Thousands of people belonging to different political, social, rights and religious organisations vigorously took part in a march from Mandi House circle to Parliament street in New Delhi on 6th December 2017 to mark the 25th anniversary of demolition of Babri Masjid. The slogans and colourful banners demanded that those responsible for demolition of Babri Masjid be punished. Other slogans included. “Unite against state organised communal violence”, “State terrorism – Down, Down!”, “An attack on one is an attack on all!”, “Unite against state organised communal violence and state terrorism!”, “Down with attack on the right to conscience”, etc.
The public meeting at the Parliament street was addressed by Shri S Raghavan of Lok Raj Sangathan, Prof Apoorvanand of Delhi University, Shri Salim Engineer of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Shri Mohd Ali Jinnah of Popular Front of India, Comrade Prakash Rao of Communist Ghadar Party of India, Shri A Sayeed of Social Democratic Party of India, Dr. S Q R Ilyas of Welfare Party of India, Comrade Phool Singh of Jan Sangarsh Manch Haryana, Shri Shahid Ali of United Muslim Front, Dr. N D Pancholi of Citizens for Democracy, Comrade Sheomangal Siddhantkar of CPI (ML) – New Proletarian, Shri Jatin of Bhagat Singh Ambedkar Student Organisation, Shri Anwar of Association for Protection of Civil Rights, Comrade Lokesh Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Shri P V Shoaib of Campus Front, Shri Navaid Hameed of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (Delhi), Ms. Chhaya of Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Shri Ansaar Indori of NCHRO, Shri Nahaz of Student Islamic Organization, Shri Sharique Ansar of Fraternity Movement of India, Shri Philip Christie of All-India Minority Christian Front, Shri Mufti Ershad Shah of All-India Imams Council, Shri Rakesh of Bigul and others.
Summing up meeting, Ms. Sucharita of Lok Raj Sangathan said that demolition of Babri Masjid 25 years ago was a turning point in Indian politics. It was the time that the rulers of India decided to escalete the use state terrorism and state organised communal violence to push through their anti-people, anti-social and anti-national agenda. Secondly, it clearly showed that the political power is actually wielded by the monopoly houses and the ruling and opposition parties in Parliament implement the agenda set by these monopolies. The elected representative are not accountable to the people but are accountable only the high commands of their party. The criminalisation and communalisation of politics can only be ended if people have the political power. Only when the people have political power will the guilty of communal massacres and other crimes against the people will be punished. We have to further strengthen our unity to build a just society where everyone’s rights are defended.