Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg
Representational photo | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg
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With the Supreme Court concluding the arguments in the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case, everyone is busy speculating if a temple will finally be built at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

But whatever be the court’s verdict, one thing that is uncontested is the rise of the assertive Hindu and his/her role in shaping Indian politics in the years to come.

This assertive Hindu knows that a Hindu Rashtra is not a theocratic state, but expects a strong pro-Hindu government to correct the wrongs done to the community by pseudo-secularism and misrepresentation of unity in diversity since Independence.

As the popular saying goes: Ram Mandir has made many governments, but none of the governments made a Ram mandir.


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A call for Hindus

About four decades back, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and other RSS-supported organisations launched a series of programmes across the country aimed at creating awareness about lost, destroyed and/or desecrated temples and reclaiming them.

There are thousands of such temples across India, either demolished or lying beneath other religious structures.

Beginning with the All India Bharat Mata-Ganga Mata Yatra and one-village-one-brick movement, the movement culminated in L.K. Advani’s Somnath to Ayodhya ‘Ram Rath Yatra’ in 1990. Then BJP president Advani was part of this massive programme to educate people about the Ayodhya movement. The general awareness among the Hindu society, the urge to be assertive for the rights of Hindus and determination to pursue the temple agenda was reflected in the political gains made by the BJP. The party included these issues among its main political agenda.

With a strong BJP at the centre and as a ruling party in most states, it is unthinkable that the politically aware Hindu will ever give up the demand for two other temples at Varanasi and Mathura, where too mosques were constructed after demolishing temples.

The Narendra Modi government’s recent actions – scrapping the special status of Jammu and Kashmir with Article 370, the belligerent statements on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and the possibility of introducing a bill for Uniform Civil Code – have bolstered Hindu sentiments. In other words, these are natural outcomes and a logical corollary of the Hindu unity as envisaged by the RSS, which has been tirelessly working for ‘sanghatith Hindu samaj’ (united Hindu society) from before Independence.


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Coming back home

The “bhavya Ram Mandir” (grand Ram Temple) as envisaged by leading Hindu groups reflect the sentiments of millions of Hindus across the world. It will be a reality, sooner than later. Given the energy and sense of achievement it will create, it would be naïve to dismiss the demand for “teen nahi toh teen hazar (give back three temples or we take back three thousand)” as mere bravado.

Hindus are hopeful that after over a century of fighting for his birthplace, Bhagwan Ram finally will get to come back home.

There is a general consensus that there was a temple in Ayodhya and it was destroyed to construct a mosque by the invading army of Babur, hailing from what is now Uzbekistan. The mosque was demolished in 1992.

Whatever be the Supreme Court’s verdict now, one thing is clear: Hindus are once again finding a strong voice in India, without having to censor their call for due rights and political space.

There is no looking back or tip-toeing around the issue of resurgent Hindu pride that is sweeping the nation now. Politics, across the spectrum, will have to learn to adapt itself to this new wave or it will be wiped out.

The author is a member of the National Executive Committee of the BJP and former editor of Organiser. Views are personal.

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  1. If assertive Hindu is here to stay, then we should forget the Hindu slogan, “vasudhaiv kutumbakam”. We as Indians will have to make our choice. The British colonized India; Narendra Modi is fast cocoonizing India. It’s a sad commentary that sensible people like Seshadri Chari seem to be endorsing it!

