- You ask, did not the Muslims destroy a temple that was there? I shall quote the words of a Sufi singer from Sindh, Allan Fakir, who on a visit to Delhi a few years ago had said:
- Yes, Babar must have come to Ayodhya, he must have stumbled on a ruined structure and asked what it was. He must have been told that it is the birthplace of Ram and Lakshman – 'then it is pavitra bhoomi (sacred land). There should be ibaadat (worship) in such a place. Prayers and devotion. Raise a mosque here'. And thus a Babri Masjid must have come to be.
-- Farzana Versey, The Legacy of Babri Masjid.
Your thoughts, as always, welcome. I'll respond to any civil ones.
Postscript: Someone (as always, you know who you are) writes to ask, history and explanations apart, what do you think should be done on that spot in Ayodhya?
One time I wrote about what I thought of that was in March 2002: Memories of resolution and resolve (see especially the paragraph that begins "Now I hardly believe..." and after).
What the hell, here are the lines I mean:
- [Build there] an institution of such enduring significance, such all-round appeal, filling such a deeply felt need, that nobody, but nobody, can argue with it.
You may have your own ideas on what fits that description. For me, what fits best is a large hospital, staffed with the finest doctors, offering clean, simple and excellent care at a cost that will make it affordable to even the poorest people in the area. And in fact, it must care first for the poor. ... I am talking about a hospital that will be a model to the country. That's the kind of enduring significance I mean.