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Shri Ram Janmabhoomi pujan : The wait is over


R Narayan

Ayodhya, August 5 (HS) : The long wait will be over soon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive shortly in Ayodhya to lay the foundation which will pave the way for an imperial Ram temple here.

It will be fulfilment of a dream for crores of worshippers, a dream that was not seen yesterday. The struggle had begun many years ago. One hurdle or the other came in its way.But nothing can stop the construction now.

It was also involved in a long legal battle. The apex court removed the last stone. In a unanimous verdict in November last, the court offered the disputed land to Hindus. The PM will lay the foundation on the same land today.

Before the Bhumi Pujan he will hold prayers and perform puja at  the nearby Hanuman temple. He will unveil a plaque to mark the foundation laying and release a commemorative stamp in addition to participation in other events.

The opposition which does not leave anything  to chance and attacks the government whenever an opportunity comes, did not spare this religious event either.

It first slammed  the government on the ground that the visit was planned during Corona time which was a violation of its own rules. Then a communal colour was given. How can this congregation be held when Bakrid gathering was not allowed? Several other such questions were asked.

There was thus a question mark over the PM’s visit. However, all doubts were removed yesterday when an official communication was made about his visit. The PM will spend quite some time in this temple town before returning to Delhi.

An answer has been provided to those who wanted to communalise it as well as to those who talked of violation of norms.

Iqbal Ansari, who was involved, as also his father, in a legal battle over the temple since the beginning, was among the first few who were sent the invitations. As far as social distancing is concerned, care has been taken in this regard too. Only five persons will sit on the dais, maintaining the required distance. Less than 200 persons are invitees who too will  not sit close to each other.

Controversy is not something new in this case. In recent years, it was first raised in 1949 when some idols were seen in the disputed area. The adversaries called it a handiwork of some religious enthusiasts.

Court cases were filed which, as usual, lasted long. Sadhus and sants found some relief when the Allahabad High Court allowed opening of the main gate and a closure look of the idols.

Come 2010 and another order dividing the disputed land into three equal parts was given. The Sunni Waqf Board which was one of the three litigants, was not in its favour. Nor were the other two major claimants of the land, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

The last option to end the dispute was the Supreme Court which made it possible for the worshippers to see this day. As mandated separate land has been provided for construction of a mosque. Secular tradition has been maintained by one and all, whatever critics may say.

Hindusthan Samachar