Indian report raps politicians over Ayodhya mosque destruction

November 26, 2009

A government-backed inquiry has accused several of India’s top opposition politicians of having a role in the destruction of an ancient mosque in 1992 that triggered some of the country’s worst religious riots.

The report has sparked political protests from opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which finds itself in even more trouble as it struggles to emerge from internal feuding after an election defeat in May.

Hindu mobs demolished the 16-century Babri Mosque in the north Indian town of Ayodhya, claiming it stood on the birthplace of their god-king Rama. Riots between Hindus and Muslims left hundreds dead across India.

The report, 17 years in the making, says some of India’s best known BJP politicians — including former Prime Minister Aal Behari Vajpayee and current opposition leader Lal Krishna Advani — did little to stop the destruction despite knowing of plans to demolish it.

Here is our news story on the report and a Q&A explaining the background.


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The destruction was a shame. That it took 17 years to complete it is as much a shame. Moreover, the political establishment may make merry with it, but is there anything in it which people didn’t already know?To compound it, nothing will come out of it.To kill an issue, give it to a Commission to probe. Everyone goes free and every one gains from it – the victims are forgotten.

Posted by Dara | Report as abusive

interesting read, thanks for the post

Posted by abhishek | Report as abusive

The structure at Ayodhya was not a Mosque. Thus calling it as Babri Masjid is wrong in itself. Even in babar era it was called as Janmsthan ( means place of birth). In India Mosques are faced towards west, have a Tal Or water resource for Wazu i.e washing hands, feet , face & other body parts. But that structure was not faced toward west or had any water body inside.
Moreover no Namaz was offered in it since last 135 years. It was mere sign of Muslim attackers cruelty same as , Mathura’s Janmsthan of lord Krishna, Varanasi Vishwanath temple, & Tajmahal ( a hindu temple ), Agra. All these places are destroyed by then muslim rulers & converted into Islamic Mosque & other structure

The riots after that demolishment in which lakhs of Hindus & muslim killed is matter of great sorrow

It is necessary to carry investigation at various places in India to reveal truth .

Posted by aditya1983 | Report as abusive

its an issue if evoked again will cause more damage than good. stalemate is the best option at the moment

Posted by RVShady | Report as abusive