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Ram Janmabhoobi : Why building a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya is the only way to end ongoing dispute since centuries?

"Ram lalla hum aayenge, mandir wahin banayenge", why can't all communities come together and demand religious heritage of our motherland to be restored in Ayodhya?

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Ram Mandir Ayodhya (Graphical Representation)
  • The land on which the Babri mosque was built in 1528 is the ‘Ram Janmabhoomi’ (birthplace of Bhagwan Rama). The existing Ram Mandir Ayodhya was destroyed by Mughal King Babur’s general Mir Baqi and subsequently a mosque called Babri Masjid was built at the site.

    It has been 25 years since the disputed Babri Masjid structure was demolished by Kar sevaks but no government so far could start Ram Mandir construction. In the 1980s, the Vishav Hindu Parishad (VHP) began a campaign for the construction of Ram Mandir Ayodhya dedicated to Bhagwan Rama at the site, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as its political voice. Many rallies and marches were held as a part of this movement, including the famous Ram Rath Yatra led by Shri. Lal Krishna Advani.

Demolition of disputed Babri Masjid

On 6 December 1992, the Rashtriya Swayemsevak Sangh (RSS), Vishav Hindu Parishad (VHP), Shiv Sena and its affiliates organised a rally involving 150,000 kar sevaks at the site of the disputed Babri Masjid. The ceremonies included speeches by BJP leaders such as Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti. At 11am, the first group of kar sevaks broke through the barricades. It was 1.55pm, when the first dome of the Babri Masjid met the ground, along with about 25 kar sevaks. At 3.30pm, the second dome came down. The central dome is demolished at 4.49pm. In about six hours, all that remained of the Babri Masjid, was demolished. After news of the Babri Masjid demolition broke in world, riots erupted all across the country. Even the neighbouring countries were affected as Hindus were slaughtered in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Mumbai experienced one of the worst incidents of communal violence in the history of modern India. In March 1993, a series of bomb blasts happened in Mumbai killing hundreds, this was the way of Islamists to retaliate against Babri Masjid demolition.

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A day after the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, a makeshift Ram temple was hastily put in place. Here, a paramilitary soldier is seen offering his prayers at this temple on December 7, 1992. Credit: T. Narayan

Archaeological Survey of India & Historical Surveys

In 1767, Jesuit priest Joseph Tieffenthaler recorded Hindus worshiping and celebrating Ramnavmi at the site of the disputed Babri Masjid. In 1788, Tieffenthaler’s French works were published in Paris, the first to suggest that the Babri Masjid was built on the birthplace of Rama.

The Archaeological Survey of India has reported to the high court that its excavations found distinctive features of a 10th century temple beneath the Babri Mosque site. The report revealed that there was archaeological evidence of a massive Ram Mandir just below the disputed structure and evidence of continuity in structural activities from the 10th century onwards up to the construction of the disputed structure (Babri Masjid). Among the excavation yields ASI report mentioned were stone and decorated bricks, mutilated sculpture of divine couple, carved architectural members including foliage patterns, amalaka, kapotapali, doorjamb with semi-circular shrine pilaster, broken octagonal shaft of black schist pillar, lotus motif, circular shrine having pranjala (watershute) in the north and 50 pillar bases in association with a huge Ram Mandir structure. The ASI report said there is sufficient proof of existence of a massive and monumental structure having a minimum dimension of 50×30 metres in north-south and east-west directions respectively just below the disputed structure. The ASI report said the human activity at the site dates back to 13th century BC on the basis of the scientific dating method providing the only archaeological evidence of such an early date of the occupation of the site. The report concluded that it was over the top of this construction during the early 16th century that the disputed structure was constructed directly resting over it. So, there was no confusion that the Babri Masjid was built over after demolishing Ram Mandir Ayodhya.

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Veteren VHP leader Late Ashok Singhal injured during Ram Janmbhoomi movement

The Million Dollar question : Why Ram Mandir Ayodhya?

India’s independence did not bring about the long sought for return of Rama Rajya and the light of dharma that the independence movement aspired to. The continuation of the darkness of adharma shifted from colonial rule to a new self-imposed and self-perpetuated colonial type exploitation by an arrogant socialist elite who had little understanding or appreciation of their own culture. – Dr David Frawley

Ram Mandir Ayodhya is not anti-muslim sentiment for Hindus, its rather an emotional connect with divine. What Muslims should understand is that, Ram Mandir Ayodhya to Hindus is what Mecca to them, or what Vatican is to Christians. It has been decades of dispute and political parties has been using the dispute to fuel their politics. but its high time both Hindus and Muslims should come together for Ram Mandir Ayodhya. Its not a matter of win or lose, it is a matter of national pride. Ram, is the soul of India and Ram-Rajya is what we should aspire for. Hindu community is not the one who keep historical grudge, Muslim rulers demolished over 44000 Temples (as per Known History, actual Figures be More), but Hindus are demanding only few of their holiest sites, in no condition Hindus should compromise of highest order in this country. Meanwhile, Indian Muslims are facing the situation today which Kauravs faced in Mahabharta when Pandavs requested them for just four Villages and asked them to Keep rest of the Kingdom. But Kauravs denied, which led to the bloodiest Dharam-Yudh in history of mankind. Babar built the Mosque by demolishing Ram Mandir, the ASI report ended the debate by confirming the existence of Ram Mandir.  It is really ridiculous that we have to beg to restore Ram Mandir at one of Hinduism’s greatest sites. A grander mosque can be made nearby as proposed, or even right next door. Isn’t that a reasonable appeal Muslim community should accept and give a message of communal harmony? I have no doubt that majority of the Muslims of this country will accept it, only those who have their sinister political agenda will oppose Ram Mandir to create communal tensions. Ram Mandir can be a symbol of harmony between the two important religious communities of India. Restoring one temple as it is holy site of Lord Ram’s birthplace and shifting mosque to a nearby location (and making it grander) will not demean the glory of Islam in any manner.

