India: Is Ram Temple Foundation Stone a Step Toward Hindu State?

Here, the behavior of the Indian government appears entirely repugnant to the ideology of upholding the “equal respect for all religions.” It suggests that some people’s religious sentiments are more important than the religious feelings of others.

Ram temple foundation stone

Hours before the Ram Temple Foundation Stone is going to be laid by the Indian Prime Minister, let us have some flashbacks to history.

In 1951, when Somnath Temple was being inaugurated, its organizers invited the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, too. At that time, the incumbent prime minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru, did not want the state to involve in these communal, or dividing issues. So, he suggested the president not to participate in the inauguration.

Though the president did not accept his chief executive’s suggestion and took part in this program, he reiterated Gandhi’s ideology and stressed the need for secularism in the inauguration.

Many people are comparing the construction of Somnath Mandir with that of Ram Mandir (to be inaugurated on August 5). However, the comparison is not justified.

Firstly, this time the president is not the chief guest as he was in the Somnath Mandir case. Secondly, in 1951, the then PM Nehru was asking people to stay away from a communal issue, while the incumbent PM Modi is all set to lay foundation bricks at the inauguration ceremony.

Spiritual Attachment

Ayodhya is the birthplace of Hindu god, Ram. It is one of the most beautiful cities in India and had a rich history.

The Buddhists, who claim the site is actually the remains of the ancient Buddhist city, Saket. They had a hunger strike on July 15. They demanded that UNESCO excavate this place to unearth the cultural heritage of Buddhism.

Likewise, Jain and Sikhs also associate themselves with this place where Babri Mosque had been trumpeting the Mogul glory in India for the last 400 years.

In this way, this place has been the center of India’s cultural diversity, and had there been a political will, it would have been re-established in a reconciling way acceptable to each stakeholder. But Ayodhiya’s issue has been used to deepen the gulf between different religions for the sake of political gains.

Respect for all religions

Despite many years that have passed since the formation of the Liberhan Commission, the vandalism of the mosque in 1992 could not be brought to justice. The way December 6, 1992, had shaken the foundations of Democratic India, this foundation stone will change the shape and form of the “Democratic India”. Now one can only guess what future India will look like.

Professor Gyan Parkash is the writer of the famous book “The Emergency Chronicles”. He says that “The inauguration ceremony aimed at laying the brick stone for the Mandir is the direct attack on the constitutional principle of equal citizen rights. India’s secular system is no longer protected now. The BJP government, with the collusion of the judiciary, is founding a “sovereign Hindu state” in an organized way.

Here, the behavior of the Indian government appears entirely repugnant to the ideology of upholding the “equal respect for all religions.” It suggests that some people’s religious sentiments are more important than the religious feelings of others. During the discussion on the Babri Mosque issue, Muslims were asked to take back their claims over this piece of land.

Eventually, the foundation stone of Ram temple would coincide with the emergence of a “New India” that will judge its citizens on the basis of their religions. Ironically, all this is happening in the name of “Ram”. The Lord “Ram” is being reduced to a symbol of intolerance in India. Whether or not we name it a “New India,” but it is indeed a fatal blow on that India whose foundations Nehru laid, and that had incorporated all religions indiscriminately.


About Staff Writer

My focus is on politics, history, religion, and philosophy of life. I present news analysis and opinion on current affairs and occasionally produce satire articles

Have a tip we should know?

Most Read

  1. ARTS
    With a Vengeance and no Apologies, Art Basel Miami Beach Has Returned
    12 months ago
  2. Food
    Is Faux Turkey Finally Vegan-Approved for Thanksgiving?
    1 year ago
  3. News
    Pandora Papers Financial Leak Shows Us the Secrets of the World’s Rich and Powerful
    1 year ago
  4. Health
    US Supreme Court Rejects J & J TALC Cancer Case Appeal
    1 year ago
  5. Lifestyle
    9 Habits that Drain your Daily Focus and How to Avoid Them
    2 years ago
    Women’s Demand for Shapewear – the big Trends
    2 years ago
    Valentino Launches its Cosmetics Line
    2 years ago
  8. Business
    McDonald’s Sales Increase Amid COVID Restrictions
    2 years ago
  9. Health
    US Promises to Share 60 million Doses of AstraZeneca Vaccines
    2 years ago
  10. coronavirus
    UK Offers Aid Amid Surging COVID-19 Cases in India
    2 years ago
  11. Entertainment
    Nomadland Director Chloé Zhao, Wins the Best Director in 2021 Oscar
    2 years ago
  12. Asia
    Pakistan floods: ‘The water came and now everything is gone’
    3 months ago
  13. News
    Iraq: At least 23 dead amid fighting after Moqtada al-Sadr quits
    3 months ago
  14. News
    Pakistan floods are ‘a monsoon on steroids,’warns UN chief
    3 months ago
    Pakistan floods: Desperation and displacement in Sindh province
    3 months ago
  16. Enviroment
    Climate change: Russia Burns off Gas as Europe’s Energy Bills Rocket
    3 months ago
  17. News
    Ukraine war: Russia railway station strike kills 25, injures dozens
    3 months ago
  18. News
    Sewage in sea: French appeal to EU over UK discharges of waste
    3 months ago

Follow @rushhourdaily: