“रामलला, हम आऐंगे…………..मंदिर वहीं बनाऐंगे।”
Heard this line somewhere? Maybe, on social networks upon the appointment of Yogi Adityanath as UP’s Chief Minister? This was the famous slogan of VHP and Hindu nationalist of Sangh Parivar leaders during the Ayodhya Ram Janmbhoomi Movement. Ever wondered what the Ayodhya dispute is, why a particular temple is of such great importance in a country with so many temples and why this issue holds a place in the history of India?
Plot no. 583 Ayodhya, according to the archaeological findings is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. It is said that a huge temple of Lord Ram was built on this land. In 1525 A.D., the Afghani Mughal conqueror Babar invaded North India. In 1528 Mir Baqi was instructed by Babar to demolish the temple and build a mosque on the land which we know as the Babri Masjid or the Masjid-i-janmasthan. Hindus were deprived of their place of worship but they still prayed in the masjid compound because of the religiously regarded land.
When the Britishers invaded India, they were aware of the sensitivity of the issue. Hence they created a boundary around the mosque and reserved admission rights to muslims only. Soon after this, Hindus started their protests for the rebuilding of Ram mandir on the site. After the Independence, various court cases were filed to reclaim the holy land. In response to the protests and actions of Hindus, Sunni Muslim Waqf board also moved to the courts for saving the mosque.
The movement by Hindus was on its peak during the late 80s and early 90s with the support of Vishwa Hindu Parishad(VHP) and Bhartiya Janta Party(BJP).
In the year 1990, BJP leader L.K. Advani carried out a 10,000Km Rath Yatra to support the issue of Ram Mandir. He was arrested in Bihar as riots resulted in some parts of the country due to rath yatra. But the agitation and fire to reclaim the site grew among the Hindus to its peak.
In the year 2010, Allahabad High Court gave its verdict, distributing the disputed 2.77 acres land equally in three parts between the Ramlala janmabhoomi, Sunni Waqf board and Nirmohi Akhara. The case was again filed in Supreme Court and the decision is still awaited.
Hindus lost their place of worship. They were even barred from their holy land. When they demolished the mosque, as was done to the temple, they suffered the wrath of muslims. A little show of anger on the part of Hindus resulted in mass attacks and death of innocents in the serial blasts of 1993 in Mumbai, marking the revenge by Islamic terrorists.
On the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition in 2002, innocent Hindus lost their lives for no reason but simply being religious. Yes, you got that right, attack on the Sabarmati Express returning from Ayodhya. After all these years of suffering and compromising won’t it be fair to return the Holy land of Ayodhya to the Hindus? I in no means have any hatred for muslims neither do I state that muslims are wrong, but I surely am stating that justice is being compromised from the Hindus.
We must understand that the building itself of the Babri Masjid marked the snatching of religious rights. Therefore, the 450 year history of that mosque doesn’t win it the claim over that land. Religious sentiments of Hindus attached with the land should be honoured by muslims and it must be awarded to the Hindus by a mutual discussion by all the parties for building Ram Mandir.
As the masses of UP have shown their trust in CM Yogi Adityanath and PM Modi, I believe they will support the decision of a settlement for the building of Ram Mandir owing to the religious importance of the Janmabhoomi.
This is our take on the verdict, do comment yours to let us know.