Construction Of Ram Temple In Ayodhya Is Necessary: Mohan Bhagwat At RSS Vijaya Dashami

| October 18 , 2018 , 11:34 IST

Marking the annual "Vijaya Dashami" function of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) celebrating its foundation day, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday said that it was necessary to construct a magnificent Ram temple at the birthplace of Sri Ram in Ayodhya for self-esteem of 'Bhartiyas'.

The event in Nagpur featured Nobel Prize winner and social activist Kailash Satyarthi as chief guest and marked Bhagwat's last major address before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Volunteers or swayamsevaks arrived from all over the country as well as abroad to attend the event.

"Bharat’s progress will have to be achieved by rejuvenating all precincts of national life, being rooted in its eternal ethos. We can only move ahead on the basis of our "Swa"," Bhagwat said.

"In the context of honouring the ‘Swa’ of the nation, Sangh has been associated with the sentiments of Bharatiyas, in the efforts of constructing a magnificent Ram temple at the birthplace of Sri Ram, the personification of the life energy of the nation," he said.

"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," Bhagwat added.

"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 govt to clear the path for construction through law," the RSS chief said.

"If we have to get the verdict which will not lead to repentance then the voters will have to rise above self, parochial feelings, petty egos of caste, language and provincial affiliations, keeping in mind that the national interest is supreme," he said.

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"An organised Hindu society is the bedrock of unity, integrity and sustainable progress of the nation. The acceptance of eternal Hindutva ethos is the panacea for fundamentalism, selfishness, unrestrained consumerism arising out of hardcore materialism and insensitivity," said Bhagwat.

The statements from Bhagwat on the Ram mandir come in stark contrast to the views put forth by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor who on October 14 in a controversial statement claimed that no "good Hindu" would want to see a Ram temple built “by demolishing somebody else’s place of worship,” even in Ayodhya. Tharoor was heavily criticised for his statements.