Syed Khalique Ahmed | India Tomorrow
NEW DELHI, AUGUST 27—Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi has said that “the Supreme Court judgement in Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute has weakened the secularism of India and laid foundation for the establishment of a Hindu Rashtra in India”.
Owaisi made the comments while taking part in a webinar “Ayodhya: Goodbye, Secularism?” organized by the Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC) of South Asia in New Delhi today. Other participants included BJP MP Dr. Subramanian Swamy.
Rallying arguments in support of his remarks, Owaisi said that “the Babri Masjid was desecrated in the night of December 22-23,1949 by surreptitiously placing an idol inside the mosque and it has also been admitted by the Supreme Court itself in its November 2019 judgement. But the accused involved in the act has not been punished so far”.
“In 1992, BJP gave an assurance to the Supreme Court but along with RSS, it demolished the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992. The Supreme Court at that time called it a “national shame” and in its recent judgement, the apex court called it a “criminal act”. That is why I believe that this (November 2019) judgement has weakened secularism and in fact, it has laid foundation for the establishment of a Hindu Rashtra in India”, Owaisi said in his own unique style.
Referring to Swamy’s comments that under Article 25, there was nothing wrong on the part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be a part of the ground-breaking ceremony of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya on August 5, Owaisi said that what he understood by Article 25 was Constitutional morality and hence, Modi should not have gone there in his capacity as PM.
Stating that there was a difference between an individual in his personal capacity and one holding a constitutional position, Owaisi said that “Modi has taken an oath on the Constitution of India and hence, he has to abide by the Constitution of India”.
“Yes, he has all the right to go there (Ayodhya) in his personal capacity because of Article 25 but if he goes there as PM, then he has no religion as per Constitutional Morality; he has to celebrate all religion; in fact, he has to celebrate also those who don’t believe in religion”, Owaisi asserted.
Pointing out that Modi violated his oath by visiting Ayodhya on August 5, Owaisi said, “I am of opinion that Modi, who went there as PM has violated his oath and has shown to the whole world that his (Modi’s) faith has primacy over other’s religion. That is why I feel Modi as PM going there has violated his oath, has weakened secularism which is part of the basic structure of the Constitution. That is why I feel secularism is getting weakened”.
However, Owaisi said that he still believed in secularism. “I still believe in secularism because it is part of the Constitution of India. But Mr Modi’s government and his party don’t believe in secularism but there are substantial number of people in India who still believe in secularism and that is why it keeps my hope alive”.