An Open Letter to Sreekumar – An Analytical response to ex-IPS polemics

· Date:April 29, 2009

This epistle stems as a response to a news item I read in The New Indian Express of 28 Apr 2009 entitled An open letter to L.K. Advani ” , written by you. Since your complete letter was not carried by the daily , but only excerpts , my response perforce will be limited only to (a) Ayodhya , (b)


2002 and (c) scriptural justification for violence. 

At the outset , my apologies in this response getting long winded . However , brevity cannot be at the expense of facts. Im sure youll understand .



You have waxed eloquent by terming the demolition of the Babri Masjid as   – – – Satanic acts were the handiwork of miscreants owing allegiance to the BJP €
 .
 It therefore becomes necessary to highlight the tortuous course the Ayodhya dispute has taken over the past six decades , in the first instance , to put the issue in perspective. 


Caught in the Web of the  Law Courts


 What started as a simple  title suit  at the turn ofIndependence  in an Indian  Court of Law , got transformed into a Presidential reference of 07 Jan 1993  Whether a Hindu Temple or any religious structure existed prior to the construction of the Ram Janma Bhumi Babri Masjid ( including the premises of the inner and outer courtyards of such structure ) in the areas on which the structure stood ?
In simple terms, for 44 years, our Courts of law  Decided not to decide!!  Let me put it to you in chronological sequence!! 




 Their Lordships of the Allahabad High Court had observed then : It is very desirable that a suit of this kind is decided as soon as possible , and it is regretted that it remains undecided after four years. The delay appears to be principally due to the fact that the record of the proceedings in the trial court was summoned by this court in 1953 on the application of the present appellants. Had this not been done , the suit would probably by now have been decided . – – -We , however , consider it extremely desirable that the suit should be disposed of at once and we accordingly direct that the record of proceedings is sent back to the lower court. €




  In the intervening 34 years , the only contribution of the judicial process was that instead of two suits , there were five. All of them were taken over by the High Court . A Special Bench of three judges was constituted to hear them together.




  On 12 Jan 1990 , the Supreme Court advised the Allahabad High Court : If thedefendants press the contention regarding the maintainability grounded upon limitation to be raised as the preliminary issue , the High Court which is trying the case will do well to entertain the request .€
 The Allahabad High Court refused to heed the counsel of the Supreme Court , and by its order of 22 Aug 1990 , refused to decide any issue as a preliminary issue. An
appeal was filed against that order with the Supreme Court in Sep 1990 , for if the suits were not maintainable at all , the matter would be over . Nothing was done . The appeal remained pending.





  In Oct 1991 , the U.P. Government took over the land under and around the structure.Writs were filed both in the High Court and the Supreme Court against the acquisition. On

15 Nov 1991

, the Supreme Court transferred all the writs to the High Court . It said that the High Court was taking over the case for final disposal.





  Even in Jul 1992 , the hearings were going on in the High Court . When Kar Seva beganin Jul 1992, the Supreme Court said that if the U.P. Government could stop the Kar Seva, the Supreme Court would would transfer the acquisition cases to itself and decide them all together. The Kar Seva was stopped. But the Supreme Court eventually decided not to take over the cases on the ground that the hearings before the High Court were in an advanced stage. It however stressed that the High Court should expedite the hearings and decide the case expeditiously. 

Kar Seva was once again set for

06 Dec 1992

. The High Court concluded its hearings on 04 Nov1992. The U.P. Government and others repeatedly requested it to deliver its judgement, one way or the other. Nothing happened. Instead, one of the judges proceeded on leave. The inevitable happened on

06 Dec 1992

. The High Court delivered its judgement on

11 Dec 1992



1993 :

  The Presidential Reference quoted above. Nothing happened. As stated earlier , Their Lordships of the Supreme Court decided not to decide. However , the judgement stated (para 57) : – – – -. The Hindu community must, therefore, bear the CROSS on its chest, for the misdeed of the miscreants reasonably suspected to belong to their religious fold.

