Abdul Bari Masoud | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI — A pictorial book on the history of over 400-year old Babri Masjid in English, Urdu and Hindi was released at a function here on Tuesday. The book is published with a view to educate people in general and the generation born after this ancient mosque was razed by Hindutva radicals on December 6, 1992, in particular about the factual history about the mosque.
Visitors at the launch of the book were unanimous that it is a worthwhile effort to counter the falsehood spread by the Sangh Parivar about the Indian history, particularly the Muslim period and educate the new generation which does not know much about the sequence of events that led to the demolition of the mosque.
The book exposes the complicity of the state in the demolition of the mosque, a monumental crime. Due to the false propaganda to hide the crime the title suit the media is now describing the case as a “land” dispute.
Noted rights defender and executive director of Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre Ravi Nair said conveying the message through a comic book is a good idea. It will prove helpful in educating the new generation which does not know the truth about the Babri Masjid.
“Now, they will not only make themselves aware about the history of the Babri Masjid but will also know how the masjid was demolished by the Sangh Parivar in 1992 in broad day light in a breach of the law under the very nose of the state.”
The book will also inspire the youth to resist the fascist forces, he said.
Citing several instance reflecting on the harmonious coexistence of different communities in the past, Nair regretted that the fraternal bonds and compassion between the communities were ruined due to the falsehoods of divisive forces which are feeding the young and impressionable minds of the country with hatred and rancour.
Forum for Citizens for Democracy president and noted lawyer ND Pancholi described the demolition of the masjid as a blot on the face of the country. He recalled how his mother reacted when the mosque was being demolished, exclaiming, “They (the Sangh Parivar) had committed a “big sin” by demolishing a religious place by force.”
He called upon all secular Indians to join together to foil the sinister designs of the divisive elements to ruin the secular fabric of the Indian Society. The best way to resist them is non-violence, disobedience and filling up jails, he observed.
The book titled “The Story of Babri Masjid” (Babri Masjid ki Kahani), was published by the Alternate Press, New Delhi.
- Mohammad Yusuf, an advocate, introduced the book to the audience paid homage to the author of the book, Badr A. Sayeed, who passed away a few months ago.
During the function, two other relevant books, namely “Warriors of Malabar: Muslim Religious Scholars” (English) and “Badr: Lessons of the Battle” (English), were also released.
On the occasion, popular Front of India chairman E. Abubacker said, “We should never let the memories of Babri Masjid vanish from the minds of people. The book, along with the other two, he said were most relevant to the contemporary situations in the country and hoped efforts of all those behind this work will bring a change,” he said.
In his presidential address, AS Ismail, managing director of the Alternate Press, said the books are aimed at creating awareness among in the youth about the real history of the country and their forefathers to counter the “history” by the fascist forces.
The pictorial book has been published at a time when final hearing into the Babri Masjid title suit case is underway in the Supreme Court. Though the book with cartoons and narrations is primarily meant for children, it caters to the new generation born after the demolition of Babri Masjid.
Dr Taslim Ahmad Rahmani, Prof Rakesh Ranjan (Delhi University) and Parvez Ahmad (Director, Alternate Press) and others spoke on the occasion.