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View from the right: Ayodhya legacy

Although the construction of the Ram temple is currently under the Supreme Court’s consideration, it is not just a legal issue.

Written by Liz Mathew | Published: December 11, 2014 12:20:17 am

Ayodhya legacy

Drawing parallels between the independence struggle, the anti-Emergency movement and the Ayodhya movement, the editorial in the Organiser says that the onus of choosing the future course on Ayodhya is on India’s Muslims. Although the construction of the Ram temple is currently under the Supreme Court’s consideration, it is not just a legal issue: “If it has a bearing on [the] socio-cultural identity of India… the onus now is on the Muslim community. They can choose to connect themselves with the barbaric tradition of Babur and Taliban or the righteous tradition of Shri Ram.”

“If the present-day Muslims of India who are very much inheritors of [the] inclusive and tolerant legacy of the nation consider the Babri structure to be a symbol of vandalism and aggression then the issue is automatically resolved. Because the real legacy of [the] Ayodhya movement is not only to unite Hindus but to restore the cultural bond of different faiths existing in India,” the editorial says.

It takes a swipe at “secular messiahs like Lalu [Prasad] or Mulayam [Singh]” and says, “it has been a question of Hindu vs Muslims and an agenda to secure vote bank.” It also recalls that the original plaintiff, Mohammad Hashim Ansari, decided to withdraw himself from the case and reiterate the fact that many people like him ‘want to see the grand temple of Ram Lala’ and that ‘the temple already exists there’…”

Secular brigade

The editorial in Panchjanya says that despite the litigant in the Babri Masjid demolition case, Mohammad Hashim Ansari, withdrawing from the case, the “secularists” are trying to keep the fire on in Ayodhya. Taking on Uttar Pradesh urban development minister Mohammad Azam’s statement that the Babri case would not be affected by 92-year-old Ansari’s withdrawal, the article warns that it may prove too costly for them.

The “secular brigade” has never allowed Indian society to think together and evolve a solution to the issues, it alleges. Pointing out that the “secular” leaders have fooled the minorities so far for political reasons, the editorial says the new generation has understood the reality. Those born after the Babri demolition are the ones queuing before the polling booths now. The secularists’ theory, that youngsters have nothing to do with Ram or the Hindu religion, has been rejected by the youth.

Thorium loot

Alleging that the UPA and the Congress-led UDF government in Kerala have kept mum on illegal sand mining in coastal Kerala, a report in the Organiser says ruling politicians in Tamil Nadu also benefited from it: “Since 2005, 2.1 million tonnes of monazite, equivalent to 195,300 tonnes of thorium at 9.3 per cent recovery has disappeared from India in the past one decade…”

Thorium, the cheapest and cleanest fuel source that could have ensured energy security was allowed to be openly looted: “Earlier UPA and UDF has tacitly supported by keeping mum on this smuggling while rulers in Tamil Nadu directly benefited from it as revealed in the connections between main accused in the investigative report and political leaders… The loot is still in progress, unhindered…” The article, which gives a detailed report on the alleged smuggling, questions “those in Parliament raising high-decibel accusations against [the] Modi government for not bringing back the black money parked abroad…” and asks why they have not yelled in the House for action against smugglers of such national wealth.

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