 I quote the Belgian historian Dr. Koenraad Elst on his take on the foregoing sentence of thejudgement. €œThis illustrates nicely what we had all suspected for a long time: the English speaking elite in


has preserved the mind-set of the Christian British colonial rulers. The ruling class has borrowed its secularism from the anti-religious reaction in the late-Christian West. India is still under BROWN SAHIB colonial domination, and the legal apparatus which denies Hindus the right to their sacred site can, in circumstances critical to the establishments legitimacy, still be used as an instrument of colonial oppression.€
A telling comment indeed!!




   Nothing happened in the intervening period!! However, on

22 Aug 2003

, after morethan half-a-century of judicial pussyfooting, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) handed a sensitive report to the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court. The ASI had been mandated by the Court to excavate the foundation level underneath and around the demolished Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. In the winter of 2002-2003 the Court had ordered a search of the site with a ground penetrating radar by the company Tojo Vikas International Ltd., which had been used during the survey for the Delhi Metro Rail. Canadian geophysicist Claude Robillard concluded from the scans that there was some structure beneath the demolished masjid ( 19 Mar 2003). It was on this basis that the ASI undertook the excavation work. 

 There the matter RsIP todate !! Need anything further be stated on the state of the judicial process in 


?  But to our secularists , like you ,  the Sangah Parivar are the villains!! Jai Ho!! 


Archaeological Evidence

:From published scholarly treatises , it can be discerned that between1975-1980, the ASI under the directorship of Prof. (Dr) B.B. Lal , a former Director General of the ASI, undertook an extensive programme of excavations at Ayodhya, including the very mound of the Ramjanmabhumi on which the so-called  Janmasthan Masjid or Babri Masjid once stood till

06 Dec 1992

. At Ayodhya, Prof. Lal excavated 14 trenches at different locations in order to ascertain the antiquity of the site. According to Prof. Lal, based his findings following the excavations, the history of the township was at least three thousand years old, if not more, and that at the Ramjhanmabhumi there stood a HUGE STRUCTURE on a parallel series of square pillar bases built of several courses of bricks and stones. When seen in the light of 20 black stone pillars, 16 of which were found REUSED AND STANDING IN POSITION AS CORNER STONES OF THE BABRI MASJID DOME STRUCTURE, Prof Lal CONCLUDED THAT THE PILLAR BASES WOULD HAVE BELNGED TO A HINDU TEMPLE THAT PREDATED THE BABRI MASJID. 

 Authenticating Prof Lal is this statement of Shri K.K. Muhammad , Deputy SuperintendentArchaeologist (

Madras Circle

) as appeared in the English daily, Indian Express on

15 Dec 1990

: I can reiterate this (ie. The existence of the



before it was displaced by the Babri Masjid) with greater authority for I was the only Muslim who had participated in the Ayodhya excavations in 1976-77 under Prof. Lal as a trainee. I have visited the excavation near the Babri site and seen the excavated pillar bases. The JNU historians have highlighted ONLY ONE PART OF OUR FINDINGS WHILE SUPPRESSING THE OTHER.€
Muhammad went to add: Ayodhya is as holy to the Hindus as 


is to the Muslims; Muslims should respect the sentiments of their Hindu brethren and voluntarily hand over the structure for constructing theRama Temple.€

 In his treatise The Baburi Masjid €
, R.Nath wrote:
The foregoing study of the architectureand site of the Baburi Masjid has shown, unequivocally and without any doubt, that it stands on the site of a Hindu Temple which originally existed in the Ramkot on the bank of the river Sarayu, and Hindu temple material has also been used in its construction.

 As the Belgian scholar, Dr. Koenraad Elst has succinctly summed up this needless controversy:Science has made considerable progress, to the point of being able to decide many historical riddles such as whether a given site has a history as a place of worship. With the modern techniques available, it is rather absurd that there should be a controversy over such a simple and easily verifiable yes/no game over the existence of temple remains at the disputed site, when the matter could be scientifically decided in no time. Worse, even when science was called in to decide, the procedure was opposed by, of all people, the most EMINENT ACADEMICS. And when the scientific findings were made public, they were furiously denounced by more academics. – – – -. I for one want to be counted among those who defend the freedom of research and the scientific method, rather than among those who shriek and howl about some evil spirit in whose name EVERY LIE becomes justified, and whom THEY CALL SECULARISM. €
 May I add, as your letter does, Mr. Sreekumar , just as THEIR EMINENCES OF THE JNU/AMU STABLES€ did at that juncture!!

