Kalladaka, Dec. 16, 2019: The students of Sri Rama Vidyakendra Trust a private school, which is run by an RSS functionary, were made to re-enact the demolition of the Babri Masjid as part of a school programme at Kalladaka, Dakshina Kannada in Karnataka.
At least a hundred children are on stage – many of them in white shirts and white pants, and others in white shirts and saffron dhotis. They rush towards a huge poster of the Babri Masjid, as a narrator says on a loudspeaker: “They start demolishing the structure with anything they can get their hands on. With enthusiasm, Hanuman bhaktas with Hanuman’s anger, they bring down Babri structure. Bolo Shri Ramachandra ki, Jai!” As the proclamation of Ram’s name comes on the loudspeaker, the poster of Babri Masjid has been brought down by the students, and the children on stage are cheering and jumping in excitement.
When asked why a school owned by him would enact a communally-charged play, which goes against the Supreme Court’s observations on Babri Masjid demolition, Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat told TNM that he does not agree with the Supreme Court. “Even though the Supreme Court has said that what happened in Babri was wrong, we have questioned that part of the judgment itself. We cannot accept everything that is said in the judgment. I don’t agree with it,” Kalladka Bhat said.
The video of the event has gone viral on social media. It shows a bunch of children dressed in white and saffron rushing towards the huge Babri Masjid poster amid chants of ‘Shree Ram Chandra Ki Jai’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. A background voice recounts the 1992 incident when the Babri mosque in Ayodhya was demolished as students tear apart the poster and bring it down, while responding to slogans ‘Jai Hanuman and ’Bolo Bajrang Bali Ki Jai.’
Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers, DV Sadananda Gowda, and Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi were chief guests at the programme ’Kreedotsava’. It was held on Sunday evening at the Sri Rama Vidya Kendra at Kalladka near Mangalore.
“The school run by Prabhakar Bhat is making its students re-enact the demolition of the Babri Masjid. This is the future of education in India when the RSS-BJP takeover of our society is complete. And this is why it’s our duty to resist," tweeted Srivatsa YB, the national campaign in-charge of Indian Youth Congress.
Congress spokesperson VS Ugrappa said the agenda of the programme was “to impress upon the Hindus.”
"All such performances enabled the school ensure all its 3,800+ school children participate in the annual festival of Sri Rama Vidya kendra, Kalladka village, near Mangalore," she said.
Bedi later tweeted videos of the school children in a formation of the proposed Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.
Karnataka school run by RSS man makes kids ‘demolish’ Babri Masjid in a play— Sanyukta (@dramadhikari) December 16, 2019
The Chief Guests for the event were Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, DV Sadananda Gowda; Puducherry Governor Kiran Bedi; and several Ministers from Karnataka. pic.twitter.com/hVdqxvfdvI