Mohan Bhagwat shows how to end controversy by separating RSS from “correcting” mistakes made in history

The head of RSS, Mohan Bhagwat.

The statement from the head of RSS, Mohan Bhagwat, has come at a time when it was really needed. We hope this will reduce community tension. In his message to RSS workers, Bhagwat has shown a remarkable foresight on how history should be viewed.

Call it a mere coincidence or something other than because of the growing tension over the dispute between the temple and the mosque, the warning of the head of RSS, Mohan Bhagwat, and “In India” by the secretary of American state, Antony Blinken, the statement of “increased attacks on people and places of worship” has come. “In India, the world’s largest democracy and home to many religions, we are seeing an increasing number of attacks on people and places of worship,” Blinken told the media at the launch of the Annual Report on religious freedom in Washington on Thursday.

At the same time, in Nagpur, Mohan Bhagwat urged everyone to accept the court’s decision if there was no mutual agreement on Gyanvapi Masjid’s dispute. The timing and location of the RSS feed’s brief message to its millions of volunteers spread across India is important. He was heading to the SSR’s third-year officer training camp at the organization’s headquarters in Nagpur in the context of rising community tension. At the same time, if we look at it, the BJP does not want to give importance to these issues either, so when Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal made controversial comments about the Prophet Muhammad, the BJP showed them the way out of the party.

Bhagwat’s statement came when it was much needed

The U.S. allegation of alleged religious animosity in India is not new; There is also nothing new in the Narendra Modi government’s removal of the International Report on Religious Freedom. The fact is that some overly enthusiastic Hindus have tarnished the country’s image, giving other countries a chance to point the finger at India. In recent months, amid the alleged “discovery of Shivling” at Gyanvapi Mosque and Mughals across India demolishing temples to build mosques, rising litigation over the return of other temples to Hindus has fueled renewed enthusiasm. among the Hindus. Ram Janmabhoomi movement in the 1990s.

In his speech, Bhagwat made it clear that the SSR does not plan to be part of any movement like the 1990s. His statement has come at a time when it was really needed. We hope this will reduce community tension. In his message to RSS workers, Bhagwat has shown a remarkable foresight on how history should be viewed. He seems to be on the side of the liberals themselves who believe that today’s Muslims should not be held responsible for the excesses of the Mughal rulers. Muslims today should not be seen as descendants of past rulers.

“Now, the issue of Gyanvapi Masjid (Varanasi) is happening. This is a story we cannot change. Today’s Hindus or Muslims have not created this story. It happened at the time the invaders brought Islam “The temples were demolished during the invasion to weaken the local people and the faith. There are thousands of these temples in India,” he said. Here a fact has been maintained with the truth that no sensible Hindu or Muslim person with the slightest knowledge of history will argue.

Bhagwat is seen as the source of Hindutva ideology

In fact, the issue here is not history at all; The issue is the collective spirit of Hindus who project themselves as victims by repeating history over and over again. Bhagwat has tried to address the alleged victims, saying: “It is true that we have a special and symbolic belief in these places, but every day we must not raise a new issue.” The responsibility for respecting Bhagwat’s feelings lies with the BJP governments in the Center and in the states, especially in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka, after the RSS apparently refrained from malicious attempts to “correct” historical errors. After all, Bhagwat is recognized as the source of Hindu ideology, which the BJP follows enthusiastically.

A clear announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that his government will abide by the Places of Worship Act 1991 in all circumstances will be a big step in eliminating the deep sense of insecurity among Muslims. After the strange silence of the top leadership, some of the party leaders have begun to speak enthusiastically about removing the Parliament Act, which has created unnecessary confusion in the minds of the Muslim community. Following the historic Supreme Court ruling on the Ram temple in Ayodhya on November 9, 2021, the Muslim community had accepted this truth and began to move forward in peace, thinking that Babri Masjid’s condition would not be the same as that of anyone. another mosque. He also had reason to feel as Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself said after the verdict: “It is a day to forget any bitterness.”

On the same day that Bhagwat reiterated the Prime Minister’s feelings of reconciliation, the Muslim community felt more secure. “Due to a historical background, the Sangh was associated with the Ayodhya movement as an organization. This is an exception. We will now re-emphasize human development and this movement will not worry us at all. Bhagwat recalled his comments on Thursday and said: “What I should have said on this subject, I said on November 9.” The head of RSS has taken a step forward, reiterating the old promise. prime minister.

The Supreme Court is also tasked with reducing communal tension.

In response to the way the RSS chief expressed his desire in his speech, now the Muslim community should also come forward to help resolve disputes arising from the controversial story about the excesses of Mughal rulers. For community harmony, the Muslim community can move forward along the mutually agreed upon line of Bhagwat. The Supreme Court is also tasked with reducing communal tension over the Kashi and Mathura disputes. The court is set to resume the Gyanvapi case hearing in July. Whatever the facts of this case, if the Supreme Court declares that this is a violation of the Place of Worship Act, it will be of great service to the nation.

In 1991, when the Ram Janmabhoomi movement was at its peak, the government led by PV Narasimha Rao introduced the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act to reduce the growing communal tension in the country. By law, on or before August 15th. , 1947 No change is allowed in the religious status of the existing place of worship. As the question of the structure in dispute in Ayodhya was pending in the courts at that time, only the structure of Ayodhya was exempt from the law. However, the following year, in 1992, he was overthrown by a crowd of overly enthusiastic Hindus.

Maintaining its constitutional commitment to the equality and secularism of all religions, the Supreme Court in its 2019 ruling on Ayodhya said: “This court cannot meet the claims made by Mughal rulers against Hindu places of worship as Born out of work If anyone wants relief from the work of some old rulers, the answer cannot be found in the law.Bhagwat’s historical discourse has paved the way for collective action to resolve the disputes between the temple and the mosque, with the respective governments, the Supreme Court and representatives of the Hindu and Muslim communities very involved in the matter. (Click here to read the news in English.)

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(The author is a senior journalist. The views expressed in the article are personal to the author.)

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