  2. THE TEMPLE MUST BE BUILT I AM PREPARED TO DO VIOLENT KAR SAVAK
    Firstly let it be clear
    As a patriotic Indian Muslim who can prove his citizenship, via my birth certificate, both my parents birth certificate, and all four grandparents birth certificates. My ancestral home built in 1870 is also proof we have lived as Muslims in this Hindu country for hundreds of years. I am waiting for the NCR to come to New Delhi so I can apply for inclusion. To be part of this great nation makes me so happy.
    It’s very sensible of Amit Shah to say we should throw these Muslim termites out. They give loyal Muslims like us living in a Hindu Rashtra a very bad name.
    PLEASE UNDERSTAND, I AM A MUSLIM AND A PROUD BJP VOTER AND AN ADMIRER OF NARENDRA MOD, I HAVE DECIDED FOR THE SAKE OF MY HINDU BROTHERS NOT TO EAT MEAT.
    FOR THE SAKE OF MY HINDU BROTHERS I WILL NEVER MARRY A HINDU GIRL OR DO LOVE JIHAD.
    I PROMISE NOT TO ‘BREED’ many children, as that is what annoys my Hindu brothers who voted for Narendra Modi.
    India is the greatest nation in the whole world. I am so proud to be an Indian. We are people of the most ancient civilisation. We have thousands of years of culture Behind us. I am so proud of my Hindu brothers, I am so proud of their rich culture, the traditions of Hindi and Sanskrit.
    I am wondering why my ancestors choose to leave Hinduism and embrace Islam. I am seriously thinking of leaving this Religion of the invader and the Terrorist and embracing Hinduism. I know if I convert to Hinduism I shall have to adopt a lower caste for myself, I can never be a Brahmin, but that is the price well worth paying For being part of this great caste system, the rich stories from the past, all those ancient marvellous inventions by the inventive Hindu and this great Hindu religion.
    THE TEMPLE MUST BE BUILT
    Jai Shri Ram

  3. My heart is swelling with pride at the thought of this soon to be achievement. It will swell even more if we can teach Pakistan a lesson. While we are at it, why not give it back to Uzbekistan? After all, they are the original ‘Babar ke aulaad’.

    The only thing that can hold us back now is the decision of how far to go back in time to correct every historical wrong. I personally think we need to go back to Year Zero, to bring back Ram Rajya. Never mind it didn’t workout too well in Cambodia, but then, they didn’t have our PM or the BJP.

  4. Heaven help Indian society, if the supreme court allows the mosque to be built along side the Ram temple.Ayodhya and India will never know peace. It is best, if the Muslims are given an alternate site to build the mosque. But, in a city which is littered with mosques, do they need one more mosque?

  5. Yeah Right, the asserive Hindus. No other religious folks were slaves for 1000 years. Brave assertiveness was missing then. Talk, you see, is cheap.

    • Ever heard of Rajputs, Jats , Gurkhas, Marathas etc. And 1000 yr. Last I read tragedy started in 1206 AD after 1192 battle. But in between never invaders could capture whole of India. So it was a struggle.

  6. All communities should feel proud of their religion and culture. Not feel diffident to assert who they are, what they stand for. So long as that does not come at the cost of someone else%should rights and freedoms. If 6th December 1992 was the acme of assertion, India can do without it. Read the observations of the apex court when it directed conclusion of the Ayodhya trial within a period of two years.

  7. Ram is not the only God Hindus have, so please do not club Hindus who do not worship or believe in Ram non Hindus. Vhp, rss or hindu mahasabha are not representative of Hinduism for everybody. For me the embodiment of Hinduism is Ramkrishna Mission. I do not subscribe to the views of vhp or rss and it does not make me any less Hindu. Hindus believe in inclusivity which is the essence of secularism.

      • It may not have anything to do with you or your kind, but it has a lot to do with the rest of the nation. And we are going to stay that way despite the best efforts of bigots.

    • A few years ago the Ramakrishna Mission itself made a representation to call themselves a non-Hindu/minority organisation/sect. India was never a secular country, which means a separation of church/ religious authority and state, essentially a Western construct. What India has been largely is a pluralistic society, accepting all beliefs but never secular. Whether ‘Hinduism ‘ itself can be classified as a religion is a matter of debate.

      • It is plain stupid to reject something simply because it is a Western construct. Democracy itself is primarily a Western notion. Would you reject that? Secularism is a great way to ensure equality in a nation with as much religious diversity as ours. We have to only look at our neighbouring countries to see how bad a theocratic state can be. By having a, “state religion” we are guaranteed to end up like them.

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