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Time for Ayodhya Ram Temple has come
Lord Ram, who resides in the heart of every Hindu (discounting those who ignore the Lord for their petty selfishness and greed and therefore are candidates to be placed in the darkest corner of hell), is forced to stay inside a tent at His own birthplace Ayodhya and exposed to rough weather all throughout the year.

The hearts of every Ram Bhakt Hindu bleeds for such injustice being shamelessly meted out by those in power, starting from the government to the judiciary, and from media to fellow citizens of a different faith.

During Islamic invasion, countless temples were floored and dusted and Mosques were built. It is a given fact based on findings of Archaeological Survey of India that there was a temple earlier which was demolished by Babar's army to construct the Babri Mosque. Immediately after independence, Hindus demanded the demolition of this Mosque and construction of Ram Temple. But the Congress government never obliged. It is an open secret that the dynasty at the helm of affairs of Congress party adore Babur as if the dynasty were an extension of Moghuls. So expecting Congress party to understand the sentiments of Hindus is like building castles in the air. Hindus waited and waited and then the patience finally gave in on 6 Dec 1992 when Babri Mosque was demolished sending ripples of communal clashes across the nation.

In 2010, the Allahabad High Court had divided the land on which the Babri Masjid once stood in the ratio of two-to-one between the warring Hindu and Muslim parties. The Nirmohi Akhara and the deity itself were allotted two-thirds of the land. One-third went to the Sunni Central Waqf Board. Both sides were unhappy with the ruling as both want the sole title. So the matter reached the Apex court.

Even after 26 years of Babri Mosque demolition, the court is not able to give its judgment and it is therefore a shameful blot for Indian judiciary.

Ignoring the UP government's request of early hearing, the Supreme Court on 29 Oct 2018 adjourned the hearing for the Ayodhya title suit case to January 2019 mentioning that it was not in the priority list of the Apex Court. The judiciary anyway runs at a snail's pace. This 'no priority' logic sounded like the snail wanted to take some rest as well.  The faith of a billion Hindus is not a priority for the top court, but it is very prompt in opening its gates for midnight hearing on whether a terrorist could be released or at the behest of Congress or to give a ruling against Hindu traditions.

How the priority is decided at the top court is more mysterious than the mysteries of the universe. Judiciary is an important pillar of democracy and must be independent of political pressures or allegiance. While the faith of a normal citizen in the Apex court is still intact, but such inordinate delay for no digestible reason will surely dent the confidence.

PM Modi, during a rally at Alwar on 25th November 2018 said that the Congress used impeachment threat as a pressure tactic to delay the hearing of Ram Temple case. Veteran Congress leader, Kapil Sibal, appearing for Muslim litigants wanted the hearing to be shifted to the aftermath of 2019 elections although the then CJI, Deepak Mishra, dismissed his petition. Congress does not want Ram Temple and so they are trying to create as much obstacles as possible.

The postponement of hearing for no valid reason has made the Hindus angry and impatient. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackrey visited Ayodhya on 24th Nov 2018 to show his solidarity with the Hindus. VHP and RSS observed a Hindu 'Dharma Sabha' on Ram Temple at Ayodhya on 25th Nov 2018 where more than two hundred thousand devotees attended.

No one has forgotten what transpired on 6 December 1992 and naturally the Muslim community is concerned anticipating a rerun of 1992. But this Dharma Sabha had just one point agenda, i.e. to put pressure on Modi government to make an ordinance to start the construction of Ram Temple as majority Hindus have lost faith in the top court's ability and intention to sort out this issue.

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singvi said, "BJP will not bring the ordinance. They could have done that in 1998-2004 during Atal's rule or in 2014-18 during the current Modi rule. So waiting for Court's verdict is the best way."

Amit Shah, BJP president, more or less expressed the same view saying that ordinance was an option only after court's ruling.

So everything depends upon court's ruling and the court does not consider this as a priority. What can be done?

I think the following are the suitable options in that order:

1.     The Muslims need to understand that Hindus have paid enough during the barbaric Islamic invasions and therefore they should wholeheartedly support construction of Ram Temple by relinquishing their demand. A grand mosque can be constructed for Muslim brethren at some other place. This will be a great show of communal harmony defeating the politicians who play politics using this sensitive issue. The more the issue lingers, the worse the communal harmony becomes. Amicable settlement such as this will help in strengthening communal harmony in our country, which will also help in nation's development.

2.     The Supreme Court should give due priority to this issue and give its ruling by conducting day-to-day hearing at the earliest.

3.     The Modi government should bring an ordinance to this effect. The Central government has already acquired huge areas in and around the disputed site. This land can be given to start the construction of temple. The court is to rule about the title only, so there is no obstacle in constructing the Ram Temple.

Many attempts have been taken to realize option 1, but in vain. Revered Hindu Saint Sri Sri Ravi Shankar tried to mediate, but did not succeed. The Supreme Court seems to be not bothered despite the sensitiveness of this issue for whatever reasons and thus ruling out option 2. That leaves only option 3 as a possible way forward.

Many voices came from many quarters for an ordinance after SC's postponement of the hearing. Since elections are going on for the assemblies of MP, Rajasthan, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh and Telangana, PM Modi cannot declare any ordinance related to Ram Temple. But after 7th December 2018 when the polling is over, he should think about it. He is the hope of a billion Hindus. Ram Temple was in BJP's election manifesto in 2014. If he fails to bring the ordinance, then he will face stiff opposition from Hindu society. And if he brings it, no one can stop his re-election with 400 plus seats.

The Winter Session 2018 of the parliament will be from 15th December 2018 to 5th January 2019. Although parliament session is not mandatory for an ordinance, PM Modi should use this opportunity for a debate and then declare the ordinance. This will show who stands where as far as the temple issue is concerned.

I think if he brings the ordinance, the opposition parties will not dare to oppose as 2019 general election is knocking at the door and no one would like to be in the line of fire of Hindus' wrath. Alternatively, if the Congress wants to revive its dwindling fortunes, then Rahul Gandhi should actually demand an ordinance for construction of Ram Temple to turn the table in 2019. Knowing about Congress's hatred for Hindus, I don't think it will happen, and therefore even God cannot save Congress party from extinction.

Faith is a big thing in India. The Sabarimala episode has already united Hindus. The Ram temple campaign has reached its final stage and the time for construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya has come. With BJP government in Center and in UP, there is no reason why it should be delayed. Playing with Hindu sentiments shall be detrimental for electoral prospects. This is a soft warning to all political parties in general and BJP in particular.

A Grand Ram Temple will be constructed at the birth place Ayodhya soon come what may.

Jai Shri Ram!

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