Move Beyond the Babri Masjid-Ram Temple Issue, Say Millennials
Like every election season, the Ayodhya dispute has made way into political discourse in the run up to the 2019 general election as well.
Thursday, 6 December, will also mark the 26th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition. On this occasion we asked Gen Z and millennials (those who were born after 1992) their thoughts on the controversy, and if it features in their voting agendas for 2019.
Here are some interesting responses we received.
Shashank Sahu told The Quint that he feels it is important for the youth to understand the importance of voting, and it is their duty to vote for the right candidate who is “suitable and eligible.”
“There was and there will be many issues like education, employment, farmers issues, government health benefits etc. So I urge my fellows to vote on the issue that impacts them the most. No one from general public will gain a single penny out of the Mandir-Masjid issue, I feel. These are irrelevant issues that we can avoid as a secular nation, and every community has equal stake to the nation.”
Puthi Chandra Sekhar
Puthi Chandra Sekhar sent The Quint a detailed agenda for 2019 which included employment generation and development of IT, financial technology, and other tertiary industries.
“The trusted formula, as proven by Chandrababu Naidu through his huge fan base in Telangana’s Hi-Tech City even after separation of the state, is the generation of more employment,” he says.
“What the working age group really requires according to him are jobs, education, and a government that curtails inflation. That is true vikaas.”
“There are infinite number of problems persist in India which directly affect the society. But the irony of our country is that instead of tackling real problems, our government is building statues, renaming cities, and distorting history from textbooks.
The ground reality is very different from what those in power are portraying to the public. Will building a temple solve all prevailing issues of our country? Definitely not. They are using religion only to grab votes. The Supreme Court should decide the next course and the government should obey.”