Current Issue
Organiser Home
Editorial
EXPOSE
Reports
Comment
The Moving Finger Writes
Media Watch
Thinking Aloud
Bookmark
A PAGE FROM HISTORY
RETROSPECT
Kids Org.
News Round-up
Readersí Forum:
INTERESTING PEOPLE
PERSPECTIVE
Kerala Newsletter

Previous Issues
September 04, 2011

August 28, 2011
August 21, 2011
August 14, 2011
August 07, 2011

July 31, 2011
July 24, 2011
July 17, 2011
July 10, 2011
July 03, 2011

June 26, 2011
June 19, 2011
June 12, 2011
June 05, 2011

May 29, 2011
May 22, 2011
May 15, 2011
May 08, 2011
May 01, 2011

April 24, 2011
April 17, 2011
April 10, 2011
April 03, 2011

March 27, 2011
March 20, 2011
March 13, 2011
March 06, 2011

February 27, 2011
February 20, 2011
February 13, 2011
February 06, 2011

January 30, 2011
January 23, 2011
January 16, 2011
January 09, 2011
January 02, 2011

December 26, 2010
December 19, 2010
December 12, 2010
December 05, 2010
November 28, 2010
November 21, 2010
November 14, 2010
November 7, 2010

October 31, 2010
October 24, 2010
October 17, 2010
October 10, 2010
October 03, 2010

2010 Issues
2009 Issues
2008 Issues
2007 Issues
2006 Issues

Organiser
About us
Advertisement
Circulation
Contact us

Subscribe


November 7, 2010




Page: 2/37

Home > 2010 Issues > November 07, 2010

Editorial

The first Deepavali after a verdict

By Dr R Balashankar

DEEPAVALI is a festival of light. It is a celebration of victory, prosperity and gaiety. It is also the season of worship of Mahalakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. This is the occasion for Indians to exchange gifts and be at their generous best.

There are many legends associated with Deepavali. Why is it that lamps and crackers play such an explicit role in the festivity of Deepavali? The versions might vary from region to region. Even the manner of celebration might differ. But this is the most universal and boisterous of all Indian festivals.

One of the narratives, prominent in many parts of the country is that this was the day when Sri Ram after the great conquest of Lanka arrived in Ayodhya after 14 years in exile, resplendent and triumphant in the Pushpak Vimana with Maa Sita (who is the incarnation of Lakshmi), Lakshman and Hanuman. Ayodhya, in fact the whole of India, erupted in unbounded joy, with great fanfare. It was the moment the country was waiting for long.

Sri Ramís return to his palace. He was fulfilling a promise to his younger brother Bharat, to come back, without any delay, to hold the reins of Ayodhya, at the end of the last day of the 14-year exile. The entire country waited impatiently for the defeat of the demon and Sri Ramís early arrival. Bharat had vowed to immolate himself if Sri Ram did not keep his promise. The country needed its emperor. It was the success of virtuousness, dharma prevailed over adharma. Sri Ram had to return. For the ascend of Bharat. For establishing Ramrajya, the Kingdom of righteousness. Since that day, we donít know for how many millennia, the nation, the Hindu nation has worshipped Lakshmi and celebrated Deepavali, marking the ushering in of a blissful new dawn.

Ayodhya was always known as Sri Ramís Nagari. It has always been sacred for the Hindus. Perhaps it is because of this, to humiliate the natives, the invaders plundered and ravaged the city to rubbles and the sacred temple that existed on the birth place of Sri Ram was destroyed in 1528 to build a mosque in the name of Babur, who then led the tyranny. Since then Hindus have been battling to restore the holy city and rebuild the Sri Ram temple. This Deepavali after 482 years, offers a flicker of hope to attain that goal. This Deepavali Special is devoted to that campaign which has withstood the test and travesty of time. Our contributors have all in some way or other been either part of that campaign or witness to its unfolding. All are unanimous that a grand Sri Ram Temple at the Ramjanmabhoomi will mark the onset of the new India, a historic continuum of a glorious civilisation.

The three-member Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court in a historic judgment restored the holy Ramjanmabhoomi to the Hindus paving the way for the construction of a grand Sri Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Though the three judges gave separate and different judgments, there were great concurrences in substance of the three verdicts. This has unambiguously settled most of the core issues that were brought before the judiciary for resolution.

The court has made four things clear. That the disputed site, where a makeshift temple stands since December 6, 1992 is the birth place of Sri Ram, that this has been for over thousands of years the faith and belief of all Hindus, that there existed a grand Hindu temple before it was demolished or removed to build the Babri structure, that since it was built on debris of a temple, according to Islamic tenets the disputed structure cannot be considered a mosque. It was on the premise of all these the court upheld the Hindu claim on the Janmabhoomi site. The court further accepted the Ram Lalla Virajman (incarnate Ram Lalla) as a legal entity and owner of the land. The court further by rejecting the petition of the UP Sunni Wakf Board-as it has no locus-standi in the matter as the disputed structure belonged to the Shia community and the Shias and Sunnis donít worship in each otherís place-in a way cleared the path for the total control of the land by the Hindus. The Sunni Board has threatened to go on appeal in the apex court. But the court has vindicated all the vital contentions of the Hindu devotees.

This Special Issue is a tribute to all sections of the society, who by various means helped this cause. We are all eternally indebted to their invaluable service.

The Ramjanmabhoomi Temple is not just another temple. It is a symbol of Indiaís proud heritage, history, tradition and faith. Because Sri Ram is revered by all Indians-he is not worshipped just only as an incarnation but he is the identity of all that is unique, integral and noble about the Hindu race.

It has been a long wait for the Hindus. For 482 years since the demolition and the building of the disputed structure Hindus have fought, with abundant faith and unwavering patience - both violently and peacefully - legally and sometimes taking law in their hands, to liberate the Janmabhoomi of Sri Ram. It is all far from settled. It might take many more years. The court case was going on for the last six decades. That for so many generations the Hindus have not given up their claim on the sacred site, and for always it is a matter of great emotional appeal and intense faith shows the depth of the Hindu sentiment. This verdict at last brings us closer to a final settlement. In that hope we celebrate this Deepavali.




Previous Page Previous Page (1/37) - Next Page (3/37) Next Page


copyright© 2004 Bharat Prakashan(Delhi) Ltd. All Rights Reserved
Designed and Hosted by KSHEERAJA Web Solutions Pvt Ltd