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Varri Anusha, MBA 2015-2017, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
With upcoming UP elections, it was quite expected of our so called ‘leaders’, to make statements which even they don’t consider giving a second thought to. But what baffled me was, a highly literate and foreign educated person like Dr. Subramaniam Swamy making a statement saying – Ram Mandir must be constructed in Ayodhya and that should be started this year.
It all started back in 1992, when several ‘Kar Sevaks’ led by BJP leaders like L.K. Adwani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati made an attempt to demolish the ‘Babri Masjid’ to restore the original Ram Mandir, which they consider was demolished for building the Babri Masjid. Since then the case is pending in the Supreme Court. Now the construction of Ram Mandir can’t be done till Supreme Court gives a verdict. But Indian politics runs more on our sentiments than on our development and thus the Ram Mandir issue has become an eternal weapon for BJP. Every time there is an election, the construction of Ram Mandir is one of the election promise made. And as soon as the elections are done, the matter goes into cold storage. The irony is that, BJP was in power from 1999 to 2004, led by Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the Prime Minister, but still the construction of Ram Mandir could not be done in that period for the simple reason of pendency in court.
Now the funny part is that, every time these election gimmicks don’t work. In the Bihar election, one irresponsible statement from RSS leader Mr. Mohan Bhagwat, on reservation issue, cost them a complete election. So, raking up the temple issue by BJP leaders eyeing Assemble elections of 2017 in UP, Bengal, Assam may in fact boomerang BJP. It only shows that BJP has not learnt its lessons from Bihar elections.
Another point that makes me wonder is that, even if BJP manages to get a nod from majority Hindu Electorate for building Ram Mandir, will the construction be done in the spirit put forth by our so called ‘leaders’? I have my doubts.