“I have a Hindu worker who helps me, things in the town are still peaceful. The best of journalism is shrinking, yielding to crude prime-time spectacle. While the local administration has left no stone unturned to ensure the foundation stone of Ram temple is laid even during a pandemic, it has not shown the same vigour to kick-start the construction of the new mosque. Financial Express is now on Telegram. “I welcome the temple but the government should not destroy our lives for the sake of development. A small but significant part of the town’s businesses relies on Muslim craftsmen, milk vendors and flower sellers among others. You have entered an incorrect email address! Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. For starters, base pillars will be placed. Ltd. All rights reserved. Over the last few years, an unprecedented sense of alienation and fear has gripped India’s minorities, particularly the Muslims. The event will be marked by prayers to Lord Shiva at the Kuber Tila shrine on the Ram Janmabhoomi site, allocated for the temple in a historic Supreme Court verdict last November. “We don’t want any trouble here and the Supreme Court asked the mosque to be built on land inside Ayodhya, not here which is about 20km from there,” Mohammad Zubair told Al Jazeera. A veritable gloom pervades Dhannipur village. At a popular bangle store, the father-son duo of Haji Salim and Abdul Kalim are more circumspect but voice similar concerns. 2020The Indian Express [P] Ltd. All Rights Reserved. It also ordered that an alternative five-acre plot must be found within Ayodhya for a mosque. Coming back to the construction of the temple, the temple will be made in such a way that it prevents overcrowding. After the ‘bhoomi pujan’, paperwork regarding construction, map, designs, and ownership was filed, the report said. India’s governing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rose to national prominence on the back of the temple movement launched in the 1980s. Very good and well researched article on the topic. The city of Ayodhya is all set to celebrate the first Diwali after the foundation-stone ceremony for Ram Temple's construction which was conducted on August 5 this year. Once that is over, our religious leaders and seers will decide what to do about other such places,” VHP’s regional spokesman Sharad Sharma told Al Jazeera. 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Last November, a decades-old protracted legal battle between the Hindu and Muslim parties ended with the Supreme Court awarding the contested site to Hindu petitioners, handing the BJP a victory to drive home its Hindu nationalist agenda. “The BJP has been reorganising the Indian polity as an authoritarian Hindu nationalist state. The prayers will be performed by Kamal Nayan Das and other priests on behalf of Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, who visited the site recently. Today, those who survive here are like Abid Khan who makes wooden sandals, mostly for the large number of Hindu ascetics and monks who live here. His business is also going to be disrupted by the development plans but as Muslims elsewhere in India today, Khan’s concerns are more fundamental. The date chosen for the ceremony also coincides with the first anniversary of the abrogation of the special status of Indian-administered Kashmir, India’s only Muslim majority region that has been the theatre of a bloody armed rebellion for more than 30 years. On the entrance of the temple, several stones will be placed. The trust formed to oversee the construction of the temple is composed mainly of functionaries from the VHP and the RSS, which has propounded supremacy of Hindus in India. In fact, they have only been selling it and leaving. There have been brutal layoffs and pay-cuts. The report mentioned that ADA has confirmed the approval of the map and the land will be put under the category of religious/fairground, tourist residence, orchard, or spiritual ground. Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust which will be overlooking the construction project has said that the temple will have 1,200 pillars in a depth of 200 feet. Also read: IITs to be roped in for construction of Ram Mandir, says govt-appointed trust, Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram, Why news media is in crisis & How you can fix it. “More than five generations of my family have lived here but with the cries for creating a Hindu India growing louder, I don’t know how long we can last here.”. The trust has invited PM Modi for the Bhoomi-Pujan ceremony in Ayodhya. “The ceremony in Ayodhya openly involving state machinery is a sobering moment, marking the dismantling of the original republic and a signpost of the commencement of a new republic.”. “Go a little deeper into Ayodhya and you see so much of Hindu-Muslim heritage,” he says. LUCKNOW: The start of the Ram temple’s construction at Ayodhya may be marked by a special event on Ram Navami, which falls on April 2 next year, said people with knowledge of the matter. In Ayodhya, a town with a rich and diverse history, the majority Hindu population is happy the Ram temple is being constructed. As per the proposal, the site is covering 2,74,110 square metres (67 acres). Among 85 stones, three will remain in Ayodhya, the report quoted head priest of the Ram Lalla temple, Mahant Satyendra Das as saying. Sitting across him, KK Nigam, who owns a shoe shop along the main road of the town, is not so certain about his future because as part of the massive infrastructure development plans, both his house and shop are at the risk of demolition for a four-lane expressway. “Right now, we are focussed on building a grand Ram temple after 500 years of struggle. 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May be your forthcoming challenging investigation will throw some revealing facts. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates. MR Shamshad, a lawyer who represented Muslim parties in the temple-mosque legal dispute, says “already there are efforts by Hindu groups to ‘reclaim’ other temples that they believe were converted into mosques”. The Ayodhya Development Authority (ADA) received a 4,000-page document that had the proposed map of the temple’s architecture. But the fact is we don’t know whom to trust because we have been betrayed earlier in 1992,” says Khan. Copyright © 2020 Printline Media Pvt. ThePrint has the finest young reporters, columnists and editors working for it. A separate trial in the Babri mosque demolition case is continuing in a special court in Lucknow. At least 2,000 people will be displaced and their livelihoods ruined if the government goes ahead with its plans,” he says, tearing up. Government to make PF contributions for these employees – Check details, Better travel experience! There has been a marked absence of Islamic places of worship in the nearly $300m development plan for the town. But since the 1990s, there has been an exodus of Muslim families owing to a threat of violence in the sleepy but sensitive town by the Sarayu River. The judgement was widely criticised for lacking a sound legal basis as well as signalling a majoritarian push that compromised on India’s secular and democratic constitutional ethics. The ritual will begin around 8 am. The town’s scores of mosques, tombs, mausoleums and graveyards are mute testaments to its rich Islamic history and is a symbol of harmonious co-existence between Hindus and Muslims. That timeline will chime with the Supreme Court’s November 9 order to set up a trust in three months for the temple’s construction. Let it get built first, we have seen promises earlier also about development but nothing happened.”. The work of laying the foundation of the temple will begin after these special prayers. Millions of Hindus will come to worship here and that will be good for everyone here.”. The temple is being built in place of a Mughal-era mosque, which was demolished by a right-wing Hindu mob in 1992, triggering nationwide religious riots in which more than 2,000 people, most of them Muslims, were killed. On May 11, earth-moving machinery was deployed for levelling the site. One month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the ‘bhoomi pujan’ of Ayodhya’s Ram temple, the construction work at the site has gathered pace. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. In Ayodhya, a town with a rich and diverse history, the majority Hindu population is happy the Ram temple is being constructed.