As the foundation stone for the Ram Mandir is laid, the question of what a Ram Rajya will imply for the country has constantly been raised. According to BJP MP and Economist Dr Subramanian Swamy, it implies the "implementation of the Indian Constitution, in a nutshell." Speaking during The New Indian Express' e-expressions conducted along with the India Policy Foundation, Swamy said, "This is true because all the concepts of Ram and what he propagated is there in the Directive Principles and the Fundamental Rights and in the advocacy of language in the Constitution." Swamy was in conversation with TNIE Editorial Director Prabhu Chawla, Prof Kapil Kapoor, Chairman, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies and Dr Kuldeep Ratnoo, Director, India Policy Foundation. Upon being asked if the people who wrote the Constitution of India were 'Ram Bhakts', Swamy insisted vehemently, "Absolutely, Ambedkar was one of the finest. Nehru made him bitter and towards the end of his life, he became very harsh. But if you see his seminar papers at Columbia University in 1915 and subsequently his books, he is perhaps the most articulate spokesman for Hindutva I can think of. I have read every one of those books and that's why I revere him." When Prabhu Chawla asked if he had been invited to the laying of the foundation stone at Ayodhya, he was quick to say, "No." He explained, "If I would have gone there, all the sadhus would have got up and cheered me and that would have had a bad effect on those on the stage." Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to preside over the Bhoomi Puja on Wednesday. When asked about whether the invite should have been extended across party lines in a bid to end the politics around Ram, Swamy said, "Anti-Ram sections have been in power for all these years and now they have lost due to Ram. The present generation of Congress leaders don't understand that it was begun by Rajiv Gandhi when he showed the Ramayan serial on Doordarshan against the total objection of his party. I was there, I was his good friend and I knew how much difficulty he had. And he allowed the VHP to plant their foundation and gave a promise that if he came back to power he would rebuild the (Ram) Temple." He added, "There was no politics of Ram, ever. We just wanted the temple built."
Breaking the eerie calm on the streets, courtesy an administrative fiat that was in force for the larger part of the day, small groups of people filled the empty streets of Ayodhya.
Litigant Iqbal Ansari spoke to TNIE after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Hindus in the Ayodhya Land Dispute.
Santosh Dubey expressed joy as his hope of seeing a grand Ram Temple in his lifetime may take a concrete shape.
After the Supreme Court's judgment on the Ayodhya Land Dispute. many in the temple town were seen rejoicing.
A young Muslim leader Babloo Khan and Mahant Brij Mohan Das offered sweets to each other to share the joy. Hanuman Garhi too witnessed similar scenes.
The SC judgment was pronounced by a Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.
After almost 27 years, on November 9, the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute. This is how Old Delhi reacted.
A historic judgment was passed by the Supreme Court on the Ayodhya Land Dispute. The verdict said that the disputed land will be allotted to the Hindus.
A large numer of Muslims turned up for temple workshop for 'shram daan' as a gesture to pave way for construction of the grand temple in Ayodhya.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made at Ramlila Maidan and snipers have been deployed on high-rises as the VHP activists are protesting in the area. The VHP has carried out a door-to-door ca
the years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid mosque, an Islamic group in Hyderabad stages protests.
Uttar Pradesh police have been on their toes and are monitoring the processions that are taking place at Ayodhya.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met Spiritual Leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the latter's residence in Lucknow on Wednesday, in a bid to resolve Ram Temple dispute.
Sadhvi Prachi, founder of Durga Vahini, is known for her statements and this time she has done it again after the BJP has swept the politically crucial state of UP.