Noted social activist Aruna Roy today termed the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition as an assault on reason and rationality of the Constitution.
"One of my worst days as the citizen of India was when the Masjid was brought down. It was an assault on reason, assault on the rationality of the Constitution," Roy said at the launch of the book, 'Ham Sab
Ayodhya', which captures the life and times of that era.
The event was organised here by Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT).
At the same event, former Chief Justice of India J S Verma, who heard the Ayodhya case, termed it as one of its own kind.
"It was not a usual case, it was a case of its own kind. A case which connected with every citizen of India who believed in the Constitution," Verma said.
Both Roy and Verma compared the intolerance in the society as seen in sedition charges being slapped at cartoonists and young girls put behind bars for a Facebook post to the sorry state which the country faced during the 1992 Babri demolition and its aftermath.
"The situation today is very much like it was then. Dissent is not liked today as well. And if we do that, we are charged with sedition. Cartoonists are put behind bars, two young girls are arrested for an FB post. All this has put India's secularism and the ability to tolerate different beliefs and opinions at stake," Roy said.
The Magsaysay award winner later called upon the society to pledge its belief in Indian democracy and secularism.
<p>See also the date chosen for demolition i.e. 6th December, Dr. Babasaheb's death anniversary. Parivar is certainly conveying their message with symbols and numbers.<br /> michael lopes, Mumbai</p> <p>Dherse Aayi Dhoorust Aayi.....Don't drag someone who has nothing to do with this discussion, dont think that every time people will get diverted from main topic of dicssuion and you can carryout marketing of your caste structured Matrix Mind...</p> <p> </p>
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freaking moron where were you when temples being demolished and other structures built on top of it? yeah you were hiding in the desert and to be born to be a curse for us.
>> "110 Temples destroyed in India,Pakuistan,Bangladesh and other Islamic Countries after Babri destruction ??:" - AK Ghai
What a stupid comment!! You need to attend Zakir Naik's lectures. He will provide an elaborate explanation about why destroying temples is not only secular, but also the fundamental duty of every right-thinking person.
"Babri Demolition Was Assault on Constitution."
The assault was deliberate and calculated.' Faruki
Like assault on Ayodya by Babar,Kashi temple,-Mathura Temples by Alamgir Auregjeb and 110 Temples destroyed in India,Pakuistan,Bangladesh and other Islamic Countries after Babri destruction ??: