The Supreme Court of India’s act of postponing the Ayodhya disputed land ownership case gave some the opportunity to publicly link the construction of Ram Temple on the disputed land to the atmosphere of communal peace and harmony.
Yesterday, shortly after the Supreme Court ignored the UP government’s demand for early hearing in the ownership of disputed site in Ayodhya case, and gave the case the next date of hearing in January 2019; various groups with political and other vested interests started blaming the Supreme Court. Some started saying that the patience of Hindus is running out. Some even said the construction of Ram Temple on the disputed land will create an atmosphere of communal peace and harmony. Specific hashtags such as #RamJanmaBhumi, #Ordinance4RamMandir, #OrdinanceForRamMandir started showing up on Social sites online. The media also played its role in taking such scattered misinformed views to the masses later yesterday.
Is Supreme Court that much to blame for furthering Ayodhya disputed land case to January 2019?
I think NO.
Over the years, people with vested political interests started referring everything related to Babri Masjid demolition and ownership of land as #RamMandirCase #RamMandirVerdict, #AyodhyaRamMandir #RamMandirDispute, #BabriMasjidDemolition and so on. Such careless use of words (when the aim is not to simplify a difficult concept) is wrong.
Yesterday’s hearing was Only about the “Ownership of the disputed land in Ayodhya”. So you and I can ask people what they feel about that. But it will be foolish to ask for such an opinion because we must better trust the Court. Why ask anyone else.
And ownership is difficult to establish. That’s it.
That apart, those who are demanding for an ordinance for Ram Mandir, must understand that: The Supreme Court is hearing the case of land ownership; and land disputes are ideally resolved in courts of Law in India.
So there is nothing wrong or less nationalist in waiting for the next Supreme Court hearing in January 2019.
Over time, I have found that some people in India respect Law and some people don’t. I don’t mean those who don’t are criminals. What I mean is that those who don’t respect law of the country, respect it as per their choice. When the decision is in their favor and as per their thinking, they respect the law; otherwise they don’t. The debate around disputed land in Ayodhya offers us an excellent opportunity to see on which side of this divide we find ourselves standing. It is good if you stand among the people who respect rule of law in India.