Atal Behari Vajpayee, the civilised mukhauta (mask) of the uncivil
Sangh, has always had his way of hunting with the hound and running
with the hare. He has, in the words of the late Kamlapati Tripathy,
perfected the art of speaking with a forked tongue.
Sangh has consistently used him to project a softer face while
engaging in violent, hate-driven politics. That is the reason the
Sangh’s former high-faulting jargon maker Govindacharya described
him as the mukhauta of the Sangh.
Liberhan Commission report has disturbed the hornet nest called the
Sangh Parivar. Instead of coming clean on the anti-national
conspiracy to trigger nationwide anti-Muslim riots by demolishing
the Babri Masjid, they have announced their intent to “take an
aggressive stance” on the enquiry report. That is what we call
“chori aur seena-zori ”.
Virtually every Sanghi is asking with an expression of injured
innocence: “How come a gentleman like Vajpayeeji has been dragged
into the demolition episode?” Even the hero of Ayodhya destruction,
Mr LK Advani, has claimed to be surprised at the inclusion of Mr
Vajpayee in Liberahan’s list of the indicted.
Ayodhya crime took place on December 6, 1992. The Sangh combine is
saying Mr Vajpayee was not there in Ayodhya on that fateful day. It
is half true, as any other Sangh declaration is. The fact is that he
was merely at a couple of hours drive from Ayodhya, sitting in
Lucknow in the evening of December 5, 1992. He said there that he
had come to Lucknow to go to Ayodhya to participate in Kar Seva the
handlers, the RSS bosses, decided that the mukhauta should not be
seen in the company of the vandals destroying the Babri Masjid. He
said he was to proceed to Ayodhya when he was asked to go back. He
said, “Mujhe kaha gaya hai ki tum Dilli wapas jao.”
his familiar blow-hot blow-cold style the honourable Mr Vajpayee did
everything to aggravate the communal tension and create enough
hysteria to demolish the mosque. He blew hot saying he did not know
what was going to happen at Ayodha the next day: “Mein nahin jaanta
ki kal wahaan kya hoga.” The honourable Mr Vajpayee knew everything,
but he knew nothing.
very well knew what the kar sevaks and their ringleaders were up to.
His veiled, “Mein nahin jaanta ki kal wahaan keya hoga” was, in
fact, a rhetorical way of saying, “I know that tomorrow our parivar
is going to commit a dastardly act”. This was his way of blowing
cynicism and evil intent of the Sangh was reflected clearly in his
remark that the ground would have to be levelled there (at Ayodhya):
“Wahaan zameen ko samtal karna padega.” Naturally, what he meant was
clear: that the Babri Masjid would have to be demolished and the
ground to be levelled for a Ram temple to be built on it.
Liberahan report has indicted Mr Vajpayee for his role in the crime.
His name figures even ahead of Mr Advani. Some newspapers have a
full report of what he said on December 5, 1992. That shows how
deeply he was involved. The Sangh had not hatched the conspiracy by
keeping him out of the loop.
staged another charade in Delhi soon after the Ayodhya crime. He
announced that he was to take sanyas from politics. If somebody was
foolish enough (which quite enough journalists were) he or she would
believe that he was going to renounce politics. How true the
honourable Mr Vajpayee was to his word can be known from the fact
that he went on to become India’s prime minister twice, the first
time for a humiliatingly short time.
that he has been forced out of politics by bad health and old age Mr
Vajpayee cannot claim that he has voluntarily taken sanyas.
Originally, the sanyas was meant to convey some measure of
disapproval of the demolition.
honourable Mr Vajpayee’s words and deeds have wrought serious damage
in the past. The blood of hundreds of innocent Muslims is as much on
his head as anybody else’s in the Sangh. On the day his first
government was brought down unceremoniously the late Comrade CB
Gupta told the Lok Sabha that the blood of 900 innocent people
massacred in Nellie in the 80s was also on Mr Vajpayee’s head, who
had triggered the bloodbath with his hate speech immediately before
Mr Vajpayee is an honourable man, above suspicion, above blame.
The writer is General Secretary, All
India Milli Council