Ram Temple matter of faith, response will be within law

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Sep 15 2010, 05:52am hrs
The BJP may be fighting shy of saying anything on the impending verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, but the partys ideological lodestar, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has no such qualms. During an interaction at the Indian Womens Press Corp (IWPC), RSS sarsanghchalak Mohan Rao Bhagwat said that the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya remained an article of faith for the organisation and that he was prepared to take the legal battle on the matter further after September 24 if needed.

The construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya remains an aastha ka vishay (matter of faith) for us, but our response to any judgement on September 24 will be within the law and the democratic system. This is just a verdict of the high court, aage toh Supreme Court bhi hai (there is recourse to the Supreme Court), he said.

Bhagwat also dismissed apprehensions that what happens on September 24 may trigger a wave of communal violence in the country. We do not apprehend any violence. We dont believe in violence and we appeal to everyone to remain peaceful and find solutions within the law, he said.

Bhagwat replied to allegations that the lack of closure on the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple-Babri Masjid issue may widen the communal divide in the country. If Muslims allow the construction of the Ram Temple , it will heal the rift. The previously existing Ram Temple was destroyed and a mosque was built by a conquering force to demoralise a particular society. If the Ram Temple is restored, it will prove Muslims in India do not cleave unto other countries, he said. Aastha ke prashn par agar sab ghaur karein to takrav nahin hoga, aur hum takrav taalenge (If this article of faith is dealt with on the basis of faith, then there will be no clash, and we will avoid all conflict), he said.

The Sarsaghchalak also took a pragmatic line with regard to the caste census recently cleared by the Cabinet, which had earlier been opposed by the RSS.