Ram Janmabhoomi struggle was about restoring national pride, not religion, says RSS mouthpiece

 Ram Janmabhoomi struggle was about restoring national pride, not religion, says RSS mouthpiece


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New Delhi: The struggle for the liberation of Ram Janmabhoomi was “not a religious one” but about restoring the “national pride”, the RSS mouthpiece Organiser has said ahead of the bhoomi pujan (ground-breaking) ceremony of Ram temple in Ayodhya on 5 August.

“The entire struggle for the liberation of the Ram Janmabhoomi was not a religious one. Whether the continuous social efforts on the ground or the legal battle that took place since 1949, it was all about the restoration of the national pride,” the RSS mouthpiece said in an editorial published Tuesday.

It said the “natural quest for reasserting our civilisational identity was reflected in this struggle and it was not aimed against anybody but meant for regaining the ‘self’ that was damaged by foreign aggression”.

“Prabhu Shri Ram has been the symbol of that collective consciousness of the nation, that is being restored,” the editorial said. It that the “commencement of reconstruction of the Ram Mandir at the same Janmabhoomi Sthan is an epoch-making event in many ways”.

A new chapter will be written in the “history of Bharat” on 5 August, it said.

Presence of political & spiritual leadership ‘significant’

The Organiser editorial also highlighted the significance of the presence of political and spiritual leaders at the ground-breaking ceremony and the “message it will deliver”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP-VHP-RSS leaders associated with the temple movement have confirmed their presence at the 5 August event. Saints from across the country will also participate. Opposition leaders have not been invited.

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