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Demolition of Babri Masjid 'shreshtha kaam' - The Observer

Prajnan Bhattacharya ()
24 November 1997

Title: Demolition of Babri Masjid 'shreshtha kaam'
Author: Prajnan Bhattacharya
Publication: The Observer
Date: November 24, 1997

The Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Prof Rajendra Singh, affectionately addressed by the Sanghparivar as 'Rajju Bhayya', voicing concern over the defence and the internal security of the country termed the demolition of the Babri Masjid as a "shreshtha kaam' (noble work) by the Karsevaks. The RSS chief also said that the Hindus across the globe should be proud of the demolition.

Addressing a huge gathering of the RSS workers at the Begum Hazratmahal Park here during the Sangh Samagam, Rajju Bhayya said that the mosque was built demolishing a temple and bringing down of that shameful structure should be a matter of 'self respect'.

Blaming Narasimha Rao Government, the Sarsanghchalak stated that, he was assured by the then Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao that he would ask the court to deliver a favourable judgment to pave away for the construction of the temple within the 1.33 acre land, which was acquired by the State Government. Mr Rao also allowed to start the construction on the Singhadwar side, Prof Singh claimed and added that Sharad Pawar and Kumaramangalam too assured him of a court decision before December 3, 1992.

But unfortunately, the High Court stayed the acquisition of the 1.33 acre land by the State Government and fixed the next date on December 11, 1992, he said and added that he met the then prime minister Rao and urged him to fulfill his assurance otherwise lakhs of Karsevaks gathered in Ayodhya would go violent. But Mr Rao clearly dodged and said that he could not do anything in the matter, which irked the karsevaks and the rest was history.

Welcoming the statement of the Imam-E-Haram (Imam of the mosque of Mecca), Prof Singh said that the demolition of the structure has established the fact that there was a temple before the mosque was built. The ruins revealed that the controversial structure was built on the ruins of a temple - The RSS supremo urged the Muslims to handover the three sites (Ayodhya, Mathura and Kashi) to their Hindu counterparts, which he felt would create an atmosphere of social harmony and faith between these two communit
es. According to him the muslims were ready, but few political leaders were creating confusion among the community.

Giving Kalyan Singh a clean chit on the issue, the Sarsanghchalak said that the then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister assured to protect the structure but not by massacring the saints, sadhus and commoners gathered in Ayodhya. The Sangh Samagam, organised by the Awadh region of the RSS was attended by all the BJP workers. Chief Minister Kalyan Singh was also present in the RSS ganavesh (uniform), wearing a Khaki half pant, white shirt and danda (lathi).

The scene of BHM park, which was rechristened Urmila Vatika, saw more than 70,000 sangh swayamsevaks in ganavesh listening to their chief in pindrop silence. The discipline could match any army as very few workers were seen managing them rather they were guiding the VIPs and the media to their respective places.

The Vasudev Achary of the Ramanuj Sect too addressed the gathering saying that RSS was not a political outfit and sounded the Swaraj and Swadeshi would boost nationalism, Hindu culture, mythology and heritage.

Prof Rajendra Singh counting the problems of the country placed the security of the nation on top and also voiced concerned about the internal security of India. The army should be equipped to most modern standards to face the external challenges posed by Pakistan and China, he felt and firmly advocated the need of becoming a nuclear power, not to scare the world, but to create a balance of power. According to him atomic weapons would enhance the morale of the Indian military.

Referring the terrorism in Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh, the RSS chief demanded tackling the ultras mercilessly.

Rajju Bhayya blamed the weak government and it's lack of political will for the spurt of internal terrorism. He quoted an example of his personal experience in Manipur five years ago, when he himself saw youths (ultras) extorting money. That is what is happening in Assam with the tea gardens, he claimed.

He also criticised the government for its faulty education policy saying that is more westernised and suggested a vedic educational system. "Why are we lagging behind in every sector at international level", he asked? And answered that "we failed to encourage the telent in our country".

Advocating swadeshi, Rajju Bhayya stated that the country could survive only on Swadeshi and not on foreign aid.

The foreign investment in the last three years in India was Rs 30,000 crore, while the investment by the Indians in the country itself is more than 2.5 lakh crore in the same period, he claimed.

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