(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
December 09, 2012
On The Demolition of the Babri Masjid
Below we reproduce Comrade Jyoti Basuís article that was written for People's Democracy on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. We are also reproducing the statement made by Comrade Jyoti Basu before the Liberhan Commission of Inquiry.
I AM happy to hear
Democracy, our weekly paper is
bringing out a special edition on the tenth anniversary of
the demolition of
the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. I wish to place on record what
I remember about
that shameful event which sent shock waves not only through
This was the background in which once again, when the BJP was in power in UP, with its government being headed by Kalyan Singh, the kar sevaks declared a march to Ayodhya to protest against the attack on them earlier. When asked by the Supreme Court on a petition made before it, why the kar sevaks were going there, the counsel for the UP government stated that their intention was to pray and sing religious songs.
Our Party demanded
a meeting of the
National Integration Council and the then Congress prime
minister, P V
Narasimha Rao did call a meeting on November 23, 1992 in
Two days before the demolition, I rang up the PM to tell him that alarming news was coming in about the preparations being made by the kar sevaks, to attack the Masjid. He told me that the Congress Working Committee would be meeting to discuss the situation. But no action was taken by the central government, and as planned, the Masjid was razed to the ground, with the police looking on. It was reported that a few top leaders of the BJP, including some who are now ministers of the BJP-led government, were present during this dastardly act, and cases are pending against them.
When Surjeet and I later met the PM we asked him why no attempt was made to save the Masjid; his only reply was that he could not distrust the chief minister of the state who assured him that nothing untoward would happen.
Communalism of the
lead, in some areas of our country, to minority communalism,
I was asked by the
Commission, set up a long time back to probe the demolition
of the Masjid, to
give evidence before it. I met the Commission for two days
on January 29 and
March 15, in the year 2001,
all these facts before it. I also presented the Commission
with a cassette
containing the speech of the ex-chief minister, Kalyan Singh
in Kolkata after
his government was dismissed. In the course of this speech,
he gleefully, and
with great pride, among other things, stated
that the demolition was a great achievement, and a new era
had begun in
I think it is worthwhile to add that because of my statements on communalism and calling such acts "uncivilised and barbaric", the prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, at a subsequent meeting in Kolkata said that he would ask me why I used such language. In the discussions with me which followed the meeting, I told him that I had not mentioned individuals, but I was of the view that vicious attacks against other religions, and demolition of their houses of prayer, are in my view, barbarous and uncivilised. They are also against our concept of unity in diversity, and do violence to our Constitution. I reminded him that he had at least expressed regret after the demolition, but his other colleagues had justified the demolition and there were criminal cases pending against them. I also told him that he listens to the RSS, the VHP and the Bajrang Dal, because he knows otherwise what fate awaits him.
Now on the Gujarat
barbarism the PM on
the one hand says he cannot show his face outside