The groundbreaking event in Indian History is marked today, 5th August 2020. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived to perform Bhoomi Poojan and lay the foundation stone for the long-awaited Ram Mandir in the northern city of Ayodhya.
The specific area surrounding the event has been fenced off, and some 310 people, including 135 pandits, and security personnel are allowed and invited to the auspicious occasion with the mandatory norms of social distancing and their masks on amid the pandemic.
The air is triumphant and filled with the distinct echoes of devotional hymns about Lord Ram, and the roads are beautifully decked with abundant flowers. Even the front shops near the significant event have been painted yellow and Indian flags have been put everywhere.
What was the leading dispute of Ayodhya?
The political clash between the two opposed groups centered on the plot of land in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The conflicting issues revolved around burning questions whether it was the abode of deity Lord Ram, related to the History and location of the Babri Masjid, or whether a previous Hindu Mandir was demolished to erect a mosque.
The dispute took a grave turn when Hindu mobs demolished the Mosque in a political rally, and the incident decimated nearly 2000 people. The matter was being sent to court innumerable times, and the dispute has been prolonged for years. The timeline counts from 1528 to 2020, finally creating a historic day for the nation today.
Hence, after the prolonged war between the groups, the ultimate verdict stated that according to the final report by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the remains of the building “that was not Islamic” was beneath the structure of the destroyed Babri Mosque. However, the court also added that the demolition of the Mosque was against the court of law.
At this pivotal moment in time, the whole nation is solemnly celebrating the holy event in full swing with lighting diyas (clay lamps). The media has been comprehensively covering every precious minute, and no doubt, people are glued to their screens to commemorate the historic event. Moreover, the social media is awash with hashtags #RamMandirAyodhyay on Twitter, Whatsapp has added the new emoticon of Mandir, Facebook and Instagram are also flooded with the celebratory posts.
People believed, with this overdue day, the long-established controversy of Ram Mandir and Babri Masjid comes to an end. Meantime, the furor among the Muslim community has come to the surface, and the retorting tweets have been cropping up.
Article written by Yogita Malhotra
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