1. Why Supreme Court is right in asking for an amicable solution of Ram Mandir issue

Why Supreme Court is right in asking for an amicable solution of Ram Mandir issue

Ram Mandir controversy has consumed at least two generations of people in northern India, especially in an around Ayodhya.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 21, 2017 3:43 PM
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Ram Mandir controversy has consumed at least two generations of people in northern India, especially in an around Ayodhya, which is believed by a majority of Hindus as the birth place of Lord Ram. From a movement to set up a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya in the late 1980s, to the demolition of Babri Masjid to ensuing communal riots, court cases, bitter politics and spread of mutual hatred among two largest religious communities of the country, the temple issue has affected directly as well as indirectly the psyche of all Indian youth born in the 1990s and 1980s.

What started as a matter of faith, has now become a matter of prestige. One can say in Hindi, Ram Mandir is not as much a matter of ‘aastha (faith)’ but of ‘pratistha (prestige)’ for the contesting groups that have so far refused to hold mutual discussions to find an amicable solution to the issue. The bitter memories of the Babri Masjid demolition by a large group of Hindu activists continue to hurt the Muslim groups who have been contesting the matter in courts for around three decades now. The same is the case with the Hindu groups who cannot withstand the sight of Lord Ram being worshipped in a makeshift abode in Ayodhya.

By asking the rival factions to reach an amicable solution in the matter by mutual talks, the Supreme Court has certainly taken the best possible decision. The courts in the country have no business in deciding about matters relating to faith. Civil society groups should always come forward to talk out such issues. Even if the court does manage to give a decision in matters of faith, it is not certain that people will heartily accept it. We all remember the recent Jallikattu protests in Tamil Nadu where people virtually forced the apex court to backtrack on the ban imposed on the ancient bullfighting practice in the state.

As far as Ram Mandir issue is concerned, the apex court would risk losing the respect of either of the groups which doesn’t agree with the SC decision, if it had decided to take. Only dialogues and discussion, as well as mutual compromises, can solve this matter.

However, the level of bitterness among the contesting groups can be considered from some of the comments that came from different stakeholders in the case after the SC direction today. While BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said the matter can be solved amicably and the Muslim groups can take a different site for reconstructing a mosque in Ayodhya and leave the disputed site for Ram Temple. He argued that Namaz can be offered at any place. However, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said the time for negotiations are over. Politician Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted, ” I hope Supreme Court decides the Contempt petition which is pending since the demolition of Babri Masjid 1992.”

However, bickering among politicians is not going to help the country. People are fed up of their prestige war. It is time, they should sit together and close the issue, for once and ever.

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