It has been 25 years since Babri Masjid was demolished by kar sevaks on December 6. While the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal have planned to observe the day as ‘Shaurya Diwas’ (Day of Valour), some Muslim organisations in Ayodhya – Faizabad will observe it as ‘Yaum e Gham’ (Day of sorrow). Meanwhile, a three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S. Abdul Nazeer, fixed the date for final hearing on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case on February 8, 2018.
The demolition of Babri Masjid led to police firing which resulted in killing of many kar-sewaks. Subhash Pandey was one such person who lost his father Ramesh Pandey in police firing.
Subash was quoted by Jansatta as saying:
“I don’t know whether he was killed because he climbed to the dome of Babri Masjid, or there was other reason. However, during his last rites there bullet marks on his body.”
Remembering that incident, Subash adds:
“After my father’s death, my grandmother raised me. My little brother in my hands when my father died. To take care of my family, I have to leave studies after 12th class. I was married at a young age and have three kids.”
Now, Subash works at the VHP workshop of the proposed Ram temple.
He points out: “Whatever work I do I get paid for it. Whenever I need money, VHP helps me. For my marriage the help came from the VHP.”
He also admits that after the death of his father, he has spent a life full of troubles. He also believes that Ram temple should be constructed. In its 2017 Uttar Pradesh election manifesto, the BJP said it “will explore all possibilities within the purview of the Constitution to construct a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya”.