To be frank, I am a bit astonished by the title of this thread. It says the wait is over and that a long-cherished dream has come true. What were we waiting for and was the nation as a whole waiting? And how and whose long-cherished dream has been fulfilled? I am not being political but let me, being a staunch Hindu myself, ask, why are we trying to convert the Bhoomi Pooja at Ayodhya into a national celebration? Ayodhya was always regarded as the birthplace of Lord Sri Ram and thus is closely associated with Hindus and has a special place in their hearts. But should we not accept that it gained prominence only after the Babri Masjid incident? I am not making a political statement but we all know how it happened and who gained.
I am also happy that the Ram Janma Bhoomi dispute has at last been resolved, though, with the intervention of the Hon'ble Supreme Court. The Court has not gone into the historical details but has accepted the contention that it was a religious place closely connected to our culture and Hindu sentiments and thus decided, almost on the basis of a mutual agreement between the parties, that a Temple is to be constructed at the place, excluding the 1500 square yard piece of land that was in dispute, under the aegis of a trust to be constituted by the Government of India. It was also directed that a suitable plot measuring 5 acres should be handed over to the Sunni Wakf Board for the construction of a Mosque. So, that issue is solved, at least for the time being.
Now the question is whether the occasion calls for a nationwide celebration? Is it historical as claimed by our PM or a section of the society? I doubt. I don't think the excitement would have trickled down to each and every corner of India. If we are to be factually correct, we would have to say that the celebrations or the excitement would have been limited to a major portion of North India and parts of the western region only. Hinduism is a religion (I prefer calling it a way of life, a culture by itself on a higher pedestal than religion) with so many Avatars and it is a known fact that different Gods/ Avatars have different prominence among believers from different parts of the Country. Like there are regions and castes that worship Lord Shiva as the main deity, then down South, we will find Lord Vighneswara getting prominence, moving to the East you will find Goddesses being worshipped with more importance and so on. What I want to highlight is that, though all Hindus believe in and worship Lord Rama, he is given more importance in only some parts of India. So, to say that the construction of the Temple in Ayodhya is a long-cherished dream or a historical event would be, in my opinion, stretching things too far.
Yes, if, considering the demolition and ransacking of the old structure, building of a Mosque, destruction of the Mosque, all the riots and disturbances that ensued, the logical approach by the Apex court and the mature stand taken by the parties during the proceedings before the court and after the verdict, we are able to convert Sri Ram Temple as a symbol of religious and cultural unity and harmony, I would certainly, agree with all that it should be considered as a historical event.
I am not getting into the appropriateness or otherwise of the involvement of our politicians, including our PM, in the whole issue since the length of my response has already crossed the limits.
Kindly pardon me for posting this long response. I started with a doubt whether I should be posting this response but then I thought I need to, for the sake of balance and coherence. I have expressed my views as a common man without any bias or prejudice but at the same time being opposed to some sections with vested interests trying to make mileage of something that was destined to happen.
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