Revival of the Babri case

The Supreme Court has ordered the Lucknow court to frame charges in four week against senior BJP leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and others in the Babri Masjid demolition case and finish the trial in two years. There are two cases against them: one, the conspiracy charge and the other, the actual physical demolition of the mosque. As things stand now, the present top leadership of the BJP may not be overly worried about the apex court order because the leaders concerned have already been sent into retirement from active politics by making them members of the Marg Darshak Mandali which is not reported to have met even once since its formation. It is hardly likely that L. K Advani’s name is being considered at any level for the presidential election later this year.
No doubt there are many people in the BJP and the RSS who believe that Advani, the old war horse of the party, deserves a stint in the Rashtrapati Bhavan. But the internal equations in the party have long changed and Advani today has become a relic--to be paid obeisance to but not to be given importance in decision-making. Even Nagpur may fail to prevail over the present tenant of 7 Lok Kalyan Marg (earlier known as Race Course Road). Politics is a ruthless business. You kick off the ladder once you get to the top. There is no sense of obligation or gratitude or gratefulness. You have to get power by hook or by crook and once you get it you have to hold on to it by any means.
Whatever the verdict of the Lucknow court it is sure to be challenged in the apex court. Its plea for an out of court settlement has fallen flat because the respective positions of the two sides are irreconcilable. And there lie the seeds of future discords leading to violence and bloodshed. The situation is pregnant with unforeseen possibilities. None of the two sides will budge an inch from their respective stands. One side will flatly deny that there ever existed any mosque in that place, while the other side will assert with equal vehemence that the mosque was not a figment of imagination; it did exist for nearly six hundred years till its demolition. Extremists in both camps will fan the flames of a fight-to-the-finish battle without giving a thought to the unity and prosperity of the country. By suggesting an out-of-court settlement, the Supreme Court has helped to prolong the dispute over the ‘disputed structure’.

Friday, 21 April, 2017