After 17 years—three more than Lord Rama‘s exile—and 48 six-monthly extensions, the Justice Manmohan Singh Liberhan commission’s Rs 7 crore quest into the “truth” behind the demolition of the Babri Masjid is bearing fruition. The Indian Express reports that the entire top leadership of the BJP—not just usual suspects like L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, but also Atal Behari Vajpayee—has been indicted by the commission along with the “cultural organisation”, RSS.
But, reveals the paper, the then prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, who took the UP chief minister Kalyan Singh‘s assurance on face value and presided over the demolition, has more or less got a clean chit. As indeed has Rajiv Gandhi, whose decision to open the locks of the masjid ostensibly to make up with Hindus for his government’s cop-out to Muslim fundamentalists in the Shah Bano episode.
What is the one question you are dying to ask Justice Liberhan? Keep your queries short, civil and quick.