Unanimous Judgement on Ayodhya by the five-judge bench of Supreme Court corrects a historical wrong. Even as majority of Hindus and Muslims have accepted the apex court’s verdict with grace, the Left-leaning coterie is out with its dirty game to create a fear psychosis among Muslims.
The ninth day of November 2019 will be etched in the history of Indian subcontinent forever. Future generations across the subcontinent will remember this date as the day when balm was applied to a wound that had been festering for centuries.
Yes, I am talking about the unanimous verdict of a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court that ruled in favour of the Hindu community and handed them the entire Ram Janmabhoomi sthan (Ram’s birth place) at Ayodhya. The apex court in its 1045-page judgement accepted the evidence that Hindus had been worshiping the Janmasthan ever since Bhagwan Ram was born and that this 2.77 acre land is as venerable and sacrosanct as the Ram idol and his temple.
It’s after a long fight which lasted 491 years that Hindus can now dream of getting unfettered access to the Ram Janmabhoomi sthan at Ayodhya.
The big question is why did it take this long? Archaeological excavations, reams of literature, historical proofs, numerous books and other evidence clearly pointed towards the existence of a magnificent Ram Janmabhoomi Temple at this Janmasthan site in Ayodhya. And yet it took five centuries to reclaim the revered temple land at Ayodhya. Even independent India took seven decades to come to this conclusion.
Commies and their influence in stalling the Ayodhya resolution
Soon after independence British handed over the reins of India to Cambridge-educated Jawaharlal Nehru, who then imported and implemented the Western concepts of a nation state. The anglicized Nehru relegated all indigenous cultural richness of India into the dustbin. At that time the world was vertically split into capitalism and communism blocs and Nehru took a principled stand of not joining either of the two blocs. However, Nehru believed in Fabian Socialism—a form of socialism that relies in propagating socialist and communist thoughts through literature, art and history books. Nehru’s patronage of socialists meant that all forms of creative landscape in the country were occupied by the communists. And this was it. Even as India adopted a secular constitution and donned the secular fabric, the communist forces invaded creative fields and academia.
Creative fields and academia are soft powers that have the potential to influence an individual’s thinking. And this explains the 70-year delay by independent India in resolving the Ayodhya dispute.
A large majority of the Indian society was made to overlook country’s cultural glory, the historical wrongs committed by barbaric invaders were painted as acts of courage. As a nation we forgot to take pride in our glorious past. Simultaneously, alien role models were created and Ram was relegated to being a mythological figure who needed to be forgotten by this modern Indian society.
Yet, thanks to the collective cultural wisdom of Indian society and strong family values where Bhagwan Ram occupies prime importance, Hindus never forget their identity.
Immediately after India’s independence, Hindu society made its first attempt to wrest back Ram Janmabhoomi in December 1949 by placing idols of Ram Lalla inside the Ram Janmasthan at Ayodhya. Courts granted permission to the Hindus for puja (worship). Courts also declined to order the removal of Ram Lalla idols and prohibited Muslims within 200 feet of the idols.
In February 1986, courts ordered that locks at Ram Janmabhoomi must be removed. This gave full access to Hindus to worship Ram Lalla. In fact, during the reign of three Prime Ministers –V P Singh, Chandrashekhar, and Narsimha Rao several attempts were made to resolve this contentious issue. During the tenure of former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar (November 1990- June 1991) Hindus and Muslims had almost resolved the dispute, when Muslims had agreed to hand over the Ram Janmabhoomi sthan (2.77 acre) to Hindus. But then the vicious Historians (read fiction writers) such as Romila Thapar, Irfan Habib, DN Jha and their ilk started a malicious propaganda that flared up the emotions of Muslims and the talks fell apart.
The discontent among Hindus kept simmering and gradually the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement gained momentum. The indiscriminate firing on karsevaks (temple volunteers) on 30th October 1990 and again on 2nd November 1990 in which thousands of innocent karsevaks were killed only strengthened the resolve of Hindus to wrest back Ram Janmabhoomi sthan. The killings and police brutalities fuelled passions and the subsequent mass frenzy led Hindus to demolish that symbol of slavery–Babri Masjid, on 6th December 1992.
It needs to be borne in mind that even at the height of frenzy of the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement all other mosques in Ayodhya remained safe, the karsevaks demolished only the Babri Masjid.
This brings to mind the most endearing question, as to what is so special about this Ram Janmabhoomi Temple and the Ram Janmasthan at Ayodhya for Hindus? What is it in that 2.77 acre land at Ayodhya which makes Hindus so attached with this land parcel. Well, before answering I pose a counter-question: What is so special about the Mecca and Medina for Muslims? Or, what’s so special for Jews and Christians in Jerusalem? Ayodhya holds such primary importance for Hindus. Not only the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple but even the plot of land where Bhagwan Ram was born—the Ram Janmasthan, is revered by Hindus across the world.
