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Temple built on ruins of Babri Masjid symbol of injustice, blot on India’s judiciary, say Indian Americans

Ram temple, built atop the ruins of the Babri Masjid, demolished by Hindu nationalists, is not just a celebration but a glaring symbol of historical injustice, said Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) on 19 January.

“India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is orchestrating a grand spectacle, hosting over 6,000 guests. Simultaneously, Hindu far-right groups have planned car rallies, events, and parades across the United States, marking a distressing extension of this divisive celebration,” read IAMC’s statement.

“The Ram Temple, standing on the remnants of the historic Babri Mosque, symbolizes the injustice inflicted by both the state and the judiciary upon Indian Muslims in particular and global Muslims in general,”observed the group.

“We denounce this grandiose celebration of the temple built upon the ruins of the Babri Masjid. This event is not just a consecration but a glaring endorsement of the impunity enjoyed by those who orchestrated the demolition and a betrayal of the principles of justice. It is also a stark reminder of the failure of the Indian judiciary to deliver justice to Muslims and uphold democratic and secular values of the constitution,” said IAMC President Mohammed Jawad.

IAMC Executive Director Rasheed Ahmed said: “The recent widespread festivities in the United States are concerning. The celebration of Ram temple consecration and glorification of Babri masjid demolition on a global scale is a blatant endorsement of religious intolerance.”

IAMC urged the international community to scrutinize these developments and question the rise of Hindu fundamentalism, the erosion of democracy, the decline of judiciary, the soaring human rights and religious freedom violations, and advocate for a country where diversity is celebrated, not targeted and annihilated.

On 6 December, 1992, the historic mosque was demolished by a mob of over 150,000 Hindutva men and women, including the members and leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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