No more a ‘disputed structure’?

Posted: September 30, 2010 in Politics
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Earlier, this evening I heard two neighbours squabbling in the parking lot. I think the argument was over the use or misuse of parking space. I heard a woman tell the other “izzat se baat karo” and then she promptly let off a stream of invectives of the MC, BC and F variety! These neighbours usually chat every evening on the bench outside their building, so what happened today? It’s amazing how every little thing escalates into something that soon becomes uncontrollable.

Sorry for being such a cynic, but thanks to the amount of bad blood that this mandir-masjid issue has generated, it will take another hundred years for either community to erase the feeling of hatred and distrust that now exists. And with the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court coming out largely in favour of the BJP and like-minded parties and groups, I am afraid we have a long way to go before this issue is taken to its logical conclusion.

So can we stop calling it the ‘disputed structure’? Or do we have to wait for the Supreme Court decision? I am also curious to know how the Temple Trust intends to construct a temple in two-thirds of the area right next to a spot where a mosque might come up. I can already sense the feeling of unease that will pervade in the area. I am afraid those days of a mosque and temple coexisting side-by side are over.

Yes, yes I know there are villages where these things happen, but the poor villagers are simple folk who are more worried about their next meal than listening to devious politicians like Advani, Modi , Singhal, Shahabuddin, Gilani and the rest. And let’s not forget the Mulayams, Lalus and those from the Congress who don the pseudo-secular Gandhi topi and incite the mobs. They will ensure the issue is kept alive.

What I find intriguing about this verdict is that the learned judges have agreed that Babur either demolished a religious structure or built a mosque over the ruins of one. They also agreed that the Ram idols were placed in the mosque in December, 1949. What the judges don’t say is whether the priest’s action of placing the idols in the mosque was right or wrong. Are they also implying that the action of the priest and the demolition of the mosque were justified? They leave both these points open to conjecture. Let me state that I am going by the initial news of the verdict aired by TV channels and from here.

The Waqf Board has already said it will appeal. They don’t seem in the mood to accept the verdict and “move on” as the BJP and RSS wants them to do. More importantly, will the moderates among the community be able to control the more fanatical lot? Who is going to stop the hardliners if they decide to take the more dangerous path? And then there is the terrorist and our ‘friendly’ neighbours who are ever willing to fan the flames.

Now that the verdict has gone in their favour the BJP is sounding very calm and almost generous. But how long before it raises the issue of Mathura and Kashi? Can they let go of such a golden opportunity, especially when elections are around the corner and it will give them the opportunity to tell the voter, “they did it”. What if the Muslim leadership takes an aggressive stance and refuses to accept even a Supreme Court verdict? And there is always the possibility of the apex court overturning the High Court decision? Will the BJP be as magnanimous then? Something tells me this issue is far from over.

Isn’t it ironical that politicians who swear by Lord Ram and Ram Rajya, have no qualms in dividing his birthplace into three pieces to achieve their ends?

  1. H V Kumar says:

    I think it was the best judgement in the prevailing circumstances. Sooner or later, the excesses of the previous centuries comes to roost. Yes, Mathura & Kashi will use Ayodhya as precedents. Yes, Muslims in India claim a pan-Islamic identity that transgress national boundaries. You cannot do much with a religion that wants jihad and destroy non-believers. For the BJP, it is vindication of a long battle which they have waged not just for political ends, but which is a cause in many Hindu hearts. Political rivals talk as though the electorate is some sort of unthinking, moronic, slavish set of people who cannot think for themselves, have to be “led”. Lord Rama evokes strong feelings of faith and worship.

  2. Joyjit Ghosh says:

    I agree a lot with the post. In fact, I find my worst fears are emerging from the shadow. The largest selling Bengali daily — Anandabazar Patrika — has an exclusive today that says that charioteer Advani wnats to embark on another rath yatra, which he feels will complete the journey that led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid. And an important piece in the BJP’s jigsaw puzzle has been the September 30 verdict and comments of the three-judge bench of the Allahabad HC.
    Post script: A day after Justice Verma, who wanted the entire land to go to the Hindus for a grand temple, retired, I saw him speaking to Headlines Today. As he spoke from the comfort of his home, pictures of dieties gave company to him from behind. How can such a god-fearing man say anything other than what he has said in his judgment? For him too, it was entirely a matter of faith than one of jurisprudence. Let shout long live faith as logic and law is given a subtle and painful burial.

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