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Kabir Says

September 27, 2010

Recently I watched an old Indian documentary film In the name of God made almost a year (1991) before the demolition of Babri Mosque. It was compelling on many accounts. First, it showcases the buildup of hatred and extremism before the demolition. Second, according to the documentary the residents of Ayodhya, both Hindus and Muslims were living peacefully together. The entire idea of demolition followed by fierce riots was cooked up (as usual) in the arena of politics. Third, the zealot Hindus were so charged up that they didn’t hesitate to silent the moderate Hindu voices. Their moto was simple: you are either with us on the issue of Ram Temple or you are the enemy.

The issue of Babri Mosque dates back to 1853 but the demolition movement goes back to December 23rd 1949 when a group of 50-60 broke the locks of the mosque and placed the deities. In their words Ram was reborn hence; it became a sacred place for the devotees. According to the documentary the District Magistrate K. K. Nair facilitated the Hindu mob due to fear of retaliation instead of quelling the tension and performing the executive orders of removal of deities.

It is not surprising to know that the low caste Hindu residents of Ayodhya were not allowed to worship in the Ram Temple. What is surprising is though that General Zia’ favorite state guest Shatrugun Sinha was also an integral part of the movement started by BJP’s L. K. Advani and Vishwa Hindu Parishat. Sinha’s support for his party wasn’t vexing, Zia’s double standards were.

Everyone is awaiting Indian High Court’s verdict about the right of land and hoping this issue will be settled once and for all. The judges are walking the tight rope as offending any of the sides might invite a new wave of riots. This issue is worth a debate but not a single human life. The documentary ended with Kabir’s brilliant poem:

Saints’ I see

The world is mad

If I tell the truth

They rush to beat me

If I lie they trust me

Hindus claim Ram as one

Muslims claim Rahim

Then they kill each other

Knowing not the essence

With prayer beads and caps

And brows of holy paint

They lose themselves

In scared hymns but

Know not their own souls

Many holy men I’ve seen

Teachers of holy books

Who acquire disciples

Venerate graves

But know not God

The world goes on

Like this and yet

They call me mad

But, Kabir says listen

Who’s the one insane?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2010 8:50 am

    I havent seen the movie, but the poem you’ve written down here is just so meaningful and deep…
    “Many holy men I’ve seen

    Teachers of holy books

    Who acquire disciples

    Venerate graves

    But know not God”

    Something to ponder about…

  2. Anonymous permalink
    September 28, 2010 10:23 am

    i fail to understand that when a Mosque fells (which was illegal..as proved by the archaelogists finding too) there is so much hue and cry generated in the muslim world but when the Bamiyan Buddha statutes were getting desecrated..not much of the sound was coming from the same set of people.. amazing isn’t it ??

  3. Kannan permalink
    September 30, 2010 2:44 am

    That is heck of a balanced analysis by peaceful muslims.Now read the articles for indepth insight.The number of temples destroyed by Muslims in India is in thousands…even after Partition it is in 100s and still continuing in Bengal.In my home town,Naga God idols very famous ones were descrated by Muslims..Many of us Hindus just let it go..to avoid communalising whole situation..but your peaceful tribes wont just let it go.Its no wonder in years to come,Muslims will be kicked out of Europe and America..if you guys dont abandon your barbarism.

    http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/ayodhya/notemple.html

    http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/ayodhya/foundnlost.html

    http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/ayodhya/evidence1.html

    http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/ayodhya/evidence2.html

  4. September 30, 2010 10:48 am

    Babri Mosque always remained an issue between Muslims and Hindus….

    Though I didn’t watch documentary but I can say that most of the things are disputeable not by will but by force….

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