I recall images from the early 1990s of fanatics tearing a building apart. Machete wielding loonies running amok. Police either shooting or not shooting. .. bjp elections and resulting years of ultra conservative politics along sectarian hindu lines.. I cant think of one good thing about it frankly.
Years of legal wrangling. (yet another lawyers picknik) producing really nothing much at all of any value whatsoever for anyone (apart form the lawyers.. of course).
In my current hostel, guests who do not have their own padlock can take one from reception.. I have a small padlock but I took an extra one just the same. On the key-ring is a plastic medal with an image of sai baba of shirdi.
Now no-one really knows who sai baba of shirdi was or where he actually came from. he just turned up one day in shirdi and lived in some deserted temple... The one thing everybody knows about him is that he said basically that there are more important things to worry about than petty differences of religion..
This is the point he wanted to make.. like kabir before him.. another of india’s famous saints.
This is why he is actually so very much loved in India. Coz everyone (almost) recognises both the truth and the importance of his message. His picture is all over the place. His message is loud and clear .. forget the differences and focus on the truth which is bigger than all of us.
For what its worth, I am not making any effort at all to try and reconcile the ayodhya or any other fanatics.. it’s a total waste of time.. let them wring each others necks rather than be a millstone around everyone’s neck… they are a small number of clowns with a big loudspeaker.. that’s all. .. be they in orange on a juggernauth on the street or in white on a minbar in the mosque.
To hell with them all. inveterates!!!
In indo-china .. Malaysia actually there are saltwater crocs. They have a saying that eventhough the surface of the river maybe calm, there is no telling how many crocs are in the river. .. or something like that. (I don’t know malay at all.. I just read it somewhere.) but this situation brings it to mind. On the surface there appears barely a ripple.. the muazzin cheerfully calls to prayer.. the bells in the temple sound.. even the lamas trumpet up here in darjeeling… but the events of ayodhya outs the truth about sectarian inveterates in this country.. it is a problem that will surface until it is dealt with in the hearts of the people here. at the behest of legitimate leadership.. ie. Until they start taking sai baba seriously and expose the lurking crocodiles.