BENGALURU : A solemn candle light march was held on December 6, 2016 around the architect of the constitution of India to mark the 24th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid and the death of Dr B.R Ambedkar and Nelson Mandela.
The vigil was organised by several Hindu and Muslim groups to commemorate the demolition of the Babri Masjid and communal riots killing over 2,000 people on December 6, 1992. The candle light procession started at 5 p.m. and concluded at 7 p.m.
The Kar Sevaks led by the Sangh Parivar demolished the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya, an unconstitutional act, creating a social and political polarization that was unprecedented in modern history. Dr B.R Ambedkar converted to Buddhism as a protest against ‘Hindutva’ with lakhs of his followers and re-established the faith to challenge the caste system.
“It is time that all the people irrespective of caste, community and religion come along against those who demolished the Babri Masjid to prevent demolition or breaking of India through their divisive acts,” said Faiz Akram Pasha, founder Chairman of Tiger Tippu and Dr B.R Ambedkar Welfare Association.
The demolition of Babri Masjid on the death day of Dr. B.R Ambedkar, created a conspiracy to erect a symbol of Hindutva pride parallel to his memory. Every year on this day, the Dalit Bahujan would assemble to pay tribute to his life and struggle in breaking divisive caste walls. Many political parties and sections of the society observed it as a ‘Black Day’ as it altered the secular fabric of the country.
The march initiated at State Bank of Mysore and terminated at Dr. B.R Ambedkar’s statue at Vidhana Soudha was with a motto to garner peace and promote communal harmony. “Marches like this makes us politically aware, which in turn helps us to resist communal forces. We become good citizens at the end of the day through participation,” said Cliffonse