Babri demolition is symbolic of dismantling of a compassionate India: Great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

Demolition of Babri Masjid is symbolic of dismantling of a compassionate India, said Tushar Gandhi, author and great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi on 30th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition.

“Today is anniversary of murder of Secular Inclusive India birth anniversary of politics of hate and divisive practices,” Gandhi said.

“Demolition of Babri Masjid is symbolic of dismantling of a compassionate India and signalled beginning of unravelling of our Constitution,” read his tweet.

30 years ago, on 6 December 1992, the screaming mob of thousands of Hindu militants stormed Babri Masjid in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya demolished it with sledgehammers and their bare hands.

In 2019, the Supreme Court of India ruled that the site in Ayodhya, where Hindutva mobs destroyed Babri Masjid, must be handed over to a trust to oversee the construction of a Hindu temple. Many argue that India’s top court’s verdict puts a legal seal on the goal of the political agenda of Hindutva that led to Babri Masjid’s demolition.

In 2020, another Indian court acquitted all Hindutva leaders including former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, for “lack of credible evidence” in Babri demolition case.

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