My purpose of writing this piece is not to blame or defend anyone.
Babri Masjid demolition is a non-partisan issue which affects all of us. We have grown up witnessing this issue being used as a tool for political mileage and the hate politics around it – time and again.
The beliefs of respective religions are understandable towards the Babri masjid issue. And keeping that in mind, attempts have been made to solve the same by the supreme court, on record, thrice. But unfortunately, nothing could be sorted out. At least not on officially. But it is obvious that the political powers have always interfered (both directly and indirectly) to use the issue for their vested interests.
We are not foolish, all of us can see through the politics that has been going around this issue, how extreme religious groups have targeted minorities. How leaders have used religion to divide the people using their religious beliefs against them. They are entirely responsible for the riots that ensued due to their hate speeches.
Even after 26 years of the hurtful event, after loosing thousands of lives, after hating each other for decades, our star leaders still claim to build the temple/mosque at Ayodhya. It continues to be a priority on the list of promises they make during elections.
If even a single political party would have ever cared enough to not let people die in the name of religion, things would have been much better than they are now.
Can we not see that this is the bait they have been and will be using to fill their vote banks?
For instance, this :
But against all odds, the decision is expected to come before 2019 Lok Sabha elections – because religion has always been the blood of politics in India.
Let me just extend my horizons and come at this later. This is the 21st century and people are finally getting aware and educated about their rights, and all of us are trying really hard to achieve our goals and lead better lives. And we really are succeeding at doing that to some extent… Slowly, but for sure.
Then there are the people who we choose as our leaders, we expect them to work towards the same motive as ours- which requires them to just do their jobs. Nothing more. Right?
And I would like to believe they try to do their best (I really want to believe that). But explain to me, since when changing names of places have become more important than supervising the political instability in a state (and then ultimately in the country). Not random cities, I shall specify places named after Mughal emperors who overtook them.
Other than Allahabad being changed to Prayagraj, the names of these places have also been changed :
Justice Katju took a dig at the UP CM for this decision by providing a list of many other cities in the state that can be renamed.
You know what? Some of us really need to grow up (Or may be all of us).
When we, in our little lives, are trying to get over discrimination (especially religious discrimination in this context), some people are not ready to let the fire to cool down. Why? Because political benefits! Actions like these have always served as a cause for passive aggression between both the communities. And when this aggression turns ugly, events like Babri Masjid take place.
A lot has already happened, we don’t need more. And for that we need to get over religion and become humans first (rational humans).
That’s the least we all can do at our level, and things would change – slowly but definitely 🙂