Dec 7, 2012

Remembering to Forget [342/365]

Twenty years ago, much of India erupted in communal violence over land and religion.
Ayodhya - The name brings memories of violence, hatred and death. Sillyness too.



In the unspoiled eyes of the West, fighting over a piece of land seemed ridiculous, even unheard of. But when Hindu fanatics began demolishing Babri Masjid, it torn up India's excuse for secularism.
Growing up abroad, I still remember how Indians settled outside India were afraid and embarrassed at the way their countrymen were behaving.
To them religion is a convenient excuse to rouse spirits when nothing else worked.

Thousands have died since and the people of Ayodhya have since moved on. The Hindu fanatics and their leaders have faded into oblivion.
The story repeats itself at many towns and cities in India. 


Does it really matter which religious structure is there? The thousands of mosques that coexists with temples around the country will prove that our country is big enough for all of us to live in peace and relative harmony, bar the occasional clanging of the chimes and the call for prayer five times a day.
 

In the years since Babri Masjid was demolished, fanatic Muslims and hot-blooded Hindus have tried to rub salt into each other. The incident is a case study at how politicians can still manipulate a post British-era India.
Dec 6th will be a Black day for many Muslims but for the residents at Ayodhya, it's a day they would all rather forget.
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