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.
In an unprecedented manner, in the early morning hours of 28th August, 2018, the Pune - Maharashtra police, assisted by local state police, simultaneously launched a multi-state raid in the houses of 5 prominent human rights activist in Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Thane, arresting
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,