The motto of our Indian Politicians has always been to remain in power whatever the cost to the nation may be. This scenario is existing right from 15th August 1947- Midnight Children. To be elected next time they had to face elections and lo and behold, Voters became God and winning elections became life savings to most of the politicians. The well being of voter had become more important than Citizen Indians. To satisfy the hunger of power, Indian people were divided into Majority and minority.
The majority was always a divided house but minority stood like rock bottom and converged their interests to focal points and voted en mass as a vote block. Therefore the politicians used this vote block of minority in their interests to remain in power. From this point onward the policy of minority appeasement started.
History was provided proofs that various Hindu temples were demolished and Mosques were built in their places by using the same pillars and other same materials. On such places, minority was assured that these structures would remain the same and minority would use them as per their religious places. Nobody cared for a divided Hindus on caste, creed basis, a fragmented house.
As this promise was not sufficient, under V P Singh government, a solid base was provided to the status quo and Parliament passed “The Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991”. The biggest irony of Hindus is and was they were and are not converse with the various provisions of this act. The main provisions of this act are;
1. It extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
2. The provisions of under mentioned sections shall come into force at once and the remaining provisions of this Act shall be deemed to have come into force on the 11th day of July, 1991.
A. Bar of conversion of places of worship.—No person shall convert any place of worship of any religious denomination or any section thereof into a place of worship of a different section of the same religious denomination or of a different religious denomination or any section thereof.
B.Punishment for contravention of above section;
Whoever contravenes the provisions of this section, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine.
3. It is hereby declared that the religious character of a place of worship existing on the 15th day of August, 1947 shall continue to be the same as it existed on that day.
4. If, on the commencement of this Act, any suit, appeal or other proceeding with respect to the conversion of the religious character of any place of worship, existing on the 15th day of August, 1947, is pending before any court, tribunal or other authority, the same shall abate, and no suit, appeal or other proceeding with respect to any such matter shall lie on or after such commencement in any court, tribunal or other authority
5. Act not to apply to Ram Janma Bhumi-Babri Masjid.—nothing contained in this Act shall apply to the place or place of worship commonly known as Ram Janma Bhumi-Babri Masjid situated in Ayodhya in the State of Uttar Pradesh and to any suit, appeal or other proceeding relating to the staid place or place of worship.
6. Therefore sufficient precaution was kept in this act to save this matter from this act, but Hindus were barred from raising any other issue.
The readers shall be able to interpret this act and shall be able to judge the weight age and seriousness of this act in the light of Supreme Court pending matter. What was the need for such act, the interpretation may be;
a. To provide solid base to keep the status quo as existing on 15th August 1947 .
b. To provide a safety valve to Ayodhya issue.
Till Supreme Court decision comes, the benefit of doubt goes to which section of society, only time can tell.