The demolition of the Babri Masjid on 6 December 1992 is marked as one of the darkest days in Indian history. In this extended video news episode published by Business Standard, which Eyewitness had released in January 1993, reporters piece together what transpired in Ayodhya on that day, and spoke to various political personalities who were active in politics during that period. More than 2,000 people died after riots broke out between both religious groups.
This video provides comprehensive coverage and analysis of the incident in Uttar Pradesh's temple town, Ayodhya. It shows what had happened in Ayodhya during the demolition through exclusive footages. It also features conversations with Kar Sevaks and security personnel who reveal details about the event. The video also depicts the then mood and political climate of the Hindu and Muslim communities after the incident as reporters took to the streets to ask people what they thought of the event.
In an interview with journalist Karan Thapar, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee details the events that followed after the Babri Masjid demolition in December of 1992 (watch from 1:48:11 in the video):
"I wanted to resign from the Lok Sabha because I had to defy the Chair. It never happened that when a Speaker was on his feet I persisted in saying something but it happened that day. Congress, Left, friends of Left parties did not allow me to speak," Vajpayee says while talking about the day after the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992. "The Speaker wanted me to make my submission. But the next day, the situation reached such a boiling point that on behalf of the party I had to say something. Because I became the spokesperson after the arrest of Mr Advani. But the Speaker did not allow me and in a way I defied him."
Vajpayee goes on to say that he was not resigning from the BJP but from the National Executive. "Why were you doing that?" asks Karan Thapar. "No, because of differences on the Ayodhya issue."
"What happened on 6 December in Ayodhya should not have happened at all and we could not control those who assembled at Ayodhya. It was a failure on our part. We have expressed regret but I thought that I was responsible for creating an impression in the country. I had addressed a public meeting in Lucknow jointly with (LK) Advani and (Murli Manohar) Joshi. I had given a clear assurance to the people that the disputed structure will not be demolished. But it was demolished. I wanted to express my regret, agony and anguish. That is why I tendered resignation."
Updated Date: Nov 10, 2019 15:46:23 IST