India’s Supreme Court has given the ownership of a disputed site of Babari Mosque in the northern town of Ayodhya, to Hindus for the construction of a temple on November 9. It is more than a coincidence that such a religiously biased verdict came on the same day, that religious freedom in the world gets one step ahead in the world.
The case that has been one of the most contentious ones in religious history of India, has now concluded with a meek promise of an alternative site in Ayodhya to be given to Muslims. Hindus believe that Lord Ram, the warrior god, was born at the site where the Babri mosque existed. A section of the Hindu community claimed it was demolished by the Mughal rulers, while there is no evidence to support the claim that indeed something like that took place.
In 1885, a Hindu religious body asked a court for permission to construct a temple to honor the Hindu deity Ram inside the premises of the Babri Mosque, said to have been built by Mughal Emperor Babur in 1526. Permission was denied. In 1949, a group of Hindus entered the mosque premises and installed an idol of Ram there. Declaring the area disputed land, the government placed the premises under lock down, with the idol remaining inside with one official and one Hindu appointed as stewards of grounds.
In 1986, the local Faizabad administration opened the premises to Hindus, allowing them to carry out their rituals. In December 1992, thousands of activists from extremist Hindu groups and political parties along with BJP leaders entered the mosque and demolished it, erecting a Hindu temple in its place. Leading to riots and thousands of deaths, the dispute has been languishing in India’s legal system for years with no final outcome in sight.
The BJP has campaigned for years for a temple to be built at Ayodhya. The BJP openly claimed that it would ‘prefer’ Hindus over others. The verdict is a major victory for the 69-year-old Modi, just months into his second term whose rise to fame was because of the very promise of this verdict. The other promise being the abolition of special status for Jammu and Kashmir, which both have been achieved by Modi.
This is all part of the India’s RSS ideology, RSS is a highly secretive group of hardcore Hindus who prefer calling themselves ‘Hindu Nationalist’, which would be accurate if there were only Hindus in India.
RSS was founded in 1925, and it’s surprising that most of the top ranks of government are filled with RSS members – including India’s president and vice-president, the head of the ruling party and even Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who joined its children’s unit when he was eight years old. RSS has set the roadmap of the agenda for the next BJP government.
The RSS is now one of the world’s largest non-government-organization, and perhaps the only one fueled by sheer hate for other religions. It was not always as strong as it is now, back in 2014 RSS was struggling for survival and in 2014 when it caught red-handed propagating terrorism. The group was banned three before in India, it has been accused by opponents of adding fuel to the fire in religious conflicts and since its creation has claimed thousands of lives – mostly Muslims.
The RSS society’s shady dealings resemble that of Ku Klux Klan (A white supremacist hate group). Communication takes mostly verbally behind closed curtains between its members, it keeps no records of its recruits and rarely has dealings with the media.
It is alarming that a country as large as India, in the 21’st century is filled with such hate towards Muslims and minorities. It is a question in the back of everyone’s mind, when will India be ready to get rid of its primitive ideals and work towards peace instead of promoting terrorism.
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
17 November, 2019