The Planned Structure
of the Ram Temple
The purpose of Nehruvian socialism and secularism was to subordinate the aspiration for Hindu renaissance to the goal of superficial Hindu-Muslim unity. The Nehruvian system was incompatible with India’s social conditions, historical experience, and with Hinduism’s quest, since ancient times, for an order based on dharma. The Nehruvian system failed to unite the country, and it failed to bring economic, social, and cultural betterment.
By the end of the 1980s, a sizable section of the Hindus were alienated from socialism and secularism. They saw socialism as the fountainhead of bureaucratic inefficiency and corruption, and secularism as a strategy for suppressing Hinduism. Their alienation needed an expression.
This expression came in the form of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, which took the country by storm when L. K. Advani began his rath yatra on 25 September 1990. The goal of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement was the construction of Lord Ram’s temple in Ayodhya—but this movement can also be seen as independent India's first major rebellion against the Nehruvian doctrines of socialism and secularism. The Ram Janmabhoomi movement was not restricted to Ayodhya; in its essence, it was national and civilizational.