Twenty-five years after the Babri Masjid demolition, the day he watched his life crumble is still fresh in Latifi’s memory.
‘They’ will never be able to hijack this country, I thought in 2002, but a tiny doubt had crept up in me. That doubt has only grown.
Backstory: The Defining Image of the Gujarat Election Was Actually a Non-Image – The Missing Muslim Subject
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
The physical segregation of Muslims in Gujarat is a part of the larger Hindutva objective to alienate those considered the ‘other’ from mainstream political processes.
The delay had prompted the Supreme Court in April 2017 to pass an extraordinary order to expedite the trial and deliver the judgment “within a period of two years”.
Is it dharma to oust someone from their holy place?
The period of VHP’s belligerent build-up to the Babri Masjid destruction saw the rise of a mainstream ‘kar sevak’ media which destroyed the very fundamentals of journalism by becoming an active participant in furthering intolerance.
It is the people of India who have to pick up the pieces and reclaim the inclusive pluralist traditions of this ancient diverse land.
The well-planned destruction of the Babri Masjid 25 years ago was a dress rehearsal for further acts of vandalism that are in store. No wonder the assault on witnesses like photographers and smashing of their cameras felt like a ‘blinding of the nation’.
The police standing guard did not move from their place, as if they had been ordered to remain mute spectators.
Arfa Khanum Sherwani speaks to Venkitesh Ramakrishnan, senior associate editor of Frontline, and Ruchira Gupta, professor at New York University, who were both in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
Journalists who covered the demolition of Babri Masjid 25 years ago recollect assaults on them, anti-Muslim slogans raised by top BJP leaders and the failure of the administration to act on the spot.
To examine the diverse engagements of Muslim groups with postcolonial political realities, one has to give up the Babri Masjid-centric grand narrative of Islam in India.
In Ayodhya 25 Years After Babri Masjid Demolition, VHP Organises ‘Day of Bravery’ While Muslims Observe ‘Black Day’
Bajrang Dal members in the city were booked for breaking prohibitory orders while on their way to the VHP’s event. The were flying saffron flags and raising allegedly communal slogans.
At an event organised by The Wire, journalists who reported on the Babri Masjid demolition 25 years ago talked about their experiences, from having their equipment broken to being sexually assaulted.
As the Ayodhya agitation gained ground, non-BJP parties were too busy with their electoral concerns to notice its significance.
Karsevaks involved in the Babri Masjid demolition of December 6, 1992, recall the events of the day 25 years later.
The Babri Masjid was torn apart in broad daylight while the executive and judiciary watched, and those behind the demolition went on to be elected as the rulers of the country.
Bhagwat’s statement comes ahead of the final Supreme Court hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi case set to begin on December 5.
Will the ‘Hindu’ rulers use their newfound status to display a spirit of generosity or to demand total submission?
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
The two judges had been appointed by the Allahabad high court in March 2003, during the excavation conducted by archaeological survey of India at the disputed site.
The board also told the apex court in an affidavit that the Babri Masjid site was its property and only it was entitled to hold negotiations for an amicable settlement of the dispute.
The Allahabad High Court had, in 2010, ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres at the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid site in Ayodhya.
Old age and extensive travels cited reasons as exemptions of appearance in court.
In the 62nd episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua tracks L. K. Advani’s role in the Babri mosque demolition and Modi’s flagship Digital India programme.
BJP leaders Uma Bharti and Vinay Katiyar, VHP’s Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Hindutva preacher Sadhvi Ritambara have also been summoned to the special CBI court.
In light of the recent developments, The Wire brings you a timeline of events of the 1992 incident and its immediate aftermath.