a blacker day than 16th August 1946, the day of the sinister Calcutta killings or 10th October 1946 of Noakhali Riots or even 15th August 1947 when India the motherland of both Hindus and Muslims was mercilessly cut into two rather three parts and which led to the killings of thousands nay lakhs of people? India’s so called secular leaders have conveniently forgotten those days but those who truly love Mother India cannot, will never, forget them. Those wounds still bleed, they remain unhealed even now.
What have the Muslim community as a whole done to heal those wounds? It is no use quoting the names of a few good Muslims who acknowledge and appreciated Hindu Culture. Hiren Mukherjee talks of Dara Sikoh but what was his fate? Was he not declared a Kafir and cruelly killed by Aurangzeb – the zealot? He talks of Main Mir who was invited by Guru Arjundev, to lay the foundation of the Hara Mandir Sahib at Amritsar, but what was the fate of the same guru Arjundev at the hands of Jehangir and of the Ninth Sikh guru Tegbahadur at the hands of Aurangezeb? Can the wounds of the Sikh Community ever heal?
The ‘Babri Masjid’ issue is not a new issue. Ever since it was built on the Rama Janam Bhoomi Temple, Hindus have been shedding their blood to resurrect it. But every time their brave efforts have been frustrated by brute force. So the issue had remained alive even during the British Raj and after. Since 1948 Hindus have been trying to get the issue settled by all peaceful means, even praying with folded hands! But apart from a few individual Muslims, there has been no positive response or co-operation from the Muslim Community as a whole. On the contrary all types of hurdles have been put in the way. And the so-called secularists under the leadership of Mulayam Singh indulged in a massacre of the peaceful Karasevaks at Ayodhya in November 1990. That broke all the patience of the Hindus. Was that not a blacker day than 6th December? The Hindus were totally frustrated. When all their efforts to acquire Rama Janam Bhoomi peacefully failed, the end result was the pulling down of the old structure.
The act was bad, no doubt. This is not to applaud it. But Muslims too should realize that good friendly relations cannot be expected from one side only. It should be reciprocal. There should be give and take on both the sides. Tolerance and acceptance of one another’s religion, ideas and feelings should be there on both the sides. Muslims also should extend a helping hand to heal the wounds that they and their forefathers have been going on inflicting on the Hindu psyche and body politic. We appeal to all the Muslims to come forward to help the Hindus to rebuild this Rama Temple, forgetting all the acrimony of the past. That will pave the way to heal all the wounds on both the sides. And true amity and fraternity between Hindus and Muslims would grow. And when the cause of separation has been buried, that may in the end lead to a great one and United India.
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