Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray’s recent remarks regarding his non-receipt of a formal invitation to the upcoming consecration ceremony of the Lord Ram temple in Ayodhya on January 22 have stirred discussions about faith, politics, and the shared legacy of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.
Thackeray, while addressing reporters, articulated his stance on the event, emphasizing that the consecration of the Ram temple holds significance beyond political affiliations. Despite not receiving an official invite, he asserted that an invitation was unnecessary as Lord Ram belongs to all, indicating his intention to visit Ayodhya at a time of his choosing. He reiterated Shiv Sena’s historical involvement in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, recalling the sacrifices made by the party, including his father, Bal Thackeray, who faced repercussions for advocating the cause.
Reflecting on his tenure as Chief Minister and a past visit to Ayodhya, Thackeray’s statements underline the personal and political connections Shiv Sena holds with the issue, marking it as a matter deeply ingrained within the party’s ethos.
In a subtle dig at the BJP, Thackeray emphasized the non-politicization of the consecration, stressing that the sanctity of Lord Ram’s event should transcend party lines and be revered as a matter of faith for millions, cautioning against any attempt to politicize the occasion.
Further distancing the temple’s construction from the central government, Thackeray attributed its realization to the Supreme Court’s decision rather than direct governmental involvement.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut shed light on the historical context, asserting the involvement of prominent Shiv Sainiks, including Bal Thackeray, among the accused in the Babri mosque demolition case, highlighting the party’s deep-rooted connection to the issue.
The looming event, expected to witness the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and a multitude of attendees, stands as a significant milestone in India’s religious and political landscape.
Thackeray’s remarks, while addressing his non-receipt of an invitation, epitomize a narrative transcending formalities, underscoring a deeper sentiment of shared faith and cultural heritage associated with Lord Ram, resonating beyond the confines of a political invitation. As Ayodhya prepares for this historic occasion, Thackeray’s statements reinforce the inclusive spirit and sacredness that surround the momentous event.