  • Even The Shia Central Waqf Board has offered a new solution to the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi conflict in Ayodhya. According to the proposal of the board, a Ram temple can be built in Ayodhya while a mosque can be constructed in Lucknow.

As Dr. David Frawley says,”Time to return Ayodhya back to the Hindus and allow Ram Mandir to come up. All Hindus feel importance of Ram Janmabhoomi. The region does not figure among any important sacred sites of Islam. Time for India to honor its own heritage, heroes and avatars.”

That day will really be exemplary for world when all communities in India will come together for a grand Ram Mandir Ayodhya, and I am sure that day will soon come. We must overcome our past for a glorious future. Lastly I will like to remember words of famous Muslim poet Allama Iqbal, “है राम के वजूद पे हिन्दोस्ताँ को नाज़, अहले-नज़र समझते हैं उसको इमामे-हिन्द ।”

– by SHAURYA RITWIK, Shaurya is Sub-Editor at NewsGram and writes on Geo-politcs, Culture, Indology and Business. Twitter Handle – @shauryaritwik

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Baba Ramdev: Babri Case is not a matter of Land but Conscience

"This is not a matter of land or Ramjanmabhoomi and Masjid. This is a matter of conscience."

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Baba Ramdev said to the audience, "This is not a matter of land or Ramjanmabhoomi and Masjid. Wikimedia
  • Baba Ramdev recently spoke at World Peace and Harmony Conclave
  • The Patanjali founder called the Babri Case a matter of Conscience and not land 
  • Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq also spoke at the event

August 14, 2017: Yoga guru and Patanjali founder Baba Ramdev spoke at the World Peace and Harmony Conclave on Sunday.

On the topic of the Babri dispute, Baba Ramdev sided with Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, a Shia cleric, that peace is the only way the matter needs to be resolved. The Shia cleric also spoke at the event.

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Baba Ramdev said to the audience, “This is not a matter of land or Ramjanmabhoomi and Masjid. This is a matter of conscience.” Maulana Kalbe Sadiq also promoted peace as a solution to the Babri dispute. He further said that if the Supreme court verdict is in favor of the temple, then Muslims should give up their claim on the disputed land, mentioned PTI report.

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Further, the cleric expressed full faith in the proceedings of the Supreme Court. ANI reports that the Maulana also said, “If Babri Masjid verdict is not in favor of Muslims, then they should peacefully accept it.”

He also said that giving away one thing that is close sends thousands in return, a remark which has received a lot of criticism.

On Friday, the Supreme Court began the cross-hearing in the Babri case. Maulana’s comments imply that Shia Waqf Board accepts having a mosque built at a distance from the disputed land.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Shia Waqf board in Favor of Building Mosque at some distance from Hindu temple at disputed Ayodhya site

Shia Waqf board is in favor of building the mosque at some distance from the Hindu temple at the disputed Ayodhya site

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Mosque to be shifted away from disputed Ayodhya site. Pixabay
  • Masjid and Mandir should be avoided in as much as both denominations using loudspeakers tend to disturb the religious performances of each other
  • Masjid can be located in a Muslim dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered place of birth of Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram
  • The Shia Waqf board in its affidavit said that out of court settlement should be considered in order to end the dispute

New Delhi, August 9, 2017:  Supreme Court will begin the hearing of a vital Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid dispute in a few days. The Uttar Pradesh Shia central waqf board (one of the parties in the litigation) is in favor of shifting the demolished mosque, away from Ayodhya site in order to put an end to the much controversial dispute.

The Shia board, trying to put to rest the 70-year legal battle, said that the mosque can be constructed away from the disputed Ayodhya site, a dramatic shift in stand by them. The Shia board also suggested something to amicably settle the dispute- A high-power judicial-political panel should be set up, headed by a retired Supreme Court judge. It also requested the court to appoint the committee having two retired Allahabad High Court judges, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, a nominee of the Prime Minister besides representatives of litigating parties.

The board, as per the affidavit filed and submitted to the apex court – The mosque can be relocated from the most revered place of birth of Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram to a nearby area which is Muslim dominated and this move will conclude the dispute on the 2.77 acres of land which houses a makeshift temple of Ram Lalla.

