Babri Masjid: No Right Verdict

In all honesty, I never really understood what the entire episode regarding this masjid was all about. Today, courtesy of Ranbir Kapoor who insisted Anjaana Anjaani get postponed because the verdict would be announced on the day the film was supposed to release, I decided to sit down and read all about it. So what I basically understood from it was the following.

Ayodhya, birthplace to Lord Ram, is where it all began. A temple was built in honor of the God. However, during the Mughal's reign over India which lasted many hundreds of years, the temple was pulled down and in its place, a masjid/mosque was built. It stood there for many hundreds of years until 1990, when it was pulled down and demolished by Hindu karsevaks. A hearing has been called and is still underway. On October 1st 2010, twenty years after the masjid was pulled down and the riots it caused, a verdict will be reached as to who is responsible.

So what is the problem? Well, no matter what the verdict is, it doesn't mean anything. Who is right? No one. It wasn't right for the Mughals to pull down a temple that commemorated Lord Ram and then many hundreds of years later, it was definitely immoral for Hindu fanatics to go in and destroy the masjid. But this is not the problem. In a country, where children have no homes, we are worried about the destruction of a place of worship. Instead, I think Lord Ram would have been more than happy if we would have built a school or a home for the poverty stricken. But no, we fight and increase communal tensions. The riots that took the deaths of Hindu's and Muslim's in India, mean nothing to government officials. They would much rather defend their sad actions rather than step up to the plate and say, "Hey! We messed up."

It has taken 17 years, Rs. 8 Crores, 48 extensions, 399 extensions, and 100 witnesses and yet, we have no verdict. But no matter what the verdict turns out to be on October 1st, it won't bring back the dead, the hurt, the temples, the masjids. They belong to the ground now; ashes in the dirt.

4 comments:

Amaluu said...

V. interesting ... I can't help but think of the climax of M. Night Shyamalan's 1st film Praying with Anger, when he shouts at the crowd "Come on, whose God is better? Yours? Yours?" ... perhaps the only way to solve this is to create an inter-faith center for understanding in that spot. The whole thing makes me really sad.

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Atheist Indian said...

The Babri Masjid conflicts exists because of the irrationality of the religious. Both of them believe that their religion is better than the other and can't let go, because they think it will be an affront to their god. What they fail to see is that they are killing thousands of people over a small piece of land which has nothing to offer humanity.

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