The Ram Mandir Babri Masjid imbroglio has seen the worst in the past with massive riots and myriad loss of lives of people of all communities in various parts of the country including the obnoxious Bhivandi riots of Maharashtra and thereafter dreaded Mumbai blasts killings hundreds, resulting in polarisation of the majority and minority providing political mileage to various parties, time and again.
Though the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the result of massive polarisation of Majority community votes but the issue was then put on back burner on the pressure of the then NDA partners who were finding it difficult to go along with the Hindu agenda of Ram Mandir. Since then the matter is in the court of law and is fully subjudice. Though the Ram mandir issue has always been the BJP’s main plank before and during every election since the last three decades, it was not raised prominently due to the ball being in the supreme court’s court.
After the crowning of Yogi Adityanath as the chief minister of the largest state UP the Ram Mandir issue has gained tremendous significance and it seems that the environment for polarisation of majoritarianism ( Hindu) votes in view of the 2019 national elections is being created as the BJP’s pre starategic move at the central as well as the state levels.
The nationwide tour of BJP chief to re energise its party cadre and his special emphasis on the Jan Raksha Yatra strongly condemning the CPM for lynching RSS activists in Kerala compounded with the umpteen visits of prime minister Modi to sacred temples of Varanasi and historic Kedarnath Dham including the lightening of 1lakh 80 thousand earthern lamps in Ayodhya with a pledge to built a hundred metre high statue of Lord Rama to glorify Him with a massive budget of 133 crores that also includes facelifting of Saryu Dham and Ayodhya unambiguously speaks of the fact that an alleged extensive Hindu polarising agenda of the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party is on the cards.
All these live examples of glorifying the birth place of Lord Rama, investing hundreds of crores in refurbishing the pious Saryu river banks where Lord Rama landed after returning from the exile and constructing the 100 metre high statue of the Hindu God makes things crystal clear that the election of 2019 would be fought again on Bhagwan Ram’s glorification of Ayodhya despite the complex Ram Temple issue being fully subjudice as on date.
Whenever the saffron clad Uttar Pradesh chief minister is questioned by the media on the controvertial Ram Mandir issue he pretends to honour the apex court’s decision saying that whatever decision the latter will give, would be acceptable to him and the party as well as the governments of the centre and state but leaves no stones unturned to saffronise Ayodhya on historic Hindu festival Deepawali and publicly allocating Rs 133 crores for constructing huge statue of Lord Rama.
Meanwhile, in one of her tweets few days ago a senior journalist Sagarika Ghosh had suggested , why not to construct a hi tech hospital in Ayodhya than spending so much on less relevant heads. Not a bad idea, I suppose.