Ram Temple to Ram Rajya
“Saugandh Ram Ki Khaate Hain, Hum Mandir Wahi Banayenge” was one among many such slogans that rented the air from billions of Ram Bhakts from the period starting mid-80s when the Sangh Pariwar commenced Ram Janma Bhoomi Mukti Yagna Samithi. On 9 November 2019, those slogans are all set to become a reality with the Supreme Court delivering a historic judgement in favour of the Hindus that paved the way for the construction of a grand temple for Shri Ram befitting his stature and personality.
The content of the verdict and its tone, tenor and texture was pleasing to billions of Ram Bhakts which clearly stated that “the faith and belief of billions of Hindus that Ram was indeed born there cannot be discarded” and hence the entire land belongs to the Hindus. The Sangh Pariwar had always maintained that “ultimately, the faith & belief must and will clinch the issue” which, of course, would be supported by evidence collected by the Archaeological Survey of India after the excavations.
By directing the government to allot five acres of land in Ayodhya to the Muslim community for constructing mosque, the Supreme Court has taken care to ensure that there is justice & equality to all; appeasement & discrimination of none. Perhaps it is because of this “sane, sober and matured” verdict that the Muslim community did not react adversely though the All India Muslim Personal Law Board did a flip-flop on the issue of filing review petition.
The Supreme Court had earlier ruled that the Mosque is not essential, not central and not integral part of Islam, after an elaborate argument for a considerable period of time. And the substantial reason that the Supreme Court found to deliver this historic verdict in favour of Ram Temple was the findings of the Archaeological Survey of India. The ASI, in its voluminous report, had clearly stated “that the mosque had no foundation of its own and it was a superficial structure that was built on pillars which was non-Islamic in character.”
Sangh Pariwar in general and BJP in particular had always maintained that the construction of a grand temple for Ram at Ayodhya – emulating Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel vis-a-vis Somnath – will pave the way for a harmonious co-existence of various communities. The verdict has exactly done just that. RSS Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagawat’s statement made immediately after the delivering of the verdict was laudable and welcomed by all section and strata of society. He said, “We welcome the verdict. Now is the time to forget the bitterness of the past. Let us move ahead to strengthen Bharat.”
It cannot be forgotten how the Congress and many non-BJP parties had projected Babri Masjid as symbol of secularism and had also opposed the construction of Ram Temple, both politically as well as legally in various courts. The Supreme Court verdict, however, effectively silenced the Congress, the Left parties, the shouting brigade and the Lutyens Media.
By Deepak Kumar Rath