, by DR. S. AUSAF SAIED VASFI
Our times happen to be the times of amorality. That is the zeit geist. The protagonists of amorality argue: nothing is good or bad, virtuous or vicious, desirable or undesirable and commendable or despicable. It is human perception that makes values or things such.
The logical corollary of the thesis forbids corrections at individual plane and laissez-faire as a policy at collective level. This mode of thinking has naturally accelerated the pace rather speed of antediluvian forces.
The tug of war, despite positive discouragement, between good and evil has not stopped, and shall perhaps never stop. The compromise formula adopted by the disputants is: you keep quiet at my excesses. In turn, I will ignore your transgressions. But the Divine Plan, as well as commonsense, does not recognise this marriage of convenience. In normal circumstances, the disputants do not cross the yellow-line or “Laxman Rekha”. But if one party fails to honour the palpably un-gentlemanly gentleman’s agreement, the other wastes no time in the counter attack.
Why our plural nation heard, last week, between the Congress and the Saffron leadership with regard to Who is responsible for the dilapidation of the Babri Masjid and Who is the guilty of the Bhagalpur riots is a case in point, in which the moral cowards and moral lepers were having a field day.
No use reiterating the too well-known facts and while reaffirming that the Indian Muslim leadership has no constituency to defend except Islam and Muslim case and causes, Mr Lalu Prasad’s crime of negligence cannot be minimised. It was between October 22 - November 23, 1989 that he allowed the sectarian monster to gobble up more than 1,000 lives according to the survey of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. The rioters damaged 42 mosques, 10 Mausoleums were razed to the ground while nine Madrasas were put to flame, six Imambaras were dilapidated, nine Muslim localities were completely destroyed, 35,000 Muslims were displaced and 300 Muslim houses were first looted then set on fire, 891 shops were looted, 3,000 homes were also looted. Among the killed were 42 non-Muslims, 200 Hindu houses were also torched. But no Hindu temple was touched.
The point is: how the State administration allowed the rioters to do what they could and did for about a month? What kept the Chief Minister too busy for 30 days? Did the centre ask the derelict Chief Minister – charged with complicity – to explain his inaction? Why he was not dismissed for his paralysis of will?
Did the congress as a national party react to this planned carnage? And what remedial measures did the party take?
Till the Congress settles scores with its dormant conscience, let us recall it was Mr. L.K. Advani, the Saffron nominee for the occupation of 7-Race Course Road, who through his now infamous Rath Yatra prepared the ground for the ultimate destruction of the Babri Masjid and construction of a Ramjanmbhoomit temple at its debris. The move had little to do with Hinduism as such. It was, in fact, aimed at gaining political power at the Centre in which the saffron family succeeded.
What contributed significantly to this dubious success was: one, unlocking of the Babri Masjid by the then Internal Security Minister Mr. Arun Nehru. When cornered to speak the truth behind throwing open the mosque for “pooja” he admitted indirectly: I am not alone (behind the move): obviously, it was the then Prime Minister, Mr Rajiv Gandhi.
Two, knowing fully well that it was Masjid’s Wakf land, its land through extra-constitutional means, was officially given away for non-Masjid tasks.
Three, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) had already failed to honour its solemn commitments to the National Integration Council (NIC) and the Union Cabinet. How far it was prudent to have trust on the part of Mr. P.V. Narasimha Rao in Mr. Kalyan Singh who was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
In this backdrop, read what Dr. Manmohan Singh has averred in defence of his party: it is an old story. It in known to everyone that Mr. Kalyan Singh gave a solemn assurance to the Supreme Court and after that he did what he did. The Congress certainly cannot be blamed because it believed that Mr. Kalyan Singh would honour it and that is the only fault you can find with the Congress with regard to the demolition of the Mosque.
That is not the only fault. The other faults are: No use at all of the paramilitary forces, despatched by the Central Government, obviously for cosmetic purposes only, so that the desperate Muslims may not think of saving their shrine themselves.
When the media-persons asked the then Prime Minister Mr. P. V. Narasimha Rao what he was doing when the Babri Masjid was being dismantled brick-by-brick, his reply was: I was thinking about the centre-state relations. The 500-year old place of worship took at least eight hours for demolition. The Prime Minister remained absorbed in the depth of the subject for eight hours and could not arrive at the inevitable conclusion that in such emergency circumstances, he had to instruct the authorities concerned to act swiftly, disperse the incensed mob and restore the status quo, peace and tranquillity.
And what about the subsequent riots that started simultaneously with the destruction of the Masjid? Has over the years any Congress government cared to compensate the Muslim loss of life, honour and property? When Dr. Manmohan Singh tried to admirably apply the much-needed balm on the wounds of the 1984 riot sufferers, did the natural question not occur to him that Muslim riot victims too deserve what the Sikh riot victims had rightly received? Or our Prime Minister has two yardsticks?
It is really sad that the people like Mr. Lalu Prasad or Mr. Abdul Rehman Antulay, for that matter, do not express their anger and resentment right at the proper moment. On, or around, every December 6, the question of Babri Masjid is discussed in Parliament and press, particularly the Muslim press. But the RJD chief never raised the issue and put the Congress into the dock. Why? He owes a cogent answer to his admirers.
It is not poor Lalu alone. The entire secular tribe, like the Saffron fraternity, has two faces, two tongues and two yardsticks. The secularists are un-sure of their position. That is why they try to sail into two boats. The language their bodies speak, speaks volumes about their unstable thinking. Take the latest from the Congress chief, who while speaking in U.P. tried her hand on Rama also: “Aap sab ke saath milkar Maryada Purshotam Bhagwan Ram ki is pavitra bhumi ko parnam karti hoon… (I along with you pay respect to this pious land of Maryada Purushotam Bhagwan Ram)” was the case with Mr .Rajiv and his illustrious mother also not the same?
In fact Bharat’s basic problem is amorality that produces neutrality between good and evil. It is this mother of evils that has brought into existence the moral cowards and moral lepers. Let the conscientious-objectors review their current policy of fence-sitting. Time they stand up and raise their voice against the conspiracy of silence. Their silence behoves the graveyards alone.