Tapan Kumar Ghosh
In an environment of uncertainty and tension, spreading over the entire country, Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court has given its Verdict on the disputed adjoining land of Ram Janmabhoomi Temple in Ayodhya. The verdict is a great victory for the entire Hindu community of India, as well as a shameful defeat of the so called secular and Muslim-appeasing intellectuals and the Marxist historians. All the three Judges of the Lucknow Bench unanimously ruled that (1) the spot of land is the birth place of Lord Ram and (2) there exists remains a grand archaeological evidence beneath the earth. All the three Judges were unanimous about the above two points of the case while one of them differed on the point of allotting one third of the land to the land to the Sunni Wakf Board..
More importantly, the faith (the spot is the birth place of Ram) of more than a billion Hindus has been accepted by the court of law. At the same time, the Court has also admitted the truth, that there was a Hindu structure (temple) which was pulled down by the Muslim invader Babur and transformed into a mosque (though no court order has yet mentioned that altered and disputed structure was a mosque). Now that they have been defeated in the court, the Marxist historians, who are also acolytes of the Nehru dynasty, are distressed that the Honourable Judges of the High Court have depended more on the Hindu religious belief than the historical facts and logic. But the fact is, that these historians are the same people who ignore logic and archaeological evidence. And they also do not respect a court verdict as well.
There are millions of temples around the world dedicated to the deity of Ram, then why is this particular place called the ‘Janmasthan’. The reason is very simple – from milleniums, Hindus are convinced that this is the place where birth of Lord Ram took place. Even when Babur converted the temple into a mosque with three domes, billions of Hindus still continued to believe it as the Janmabhoomi Temple and circumambulate (panchakoshi or chouddakoshi parikrama) that converted structure. And there is no doubt, that the High Court has delivered its verdict on the basis of all these infallible facts and declared the spot to be the birth-place of Lord Ram.
It is also important that the court has not delivered its verdict on any hearsay that there is a temple underneath the present structure but on the report prepared by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), a Government of India undertaking. The court also sought the opinion of the foreign experts who examined the place by digging more than 50 tunnels more than and carrying out experiments with most modern instruments. As a result of these experiments, the officers of ASI believe that still there lay a very large structure beneath the present one. These are not speculation but a reality as well as scientific evidence.
So, it becomes evident that in 1528 CE, Babur did not build the mosque so that the handful Muslims of his time in Ayodhya could offer their prayer to Allah, but to insult the religious sentiment of the Hindus.
However, are the Marxist and secular historians ready to answer a few questions?
How come the Kashi Viswanath Temple in Benaras and the Sri Krishna Janmasthan Temple at Mathura ended up getting converted to mosques? Did they come from heavens? If not, who had done that and why? It was the creations of Aurangzeb who belonged to the 6th generation of Babur. These people were foreign aggressors. From Babur to Aurangzeb, these aggressors lived in this country. But that could not weaken their temple breaking policy. And it is still surviving. This tradition tempted the Muslims of Deganga to break the temple and the idol of Kali, on September 6, 2010, and desecrate the spot by urinating. The tradition is continuing even after 482 years.
Starting from Mehmud of Ghazni, Muhammad Ghori, Babur, Aurangzeb to today’s Maklujar Rahman Baidya of Deganga, all are following the same tradition. As a result of this tradition, the people like Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, BJP leader L K Advani, Communist leader Jyoti Basu, Pramod Dasgupta, Buddha (Chief Minister of West Bengal), Biman Basu, author Sunil Ganguli, Shirshendu,, Priya-Mamata (current Union Railway Minister) –Sougata Ray etc. had to leave their ancestral house and take shelter in West Bengal and other parts of India as refugees. But their stupidity still persists. They are still supporting the Indian version of secularism which is synonym of Muslim appeasement.
