The Sangh Parivar has been attacking the Supreme Court for deferring the hearing of the Babari Masjid - Ram Mandir case. From their attack on the apex court, one may get the impression that they have a fool proof case, and if the case had been heard they were bound to win and would have construct the Mandir. But the reason is the very opposite.
In the wake of the retirement of the then incumbent Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra (who retired on 2nd October, 2018), a flurry of cases with came to be decided in the last fortnight of September upto 01st October, 2018 with great, and equally, grave implications for the future of constitutional laws and human rights in the country.
Given the secular orientation of the Indian Constitution, it simply cannot accommodate the corporate backed Hindu Nationalist agenda. Hindutva forces cannot bring in a “Hindu Rashtra” within the term and provisions of the Indian Constitution as it now stands.
Romila Thapar gave a title to her essay in her recently published book, “The Public Intellectual in India”. I want to borrow that title as a title of this note of mine. The title is: To question or not to question? That is the question.
My concern is with silence. As a negative quality silence is a reluctance to speak up and question. Such a silence is on account of loss of sensitivity and incapacity to be disturbed. In order to emphasize on the necessity to speak and not to remain silent on this historical occasion, I quote an urdu couplet by Faiz Ahmed Faiz,
On 26th June, 2018, human rights organizations had assembled at the Gandhi Peace Foundation, Delhi to remember the dark days of Emergency. This was an annual affair and Shri Kuldip Nayar was a regular speaker in these meetings. This time, too, he came and spoke. But his speech was different; it came from his heart and was quite moving. He ended by saying that the fight has not ended – there are issues much more serious than the Emergency and they have to be fought fearlessly with deep conviction – by listening to the voice of one’s own inner-self.