Hindu Na­tion­al­ists in In­dia Re­new De­mand for Tem­ple

Right-wing groups plan ral­lies to push for tem­ple on site of de­stroyed mosque

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Hindu na­tion­al­ist groups in In­dia are again clam­our­ing for the build­ing of a tem­ple on the site of a 16th-cen­tury mosque which was de­mol­ished by a Hindu mob over two decades ago, an in­ci­dent many lamented as a be­trayal of the coun­try’s sec­u­lar tra­di­tion.

Many Hin­dus be­lieve the Babri Masjid or mosque in the city of Ay­o­d­hya, in Ut­tar Pradesh, was built on land that was the birth­place of their de­ity, Lord Ram. The right-wing Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh, the ide­o­log­i­cal back­bone of the rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has launched a nine-day or char­iot pro­ces­sion, to high­light its de­mand that the gov­ern­ment de­cree the tem­ple’s con­struc­tion. An­other right-wing Hindu na­tion­al­ist group, Vishwa Hindu Par­ishad (VHP), plans to stage a rally in the cap­i­tal, New Delhi, to­mor­row to push for a Bill on the tem­ple in the fed­eral Par­lia­ment.

BJP ally the Shiv Sena, a far-right po­lit­i­cal party whose pri­mary base is in Ma­ha­rash­tra state, also plans to hold ral­lies in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try.

A group of Hindu na­tion­al­ists had gath­ered on Novem­ber 25 in Ay­o­d­hya to push for the build­ing of the tem­ple in the po­lit­i­cally im­por­tant cen­tral state of Ut­tar Pradesh which sends 80 MPs, the largest num­ber of any state, to Par­lia­ment.

“We can’t wait for in­fin­ity. Now Par­lia­ment is the only so­lu­tion. “The cur­rent gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted. They will have to de­liver it,” said Mr Vinod Bansal of the VHP .

“We are go­ing to make it a mass move­ment,” he added, re­fer­ring to the cam­paign to build the tem­ple.

Pro­test­ers at a demon­stra­tion or­gan­ised by the hard­line United Hindu Front group to mark the 26th an­niver­sary of the raz­ing of the 16th-cen­tury Babri mosque in the city of Ay­o­d­hya in Ut­tar Pradesh.

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