In a recent statement, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi voiced his dissatisfaction with the prevailing political narrative surrounding the upcoming Ram temple inaugural event scheduled for January 22 in Ayodhya. Owaisi’s discontent was fueled by the remarks made by Uddhav Thackeray, the Shiv Sena chief and son of the late Bal Thackeray, former Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
Thackeray expressed his sentiment that the inauguration of the Ayodhya temple fulfilled his father’s dream, stating, “Construction of the Ram temple was also my father’s dream. It is a moment of happiness that the temple is being constructed today.” Additionally, Thackeray announced plans for a grand maha aarti on the banks of the River Godavari on the same day.
Owaisi took issue with the shift in focus from the historical event of December 6, which he labeled as the “egregious criminal act of demolishing a centuries-old (Babri) Masjid.” He criticized the fact that the national discourse has veered towards speculation on political figures attending the inauguration rather than addressing the implications of the demolition.
In a social media post, Owaisi stated, “No political party is talking about December 6, the egregious criminal act of demolishing a centuries-old Masjid. The whole conversation is now about whether they’ll attend or not. The message to Indian Muslims is clear. We are expected to know our ‘aukaat’ in today’s India. We are expected to acquiesce silently.”
Expressing his dismay, Owaisi labeled the elevation of the demolition as a “moment of national pride” as ‘shameful.’ He emphasized that December 6 should be remembered as a black day for Indian democracy, the values of the freedom movement, and the rule of law.
In a separate appeal on January 10, Owaisi urged the youth of the Muslim community to remain vigilant regarding the activities of the BJP-led Centre. He specifically highlighted the need for mosques in the country to remain inhabited, expressing concern over the loss of the Babri Masjid.
“Young people, I am telling you, we have lost our Masjid, and you are seeing what is being done there. Don’t you have pain in your hearts?” Owaisi remarked during his appeal.
As the nation prepares for the Ayodhya temple inauguration, Owaisi’s critique calls for a deeper reflection on the historical events leading up to this moment, urging citizens to remember the significance of December 6 in the country’s democratic history.