The recent exchange between Asaduddin Owaisi and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) underscores the ongoing debate over the Ayodhya Ram Mandir. Owaisi, president of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), expressed concerns about the Babri Masjid’s history, claiming it was systematically taken from Muslims. He raised questions about pivotal incidents, suggesting that without the mosque’s demolition in 1992, the current situation could have been avoided.
In response, the VHP criticized Owaisi, questioning his ancestors’ connection to Ayodhya and criticizing his failure to protect the mosque through legal means. VHP’s national spokesperson, Vinod Bansal, challenged Owaisi, asking if any of his ancestors had visited Ayodhya in the last 500 years. Furthermore, Bansal suggested that AIMIM might eventually become ‘Ram Bhakt’ (devotees of Lord Ram) and chant ‘Ram Naam’ (the name of Lord Ram).
The exchange reflects the deep-rooted emotions and differing perspectives surrounding the Ayodhya dispute. Owaisi’s focus on historical events and VHP’s emphasis on legal avenues illustrate the complex nature of this longstanding issue as the Ayodhya Ram Mandir inauguration ceremony approaches.