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Religious Polarisation: Gateway to Power

The vicious game of religious polarisation before an election is not an unfamiliar sight in India and prior to the Loksabha elections which are due in 2019, the ruling party is leaving no stone unturned to attract a specific community for their vote bank. The recent paradigm was witnessed in Ayodhya on 25th November where a Dharmsabha was organised by Shiv Sena, saints and Hindu outfits to clarify the government’s stance on Ram Mandir dispute, asking the government to bring an ordinance for construction of Ram Mandir despite knowing that the issue is still in the Supreme Court and until the Court passes a verdict, any ordinance can’t be enforced. Countering the argument about an ordinance for Ram Mandir, fanatics say that if an ordinance can be enforced for SC-ST Act, then why not on an issue which is of cardinal importance to Hindus? They might not know that the ordinance for SC-ST Act was enforced only when the judgment was passed from the court and without a verdict, the government can’t take any action for the disputed land. Apart from this, the judiciary has a rulebook to follow, without which it’d collapse, it cannot be freed from constitutional resolution, arrangements and obligations. It has to abide the Constitution lest the country will soon turn into a banana republic and in a country where people belonging from different ethnicities, religions live in, the court can’t pass a verdict for a specific community. 

There is a sense of belief and satisfaction associated with the judiciary, people who knock the door of the judiciary have some personal expectations, they want the judgement to be delivered in their favour as the BJP and Vishwa Hindu Parishad is demanding. In order to pressurise the judiciary for passing a verdict in their favour, these type of activities is being carried out by the political outfits whereas the judiciary works according to the Constitution so these actions won’t make a significant impact on their rationality. However, BJP is the largest party in the country and majority of the states, but its close associates i.e., RSS and VHP have not succeeded in their attempts to make the country a Hindu Rashtra, so the court’s verdict is not likely to be affected from these activities. Political parties are in a hurry to polarise the politics to regain the power, there are more than five thousand temples in Ayodhya where various forms and limes of Rama have been displayed and they are not disputed territory, so the parties can wait for the judgement of the court for the title dispute case, but then they will lose a chance to secure the vote bank. 

Around 70 acres of the disputed land was acquired by the central government in 1993 by bringing an ordinance and regarding the verdict passed by a bench headed by Justice Venkatachaliah on October 24, 1994, no party is authorised to influence or change that verdict except Parliament. However, there is one thing which needs to be answered before deciding the ownership of the land, whether the land goes to any party, can it be freed from the said acquisition done by Parliament.
In the preamble of the Ayodhya Speciality Land Acquisition Ordinance, it has been said that facilities acquired for Rammandir, mosque, library, reading room, museum and pilgrims will be built on the acquired land. Though the Parliament has the right to amend this law, no notice has been issued for the cancellation of this law yet and until this law is amended only then a second law can come into existence. To keep the fire burning, BJP can bring an ordinance to please its voters to project themselves as a party who is committed towards this issue but the opposition is acting as a roadblock because it’s not necessary that it will get the support from its allies and the opposition.

Bhartiya Janata Party, founded in 1980 had a vision that one day, their party members will hold all the Constitutional posts in the country and in the last four and a half years, this aspiration of BJP have been fulfilled to some extent, they are now in a situation to change the country with the power they hold. The irony here is that issues which were used for rising to the high ranks of power have now been sidelined. Even after having a full majority government, it's in a state of hibernation and there is no denying the fact that Ram Mandir, Triple Talaq and Uniform Universal code were nothing more than a political stunt. BJP will have to pass through a tough and complicated electoral test as the question is still looking them in the face that if not now then when would you people take action?

Since 1989, Ayodhya has been an important agenda for BJP and the party always promised that the day they will come in the majority, construction of Ram Mandir  will begin, but since last four and a half years, BJP is in the Centre and from the last one and a half year, it's in the state (Uttar Pradesh) but no progress has made in this direction. The answer lies in the future that how will the government formulate a strategy to tackle the voters and opposition, but there is not a pinch of doubt that the issue of Ram Mandir is not going to end before the election.