After a long time, RSS remembered their promise to the voters about making Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Ashok Singhal has two dreams and that were of building the Ram Temple at Ram Janmabhoomi and spreading Vedic wisdom in the world. In a condolence meeting for VHP patron Ashok Singhal, Sangh Parivar pushed for construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat declared that serious attempts should be made to accomplish the Hindutva leader’s dream in this regard. As tributes were paid to Singhal, Bhagwat recalled Singhal’s last meeting with him earlier this month and said he wanted two things to be accomplished. The same should be accomplished by working sincerely towards them. The RSS supremo at the memorial service said, Singhal is no more but his thoughts are with us and the task he undertook (of building the Ram temple) yielded some results.
Bhagwat believes that if you want to develop Bharat, then Ram Temple would also have to be set up. Ashokji was never communal or divisive and sought to unify people. Stepping up pressure for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Vishwa Hindu Parishad emphasized that the ruling BJP at the Centre cannot afford to fail its electors on the “core issue” and must deliver on it. BJP’s manifesto, which mentions the Ram Temple among its core issues, the Hindu outfit said it was sure the party would not like to face the next election with the “failure tag”. Ram Temple was BJP’s core issue. Recently, BJP President Amit Shah had also given a statement that the party lacked the majority needed to address the matter and it stemmed from the fact that the leader himself described Ram Temple as a core issue.
The Hindu outfit’s ‘Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal’, a body of top religious leaders, had resolved at its recent meeting in Hardwar that a delegation of saints would be formed to take up the matter with the government so that impediments are removed. VHP’s Margdarshak Mandal is again meeting in Maharashtra later this month and is likely to further deliberate on the issue. Interestingly, more than two decades after the demolition of the Babri Mosque voters who once dumped BJP on the failure of building Ram Temple, have moved on. The construction of a Ram temple, they believe, is no longer an electoral issue.
The Ayodhya dispute is a political, historical and socio-religious debate in India, centered on a plot of land in the city of Ayodhya, located in Faizabad district, Uttar Pradesh. The main issues revolve around access to a site traditionally regarded among Hindus to be the birthplace of the Hindu deity Rama, the history and location of the Babri Mosque at the site, and whether a previous Hindu temple was demolished or modified to create the mosque.
Ram Janmabhoomi, which at one point was the BJP’s key electoral floorboard and part of its political chronicle, did not find a mention in a speech by the Narendra Modi, nowadays. Although, an artist’s depiction of the temple formed the backdrop to the stage during Lok Sabha election where Modi himself spoke about “Ram Rajya”.
The provocative agenda— a move to build a Ram Temple in place of the razed Babri Mosque in Ayodhya—has been pushed to the margins of the BJP’s Lok Sabha manifesto. BJP reiterates its stand to explore all possibilities within the framework of the Constitution to facilitate the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, was all that the party said on the last page of its list of promises in its manifesto.
The Babri Mosque was destroyed by hardline Hindu activists during a political rally which turned into a riot on 6th of December, 1992. A subsequent land title case was lodged in the Allahabad High Court, the verdict of which was pronounced on 30th September, 2010. In the landmark hearing, the three judges of The Allahabad High Court ruled that the 2.77 acres (1.12 hectares) of Ayodhya land be divided into 3 parts, with 1/3 going to the Ram Lalla or Infant Rama represented by the Hindu Maha Sabha for the construction of the Ram temple, 1/3 going to the Islamic Sunni Waqf Board and the remaining 1/3 going to a Hindu religious denomination Nirmohi Akhara. While the three-judge bench was not unanimous that the disputed structure was constructed after demolition of a temple, it did agree that a temple or a temple structure predated the mosque at the same site. The excavations by the Archaeological Survey of India were heavily used as evidence by the court that the predating structure was a massive Hindu religious building.
Looking at all political developments, let’s see how BJP fulfills the dream of Ashok Singhal by building Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.