Cow to Temple - BJP started chanting Ram Mandir mantras for upcoming elections
Author: Thamanna Abdul Latheef 04 Jul 2018
With the coming of BJP at the Centre, a rise in Hindutva terror has been observed so as the caste politics. The dispute is at the heart of Hindu-Muslim communal rift in Uttar Pradesh and this has been openly encouraged in the state for more than half a century. This not only fueled mass polarization in the state but also promoted country's worst spate of religious violence since the partition.
Every election is a race for power and hate speeches, communal vehemence, controversial and condemnable statements, dirty caste politics aren’t new to the system. Uncommendably, half of the voters of various groups seem to have allured by their fake promises of wiping out certain communities from the country.
Even though Uttar Pradesh is a very crucial state for all the parties, the extremist ideologies are also a part of political discourse since its inception. With the coming of Modi led NDA government in the Centre, the Mandir politics is at its peak during every election.
So What is the Dispute All About?
The dispute is all about a plot of land measuring 2.77 acres in the city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, that houses the Babri mosque and Ram Janmabhoomi. It is considered sacred among Hindus as it is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram, one of the most revered deities of the religion whereas, Muslims claim that the land houses the Babri mosque, where they had offered prayers for years before the dispute.
The dispute arises over whether the mosque was built on top of a Ram temple – after demolishing or modifying it in the 16th century. Muslims, on the other hand, say that the mosque is their sacred religious place - built by Mir Baqi in 1528 - and that Hindus dishonored it in 1949, when some people placed idols of Lord Ram inside the mosque, under the cover of darkness.
The dispute broke out and intensified to violence in 1992, when around two lakh karsevaks (volunteers to a religious cause) demolished the Babri mosque, inciting communal riots across India which caused the lives of 1,000 people.
Why is 'Mandir Politics' During Elections?
More than twenty-five years have passed since the demolition of the Babri mosque but it has left a lasting impact on the socio-political fabric of India. The dispute over this piece of land has defined and then redefined state politics outfits and influenced the mindsets of people throughout the country. Even though we have fought our freedom from the foreign forces, we are still struggling with the internal rifts among various religious-caste groups. As long as India is not out of its cheap communal politics, the issues of Ram Mandir and Babri Masjid row will remain unresolved.
However, various questions on the mandir topic go unanswered every time. Apparently, Mandir Politics is one of the subject matters of discussion for the politicians and political parties to loot vote from the people who still live in the deep pit of communal ferocity. This becomes a fact that neither of the politicians nor political parties wants to resolve the issue as long that will shred people into pieces.
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