Editorial

To temple town

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/4/2020 2:06:23 PM IST

 There are opposing views about whether or not prime minister Narendra Modi should attend the 'Bhoomi Pujan' ceremony on August 5 to mark the beginning of the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be attending the ceremony along with a few other top leaders will be flying for Lucknow around 9.30 am on a special jet and will lay five silver bricks at the temple construction site. A similar issue had arisen after the construction of the Somnath temple in 1951 when the president of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad disregarded Nehru's objections and decided to attend the ceremony in May 1951. Dr.Rajendra had replied back saying "I would do the same with a mosque or a church if I were invited...This is the core of Indian secularism. Our state is neither irreligious nor anti-religious." Those who oppose Modi’s participation at the Bhoomi pujan believe that by doing so, he would be violating the core principle of the Indian constitution. The Preamble of the Indian Constitution has the word "secular", and articles 25 to 28 implying that the State will not discriminate, patronise or meddle in the profession of any religion. The prime minister or president may belong to any religion but the office held is supposed to be secular in that it does not promote any religion. It is also an undeniable fact that the Ram Mandir dispute had incited much hatred that continues after all the violence that broke out after the demolition of the mosque. There are those who however believe that the Supreme Court judgment for construction of Ram Mandir vindicated the claims of Hindus and therefore, it was also a verdict against the past injustice. It is a fact that construction of the Ram mandir was preceded by over a century of litigations and the violence that rocked the nation on December 6,1992 when kar sevaks demolished the Babri Masjid that was said to have been built in 1528–29 by general Mir Baqi, on orders of the Mughal emperor Babur. Hindus believed that the masjid was constructed over a demolished mandir that was the birthplace of Lord Ram. The Supreme Court eventually gave its judgment in favour of construction of the Ram mandir under then Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on November 11,2019 some six days before he was to retire. Later Gogoi was nominated to the Rajya Sabha on March 20,2020. The preparations and invitations for the bhoomi pujan is a religious ceremony . The participation of Modi in the ceremony only serves to reinforce the view that he was not going to let history pass him by as the prime minister who had performed bhoomi pujan. Of course, the political dividends from the entire matter is not lost on any one. Today , in the situation that India is in, no politician would like to be seen as opposing the sentiments of the majority. It is also however ironic, L.K.Advani who was president of BJP and who led the Ram Rath Yatra , a religious rally from September to October 1990 that preceded the demolition, is still under trial. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are to attend though Uma Bharti another accused, is unable to attend. It would have been befitting if the demolition case is dismissed since the apex court has validated the issue.

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