As VHP, Shiv Sena and RSS joins hands, the demand to build Ram Temple at Ayodhya, gains momentum
Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s ‘Dharma Sabha’ held on Novenber 24th, 2018, in Ayodhya, has been touted as the largest congregation of ‘Ram Bhakts’ in Ayodhya since the 1992 ‘kar seva’. Tension and fear prevailed among the Muslim residents of Ayodhya that they may have to once again witness a similar violence that the holy city witnessed in Deecember,1992. Further, their fears were compounded by the fact that thousands of Shiv Sainks travelled all the way from Mumbai and Nasik to participate in the ‘Dharma Sabha’. But, thank God, though the VHP has timed the congregation close to two weeks ahead of the 26th anniversary of the demolition of the 16th century Babri Mosque, it went on peacefully without any violence.
The religious congregation which lasted for nearly five hours saw around 50 seers from different ashrams and akhadas taking part in the religious meeting. Saints from Haridwar, Chhattisgarh, Hrisikesh, Ujjain, Gujarat, Chitraoot, Prayagraj and Lucknow attended the congregation. The presence of Shiv Sena literally added the spice to ‘Dharma Sabha’. On the eve of the VHP’s mega Dharma Sabha, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray parachuted into Ayodhya and demanded the BJP-led central government to announce the Ram temple’s construction date.
Slogans of ‘Har ghar pe bhagwa chhayegaa, ram rajya phir aayegaa’ and ‘tel lagaao dabur kaa, naam mittaao Babar kaa’ rented the air. Shiv Sena also coined a new phrase for the occasion. ”Pehle mandir, phir sarkar”, roared Sena President Uddav Thackery.
Addressing the “Dharma Sabha”, VHP International General Secretary Champat Rai said “We want the entire land for temple construction…No formula dividing the land is acceptable.” Champat Rai declared that no formula dividing the disputed land will be acceptable for temple construction. Ramji Das of Nirmohi Akhara said, ”The date for construction of the Ram temple will be declared in the 2019 Kumbh which will be held in Prayagraj”. “It is only a matter of few days, and I request you all to show some patience,” the seer remarked.
Meanwhile, Mohan Bhagwat, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Chief said that if the Ram Temple issue was not a priority for the Supreme Court, the government should bring an ordinance for the same. “The matter is in Court, the decision should be given early. It has also been proved that the Temple was there. Supreme Court is not giving priority to the case. Justice delayed is justice denied,” Bhagwat said. “It seems like Ram temple is not a priority for the Supreme Court. The society doesn’t run only with law. The government should think how a law can be brought for the temple’s construction and should bring the law soon,” he added.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said the BJP government at the Centre “may not last” if the Ram Temple is not constructed at Ayodhya and demanded that an ordinance be brought in to pave for its way, warning that emotions of Hindus should not be taken for granted. The Shiv Sena chief, who offered prayers at the Ram Lalla temple, said “Days, years and generations are passing by but the temple has not been constructed”. Hindus are today asking when the temple will be built”. He also maintained that his visit to Ayodhya is neither for political purposes nor is there any hidden agenda.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Congress of putting pressure on the Supreme Court to delay the hearing in the sensitive Ayodhya issue. Modi said that Congress’ Rajya Sabha leaders intimidated top court judges with the threat of impeachment if they didn’t stall the case until the general elections got over in 2019. Amid talks of a possible introduction of a Bill by the Modi government in Parliament’s winter session that begins on December 11, many leaders of Hindu outfits and seers are of the view that a “last opportunity should be given to the BJP government on the issue”.
“If the Centre fails to do anything in this direction, a final decision will be taken by the highest body of seers at the Dharma Sansad in Prayag on January 31 and February 1, 2019,” declared the RSS. Rightly, soon after the success of VHP’s “Dharma Sabha” in Ayodhya, which was attended by over 3 lakh people, the RSS commenced a 10-day 'Sankalp Rath Yatra' in Delhi, on first of December, demanding an ordinance for the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. The RSS’ “Rath Yatra” is intended at pressurising the government to take a decision on the construction of the temple at the disputed site ahead of the Supreme Court hearing, which is likely to begin in January 2019.
The yatra will include all RSS affiliates and will be spearheaded by Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), the economic wing of the Sangh. The 10-day Rath Yatra will culminate on 9 December at Ramlila Maidan in the National Capital. The RSS has divided Delhi into 8 regions and will visit a different region every day. The RSS has also planned an event in Delhi on 9 December, and has booked around 10,000 buses to ferry people from Meerut, Braj and Haryana. As many as 5 lakh people are expected to attend the Dharma Sabha.
Why is there injustice in “Janmabhoomi”? questioned Indresh Kumar, RSS National Executive member. Referring to the apex court's decision on refusing to accord an urgent hearing on the Ayodhya land dispute case by saying that they have own priorities, Indresh Kumar, said that the Supreme Court's decision to defer the hearing has " deeply hurt" the sentiments of the Hindus in the country as a whole. He emphasised that it was a matter of faith for crores of Hindus and justice must not be “delayed”.
The RSS leader was highly critical about the judiciary. Indresh Kumar said the bench had “delayed, denied and disrespected” justice. He asserted that however, people still have belief on the judiciary, despite the growing anguish against the delay. He demanded that such a highly sensitive issue must be heard early. What is the problem? Otherwise, a question arises: if they are not ready to deliver justice, they should think if they want to remain judges or resign,” the RSS leader said.
"The way government brought ordinance and ensured justice for Muslim women from the curse of Triple Talaq, an ordinance should be brought to ensure construction of Ram temple," asserted Indresh Kumar. He further questioned, "From whom can we have hope?" "Is it not from the government”? But at the same time, he pointed out that the government's hands are tied till 11 December as the model code is in force due to the assembly polls in five states. He declared that the people of the nation have decided that temple will be built.
From the moment the Supreme Court said that it will hear the Ayodhya land dispute matter only in January 2019, there has been growing pressure on the Centre, from right-wing groups such as RSS, various Sangh Parivar outfits and as well as allies like Shiv Sena, to bring in an ordinance paving the way for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls without waiting for the verdict.
“The public is ready, the government is ready. The country will not burn, if Ram temple is built at Ayodhya”, said Indresh Kumar. The RSS national executive member said such an atmosphere should be built in the country that all parties are forced to support it when the government brings an ordinance or law to build the Ram temple. And those who do not support it must be shown the door by the public, he added.
Indresh Kumar asserted that there must be a unique Ram temple in Ayodhya just like a unique Vatican, Kaba and the Golden Temple exist. “There may be lakhs of temples, gurdwaras, churches and mosques but there is only one Vatican or the Kaba or the Golden Temple. Similarly, Lord Ram's birthplace is one," he said. There can be lakhs of Ram temples, but the question is if there is one at his birthplace, he asked.
Indeed, taking in to account of the recent developments across the country and especially in Ayodhya and New Delhi, it is only a matter of time for “Ram Lalla” to shower his grace upon the millions of “Bhakts” from his new shrine.