 The Govt. Sponsored VHP / AIBMAC Debates :  Now to an unreported-in-the-media fact!!Soon after it took office in Nov. 1990, the Chandra Shekhar government was advised by (late) Shri Rajiv Gandhi to narrow down the Ayodhya dispute to the specific point whether the Babri Masjid had replaced a pre-existing Hindu temple. The First meeting between the VHP and the All India Babri Masjid Action Committee (AIBMAC) took place on

01 Dec 1990

in the presence of Shri Subodh Kant Sahay, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs (MoS), Shri Sharad Pawar, Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Shri Mulayum Singh Yadav, the CMs of Maharashtra, Rajasthan and U.P. respectively. After preliminary discussions the meeting was adjourned to

04 Dec 1990


 During the second meeting it was AGREED by both sides that (a) both sides will furnish theirevidence to the MoS by

22 Dec 1990

; (b) the MoS would make photocopies of the evidences by

25 Dec 1990

; (c) the two parties would then meet on

10 Jan 1991

for reviewing the evidence. A brief summary of the respective evidence presented by both sides is appended below and makes for interesting reading!! This is available in open source publications!! And yet, went unreported in the media!! 


The VHP Evidence

  The evidence submitted by the VHP was precise and within the parameterslaid down by the Government. All its documents were centered on the point that the Babri Masjid had replaced a pre-existing Ramjhanmabhoomi Mandir. Moreover the documents were summarized in a covering note setting out clearly the only conclusions that could be drawn. 


The AIBMAC Evidence


  The evidence submitted by the AIBMAC experts was no more


pile of papers, most of them being newspaper articles written by sundry scribes and prolific in polemics rather than hard facts and rigorous logic. To cite one example from this pile will be useful!! The AIBMAC had submitted as evidence that Ram was born in


, in the


, in


, in


, in


, in Ayodhya at a different site, in some unknown place and finally not at all etc. So,, of each of the 8 evidences cited, 7 contradict the other!! Some Eminent Historians these, that made the AIBMAC team of experts!! Rightly has it been termed by many sane scholars as History v/s Causitary!!

There you have it Mr. Sreekumar. It doesnt need extraordinary rocket science genius to see who was in the right and who was bluffing and filibustering. Yet, it is the Sangh Parivar that must be condemned!! Thats Nehruvian Secularism, for you and me!! For me , the Ayodhya imbroglio is a shameful commentary on the judicial process in


. No more. No less please. As Arun Shourie rightly puts it : The second lesson is even more specific, and I am sorry to say that the courts are even more directly responsible for it.  – – But the courts have compounde

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  1. Sarge Reply

    April 29, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Wonderfully written!!
    Congrats to the author !! This officer Srikumar may have some past grudge against Gujarath or any of its ministers. What is the best way to kick back at the them? Preach about “secualarism” and get on a moral high-horse and start bitching about Gujarath and its people. The pseudo-secular media would give him enough publicity. 5

  2. narendran Reply

    April 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    A letter from an American congress woman Betty McCollum to Rice that influenced the decision to deny a visa to Modi contains the following…. “Since 2005, Chief Minister Narendra Modi has continued to violate the religious freedoms of not only Indian Muslims, but also Christians. Mr. Modi has used state police forces to routinely beat Christian pastors and priests”

    Both Ms. Teesta Setalvad and retired Gujarat police official RB Sreekumar from India for whom a grand US lecture tour was arranged by the Church mafia in India with its American counter parts were in the forefront of that campaign.

    It will be seen that the lecture tour was arranged more to drum up the propaganda that the Christians in Gujarat were being thrown to the hungry Gir lions like their Roman Christian ancestors were thrown to African lions by emperor Caligula two thousand years back than to weep for Muslims of India .How can one expect an American administration that has murdered innocent Muslims in tens of thousands and displaced millions of them to have any sympathy for Muslims?. What won the case for the rabid religious fundamentalist of both Muslim and Christian hues of Indian origin in the America of Bush was not on account of any sympathy for Muslims but Sreekumar’s lies about Christian persecution as he was one of the police offers in Gujarat during those times. He is merely using Muslim shoulders to fire his guns on behalf of his Christian religious mafia paymasters.

