Thousands of worshippers from throughout the nation have descended upon Ayodhya to witness the inauguration of the Baby Ram statue at the temple, which was opened just yesterday. It is reported that over 7,000 distinguished guests, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, attended the function.
The false news spread by Nirmala Sitharaman in the name of the Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments Department:
In this instance, plans were made to conduct special pujas in several temples across India in honor of the Ram temple’s opening ceremony and to project the programs onto large screens for the benefit of the general public. However, on January 21, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted from her X page stating that the Tamil Nadu government had verbally ordered that special pujas and food donation events in honor of Ram should not be held in temples under the control of the Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowment Department in Tamil Nadu.
TN govt has banned watching live telecast of #AyodhaRamMandir programmes of 22 Jan 24. In TN there are over 200 temples for Shri Ram. In HR&CE managed temples no puja/bhajan/prasadam/annadanam in the name of Shri Ram is allowed. Police are stopping privately held temples also… pic.twitter.com/G3tNuO97xS
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) January 21, 2024
She cited Dinamalar news in the post, along with her disapproval of the anti-Hindu sentiment and her dislike of the Tamil Nadu government. The right-wing in Tamil Nadu widely disseminated this information.
Therefore, a statement was issued on behalf of the Tamil Nadu government denying this. It stated: “Doing special pujas tomorrow is not prohibited anywhere. A firm denial of the slanderous fabrication. The newly constructed Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, will have a dedication ceremony tomorrow, Monday. A piece of false news has been published in the Dinamalar daily that the Tamil Nadu Government’s Hindu Religious Charities Department has verbally banned the conduct of special pujas and alms in Tamilnadu temples.”
“This act of Dinamalar newspaper, which is trying to create confusion among the public and incite hatred towards the government by publishing untrue news with the malicious intention of bringing disrepute to the government of Tamil Nadu, which is carrying out the temple works in a way that is admired by all, is highly condemnable” is also added in it.
Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who has not removed her X post even after confirming that no ban has been announced by the Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowment Department, has questioned the Tamil Nadu government, “If indeed there is no order (ban on live telecast of Jan 22 event), then I challenge the minister and TN Govt to say that devotees can perform their bhajans. I challenged them to set up a screen and openly declare that they wouldn’t have any objection to Hindu devotees watching the program that PM Modi is doing.” This has also raised criticism among various political leaders.
If indeed there is no order (ban on live telecast of Jan 22 event), then I challenge the minister and TN Govt to say that devotees can perform their bhajans. I challenge them to set up a screen and openly declare that they wouldn’t have any objection to Hindu devotees watching… pic.twitter.com/Cl41PoFagr
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) January 21, 2024
Leaders doing politics in other states in the name of Ayodhya Ram Temple:
It is noteworthy that like Tamil Nadu, such rumors are being falsely spread in other states where the BJP is not ruling. In particular, Amit Malviya, the coordinator of BJP’s National Information Technology Unit, mentioned a post on his X page saying that special pujas have been banned for the opening of the Ayodhya Ram temple in West Bengal as well.
Since the oppressive Mamata Bannerjee administration is doing everything in their power, most of it illegal, to stop Bengali Hindus from holding anushthaan, puja, public programs and visiting Temples, to celebrate Pran Pratistha of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya, under various pretext,… https://t.co/EyhONVAqpl
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) January 21, 2024
Similarly, State Opposition Leader Suvendu Adhikari has said that the West Bengal government is trying to disrupt the celebrations related to the Ram temple event in Ayodhya. The leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party are spreading false information by claiming that the West Bengal State Government has ordered power outages in the areas where Ram Pujas are held. The Trinamool Party leaders have protested against this by using an outdated State Electricity Board circular from the previous year. Additionally, they have stated that the claims they are making about not being able to host shows are also untrue.
Through this, we know that various rumors are spreading saying that special pujas have been banned for the opening of Ayodhya Ram Temple in non-BJP ruled states and many political party leaders are doing politics in the name of religion.
Continuing Controversies in Ayodhya:
It is said that Babur Masjid was built in the year 1528 by ‘Mir Baqi’, the general of the Mughal Emperor Babur. In this case, after many controversies, when the BJP came to power in UP in 1991, on December 06, 1992, the Babri Masjid was demolished, claiming that the mosque was the birthplace of Ram and that the Babri Masjid was built there after the demolition of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. This was followed by various riots across the country.
And because of this, since 1992, various problems have been persisting in Ayodhya. In this case, on November 9, 2019, the Supreme Court ruled in the Ayodhya case, after various controversies, saying that Ram temple can be built and Muslims should be given 5 acres of land to build a mosque. Following this, in 2020, the Union Government established a foundation named ‘Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra’ and started the construction of a Ram temple in earnest.
The Union Government also announced the opening of the biggest mosque in Dhannipur, Masjid Muhammad Bin Abdullah Masjid, which is located 25 km from Ayodhya and is 21 feet high and 36 feet wide. Nevertheless, no construction has begun on the land in Dhannipur village designated for the construction of a mosque. Furthermore, it’s still unclear when the mosque will be constructed here.
Following Ayodhya, the Gyanvapi Mosque in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi, which was destroyed and built during Aurangzeb’s reign, and the Shahi Idgah Masjid in Mathura, where it is claimed that Krishna was born, have been sued by some of the right-wing activists.
Sadly, many legal experts have questioned how many mosques will be demolished if this situation continues, given that 3,000 cases of this type are expected to be filed.