Google Maps users were in for surprise on Saturday as a location indicator saying ‘Mandir yahin banega’ appeared on the map of Ayodhya.
The marker was placed near the disputed site of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.
The Hindi phrase which translates to ‘temple will be built here’ is used by the right-wing groups to demand the construction of Ram temple at the disputed site of Babri Masjid. It was pinned as a point of interest but now it is rectified.
But it wasn’t just a marker, there were reviews and comments to that place. People had commented Jai Shri Ram and given the place 5 stars. The overall review of the place had 4 out of 5 stars on Google Maps. The marker denotes a Hindu temple at the spot along with a picture of the proposed Ram Mandir.
Check Picture of Google Maps Showing Mandir Yehi Banega Near Ram Janmabhoomi:
Dear @googlemaps , no need to remove marker from the birthplace of Lord Ram which reads "Mandir yahi banega". It not a lapse and definitely not "an unhelpful edit suggested by user" as clarified by you. It is the truth. Mandir wahi banega.#RamMandir #Ayodhya pic.twitter.com/PMOWqyW1dc
— Shweta Shalini (@shweta_shalini) November 30, 2018
Google reportedly attributed the lapse to unhelpful edits suggested by users and said it fixed the issue and got the marker removed. The marker, earlier visible if one typed ‘Ram Janmbhoomi’ on the Google Maps, can no longer be seen now.
“We’re heavily invested in empowering users to contribute their local knowledge to Google products and services. Overall, allowing users to suggest information provides comprehensive and up-to-date info, but we recognize there may be, as in this case, unhelpful edits suggested by users. When this happens, we work fast to address the issue as quickly as possible,” the daily quoted a Google spokesperson as saying.
The Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished by lakhs of karsevaks, on December 6, 1992, claiming the land on which the mosque stood was the birthplace of Lord Ram.
The incident had triggered communal riots across the country. The movement to demolish the mosque was led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
Amidst the loudest chatter for construction of the Ram temple in nearly two decades, political leaders have begun discussing the possibility of an ordinance by the government.
To this end, the Supreme Court will hear the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit in January, 2019. The concerned parties have appealed against the Allahabad High Court’s 2010 judgment of dividing the disputed land into three parts one each for the Sunni Wakf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla — the primary players in the matter.
However, considering the legal complications, a decision on the Ayodhya issue is unlikely from the top court before the Lok Sabha poll in May 2019.
The Shiv Sena and the VHP held a Dharm Sabha on November 25 in Ayodhya to push the Centre to expedite the construction of the temple.
Also, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the BJP’s ideological mentor, and its affiliates have drawn an elaborate four-phase plan to press for an ordinance for the construction of the temple.