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SWARAJYA

“If you want to live an authentic, meaningful life, you need to master the art of disappointing and upsetting others, hurting feelings, and living with the reality that some people just won’t like you. It may not be easy, but it’s essential if you want your life to reflect your deepest desires, values, and needs.”

For Hindus in India & across the world, 16 May 2022 was a day of great significance. जय बजरंग बली. What the survey revealed was an open secret but the mere right to publically acknowledge, without being apologetic or constrained by one-sided secularism, what we have lost across centuries, matters.

The survey is not merely a political stunt, as the likes of Asaduddin Owaisi would want it to be, but points to a greater civilisational question. For the better part of the last seven decades, we have been taught to romanticise everything Mughal, literally, everything.

From their cuisines to their fashion, & from their architecture to their art & literature. The focus has been commercially translated into forms of cinema for mass consumption, thus imposing upon the gullible young population the largely disputable ‘greatness’ of the Mughal empire.

It’s not merely about the Mughals alone, but about the invaders before them, and what they took from us, and yet, we weren’t to speak for it. The Places of Worship Act of 1991 has to be one of the most draconian laws ever passed, indirectly silencing a majority and their faith.
“jitni shiddat se usne mujhe zakham diya..
Utni shiddat se to maine use chaha bhi na tha…”

We were asked to stay silent, to keep put, and to accept that upon the ruins of our temples, our faith, our sentiments, the secular ethos of the country was to be rested. We all had heard somewhere, or perhaps even known, that a shivling resided there, but for the greater good of the political secularism, we were asked to accept people washing their feet and hands over the place where it rested.

Ayodhya, Kashi, and even Mathura, but one hopes it does not there. One hopes the same surveys are extended to all the temples that have been lost to time, given an elaborate list has been put together by many scholars. We have not lost three temples, but thousands and thousands of them.

To correct the wrongs of history, which are no fault of the present-day regimes or societies, the first step is acknowledging and accepting the wrong, followed by an elaborate discussion to undo the damage to the farthest extent possible, and then comes the redemption.

In India, we have failed to take the first step, and that is what gives many politicians the nerve to go and bow before the tombs of Babur or Aurangzeb, thus almost metaphorically spitting on the sentiments of the majority Hindu population. Don’t ever mistake the Hindu silence for ignorance, the calmness for acceptance or the kindness for weakness.

The surveys and studies matter, and before focussing on what can be reclaimed, the estimates of what was lost must be made public, for everyone to realise the hypocrisy and ignorance upon which the foundations of secularism in India rest.
जिन्होंने कतरा भर भी साथ दिया हमारा
वादा रहा वक्त आने पर उन्हें दरिया लौटा दूँगा

Beyond politics, Gyanvapi is about the Hindu Civilisation.

NO FRIEND EVER SERVED ME AND NO ENEMY EVER WRONGED ME,
WHOM I HAVE NOT REPAID IN FULL.

𝓒𝓸𝓵𝓸𝓷𝓮𝓵 𝓐𝓳𝓪𝔂 𝓐𝓱𝓵𝓪𝔀𝓪𝓽. 𝓥𝓮𝓽𝓮𝓻𝓪𝓷.
16𝓽𝓱 & 61𝓼𝓽 𝓒𝓪𝓿𝓪𝓵𝓻𝔂,
𝓘𝓷𝓭𝓲𝓪𝓷 𝓐𝓻𝓶𝔂.

𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓡𝓲𝓼𝓼𝓪𝓵𝓪. 𝓖𝓸𝓬𝓱𝓱𝓲, 𝓗𝓪𝓻𝔂𝓪𝓷𝓪.

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