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Ram Vilas Vedanti declares construction of Ram temple would start before the 2019 general election
The famous American 'Attorney Of Law' Ivan Hoffman, speaks about the respect of law in the following terms:

"Let me define what I mean by "respect for the law." This is not merely the adherence to the letter of the law or even to the spirit of the law. That we all must do and thus that is a given. However, merely complying with the law is not the same as respecting the law. Respect for the law of course includes complying with the law but respect for the law goes beyond that threshold. Complying with the law does not of necessity include respecting the law but respecting the law does include complying with the law.

Manifesting an affirmative respect for the law says that you expect to raise the level of discussion to a higher plane. And that you expect others to follow. If all we seek is minimum compliance with the law, then all we will end up with is a minimum compliance world, a world without excellence. We of course want to have a world in which everyone complies with the law. But we deserve a better world than a merely compliant world. Striving to reach a higher goal in our business and legal behaviour can help create a maximum world, a world in which everyone actually respects the law as opposed to a world in which all we have is begrudging compliance."

The world knows that the Supreme Court of India had already ordered a trial against senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati in the case of Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya.

It had also taken up the legal dispute of Babri Masjid as a batch of 13 appeals had been filed in the top court against the Allahabad High Court's earlier verdict that directed division of 2.77 acres of land of the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya into three parts.

The Supreme Court had suspended the High Court's verdict in 2011. The top court also rejected the intervention plea of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy in the matter.

The Babri Masjid was built in Ayodhya in 1528. Hindu groups claim it was built after demolishing a temple. In 1859, the British administration put a fence around the site marking separate areas of worship for Hindus and Muslims, and it stood that way for nearly 90 years. For the first time, the property dispute went to court in 1949 after idols of Lord Ram were placed put inside the mosque.

India's Muslims are deeply anxious that a legal dispute with religious overtones should not be allowed to influence the outcome of the next general elections. The Hindu fundamentalist side believes it has a lot to gain with a speedy verdict that will, irrespective of its outcome, act as a catalyst for the consolidation of Hindu votes in a Hindu-majority country. Also, the fact that three senior advocates representing the Muslim side — Rajeev Dhawan, Kapil Sibal, and Dushyant Dave, all practicing Hindus — almost thought of withdrawing from the proceedings is in itself a major cause for concern.

From the 'Mandir waheen banayenge' side the Supreme Court is being asked to restore to India's Hindu majority the possession of land on which a mosque stood for over 400 years prior to December 6, 1992.

The court has yet to give the final verdict.'

However, as the clouds of 2019 Lok Sabha polls are gathering at the country's horizon, RSS / BJP juggernaut is hell bent to make the political capital of dispute that had brought it from the insignificant two parliamentarians to now run the country today.

As the story of windfalls is disrupted for BJP with the recent poll defeats in Karnataka State Assembly and Lok-Sabha by-polls, and Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are expected to slip slowly but surely from its hold, they are back to flogging the dead horse. Kashmir solution is leading to nowhere. The issues of bringing back the black money, gas and petrol prices, absence of the jobs and fiascos of demonetisation and GST are all pushed on to the back burner. The same old religious emotional pothers are floated to obfuscate the deep economic depression for the common man.

On Monday, while sharing stage with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a prominent religious leader and former BJP lawmaker, Ram Vilas Vedanti, declared that the construction of a Ram temple would start at any cost before the 2019 general election. Ram Vilas Vedanti is part of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, a body of seers that has been at the forefront of the campaign for a temple to mark what many Hindus believe is the birthplace of Lord Ram and where the 16th century Babri mosque stood until it was razed by Hindu activists on December 6, 1992.

"Ram mandir jo hai hamare desh ke pratyek Hindu ka vishay hai. Jahan Ram lalla virajmaan hain wahan mandir banega aur mandir banne ke liye kisi court ki prateeksha nahin karenge. Agar court ka aadesh aa jaata hai to theek hai nahin aata tab bhi mandir banega. Yeh nischit hai ki 2019 se pehle mandir banega (Ram temple is an issue for every Hindu in our country. A temple will be built where Ram resides and we won't wait for any court. If the court allows it, then fine but even if it doesn't, a temple shall still be built. It is certain that the temple will be built before 2019)."

Palliating the serenade of the "Madnir waheen banega" ode, The Mukhya Mantri of Uttar Prdesh said, "No one should have any doubts about the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. The construction will begin soon. But we have to work within the constitutional limits and it requires little more patience."

Religion is a very personal matter but here again UP's Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath raised the issues of Rahul Gandhi's faith and practices.

"But four generations of his ancestors never wore a janeu (sacred thread). Lekin jab bharat ki vastavik takat ka ehsas Rahul Gandhi ko hota hai to Rahul Gandhi ki mandir yaad ane lagte hain. (When Rahul Gandhi realised the true strength of India, he started remembering temples)."

The election of 2019 is still far away but the political circus has already begun.

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