Hindus insulted by Supreme Court comments: RSS

Joshi said the agitation for building the temple is ongoing for more than 30 years, and people wanted it to be built soon

New Delhi: Hindu nationalist outfit Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Friday said the Hindu community felt “insulted” by the recent observations of the country’s Supreme Court on the Ram temple dispute, causing them “deep anguish.”

“The Hindu community feels insulted by the observations of the Supreme Court and we are quite anguished by it,” said RSS joint general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi, at the end of the outfit’s three-day national executive meeting in Maharashtra.

On Monday, when the petition seeking expeditious hearing of the Ram temple-Babri mosque dispute came up, the top court had observed that it had “other priorities”

“We were expecting good news before this Diwali. But the Supreme Court refused to give a verdict. Why is the matter not a priority for the Supreme Court? The court said its priorities are different. Because of this, Hindus feel insulted. It is surprising that the feelings of crores of Hindus are not a priority for the court,” Joshi said.

Joshi said that the agitation for building the temple had been going on for over 30 years, and it was natural that people wanted it to be built soon.

“We have never criticised court’s ruling. We believe in the Constitution. But the court should deliver its judgement taking people’s sentiments into consideration,” Joshi said.

The top Court had on Monday adjourned till January the hearing on a batch of pleas challenging Allahabad High Court’s (HC) judgement trifurcating the disputed site at Ayodhya into three parts, for Ram Lalla (infant Lord Ram), Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Waqf Board.

“We have other priorities,” Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, clarifying that an “appropriate court bench” would decide when to take up daily hearings in January.

The court also rejected Uttar Pradesh (UP) Solicitor General Tushar Mehta’s request for a hearing in November.

‘1992 might happen again’

On Friday, Joshi said that RSS would take up a 1992-like temple agitation, if there was more delay in deciding the case. “In order to ensure the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, if necessary, we will take up the agitation like the one that happened in 1992, when Babri mosque was demolished by Hindu volunteers,” he said.

Joshi also sought the government’s intervention for constructing the temple at the disputed site. “If there is no alternative left, the government will have to fall back upon the ordinance route,” Joshi stated.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Friday met RSS leaders and discussed ways and means to resolve the dispute.

Reacting to the issue, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the Ram temple was an issue of faith and asked the government to come out with an ordinance soon. “It is a matter of faith. The court cannot decide on this. The government should bring an ordinance,” he said.

Last week, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had urged the Narendra Modi-government to bring a law to build the Ram temple in Ayodhya, stating that the matter was being “unnecessarily delayed” in the court.

“The government should clear the path for construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya through an appropriate and requisite law. The temple construction was necessary from the self-esteem point of view and it will also pave way for an atmosphere of goodwill and oneness,” Bhagwat said in his annual Vijayadashmi address at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur.

The RSS chief said the temple should have been built by now, but political parties were playing games over it. “People are questioning why the temple is not being built, despite their chosen government being in power. Ram is our lord and his path still guides us. Mughal ruler Babur demolished the Ram temple to trounce our self-respect. The foundations of the temple have been unearthed, but the case is getting delayed in court,” he said.


Different verdicts

Last month, the Supreme Court (SC) had declined to review a 1994 ruling that the government can acquire land that a mosque is built on, as a mosque is not integral to Islam. Many had believed that the decision meant that the Ram temple-Babri mosque dispute can be taken up without any delay.

The bench, headed by then Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, had said that it would not review an earlier verdict, delivered in 1994, about whether a mosque is fundamental to the practice of Islam.

Later, in 2010, the Allahabad High Court (HC) had ordered that the 2.77 acres of land be partitioned equally among three parties — Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla (Lord Ram).

Muslim parties said the 1994 and 2010 orders were unfair to them. They said that the verdicts had affected status of mosques in Islam and the question should be answered before the court goes into the main dispute.

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