Sunday, January 10, 2016

Ram Temple to be built in place of Babri Mosque

Remember the destroyed Babri Mosque in Ayodhaya, India? Now with Hindutvadi forces in power at the center, BJP leaders want to build a Ram Mandir at the site. As I have noted decades ago, there is no historical truth that the so-called controversial Babri mosque was ever built on a site previously housing a Hindu temple. 

But in India today, revisionist history justifies what can't be justified by other rational means. The Hindutvadi leaders are trying to create that revisionist history with support from the divisive fascist forces within the academic world. 
Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is one such Hindutvadi leader who in his inaugural address at a two-day seminar said, "Construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya is 'mandatory' for revival of our culture. We have started and we will not give up until it is made but nothing will be done forcibly and against the law. We have full faith that we will win in the court." 
The two-day seminar titled "Shri Ram Janma Bhoomi Temple: Emerging Scenario" is being organised at DU's Arts Faculty by Arundhati Vashishtha Anusandhan Peeth (AVAP), a research organisation founded by late VHP leader Ashok Singhal. It is not difficult to understand that rather than the truth what AVAP is after is rewriting history by distorting facts and coloring myths. 
Swamy also claimed, "Rajiv Gandhi had personally told me that Ram Mandir will be built and whenever he will get an opportunity he will also help and the first help he did was that despite party opposition, he started the television serial on Ramayana which created a new excitement in public." 
"He had said they will permit the foundation laying, too. He had also said in his campaign for 1989 elections that there should be Ram Rajya in the country. I hope Congress will also come forward and support as this is not just our demand but that of the country," he added.
I won't be surprised if Swamy is telling the truth here. After all, the destruction of the historic Babri mosque happened under Congress rule of India. For too long, they have tried to use Muslims for their vote bank without improving their lot an iota.
What is so worrisome in today's India is that Hindu extremists now feel emboldened with BJP in power. They want to create their mythical Ram Rajya, or plainly speaking Hinduize India by hook or crook. Thus, one after another they are coming with new programs to making life difficult for all the minorities, esp. the Muslims. In recent months, they have killed Muslims just on the suspicion of eating beef or trading in cattle. Not too long ago, Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari's made highly offensive remarks on Prophet Muhammad (S) again with the ulterior motif to foment unrest. 
A massive Muslim protest rally against Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha was organised last Sunday (Jan. 3) against Kamlesh Tiwari. As it has happened many times in the past, such peaceful rallies often face hurdles from not only the police but also supporters of the Hindutvadi causes, and can get ugly, further strengthening the extremist Hindus to rally others to their divisive cause. 
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