Do now, repent 18 years later, that’s what the Liberhan commission set up for an enquiry in to the Babri Masjid demolition case is exactly about. 1992, Kar sewaks stormed Ayodhya and demolished the disputed Babri Masjid, where they believed was the actual place for Lord Ram’s temple.
In 1992, several top BJP leaders led a rath yatra to Ayodhya, followed by thousands of kar sewaks from across the country. According to Hindus, place where Babri Masjid stood, was in fact the birth place of Lord Ram. And before 1528, there used to be a big temple at that location. However, in 1528, Babur and his general, Mir Baqi, in an attempt to terrorize the Hindu population, destroyed the Ram Temple and built a mosque in its place.
On 6th December, 1992, 150,000 strong crowd of kar sewaks destroyed the Babri Masjid. Subsequent to the destruction of the Masjid, a nationwide riot broke out between the warring factions of Hindus and Muslims. More than 2000 people died, while the Congress led Govt at the center watched helpless. On 16th Dec 1992, the Liberhan commission was formed by the Government of India to look in to the circumstances that led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid.
Quite strangely, the cause and effects of a movement of such epic proportions and something which clearly polarized the nation at that time, was left to be investigated by a one man army. No wonder, that the Liberhan Commission became the longest running commission in India’s history with several extensions granted by various governments.
Now, after a gap of 18 years, finally the report has been tabled in the Parliament. As predicted by many, the report has nothing new to say. It indicts the then UP Chief Minister, Kalyan Singh, and BJP stalwarts of that time, Uma Bharti, Govindacharya and Shanker Singh Vaghela as primarily responsible for the destruction. Top BJP leaders like Atal Behari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi have been held responsible for providing intellectual and ideological support.
Strangely, there’s no mention of the people who actually suffered. 2000 people died, several lost their homes and thousands lost their bread-winners or parents. They belonged to both Hindu families as well as Muslim families. Who is to be blamed for the loss of these innocent lives, who is to be blamed for children left orphan and bleak future after the incident. After 18 years, do we really care who demolished the structure? sn’t it more important to name the people who were responsible for the deaths? One should also not forget that as a direct repercussion of the Babri Masjid demolition, Muslim terrorists carried out the Mumbai serial blasts in 1993, which led to the death of more than 250 people.
Unfortunately, the Liberhan Commission, in its 18 years of finding and feasting on tax payers money, could not give an answer to any of the vital questions…
It’d be interesting to see if this affects BJP in the upcoming Jharkhand Assembly Elections.