On the eve of the 18th anniversary of the demolition of ‘Babri Masjid’ at Ayodhya, Rashtiya Swayamsevak Sangh( RSS) Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat today sounded more on the side of Vinay Katiyar than LK Advani.
Bhagwat said, “There is no point of expressing regret at the demolition of the disputed structure. We were a part of the movement for Ram Mandir and in future also, we will support it. The structure got demolished without any pre-planning, as the sentiments of the karsewaks were ignored.”
L.K. Advani had termed December 6, 1992 as the saddest day of his life, where as the Vinay Katiyar, former Bajrang Dal Chief and Faizabad MP, had termed it as the happiest.
Bhagwat, who was on a two-day visit of the city, was interacting with press at a Press Club, Sector 27.
Taking a dig at the report of the Liberhan Ayodhya Commission of Inquiry, recently tabled in parliament with an Action Taken Report, he said, “The same thing could be said in 1993 also, but it took 17 years. There is a question mark on the credibility of the report. There are errors too.”
He rubbished the claim that Kalyan Singh, who was UP CM on the day of demolition, was the main protagonist of the Ram Mandir movement, and said that he was just an activist and the saints did the main job. He also named Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, former MP from Rampur, and Muzaffar Hussain, from Mumbai, when questioned about his claims of Muslims as karsewaks, who supported and expressed happiness after the demolition.
On the indictment of RSS and Sangh Parivar in Bombay riots in 1992 and post-godhra riots in 2002, he clarified, “We were not involved in any riots. We are open to any inquiry.” He added that we did not support any kind of violence.
On the RSS’s idea of nationalism, he clarified, “We all would take our identities along, as sons of the ‘Bharat Mata’. We all are Hindus. But if someone has objection to the use of this word (Hindu), even then we have no issues with him.”
He also reiterated the support for the traditional issues of RSS like implementation of the Common Civil Code, revocation of Article 370(special status to Jammu and Kashmir) and idea of Akhand Bharat( which includes Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh).
On the youth’s response to the organisation, he informed, “The fourth-fifth of the members are from age group of 15-40, and just one-fifth are above 40 years of age. We are growing and has a strength of around 1, 97,000 swayamsewaks (activists).”
He added, “The organisation (socio-cultural) is not closed to Christians and Muslims. People have misconception about us of being irrational, but you have to have experience of RSS before knowing it. Just like sugar, for which you have to taste it to know its sweetness.” He further added, “We have never expelled anyone from RSS till date and our members are free to join any political organisation.”
On issue of reservation, Bhagwat said, “We derecognise caste as working methodology. We are consolidating the country as sons of Bharat Mata. Caste is an evil. But wherever there is discrimination, reservation is necessary. But there should be a time period to finish reservation, which may be decided by an independent group and not politicians.”
Rubbishing the language politics, he said, “The whole India belong to its people.”