Let me tell you a story.
A story that has drama, dispute, emotions, violence, and bloodshed. Before we jump on to it, note that there are many aspects and sides to a story. So hop on and without any further ado, let’s know what the story is all about.
The characters in this story are God’s children who belong to two factions named as Hindu and Muslim.
This story takes place in the home of Indus Valley Civilization. To be more specific, the concerned site is located in a piece of land in Ayodhya, a city in Uttar Pradesh, India.
Let’s start from the beginning.
Once upon a time, there was this Mughal emperor Babur, about whom we all have read in our history books. It’s hearsay that during his reign, a Hindu temple was demolished and a mosque was built upon it which was named as Babri Masjid. Hindus believe this place to be the birthplace of Lord Rama, who is the 7th avatar of Hindu deity Vishnu.
Centuries later, communal clashes among Hindu and Muslim groups happen.
During the Colonial Raj, administration fenced the site dividing it into two worship areas for each. Later in 1949, placing of idols within mosque spurred more brawl and broil. In the eighties, Hindus formed a committee that aimed to build Ram Mandir and Muslims formed their own to oppose this.
Matters worsened hereafter. As ego and politics climbed, humanity went downhill.
The story took a dive as boiling tension rose to the brim. The drama intensified with land encroachment, political rallies and the arrest of a kingpin. The following decades saw communal clashes and carnage. These were black days when Karsevaks were gunned down by police and thrown to river Saryu, when Babri Masjid was demolished resulting in riots and deaths, the attack on Godhra train carrying Karsevaks, again followed by riots and slaughter across the nation.
In 2003, the Archeological Survey of India submitted its report on the finding of a temple debris beneath the Mosque. This was controversial and blamed to be politically motivated. In the same year, a court ruled that the leaders who instigated the destruction of the mosque should stand trial.
Several other court proceedings and verdicts have been passed. For instance, In 2011, the Supreme Court of India stayed the 2010’s Allahabad court’s order which split the disputed site into three parts and remarked that no party wanted it.
Yes, by now you might be thinking that a lot has happened.
So, how are things in the present?
I guess you might have heard of that saying, “Times change, people and politics don’t!”
On October 29, 2018, the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute was deferred to January 2019. But wait, you’re right and as you feel this is not an ordinary land dispute. Millions of emotions and political interests are attached to it. One side opposes the decision as they believe the Supreme court is insensitive to the religious sentiments and is testing the patience of masses. While the other side supports the decision as they think that the decision should come after the election period only so that it doesn’t influence the voting decisions.
This has happened time and again, not only in our country but across the globe. It’s like jumping from frying pan to the fire when religious sentiments overshadow humanity and politics gets into the mix.
The problem is that we decide our beliefs to be facts and better than others’ beliefs. We let our minds to be muddled by the political orators. Looking at the string of events in this timeline, we could see none of the commanders were killed, but it was the naive followers who had to pay the price.
Was there a temple? Was it demolished? Should the ruins of past haunt our present? Whether a temple or mosque is built, would the respective Gods of these two religions want the people to fight over it? Aren’t the leaders meant to be the harbingers of peace and prosperity for the people?
But who am I to judge or question? These queries are for my readers to answer. While I write this I’m neither debating for either side nor am I pretending to be a dopester predicting the future events.
Like you I’m too eager to see how the story unfolds. Anyhow, let us discuss in the comments about your views and opinions on the story so far and about the whole dispute.