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Tearing down the Babri Masjid

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Tearing down the Babri Masjid

 

In December 1992, Mark Tully, who was reporting for the BBC, witnessed at first hand the destruction by Hindu hardliners of the mosque in Ayodhya. Here is his account of that day.

 

On 6 December 1992, I was standing on the roof of a building with a clear view of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.

This was the day the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other organisations supporting it were to begin work on building the temple, but they had given a commitment to the government and the courts that it would only be a symbolic start, a religious ceremony and no damage would be done to the mosque.

I saw young men clambering along the branches of trees… and rushing towards the mosque

A vast crowd, perhaps 150,000 strong, had gathered and was listening to speeches given by BJP and right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders.

Among those present were LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, now senior figures in the BJP-led government.

Trouble first broke out in the space below us when young men wearing bright yellow headbands managed to break through the barriers.

Journalists beaten

The police stood by and watched, while some men wearing saffron headbands and appointed by the organisers to control the crowd did try to stop them.

They soon gave up, however, and joined the intruders in beating up television journalists, smashing their cameras and trampling on their tape recorders.

 

Many Hindu activists wore saffron as they approached the site

Encouraged by this, thousands charged towards the outer cordon of police protecting the mosque.

Very quickly, this cordon collapsed and I saw young men clambering along the branches of trees, dropping over the final barricade, and rushing towards the mosque.

Crowd carried away

The last police retreated from the mosque, their riot shields lifted to avoid being hit by stones the crowd was throwing at them, and two young men scrambled on top of the mosque’s central dome and started hacking away at the mortar.

 

Security forces were unable to stop the destruction

They were soon joined by others.

As telephone lines had been cut, I drove to Faizabad to file my story for the BBC and then tried to return to the site.

Before I could reach there, I and the Hindi-language journalists with me were threatened and then locked in a room by kar sevaks (Hindu volunteers).

We were kept there for several hours before we were rescued by a local official assisted by the head priest of one of Ayodhya’s best known temples.

But by then the Babri Masjid had been totally demolished.

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15 Responses to “Tearing down the Babri Masjid”

  1. maqadullah kham April 12, 2009 at 10:46 am #

    we get revenge insha-ullah

  2. Anand Kumara Jaiswal May 6, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

    I M HINDUS AND I M NOT TOTALLY AGREED TO DISMALTED OUR BABRI MASJID AT AYODHYA.
    WE BELEIVES IN GOD AND ALL THE GOD I.E. ISWAR, ALLAH SIKH AND ISAI ARE ALL SAME . AND WE DONT HAVE RIGHT TO DISMALT THE TEMPLE, MOSQUE, CHURCH OR GURUDWARA.
    I M VERY UPSET OF BEING DISMATED OUR BABRI MASJID AT AYODHYA.

  3. Slave of God June 26, 2009 at 8:59 am #

    Firstly I will tell that this has been politicised by Mr.Advani, the main cultprit who destroyed the historical mosque. The BJP a political party wants to encash this opportunity, using babri masjid as a national issue to make their party strong and popular to come into power in the central government of India.

    As per indian constitute. no religious places must be harmed. But it is a worst case and very shameful where mosque have been demolished.

    So Government of India must hang Mr.Advani – belowed leader of BJP, RSS, VHP and bajrang dal.

    Slave of God…..

  4. Rahul November 25, 2009 at 9:52 am #

    the totally tamash are planned by One & One BJP, RSS, BD, VHP, and all who are involved in this shamefull work in Indian History may also punished by the GOD today or tomorrow. So, still wait & watch.

  5. Rahul November 25, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    Revenge on this shameful dismated our babri masjid is true bcoz It not only belongs to Muslim community its also present the Indian culture and it was also a INDIAN HERITAGE.

  6. Affan December 6, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    Not even a single action taken against those peole by Indian government who were involved in this sham full incident.. so i totally protest against Indian government………… this is not justice at all… i respect every religion but this is not only my responsibility to respect every religion its everybody responsibility to respect and each religion.

  7. Crusader December 8, 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    How much does Pakistan, Saudi Arabia or for that matter any majority Muslim country respect other religions? You Muslims not only want to propagate your faith through force but when host country seeks to correct past injustices you protest in the name of religious tolerance and democracy. Islam does not believe in democracy, you just want to take advantage of democracy to propagate your religion. Just look at what you Muslims have done to Hindus and Christians in Pakistan. You set up blasphemy laws just so that you can persecute these other religions. You establish sharia laws in a 97% Muslim country for fear of what? Keep your cult religion to yourself, don’t force your values and your stinking way on us.

  8. Manoj Sharma April 2, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    whatever happen is history now ………there was time when the hindu temple got destroyed in same fashion …and now its is only history repeating itself.
    both the incidents are shameful and people who are involved are not forgivable.
    it is best not fight with each other……..and one should never blame any religion for this.u all know all the religion want their followers to pursue on road of love.
    so please hate the guilty not each other.
    forget and forgive.

  9. angga April 14, 2010 at 1:39 am #

    Allahhuakbar

  10. muhammad fajron April 26, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Ya Allah..kami pohon pertolonganMu.. Bantulah mujahid2Mu di seluruh dunia. Kami menunggu pertolongan dariMu untuk bantu kami dalam mempertahankan agamaMu yang telah Engkau redhai..amiiin.

    AllahuAkbar!!!!

  11. chowdhury17 September 30, 2010 at 6:21 am #

    hope it can be finished peacefully,,none harmed,,ya Allah,,give ur best solution for all,amien,,

  12. chowdhury17 September 30, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    Allahu Akbar,,,the decission has been declared,,but I’m sure,,Allah gives us the best solution for all,,please be patient all of indian muslims,Allah with us,always,,Allahu Akbar,,

  13. mailsyedhyd October 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    Have a look my opinions at : http://hyderabadrocks.wordpress.com/2010/10/01/we-dont-need-babri-place/

  14. ali shah noorani July 7, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Masha allah. Unexpectedly i got this site,, well arranged.. nice informatives!! Shanooo Kep it up!! Ali shah Noorani Kerala,

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