They are still engrossed with the idea of secularism that in near future they have to surrender the West Bengal to the Muslims. The court verdict on Ayodhya may help Muslims open their eyes, but these secularists would never come to their senses. They would never wake up even if their land and properties are grabbed again, gold and valuables are looted again and even if there mothers, sisters and daughters are hurt in front of their eyes. But it would be a great achievement if the common people get alert, by the court verdict on Ayodhya, about their secular leaders.
Now we shall discuss another side of the court verdict, even if it may appear unpleasant to many. Many Hundu leaders are considering it as a big victory for the Hindus, but I beg to differ. I apprehend that court verdict may give rise to some form of uproar throughout the country. The court order wants to maintain the present status quo for next three months. When these three months are over, Muslims would raise their demand to hold prayer (namaz) in the one-third portion of the land allotted to them.
Another point I have an issue with is, that there is no mentioning of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Trust (called the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas) in the court verdict. The third party in this case is Lord Ram Himself. Only his devotees have contested the legal battle on His behalf. Who have won the case? The deity of Ramlala Himself? And hence the sanctum of the temple would be the place of idol of Lord Ram, but who will build the temple? It would not be possible for the Deity of Ram to tell someone – “You build the temple”. Who will build the temple? And that would be the moment when government would come into the picture. Hence, as a matter of fact, the organization that started the Ram Mandir movement, who collected funds for building the temple, and went unrecognized in the court verdict.
We have now reached the concluding part of this article. A new phase of the movement soon start, so that the remaining hurdles can be removed fromm the path of the new Temple. The moot question though still is, whether Hindu Samhati (HS) would join the movement? Most people may be amazed to know that, I do not find it right or logical for the HS to join the movement. Many may also be displeased but I am helpless. I cannot lead my comrades and my sympathizers astray. One cannot assure me that another movement for building a temple will ultimately lead to building a temple.
I ask the reader two questions. Firstly, from 1986 to 1992, the movement for temple building was the most wide-spread one after independence. Do the Hindu organizations, at present, have capability of organizing a more wide-spread movement? I can say, no. So, is it now possible to build a temple, by over-coming all the above mentioned hurdles? If it is not possible, then starting a new movement would be meaningless. Then, why should there be a new movement? To speak the truth, simply to gain political mileage, and that is reason why common Hindus considering temple movement a treachery.
In reality, it was true. Only a few people were gathered to join the program. Then we have seen the program of chanting of the victory mantra – “Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram” with no visible result. Only one year ago, we have seen the “Vishwa Gau-gram Yatra”. Did any one have seen a result of that movement? (One should notice that both the above mentioned programs reflect an attitude of compromise, not resistance against the well defined adversary). So, it was not possible to build up a movement that we have observed in the decade of 90. If at this moment, we encourage our members to take part in the temple-building movement, that would certainly weaken the struggle for saving West Bengal from Islamization. And that would be suicidal for the Hindus of West Bengal.
In this context, the reader may recall that during the freedom struggle, when the Hindus of East Bengal were fighting against the British colonialists, they did not care that they were going to be landless soon. And as a result, when they obtained freedom, they were turned into refugees. They obtained freedom with partition. But at present, if we focus on temple building, our attention would be shifted from the aim of preserving our geographical boundaries. That would be disastrous for the Hindus of West Bengal.
The reader may also recall, in 1990’s, when the temple-building movement was at its peak, on June 6, 1990, Hindus were driven out en-masse from Kashnir and that too, not by the back door but by a declared policy. So, I ask the hindu leaders – Why the temple movement with its Hindu wakening could not preserve the Hindus’ land in Kashmir? Today, the state of West Bengal is approaching the similar threat. It might become more disastrous that what had happened in Kashmir. A man, whose house has been set on fire, his first and foremost duty is to put out the fire. At that time, it is his most important duty. Hindu scriptures designate such a duty as “Aapat Dharma”. We have to protect our land first and then we shall turn on the problem of temple building. We should not build the temple as refugees. At first, we should stand on our own land with our heads high and then we shall build our temple. So, the Hindus of West Bengal today have to observe the “Aapat Dharma.”