New Delhi : The Shri Ram Mandir Andolan was driven by conviction and commitment, and it was not reactionary, said RSS Sah Sarkaryavah Arun Kumar.
He said the Andolan succeeded because of the “purity in its objective” and “strong will, commitment and determination of those who guided it.
He was speaking at the launch of the book “Sabke Ram”, which is based on the volunteers’ experience who participated in the Nidhi Samarpan Abhiyan for the Shri Ram Mandir Ayodhya. The event was held at the Constitution Club in Delhi on Sunday (December 12).
Shri Ram Mandir Andolan was a moment of self-realisation for the Hindu Society, he. He said, “When Swami Vivekanand ji was asked what was the root of all our problems. He replied we have forgotten who we are. ‘Atma-vismriti’ is our main problem. Shri Ram Mandir Andolan was a moment of self-realisation for the Hindu society.”
Indians struggled for about 500 years for Shri Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. The struggle for the Mandir in Ayodhya started when invader Babur demolished it in the 16th century.
“The Andolan for Shri Ram Mandir in Ayodhya did not start after independence. It was going on for 490 years. Since 1983 onwards, the VHP got involved for janjagran,” said Dr. Surendra Jain, VHP Joint Secretary.
After the country got independence in 1947 and the Constitution was adopted in 1950, the Hindu society had the belief that now there would be a grand Shri Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. But nothing happened for 33 years, Since 1983, the sentiment was revived with the VHP meeting in Muzaffarnagar and subsequent Dharma Sansad. In 1992, the Kar Sevaks demolished the Babri mosque in Ayodhya.
“For 33 years, the Hindu society kept patience, thinking there is rule of law and justice in this country and that they will get justice. In 1992, when the Hindu society felt that they are being deceived through the legal process, it woke up.” He further added the incident of 1992 established the sentiments of the Hindu society cannot be ignored in this country.
Many myths were spread about the Hindu society that it can never unite, it is weak & coward and also the new generation doesn’t understand its glory. Shri Ram Mandir Andolan shattered all these myths.
“It was a common myth that the Hindu society cannot come together and become one because of various castes, languages, regions, small groups and their respective differences. Another myth was that the Hindu society cannot join a struggle because it is coward. And the third myth was that its glory was lost with the influence of western education and values on new generation the past 20-25 years. This Andolan shattered all three myths”.
There were times when people thought the Andolan had died, but in reality, it was always alive. It was very clear that effort would be made to ensure everyone participated in this noble cause from day one.
A landmark judgment by the Supreme Court in November 2019 paved the way for constructing a grand Shri Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
In January this year, the VHP launched a Nidhi Samarpan Abhiyan to collect funds to construct a grand Shri Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
In the six-week-long campaign, over 6000 crores were collected. “Like the Shilanyas in 1989, the Nidhi Samarpan Abhiyan also started from a Valmiki Mandir in Delhi. And more than three-fourths of the contributors are those who contributed less than 10,000 rupees.”
Out of six lakh villages in the country, more than 5,34,000 were covered.
He reminded that the journey is not complete yet as the task of nation-building remains. “Shri Ram should guide us to strive for a society where there is equality and prosperity. In next years, our task is to build a prosperous India”.