    You cannot expect Sreekumar to keep quiet after enjoying an all paid U.S tour and that too in the company of a buxom woman.


  3. Vijayalakshmi Reply

    April 30, 2009 at 4:50 am

    Open letter……….
    Congratulations to Mr.H. Balakrishnan for his detailed rejoinder to Mr.R.B. Sreekumar!The following is the letter which I sent to ‘The New Indian Express’:

    With reference to Mr R.B.Sreekumar’s open letter to Mr L.K.Advani (TNIE, Apr 28,2009), it is most unfortunate that the former Gujarat DGP has taken to irresponsible political activism, which has kept him in the dubious company of activists like Teesta Setelvad and the like. Despite his attempts to show off his Hindu credentials, it is obvious that his knowledge and understanding of Hinduism and Hindu organisations is minimal, and biased to boot. Hindus are by nature secular. So his lofty pontifications should have been for the non-Hindus, specifically the intolerant muslims and christians. Obviously, he does not have the guts to preach to them!

    Mr Sreekumar exhibits his ignorance of Indian history, his warped pseudo-secular mindset and perhaps even selective amnesia! Such a person cannot portray himself as a representative of hindus, who have been at the receiving end of sporadic islamic and christian intolerance , especially during hindu festivities. It is an irrefutable fact that the post-Godhra riots were the result of the spontaneous outrage at the gruesome Godhra train carnage, which was perpetrated by a mob of muslims. Similarly, the Khandamal riots were the result of the spontaneous outrage at the cold-blooded murder of the venerated Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his disciples by mercenaries at the behest of the local christians.

    By now, hindus are fed up with the double standards preached and practised by the so-called secularists, who have of late, begun to demonise hindus with impunity. At the same time, these ‘seculars’ studiously avoid to even vaguely criticize muslims and christians, whatever be their fault. Political activists like Mr Sreekumar and Ms Teesta Setelvad must realize the dangerous divisive game they are playing by driving a wedge between the so-c 5

  4. Vijayalakshmi Reply

    April 30, 2009 at 5:07 am

    Open letter………..
    Political activists like Mr Sreekumar and Ms Teesta Setelvad must realize the dangerous divisive game they are playing by driving a wedge between the so-called minorities and the majority community, who are actually considered only as second-class citizens by the ‘seculars’. It is the reverse discrimination against hindus which made them desperate to demolish the Babri structure, which they considered a symbol of India’s shame. For muslims, their mosque is only a place of worship, which many islamists themselves blow up, because there are no consecrated images in the sanctum sanctorum as in hindu temples. Very often they conduct mass prayers on the roads. The dilapidated Babri structure was never in use for many years. Since Lord Ram is the favourite God of most north Indians, their wish for building a grand temple for Lord Ram at His birthplace of Ayodhya should have been granted, in all fairness. Ram is to Ayodhya, what Mohammad is to Mecca, and Jesus is to Jerusalem. Infact, the temple means more to hindus because Lord Ram is God-incarnate, whereas the other two are only messengers of Allah/God. What kind of secularism is it that denies the majority hindus their right to build a temple in their sacred land? Has not Mr Sreekumar seen the partially demolished temples of Kashi and Mathura, with mosques built alongside the temples, which speaks volumes for the arrogance of the moghuls? Only a lowly hindu who lacks self-respect can look at that sight without a pang!

    Most of the Hindus are aware of the sham secularism of the Congress and other pseudo-secular parties, who are vying with each other for garnering the votes of the muslims and christians, by promising more and more special privileges for them at the cost of the hindus. BJP alone guarantees equality to all, with emphasis on the welfare of every section of the society. BJP does not practise the ‘divide and rule’ policy of the Congress and non-BJP, ‘secular’ parties. People are intel 5

  5. Vijayalakshmi Reply

    April 30, 2009 at 5:17 am

    Open letter…….

    People are intelligent enough to use their own judgement about the BJP and its enemies, who are also enemies of the nation.


    May 1, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Sure to get some awards
    It is the primary requirement for an award from the Secular Mafia. Now the part is played. Awaiting for the reward (award) !!! 5

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