In Delhi, Lucknow, Chennai, Hyderabad and other towns, many organisations of the people and political parties organized protest rallies and public meetings on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid.
On December 6, 2018, the road leading from Mandi House to Parliament in central Delhi reverberated with slogans: “Punish the guilty of the demolition of Babri Masjid!”, “No, no to the politics of communal division!”, “Peace, solidarity among people, yes, yes!”, “An attack on one is an attack on all!”, “State terrorism down, down!” Activists of Communist Ghadar Party of India, together with Lok Raj Sangathan and nearly 25 other political parties and organisations, including workers, women and youth, organized a joint protest march to mark 26 years after the demolition of Babri Masjid.
Colourful banners and placards held up by the protestors bore slogans in support of the unity and solidarity of people and in stern opposition to the politics of spreading communal division and hatred. A public rally was held on Parliament Street at the conclusion of the march, which was addressed by representatives of the participating organisations.
The march and rally was jointly organized by Lok Raj Sangathan, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Communist Ghadar Party of India, Welfare Party of India, CPI(ML) New Proletarian, Socialist Party of India, Jan Sangarsh Manch Haryana, Sikh Forum, United Muslim Front, Citizens for Democracy, Unite Against Hate, Nirman Mazdoor Panchayat Sangam, Lok Paksh, Hind Mazdoor Sabha (Ghaziabad), Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (Delhi), Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Naujawan Bharat Sabha, Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha, NCHRO, APCR, Student Islamic Organization and the Peoples Union for Civil Liberties, Delhi.
S. Raghavan, president of Lok Raj Sangathan, began the meeting by recounting the history of how the British colonial rulers and after them, the present Indian ruling class, in a systematic and planned manner used the Babri Masjid issue to repeatedly inflame communal division among the people.
Others who addressed the rally were Intizar Naeem of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Prakash Rao of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, Sheomangal Siddhantkar of CPI(ML) New Proletarian, Dr. Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas of the Welfare Party of India, a representative of Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Santosh Kumar of the Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Charan Singh of the Socialist Party of India, KK Singh of the Lok Paksh, Ishwar Bhai of the Nirman Mazdoor Panchayat Sangam, Abdul Rashid Agwan of the Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (Delhi) and Maulana Mehndi Hasan Kasmi of Unite Against Hate.
The speakers recounted the pre-planned and pre-meditated way in which the demolition of the Babri Masjid was carried out. The BJP openly carried out an all-India campaign for its demolition. The Congress Party in charge of the central government and the BJP which then held the state government colluded in whipping up communal passions all over the country and in executing the demolition as well as the horrific communal massacres that followed. All the speakers were unanimous in condemning both BJP and Congress Party for the escalating communalism and communal violence all over the country.
Speakers condemned the growing anarchy and violence organized by the state and the constant spewing of communal poison by the corporate controlled media. They spoke up strongly against the targeting of Muslims on communal basis, the branding of Muslims as “terrorists” and “Pakistani agents”, the torture and incarceration of innocent youth under laws such as POTA and UAPA. They condemned the cold-blooded murders in the name of “encounters” and the barbaric lynching of innocents in the name of “gau raksha”.
Prakash Rao of the Communist Ghadar Party of India said that the demolition of the Babri Masjid was aimed at humiliating all people of the Muslim faith. It was a dagger driven into the heart of our society, aimed at smashing the unity and solidarity of our people. Highlighting the grave danger to the unity and solidarity of our people by the activities of our rulers, he drew attention to the fact that communalisation and criminalization of politics and unleashing of state terrorism have become the preferred method of rule. Parties like the BJP and Congress have shown that they are willing to go to any extent, including organizing of communal genocides, to come to power or retain power. The Babri Masjid demolition cannot be considered a mere property dispute. It confirms that the state has failed in its duty to ensure security and prosperity to all its citizens.
He pointed out that the Indian state works to ensure the enrichment of the corporate houses at the expense of the people. The electoral process ensures that only parties backed by the corporates are entrusted with running the government. Such parties cynically inflame passions on the basis of religion, caste, region or language, to prevent the people from uniting and fighting for their rights. The party in power uses the state machinery to unleash communal violence and state terror.
He said that the ruling class and its state, is neither capable nor willing to provide prosperity and security to all. The times are calling upon the people of our country to unite with the aim of replacing the exploitative, oppressive and communal state with a state that will guarantee prosperity and security to all. We must establish this state on new foundations so that human rights of all members of society are guaranteed and no one can be discriminated against or persecuted on the basis of their religion, language, caste, nationality etc.
Speakers of all the participating organisations demanded that those who organised the demolition of Babri Masjid and incited communal massacres 26 years ago should be convicted and punished. They appealed to people to unite in the struggle for justice and an end to communal violence and state terror.