I was one of those who advocated that there should be a peaceful settlement of the Babri Masjid dispute and that the two communities should sit together to arrive at an amicable solution acceptable to both the communities. However, the unfolding of the events over the past 4-5 years and emergence of violent Hindutva forces have compelled me to rethink over the above solution.
My take on Bari Masjid dipute now:
1. A mosque was destroyed. Justice can be served only when a mosque is built there. Nothing more, nothing less.
2. A crime was committed by the Hindutva forces when they destroyed the mosque. Justice will be served only when the perpetrators and accomplices in the crime are brought to book and punished.
3. For the past 4-5 years, Muslims have been mauled, lynched, justice denied to them and forced to live in an atmosphere of threat, fearing for their lives as well as livelihood. There has been virtually no violent reaction from them. Yet, there has been no sign of moderation or reconciliation from the Hindutva forces. They have become more emboldened and audacious in the attacks. It is a proof that more the Muslims give in, the more emboldened they (Hindutva forces) become. Peaceful settlement of dispute is not the sole responsibility of the minority community alone. The majority community has a larger responsibility of ensuring peace.
4. It is not a fight between kids over any petty issue where guardians ask their children to shake hands and resolve the dispute. The Supreme Court, as upholder of Republic, must fix the criminality of those who brought down the structure and punish them rather than advising out of court settlement of the issue.
5. Advocating that Masjid is not an integral part of Islam and suggesting that the Muslims must show big-heartedness and give up their claim in larger interest is bullshit. Firstly, who are you to decide what integral part of Islam is and what is not? That’s for us to decide. Did we ever question your faith and what is integral part of it? You put your claim just because a Baba said that Lord Ram came in his dreams and asked him to construct a Mandir there. Should I ask which integral part of your faith is that dream? Secondly, big heartedness is expected from an elder brother, not younger one. You claim yourself to be elder brother, don’t you? Isn’t is paradoxical that you are asking for charity from your younger brother and simultaneously dictating it like an elder brother?
6. India is a Democratic Republic. Muslims are as much a citizen of this country as you are. Neither more, not less. We don’t live at your mercy and neither do we require your goodwill to live in this country. You cannot claim more right on this land just because you arrived here first. By that logic, it is only the aborigines who have a rightful claim on this land. If we are invaders, then you are too. On what grounds do you put your claim to be more Indian than us? A nation is made up its diverse group of people, and not majority community alone.
My words may sound a bit harsh, but that’s the harsh reality of today. For the past 4-5 years, efforts have been made to cow down Muslims psychologically to the extent that they start considering themselves as second class citizens living at the mercy of majority community.
I write this so as to make Muslims come out of that state of psychological defeat, which the Hindutva forces have meticulously engineered by fostering fear and timidity among the Muslims.
I write so as to foster among Muslims that- dumb communities do not get justice. गूंगी कौम को इन्साफ नहीं मिलता|
I write because justice is yet to be delivered.
My silence did not imply that I am weak, willing to surrender and accept myself as a second class citizen of this country. My silence on this topic was because I anticipated a peaceful solution and justice. But my silence was misconstrued. So, I need to speak up. I need to speak up because I don’t want the future generation to be dumb, brainwashed by your distorted history and living at your mercy.
I am alive and it’s time for me to speak.
This post was first published by Farhan Rahman on his Facebook Timeline.