If you live in India, there’s no way that you’ve not heard of the Ayodhya Temple dispute. Last Sunday, while eating breakfast with my family, my father asked me what I knew about the Ayodhya Temple dispute, whose judgement had just been passed that day. Intrigued, I looked it up on the internet, and honestly, I was baffled by the amount of information and politics behind the entire thing. I found out that the dispute was more than 70 years old! But, wait! For those you who are not aware of it, let me give you a brief history of the entire case.
At the centre of the argument is a mosque that was built in Ayodhya by the Muslims in the early 16th century, and then demolished by a mob of Hindus in 1992. Hindus believe that Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram, one of the most worshipped gods of Hindu religion. However, they say that the mosque was built on the remains of an old Hindu structure, and that is the exact spot where Lord Ram was born. Muslims say that they have been worshipping there for more than four centuries. Mosque? Temple? Mosque? Temple? The two religions have gone to court many times without fruit, but last Saturday, the Supreme Court of India ruled that the location will be given to the Hindus to build a temple.
An interesting fact was how the infant deity, Ram Lalla Virajman was the first petitioner in the case. He was represented by his next ‘human’ friend, Triloki Nath Pandey. Bizarre, isn’t it? Imagine, we are looking for God in temples, and he is in a courtroom, fighting his case. I guess it’s true that God is everywhere! Also, as Ram Lalla Virajman is the infant Lord Rama, he was deemed a perpetual minor by the law.
Now, according to me, this is all a big row over a small thing. Although we are a secular country, the matter of demolishing a single temple or mosque or building one thing but not the other causes riots and unrest all across the country.
After reading and hearing so much about this, I support the decision of the Supreme Court. And that’s not because I’m a Hindu myself. The archaeological survey of India has already confirmed that the mosque was built on an old Hindu structure. Plus, it also holds a great amount of importance for the Hindus, being the birthplace of one of our Gods.
If we think about it, all religions say GOD IS ONE and it’s sad to see how we humans fight over it.