RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat today strongly pitched for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya and urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre to bring a law to build the Ram Mandir at the disputed Babri Masjid site.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat today strongly pitched for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya and urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre to bring a law to build the Ram Mandir at the disputed Babri Masjid site.
“The place of Ram Janmabhoomi is yet to be allocated although evidence have affirmed that there was a temple at that place. The temple would have been constructed long ago if there wasn’t political interference. We want government to clear the path for construction through law,” Bhagwat said.
He was addressing the annual RSS Vijayadashami Utsav at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur. The Sangh was founded on the occasion of Vijyadashmi in 1925, and its chiefs’ annual speech has been used to put out the organisation’s perspectives on issues of national and social importance. Union minister Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were also present at the programme.
Terming the construction of Ram Mandir as necessary, the RSS chief said that the temple should have been built till now. People are asking why the Ram Mandir is not being built, he further said, adding that their chosen government is in power for the last four years. “The construction of the temple is necessary from the self-esteem point of view; it will also pave the way for an atmosphere of goodwill and oneness in the country,” he said.
“Ram is our Lord and his path still guides us,” he said ahead of the Vijayadashami festival. “Lord Ram is the ‘Gauravpurush’ and it is important to have his memorial,” he asserted. Bhagwat also hit out at the political parties for politicising the issue.
During his address, Bhagwat also referred to ‘Urban Naxals’ and said that Maoism has always been “urban”. “To establish an anti-national leadership with blind followers solely committed to them is the Neo-Left doctrine of these Urban Naxals. Their cohorts already established in SM and MSM, intellectual circles and other institutions are associated with such activities,” he said. “These people (Maoists) take strength from the country’s enemies and always malign the nation where they go,” Bhagwat said.
Bhagwat also touched upon the simmering issue of allowing entry of women of all ages to the Sabarimala temple. “Decisions taken without considering all aspects will neither be adopted in practice nor will they create a new social order in tune with changing times. The situation arising out of the Sabarimala verdict shows the similar predicament,” he said.
India can’t be secure without self-reliance in defence production: RSS chief
Underlining that India should purchase defence equipment from international market on its own terms, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said the country cannot be assured about its security without becoming self-reliant in defence production. He was addressing the annual RSS Vijayadashami Utsav at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur.
His remarks on defence production assume significance as the BJP-led government is under attack from the Congress party over the Rafale fighter jet deal with France. The country cannot be assured about its security without becoming self-reliant in defence production, Bhagwat asserted.
He said that to sell its products in the international market, sometimes a country needs to purchase something from a foreign nation. Thus, buying defence equipment may be a part of trade strategy, or at times required also, the RSS chief said.
“This process of give-and-take in trade should not be stopped. It should be on our terms and we should not be dependent on anyone else for our security. We should get technology and enhance our domestic capacity,” he added.
Bhagwat said the country is not careless about its security but there is a need to be more active and vigilant. He asserted the country should become so powerful that no one dares to attack it.
“India has always displayed its clear intent to maintain peaceful and cordial relations with all countries, in words and deeds — standing and acting firm and making prudent use of our capabilities while initiating bold actions wherever necessary in context of national security,” Bhagwat said.