Shaurya diwas’ vs ‘Yaum e Gham’: Babri Demolition Ayodhya

On Dec 6, 1992, a group of Hindu ‘karsevaks’ brought down the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya to grounds. It has been 25 years since Babri demolition but the same wrath can be seen fiery among the Hindu & Muslim organisations. Remembering the day, on 6 Dec 2017 Shaurya diwas was celebrated by Hindus. While the Hindu organisation celebrated Day of Valour, the day was treated as a Day of sorrow by Muslim organisations.  While the Hindus were wearing saffron to mark it as day of victory, the Muslims wore black bands celebrating it as back day, while the riots victims want to keep it as a ‘Harmony Day’.

While many Hindus proclaimed supporting the Shaurya Diwas, while there are many who assert the litigants as criminals and thugs who has nothing to do with religion, the spirit of religion or the spirit of Hinduism. Also some Muslims unsupported the Muslim organisations for litigating their demands in unfair ways stating that these are unethical elements are poisoning the society by name of Islam, Mhd. Prophet never called for blood dispersal , he always gave a grounding in  the message of peace and love.

 ‘Shaurya Diwas’ for Hindus:

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal celebrated the silver jubilee of Babri demolition by organizing shobha yatra, mashaal juloos, sabhas & march in Faizabad, Ayodhya , Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli , Bijnor and other locations of western UP. People in Ayodhya – Faizabad were requested to light up their homes with lamps; the temples were also decorated with diyas taking a pledge for construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site. The VHP sevaks raised processions holding flags and banners claiming Ram Temple construction at the disputed site.

‘Yaum e Gham’ for Muslims:

The Indian Union Muslim League, Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM declared it as Day of mourning for Muslims.  Muslims celebrated it as a black day by wearing bands tied around the arms. Iqbal Ansari recited Quranic verses remembering the litigants of Babri demolition. In the session, they also deliberate the legal status of the case and take pledge to stay strong on grounds to get their demands fulfilled.

In 2010, Allahabad High Court had already declared a three-way division of the land between Nirmohi Akhara, Lord Ram deity and the Sunni Waqf board but the protesters are still unhappy with the judgment. On December 5 2017, the final hearing of the case was to be done by Supreme Court but now it has been further suspended till February 8, 2018.

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