On the 6th of December, 1992, the right wing of the Indian political spectrum, executed the plan hatched years ago with very specific aims and goals, but the plan was based on the demolition of the Babri Masjid, which was built by the first Mughal ruler, Babur in the 14th century.
The right-wing ideologues specifically believed that the followers of Hindu culture, or the Santanis are so diverse in their matters of belief, customs and worship, that uniting them will remain a task, therefore Sri Ram, was made the pivot of the entire program to mobilize Hindus and unite them, to serve a greater social and political purpose. It is during the 80’s and with the influence of Balasaheb Thackeray that we see Sri Ram as being worshiped in the movies, and the famous Ramayana serial was made.
The second Sarsanghchalak of the RSS, Sri Guru ji, MS Golwalkar ji, had created the idea referred to above. The main causes that led to the creation of the idea were rooted in the excesses that were doled out upon the Hindus, in the garb of majoritarianism being a threat to the safety and security of the Mussalmaan that stayed back in India, after the partition of 1947.
Sri Ram ji, was one of the most popular deity in the Indian society from Tamil Nadu to Kashmir, East Asian Countries, Maharashtra, and the Ramayana was a popular book read and acted upon by the ordinary Hindu, since it has a depth of ethical and social values. There existed no other God, better than Ram ji to penetrate the Congress programmed minds, and to expose the nature of the establishment which was partial and did not trust the Hindus.
The dispute after the Masjid was built by Babur, the Hindus, were allowed by Akbar, to place an idol, offer prayers at the site, nearby the mosque. The masjid was built after too much of resistance from the local lords, and the people, which is something the ASI, (archaeological survey of India) has said. In the year 1856-1857 the first formal dispute was recorded, and that is when the British historians started taking interest in the place, and since then there have been as much as 5 suits, till 2010 when the judges of the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court passed an order with 2:1 majority decreeing the partition of 1/3 rd of the land among the Hindu and Muslim parties.
Thereafter, on 09.11.2019, the historical day when not only the Berlin Wall was desecrated, but also the World Trade Center was destroyed by Islamists, the Supreme Court of India, vide a 1045 page judgment, simply and plainly, unanimously and firmly, declared all the disputed land which is 2.77 acres, to be handed over to a trust within three months and the temple be built, while the Mussalmaans may be rehabilitated at some other spot with 5 acres of land.
The history, that brings back the memories of the 1992 riots after the masjid was demolished, also bring out the fact that the parties then at the helm of affairs (now in opposition) reaped rich benefits from the minority majoritarianism card that led them pamper Muslims in India to such an extent that since 1947, they own the largest portion of land in the country through Wakfs only after the Ministry of Defence, their population has quadrupled, while the population of the Hindus is stagnating. Even during the riots, there have been incidents which prima facie reveal that the police forces, were not acting against the Muslim rioters and Hindus were dealt with a heavy hand. The simple factor is about acknowledging the existence of the Hindus as citizens who deserve to be treated equally in matters of faith and worship. There was never such uprising that stirred and united the Hindus, from times when the Islamic invaders began invading the land, and the first uprising did make the Hindus a little assertive.
The Muslims, in India, were so pampered that the Hindus despite being numerically more, began to live in perpetual fear of the Muslims. This fact was never acknowledged in the media, and nobody accepted the atrocities committed by the Muslims upon Hindus, which did not even find mention in the police records, and the media simply played the minority in danger card to generate an atmosphere of fear which dated back to the colonial years and ‘divide & rule’ was the norm.
The sense of distorted and suppressed identity, and the resentment, of the common Hindu folk specially in the north Indian part, became a turning point, and when the Congress’ illusion was shaken and the BJP emerged to gain ground after the Ram Mandir movement when L.K. Advani ji, and Atal Bihari Vajpayee became common names, and Balasaheb Thackeray became the tiger of Maharashtra and mobilized Hindus to stand up and fight against the Mussalman bully. From the demolition the right-wing in Indian politics became a definitive political movement, and the ideological framework was offered by the Sangh.
The Hindus have by nature lived in peace, and this doesn’t mean that the Muslim are cannibals, but the Muslims are zealots, while the Hindus, have been evolving as a community despite the hurdles being faced internally, and by far being secular enough to initiate and acceot reforms. The meaning is clear when Hindus despite strong opposition accepted the Hindu Marriage Act, Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, Hindu Succession Act, which directly meant an attack on their religious freedom and personal laws, the Muslim leaders like Asaduddin Owaisi (Politician), and Faizan Muatafa (Academician) still propagate Jinnah’s divisive ideology which is evident by the fact that their was strong opposition to the amendment in the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, since the are accustomed to the appeasement politics practiced by the Congress and those sitting in the opposition today. It was and is still the remnant of the colonial mindset and the western outlook on Indians, which is now, a little different from the past.
The Indian state throughout the years defined the society from the perspective of the western people, which is why, the Muslims have been living in a manner which is not remotely secular, since minority majoritarianism and appeasement politics finds a mention in the narrative even today, while the assertive Hindu is on the rise, and is certainly here to stay.
The historical abuse of the Hindu beliefs by the Islamic rulers of the sub-continent, if finds a valid approval in the eyes of the modern day Mussalman living in India, then they’re certainly not secular.
Ram Mandir, also meant a matter of faith, to the pious people who believe and worship Sri Ram, like in author’s own family, and social circle, but the verdict specifically doesn’t mean that Hindus hate the Muslims, or we are moving towards the Hindu Rashtra. The Mussalman even today believes that the BJP tried to play a fraud with the Hindus, and no Hindu must disagree, while it doesn’t acknowledge that they have their own sins to pay for.
99% of the Mussalman in India is a convert from the Hindu society, which is backed by genealogical researches, and even in those circumstances, they consider Islamic rulers, and their prophet as their ancestors, not the culture they migrated from, while in Indonesia, and Thailand, the people regard Sri Ram as their ancestor, and believe in valuing their cultural identity distinct from their religious affinity!
The verdict therefore, doesn’t cheat the Mussalman as said by Asaduddin Owaisi, since there exist the remains of the temple under the Babri Masjid, but it simply gives the Hindus, their share of trust and respect from a secular state that is attempting to dissociate from the colonial mindset and the imposed identity of the Hindus being uncivilized and barbarian.
There goes a story about a mosque at Somnath Mandir, Dwarka which was promptly built in 1960’s, and there still exists a mosque in the Kashi Vishwanath Temple at Varanasi, and one in Mathura. Though there aren’t any disputes pertaining to them, yet now, it is very clear that no community will be comfortable in crushing and destroying the beliefs of the people under any pretext.
This author firmly believes that secularism is a two-way process where both the communities must be interested in accepting each other’s set of opinions and accepting and supporting the other without imposing other’s belief system, and departing away from their past.
The spectacular peace in the country is partly the outcome of the result and in part the indifference of the people towards the issue, and some amount of fear in the minority which will go away with time, and their opening up to a new set of beliefs which are secular and broad.