Indians should hang heads in shame over demolition of Babri Masjid: Pranab Mukherjee

Published: January 29, 2016
PHOTO: twitter/ @RashtrapatiBhvn

PHOTO: twitter/ @RashtrapatiBhvn

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has held the country’s former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao responsible for demolition of Babri mosque, which led to country-wide riots in 1992.

“The inability to prevent the demolition of the Babri Masjid was one of PV’s [Narasimha Rao] biggest failures,” writes Mukherjee in the second volume of his memoir – The Turbulent Years: 1980 – 96.

“The demolition of Babri Masjid was an act of absolute perfidy, which should make all Indians hang their heads in shame.”

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The Indian president has chronicled momentous developments of the 1980s and 90s in the book, including former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination, Operation Blue Star, and his ousting from Rajiv Gandhi’s cabinet.

“This volume is an account of major events from my perspective,” he said while speaking about the book on Thursday.

-With input from India Today

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Vicky
    Jan 29, 2016 - 6:03PM

    Offcourse Indians should be ashamed for their treatment of minorities which has grown 17% from 3% with 2 lakhs mosques increased from few hundreds of 47 eraRecommend

  • Sam
    Jan 29, 2016 - 6:07PM

    Yes Indians should keep ashamed of one Babri demolition while being the country of largest numbers of mosques in the worldRecommend

  • G. Din
    Jan 29, 2016 - 6:37PM

    Ledger has not yet been balanced. Babri was the opening shot. There are a few more yet to be demolished. All in proper time. Hindus have oodles of patience.Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Jan 29, 2016 - 6:50PM

    Religion is a very dangerous product if someone do not handle it with care. The sub-continent is filled with tales of religious bigotry. Unfortunately the demolition of Babri Masjid is wrong, but if we go down the memory lane then so called Muslim rulers did not follow the injunctions of Peaceful religion and They destroyed one huge temple and built a Babri Mosque there. Our religion told us not to raze any structures and respect others even in case of war. Why the Mughals and other rulers destroyed the Holy temples of Hindus and then built the structure over them?. This was an utter provocation and disrespect of the teachings of the religion Islam as well.

    So even tough i am not suggesting anything, but i must add that who goes around, comes around. Muslims should say sorry that why Hindu temple was razed in the past and Mosque was built on it, while Hindus should say sorry to destroying the mosque to settle the scores. Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 29, 2016 - 7:44PM

    Why always live in the past . what was build / broken several hundreds of years ago … why mull over it now . lets move on … we can always build a new place of worship nearby ( an exact replica ) with government grant and start with our favoured rules/ systems . What about the millions spent in the past to build / rebuild the structure first by our ancestors ? all that down the drain now ? Recommend

  • Asok
    Jan 29, 2016 - 11:17PM

    Yes, it should have been settled via courts, not by extra-constitutional violence fostered by a major political party.Recommend

  • Romm
    Jan 30, 2016 - 3:08AM

    I agree with the President of India. Indians should be ashamed of themselves. Recommend

  • John B
    Jan 30, 2016 - 3:33AM

    While I concur with the spirit of the President, I should also equally point out that many early mosques in India were built with the pillars demolished from the hindu temples across the country. The Vishnu temple pillars of the mosque in Delhi Qudib Minar campus is one example and the history of Somnath temple destruction and the pieces of the magnificent idol of the temple in Kandahar and in Agra Mosque threshold steps is another.

    I wonder when and where did the idea of place of worship destruction started. Recommend

  • Jan 30, 2016 - 5:31AM

    I am really impressed from his statement. Recommend

  • Jan 30, 2016 - 6:45AM

    @Malik Saab:
    Because MAYBE there was never a temple there, to be razed.
    Just conjecture. Rumors propagated by BJP, RSS, Shiv Sena….
    MUSLIMS are not responsible for what happened THEN.
    The CURRENT hindu generation is the ONE that destroyed
    Babri Mosque.
    Hope this helps you understand. Can draw pictures, in detail,
    for YOU too,…to make it easy.Recommend

  • shah
    Feb 1, 2016 - 1:02AM

    Indian Secularism and democracy is naked today… BJP might gain more support for such a well planned attack on Muslims.Recommend

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