Now that the Hindus have secured what they wanted, Ayodhya can no longer subsume all other issues of human survival in the Hindi heartland, where a Ram Temple upon Babri Masjid has always had its maximum appeal. Ayodhya has almost played out politically and as such, more mundane issues of day to day life are expected to re-engage the cow belt attention.
It is true that Indians had perfected the art of achieving absolute happiness through spirituality, but this faculty was never universal and only the most enlightened were privy to its secret. For the rest of Indians, spirituality is only a means to achieve greater material progress. So, the Ram temple cannot keep them obsessed for much longer. This puts the attention back on the economic conditions of the nation and the people, which unfortunately have not received Ram’s blessings despite all the sacrifices that have gone into the making of his temple.
No one has elucidated this helplessness more vividly than former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his latest critique of the Indian economy and the Modi government. Manmohan Singh’s only blemish perhaps was his tenure as prime minister, which didn’t match up to his stature as an economist. But in everything else, of course, with the exception of politics, where he continues to be as alien as he ever was, his performance has been unimpeachable.