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COUNCIL - USA
Calls upon the Muslims in the U.S to observe December 6th as Babri Mosque
New York, 4 December, 2002: On December 6th ten years ago, the world looked the other way as a democracy
of millions allowed a few thousand to demolish its most prized possession: a
pluralistic and tolerant ethos.
Defying the orders of the Supreme Court of India and their own promise to
the nation, the Hindutva fascist forces demolished the historic Babri mosque
that was built to honor the great enlightened emperor Babar. Many Indian stalwarts, including the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, consider the
poet-warrior king to be one of the greatest Indian heroes.
Not a single unit of the country's mighty military was called, no special
commandos were rushed to the spot and no effective resistance offered by the
police forces present, as a mob of vandals, egged on by their
Hindutva-fascist demagogues (that included L.K. Advani, who has subsequently
risen to become India's current Deputy PM), pulled down the historic four hundred year old Mosque with axes and scythes in broad daylight.
Dome by dome and wall by wall, India's secularism was hammered upon until it
was nothing but rubble. Each brick was then assiduously removed - some taken
home as souvenirs, as if the perpetrators feared that the centuries old pluralistic tradition might somehow arise out of the rubble and stake its
Hindutva-fascists celebrated this egregious event across India with glee,
leading to further victimization of minorities, particularly Muslims. They
killed more than 2000 Muslims in the aftermath of the mosque's demolition.
Since that watershed event, wounds of increasing brutality continue to be
inflicted on India's ethos.
The worst-ever violence was sparked off this year in Gujarat state when
terrorists belonging to Hindutva-fascist groups such as the RSS, VHP and
Bajrang Dal, all of whom are closely allied with the ruling Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP), were returning from the Babri Mosque site, where they had
assembled to demand the construction of a temple without regard for the
verdict of the courts, though the matter is sub judice.
Human Rights Watch and others have reported how Hindutva-fascist groups and
the state administration joined hands in the violence against Muslims in
Gujarat. Over 2000 were brutally killed, 1000 women and minor girls raped -
many of them subsequently burnt alive, and over 200,000 made homeless refugees simply because they belong to a minority community.
While on one hand, Hindutva-fascists have shown total contempt for India's
legal system in this matter, on the other hand they have insidiously
strengthened their presence in the administration from the lowest local to
highest national levels as part of an overall plan. They have renewed their
vows to demolish 3000 more mosques, many of which are considered as historic
The parallels with nazi and fascist movements of Hitler and Mussolini are
striking. Indian Muslims, along with other minorities, find themselves in a
totally helpless situation, as the world around them watches in silence. In
remembrance of the Babri Mosque demolition, Muslims across India will be
observing a subdued Eid-ul-fitr (Festival of charity, commemorating the end
of Ramadan) this year. Muslims around the world, including the US will join
them through special prayers on the most auspicious of the Islamic holidays.
The US based Indian Muslim organizations are calling upon the Indian
government to honor the promise given by the former Prime Minister,
Narasimha Rao, a day after the mosque was demolished. In a nationally
televised address he had promised to re-built the mosque on its original
site and had vowed to bring the criminals involve to justice.
The rise of Hindutva-fascism in a volatile part of the world that has
recently been on the brink of a nuclear exchange is cause of concern for all
of us. On this 10th anniversary of the destruction of the historic Babri
Mosque, we urge peoples and governments across the world to speak out
against this evil phenomenon so that a gruesome chapter of human history
does not repeat itself. Let us recall Pastor Martin Niem'ller's warning on a
similar phenomenon over fifty years ago:
".Then they came for me- and there was no one left, to speak out for me".
INDIAN MUSLIM COUNCIL - USA
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