Thursday, October 19, 2006

Lest we forget the history

For those refered to in here, these are a few events that took place before 12th March 1993.

July-92 to Dec-92 – Rallies, processions, etc held by the Sena, BJP, etc. across Bombay on the Ayodhya issue, mostly in communally sensitive areas.

6th December 1992 – The Babri Masjid is demolished.

26th December 1992 – Maha-aartis launched and continue till Feb-1993.

3rd January 1993 – Alleged MHADA officials survey Pratiksha Nagar, Antop Hill for Muslim residences.

5th January 1993 – Four Mathadi workers stabbed to death.

8th January 1993 – "During the wee hours of 8th January 1993, at about 0030 hours, some of the Hindu residences in a chawl popularly known as Radhabai Chawl in Jogeshwari jurisdiction were locked from outside and set on fire by miscreants. One male and five female members of a Hindu family (Bane) and their neighbours were charred to death and three other Hindus sustained serious burn injuries. One of the victims was a handicapped girl. This incident was sensationalized by the media by giving exaggerated and provoking reports." [Chapter II Para 1.11 (i)]

Final tally of deaths during riots between Dec-92 and Jan-93 - 900. [Chapter II Para 1.24]

12th March 1993 - 10 bomb blasts across Bombay. 257 killed or missing and 713 injured.

(Source: Chapter II of the Srikrishna Commission Report. Link here)

"Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it" - George Santayana.

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