Emphasising on the need to protect the secular fabric of Indian culture, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday said the country "survived" the demolition of Babri Masjid and learned to "overcome" though certain elements tried to create a rift between communities.
"For us as Indians, as society and civilisation, we have so much that others don't have.... When we were worrying about what had happened in Ayodhya, in Babri Masjid and everybody was wondering whether India will survive that moment or not. "It did look for a while that we would never be able to survive... but the good news is we survived and we learned to overcome... some extremely negative people decided to create a gap between people who lived together and will continue to live together for millenia, for centuries," he said.
Khurshid was addressing a gathering at the launch of 'The Archive of Indian Music' (AIM) in Delhi. It is the country's first Digital Sound Archive that digitizes and preserves old gramophone recordings of India and makes them readily available to people through an online portal. Among other dignitaries present at the launch of the website were former minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, Padma Vibhushan Sonal Mansingh, historian and archivist Boria Majumdar, member secretary of IGNCA Dipali Khanna and author and founder -trustee of AIM Vikram Sampath.