The Future: What if a Ram Temple/Babri Mosque is built in Ayodhya?
“Picturing the future is the most straightforward thing one can do. The true justice in this case is obscured with great intricacies. Perhaps there is no one justice. The Supreme Court will have to be really creative with their judgement to appear unbiased. ”
The judgement of the long disputed matter is now reserved with the Supreme Court. Any kind of speculation regarding the same is totally futile. And since we are not a big media channel we are not going to take sides. We are small and still operate by the principle of neutrality because no one cares to pay us to be biased. Keeping the unwanted humour aside, let’s analyse two possible results. What if a Ram Temple or Babri Mosque is built at the disputed site?
But why jump and look into the future? Well in layman terms, somebody tore down a temple and somebody destroyed a mosque. It’s all even in the past, of course spread across a very long timeline. In other words, there is really nothing to look into in the past.
And how are we qualified to be such crystal ball-gazers? Well, the author is, being a resident of Ayodhya. He is somebody who has spent over two decades of his life in the temple town. So here we go.
-Imagine a grand Ram Temple standing at the disputed site. One that is so huge and magnificent that it mesmerizes the onlookers like a wonder. Just visit the Karyashala in Ayodhya and you would know why the grandeur of the temple is a given.
-Ayodhya is nowhere close to Mathura and Varanasi when it comes to tourism and pilgrimage. Being the birth place of Ram, it deserves a lot more attention than it’s getting, well the right kind of attention. Most people who visit Ayodhya are from the neighbouring towns. It just somehow fails to attract Hindus from across the country. Simply put, Ayodhya has huge potential but as of now the story isn’t very good there. Perhaps, just perhaps Ram Temple is the push the city needs. And let’s be honest, Ayodhya can only be a popular Hindu pilgrimage spot.
-Okay, so it all looks good by tourism point of view but what about the law and order? Ayodhya is one of the centres of Hinduism. The city has mostly been peaceful regardless of what the perception might be. Over the years millions of Hindus have started believing that the site is the real ‘Ramjanmbhumi’. The Supreme Court would take a call on the veracity of it but when millions believe into something, it becomes ‘the’ truth. Try making them believe otherwise and a revolt won’t be far.
-The one very severe downside that construction of Ram Temple would bring is that it would set a very wrong precedent. Tomorrow another group, community which feels in a particular way might just try to snatch it away like it happened in 1992. Nobody should be allowed to take law and order in their own hands. And the demolition of Babri Mosque was one such instance.
-Trying to be as neutral as possible, the construction of a mosque at the disputed site seems next to impossible. Unlike the Muslim side for which the battle is for justice, for Hindus it’s a matter of faith. And when faith gets involved, people can get really passionate to say the least.
-Imagine constructing a Ram Temple in Mecca and just imagine for how long it might survive. A mosque at a place, the Hindus believe is ‘Ramjambhumi’ would never be known for peace. The least we talk about law and order the better.
-How well will it serve the local population? For Muslims it would be a symbol of justice. But it would never be able to grow out of cobwebs of uncertainty and controversy. It would never become a pilgrimage spot, at least not of the reach of a Ram Temple.
Picturing the future is the most straightforward thing one can do. The true justice in this case is obscured with great intricacies. Perhaps there is no one justice. The Supreme Court will have to be really creative with their judgement to appear unbiased. But by all calculations, a Ram Temple seems the most reasonable thing that could be built in Ayodhya. However, it should be ensured that it doesn’t set a precedent which might turn into a pattern. The judgement shouldn't be celebrated like a victory over the other religion and rather be accepted gracefully like a rectification of some old mistakes.