Press Statements

Indian Muslims have moved forward but Babri Mosque Scars remain ever fresh

London (5 December 2011): “The destruction of Babri Mosque on 6 December 1992 by BJP led Hindu zealots symbolised the manner in which identities of Indian communities were politically used by the state.” Chairman of Council of Indian Muslims—UK (CIM) Mr Munaf Zeena has said in a statement issued today.

Marking the 19th anniversary of the pulling down of the 16th century mosque in Ayodhya Zeena said, “19 years on, Indian Muslims have moved on but have forgotten nothing and the scars remain ever fresh. No one in the community has forgotten that it was a local legal issue and that the central and state governments shamelessly used government machinery to turn it into a religious and national problem. The Muslim leaders of 1960s and 70s were aware of this aspect and that was the reason why they never made it a main Muslim political demand. However, it was the Indian state which transformed this legal question into a political issue, simply to acquire a political legitimacy.”

Zeena further said, “Unfortunately the hatred and discrimination displayed on 6 December 1992 continue unabated with Muslim youths being harassed, tortured and detained under false charges of terrorism and their careers are destroyed.

“With the first ever case in Indian history since 1947 the murderers of Muslims during Gujarat massacre 2002 being punished and Muslim youths in Hyderabad and Malegaon, albeit mercilessly tortured and wrongfully detained for years, being released, one sees some light at the end of the tunnel as it reflects some change.” Zeena added. “However, full justice is still a distant dream.”

Zeena also said, “Babri Mosque destruction has left deep wounds in Muslims’ psyche while ongoing cases of harassment and extrajudicial killings of Muslim youths by law enforcement agencies continue the wound ever fresh.”  

Zeena also emphasised that “only the reconstruction of a mosque on its site will heal that wound and only implementation of Sachar Commission’s recommendation to give Muslims due representation in jobs can stop blatant discrimination against them by the administration.”

Babri Mosque was demolished by Hindu zealots on 6th December 1992 who claim that the Mosque stood on the site of the birth place of Hindu deity Rama. The Mosque was built in 1528 by Baqi Beg Tashqandi, the Governor General of Mughal Emperor Babar to mark the victory of Mughal army over Pathan King Sikandar Lodhi and there is no historic or archaeological evidence to prove either of Babar’s going to Ayodhya or the existence of a Hindu temple on Babri Mosque site. With the connivance of the administration the Mosque was closed to Muslims in 1949 and converted into a de facto temple after the statues of Rama and his consort Sita were stealthily put there.

Issued by: Council of Indian Muslims (UK)
66c Cazenove Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 6AA
Tel: 020 8806 1147 Fax: 020 8806 6859, www.coimuk.org, coimuk[@]hotmail.com

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