Remembering the Events of December 6: 29 years later - IAMC

Remembering the Events of December 6: 29 years later

On this day 29 years ago, the Babri Masjid was destroyed by a Hindu mob with the support of Hindu nationalist organizations across India. This act of violence triggered Hindu-Muslim riots across India and resulted in “retaliatory” attacks on Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Since then, Hindu nationalist organizations have demanded the construction of a temple to Rama on top of the illegally-demolished mosque. A Supreme Court decision in 2019 both declared the demolition of the mosque unlawful, and granted permission for the construction of a Ram Temple on the same site.

In this post, we share some reflections by members of Hindus for Human Rights about this event and its consequences today.

Sunita Viswanath

Today is the 29th anniversary of the demolition by Hindutva mobs, of the 500 year old mosque, the Babri Masjid, in Ayodhya. I have lived much of my adult life with the harrowing truth that there are people in my Hindu community that have so much hatred within them that they will take the form of a rabid and bloodthirsty mob and render a majestic medieval house of God to rubble with their bare hands.

Today, this same kind of bloodthirsty Hindu is setting the foundation stones of a new India, one where non-Hindus have no place.

This same kind of Hindu celebrates Gandhi’s assassin; has been raping and lynching young Muslims throughout the past 7 years since Narendra Modi took office; and sees no spiritual and moral catastrophe in the erection of a temple to Lord Rama on the site of the razed Babri Masjid.

Lord Hanuman ripped open his heart to show that Lord Rama and Devi Sita reside there.

His beloved Lord Rama and Devi Sita need no temple; they need all of us to be modern-day Hanumans, spreading love not hate.

On this shameful anniversary for Hindus, I invite Hindus in the world who believe in that Lord Rama and Devi Sita who have love for all peoples and all creatures in the world, and whose Lord Hanuman is full of love and devotion rather than red-faced and warring, to join us before it is too late.

Hindus of conscience must say in one voice: Not in the name of our Lord Rama. Not in Our Name.  Jai Siya Ram. Jai Hanuman.

Nikhil Mandalaparthy