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25 years after Babri Masjid, what has changed in Ayodhya?

25 years after Babri Masjid, what has changed in Ayodhya?
06 Dec 2017
  • For most Indians alive today, Ayodhya is a prime aspect of their religious identity, and the question of whether a temple or a mosque should be built there has remained one of vital importance.
  • But the youths of Ayodhya have other issues to worry about: as the city got embroiled in a long-drawn dispute, they were left deprived of even the basics.
  • Here's more!

  • The politicization of a religious destination
  • The ancient town of Ayodhya was politicized forever when the Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992.
  • The event unleashed communal violence and dented peace.
  • Twenty-five years later, there's still been no agreement on how to resolve the dispute as both Hindus and Muslims stake claim to the land.
  • The SC is now conducting the final hearing. The next hearing is scheduled for February'18.

  • "We are young, have same aspirations as youths in metros"
  • There's Saima Ali, 25, who wants nothing more than a decent theatre, shopping arenas, or a place to just hang out.
  • Her friend Rani Mishra rues the fact that they have to go to Lucknow to eat at McDonald's or some other good place.
  • Even CM Adityanath's Diwali visit did nothing to put Ayodhya "at par with other metropolises", says Ravidas, a local.

  • There's not enough facilities for education and health, even jobs
  • The city has failed to offer youths even basics like education. There's a lack of institutes for higher studies, forcing students to move out to Allahabad, Lucknow, Varanasi or elsewhere.
  • The best health facility is a community health centre. As of 2012-13, infant mortality rate was double the national average.
  • Roads are crumbling and filled with cows, drains are overflowing and public transport inadequate.

  • Youths still concerned about temple dispute, but seek development more
  • It doesn't mean youths aren't concerned about the temple-mosque dispute. "Why cannot development and Ram Mandir follow each other?" asks 23-year-old Deepak Srivastava.
  • Then there are others for whom the only reason of supporting the cause is hope for a tourism boom and development.
  • Most blame religious politics for Ayodhya's condition.
  • But with the rise of the BJP, hopes are fluttering once again.

  • Riddled with guilt, many kar sevaks have since embraced Islam
  • Meanwhile, the demolition has become a source of anguish for some kar-sevaks. Balbir Singh, the first to stand on the razed Masjid, has embraced Islam in repentance.
  • He now runs a school to spread Islam's teachings.
  • Shive Prasad, who trained 4,000 kar-sevaks, is now Mohammed Mustafa. He suffered from depression and guilt for years.
  • And these are just two of many.

  • This post first appeared on NewsBytes: Latest News, Breaking News India, Today News, Current News, please read the originial post: here

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