ALSO READ: Akhilesh Yadav wants to maintain status quo in Ayodhya’s disputed site

The Shia stand can however likely cause a conflict with the Sunni Waqf Board. While Sunnis make a majority of Muslims in India, the decision of a section of the community represented by the Shia waqf board is important. This is the 1st time that religious board has favored for the shifting of the mosque.

Taking a dig at Sunni Waqf board, Shia Board said in its affidavit that the Sunni Central Waqf Board should not get involved in exploring peaceful settlement of the dispute as “it is under the dominant control of hardliners, fanatics, and non-believer in peaceful coexistence, who have absolutely no stakes in the case”.

According to TOI report, the Shia board said (in an affidavit filed by advocate MC Dhingra), “It is of the view that closeness of place of worships— Masjid and Mandir, of the two litigating denominations, should be avoided in as much as both denominations using loudspeakers tend to disturb the religious performances of each other, often leading to conflicts, bringing bitterness between the two factions. The answering respondent is of the view that to bring peace to the situation, Masjid can be located in a Muslim dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered place of birth of Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram.”

ALSO READ: Government seeks solution to Ramjanmbhoomi dispute through talks: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath in Ayodhya

Since 1945, Shia waqf board along with the Sunni waqf board have been fighting a legal battle claiming the ownership of Babri Masjid, the HC gave its verdict in favor of the Sunni Board when it divided the disputed plot three ways between the Board, Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara.

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The Allahabad High Court order which came on September 30, 2010, but the verdict was immediately challenged by different parties before the apex court. Since then no progress has been made in the case and it’s pending from then. The apex court agreed to grant an early hearing and has posted the case to August 11, 2017.

The Shia Waqf board in its affidavit said that out of court settlement should be considered in order to end the dispute. It said, “Considering the Muslim tenets of living in peace and harmony and respecting the religious sentiments of other communities following different religions, in this case, Hindu Community, it is ready and willing to conclude the peaceful settlement of the dispute, which it fondly hopes will be acceptable to all the stake holders.”

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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Government seeks solution to Ramjanmbhoomi dispute through talks: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath in Ayodhya

Adityanath's visit was the first by an Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to the site in 15 years, and it was also his first to the town after taking charge

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Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. Twitter
  • Governments always did politics on the dispute and ignored  the development of the holy city Ayodhya, says Yogi Adityanath 
  • Muslim groups from Lucknow have come forward in recent days with a proposal to hand over the Ramjanmbhoomi to Hindus
  • Adityanath is the first Chief Minister of UP to pray at the Ram Janmabhoomi since 2002

Ayodhya, May 31, 2017: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said his government seeks a harmonious solution to the Ramjanmbhoomi dispute within the ambit of law through talks, after he visited Ayodhya and offered prayers at the makeshift Ram temple here.

Adityanath’s visit was the first by an Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to the site in 15 years, and it was also his first to the town after taking charge.

Speaking at a public meeting here, Adityanath said that while other governments always did politics on the dispute and ignored development of the holy city, his government is concerned about its all-round development.

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“We will try for an amicable solution to the Ayodhya Ramjanmbhoomi dispute, within the ambit of law. The dispute should be resolved by dialogue,” Yogi Adityanath said.

The Chief Minister said he is happy to see that many Muslim groups from Lucknow have come forward in recent days with a proposal to handover the Ramjanmbhoomi to Hindus.

“I hope that a harmonious solution is found. Especially now since the Supreme Court has also expressed its willingness in that direction,” he said.

Adityanath also held a meeting with the administration for two and half hours and participated in the birthday celebrations of Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, chief priest and head of the Ramjanmabhoomi Nyaas, which led the Ram temple movement in the 1990s.

He also offered prayers at Hanuman Garhi temple and Sarayu ghat.

The Chief Minister announced development fund of Rs 350 crore for fixing the drainage system, renovation of ghats of Sarayu river, staging of ‘never ending’ Ramlila for the pilgrims and beautification of the temple town.

Adityanath also instructed to start daily Sarayu Arti on the lines of Ganga Arti in Varanasi.

“Earlier governments neglected Ayodhya and felt ashamed of working for its development. They even tried to restrict the Churasi Kosi Parikrama… We will begin all these…We will change everything now and provide all facilities to pilgrims visiting Ayodhya,” the Chief Minister said.

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He said his government is coming up with similar schemes for Mathura, Varanasi and other places of religious importance.

“I went to Hanuman Garhi, Ram Janmbhoomi and Sarayu ghat, and suggested that we improve the ghats and beautify the Ram ki Pedi area… We’ll also see to it that the city drains do not pollute Saryu river, and for that we will build a Sewage Treatment Plant,” he said.

Adityanath is the first Chief Minister from the state to pray at the Ram Janmabhoomi since 2002.

Adityanath’s visit comes a day after a CBI special court in Lucknow ordered framing of criminal conspiracy charges against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veterans L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti along with nine others in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.

Officials, however, told IANS that there was no link between the court proceedings and Adityanath’s visit to Ayodhya and said that it was pre-scheduled.

On Tuesday, the BJP Chief Minister had called on BJP veterans Advani, Joshi and Bharti, ahead of their court appearance. (IANS)

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