Since a lot of so-called motivational speakers/social-media-influencers are claiming on behalf of every Hindu that everything they ever wanted was the ‘Ram Mandir’ and labeling everyone who disagrees as leftist, libtard, secularist and paid by opposition parties, etc. Let us answer this for you.
First, they begin by asking why Hindus have to be denied the largest religious structure like Mecca, Golden Temple, Vatican’s Church, Great Synagogue, or Mahabodhi Temple, but the fact is we already have one. ‘Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple’ in Tamilnadu is the largest functioning Hindu temple of the world (covering 156 acres) with such grandeur that it is described as a ‘City Within Itself’. It is dedicated to ‘Lord Vishnu’ and Ram being the avatar of Vishnu, we can say, we already have the largest ram mandir.
Now they say it’s not just about the god but the place itself and Ayodhya is the holiest city of India, but how do you decide which place is the holiest? Is it the god? Is it the next location you want a temple to be built? More details awaited.
Even if the city is holiest, why demand the exact place where Babri mosque stood, the whole city is holiest after all. Don’t say that it’s the birthplace of Ram. A lot of temples in Uttar Pradesh claim to be the same (even outside of it).
Now they say that they offered to build the mosque at some other place but ‘Mullahs’ (yes that derogatory term) didn’t budge. One, what part of the dispute you don’t understand. Both sides want the same thing why one would negotiate when you don’t want to. Two, it’s not about having a mosque but about a historical structure that stood for almost 500 years.
They say that Hindus have been taken for granted for far too long just to massage the ego of minorities. Seriously? Do you think those greedy and power-thirsty politicians (of all parties) ever care about the ego of the smallest vote banks?
Ranganathaswamy, Kashi Vishwanath, Shirdi sai, Chaar Dham, Chattarpur, Akshardham, Belur Math, Ramakrishna, Thillai Natraj, Brihadeeshwarar, Annamalaiyar, Dakshineshwar Kali, Vaishno Devi are just a few examples of countless largest & holiest places of Hindus in India. Yet we want another one. Who’s massaging who’s ego now?
Are we going to stop before we make the largest structure for all 33 crores of gods & demigods because then we might not even have a place to build our home?
Now they say Ram Mandir is not just any other temple, it’s the symbol of our independence from Mughals. Well, the last Mughal king died more than 150 years ago. In short, they don’t exist anymore so who are you going to brandish this symbol in front of?
As a matter of fact, many Mughals such as Akbar, Jahangir, Allaudin-II, Nawabs of Oudh, Adil Shah, etc. constructed many temples (a few of them were built in Ayodhya), gave free land to temple caretakers, translated Hindu scriptures in other languages, built libraries to preserve Hindu documents, and happily participated in Hindu festivals.
On the other hand, Hindu Kings even before the era of Mughals used to destroy temples & steal statues of the kingdoms they conquered in war.
Both worlds broke the boundaries we thought they couldn’t. Religion was just there it was not the primary cause of it, but now we are told that Mughals were only the oppressor and the Hindus were oppressed and we deserve to right the wrongs that have been done to us. In the eyes of these people only two things matter, vengeance, and superiority. Everything else, like the argument of Mughal oppression, is just an excuse to justify their Islamophobia and the hate exercised against Muslims.
When questioned with the ongoing crisis across the country like jobs, flood, economy, security, etc. they argue that the construction of Ram Mandir will create many job opportunities like flower sellers, pandit (priest), prasad seller, gatekeeper, lighting on a special occasion, etc. Job opportunity? Does the flower seller sound like a job opportunity? It’s a job, yes, but an opportunity? No. Just put yourself in the place, do you want to be a flower seller? Would it give you the money to buy that internet subscription to post your opinion on social media? What more seems like a job opportunity, a school teacher, doctor, government employee, or a flower seller? Which job will reduce the duration of return on investment (ROI)?
In the end, all we have to say is be proud of who you are but not at the expense of belittling others and ignoring rationality. Not everything can be justified under the name of culture, faith, and preferential existence. If you think ancient vengeance and superiority is the ultimate purpose of culture and religion, you should at least read your holy books that teach “वसुधैव कुटुंबकम्” (along with some history books too). For Hindus will always remain in danger unless we remove hatred, propaganda, and contempt from our presumptuous mind.