At an event in Chennai the Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said that as a Hindu he was very conscious that a vast majority of his fellow Hindus believed that the site in Ayodhya was a specific birth place of Lord Ram. “And for that reason, most good Hindus would want to see a Ram temple at the site where Ram was supposed to be born. But I also believe that no good Hindu would have wanted to see that temple built by demolishing somebody else’s place of worship.”. He said as somebody else’s worship place i.e Babri mosque was demolished there that is why no good Hindu would like to see the Ram temple there. The only bone of contention in his statement for Hindus is that he expressed his opinion that at such a place where some other worship place was demolished, temple should not be built. This point of view may be rejected by Hindus, but a storm has been created and he is being targeted by many quarters. It is assumed that it was Rahul Gandhi’s statement and Tharoor has been used as a proxy. There is hardly any justification for such made up theories.
He has expressed his personal opinion that reflects the spirit of co-existence and unity among different sections of people. To assume that he opposed the construction of temple at the site is wrong. The BJP is making a mountain of a molehill and targeting him that he is opposed to the construction of the temple. It is a poll gimmick to wrongly interpret his words and thus tarnish the image of the Congress ahead of assembly elections.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar flayed Rahul Gandhi and Tharoor and said what Tharoor was saying must be the view of Rahul Gandhi. He claimed that the Congress does not want the Ram temple at the place of birth of Lord Ram. Congress may not want it but the Ram temple will be built at the same place, he said. This a baseless charge to blemish the image of the Congress. Knowing full well that the matter is pending in the Apex court, the minister declared that the temple would be built there. Almost all BJP leaders are speaking with same confidence. When Hindus and Muslims have their confidence in the court, they should say they would abide by the court verdict. Tharoor has also clarified that what he said was in his personal capacity and the Congress or Rahul Gandhi has nothing to do with his statement.
Another BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said Shashi Tharoor was arrogating to himself spiritual power or powers of religious authority. The remark by the BJP leader appears clearly off the mark. When the top court is poised to hear the case, it is time for the BJP leaders to say something about the Babri row and create misunderstanding among the people.