(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
December 09, 2012
TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF BABRI MASJID DEMOLITION
Resolve to Strengthen
is the 20th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri
Masjid by the RSS/BJP
led combine of communal forces. On every 6th of December,
since 1992, the
country hangs its head in shame recollecting the vandalism
and destruction of
the Babri Masjid. Amongst
this memory highlights the disastrous consequences of having
a rabidly communal
outfit assume the reins of State power. It is inconceivable
that the Babri
Masjid could have been destroyed the way it was without the
BJP government in
Uttar Pradesh. The
complicity and the
patronage provided by the government not only allowed but
aided the gravest
illustrates this fact more than the verdict of the designated court
which chargesheeted the
accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
"From our description it is concluded that in the present case a criminal conspiracy to demolish the disputed structure of Ram Janam Bhoomi/Babri Masjid was hatched by the accused persons in the beginning of 1990 and was completed on 6.12.92. Sri Lal Krishan Advani and others hatched criminal conspiracies to demolish the disputed premises on different times at different places. Therefore, I find a prima facie case to charge...." (the list continues with many people, including Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Sadhvi Ritambari etc.)
Though subsequently when these communal forces assumed the reins of the central government with the BJP leading the NDA coalition, they tried their best to manipulate this chargesheet and seek the exclusion of Advani, the then deputy prime minister and home minister. However, on May 7, 2012, the CBI informed the Supreme Court that these charges cannot be dropped. A full twenty years later, justice has been denied to our Republic as those responsible for such an attack on the secular foundations of our country have not been brought to book. Justice delayed is justice denied. The legal proceedings continue to remain before the judiciary. Likewise, nothing tangible has happened on the report of the Liberhan Commission of Inquiry.
modern secular democratic
Having led the `rath yatra’ for the construction of the Ram temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya that left behind a trail of bloodshed and strife, Advani made an amazing claim in the Lok Sabha in 1999 that the demolition of Babri Masjid had jolted him “personally”. “It was unfortunate. It shouldn’t have happened”. However, he hastened to add, “I am proud of the Ayodhya movement”.
Soon after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, Advani gave a call for a national debate on secularism. He outlined the BJP’s conception in a set of two articles (The Indian Express, December 27 & 28, 1992). Though these were a painfully laboured attempts to whitewash the BJP’s brazen violation of law, the capitulation of the assurances given by it to the Supreme Court and the National Integration Council and to disguise the pre-planned and rehearsed destruction of the Babri Masjid, three `covenents’ of BJP’s definition of secularism were advanced. On today's occasion, let us examine them.
"Rejection of theocracy". This means the automatic
of not only democracy but also secularism. However, does the
repudiate what their Guruji Golwalkar had said: "In
BJP has not disowned this till date. This only means that
they continue the
efforts at misleading the people and attempting to
camouflage the real RSS
intention of transforming the modern secular democratic
(b) "Equality of all citizens irrespective of faith". The BJP's commitment to this concept can be understood only if they, once again, repudiate what Golwalkar said about all those non-Hindus living in our country as legal citizens inheriting India’s rich plural legacy as much as Hindus themselves. Golwalkar had said that non-Hindus “have no place in national life, unless they abandon their differences, adopt the religion, culture and language of the nation, and completely merge themselves in the national race. So long however as they maintain their racial, religious and cultural differences, they cannot but be only foreigners". Does the BJP repudiate this today?
freedom of faith and worship".
It is, indeed, ironic that he had advanced this precept of
BJP’s concept of
secularism soon after the wanton destruction of the Babri
Masjid! After the
"The foreign races in Hindustan must either adopt the Hindu culture and language, must learn to respect and hold in reverence the Hindu religion, must entertain no idea except the glorification of the Hindu religion and culture, i.e. of the Hindu nation, and must lose their separate existence to merge in the Hindu race, or they may stay in the country wholly subordinated to the Hindu nation, claiming nothing, deserving no privileges, far less any preferential treatment - not even citizen's rights. There is, at least should be, no other course for them to adopt. We are an old nation, let us deal as old nations ought to and do deal with the foreign races who have chosen to live in our country".
Not too ingeniously, Advani had then deliberately left out of his definition of secularism, its scientific foundation, the separation of religion from politics and the State. As long as this is not adhered to, secularism in the sense of equal rights to all belonging to different faiths cannot be ensured. In evading this, Advani is only echoing, once again, Golwalkar: "With us, every action in life, individual, social or political is a command of religion…Indeed politics itself becomes...a small factor to be considered and followed solely as one of the commands of religion and in accord with such commands. We in Hindusthan have been living such a religion (Hinduism)."
BJP’s call for a national debate on secularism, which it
reiterating, is nothing but a ruse to mask its real
intentions of functioning
as the political arm of the RSS and working for the
realisation of the RSS
agenda of transforming the secular democratic
the supreme interests of Bharat – i.e.,
(December 6, 2012)