Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president L.K. Advani has been targeted by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) after he expressed regret at the 1992 Babri mosque demolition. Touring Pakistan, Advani had said earlier this week that the day the Babri mosque in the north Indian town of Ayodhya was demolished was the saddest day of his life.
The VHP, has criticised Advani's statement and demanded an apology. It has also launched a mass campaign against Advani. In the city, which is incidentally a part of Advani's constituency, banners were seen in many places and slogans were written on walls that targeted Advani in a strong language.
"Advani, jawab do: Pakistan ne kya khilaya-pilaya? Miyan Musharraf tera baap kehalaya" (Advani, answer this - What food and drinks did Pakistan treat you with? Have you taken Musharraf to be your father?), says one slogan. Another one asks him, "Saat bar Somnath toota, kisne maafi maangi? Ayodhya mein toota wo mandir tha, phir kyun maafi maangi?" (The Hindu temple of Somnath was demolished seven times, who apologised for it? What was demolished in Ayodhya was a temple, then why apologise for it?)
An SMS text message has also been doing rounds in the state, stating, "Jootha khel, joothi baani: Hindu drohi hai Advani" (Foul game, foul language, Advani has wronged Hindus).
VHP leader Ashok Singhal and VHP international secretary Pravin Togadia, have demanded Advani's apology. "Wasn't the partition of this country and Advani's coming here (in India) as a refugee a more shameful event in his life than December 6, 1992 (date of the Babri demolition)?" Togadia asked in a statement. He added, "Nobody has apologised till today for the demolition of Hindu temples in Kashi, Mathura and Ayodhya. What is Advani trying to prove by issuing such a statement in Pakistan?"
Comment : Why target Advani, when Vajpayee had also made similar statements earlier. In fact why do the Hindus rely on the Politicians. Hindus need a mass movement, to throw out such Politicians. As regards the statement on the demolition, Advani seems to be having less knowledge of the history. He seems to have forgotten, the so-called Babri Mosque was built after demolishing a Hindu Temple. While demolishing the so-called Babri Mosque, some say that the Hindus behaved like the Muslims on December 6 1992. But it is wrong to treat the demolition of the so-called Mosque as a mere retribution for more than 3000 temple destructions by Islamic barbarians going back a thousand years. That would place the Islamic barbarians and the Hindus on the same moral plane which we feel as a historic error. What the Hindus were trying to recover was not merely the so-called mosque built over their sacred Temple, but the true history of their land. The Dec 6 demolition was a symbol of the emergence of the Indian Civilization. And it is just a start….