27th Babri Masjid Demolition Anniversary Observed Peacefully Across India
Masihuzzama Ansari | India Tomorrow
NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 06— The 27th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition was peacefully observed in different parts of the country on Friday. The 16th century mosque was razed to ground by a Hindu mob on this day 27 years ago in Ayodhya town of Uttar Pradesh.
Around two dozen civil organizations jointly held a grand event near the Parliament House in the National Capital. Before the public conference, hundreds of people of these groups marched from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar area in the heart of the city, seeking justice both in the demolition case and title suit involving the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi.
Organizers of the Delhi event included: Welfare Party of India, Popular Front of India, United Muslims Forum, Citizens For Democracy, Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (Delhi), Campus Front of India, Communist Ghadar Party of India, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, CPI (ML) New Proletarian, NCHRO, New Democratic Party of India, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Women India Movement, Social Democratic Party of India, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Lokpaksh, Students Islamic Organisation of India, National Women Front, All India Imams’ Council and The Sikh Forum.
Representatives of some of these organisations addressed the gathering. They expressed their dissatisfaction with the November 9 verdict of the top court in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title suit and also demanded punishment to the culprits responsible for the demolition of the 16th century Babri Masjid in Ayodhya town of Uttar Pradesh on Dec. 6, 1992.
Even as the demolition case is lingering in lower court for 27 years, the Supreme Court pronounced verdict in the title suit on November 9 this year. Though it accepted the mosque was not built by demolishing any temple and installation of idols in it in 1949 and its demolition in 1992 were illegal, the top court granted the land where the mosque once stood to the Hindu side.
Addressing the gathering, Malik Motasim Khan, Community Affairs Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, said that all sections of the society, including Muslims and Hindus, as well as the idea of India feel defeated by the November 9 verdict of the Supreme Court.
“With the Babri verdict of the Supreme Court, Muslims of India, Hindus and India feel defeated and Hindutva and fascist forces are victorious. Will we hand over the future of the country to a few politicians? As we all have gathered here, we will have to continue hard work to get justice,” said Jamaat leader.
He stressed that the basis of any long-lasting peace is justice.
“People are saying that Muslims are very peaceful. There is no doubt that Muslims have demonstrated peace. But this peace is not on the basis of justice but patience. This peace is not long-lasting. If we want peace in this country, we will have to make justice for that peace. It is not only the case of Babri Masjid, whether it is triple Talaq law, UAPA, abrogation of Article 370, mob lynching, NRC or Citizenship Amendment Bill – on all these issues, the government has proved itself as a burden on the people of the country. Until we get rid of this burden, the country will not progress properly,” said Khan.
During the Delhi program, an attempt was made to disturb the event but it was foiled by the organizers.
As the program was going on peacefully and leaders were speaking, couple of women appeared on the scene and started raising slogans against the Babri event. They were shouting and questioning why the permission was granted to hold this program. The organizers and participants did not indulge in any argument with the protesters and thus foiled their bid. The police personnel deployed for the security of the Babri event took the protesters away.
Several leaders from different organizations also spoke on the occasion.
Mohammad Suleman of Indian Union League said: The message should go to the peace-loving people of the country that the Supreme Court has delivered judgment in the Babri case, not justice. They should know we are not satisfied and why we are not satisfied with the verdict. Moreover, when the Supreme Court has itself said that the demolition of the Babri Masjid was a criminal act, then the culprits of the demolition should be punished.”
Adv. Shahid Ali of United Muslim Forum said: “The purpose of our program today was that those responsible for the demolition of Babri Masjid should get punishment. We have been holding this protest for the last 26 years. Now the SC has also said that the demolition was a criminal act.”
Similar events were held in several other parts of the country today on the occasion of Babri demolition anniversary.
In Chennai, Tamilnadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) held a demonstration and demanded the Supreme Court to rewrite its November 9 judgement given in the Babri Masjid title suit.
TMMK also demanded punishment to the perpetrators responsible for demolition of Babri Masjid and safeguard for the places of worship of the minority community in the country, said I. Ameen Ahamed, Office Secretary of the organization.
Peaceful protest demonstration was held in Maharashtra also.