by Badri Raina
Those indicted culpably by the Liberhan panel must not hide behind procedure or leak the leak of the report.
At last, after 17 years, 399 settings, 48 extensions, as cost of Rs 17 crores, embarrassing differences between the Commission’s Counsel and Chairperson, litigation in cpurt to delay it, the Liberhan Rrport on the destruction of Babri Masjid has arrived. Submitted on 30th June 2009, Home Minister P. Chidambaram held on to it until, it was leaked on 23rd November 2009 amidst accusations of conspiracy and finally tabled on 24th November.
On December 6,1992, hordes of right-wing Hindutva extremists (called karsevaks) took the town of Ayodhya hostage with the full and willing connivance of the then state government of Uttar Pradesh and in physical presence of most of the top leaders of the Sangh Parivar (the RSS and its affiliates/fronts like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Bajrang Dal, the Shiv Sena, and the Bhartiya JanataParty).
By evening of that fateful day, the 460 year old mosque built there by one of Babar’s lieutenants, Mir Baqi, was razed to a heap of rumble on the grounds that the mosque was built over a temple which enclosed the birthplace of the god, Ram.
There will never be a closure to the black event that was the Babri Masjid demolition. It has taken 17 years for the Justice M S Liberhan Commission set up to investigate the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on 6December 1992, to arrive at what has been known from the time the mosque was brought down. The Liberhan Commission has delivered asearing indictment of the Sangh parivar as the primary culprit for the demolition. It also names (in the commission’s words) the “pseudo-moderate” leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as the secondary culprit and officials of the state machinery and administration as tertiary participants in the horrendous act that stripped the Indian state’s claim to be secular. The Liberhan Commission’s report focuses on the ideology, world view and organising power of the Sangh parivar, and the manner in which it single-mindedly attempted to create a frenzy among the masses for the demolition. It details how “the inner core of the Parivar” – the leadership of the Rashtriya Swaya- msevak Sangh (RSS), the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the B ajrang Dal, the BJP and the Shiv Sena – bears “primary responsibility” for the crime.