Temple of venerable deities can be built at any place in the world but their place of birth is one such unique location that cannot be transferred. Bhagwan Ram’s birthplace is permanent, irrevocable, immutable, invariable, irreplaceable, incontrovertible, indisputable, undeniable and can never be forfeited.
After marathon arguments during the hearings in Ayodhya case, the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court was convinced about this fact and ruled in favour of the Ram Janmabhoomi sthan.
“…Faith and belief of the Hindus as depicted by the evidence on record clearly establish that the Hindus belief that at the birth place of Lord Ram, the Mosque was constructed and three-dome structure is the birth place of Lord Ram…” read the unanimous judgement of the five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court.
Hindus and a large majority of Muslims looked upon Babri Masjid as a symbol of barbarism that was thrust upon the country by Babur and his army of savages. The nation felt, and rightly so, that Babri Masjid was built only with an objective to show and prove to the then Indian society, during sixteenth century, that Mughal invaders have become the new masters who now have control on every aspect of the lives of Indians which included their revered Gods and their temples.
Babur was the victor in 1526 and to assert his victory over the indigenous Hindu population he had to inflict a deep wound on the collective psyche of the nation. And invaders choose local populace’s women and their Gods to assert their superiority. The marauding armies of Babur raped women and his commander Mir Baki demolished the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple at Ayodhya. The message from the Mughal invaders was quite clear: ‘We have your women and we have demolished the home of your God. Now subjugate’. A large portion of indigenous population did convert to Islam for fear of their lives, yet a few chose death over conversion and kept up fighting. During the four year of Babur’s rein (1526-1530) Hindus fought 4 battles to regain control of the Ram Janmasthan at Ayodhya. They lost these battles. And the Babri Masjid stood majestically reminding them of their defeat and savagery of Mughal invaders. This baton of resistance kept on passing to the subsequent Hindu generations to wrest back control of the Ram Janmbhoomi sthan. Till the year 1934, Hindus had fought 76 battles to regain control of the Janmasthan at Ayodhya.
For Hindus, a temple at the Ram Janmabhoomi sthan is not an issue of mere bricks and mortar. It is an issue of our cultural resurgence and identity where Shri Rama, as maryada purushottam, has a prime place of importance. The movement is an expression of the collective consciousness of the Hindu ethos.
Unfortunately after India’s independence petty politicians with vested interests, a bunch of Left-leaning historians (read fiction writers) and journalists misguided Muslims into believing that Babri Masjid stood for their Islamic identity. This was utterly false. This Left-leaning coterie never told gullible Muslim masses that Babri Masjid was built against the basic Islamic tenets. Islam mandates that mosques should never be built on a land forcefully taken away or after demolishing religious structures of other faith.
After unanimous verdict of the Supreme Court, learned and level-headed Muslims have said that they want to move ahead. Iqbal Ansari, one of the litigants for Muslims in Ayodhya case, said that he wholeheartedly accepts the Supreme Court verdict. “I respect the judgement of the Supreme Court,” Ansari said soon after the apex court’s unanimous verdict on the Ayodhya dispute. Iqbal Ansari is the son of Hashim Ansari who was one of the original litigants in the Ram Janmabhoomi Ayodhya case. Hashim Ansari died three years ago. “We will not challenge the court verdict. We are very happy with the decision,” Iqbal Ansari said.
Ditto for other Muslim leaders such as Tarek Fatah, eminent Islamic scholar, Syed Waseem Rizvi, chairman Shia Central Waqf Board, Zafar Sareshwala, former chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University and several others who have gracefully accepted the verdict. However, as the nation is rejoicing and there appears to be a bonhomie among Hindus and Muslims this Left coterie has once again begun to raise its ugly head. Rather than accept the Supreme Court verdict with finality they have started nit-picking in the unanimous judgement. This Left cabal is now shouting that the Supreme Court verdict puts faith above facts and that gross injustice has been done to the Muslims!
Generations of Hindus have been defensive about their faith and culture. It’s time to come out of this shell and take these detractors head on with renewed vigour. Muslims need to realize that this opportunist-Leftist cabal is laying a trap for them. Rather than accept the Supreme Court’s unanimous judgement this band of fiction writers are out once again to create a fear psychosis amongst the minds of Indian Muslims. But these fissiparous forces must not succeed this time. We Hindus fought with grit to wrest back Ram Janmasthan at Ayodhya, this time we need to stand solidly with our Muslim brethren to brace against this fake communist propaganda.
It’s high time this opportunist coterie is unmasked who have developed a knack of finding problems for every solution.