MICHAEL VAZ, Merces
We feel heartbroken and crestfallen while recollecting the events of December 6, 1992 when the highly infuriated and severely incited Karsevaks became law unto themselves and razed to rubbles the historical Babri Masjid that had adorned the land since centuries. We are well aware how since independence there always had been unabated conflicts on the ownership of the place with both Hindus and Muslims steadfastly staking claim over it. When anything is under dispute the right course of action in a decent society has always been to seek recourse to the legal procedure. But there are hardliners who want to subvert the system and find shortcuts to meet their ends. And it was envisaged that if the masjid was demolished it would pave a smooth way to build the Ram mandir in its place. But that was not to be! And whether we accept it or not, since that fateful day, India has never been at peace as before. It cannot be denied that this unfortunate incident was followed by many unprecedented events in India and we can say that uneasy calm prevails in some places. The Godhra fire carnage in a train that followed with the riots in Gujarat and in neighbouring areas, the serial bomb blasts in Mumbai more than once and elsewhere, the separatist movement in Kashmir, some isolated incidents of the youth joining the ISIS movement and the much publicised love jihad have all been witnessed after the unfortunate demolition 25 years ago. There have been endless litigations in courts. The Allahabad High Court, in a please all bid, tried to trifurcate the disputed site between the three litigants, Nirmohi Akhara, Ram Lalla Virajman and Sunni Waqf Board, but none was pleased with the judgement and knocked the doors of the apex court. The Supreme Court suggested that the litigants should strive to find a settlement out of court. But Solution can be contemplated when the contending parties believe in the principle of give and take. When none is willing to compromise no solution can be conceived. Even the attempt by spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was proved futile. Distressingly, we now hear that in several cities of western UP posters have been erected calling for a movement for the reconstruction of the Babri Masjid. More worryingly, the declaration by Bajrang dal and Shiv Sena that they will celebrate the silver jubilee of the demolition as Shaurya Diwas has triggered more anxiety, with the Centre notifying the states and UTs to take all precautions to maintain peace.