5th August remains the historic -day in the annals of India’s progressive timeline. This government of PM Shri Narendra Modi fulfilled the dreams of crores of Hindus for the -Bhavya Ram Temple- at Ayodhya with today’s Bhoomi Pujan amidst sacred Vedic chanting. It all happened with no violation of the mores of legality, constitutionality or hurt of sentiments of Muslim minorities. This could be said confidently because the government, in its first term waited patiently for the judiciary to take sufficient time to proceed with arguments. Then asked for a day to day hearing without the media glare. The judgement was read out to the satisfaction of both the parties from the Hindus and Muslims-side. Of course, there is some dissenting voice from the minority-side, especially from Muslim Personal Law Board but those are expected in any democracy. Settlement of the Ayodhya Temple issue peacefully, by and large, goes to the credit of the ruling party.
For those millennial (children of this millennia), who are unaware of the history of Ram Temple, it should be known, that it was the result of immense sacrifice made by kar sevaks, at the cost of their lives— all from the RSS cadre— India could achieve to resolve this Ram Temple issue today. For years, there was vilification and calumny on all side against the BJP and RSS, which they valiantly fought to get this dignity and honour to Lord Ram. The opposition parties, mainly the Congress always tried to put hurdles on the way of Ayodhya Temple construction. In its rule of UPA I&II, it was quite muted on the subject. Now, it has nothing to gloat over. The opening of Temple-doors for entry was only a ploy, for; it was never stated by the party or cadre that they had opened the doors for Shilanyas, with a good intention or by respecting the feelings of crores of Hindus. For the Congress, Hindus are non-existent in their secular-psyche! Belatedly, now, regretted for what did and gave a statement that Lord Ram belonged to all.
The BJP bore the brunt and humiliations, for a long period, for supporting the Hindu cause. There was an avalanche of swear words on the party. First, the opposition parties ranted that the party- BJP, was: communal, fascist, revisionist and bigoted. Then, the party was literally ostracized in political arena. None of the parties allied with them in states for assembly elections. The party was treated as an “untouchable” for over a period, just because it was espousing the cause of building Ram Temple.
After 6th December 1992 i.e. after Babri structure demolition, the party’s woes became manifold. The RSS was banned immediately on 10 Dec; it was big news then. Next, the dismissal of the Kalyan Singh’s BJP-led government in the largest state of India: Uttar Pradesh. It was a heavy loss for the party. The Left and other regional political satraps, blamed the then PV Narasimha Rao’s Congress government as to why, in spite of foreboding (what might transpire that day: likely demolition), the Centre did not do more. The Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao cleverly maintained that the Centre had been bound by the Constitution, and that the Constitution did not allow the Centre to move against a state government merely on the apprehension that the later would not do its duty. The blunder Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav, former U.P CM committed by ordering to shoot the kar sevaks in 1991 in Ayodhya premises, Shri Narasimha Rao shrieked from doing. It was a saving grace to him for which the history is kind to him.
Soon after demolition, India’s so-called secularism became writ-large and secularists caused rampage all over sloganeering: “secularism is in danger; fascist/communal forces are causing damage to the secular fabric of India” etc. These were all none other than the Congress party cadre, the English Press and of course, intellectuals that joined chorus. Many BJP leaders were arrested and sent to jail. Just to satisfy the secular press and secular media, with no understanding of what the BJP and RSS were seeking. Both believed Lord Shri Ram to be a cultural icon, the representative of Dharma (as per Hindu scriptures Lord Ram is an embodiment of Dharma). His temple is needed to resurrect in the place of His birth at Ayodhya so that the future generations could emulate His character and lead a dharmic life.
Later, in any case, without a rhyme or reason, on December 15, the Congress Govt. dismissed the three state governments of the BJP- ruled states viz. Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, at one-stroke under Art-356. When asked regarding the necessity of removing the other governments in the BJP- ruled states, the prime minister answered—the dismissal was on the apprehension that they would not implement a ban decreed by the Centre on the RSS. So, therefore, it could be conclusively said that the BJP and RSS had paid heavily for standing up for a Hindu cause.
Ram Janmabhoomi had become a grass-roots movement only because of the RSS and its affiliate VHP. At that point of time, there was no internet-connected social media in place. It was a house-to-house campaign with face-to-face meets and messages through pamphlets distribution. ‘Jai Shri Ram’ was the chant that reverberated in the nook and corner of the country in support of Ayodhya-Temple movement in those days, right from Shri LK Advani ji’s rath yatra. Now, the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, was once the fountainhead of such movement and knows the gravity of people’s desire to see the Grand-Temple at Ayodhya. But for the prime minister and Home Minister Amit Shah ji’s efforts, by expediting the process of judiciary in the Supreme Court of India, this desire would not have fructified.
For years, the Ram-Temple issue could not be amicably resolved. It got entangled in the mire of legal suits because of intransigence of Muslim-community leaders that included the Muslim Personal Law Board (but not the average Muslims). So, negotiations always failed. The court settlement would be a lengthy process, the party felt. To legislate they needed mandate. These were the difficulties they faced to meet their commitment. Many journalists derided the BJP when it promised the electorate: “We will legislate for the Ram Mandir, give us the mandate.” They always used to say that was not likely to work, except for those for whom the Mandir-Masjid controversy remains more important than development and progress. The kind of odd binaries, they had drawn, were meaningless. That was their derision on the culture.
There were so many cynics among intellectuals and journalist that stated—‘the BJP cannot build Ram Temple. It’s only electioneering slogan. That cannot be possible in India’. Whenever, the BJP released the party manifesto before the General Elections, the immediate gleeful news from them was: ‘the party had kept Ayodhya-Temple issue at the back-burner’. Back or front, it was in the party’s heart, as commitment to the people, is now amply evident now. The PM- Modi ji, the CM of U.P Yogi Adityanath ji, the RSS Chief Mohan Bhagawat ji and others at Bhoomi Pujan spoke on unity of the country and progress, to have the Ram Rajya. Wish India would usher into that era of Ram Rajya.