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Will Gyanvapi Set Off Another Ayodhya In India?

As the campaign to remove the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi gains momentum, another Ayodhya looms large over India.

Shivji ki baraat Artwork by G.R. Iranna Acrylic on tarpaulin

It’s understandable for a civilisation to carry a wound. It may be real or imagined but, unless it’s politically manipulated, it needs to be respected and addressed. Such wounds may exist beyond the letter of the Constitution, and yet a mature civilisation is expected to acknowledge and resolve them. But if one thought that the Ram temple would assuage the injured Hindu pride, it’s not to be. No other than Atal Bihari Vajpayee had once emphatically said: “Kashi and Mathura are not on our agenda, they will never be…when we are saying that it’s not on our agenda, you need to trust us…hum Ayodhya ki punaravritti nahin hone denge, yah hum bilkul saaf baat kahna chahte hain. (We will not let another Ayodhya happen. We want to state it clearly).

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