Babri Masjid Demolition: How Things Changed In Last 30 Years!

Tue Dec 06 2022 15:15:39 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)

India and the people living in it cannot forget the date December 6 which will go down as a dark day. It was the date when the controversial Babri masjid in Ayodhya was brought down. The event marked 30 years today. Many things have changed in these years.

Ayodhya is one of the disputed places between Hindus and Muslims. Kashi and Mathura are the two other places. Many believe that the Babri Masjid was built by Mir Baqi, the general of the Mughal emperor Babur by destroying the existing Ram Mandir as Hindus believe Ayodhya is the birthplace of Rama.

But the Ayodhya issue took a big turn after the controversial Ram Rath Yatra was held by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Veteran leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, and others took part in it and addressed the massive gathering. The Yatra started in September and lasted till October 1990.

The Yatra tickled the sentiments yet again and the right-wing mob led by the Kar Sevaks targeted the Babri Masjid and brought down the construction. The ruckus at the structure caused big violence and hundreds of people breathed their last in the riots. The demolition happened on the 6th of December in 1992.

Since then law and order became a big issue in Ayodhya city. Both Hindus and Muslims began a legal fight to take claim over the construction. The fight which lasted for around 27 ended in 2019 with sensational orders issued by the Supreme Court.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) conducted evacuations at the site and said that there were Hindu structure remains. Famous Archaeologist KK Muhammed, former regional director, North, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) was also a part of the team that excavated the site before the Babri masjid demolition in 1976-77 strongly said that there was a Hindu temple below the Masjid.

Based on the ASI, the Supreme Court in 2019 gave its verdict in favour of Hindus and said that Ram Mandir should be constructed at the disputed site. Muslim side was allotted 5 acres of land for Masjid construction. Ram Mandir construction was started in 2020 and Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust is overseeing the work. The temple is likely to be finished by 2024. It is probably the first time that people gave donations for the temple construction.