(All words in this article are not mine, as I did a bit of research so obviously I copied some part as it is to quote the text and facts as it was mentioned in different articles).
As we know that on December 6, 1992, a large crowd of Hindu Kar sewaks (volunteers) demolished the 16th-century Babri Masjid in the city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.
The demolition occurred after a political rally at the site turned violent.
In Hindu mythology, the city of Ayodhya is considered as the birthplace of king Rama who is worshipped by hindus as God.
It is said that in the 16th century a Mughal general had built a mosque, known as the Babri Masjid, at a site considered by some Hindus to be Ram Janmabhoomi, the birthplace of Rama.
Many believe that there was a temple which was demolished and then a mosque was built and hence it was okay to demolish the masjid, AND there are also many who believe that there are evident loopholes in the findings of ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) which claims that there were idols and temple there beforehands of the masjid.
In the 1980s, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) began a campaign for the construction of a temple dedicated to Rama at the site, with the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) as its political voice. Several rallies and marches were held as a part of this movement, including the Ram Rath Yatra led by L. K. Advani.
On 6 December 1992 the VHP and the BJP organized a rally at the site involving 150,000 volunteers, known as kar sevaks. The rally was violent, and the crowd demolished the mosque.
The demolition also resulted in intercommunal rioting between India’s Hindu and Muslimcommunities, causing the deaths of many.
In the 1991 documentary *Raam ke Naam* by noted documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, the then Mahant of the Ramjanmabhoomi temple is being interviewed, his name was Laldas. Pujari Laldas was appointed by a court of law as the chief priest in the Ramjanmabhoomi temple in the year 1983 and continued in this position until the year 1992. Before being appointed as the priest, he used to oversee the work of the Ramjanmabhoomi Seva Samiti.
Throughout the years when he held this critical position in the very heart of the storm that was gathering around the Babri Masjid, he was a vocal opponent of the work of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad — he vehemently demanded Lal Krishna Advani to halt his rath yatra and at the same time declared that Muslims from outside Ayodhya and Faizabad should also not politicize the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid issue. ‘The Hindus and Muslims of Ayodhya and Faizabad can resolve the issue themselves,’ he insisted. His fearless intervention must be understood in its context; in an interview to Madhu Kishwar in 1992, he pointed out that 50-60 mahants had been murdered all over Ayodhya. “I wonder how a person like me is still alive”, he said in that conversation.
And in fact I remember myself when I watched this documentary, Pujari Laldas made a remarkable point, he said the ones who are politicising the issue in the name of Ram are the ones who has not a bit of religion in them.
On March 1, 1992, he was removed from his position by the Kalyan Singh government.
On December 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid was destroyed. In these months, Laldas feared for his life and is reported to have approached the local administration in Faizabad seeking protection, but his request went unheeded.
In the night of November 16, 1993, he was shot dead under suspicious circumstances.
Now, let me introduce something about someone who was not just someone as he played a great destructive role in demolition of Babri masjid, named Balbir Singh.
I was reading his interview and he said there –
“After passing high school, I got admission in intermediate college at Panipat. Probably after Mumbai, Panipat was strongest fort of Shiv Sainik. There I met many fanatic youths who poisoned my mind against Muslims by giving wrong and distorted descriptions of historical events. When my father came to know about my association with Shiv Sainiks, he tried to pacify me and told me authentic stories of justice and good treatment meted to non Muslim by Babur, Aurangzeb, and other Muslim rulers. He explained to me at length the distortions made in Indian history by Englishmen to flare up bitter relations between Hindus and Muslims of India. But unfortunately all his efforts to keep me away from Shiv Sainik influence failed. I did not hear his advice of sanity.
In 1990, I was given an important role during Rath Yatra of Mr Advani. The fanatics filled my heart with hatred and enmity against the Muslims. I took pledge in the name of Shivaji to go to Ayodha and pull down the structure of Babri Masjid from the premises of Ram Mandir. I was appointed Chief of youth wing of Shiv Sena and on 30th Oct. I along with my youth brigade went to Ayodha. Police tried to stop us and at some places police opened fire on the violent mob of Kar-sewaks. I could not reach near Babri Masjid but my feelings of hatred against Muslim were intensified. Group of Shivsewaks, were outraged to see police bullets being fired at Ram Bhagats in Ram Janam Bhoomi. I was in great rage. Riots broke out in the whole country and I counted days for razing down the Babri Masjid. At last that day came. On 1st Dec 1992 I with my associates reached Ayodha. There I joined Yogendra Pal, son of a Jat Zamindaar of a village near Sonipat; he was my bosom friend and came to Ayodhya with me in the teeth of stiff opposition from his father. We reached near Babri Masjid on 5th Dec and spent the night on roof of some Muslim houses. All of us were impatient to start destruction of mosque. Last year on 30th Oct we were prevented from doing so. Now we decided to start Kar Seva, but our sanchalak stopped us and asked to follow discipline. Uma Bharti with her fiery speech flared up our sentiments. I took a pickaxe and climbed over the roof of the mosque along with Yogendra Pal. As soon Uma Bharti raised the slogan “Give one punch more and pull down the mosque” I struck my pick axe on the middle dome and raised slogan of JAI JAI RAM BHAGWAN. After some time the mosque was raised down before our eyes. We happily got down and bowed our head before Ram Lallah. We bought two bricks of the mosque with us and showed them to the people of Panipat. The viewers praised us. The bricks were kept in Shiv Sena’s Office and a public meeting was held to facilitate the occasion. My name as the first Striker on the mosque was announced and I got big applause. I told all this to my father who became very angry.”
The one whose venomous words you just read, he is now Mohd.Amir, he has embraced Islam, guidance reached him. Alhamdulillah.
SubhanAllah! When we talk about temples and masjids and demolishing then the one most disputed ruler who is often discussed is Aurangzeb, who is accused of demolishing the temples.
It was Aurangzeb the most misrepresented ruler in Indian history about the Mughal empire who constructed a huge temple in Chitrakut (Uttar Pradesh) and made arrangements for the ‘bhog’ at this temple for generations. The firmaan (edict) for the construction of this temple written by Aurangzeb himself is still in possession of the mahant of the temple in Chitrakut near Allahabad. This is apart from the other firmaans by the same ruler for the allocation and building of temples at mahakaleshwara, Ujjain, balaji , chitrakut, Umanand, Gauhati and the Jain of Shatrunjai and other temples and gurudwaras scattered over Northern India. These Firmaan’s were issued from 1065AH (1659) to 1091AH (1685).
History can be easily distorted. Hate speeches are easy to deliver.
Masses are sheeps, they just need to be provoked in the name of religion and you can easily rent the theykeydaars of religion for that to back your political voice.
“Mandir wahi banayengey” are actually not entirely religious in nature they are politically motivated!
We as an ummah also lagged behind in showing the world the true picture of Islam practically on state level.
Today, we have more than 50 muslim countries, yet no one represents the true Islamic leadership, the picture is so hazy for the unbelievers, and even for those who believe, that for them Pakistan and Saudi and Iran is all that which represents Islam. Had they been the representation of Islam then from occupation of masjid Al Aqsa by zionists to the ethnic cleansing of innocents in the name of “war on terror” by capitalists would not have been in the list.
Hasbunallahu wa’nimal wakeel.