Opinion: 6th December day of valor or black day?

6th December 2017 marks the 25years of the Babri Mosque demolition. 25 years ago on this day the Babri Mosque was demolished by the right wing groups and it triggered huge scale communal violences across the country. Thousands of Muslims and Hindus came out on the streets fighting against each other and people on both sides lost their lives. The violences crossed the borders and the effects of Babri demolition were seen in neighboring Bangladesh and Pakistan as-well. Today after 25 years of that day we stand here with a few questions in hand.

Is 6th December a day of Valor or a black day? And was Babri Mosque a symbol of secularism or was it a stain (kalank) on India? Before understanding this we first need to understand what Babri Mosque exactly was. It is a fact that the structure which was known as the Babri Mosque was built on the ruins of an ancient Hindu temple by name of Janmasthana (birthplace). The Ram Janmasthana temple was one of thousand temples which were destroyed during the reign of Mughals, and the Babri Mosque build upon the birthplace was nothing but a symbol of Mughal barbarianism and Hindu genocides.

A structure built after destroying a temple can only be a called a stain on India and Indians. It was a stain on Hindus and Muslims alike. True Indian Muslims would never accept a Mosque built upon a temple that too of Lord Rama, because for the real Indian Muslims Ram is a hero just like he is for the Indonesian Muslims.

Now whether 6th December 1992 was a day of Valor or was it a black day? First I would like to make it clear that events which occurred following the Babri demolition were extremely painful and unfortunate because instead of rioting both the Hindus and Muslims should have celebrated the demolition. Babri Mosque was standing there as a stain on the relations between Indian Hindus and Muslims. I would have been happier if the Indian Muslims had played an equal role in destroying that structure which served as a reminder of Mughal atrocities.

When talking about the subject one must also remember the difference between the position of Janmasthana among Hindus and Babri Mosque among Muslims. While Babri Mosque was one of thousands mosques in India the Janmasthana is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites if not the most. That exact piece of land is believed to be the place where Lord Rama had taken birth thousands of years ago. The place was one of the most important Hindu sites before its destruction as evident from the waitings of various English travelers who had passed through Ayodhya when it was in existence. William Finch the English traveler who had visited Ayodhya in 1611 not only mentions the fort of Ramchand (Ramchandra) in Ayodhya but he saw Brahmin priests recording the names of pilgrims visiting it. Thomas Herbert in 1634 also mentioned the Fort of Lord Rama at birthplace and he described it to be a ‘especial monument’, he like Finch had also seen Priests recording the names of Pilgrims. The practice of recording the names of pilgrims is only practiced at important Hindu sites thus it is clear that the temple which existed prior to the Mosque was an important Hindu temple.

The destruction of Babri Mosque was a monumental event in the history of India the only unfortunate thing is that an event which should have been celebrated by all the Indians unfortunately led to riots.