It was his 100th birth anniversary, he was a Congress Prime Minister, yet on this day there was the least minimum mention of the former PM by the Congress party.
Rather, those who remembered him, even applauded him were the PM, the VP – both from the BJP.
And not without cause.
Rewind to 1992 and the Ramjanambhoomi movement. The right-wing mobs mobilized by the BJP-VHP-RSS had gathered in Ayodhya at the site of the Babri Masjid. Their intentions were clear. The CM in UP was Kalyan Singh of the BJP, his inaction was already demonstrated. It was now upto the Union, the PM to act. Frantic calls were made to the PM, the HM minister and so on. The PM decided not to send in central forces, citing the promises of Kalyan Singh to bring the situation under control.
That did not happen. The mosque was brought down, with Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharathi, among others, celebrating the event. They knew they had made a huge political breakthrough which would catapult the BJP to 183 seats in the next parliament.
Ever since it has been whispered that Narasimha Rao, who had a ‘sangh mentality’ as pointed out by the eminent journalist and former High Commissioner to UK, Kuldip Nayar, was in cahoots with the those who conspired to bring down the mosque, making way for the rise of the BJP and hindutva politics. If the mosque had not come down, there would be no BJP in power today, PM would still be some sort of a pracharak, Venkaiah Naidu at best would have remained in state politics.
Whatever the reason Narasimha Rao failed to send in central forces to prevent the demolition of the mosque, which he should have as the writing on the wall regarding the fate of the mosque was clear that day, the fact is he did not do what he should have: send in central forces. The price of his inaction as PM, or collusion if it was, on that fateful day is being paid by a India today torn asunder by religion and communalism.