Governments of India immediately reconstructs the demolished Babri Masjid sign now

"Governments of India immediately reconstructs the demolished Babri Masjid at the same site and punish those who are the main culprits responsible for the demolition, preaching communal hatred and the slaughter of thousands of Indian Muslims in the communal riots of December 1992-January 1993."



BABRI MASJID ON TIME LINE:



5,000 to 800,000 BC

According to Hindu belief, Ram, an Aryan prince and main character of the epic poem Ramayana, is born. No ancient accounts associate Ram's birth to modern Ayodhya in India.



2500 BC

Indus Valley civilization (pre-Aryan) flourishes in Indus basin.



1500 BC

Aryans invade India, Indus Valley civilization destroyed.



800-600 BC

Aryan culture takes shape in Gangetic plains of North India. Rise of caste system. Vedic literature flourishes. No mention of Ram.



400-500 BC

Valmiki writes Sanskrit Ramayana with Ram as an ideal human hero, an embodiment of chivalry, loyalty, patience and justice.



1526 AD

Babar defeats Ibrahim Lodhi and lays the foundation of Mughal rule in Northern India. No historical evidence of him ever being in Ayodhya.



1528 AD

Mir Baqi, a Mughal governor, builds the Babri Masjid in honor of Babar. No account of destruction of any Hindu temple or association of Ram with the site in all medieval literature.



1534-1623 AD

Tulsi Das writes popular Hindi version of Ramayana, Ram Charit Manas. Ram is raised to the status of full deity, an Avatar (incarnation) of Hindu God Vishnu. Tulsi Das never mentions association of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya with Ram-Janambhoomi.



1759-60 AD

Raj Chaturman in his Chahar Gulshan (Four Gardens) first mentions of modern Ayodhya as a possible place of Ram's birth, but no association of Babri Masjid with it.



1766-1771 AD

Jesuit priest Joseph Tieffenthaler suggests the birth of Ram is believed to be in the vicinity of the Masjid. First mention of Masjid as possible place of birth, offers no reference or evidence.



1853 AD

After a major armed struggle between the Hindu priests who occupied the Masjid and Muslims who sought to liberate it, the elders decided that both the communities should be allowed to worship at the same place. The building itself was used as a mosque. Hindus could worship outside the mosque.



1885 AD

A Hindu priest, Mahant Raghubar Das, filed a petition for building a temple next to the mosque but was denied permission.



December 22, 1949

Installation of idols inside the mosque. Contrary to the 'Ram's miraculous appearance' theory, the First Investigation Report of the Station Officer of the Ayodhya police station dated December 23, 1949 stated that three individuals (Abdy Ram Das, Ram Shukla Das, Sudarshan Das) and some 50 to 60 people entered the mosque and installed the idols.



January 5, 1950

Magistrate K.K. Nair 'attaches' the Masjid, locking the doors and appointing Ayodhya Municipal Corporation as a 'Receiver'. Nair, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) sympathizer and later MP on the Jan Sangh ticket, gives Hindus permission to worship and take care of their deity. Muslims forbidden to get closer than 300 yards to their own Masjid.



January 15, 1950

A suit is filed by local resident Gopal Singh Visharad asking for unrestricted access to the Babri Masjid and preventing the state officials and Muslims from removing the idols. Ramchandra Das Paramhans files a similar suit.



1959

Religious sect Nirmohi Akhara files case claiming rights over the land.



December 8, 1961

Sunni Waqf Board files suit for restoration of the Babri Masjid to Muslim ownership and removal of idols from mosque.



1984

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) launches a temple construction movement and on October 7, a "liberation" march reaches Ayodhya for an oath-taking ceremony.



February 1, 1986

Mr. K.M. Pandey, the Faizabad sessions judge, allows Hindus to worship at the site, after refusing to hear the opinion of Muslims. In full glare of media and publicity the Masjid is handed over to Hindus. Proceedings televised to mobilize Hindu public opinion in favor of Congress government. It is rumored that Rajiv Gandhi backed the action to win back Hindu support for Congress. Conflicts flare between Muslims and Hindus. Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC) formed to claim Masjid back through legal process.



Nov. 11, 1986

The extremist Bharatya Janata Party (BJP)-Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) coalition lays foundation stone (Shilanyas) for temple on adjoining land claimed by Muslims as part of Waqf (Islamic trust).



July 1, 1989

On behalf of the deity, Justice Devaki Nandan Agarwal files case for title and ownership. The Allahabad High Court combines all five suits into one and issues interim directive to maintain the status quo of the disputed property pending final judgment.



November 9, 1989

Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, pandering for Hindu votes before the national elections, allows Hindus to perform worship at an "undisputed site" near the Babri Masjid. Mass killings and riots take place. In the elections, the Hindu extremist party BJP's tally rises from 2 to 86.



September 25, 1990

BJP president L K Advani goes on a Rath Yatra (a Hindu chariot procession) to win support for building a temple. This procession leaves a trail of bloodshed until Advani is arrested in Bihar on October 23.



October 30, 1990

Thousands of Kar Sevaks (Hindu volunteers) gather in Ayodhya, the mosque is partially damaged and 30 are killed in police firing. The V P Singh government falls.



January 1991

Prime minister Chandra Shekhar initiates talks with VHP and BMAC. The Ayodhya tussle is the core issue in the mid-term polls. BJP tally moves up from 86 to 119. It also wins in Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.



September 10, 1991

Places of Worship Bill passed by the Lok Sabha, says all religious places shall be maintained according to their status on August 15, 1947. Ayodhya is left out on the excuse that the matter is in the courts.



October 7, 1991

BJP government of Uttar Pradesh (UP) expropriates 2.77 acres of Muslim Waqf land adjoining the Masjid and starts construction. Chief Minister Kalyan Singh ignores directives of the Supreme Court to stop the work.



July 23, 1992

Prime Minister Narasimha Rao comes to agreement with Sadhus (Hindu holy men) to stop construction to enable him to find a solution. Chief Minister of UP assures status quo and protection of Masjid.



Nov. 28, 1992

L. K. Advani, the BJP leader, asserts that work on construction of temple would continue irrespective of Supreme Court decision.



Dec. 6, 1992

BJP, VHP, and RSS decide for Kar Seva, 300,000 holy men and volunteers gather for Kar Seva. Police do not intervene. Babri Masjid, a place of Muslim worship and a monument of history, is demolished as millions of people watch on television throughout the world.



December 1992-January 1993

Thousands of people, mostly Muslims, are killed in frenzy following the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

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