RAM TEMPLE ISSUE

Ayodhya: RSS floats a new outfit to build mass support for Ram temple while Supreme Court hears case

Shri Ram Mandir Nirman Sahayog Manch will ‘try to show the court that all religious communities want a grand temple of Lord Ram at his birthplace’.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has floated a new affiliate to whip up support for a Ram temple to be constructed in Ayodhya even as the Supreme Court prepares to begin hearing final arguments in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case from December 5.

Launched nearly a month ago, the Shri Ram Mandir Nirman Sahayog Manch has already organised a series of meetings in Ayodhya and Lucknow with Hindu and Muslim religious leaders, in addition to prominent Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs and Christians.

“By the time the Supreme Court starts hearing the case from December 5, we will be in a position to show enough support for Ram temple in Ayodhya as well as in other parts of Uttar Pradesh,” said the Manch’s national convener and senior RSS pracharak Mahiraj Dhwaj.

The case before the Supreme Court involves the question of who owns the plot in the Uttar Pradesh town of Ayodhya on which the Babri Masjid stood until it was demolished on December 6, 1992, by a mob moblised by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Some Hindus believe that the mosque was constructed over the exact site where the god Ram was born.

“We have great respect for the Supreme Court,” said Mahiraj Dhwaj. “We are not a party to the case, but we will try to show the court that all religious communities, not just Hindus and Muslims but even Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Christians want a grand temple of Lord Ram at his birthplace. We expect that the court will take suo motu notice of the massive support that would be demonstrated by the time hearing begins.”

Seeking support

In the organisational structure of the Sangh Parivar, the new affiliate functions under the supervision of the Muslim Rashtriya Manch, whose head, senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar, is the chief patron of Shri Ram Mandir Nirman Sahayog Manch. In fact, Dhwaj too is from the Muslim Rashtriya Manch, serving as its national co-convener for Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Dhwaj said the new outfit organised its first meeting on September 17 in Ayodhya, “where over 3,000 Muslim clerics extended their support for the temple”. Kumar also attended the meeting.

“On September 19, we held a meeting of Christians in Lucknow,” Dhwaj added. “Like Muslims, they also took the pledge to support the construction of Ram Temple. In the week that followed, we also obtained support from Sikh religious leaders, Buddhist monks and Jain munis. All of them will participate in our effort to show the court that the temple is no longer a matter of dispute.”

Outfit of the masses’

Dhwaj described Shri Ram Mandir Nirman Sahayog Manch as an “outfit of the masses” that will be supported by “like-minded organisations”. He listed some such organisations: Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Muslim Rashtriya Manch, Rashtriya Ekta Mission, Masihi Mitra Manch, Bharat Tibet Sahyog Manch, Himalay Parivar, Sanatan Sabha, Shri Jagannath Sewa Samiti, Rashtriya Suraksha Jagaran Manch, Bhrashtachar Mukti Andolan. These are all part of the Sangh Parivar.

The decision to float a new outfit to build support for the construction of a Ram temple “on behalf of the masses” while the Supreme Court hears the dispute rather than entrust the task to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, which has long spearheaded the Ram temple movement, is seen as a clever move by the RSS to deflect potential allegations of contempt of court.

Not that Shri Ram Mandir Nirman Sahayog Manch’s position on the Ayodhya dispute differs from the Sangh’s – it does not believe in sharing the disputed site either. “Barring a few exceptions, the majority of religious leaders of different communities we have interacted with are of the opinion that Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram and that the mosque should be built outside Ayodhya,” Dhwaj claimed. “There are chances of future conflict if we allow a mosque to be built close to the Ram Temple.”

The new affiliate has already demonstrated its standing within the Sangh Parivar. It was given a central role in organising the “Chhoti Diwali” of Chief Minister Adityanath in Ayodhya on October 18.

“On our request, the district administration provided us six daises along the route of the procession between Saket Degree College and Ram Katha Park,” said Dhwaj. “From these daises, religious leaders of Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism and Christianity [associated with the outfit] welcomed the procession. Recognising our contribution, the Chief Minister’s Office allowed select representatives of these communities to sit beside Adityanath at Ram Katha Park.”

The Shri Ram Mandir Nirman Sahayog Manch is now planning a five-day programme in Lucknow starting October 30 “to worship Lord Hanuman in order to remove obstacles for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya”, Dhwaj said. Then, he added, they will organise a “massive programme” in Ayodhya in the third week of November.

We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

A phone so stunning that it deserves its own photoshoot

Presenting the Moto X4, crafted to perfection.

Precision-crafted glass and metal design, an anodised aluminium frame, easy to hold and featuring beautiful contours, the Moto X4 is crafted to perfection indeed.

With the distinctive placement of the rear cameras, this phone makes a great subject for a photographic series.

Gaurav Sawn Photography
Gaurav Sawn Photography

The light reveals the fluidity of its body; curves that fit perfectly in the contours of a palm.

Gaurav Sawn Photography
Gaurav Sawn Photography

Reclining on a bed of satin, the glass-encased phone blends into the folds of the luxurious fabric.

The slimness, seamlessness and solidity of the phone make for a great profile shot.

A stunning design which is IP68 rated water-resistant too, it is as beautiful as it is strong.

We partnered with photographer Gaurav Sawn to create this series. Says Gaurav, “The glass sandwich design looks extremely good and the reflections on the back panel make the phone stand out. This is a phone that is best used without a case. The curved corners were also very comfortable to hold. All in all, really enjoyed shooting this phone!”

While this phone is elegant and crafted to perfection, it is also extremely tough, being protected from scratches with Corning® Gorilla® Glass that stretches all the way around.

You don’t need to sacrifice of performance either. It’s packed with a 2.2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 630 processor and comes with a TurboPower™ Charger which means hours of power in minutes!

For the music lover, this phone is a boon. With simultaneous connectivity of up to four Bluetooth® audio devices at the same time, you can build your own stereo system without worrying about cables.

The dual rear cameras – a 12MP that lets you focus faster and get great results even on dark, cloudy days, and an 8 MP camera, with wide angle lens makes your most ambitious photos look all the more impressive.

To get your hands on the Moto X4, and experience perfection, click here.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Motorola and not by the Scroll editorial team.