Babri demolition cases warrant verdicts, not negotiations: Popular Front

The National Executive Council of Popular Front of India, in a resolution passed at its meeting has opined that the settlement suggested by the Chief Justice of India, while hearing a petition on Babri Masjid – Ram Mandir issue, to solve the dispute through out of court negotiation was unacceptable. The duty of the Supreme Court is to sort out the issue as per law, and not leave cases upon the parties involved to settle on their own. Such a suggestion at this point of time looks like an attempt to escape from an issue that has been troubling the country for more than seven decades, in adjustment with recent changes in government and politics. It will only boost the agenda of the powerful against the rights of the disadvantaged. The issue started with the illegal installation of idols in the Masjid by Hindutva goons in the cover of darkness on 22 December 1949, when Muslims left the place after namaz. In continuation, Babri Masjid was demolished on 6 December 1992 by Hindutva mobs as part of a political game plan, defying all apparatus of Indian democracy while the case was still going on in the court. The culprits named by the post-demolition enquiry commission report and those booked in criminal cases, still roam scot free. If at all such negotiations under judicial supervision were possible and meaningful, it would have been initiated before the Masjid demolition by use of force. Also the judiciary should not view this as a Hindu-Muslim dispute, but as a national issue. Now that the very politics of illegal demolition control power both in the centre and the state, NEC of Popular Front requested pronouncement of justice, not appeal for negotiation from the apex court of the nation.
Ajmer blast verdict: Why RSS involvement is sidelined?
NEC of Popular Front has expressed shock and surprise in the silence about and sidelining of the RSS involvement established by the NIA court verdict in Ajmer blast case. The meeting has asked the government to make its stand clear on the status of RSS, whether it is still a cultural organization or terror outfit after conviction of three RSS Pracharaks with life imprisonment. In the same case, earlier, innocent Muslims were falsely implicated and made to spend years in prison and later Hindutva group that carried out the attack was caught by Maharashtra ATS. A number of such terrorist activities in which this or that Muslim sounding organizations got accused were later found out to be the handiworks of Hindutva terror gangs affiliated to RSS. In another recent incident the people arrested in Madhya Pradesh for spying for Pakistan’s secret agency ISI were also found to be having close links with RSS.
It is customary in the country that when an organization is found to have direct links with terror attacks, the organization is either banned by government or dissolved. In recent past when the accused in criminal cases were alleged to have links with some Muslim groups like SIMI and IRF, the organisations were held responsible and banned under UAPA without waiting for case verdict from court. Our experiences show that proscribing any organisation is not the means to end terrorism. And such a demand to BJP government about RSS will prove to be rather absurd. Still it is disappointingly unfair that even after RSS members were punished in a terror case, the news does not spark any media frenzy, any sort of discussion on the connection of RSS with terrorism and even no responses or agitations from secular political parties other than some passing references. The meeting cautioned that secular politics can survive in the future only by consistently taking up challenges posed by RSS terrorism. It has sought the RSS itself an introspection to stop promoting violence and terrorism and for a return to our national ethos, for the sake of our country and its people.
Assembly election results disturbing, but recoverable
In another resolution, NEC of Popular Front stated that the Assembly election result in five states was disturbing, but at the same time reminded that it was not end of everything. While Hindutwa forces had a sweeping victory in states like Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, people in Goa and Punjab did not choose BJP, proving that there is no such thing as nationwide trend in favour of BJP.
Both in Goa and Manipur BJP formed the government by corruption, horse trading, backdoor manipulations and putting pressure on governors. The voters rather expressed their dissatisfaction with the current governments and also that they could not trust the secular parties, who were disunited. Meanwhile BJP successfully transformed this anger and dissatisfaction into hatred against minorities. In a democracy, failures and setbacks are not permanent. It is worth notice that in UP elections held in the aftermath of Babri Masjid demolition, BJP could not get majority. Hence situations are not irrecoverable. Secular forces should unite and develop to become a strong alternative to Hindutva communal politics. The meeting called upon minorities to rise up from their current status as vote banks of numerous camps and take lead role in building an alternate and positive politics.
Control RSS criminal gangs in Kerala
The National Executive Council observed that recent increase in the incidents of RSS atrocities against minorities in Kerala is a matter of serious concern and urged the state government to take stringent measures against the attackers and conspirators. Within a short period after RSS assassinating Faisal, a convert to Islam in Malappuram, Riyas Moulavi, a Masjid Imam of Kasargod was brutally hacked to death inside Masjid by an RSS criminal gang a few days back. While prejudiced steps like UAPA and NIA were imposed in other similar cases, a soft treatment is found to be reserved for RSS. This passive approach of state government is promoting an atmosphere of communal tension in the state.

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