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December 6: Ram Mandir, a commitment or convenience for the BJP?

Panini Anand | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 11:57 IST

The anniversary

  • It\'s 23 years since the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished on 6 December 1992
  • Since then, the idol of the infant Ram or \'Ram Lalla\' has been worshipped in a temporary structure

The commitment

  • Whenever it\'s asked, the BJP reiterates its commitment to the Ram Mandir
  • But it says since the matter is in court, it can\'t do anything
  • RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat recently said that he\'ll see the temple \'in my lifetime\'

More in the story

  • After the death of Ashok Singhal, the face of the movement, what does the VHP say about the temple?
  • Is the BJP serious about the Ram Mandir or does it simply use the issue to get out of tight spots?
First published: 6 December 2015, 5:02 IST
Panini Anand @paninianand

Senior Assistant Editor at Catch, Panini is a poet, singer, cook, painter, commentator, traveller and photographer who has worked as reporter, producer and editor for organizations including BBC, Outlook and Rajya Sabha TV. An IIMC-New Delhi alumni who comes from Rae Bareli of UP, Panini is fond of the Ghats of Varanasi, Hindustani classical music, Awadhi biryani, Bob Marley and Pink Floyd, political talks and heritage walks. He has closely observed the mainstream national political parties, the Hindi belt politics along with many mass movements and campaigns in last two decades. He has experimented with many mass mediums: theatre, street plays and slum-based tabloids, wallpapers to online, TV, radio, photography and print.