Nagpur, Oct 18: Highlighting the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya as a matter of national interest, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday pitched for building it as soon as possible through “appropriate and requisite law” and slammed certain “fundamentalist forces” for obstructing the process.
Addressing the RSS cadres during the annual “Vijayadashmi Utsav”, Bhagwat said the fundamentalist elements and forces were “playing communal politics for selfish gains”.
Despite such machinations, the RSS Chief stated “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”.
Mohan further said that the RSS has always been associated with the sentiments of citizens in the efforts over the construction of a temple at the birthplace of Lord Ram.
“Lord Ram is the personification of the life energy of the nation and an icon of upholding dharma. The original constitution has paintings of Lord Ram in it as a national hero,” he said.
He also hit out at the forces, which he called “a few elements” for allegedly stalling the court’s judgment by presenting various newer interventions in the judicial process for their “obvious game-plan”.
“It is in nobody’s interest to test the patience of the society without any reason.
“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.
The Dussehra function is significant in the RSS’ yearly calendar as the organisation was established on Vijayadashami in 1925 and the “Sarsanghchalak” or the RSS chief addresses a gathering of workers to mark the day.
Before his speech, Bhagwat also performed a Shastra Puja.
Nobel Peace Prize winner and social activist Kailash Satyarthi was the chief guest at the event held at Reshimbaug here.