On 17 May, journalist Sagarika Ghose, often a butt of jokes for her intelligence quotient (IQ) or lack of it, tweeted, “The #GangaAarti was beautiful, and so was Kashi Vishwanath, but hope the PM elect visits Gyanvapi mosque too!”
Social media’s vigilantes wouldn’t let it go; it was such a juicy howler after all! A befitting reply came from Narayani Ranganathan: “No, Secular Sagarika, non-Muslims are not allowed into mosques. No, really! Check it up! That means you’ve never really tried getting into a mosque, have you? How secular of you, Sagarika.”
Madhava Turumela wrote: “Reading between the lines of the Sickular Sagarika’s tweet. Inciting communal hatred! Let me remind you the real story: The Vishwanath Mandir where Modi performed puja today is not the original Kashi Vishwanath Mandir. The Shivalinga to which he offered puja is not the original linga either.
According to the 2 September 1669 entry in Maasiri Alamgiri, the history of Aurangzeb’s reign, which records numerous orders for and reports of destructions of temples, “News came to court that in accordance with the Emperor Aurangzeb’s command, his officers had demolished the temple of Vishwanath at Banaras”. Gyanvapi mosque had been built at the site.
Some pieces of the original Shivalinga are lying in the water well next to the Gyanvapi mosque, which is just 200 feet away from where Modi performed puja today. And the Gyanvapi Mosque is standing exactly on top of the old Vishwanath Mandir ruins. So Sickular Sagarika is clearly inciting communal hatred by reminding us of our hurt past, our subjugation, our lost temple… on this holy day when our leader, our future PM is doing his puja on that site! I feel sorry but this is exactly what sickular media should not do.”
From the Facebook timeline of Sumedha Sarvadaman