Why are people surprised? I am absolutely thrilled that the BJP has asserted its intentions of constructing the Ram Temple at Ayodhya, that too at an official meeting of the party's national council. As Rajnath Singh, the new fall guy of the party (L.K.Advani, the prime ministerial candidate, has to talk about ordinary things like development and behave like a statesman) stated:
“Jahan tak Ram Janambhoomi ka sawal hai, koi ma ka lal Bhagwan Ram me hamari aastha aur nishta ko hila nahi sakta (No one can shake BJP's faith and reverence to Lord Ram)."
Now, I don’t have the time to be a “ma ka lal” to shake the faith of 80 per cent of my country’s population. I mean, what if I stamp my foot on the ground, bang my hands on the table, shout and scream ke nahhhiiin, no mandir there, can you imagine the burden on my vocal, sole and fist power that they will shake the belief system that is so ancient that they had to break another structure to return to the real McCoy?
In the early days there were some Muslims who were talking about gifting away the Babri mosque as though it belonged to them. Now that it is not there anymore and Hindutva parties insist that Ram Lalla’s cradle was right there several centuries ago, I think we can let them regress to their infancy. Maybe that will be the beginning of their growing up phase.
It is time for everyone to just let it go. Muslim groups should play it cool, like go for a walk, take a deep breath, go play gulli-danda or join some akhada, let out steam in a halal sauna and chill with some Rooh Afza.
You know why it should not matter? Because once these blokes have the temple blueprint and no one objecting, they will get panicky. They will have nothing to fight about, no issues to ride on, zilch. Then we can watch the fun from the sidelines.
Therefore, good luck for the Ram temple my saffron brothers and sisters. Keep your aastha (faith); I’ll keep the aas (hope).