On December 6, 1956, Ambedkar attained immortality. The whole country plunged into sorrow. Statesmen across the world expressed their grief and highlighted his greatness. Jawaharlal Nehru said that, “B R Ambedkar deserves to be remembered always by us because of his fight against social injustice; the great service that he had rendered in framing the constitution of India.”
On December 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished. It was a leap ahead for the right-wing fundamentalist forces towards majoritarianism. The demolition of the mosque was a clear break from what our Constitution or freedom struggle stood for.
During the independence movement, Hindus and Muslims fought shoulder to shoulder against imperialists. The seeds of distrust and disharmony were sown in those days which resulted in the horrendous partition of the subcontinent. Even after that horrific event, India, its leaders, its constitution and above all the common people refused to accept religion as the demarcating line of society and instead chose tolerance, plurality and secularism as the binders of society.